• 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 December 17

18:21 Navis launches Inaugural Inspire Awards for excellence in container terminal operations
17:40 Rosmorport announces removal of lead beacons in Korsakov seaport
17:21 Second phase Sohar Freezone assesed
17:09 Marine Engineering Bureau’s project of ferry for Crimea-Kavkaz line introduced to Rosmorrechflot’s expert council
16:32 Port of Antwerp showcases barge transport initiatives with Instream
16:02 Port of Long Beach cargo volume up 2.1 percent in November 2014
15:44 Kuban River Shipping Company completes transportation of 300-tonne vacuum tower for Afipsky Refinery (photo)
15:32 CMA CGM announces General Rate Increase from Asia to Mozambique on Mozex Line
15:20 NYK to team with ClassNK and others to develop technologically advanced exhaust gas cleaning system
15:11 Landing craft of Project 21820 “Midshipman Lermontov” starts tests on high-speed transfer of military equipment by sea
14:48 Competition on construction of ferries for Sakhalin cancelled due to ruble fall
14:32 CMA CGM announces General Rate Increase from Asia to West Africa
14:20 Largest LNG-powered ferry will feature flexible MacGregor RoRo cargo access package
13:32 CMA CGM announces General Rate Increase from Asia to East Africa on Asea Kenya and Asea Tanzania Lines
13:20 Vyborg Shipyard starts mooring trials of icebreaker Vladivostok
13:15 RF Gvt approves bill on regulation of tariffs for shipping between ports of Crimea and Krasnodar Territory
13:14 Cammell Laird completes biggest ever refit for RFA
12:45 Throughput of Astrakhan Port to grow 4.4 times to 2 mln t in 2016
12:31 ADPC launches “Maqta Gateway” project
12:23 Wärtsilä acquires L-3 Marine Systems International
12:20 Port of Antwerp updates Connectivity Platform
12:16 Vard secures OSCV design & construction contract for Farstad Shipping
12:14 Belfast Harbour awards tender for Port Management System to Klein Systems
11:40 Throughput of Oktyabrsk seaport (Ukraine) up 27.4% to 6.29 mln t in Jan-Nov’14
11:17 LUKOIL to pay RUB 60 per ordinary share as interim dividend payments
11:02 DP World wins ‘Best Company for Investor Relations in the Middle East ’
10:53 Throughput of Kherson port (Ukraine) down 6.3% to 3.46 mln t in Jan-Nov’14
10:19 COSCON announces General Rate Increase for Transpacific trade
10:05 Baltic Dry Index down to 838 points
09:38 Bunker prices at port St. Petersburg down in early 51st week (graph)
09:24 Leonid Strugov appointed as first Vise-President of United Shipbuilding Corporation
09:12 Oil price down to $59.86 in London and up to $55.93 in New York

2014 December 16

18:34 Bunker prices at port Novorossiysk plunge in 51st week (graph)
17:46 ClassNK register tops 230M GT
16:55 Russian companies will operate in the Arctic regardless of foreign technologies, Natural Resources Minister says
16:10 BC Ferries eliminates fuel surcharge before the holidays
15:21 Port Vysotsky handled 5 mln t of coal from year beginning
14:30 Bunker prices at Far East ports goes down in early 51st week (graph)
13:28 North-Western Shipping Company boosts grain lighterage by 46% to 876,000 t this year
12:37 New LNG carrier of Sovcomflot is named SCF Melampus (photo)
12:12 Throughput of NCSP Group down 5.7% to 122 mln t in Jan-Nov’14
11:54 KTK orders two Damen Stan Tugs 1205
11:29 Paradise Cruise&Ferry arranges media-cruise Sochi-Istanbul-Batumi-Sochi on board M/V Isabella 1 on December 25-30
11:08 Hapag-Lloyd changes North Pacific 3 Service (NP3)
10:36 Baltic Dry Index down to 845 points
10:22 Oil price up to $63.68 in London and up to $55.91 in New York
10:08 Boskalis and Kotug merge European harbour towage operations
10:01 Alena Igumnova appointed as Acting Director General of United Grain Company
09:41 Federal financing of Russia’s inland water ways to be raised to RUB 20 bln by 2018, Transport Minister says
09:15 Former leaders of Vostochny Port’s Trade Union to serve time in standard regime colony
09:08 Hapag-Lloyd shifts service from Tacoma to Seattle
08:39 FESCO Transportation Group refinanced REPO loan

2014 December 15

18:05 Aker Solutions secures contract from Daewoo Shipbuilding to provide services in the UK North Sea
17:35 ZIM introduces a QR Code feature on the Bill of Lading
17:20 Boundaries of port Sabetta’s checkpoint zone to be expanded in 2015
17:05 Kalmar forklifts offer solution for Tarmac Building Products in the UK
16:35 Siwertell wins 'Best Ship Loading/Unloading System' industry award
16:05 The Court of Justice condemns Spain over its port labour organisation
15:59 COSCO Corporation announces delivery of vessels
15:39 Cargotec's MacGregor signs major equipment contract with Kleven Shipyard for six new anchor handlers