• 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 24

18:26 J. Lauritzen establishes new dry cargo office in Geneva, Switzerland
18:17 Paradise Cruise & Ferry updates itinerary and schedule of "Isabella 1" on Black Sea cruise line
17:36 Brightoil Petroleum (S'pore) appoints new CEO
17:05 Skangass secures energy supply with LNG from Eni
16:30 Containerships to adjust the bunker surcharges for the Baltic and North Sea Services
16:10 Evergreen Line to restore the plan of congestion charge collection for all US import shipment via the USWC ports
16:05 CMA CGM reports Q3 2014 results
15:58 Vroon holds naming ceremony for two newbuilding at Nanjing East Star Shipyard in China
15:50 DP World and Qingdao Port Group sign strategic framework agreement on port cooperation
15:35 Bunkering fleet of LUKOIL-Bunker's Yaroslavl branch to undergo routine repairs in internavigational period
15:29 Throughput of port Gdansk (Poland) up 4.6% to 26.489 mln t in Jan-Oct’14
15:03 I.M. Skaugen SE group announces sale and leaseback of the vessel Norgas Petaluma
14:40 UNCTAD report reveals lower growth rates of world seaborne trade in 2014
14:03 Wärtsilä appoints Vice President, Group Treasury and Financial Services & Support
13:37 Rosneft held public hearings on comprehensive studies of licensed area in the Barents Sea
13:02 Latvian Shipping Company posts results for the nine month period
12:43 Cargotec's MacGregor signs Pusnes mooring system contract with Shell
11:29 State acceptance committee accepts tugboat MB-134 of project PE-65
10:43 Jackup rig Mercury is being towed to the Caspian Sea
10:32 Bahri to prepare a feasibility assessment to develop a world class maritime yard in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
09:47 Estonian Government agrees on potential routes for Rail Baltic
09:30 Oil price up to $80.36 in London and up to $76.51 in New York
09:11 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,324 points

2014 November 23

11:18 Royal Caribbean to transfer Majesty of the Seas to Pullmantur
11:13 Ulstein launches first vessel for Kuma
11:11 Statoil to cancel the Stena Carron rig contract
11:05 Chairman Drydocks World & Maritime World receives “Outstanding Achievement Award” from Lloyds List

2014 November 22

11:10 MSC U.K. wins the Shipping Line of the Year Award
11:07 Hapag-Lloyd suspends sailings on Central China 4 Service
11:03 Boskalis wins SponsorRing 2014 award
11:00 Vroon's tanker-assist vessel VOS Hera joins Aberdeen fleet
10:58 LUKOIL Board of Directors approves key indicators of corporate budget for 2015

2014 November 21

18:06 CSSC and Carnival Group sign memorandum of understanding
17:36 Havyard Ship Technology signs contract for two more icebreakers
17:05 CMA CGM announces General Rate Restoration from Asia to Mozambique on Mozex Line
16:46 Rosmorrechflot’s expert council approves Krylov Center’s design of new shallow-water icebreaker (photo)
16:04 Port of Gothenburg and eight shipping companies to join forces to increase the volume of paper and timber products
15:53 IMO adopts regulations to enhance safety of navigation in polar waters
15:50 CMA CGM announces General Rate Restoration from Asia to West Africa for all 20' containers
15:50 Dredging vessel of project TSHD 2000 to RS class laid down in Vietnam
15:05 Cochin Shipyard delivers the Fast Patrol Vessel to the Indian Coast Guard
15:04 FESCO Board of Directors approves new composition of Management Board
14:44 «Spasatel Karev» takes on board 21 crew members of a drilling platform «GSP Saturn»
14:39 Southampton named UK’s best cruise departure port
14:05 Golden Ocean reports loss of $11.7 million for the third quarter of 2014
13:48 Cargo transportation within Azov-Don River Basin up 0.6% to 13.76 mln t in navigation-2014 (photo)
13:04 Dr Helmut Sohmen retires as Chairman of BW Group and BW Offshore Boards
12:56 EPC in Oil and Gas 2015 to focus on management of major EPC projects in the industry
12:04 ZIM posts Q3 2014 results
11:46 Shipyard “Oka” to lay down multipurpose bunkering tanker of project 92800 on November 27, 2014
11:30 Integr8 Fuels hires several former OW Bunker group traders
11:04 Fincantieri signs agreements with Carnival Corporation and China State Shipbuilding Corporation
10:38 Drewry All Earnings Shipping Index surges 50% on tanker gains
10:35 Rosneft ships first oil from the Northern Tip of Chayvo field
10:22 Gazpromneft Marine Bunker boosts “on board” sales of marine fuel by 48% to 2.5 mln t in Jan-Sep’14
09:58 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,332 points
09:30 Oil price up to $79.33 in London and up to $75.85 in New York

2014 November 20

18:06 COSCO (Guangdong) Shipyard delivered a self-erecting drilling tender barge to Energy Drilling
17:36 Carnival Corporation reduces rate of CO2 emissions by 20 percent
17:06 ERS increases the frequency of its rail service between the port of Rotterdam and the CLIP Terminal near Poznan to 8 per week