• 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 25

09:20 Kleven gets contract for building of unique vessel from diamond company De Beers

2014 October 24

18:38 Damen delivers the fourth of a series of five purpose built SRSVs
18:19 Diesel-electric submarine Vyborg joins Baltic Fleet upon completion of her technical readiness recovery (photo)
17:14 Port of Rotterdam throughput up 0.3% in Jan-Sept 2014
17:07 Nevsky Shipyard signs contract for construction of four rescue tugboats (graphics)
16:34 Orient Overseas (International) Limited posts Q3 2014 results
16:03 Busan Port Authority to conduct “2014 Busan Port Safe Korea Excercise”
15:34 WEC Lines enhances Portugal - UK service at Tilbury’s London Container Terminal
15:16 Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg allocates RUB 320.3 mln for implementation of its development programme in Jan-Sep’14
15:03 CMA CGM revises import THC in Mogadishu, Somalia
14:45 Fire extinguished at SOCAR's platform No441 of Narimanov oil and gas production department
14:31 COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard deliveres a 80,000 DWT bulk carrier to its European buyer
14:10 Lithuania’s goal – a unified transport supply chain connecting Asian and European continents
14:00 One of the Product Tankers in Vela fleet transferred to Bahri's ownership
13:22 Next generation Wärtsilä WST-14 steerable thruster design awarded exceptional classification approval
13:01 NewLead Holdings Ltd. announces time charter contract of the M/V Newlead Castellano
12:39 Port of Ilyichevsk (Ukraine) accepts first batch of 84,200 t of coal from SAR
12:02 Tuco Marine discloses the newest vessel in the ProZero series of Fast Rescue Boats
12:00 Denmark nominates Andreas Nordseth for the post as Secretary General of United Nations’ IMO
11:30 Deep Sea Supply takes delivery of the newbuilding Platform Supply Vessel
11:15 Sergey Frank elected as Chairman of United Shipbuilding Corporation’s BoD
11:00 A super luxury cruise ship launched at the Ancona shipyard
10:46 Bunker market of port St. Petersburg sees prices stabilization in late 43rd week (graph)
10:31 The Global Shippers' Forum call for transparency on reduced sulphur surcharges
10:05 Vroon announces the launching of two MPSV at Fujian South East Shipyard
09:53 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,155 points
09:53 APM Terminals refutes ITF statements on Aqaba Container Terminal
09:30 Bunker prices at Far East ports changed in late 43rd week (graph)
09:17 Oil price up to $86.83 in London and up to $82.09 in New York

2014 October 23

18:44 MABUX: Bunker prices to remain stable around today's level
18:06 P&O Ferries expands Teesport - Zeebrugge service
17:36 Kalmar launches its fifth generation Gloria reachstackers into the Americas
17:06 Bergen gets contract from Prosafe for berthing of the accommodation rig at Hanøytangen
16:30 MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company improves services from Northern Europe to Boston and Philadelphia
16:19 MHI-MME agrees to license propeller production & marketing to a chinese manufacturer
16:17 Port of Antwerp throughput up 3.7% to 148,344,168 tonnes in Jan-Sept 2014
16:01 Construction of crane runway begins at port Bronka (photo)
16:01 MacGregor reorganises into seven operative Divisions
15:39 Throughput of ADP Group’s stevedoring companies up 7% to 3.2 mln t in Jan-Sep’14
15:25 OW Bunker posts Q3 2014 Interim Financial report
15:00 Navigation within water area of Big Port St. Petersburg is banned for small-size vessels
14:41 Spetsmornefteport Kozmino equips its berths with telescopic boarding bridges (photo)
14:03 Kuwait Oil Tanker Company receives fourth and final DWT 47K MR tanker from HMD “Mutriba”
13:12 Participants of Intermodal Europe 2014 to tour Port of Rotterdam
13:00 Colombian maritime professionals to be trained in Antwerp
12:43 Wärtsilä posts Interim Report for January-September 2014
12:00 Navis implements Navis N4 terminal operating system at Modern Terminals Limited in Hong Kong
11:11 Rail cargo transportation by CIS countries down 2.5% to 1.51 bln t in Jan-Sep’14
11:00 NYK again included in FTSE4Good Index
10:24 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,136 points
10:09 Construction begins on Crowley’s new Commitment Class LNG-powered ConRo ships
09:48 Upper superstructure of ice-resistant stationary platform No. 1 is on its way to Caspian Sea
09:25 Deep Sea Supply and Petrobras extend the charter contracts for two PSVs
09:14 Total’s BoD named Patrick Pouyanné CEO and President of the Executive Committee (Photo)

2014 October 22

18:09 Bureau Veritas Singapore Laboratory achieves LEED Gold Certification
17:53 NCSP Group and Metallonivest to build specialized bulk cargo terminal
17:30 First vessel makes a call to DP World's new container terminal in Jebel Ali
17:00 Hapag-Lloyd temporarily suspends the Central China Service
16:58 Andrey Lavrishchev takes part in the meeting of the Marine Board under the Government of the Russian Federation
16:50 Marine Arctic School opens at Murmansk State Technical University