• 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 April 28

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18:01 Kiel Ostuferhafen expansion enters fifth phase
17:58 Norwegian Сruise Line takes delivery of first purpose-built ship for China
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17:27 Ships of RF Navy’s Pacific Fleet take part in exercises
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16:42 Skangas wins framework agreement for LNG supply
16:18 FESCO opens Kuntsevo-2 to refrigerated containers
16:00 Throughput of Taganrog Commercial Sea Port up 38% to 320,000 t in QI’2017
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15:10 Tuco presents new light dive boat - LDV Light Diving Vessel
14:51 IMO arranged a series of national workshops focused on biofouling
14:35 Multipurpose Reloading Complex (Ust-Luga) increased financing of its development programme by 41%
14:12 Gazprom posts IFRS net profit of RUB 951.6 bln in 2016 (up 21%, year-on-year)
13:47 Training course aimed at assessment of seafarer competence is being held in Shanghai
13:23 Andrei Iovlev appointed as Harbour Master of Rostov-on-Don port (photo)
12:59 Throughput of Tuapse Commercial Seaport up 1.5% to 4.24 mln t in QI’2017
12:28 Throughput of Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg up 4.6% to 1.8 mln t in QI’2017
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11:36 Maersk Line and Hamburg Süd sale and purchase agreement approved
10:57 Roman Chesnokov appointed as head of Administration of IWW's Ob-Irtysh Basin
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09:39 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,134 points
09:18 Indicative bunker prices go down at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)

2017 April 27

18:41 MacGregor divests Woodfield Systems
18:04 ABS awarded the Offshore & Marine Engineering Award
17:58 IMO joined the 3rd Pacific Regional Energy and Transport Ministerial Meeting
17:40 DHT Holdings announces receipt of unimproved proposal from Frontline
17:35 AIDAdiva kicks off the cruise season in Rostock-Warnemünde
17:20 IMO’s Legal Committee is expected to consider adopting a resolution to encourage ratification and implementation of 2010 HNS Convention
17:04 Swire Pacific Offshore wins Excellence in Manpower Training and Development award
16:49 Rasul Sultanov appointed as Chairman of Astrakhan Region Government (photo)
16:34 Bentec enters the substantial North American oilfield equipment market
16:18 SCF Group recognized at 2016 Marine Money awards for USD 750-million Eurobond issue
16:04 Seabourn and ACTA announce Corporate Partnership agreement through 2017
15:58 Record number of cruise passengers spend 63 million euro in Stockholm
15:41 Hyundai Heavy Industries posts profits of 618.7 bln won for 1Q 2017
15:40 AIDA Cruises takes delivery of AIDAperla in Nagasaki from Mitshubishi Heavy Industries
15:30 Keppel FloaTEC secures engineering and construction support services contract for first Tension Leg Wellhead Production Platform in Vietnam
15:04 Deltamarin’s bulk carrier design shortlisted for Nor-Shipping Awards
15:04 Prosafe awarded Johan Sverdrup contract
14:41 IMO Secretary-General speaks at the 1st Assembly of the International Hydrographic Organization
14:18 IMO attended International Forum on Seafarers' Education, Training & Crewing
13:57 Record number of visitors at Intermodal Asia 2017
13:52 Global bunker market: the volatility remains, expert says
13:29 NOVATEK and Rosneft confirm plans on implementation of projects in Murmansk Region – Marina Kovtun
13:02 ShipRight FastTrack(FT) enables ship designers to cope with the demand for increased FE Analysis scope
12:37 MAN Diesel & Turbo presents new high-pressure SCR for two-stroke engines
12:16 DP World reports 5.7% gross volume growth in first quarter of 2017
12:13 Bunker prices are flat staying high at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:50 RF Transport Ministry suggests NSRA reorganization and authorization for additional functions (photo)
11:05 Vitaly Klyuev forecasts up to 50 large ships and 200 service fleet units to operate permanently on NSR in years ahead
10:42 NIBULON’s fleet will be increased significantly
10:18 HH Ferries Group has docked Tycho Brahe for completion of battery conversion
09:56 Brent Crude futures price down 0.42% to $52.19, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.52% to $49.36
09:34 LUKOIL BoD recommended 2016 dividends distribution in the amount of RUB 120 per ordinary share
09:19 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,147 points