• 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 September 1

18:18 Hans Nagtegaal to be the new Head of Containers at the Port of Rotterdam Authority
17:59 Cleaning vehicle delivered to port Bronka (photo)
17:20 Rosneft, Sberbank and Pietro Barbaro close the acquisition of Prime Shipping
17:04 Euronav signs USD 750 million credit facility for refinancing 21 vessels and financing four newbuilding VLCCs vessels
16:28 Baltic Fleet marines repelled naval assault of the simulated enemy
16:04 Aker Solutions to reduce the workforce capacity in its Norwegian subsea business
15:04 DNV GL announces the acquisition of Noomas Certification
14:31 Bunker prices in the Far East ports up in early 36th week (graph)
14:30 APM Terminals Pipavav starts new Ro/Ro service
14:02 Sovcomflot’s Zaliv Aniva delivers to Japan 400th cargo of oil (photo)
13:40 Alexander Novak has been elected Chairman of Transneft BoD
13:19 Nadezhda sailing ship celebrates Day of Knowledge
12:56 FSUE “Rosmorport” General Director takes part in discussion of Vladivostok seaport infrastructure development
12:28 Gazprom posts HI’2015 net profit of RUB 691.3 bln (+49%, year-on-year)
11:34 Loading at Russian Railways network down 1.4% to 796.8 mln t in 8M’15
11:09 Pacific Exploration & Production announces changes to its Board of Directors and nomination agreement with ALFA and the O'Hara Group
10:27 Brent Crude futures price down 2.44% to $52.83, Light Sweet Crude - down 2.62 to $47.91
10:09 Hapag-Lloyd to revise the Terminal Handling Charges in Fiji
09:58 RF Transport Ministry starts developing mechanism for non-admission of substandard ships to seaports of Russia
09:00 China Merchants Holdings posts interim results for the period ended 30 June 2015
08:52 Sembcorp Marine Subsidiary SMOE secures an EPC contract to build three topsides for the Culzean Field Development in the UK North Sea

2015 August 31

18:04 Rosneft posts financial and operating results for Q2 2015
17:48 Mir sailing ship participates in Sail de Ruyter 2015
17:34 CMA CGM posts Q2 2015 results
17:04 CMA CGM, Bolloré and CHEC obtain the Kribi Container Terminal concession for a period of 25 years
16:59 Michael Giresi named senior vice president & chief information officer for Royal Caribbean Cruises
16:57 HELCOM meets EU Commissioner for Research
16:56 Port of Rotterdam Authority wants to construct a deep sea port in Indonesia
16:51 Rosneft announces 2-pct increase of HI’15 production of hydrocarbons
16:34 Hapag-Lloyd to increase rates from North Europe to USA, Canada and Mexico
16:32 Hitachi Zosen places order with MHI for high-pressure gas supply system for marine engines
16:04 Pacific Exploration & Production announces the official start of operations of Puerto Bahía Port Facilities
15:37 Consotium of three operators wins contract for operation of Kribi container terminal
15:34 Van Oord installs the two Offshore High Voltage Stations and first 77 transition pieces at the Dutch Gemini Wind Park
15:04 BW LPG announces delivery of BW Libra
14:45 Aleksandr Potapov to supervise shipbuilding issues at Ministry of Industry and Trade
14:42 The ferry “ARKADY FILATOV” was delivered
14:32 Wärtsilä wins two more regasification module contracts for LNG vessels
14:10 Net profit of Tuapse Commercial Seaport up 2.5 times to RUB 1.1 bln in HI’2015
13:02 Net income of Rosneft down 26.1% to RUB 190 bln in HI’2015
12:29 Black Sea Fleet Epron rescue vessel started performing tasks in the Mediterranean
12:03 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 8,307 in RF spot market
11:30 Container throughput of Commercial Port of Vladivostok down 28% to 174,600 TEUs in HI’2015
11:01 Baltic Dry Index down to 903 points
10:44 NCSP Group posts HI’15 net profit of $250 million
10:20 Brent Crude futures price down 1.68% to $49.21, Light Sweet Crude - up 1.46% to $44.56
09:55 General Dynamics NASSCO launch second ship in series of world’s first natural gas powered containerships (photo)
09:32 RF Government approves establishment of Kamchatka PDA
07:49 Vroon Group implements ™Seanique

2015 August 30

11:25 Pella delivered tugboat “RB-366” to the State Customer
07:50 ClassNK conducts independent verification of Iino Marine Service’s GHG emissions based on reasonable assurance
07:47 LUKOIL publishes consolidated US GAAP financial statements for the first half of 2015
07:45 Global campaign launched to end sackings and union busting at Polish port
07:41 Latvian Shipping Company and its subsidiaries post revenue for Q2 2015

2015 August 29

10:33 FESCO posts results for the six-month period ended June 30, 2015
10:32 IMO’s Sekimizu issues fresh condemnation of Mediterranean people smugglers
10:29 Cargotec's MacGregor plans to reduce workforce in MacGregor Uetersen site in Germany
10:26 Hapag-Lloyd to increase rates on Asia to Africa service
10:23 Hapag-Lloyd to revise the Bunker Fuel Factor for Trans-Pacific trade
10:22 Panama Canal suspends draft restriction for transiting vessels