• 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.

2015 November 27

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17:04 MOL tabletop drill prepares for serious marine incident
16:40 Latvian Shipping Company posts a loss of USD 1.41 million for the first nine months of 2015
16:16 Transneft – Port Kozmino terminal to boost its annual capacity by 20% to 36 mln t in 2017
15:55 Counterterrorist exercise held in Northern Fleet garrisons
15:29 Investor of RPK-Vysotsk-Lukoil-II refunded with 50% of resources spent for federal facilities
15:03 ZIM reports results for Q3 2015
14:30 A new semi-submersible crane vessel to feature a broad scope of Wärtsilä solutions
14:23 Exports of oil products via Sheskharis terminal to be boosted over 2-fold to 20 mln t from 2018
14:02 Fosmax LNG starts transshipment service at the Fos Cavaou LNG terminal
13:41 Russia’s crude exports via Kozmino terminal in 2015 expected to show 22-pct growth to 30.4 mln t
13:23 Bunker prices at port St. Petersburg go down in late 48th week (graph)
13:02 Prosafe and Jurong Shipyard agreed to a flexible delivery of the Safe Zephyrus
12:30 The Minister for Trade and Industry of Singapore extends block exemption order for liner shipping agreements
12:06 New General Manager of Container Terminal Bronka
12:01 BMT SMART receive certification for ISO-9001:2008
11:30 ESL Shipping inks a long-term agreement for raw material sea transport with SSAB and orders the world’s first large LNG-fueled bulk carriers
11:02 Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar joint venture achieves 5-year milestone
10:49 Brent Crude futures price down 0.99% to $45.16, Light Sweet Crude - down 1.52% to $42.38
10:25 Atomflot is interested in prompt construction of new 120 MW Leader-class icebreaker (graphics)
10:04 IMO Assembly confirms Mr. Kitack Lim as Secretary-General
09:17 Baltic Dry Index up to 562 points

2015 November 26

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18:05 MOL Liner receives the Electrolux Supplier Awards 2015 in the category of Global Logistics
17:46 MPSV Murman fuelled at port Stavanger, Norway (photo)
17:23 Net profit of TransContainer down 28.5% to RUB 1.925 bln in 9M’15
17:05 Shipyard De Hoop launches Platform Supply Vessel for Abu Dhabi National Oil Company
16:35 Uljanik to build three 740 foot Seaway Max self-unloading bulk freighters for Algoma
16:17 Major ASW ship Vice Admiral Kulakov of the Northern Fleet entered the Strait of Aden
16:05 DHT Holdings takes delivery of VLCC newbuilding from Hyundai Heavy Industries
15:30 Dorian LPG takes delivery of the ECO VLGC Copernicus from Daewoo Shipbuilding
15:15 The Senate votes down the Turnbull Government’s deregulation plans for Australian shipping
15:00 Aker Solutions wins maintenance and modifications contract from BP in Norway
14:20 Bunker prices in the Far East ports go down in late 48th week (graph)
14:02 WSS advises shipowners to exercise caution in face of growing dangers and expense under R-22 phase out
14:01 CMA CGM improves its carbon performance by 50% in 10 years
13:31 Swedish and Finnish ports collaborate on environmental services
13:01 Entry into force of IMO Ballast Convention to not resolve difficulties in the U.S. - ICS
12:47 SPIMEX set to launch Urals crude as Russian oil benchmark
12:31 ICTSI opens Manila International Container Terminal Yard 7
12:01 CMA CGM implements GRR from all Asian ports to all Middle East Gulf ports
11:30 BogserTeam Ӧresund expands fleet with Damen ASD Tug 2810
11:18 Wärtsilä launches new digital services to enhance performance and predictability of customers’ assets
10:43 Frigate Admiral Gorshkov completed missile firing trials in the White Sea
10:16 Brent Crude futures price up 0.44% to $46.06, Light Sweet Crude - up 0.20% to $43.12
09:58 FESCO’s consolidated revenue down 35.6% YoY to $543.5 in 9M’15
09:37 Baltic Dry Index up to 546 points
09:19 Throughput of Neva Pipeline Company LLC to reach 27 mln t in 2015, up 16%, year-on-year

2015 November 25

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17:49 Railway line towards Sabetta seaport to be built in Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District
17:20 Murman is heading for port Stavanger (photo)
17:05 MacGregor wins several orders for Pusnes deck machinery in South Korea
16:35 Wärtsilä Ship Design to supply design for offshore vessel conversion
16:05 Kalmar gets an agreement to supply seven RTG cranes to the new Terminal a Conteneurs 3 in Casablanca
15:42 Port of Antwerp is a central hub for Russian trade and industry
15:28 Marshalls wins CILT Safety Award with HIAB cranes
14:34 UCL Holding signed Sister-port Agreement between OJSC “Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg” and the port of Guangzhou (China)
14:11 Klaipeda Seaport cargo handling up 9.3% to 28.92 mln t in 9M’15
13:46 Further EU funding of Rail Baltica project have been secured