• 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 July 31

10:24 UTD: Kerch ferry line's vessels transport 4,093 vehicles, 19,556 passengers
10:02 USC President: Russia needs to achieve a 100% import substitution in naval shipbuilding
09:47 Alexey Rakhmanov: Sanctions may pose some problems for USC
09:23 Baltic Dry Index gains to 754 points
09:16 Brent Crude prices drop to $106,51 in London, in New York - to $100.27
09:01 DP World threatens to shut down terminal in Western Australia
08:54 Russian Maritime Register of Shipping inks contract with Baku Shipyard LLC for the construction of three 38М high speed crew boats

2014 July 30

18:46 Hapag-Lloyd announces WHO for exports from Turkish port of Iskenderun
18:38 GPA tops 3 million TEUs, sets tonnage record
18:04 Fleet of 19 dredgers bound for port Sabetta (photo)
17:51 Vodokhod's cruise fleet passenger traffic down 4% to 68,000 people
17:19 Baltic Fleet's RV Admiral Vladimirsky sets out on its voyage around the world
17:12 Hapag-Lloyd announces RHD fee for false empty box return in Germany
16:54 Noble Corp. sets schedule for dividend payment
16:34 Höegh LNG Partners LP announces launch of IPO
16:29 Navios Partners H1 net income rises to $30.0 million
15:47 Russia's Rosneft and Venezuela's PDVSA ink offshore projects, joint venture agreements
15:33 Seaport St. Petersburg spends over $519,000 for H12014 green program
15:05 Rosmorport to pick contractor for building a navaids facility on Russky Island
14:34 VSMC awarded contract for Westermeerwind Wind Farm work
14:11 Höegh LNG unit PGN FSRU Lampung commences commercial operation
13:45 General Dynamics awarded $25M GPS contract from Lockheed Martin
13:21 Vostochnaya Stevedoring Co. adds yet another RMG 40 to its crane fleet
12:33 RV "Akademik Treshnikov" embarsk on its maiden Arctic voyage (photo release)
12:16 Southern Customs: 85% of ships arriving at Port Kavkaz enjoy simplified inspection procedure
11:24 Port Freeport takes delivery of two Post Panamax cranes
11:07 Kerch ferry line's vessels transport 4,201 vehicles, 18,715 passengers
10:43 Russian aircraft, ships take part in the Baltic marine search and salvage drills
10:23 Baltic Dry Index climbs to 747 points
09:43 AS Tallinna Sadam sees H1 net profit rise 16% to EUR 20.2M in H1
09:19 Brent Crude prices gain to $107,72 in London, in New York - fall to $100.97

2014 July 29

18:26 Larsen & Toubro revenue rises 10%, order inflow up 11% in Q2 2014
18:16 United Transport Directorate: Kerch ferry service not hit by EU sanctions
17:40 UCL Port freight throughput rose 9% in H1 to 15.4 million tonnes
17:14 ABS chosen to class the world’s first CNG vessel
17:06 IAA PortNews updates dredging tenders announcements
16:46 USCG Cutter Thetis returns after two-month patrol deployment in the Carribean Sea
16:38 IHC Hytech wins order for containerised air-dive spreads
16:29 Great Lakes wins $35 million land reclamation contract in Bahrain
16:19 Murmansk to host 7th Conference Arctic Development: Step-by-Step, Nov. 18-19, 2014
15:35 Lady Fox owner to pay out $83,969 in back wages
15:24 Pirates hijack Kiribati-flagged tanker MT Hai Soon 6 off Ghana coast
14:57 Arcticmorneftegasrazvedka decommissions two vessels
14:27 USCG assists stranded charter vessel off Nahant, Mass.
13:57 BSF's diving school to receive modular S&R boat of project 23370 in late August (photos)
13:22 Scorpio Tankers reports Q2, 1H 2014 results
12:54 Azerbaijan to invest $301.4 million in construction of new semi-submersible rig
12:09 Vladimir Putin says Russia should phase-out imports rapidly
11:35 Gondan Shipyard to build two patrol boats for Spanish Guardia Civil
11:28 Kerch ferry line terminal congestion update: about 730 cars at ports of Kavkaz and Krym
10:54 Raytheon Anschütz launches ShipGuard at SMM
10:49 Russian M100 product spot price gains last week to RUB 11,006 pmt
09:58 Baltic Dry Index gains to 743 points
09:47 Brent Crude prices fall to $107,57 in London, in New York - to $101.67
09:43 GTT receives order from DSME for nine additional ice-breaking LNGCs

2014 July 28

18:47 GDI awards N-KOM contracts worth US110 million
18:06 Sosnovsky Shipyard set to deliver two bilge water collection ships by the end of 2014
17:09 The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency launches 24-hour Satellite Surveillance Centre in Lagos
16:57 Oka Shipyard to build for Tuapse port operator RDB 27.05-series oil tanker
16:12 Nuclear submarine "Vladimir Monomakh" completes Phase 1 state trials