• 2017 April 5 12:41

    Ferry line Rajin-Vladivostok to be launched in April 2017

    The Man Gyong Bong (Passenger/Cargo Ship, flag of North Korea) will launch the first regular link between the ports of Rajin (DPRK) and Vladivostok  (Russian Federation), Vladimir Baranov, Director General of InvestStroiTrest (general agent of the ship), told IAA PortNews. 

    The head of the agency company says all the parties have agreed on deployment of the Man Gyong Bong, designed for transportation of passengers and different types of cargo, at Rajin-Vladivostok  line starting from April 2017. The ship is supposed to make six voyages per month. At the port of Vladivostok passengers will be serviced at Berth No1 of Vladivostok Passenger Terminal with cargo to be handled at Berth No 5 of Vladivostok Commercial Sea Port. The agent believes all the procedures will later be performed at the passenger terminal when required crane equipment is installed at the berth of Vladivostok Passenger Terminal. 

    The bulk of the voyage is the 90-mile night run (9-10 hours). The ship will leave the port of Rajin at 19:00 (local time), customs procedures to be completed in Vladivostok at 10:00 (local time). After a two-day stay in the port the ship will leave the port according to a mirror-schedule. When staying at both ports the passengers are provided with accommodation and catering services on board the ship. The cost of cruise has not been revealed yet. The agency company says it will be comparable to the cost of travelling via road/railway checkpoints while the sea route is shorter and more comfortable.  

    The Man Gyong Bong was built in DPRK in 1971. The ship’s length is 97 m, cargo capacity – 3,317 t, deadweight – 1,802. Chartered by RosKor last year the ship underwent technical upgrading and special retrofit in compliance with the new tasks. The ship was out of operation for a long time after it had been used as a training vessel. According to the agency company, the ship is in a good technical condition complying with the international shipping standards. 

    The Man Gyong Bong is able to accommodate 193 passengers in 40 cabins of different types. It offers a restaurant, two bars, a store and other facilities including a sauna. Three cargo holds have space enough for 1,500 t of cargo, 24 containers of 20’ standard (including 16 refrigerated containers) and vehicles. The crew fully consists of DPRK nationals.

    According to the agreements, the passenger flow will mostly consist of Chinese tourists willing to visit the Korean city of Rason and to travel to Vladivostok and back. As foreign partners insist, one third of places will be booked for seasonal workers from North Korea. About 60 places will be booked for Russian businessmen and tourists. The entry to the trade economic zone of Rason is visa-free. If necessary, Russian tourists can stay there unlit later calls of the Man Gyong Bong.  

    In the future, the line is to be extended to Wonsan, the largest seaport of DPRK and a part of the tourist area of international level. 

    InvestStroiTres was registered in 2013. Key profile of the company is forwarding of cargo at the port of Rajin (cargo delivered from the South-East Asia to Europe by Transsib via the stations of Hasan (Russia) and Tumen (China)).




2017 June 27

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18:06 JAXPORT Board of Directors unanimously approves start of Jacksonville Harbor Deepening
17:52 Vympel Shipyard launches fourth Grachonok-class boat of Project 21980
17:36 DNV GL updates the widely used recommended practice for free spanning pipelines
17:24 Vyborg Shipyard hosted meeting focused on localization of ship equipment production in the Russian Federation
17:06 DOF Subsea contract awards in the North Sea and in Canada
16:43 Panama Canal commemorates one-year anniversary of expanded Canal
16:40 Coal exports via Rosterminalugol terminal hit 11 mln t milestone this year (photo)
16:19 Wood Group secures FEED for Alexandroupolis LNG project in Northern Greece
16:12 Port of Helsinki publishes instructions for the safe LNG bunkering of ships
15:55 Insolvency administrator and representatives of Port Equipment LLC shut off from company assets at the port of Vyborg
15:47 Damen Multi-role Aviation Training Vessel arrives in home port of Sydney, Australia
14:44 Krylov State Research Center announces opening of its 40-MW electrical test unit on 28 June 2017
14:26 NYK selected for FTSE4Good Index for the 15th straight year
14:22 Russia’s General Board of State Expert Review approves construction of utilities for sea terminal in Pionersky (Kaliningrad region)
14:03 Norway to implement maritime broadband communication on ships and planes in public service
13:47 Glosten completes design of 150-passenger hybrid electric ferry for Kitsap Transit
13:30 Wan Hai Lines enhances China - Southeast Asia service network
13:23 Goodman increases warehouse space at its logistics centre at the Port of Gdansk
13:17 DFDS Logistics uses biofuel for trucks in Gothenburg
12:58 Bunker prices go up at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:07 RF Navy’s missile ships practiced interaction in the Baltic Sea
11:39 Arctic Economic Council welcomes Statoil as Northern Partner
11:15 NIBULON launches the last tugboat in a series of three vessels of Project 121M
10:48 Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine appoints new Head of USPA's Nikolaev branch
10:16 New Skangas Board member appointed
09:52 Brent Crude futures price up 0.28% to $46.17, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.23% to $43.48
09:35 Passenger Port of St. Petersburg welcomed 19 cruise ships last week
09:13 Baltic Dry Index up to 884 points

2017 June 26

18:04 2 MOL-operated / managed vessels selected as 2016 'Best Quality Ships Award'
17:51 Gas from Lithuanian LNG terminal will be stored in the Latvian Inčukalns storage facility for the first time
17:34 EUROGATE publishes first sustainability report
17:04 Diving support vessel Redsborg from the Wagenborg Offshore sets direction to St. Eustatius
16:48 Murmansk Region and Gazprom Geologorazvedka sign agreement on social and economic development
16:34 ZIM deploys an 11,000 TEU vessel in the Asia-ECSA Trade
16:04 Upcoming State of the Baltic Sea report to be in focus in the 2018 HELCOM Ministerial Meeting
15:50 Baltic Sea Tug Agency provided towing and mooring services to the largest bulk carrier welcomed by the port of Ust-Luga (photo)
15:34 Aker Solutions to supply umbilicals for Mozambique's first offshore field development
15:04 DEME’s subsidiary GeoSea to install offshore foundations for EnBW offshore wind farm Albatros in Germany
14:38 Nevsky Shipyard will launch dry cargo vessel of Project RSD 49 on 29 June 2017 (photo)
14:19 Damen prepares Columbus for summer cruise season
14:15 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 9,573 in RF spot market
13:49 Rosterminalugol welcomed the largest bulker in the history of Ust-Luga port (photo)
12:56 Upcoming State of the Baltic Sea report to be in focus in the 2018 HELCOM Ministerial Meeting
12:03 New City Terminal entrance improves accessibility of Rotterdam’s city and port
11:34 Port of Rotterdam Authority contracts four PortXL start-ups
11:11 Baltic Sea Tug Agency LLC assisted floating crane involved in lifting of sunken barge (photo)
10:48 Decade-old Betuwe Route crucial for sustainable growth of port of Rotterdam
10:25 Seafarer abandonment was the subject of a seminar held at IMO Headquarters
10:00 Brent Crude futures price up 0.98% to $46.22, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.09% to $43.48
09:37 Nevsky Shipyard starts mooring trials of salvage tug Kalas
09:16 Baltic Dry Index up to 870 points

2017 June 25

14:10 NYK Rumina receives Japanese Pilots' Best Quality Ship Award
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2017 June 24

08:22 Viking Cruises christens Viking Sky in Tromsø, Norway
08:20 Atlas Maritime join the V8 Pool
08:08 Van Oord starts collaboration with start-up acceleration platform PortXL
08:06 Day of the Seafarer is on 25 June

2017 June 23

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