• 2017 August 11 11:03

    Russia's export coal rail traffic in Jan-Jun up 16.4% to 94.8 million tonnes (review)

    Rail transportation of coal exported from Russia between January and June 2017 increased by 16.4% compared to the corresponding period in 2016 and totaled 94.8 million tonnes. The railway transport statistics show that the largest coal exports volume was hauled to the Far East regional ports and border crossings points.











    According to Rosstat, in the first half of 2017 coal production in Russia increased by 7.3% (or 13.6 million tonnes), to 199.4 million tonnes. At the same time, production at Kuzbass coal mines, which account for up to 60% of total Russian coal production, rose 10% to 118.3 million tonnes. The largest output growth was at SUEK-Kuzbass – by 1.8 million tonnes and at Kizassky Open Pit Mine (VostokUgol MC) – by 1.7 million tonnes.

    Despite the railway network overhaul carried out by Russian Railways (RZD), Russian coal export traffic in the six-month period rose 16.4% year-on-year to 94.8 million tonnes. The largest coal volume was transported to the Far Eastern ports and border crossings points. The direction is a promising one due to the steady demand for high-quality Russian coal in the Asia-Pacific market, where the coal imports growth is pushed by firm global market prices acceptable for domestic coal exporters, and by the PRC Gov't ban imposed on coal imports from North Korea. This encouraged Russian coal exports to Chinese consumers.

    Despite the June peak in the railway network overhaul, export coal traffic during the period increased by 5.5% thanks to the commodity transportation to the following border crossing points: the Grodekovo station – by 50%, Kamyshova station – by 54% and the Khassan station – by 3.3 times.









    Not only exports but overall rail coal traffic across RZD network increased in H1 2017 to 177.3 million tonnes (+ 9.4%).
    Coal exports through Russian seaports in the first half of the year totaled 75.2 million tonnes (+ 16.2% y-o-y). Of the volume, the commodity exports via the ports of the Northwest region jumped by 27% to 26 million tonnes, through the ports of the Azov-Black Sea Basin – by 36% to 6 million tonnes, through the Far Eastern ports – by 8% to 43.2 million tonnes. Coal shipments through border crossing points with the Eastern Europe countries increased by 5% to 9 million tonnes, through border crossings with China – by 120% to 3 million tonnes, through the Khassan border crossing station – by 96% to 1.4 million tonnes.

    According to the above figures, the Russian coal industry is one of the successfully developing sectors of the nation's economy. According to the forecast of the Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak, "coal production in Russia by 2035 could his 435 million tonnes milestone and exports may increase by 20%.”

    If the RZD project for modernization of the Baikal-Amur Mainline and The Trans-Siberian Railway succeeds it will further boost the export potential of the transport corridor between Russia and the Asia-Pacific Region countries, including the export of Russian coal. Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that the investment program of the Far East should be integrated with the development of a transport cluster in the region, primarily the BAM and Transsib. According to the project approved three years ago, the capacity of these rail mainlines should grow by 66 million tonnes in 2020. At least more than 30 million tonnes of the volume will account for the Far East cargo shippers.

2018 March 19

13:32 Workshop on how to design and conduct drills and maritime security exercises held in Jamaica
13:10 DP World and NIIF joint venture Hindustan Infralog to acquire 90% of Continental Warehousing Corporation in India
12:48 52 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 18-19
12:21 Wärtsilä acquires Transas to accelerate its Smart Marine Ecosystem vision
12:05 ULSTEIN holds steel cutting for SunStone's X-BOW expedition cruise vessel
11:49 Aker Arctic and ICEYE to provide satellite ice information
11:30 13th Arctic Passion Seminar held in Helsinki
11:08 Bibby Offshore announces merger with Rever Offshore
10:45 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) up 2.2% to 3.22 million TEUs in Jan-Feb’18
10:23 Brent Crude futures price down 0.48% to $65.89, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.46% to $62.12
10:08 MSC launches new freight rail service between Seville, Spain, and the Atlantic
09:42 Singapore will host 17th Vessel Efficiency and Fuel Management Summit on 29-30 August 2018
09:17 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,143 points
09:08 Ulstein celebrates keel laying of Lindblad’s first polar new build
08:04 DP World acquires fully integrated logistics services provider in Peru

2018 March 17

06:48 Seatrade convicted for trafficking toxic ships

2018 March 16

18:06 Rijkswaterstaat awards Afsluitdijk project to Levvel consortium
17:36 HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai handles new record ship
17:05 ICS publishes latest Flag State Performance Table
16:51 Vladimir Putin inspected the completed new road section of the Crimean Bridge
16:35 Wison successfully delivers the global largest single cracking furnace module
16:20 GTT announces the end of the test phase of its new LNG brick® technology
16:05 Fincantieri starts building of ultra-luxury cruise ship for Regent Seven Seas Cruises
15:30 Caterpillar Marine announces first European IMO Tier III tugboat
15:03 Throughput of port Kavkaz up 67% to 4.3 million tonnes in 2M’18
14:39 Port of Hamburg proves effectiveness in handling mega-carriers
14:05 Training for port facility security staff arranged in the Dominican Republic
13:42 Multipurpose Reloading Complex takes lead in the industry
13:20 Karachi Shipyards & Engineering Works delivers two Damen Stan Patrol 1605 FRP patrol boats to Pakistan Customs
13:17 Bunker prices continue going down at the port of Novorossiysk, Russia (graph)
12:51 52 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 15-16
12:28 Seaports of Russia’s Azov Sea Basin handled 16.77 million tonnes of cargo in winter 2017-2018, up 63.8% Y-o-Y
12:04 Latin America maritime cooperation centre launched
11:40 Vympel Shipyard laid down second armament support ship of Project 20360М for RF Defence Ministry (photo)
11:15 Vostochny Port JSC develops railway infrastructure under its Phase 3 project (photo)
10:52 IMO joined leading oil spill experts to discuss future issues concerning oil spill preparedness, response and restoration
10:27 Brent Crude futures price down 0.11% to $65.05, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.05% to $61.16
10:09 Panama Canal signs agreement with Association of Soybean and Corn Producers of Mato Grosso
09:48 IMO is looking at safety aspects of on shore power supply to ships
09:34 Bunker prices are flat at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:16 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,150 points
09:03 Damen unveils Multi Cat Water Injection Dredger

2018 March 15

18:25 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Mediterranean
18:11 ICS releases latest Flag State Performance Table (with new criteria included)
18:05 Fincantieri will cooperate with Barzan Holdings
17:57 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in 2M’18 up 16% Y-o-Y to 2.32 million tonnes
17:35 Second Sanmar Voith Schneider Propeller tug joins sister in Israel
17:20 Throughput of port Vyborg up 19% to 197,800 tonnes in 2M’18
17:05 Seaspan acquires Greater China Intermodal Investments LLC
17:02 MABUX: global bunker market still in 'wait-and-see' mood
16:35 DP World announces strong financial results for 2017
16:16 Throughput of port Vysotsk down 5% to 3.06 million tonnes in 2M’18
16:05 ECSA and WSC call for the revision of the Reporting Formalities Directive to improve the efficiency of maritime transport
15:39 Port of Oakland imports up 14.9 percent in February 2018
15:31 Sanmar orders 42 Rolls-Royce thrusters
15:22 Coastal facilities and hydraulic engineering structures under FNPP project in Chukotka to be completed in August 2019
15:07 Port of Dover awards major contract for new Refrigerated Cargo Terminal
14:33 Yang Ming to launch new Japan-Malaysia-Vietnam direct service
14:11 Throughput of port Primorsk in 2M’18 down 32% Y-o-Y to 7.47 million tonnes
13:50 Throughput of port Ust-Luga up 6% to 16.59 million tonnes in 2M'18