• 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 November 27

21:13 Bunker prices to continue to slide next week
18:18 Okskaya Shipyard lays down multipurpose bunkering tanker of project 92800 for Tuapse Commercial Seaport
18:07 L&G Forest Products сreates timber hub at the Port of Tilbury
17:36 Ferries of Crimea’s state companies set highest rates for Kerch Strait ferry service, RF Transport Minister says
17:30 ESPO meets with Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
17:20 Rolls-Royce secures contract for its first offshore vessel to be built in Turkey
17:18 Kleven secures a new contract for a high specification Expedition Support Vessel
17:01 E.R. Schiffahrt receives the new DNV GL “Modification Excellence Award”
16:57 IJmuiden sea lock construction project gets go ahead from City Council of Amsterdam
16:45 MSC Magnifica undergoes succesful drydocking at Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam
16:33 Vroon Offshore Services’ AHTS vessel VOS Champagne starts first charter
16:17 System of rail transportation rates in Russia to undergo reforms for 15 years
15:58 Refining margin of Russian plants to increase 2.5 times in 2015-17, official says
15:33 HHLA Logistics transports parts of mill for a goldmine in Mali
14:32 Evergreen postpones the implementation of the Congestion Charge
14:26 UASC names first ever LNG-ready ultra large boxship at HHI Shipyard in Ulsan
13:57 Tugboat RB-413 of project 90600 built by Pella Shipyard successfully passed its sea and mooring trials
13:24 Port tariffs Rotterdam to rise by a maximum of 1% per year
13:23 Wärtsilä integrated solutions chosen for new series of deep water Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessels
12:36 Port of Helsinki delegation visits port Bronka (photo)
12:09 CMA CGM re-opens the Cameroon-Central African Republic corridor
11:00 Stealthgas announces share buy back program, new charter arrangements for nine vessels and the sale and lease back of one vessel
10:24 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,239 points
10:09 Maritime Safety Committee approves SOLAS amendments to make IGF Code mandatory
10:01 Transneft eyes redirection of oil products from Ukraine to Ventspils
09:41 ICTSI expands MICT yard capacity
09:40 Oil price down to $77.75 in London and down to $73.69 in New York
09:22 Passenger flow via port Saint-Petersburg is expected to grow by 3% to 498,000 tourists in 2015

2014 November 26

18:02 COSCO Container Lines announces GRI for Central America trade
17:51 Construction of LNG terminal at Vysotsk seaport to commence in 2016 (photo)
17:22 COSCO Container Lines announces General Rate Increase for Far East to West Coast South America & Mexico trade
17:18 Yusen extends relationship with Ford with Major LTL Win for Central Europe
17:15 Coal exports via Rosterminalugol terminal hit 14m-tonne milestone
17:05 Stora Enso and PSA Zeebrugge extend cooperation
16:35 Samskip Van Dieren Multimodal extends operations with Hector Rail
16:22 COSCO Container Lines announces General Rate Increase for Far East to East Coast South America trade
16:05 BIMCO to develop standard term sheet for ship finance
15:47 Optimised MacGregor equipment package ordered for Intership’s new eco-bulker trio
15:43 World's largest LNG powered PSV enters Statoil chart
15:35 MOL Liner implements Low Sulfur Fuel Charge effective January 2015
15:31 Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. announces fleet expansion for Oceania Cruises in 2016
15:31 BMT involved in Samalaju Port Development
15:28 Arctech Helsinki Shipyard started production of the New Icebreaking Multipurpose Supply Vessel
15:25 APM Terminals Maasvlakte II begins landside 24/7 operations
15:12 Steel cutting ceremony held at Vyborg Shipyard for icebreaking supply vessel of project NB 511 under the order of Sovcomflot
15:05 Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas completes bow-to-stern revitalization
14:31 Matson's 2015 Westbound Hawaii service rates to increase by $225 per container
14:26 RF Gvt publishes draft State Programme on introduction of gas engine equipment with water transport subprogramme
14:03 A new ship routeing system to come into effect on 1 June, 2015 at Papua New Guinea’s Jomard Entrance
13:33 Amendments introduced into Compulsory Regulations on Ust-Luga seaport
13:31 Matson's 2015 Guam and Micronesia service rates to increase by $225 per container
13:01 Diana Shipping Inc. reports financial results for Q3 2014
12:30 Island Offshore awarded of several new contracts the value of NOK 380 mill
12:20 COSCON enhances East Africa Services
12:18 Optimised MacGregor equipment package ordered for Intership's new eco-bulker trio
12:14 CMA CGM Group buys shipping company OPDR
12:01 Saipem’s local company ERSAI awarded major new contract in the Caspian Region
11:28 RAO/CIS Offshore 2015 to focus on exploration and development of the Arctic, Far Eastern offshore deposits, to address effective international cooperation
11:02 Five of Vroon’s newbuilding vessels have been named at Fujian Shipyard
10:57 Bunker market of port St. Petersburg sees further decline of prices in 48th week (graph)