• 2014 February 27 10:46

    Maglev container bridge proposed for construction between Saint-Petersburg and Moscow

    The committee of the Leningrad Chamber of Commerce and Industry has listened to a report of Anatoly Zaitsev, Chairman of the Board of Directors of National Speedways OJSC, on magnetic levitation technologies for public municipal transport and container bridge between the ports of the Gulf of Finland and terminals of Moscow. According to the Chamber press center, the speaker noted that the present transport system cannot meet the demand of domestic manufacturers when it comes to the key parameter – speed of cargo transportation. Meanwhile maglev technologies allow meeting of all the requirements. 

    According to Anatoly Zaitsev, the scientific research resulted in conceiving of two projects: container bridge “terminals of Saint-Petersburg – terminals of Moscow” and new municipal passenger transport at the advance section “Palace of Congresses – Obukhovo metro station”. He says 2 million containers are annually delivered from container terminals of the Baltic Sea to Moscow terminals and back with motor transportation accounting for 90% of all cargoes.

    The scientific research was carried out by Russian Foundation for Basic Research and Russian Railways OJSC. The scientific inquiry, calculations, experiments are to be completed in 2014 with the production of a sample platform for maglev transportation of containers and trailers.

    The report of Valentin Zanin, Director General of National Speedways OJSC, was dedicated to economic attractiveness of municipal and cargo transport based on maglev technologies. He said the projects are interesting for private capital while the state is to provide political support.

    Maglev (derived from magnetic levitation), is a system of transportation that suspends, guides and propels vehicles, predominantly trains, using magnetic levitation from a very large number of magnets for lift and propulsion. This method has the potential to be faster, quieter and smoother than wheeled mass transit systems. The power needed for levitation is usually not a particularly large percentage of the overall consumption; most of the power used is needed to overcome air drag, as with any other high speed train.


2016 April 29

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17:17 Moscow River Shipping Company and United Shipbuilding Corporation are about to sign a contract on construction of a cruise ship (graphics)
17:06 Antwerp Port Authority launches market survey for water bus
16:48 Yaroslavl branch of LUKOIL-BUNKER takes part in OSR exercise
16:40 Mosturflot opens cruise navigation season 2016 (photo)
16:35 MOL implements GRR from Asia (excluding Malaysia, India) to Mexico and West Coast of South America
16:20 LUKOIL-BUNKER's Yaroslavl branch commences operations in navigation season of 2016
16:05 Svitzer names new tug in Felixstowe
15:43 Phase 1 of Tuas Terminal development gets underway
15:27 Shareholders of Latvian Shipping Company do not support issue of new shares
15:06 Coast Guard tows disabled fishing boat 90 miles to Portland
14:39 Krylov State Research Center to develop OSR programme for Gazprom
13:56 Gazprom Neft extends licence for developing the Novoportovskoye field to 2150
13:28 153rd navigation opened in the Yenisei Basin (photo)
13:15 CMA CGM announces GRR from India to West Africa
12:15 ANL implements BAF for USA Service - ANZ to East Coast USA - Canada
11:55 Russian Railways announces 3M' 2016 results according to RAS
11:47 Essar Ports Hazira to handle 15 million tonnes of third-party cargo
11:07 First Alternative Energy Hub with LNG for inland navigation and road transport in Belgium
10:29 Volga Shipping Company opens transit navigation at Volga-Baltic waterway (photo)
09:58 Brent Crude futures price up 0.31% to $47.92, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.41% to $46.22
09:33 Indicative bunker prices go up at the port of Saint-Petersburg (graph)
09:14 Baltic Dry Index down to 710 points

2016 April 28

18:39 First offshore wind service vessel from Ulstein Verft launched
18:35 ECSA welcomes the improvement of the shipping conditions in the Arctic
18:02 Oil spill response exercise arranged by Infotech-Novo LLC held at port Kavkaz (photo)
17:40 Loading of LASH carrier and container ship Sevmorput commenced at Murmansk Commercial Seaport (photo)
17:21 Ingalls Shipbuilding begins fabrication of DDG 121 for US Navy
17:02 Root section of south-eastern ice protection facility completed at port Sabetta (photo)
16:43 Incat Crowther supplying design and aluminum kits for monohull crewboats
16:32 Genting Hong Kong announces completion of the purchase of three shipyards in Germany to form the Lloyd Werft Group
16:15 Bunker market: no consensus on whether prices move up or down
16:05 Wan Hai Lines, “K”LINE and PIL to redeploy Transpacific service
15:30 Stockholm awaits half a million cruise passengers in 2016 cruise season
15:04 Railport Antwerpen selects B-Logistics as partner for its Port Rail Operator pilot project
14:54 DP World reports 3.7% gross volume growth in first quarter of 2016
14:02 Passenger Port of Saint-Petersburg expects 260 calls in 2017, up 20%, y-o-y
13:56 Genting Hong Kong announces completion of the purchase of three shipyards in Germany to form the Lloyd Werft Group
13:16 Bunker market of Russia’s Far East ports sees deficit of fuel (graph)
12:38 Murmansk Commercial Seaport and SUEK AG agree on transshipment of export coal in 2016
12:00 North-Western Shipping Company traffic volumes down 5% to 1.27 mln t in QI’2016
11:09 Stena Bulk’s IMOIIMAX tanker Stena Imperative named in Hong Kong
10:41 OSU to issue RFI on ship project after design completion
09:55 UECC launches dual-fuel LNG pure car and truck carrier built to LR class
09:49 Brent Crude futures price down 0.66% to $46.62, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.60% to $45.06
09:31 Shipbuilding Company Almaz launched self-propelled floating crane of Project 02690 (photo)
09:16 Baltic Dry Index up to 715 points

2016 April 27

18:37 CMA CGM implements GRR from Asia to Red Sea
18:13 Neste Jacobs investigates the potential of LNG with Port of Turku
18:10 The Supreme Court approves the construction of the Stockholm Norvik Port
18:07 IMO adopts binding system for CO2 data collection
17:50 Onega Shipyard (Karelia) launches buoy-inspection boat of Project 02780М (photo)
17:32 BW LPG announces a sale and leaseback arrangement and two timecharter–in agreements
17:19 Dublin Port announces 113 cruise calls for 2016
16:49 EU presents comprehensive Arctic strategy
16:47 MacGregor signs RoRo access systems orders for four car carriers in Japan
16:24 First tanker carrying LNG from U.S. to Europe arrived in Sines (Portugal)
15:42 Preparations commenced for Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016
14:57 Transit navigation opened at Torovo-Gate No8 section of Volgo-Baltic waterway