• 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 August 28

18:25 Frontline announces a net loss of $78.2 million in Q2 2014
18:06 Van Oord present at World Port Days in Rotterdam
17:21 Euronav NV posts H1 2014 results
17:04 China Merchants Holdings container volume up by 18.1% to 38.52 million TEUs in 1H 2014
17:00 Bunker prices at Far East ports still high in late 35th week (graph)
16:53 KONGSBERG to supply integrated control and safety system, E-House and electrical system for BW Offshore Catcher FPSO
16:51 Viking Supply Ships finances a new Search and Rescue vessel in Kristiansand
16:23 Wärtsilä signs long-term maintenance agreement to support Harvey Gulf’s LNG offshore supply vessels
15:56 Global bunker markets to see mixed price movements next week
15:40 Throughput of port Gdansk (Poland) up 8% to 17.726 mln t in Jan-July’14
15:14 Port Metro Vancouver posts a 3.6% growth to 69 million tonnes of cargo in the first half of 2014
14:59 LUKOIL launches new ecological marine fuel (presentation)
14:34 KKR and Borealis Maritime acquire nine ships from Commerzbank
14:13 Panama Canal opens Second International Maintenance Congress
13:57 Admiralty Shipyards launches third submarine of project 636
13:13 Bureau Veritas posts H1 2014 results
12:43 DP World profit grows 41 % in first six months of 2014
12:40 Nevsky Shipyard to build a passenger and cargo self-propelled ferry for «Lenavtodor»
12:32 Construction of cable tunnel commenced at port Bronka (photo)
12:13 Peter G. Livanos becomes Euronav Chairman
11:46 "Rosneft" completely restored meteorological observations system in the Kara Sea
11:03 Imtech sells investment in IHC Systems
10:39 Storm halts vessel operations at the Port of Long Beach
09:55 Pacific Drilling announces ultra-deepwater drillship Pacific Sharav begins contract in U.S. Gulf of Mexico
09:27 Oil price up to $102.72 in London and up to $93.88 in New York
09:13 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,063 points

2014 August 27

18:13 Clarkson Research to exhibit at the International Trade Fair in Hamburg
18:04 Drydocks World to participate in the SMM 2014 Maritime Industry Exhibition in Hamburg
16:15 Сontainer ship Vega Auriga banned from Australian ports
15:14 Alfa Laval wins SEK 240 million offshore pumping systems order in South Korea
14:31 Euroports sells its shares in Trilogiport Terminal to DP World
14:30 MacGregor gets new order from Stena Stena North Sea to convert the 29,800gt RoPax ferry
14:29 Bunker prices at port St. Petersburg down at 35th week (graph)
14:12 Golden Ocean posts Q2 and H1 2014 results
13:55 Border control and customs clearance procedure changed at port Kavkaz
13:37 Seaport Harbour Master Statute comes into effect in Russia
13:11 Wan Hai Lines announces Bunker Charge for Transpacific trade
12:53 Mikhail Ozheredov appointed as Deputy Director of Rosmorport’s Azov-Black Sea Basin Branch (photo)
12:01 Port of Stockholm container throughput up eight percent in August 2014
11:08 Alexander Medvedev takes part in the naming ceremony for LNG carrier in the city of Jinhae (South Korea)
10:46 ABS classifies VLCC “YAMATOGAWA”
10:22 Bunker prices at Far East ports show further growth in early 35th week (graph)
10:10 TransContainer launches first container train between Saint-Petersburg and Nakhodka
09:34 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,070 points
09:09 Oil price down to $102.5 in London and up to $93.86 in New York

2014 August 26

18:31 AIDA Cruises celebrates Hamburg Cruise Days 2014
18:15 Wenchang 13-6 oilfield commences production
17:31 Prosafe SE contemplates bond issue
17:13 Aasta Hansteen and Polarled to build the largest SPAR platform in the world
17:01 Minister of Japanese Embassy in Russia visits Murmansk region to study Northern Sea Route prospects
16:45 Ulstein Group introduces a design feature X-STERN
16:22 Wärtsilä launches new technical solution for fuel gas handling
16:05 Close to 1.5 million tonnes of European chemical production capacity shut down since 2008 - Drewry
15:31 COSCO Container Lines announces Rate Restoration for Far East to South Africa trade
15:20 Cecon takes delivery of their first vessel Cecon Pride from Davie Yards
15:03 ClassNK release annual report on Port State Control
14:15 COSCO Pacific revenue rises by 11.4% to US$440mln in H1 2014
14:03 ZIM improves MAF service to West Africa
13:31 Hallin Marine completes mooring replacement on live FPSO in China
13:14 Pacific Drilling announces firm contract extension for Pacific Bora