• 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 December 16

07:46 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to West Africa
06:51 Hapag-Lloyd announces new rates from Far East Westbound East Asia (including Japan) to Europe N.C. and Mediterranean
06:49 Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam to launch a pilot project with ‘fixed windows’ for inland vessels with large call sizes
06:45 Miriam Maes to succeed Rutger van Slobbe as Chair of the Port of Rotterdam Authority Advisory Board
06:37 DNV GL launches first class guideline for additive manufacturing

2017 December 15

23:12 Russia and USA filed first ever joint note to IMO on shipping in Bering Strait and Bering Sea
18:20 Onezhsky Shipyard launched self-propelled hopper Silnaya (photo)
18:06 DOF sells the vessel Skandi Marstein
17:06 The Port of Gdansk to expand the Oliwskie Quay
16:50 Russia’s State Duma approves ensuring the priority of ships flying RF flag in the segment of short-sea shipping
16:21 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to West Africa
15:34 Construction at NIBULON’s transshipment terminal in Mykolaiv is in full swing
14:45 Klaipėdos Nafta and Eesti Gaas begin cooperation in small-scale LNG distribution business
14:18 Arctic Economic Council welcomes Korea Shipowners’ Association as first sub-Arctic member
13:51 Baltic Workboats delivered 24m combat pollution and diving support vessel to Port of Klaipeda
13:29 WMU Executive Board 21st Session meets in London
12:56 Marine Recruiting Agency launches training project for Rosterminalugol
12:33 Skangas to source LNG at import terminal on Isle of Grain, UK
12:10 Ningbo Zhoushan Port volumes up 9.6% to 933 million tons in Jan - Nov 2017
11:58 Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company holds training with participation of crane ships crew
11:32 Africa maritime cooperation centre launched
11:09 Throughput of port Helsinki (Finland) up 14% to 13.1 mln t in 11M’17
10:44 Brent Crude futures price up 0.11% to $63.38, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.39% to $57.26
10:30 Rolls-Royce delivers first mobile MTU gas engines for Rederij Doeksen
10:11 Port of Klaipeda (Lithuania) handled 39.21 mln t of cargo in 11M’17, up 6.5% Y-o-Y
09:57 IAA PortNews offers video of virtual round-table meeting “Best practices of coal transshipment in Russian ports”
09:32 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,668 points
09:16 GTT signs new Global Services Agreement with Chevron Transport Corporation
08:25 Safe Bulkers announces acquisition of a Post-Panamax class dry-bulk vessel
07:05 Port of Los Angeles sets new record for highest monthly container volumes
06:04 CMA CGM announces new FAK rates from Asia to North Europe
05:04 The Foundation Det Norske Veritas assumes full ownership of DNV GL
04:43 Damen Shiprepair & Conversion wins contract for first European conversion of a dredger to dual-fuel LNG / MGO

2017 December 14

18:03 Bunker prices still maintain the potential for growth
18:02 Pacific centre launches on low-carbon shipping mission
17:37 Gazprom and Shell to handle oversized equipment for Baltic LNG at Commercial Sea Port of Ust-Luga (photo)
17:29 Key decisions from MEPC 71 related to implementing BWM Convention outlined at BWMTech London Conference
17:05 Ulstein and TTS shortlisted for OSJ Innovation Award
16:35 HHI Group receives support of LR in building an LNG-fuelled future
16:05 Aker Solutions secures subsea services agreement with Statoil
15:50 Commercial Sea Port of Kandalaksha handled 1.46 mln t of cargo in 11M’17, up 3 times Y-o-Y
15:36 Special issue of PortNews magazine published for Transport Week is available online
15:25 United Nations experts endorse RF initiative
15:07 BASF extend their fleet with another Konecranes barge handler
14:52 Infrastructure development will be one of priorities of Vladimir Putin’s new presidential term
14:45 CMA CGM launches new, innovative and complementary set of products
14:03 Wärtsilä and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries MME to collaborate in creating improved power and propulsion for ships
13:31 CLdN adds fourth weekly sailing between Gothenburg and Zeebrugge
13:01 GTT and Korean DSEC sign Technical Assistance and License Agreement
12:29 IMO encourages member countries to ratify and enforce the London Protocol to prohibit dumping at sea
12:00 Bahri welcomes Abdullah Aldubaikhi as new CEO
11:30 Bunker fuel is still in short supply at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:01 Port of Oakland import volume ahead of last year’s pace
10:40 Outright prohibition of heavy fuel in the Arctic is not reasonable – maritime administrations of Russia and Finland
10:21 Brent Crude futures price up 0.58% to $62.8, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.18% to $56.7
10:14 ABS awarded contract by Cenac Marine Services to support compliance with US Coast Guard (USCG) Subchapter M requirements
09:59 Russia and Finland have similar positions on double control of fuel used by vessels
09:30 Amsterdam joins the ‘Premier League’ in the ethanol market
09:14 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,730 points
08:28 APL introduces mobile application for container tracking