• 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 31

18:06 Russian Maritime Register of Shipping takes part in the International Conference Ice Class Vessels
17:50 Russia’s Federal Agency for Transport Supervision accepts new patrol boat of project PV150 (photo)
17:36 Sembcorp Marine wins Lloyd’s List Asia Shipyard of the Year Award 2014
17:06 Heysehaven port recieves first offshore ship
16:58 FESCO to supply Antarctica-based research stations of Argentina in 2015
16:30 European Shipowners call for free transport of international cargo between Chinese ports
16:03 Royal IHC secures order for dredging package
15:30 Marine Façade (Saint-Petersburg) expects 228 vessels in 2015
15:23 Tuco Group releases a new design of Wind Farm Service Boat
15:04 Port Metro Vancouver opens community office in Delta
14:25 Busan Port Authority wins the 2014 Korea Management Grand Award
14:00 Drawing of bridges at Neva and M. Neva rivers stops on Nov' 30, other bridges of Saint-Petersburg – on Nov'15
13:04 Pacific Basin Shipping Limited Executive Director to resign
12:48 Wärtsilä and Diesel United renew co-operation agreement for low-speed marine engines
12:35 Yaroslavl shipyard lays down lead seagoing tug Sergei Balk for Russia’ Black Sea Fleet (photo)
12:01 Cathelco supply sixth ICCP system for Bumi Armada FPSO conversions
11:30 Osiris Projects prepares to launch survey vessel Bibby Athena
11:01 Carnival Cruise Lines CEO Gerry Cahill to retire
10:44 CMA CGM announces Rate Restoration Program from all Asian ports
10:32 Bluewater, Damen and Van Oord sign agreement to install a floating tidal energy platform near Texel
10:08 CMA CGM retrofits 10 of its vessels’ bulbous bows
09:51 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,424 points
09:24 Rosneft puts into operation its bunkering tanker RN Tuapse (photo)
09:09 Oil price down to $86.24 in London and down to $81.12 in New York

2014 October 30

18:53 Expert says bunker prices to swing around $5 or $10 PMT next week
18:25 Wilhelmsen Ships Service appoints new Ships Agency Manager for Singapore
18:02 Flag-of-convenience and ‘port-of-convenience’ practice can be introduced in Crimea’s sea harbors
17:52 Jan Rindbo appointed CEO of Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S
16:48 National Chamber of Shipping renamed as Russian Chamber of Shipping
16:35 Tchibo plans to import via Wilhelmshaven.
16:14 Rotterdam roll on/roll throughput up 8% to 15 mln tonnes in the first nine months of 2014
16:05 CMA CGM announces further blank sailings on its Asia/North Europe routes
15:42 Wärtsilä fuel efficient propulsion equipment chosen for two new fishing vessels
15:18 Hapag-Lloyd starts a new feeder service to and from Kokkola port
15:10 Crystal Cruises selected as Best Cruise Ship Line for record 21st time
15:05 MPE Interiors unveils partnership to install fast-fit modular ship accommodation
14:14 Admiralty Shipyards (Saint-Petersburg) lays down Veliky Novgorod and Kolpino submarines
14:02 One of the VLCCs in Vela fleet was transferred to Bahri's ownership
13:31 Yuri Dolgorukiy submarine of Russia’s Northern Fleet successfully launches intercontinental ballistic missile Bulava (photo)
13:02 Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd establishes Service Companies in Qatar and Turkey
12:30 Norwegian Cruise Line reports financial results for Q3 2014
12:02 CMA CGM improves its service from Rouen to West Africa
11:56 67,000 yearlings of speckled trout released into Ladoga as Bronka compensatory measures (photo)
11:30 Mikhail Margelov appointed as Vice-President of Transneft
11:30 OPDR starts new service between Morocco and Northwest Europe
11:02 Pacific Drilling announces closing of $500 mln revolving credit facility
10:40 Transneft resumes oil loading onto tankers at three ports
10:30 CSAV receives new containerships
10:17 CMA CGM announces Winter Surcharge to imports into Russia/Baltic ports
10:11 Multipurpose Reloading Complex (Ust-Luga) allocates RUB 1.3 mln for social programmes in Jan-Sep’14
09:21 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,428 points
09:07 Oil price up to $87.12 in London and up to $82.2 in New York

2014 October 29

18:36 Perdana Neptune Limited sells offshore support vessel to Hauston Limited
18:06 AIDA receives the Deutsche Kreuzfahrtpreis 2015 (German Cruise Line Award)
17:48 Mexico’s Naviera Integral orders two Damen FCS 4008
17:42 Neway completes major pumping operation for Liverpool dock project
17:36 Vroon’s revolutionary “walk-to-work” vessel to be available from mid-2015
17:22 International Maritime Bureau notes concern over small tanker attacks in SE Asia
17:16 Hantong gets order for the world’s first CNG carrier
17:15 4 International Annual Conference of RUMI «Marine insurance in Russia 2014» to be held in Moscow on November 20