• 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 December 13

13:35 Transneft’s subsidiary updates ISO certification
13:30 Maersk Line announces new FAK rates from Far East to North Europe
13:06 Aker Solutions wins modifications contract from Maersk Drilling
12:23 Nobel Bros Shipyard begins drydocking of Shestaya Pyatiletka-class MS Olenegorsk
11:11 Work continues to combat illicit maritime activity
10:52 Bunker prices go up at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
10:28 Brent Crude futures price up 0.9% to $63.91, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.58% to $57.47
10:10 Transneft Baltic completed implementation of Sever project’s Phase 3
09:44 Russian Railways: Loading of Russia’s export cargo bound for domestic ports up 6.3% Y-o-Y to 266.8 mln t in 11M’17
09:26 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,743 points
08:07 Port of Long Beach surges past 2016 cargo volume
07:51 ABS partnership enhances safety in Ghana’s offshore industry

2017 December 12

18:34 Shipping Corporation of India participated in relief efforts targeted at fisherman affected by OCKHI under
18:07 Konecranes to deliver its first Waste-to-Energy cranes to India
17:54 Fourth Feadship yard taking shape in Amsterdam
17:50 Major Baltic Sea policies reviewed ahead of HELCOM Ministerial Meeting
17:48 Skangas signs Letter of Intent with National Grid Grain LNG
17:46 Boskalis completes successful Aasta Hansteen float-over installation
17:00 Nefteflot delivers lead oil tanker of Project RST11 (photo)
15:03 Russia will support Finland’s proposal to IMO on evaluation of legal framework for unmanned navigation (photo)
14:27 Russia and Finland to submit joint proposal to IMO for accepting ship’s documents in e-format (photo)
14:01 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and Mediterranean
13:39 GlavGosEkspertiza approves the project on construction of a multi-purpose for oil products at port Novorossiysk (photo)
13:01 MOL with partners agree to start a demonstration test of blockchain technology in cross-border trade operations
12:31 Seaspan accepts delivery of fourth 11000 TEU SAVER containership
12:01 Classification contract for CMA CGM’s 22,000 TEU dual-fuel containerships was signed at Marintec in Shanghai
11:48 MGO prices are still high at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:22 Russia invites Finland to designate a common water area in the Gulf of Finland not subject to ballast water exchange (photo)
11:13 Jan De Nul enters in JV company agreement with the Payra Port Authority to proceed with EUR 550 million port dredging contract
11:00 Ville Haapasaari named new CEO of the Port of Helsinki
10:51 CMA CGM to upgrade MIDAS Loop 1 connecting South Africa with Indian Subcontinent and Middle East Gulf
10:31 Brent Crude futures price up 1% to $65.34, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.5% to $58.28
10:08 Russia and Finland to cooperate in icebreaker assistance during 2017-2018 winter navigation season (photo)
09:40 Klaipeda Seaport Authority expands its fleet with new oil response and diving support vessel
09:19 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,727 points

2017 December 11

18:27 APL expands coverage in the Trans-Atlantic with New North Atlantic Service
18:07 Keppel secures S$130 million in projects from repeat customers
18:01 NOVATEK: LNG sales under long-term contracts will commence in April 2018
17:39 LR and UMAS release ‘Zero Emission Vessels 2030’ study
17:38 Port of Riga introduces new and innovative dry bulk handling technology
17:33 Van Oord completes expansion of Taiwan's largest port
17:16 ABB’s first Azipod® D propulsion system now in operation
17:06 Damen Schelde Gears acquired by RENK
16:55 Private sector partners in the pursuit of low carbon shipping
16:55 Teekay LNG Partners secures long-term financing for Yamal ARC7 LNG carriers
16:51 IMO Assembly adopts vision and strategic directions
16:33 Port of Helsinki’s West Terminal 2 awarded recognition for accessibility
16:03 Essar Vizag Terminal to take week-long shutdown to commission 8,000 TPH ship loader
15:47 Throughput of Russian seaports in 11M’17 grew by 9% to 716.7 mln t (detalization)
15:33 ICTSI agree on Motukea port project framework
15:19 Navigation season is over in Volga-Don Basin of Russia’s IWW (photo)
15:03 Port of Antwerp to invest 1.4 million euros over the next three years in seven projects
14:33 Maersk Line completes the divestment of Mercosul Line
14:21 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 13,104 in RF spot market
14:03 Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam, UWT and Smith Holland to launch an Empty Transferium at Maasvlakte’s ECT Euromax terminal
13:37 Aker Solutions to provide subsea production system for Aker BP's Ærfugl
13:12 Russian seaports handled 716.75 mln t of cargo in 11M’17, up 9% Y-o-Y
12:50 ABP on course to become one of UK’s biggest corporate solar power producers
12:24 Gdansk, Poland to host Transport Week 2018 on March 6-8
12:01 JNPT records growth of 5.76% in container handling DPD share up at 34.73 per cent