• 2017 May 18 11:30

    Korean passenger/cargo ship Man Gyong Bong called at the port of Vladivostok (photo)

    The Man Gyong Bong (Passenger/Cargo Ship, flag of North Korea) has called the port of Vladivostok and moored at the passenger terminal, says IAA port news correspondent.  The ship will stay at the port for 16 hours and then return to her homeport Rajin (DPRK). The site was encircled by police. 

    Press center of the Primorsky Territory Administration earlier said the ship was to deliver more than 40 tourists and representatives of tourism companies from China who are to see the sights of Vladivostok and visit the Pacific Tourist Forum (18-21 May) and then leave for Húnchūn. 

    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  making up to six voyages per month.  The ship is supposed to make six voyages per month. The 90-mile run to Rajin takes about 10 hours. 

    During a two-day stay 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 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.  

    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 28

18:31 Teekay announces naming ceremony of the ALP Keeper
18:17 ExxonMobil, Eagle LNG Partners and Crowley sign LNG collaboration agreement
18:13 New facility opens at the Port of Philadelphia
18:01 Kiellichter ship of RF Navy's Pacific Fleet delivered the hardware to the Matua island (photo)
18:00 Maher Terminals welcomes 10,000 TEUs ZIM ANTWERP
17:56 ABP’s Humber International Terminal invests £10 million in two new Gottwald 820 cranes
17:55 Keppel secures conversion and repair projects worth S$85 million
17:40 Krylov State Research Center presents a model of multi-purpose aircraft carrier Shtorm (photo)
17:22 Preparations for the international conference "Advanced Port Fleet- the basis of safety" are underway
16:58 Admiralteiskie Verfi shipyard and RF Navy to sign contract for construction of two more diesel-electric submarines of Project 677 ‘Lada’
16:34 USC President believes it is realistic to build Leader icebreaker by 2025
16:13 SCHOTTEL successfully tests new underwater mountable 5.5MW thruster
15:50 PortNews starts working on special edition of its journal for POSIDONIA-2018 and SMM-2018
15:33 ESPO congratulates the Port of Vigo for achieving PERS Certification
15:15 Korean investors set to build fish processing plant and logistics hub in Primorsky Territory
15:03 Statoil Petroleum gets new contracts in Norway
14:33 Cooper Group selects ABS to provide compliance solution for inland waterway regulatory requirements
14:03 MacGregor and ESL Shipping jointly develop and test the safety and efficiency benefits of an autonomous discharging feature on bulk handling cranes
13:31 Antwerp start-up T-Mining develops Blockchain solution for safe, efficient container release
13:02 DHT Holdings announces completion of delivery of all vessels acquired from BW Group and transfer of two newbuilding contracts
12:31 The Switch and Steerprop join forces for ground-breaking propulsion unit
12:20 Sakhalin Shipping Company appoints Yevgeny Temyakov as BoD Chairman (photo)
11:55 Draft Strategy for Social and Economic Development of Khabarovsk Territory till 2030 approved by ad hoc authority
11:12 RF Navy's Corvette ‘Sovershenny’ conducted tests of the ship's hydroacoustic complexes
10:51 16 warships arrived in St. Petersburg for participation in the International Maritime Defence Show ’IMDS-2017’
10:18 Kaliningrad Region hopes for construction of Pionersky terminal to begin in summer-autumn 2017
09:53 Brent Crude futures price down 0.15% to $46.85, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.34% to $44.09
09:34 Indicative bunker prices go down at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:15 Baltic Dry Index up to 903 points

2017 June 27

18:36 Hapag-Lloyd to implement new GRI for all dry, reefer, flat rack and open top containers from East Asia to US and Canada
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