• 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 September 2

18:06 Deep Sea Supply takes delivery of the newbuilding Platform Supply Vessel
17:58 Rosneft and ExxonMobil start field studies in shelf area of Laptev Sea
17:47 Throughput of Neva-Metal (Saint-Petersburg) up 19% to some 2.2 mln t in Jan-Aug’14
17:32 MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company announces BUC on cargo from Adriatic/West Med. to South Africa & Mozambique
17:20 Bunker prices at Far East ports down in early 36th week (graph)
17:08 MOL pledges emergency support to combat spread of Ebola in Liberia
16:40 Oil product exports via RPK-Vysotsk-LUKOIL-II up 8.8% to 8.51 mln t in Jan-Aug’14
16:32 MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company announces BUC on cargo from North Europe to South Africa
16:08 NYK opens new planning center in Kumamoto
16:07 IMR picks Optimarin BWT system for its new RV Dr Fridtjof Nansen
15:50 Damen completes a major upgrade of a Keppel Fels ‘N’ Class drilling rig within schedule
15:50 Baltic Fuel Company obtains approval of Saint-Petersburg Administration for land reclamation at Turukhtannye Islands (picture)
15:32 Statoil and DNV GL to drive subsea factory interface standardisation
15:23 Throughput of Port Vysotsky up 12.6% to 3.55 mln t in Jan-Aug’14
15:11 Palmaly Group takes delivery of Shovket Alekperova, seventh tanker of project RST22M (photo)
15:09 Mojo Maritime’s HF4 demonstrates stunning Dynamic Positioning performance and manoeuvring characteristics
14:53 IAA PortNews offers exclusive services
14:31 Wärtsilä and Yuchai joint venture inaugurates new medium-speed marine engine factory in China
14:09 AIDA Cruises has been voted Germany's most family-friendly cruise company
14:09 Khalifa Port Container Terminal ranks fifth in annual EMEA Port Productivity report
13:31 Prologis to develop logistics facility at Prologis Parc Venlo at Trade Port North
13:08 The Panama Canal Authority certifies Verified Emission Reductions or carbon credits
12:46 Marine Façade (Saint-Petersburg) saw 6 cruise ships on August’31
12:32 MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company announces BUC on cargo to/from the Canaries
12:31 Post-Kogeko sets up business on Maasvlakte
12:08 Kleven Verft launches Exploration Support Vessel
11:45 CMA CGM to participate in WorldFood Moscow
11:24 Loading at Russian Railways network down 1.4% to 808.4 mln t in Jan-Aug’14
10:00 Ports of Auckland increases freight rail service to bring efficiencies
09:48 Samskip Van Dieren Multimodal introduces new rail connection between Scandinavia and France / Spain
09:30 RF Government publishes draft decree on construction of Kerch Strait bridge
09:07 Oil price down to $102.79 in London
08:31 Van Oord orders a new subsea rock installation vessel

2014 September 1

18:26 Visser & Smit Marine Contracting changes name to VBMS
18:06 Nautronix сommissions largest NASDive digital diver communications system
17:58 Official promises improvement of situation with depth at Russian IWW
17:50 Deep Sea Supply's AHTS fleet had an average gross income of approx. USD 23.300 per ship per day in August
17:06 MPE Interiors manufactures and fitted-out a new lorry drivers’ lounge for Stena Line’s ferry terminal
16:25 Taizhou Sanfu Ship Engineering holds keel laying ceremony for No.one 2400TEU container vessel
16:21 Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG expands fleet of electric vehicles to 64
16:09 Imtech Marine Nav/Com partner for Ship owner Groen
15:59 Net profit of Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port up 9.9 times to $137.9 mln in HI’14
15:15 Throughput of Baltic Coal Terminal (Latvia) down 8.4% to 2.77 mln t in Jan-Aug’14
15:05 JSC “Latvian Shipping Company” posts H1 2014 results
14:48 ClassNK and Nakashima Propeller announce world’s first installation of a CFRP Propeller on a merchant vessel
14:28 Kaliningrad Branch of Baltic Sea Ports Authority commences operation
13:52 Australia expands sanctions against Russia
11:35 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 11,755 in RF spot market
11:03 Acceptance commission accepts Pella's tugboat “RB-407”
10:36 Samsung Heavy Industries announces merger with Samsung Engineering
09:51 FESCO posts its 1H’14 loss of RUB 1.9 bln
09:30 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,147 points
09:14 Oil price up to $103.19 in London and up to $95.96 in New York
08:43 BIMCO launches new eLearning module on voyage chartering

2014 August 31

14:50 Pirates hijack Thai tanker off Malaysia
12:47 MCG completes acquisition of the Super High Resolution MC2D survey in the Hoop area
11:48 Port of Rotterdam posts improvement in container handling of inland shipping
11:15 Havyard to deliver the ship design and equipment for four anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels
10:52 Hamburg Süd christenes container ship “San Christobal” in South Korea

2014 August 30

20:31 A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S initiates first phase of share buy-back program