• 2017 September 21 13:17

    Sovcomflot CEO Sergey Frank meets IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim

    International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim visited Sovcomflot’s office on 16 September 2017 as part of an official visit to Russia.

    Sovcomflot says the working meeting was attended by: Russian Minister of Transport, Maxim Sokolov; Russian Deputy Minister of Transport and Head of Federal Maritime and River Transport Agency, Victor Olersky; Director of the Department of State Policy for Maritime and River Transport of the Russian Ministry of Transport, Vitaly Klyuev; Russian Chamber of Shipping President, Alexey Klyavin; Sovcomflot President & CEO, Sergey Frank; Sovcomflot First Deputy CEO and Deputy Chairman of the Arctic Economic Council, Yevgeny Ambrosov, and Sovcomflot First Deputy CEO and Chief Engineer, Igor Tonkovidov.

    The meeting agenda included the most pressing issues concerning the regulation of international shipping activities overseen by the IMO, in particular the new requirements regarding the use of low-sulphur fuel on ships, starting from 2020.
    Mr Frank informed Mr Lim about Sovcomflot’s activities, noting in particular that the company is the largest shipping company in Russia, and also one of the world leaders in providing safe energy shipping and in servicing oil and gas projects on the continental shelf. The company also focuses on serving projects in harsh climatic conditions.

    The Sovcomflot President & CEO stressed that developing large-capacity shipping in high latitudes is inextricably linked with issues concerning maritime safety and environmental protection. Given the fragility and vulnerability of the region’s ecosystem, Sovcomflot’s key priorities remain the safety and quality of the services it provides, the application of advanced technology logistical solutions, as well as ensuring eco-friendly and energy efficient operations.

    The company is a pioneer in the conversion of large-capacity vessels to the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a fuel. The first Aframax-class oil tankers with LNG-fuelled engines, ordered by Sovcomflot, will begin operations in the third quarter of 2018. This technical solution is consistent with the international emission limits that will be introduced in 2020, applying in the Baltic and North Sea basins amongst other areas, and will significantly enhance the environmental impact of shipping.
    The IMO Secretary-General was particularly interested in Sovcomflot’s experience in enhancing professional training, as well as the social security of seafaring personnel.

    Mr Lim thanked Mr Frank for the meeting and the introduction to the company’s activities. He also stressed that the Sovcomflot Group’s long-term motivation programme for its senior seafaring personnel is a good example for the entire shipping industry, and expressed a desire to extend this practice to other shipping companies across the world.




2017 October 20

18:31 Finnpilot Pilotage Ltd joins the ITS Finland network
18:10 Kari Wihlman appointed as Director-General of Finnish Transport Agency with effect from 1 January 2018
17:47 Rosmorport appoints Oksana Masyuk as Deputy Director for Economics and Finance of its Arkhangelsk Branch (photo)
17:19 Russian Railways's loading of export freight from ports increases by almost by 6% in 3 quarters of 2017
16:56 Scandlines Helsingborg-Helsingör expands capacity
16:28 USPA announced tender for construction of berth 1-z in Port of Odessa
16:03 Wärtsilä's asset and lifecycle management agreement lets GasLog concentrate on its core business
16:00 Wilson Sons Shipyards delivers SST-Aruá to SAAM SMIT
15:31 In 9M’17, TransContainer transported 1.31 mln TEUs, up 17.7% Y-o-Y
15:03 Otto Energy starts drilling of the ST 224 #1 well
14:29 Opening ceremony of Russian-Indian international Indra-2017 exercise held in Vladivostok
14:02 d’Amico International Shipping launches the first three LR1 vessels
13:30 Sea transport of Sevastopol carried 660,400 passengers in September 2017, down 3.2%, Y-o-Y
13:02 ICTSI orders hybrid RTGs for Manila flagship
12:44 Draft procedure for investment port duty assessment is available at federal portal for legal information (document)
12:22 Aker Solutions wins order for world's largest umbilicals system
12:19 APL starts new Korea China Straits service
12:05 LNG reloading station of Klaipėdos nafta applies highest safety standards
11:37 Major ASW ship Vice Admiral Kulakov enters the port of Alexandria
11:08 Zvezda Shipbuilding complex, Rosnefteflot and Taimyrneftegaz agreed to build and operate 10 Arctic shuttle tankers
10:43 Conference “LNG Fleet and LNG Bunkering in Russia”: registration is underway
10:20 Brent Crude futures price up 0.24% to $57.37, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.33% to $51.46
09:59 Innovative passenger catamaran Grifon presented in Saint-Petersburg (photo)
09:32 Bunker prices are slightly up at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:14 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,582 points

2017 October 19

18:01 Record shipment marks ABP Ipswich and Glencore support of UK farmer
17:38 Arab Association for Women in the Maritime Sector launched in Egypt
17:15 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-Sep'17 grew by 17% to 10.17 mln t
16:50 Throughput of the port of Rotterdam up 2% to 351.5 mln t in 9M’17
16:39 Panama Maritime Authority holds a kick-off ceremony for the construction of the new Amador Cruise Port
16:21 Russian and Greek ships to participate in 190th Anniversary of the Battle of Navarino
15:59 Hartmann Group's AHTS fleet secures long-term investment
15:39 Throughput of port Vyborg up 15% to 1.09 mln t in 9M’17
15:13 Throughput of port Vysotsk up 3% to 12.91 mln t in 9M’17
14:44 Throughput of port Primorsk in 9M’17 down 8% Y-o-Y to 44.68 mln t
14:38 MABUX: Global bunker prices may continue upward evolution next week
14:17 Throughput of port Ust-Luga up 11% to 76.02 mln t in 9M’17
13:50 Bunker market in the Far East ports of Russia sees mixed price movements (graph)
13:25 Throughput of Big Port St. Petersburg up 10% to 39.48 mln t in 9M’17
13:02 TechnipFMC reaches an agreement to acquire Plexus’ exploration wellhead business
12:46 USC to transit to a new corporate management system
12:33 Knyaz Vladimir cruise liner ends 2017 navigation
12:31 Port of Fujairah and Dutch Port companies sign MOU
12:01 Prosafe updates operational results for Q3 2017
11:39 First vessel with coal shipped from Rosterminalugol to Portugal (photo)
11:20 Clean Marine receives a seven-system order from Inventor Chemical Tankers
11:08 Drydocks World recognized as the region’s best rig repair yard
10:54 Crude oil futures prices edge down 0.05% to $58,12 in London, in New York - 0.08% to $52,0 a barrel
10:41 Marine Institute CNIIMF to focus on LNG bunker market pricing at the Conference LNG Fleet & LNG Bunkering in Russia
10:08 Samsung Heavy Industries wins order to build LNG-FSRU
09:16 Baltic Dry Index edges up to 1566
09:08 Fincantieri starts dry dock works on Viking’s sixth ocean ship
08:16 Conductix-Wampfler’s LASSTEC Container Weighing System Earns OIML R51 Certification

2017 October 18

19:36 Experts to assess damage caused by tanker’s allision with Primorsk port’s pier
18:06 Scorpio Bulkers announces commitment for a new loan facility
17:36 New regular Ro-Ro service starts from Port of Koper to Japan
17:01 ABP’s Port of Ipswich welcomes Department for International Trade’s Export
16:31 Cammell Laird strikes ‘Teaming Agreement’ with BAE Systems in bid to build Type 31e Frigates
16:30 ABP’s Port of King’s Lynn helps support national infrastructure project
16:03 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and Mediterranean