• 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.

2014 October 21

15:42 International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) supports II International Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
15:31 Qatargas celebrates 5000th loading by Ras Laffan Terminal Operations
15:20 Bunker prices at Far East ports continue sinking in early 43rd week (graph)
15:03 The ports of Calais, Cork and Moerdijk receive recognition for high environmental standards
14:45 Jan De Nul Group supports II International Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
14:31 Containerships SIA and Silvirom OU sign a partnership agreement
14:03 CKYHE Alliance files agreement and reports to related regulators for expansion of cooperation scope to U.S. trades
13:43 Damen supports II International Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
13:31 Nippon Yuka Kogyo's ballast-water management system receives approval from MLIT
13:15 Zamakona Yards delivers a second tuna freezer vessel to the Jadran Group
12:50 TransContainer reports its financial results under Russian Accounting Standards for 9M’14
12:34 Van Oord supports II International Forum of Dredging Companies as its General Sponsor
12:15 Oleg Valinsky appointed as head of Oktyabrskaya Railway
12:00 TransContainer announces 1.8-pct increase of transportation volumes to 1.09 mln TEUs in Jan-Sep’14
11:29 Dredging works scheduled for navigation period of 2014 fully completed in Sabetta
10:48 ASOP sees no dramatic impact of sanctions on throughput of Russia’s container terminals
10:14 Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions sets a new standard for LNG cargo containment systems
09:40 Baltic Dry Index up to 973 points
09:27 CMA CGM acquires 7,000 last generation Reefer containers
09:19 Oil price down to $84.91 in London and down to $82.91 in New York
08:23 IMO’s environment committee addresses implementation issues as ballast water management treaty nears entry into force
08:20 IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee approves Draft Polar Code

2014 October 20

18:49 Wagenborg handles 85-tonne Barge Master crane for new 'walk-to-work' vessel
18:06 Vizag Seaport receives first Panamax Vessel
18:03 Throughput of Taganrog Commercial Seaport down 14% to 858,000 t in Jan-Sep’14
17:51 Russia’s position on Polar Code partly taken into account at MEPC 67
17:38 Stena Line believes in Nynäshamn-Ventspils and expands the sailing schedule
17:15 Russian Maritime Register of Shipping takes part in Shiptec China 2014
16:42 Frontline appoints new CEO
16:24 Rolls-Royce signs a co-operation agreement with Astican Shipyard, Canary Islands
16:05 CMA CGM to implement an Emergency Port Congestion Surcharge from Asia to Shuwaikh (Kuwait)
15:31 ICS welcomes IMO progress on Ballast Water issues
15:09 OPDR extends service at Tilbury’s London Container Terminal
13:22 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 11,550 in RF spot market
13:09 Vallianz signs new charter contracts worth US$64 mln
12:58 Head of Primorsk Territory asks RF Government to ban bunkering on the open sea
12:20 Klaipėda Seaport – great transit corridor between two continents, Prime Minister of Lithuania says
12:09 Samsung Heavy Industries receives the highest level of safety management evaluation from the UK’s marine insurers
11:09 KOTUG’s new hybrid Rotortug RT Evolution arrives in Rotterdam
10:09 AIDA Cruises christens world’s first LNG Hybrid Barge in Hamburg
09:56 Oil price up to $86.16 in London and up to $82.75 in New York
09:44 Baltic Dry Index up to 944 points
09:35 Boskalis consortium acquires Suez Canal expansion contract
09:30 Throughput of port Singapore up 5.1% to 435.89 mln t in Jan-Sep’14
09:17 Throughput of Chinese ports up 4.5% to 8.31 bln t in Jan-Sep’14
09:04 'Interactive Pier' wins international competition for waterfront park masterplan of the Busan North Port
08:20 Sembcorp Marine’s subsidiaries secure two contracts totalling S$222 mln

2014 October 19

10:51 MOL launches ship management/crew training businesses in partnership with Synergy Group
10:50 MOL recognized by CDP as leader for Climate Change Transparency and as World Leader for Corporate Action on Climate Change
10:45 Port of Long Beach adds ‘free time’ for cargo to ease congestion
10:41 Van Oord’s vessel installs the last pile for the new Eneco Luchterduinen wind farm
10:33 China Customs enforces the 24-hour Advance Manifest rule

2014 October 18

10:53 Port of Singapore led a multi-agency joint oil spill exercise
10:47 Port of Helsinki and Metsä Fibre Oy to prepare pulp exports of Äänekoski bioproduct mill through Vuosaari Harbour
10:46 Skangass opens the new LNG Terminal in Lysekil, Sweden
10:28 CMA CGM implements an Import Terminal Handling Charge in Mogadishu, Somalia
10:27 2014 Kiel cruise shipping season ends
10:15 Singapore's MPA discuss with European Port Authorities on harmonising LNG bunkering standards and procedures
10:13 Wan Hai Lines , Coscon SEA, China Shipping and PIL to launch Far East to Pakistan – Mundra Express Service
10:11 Stena Line launches new route from Ports of Stockholm