• 2017 November 13 10:40

    RF Government approves the Strategy for the Development of Sea Ports in the Caspian Sea (document)

    The Strategy for the Development of Sea Ports in the Caspian Sea was approved by RF Government Decree dated 8 November 2017 (No 2469-р). According to the official website of the Russian Government, the main goal of the Strategy is to consolidate the economic and geopolitical presence of Russia in the Caspian Sea, to expand and deepen economic and cultural ties with Caspian countries and create conditions for the further socio-economic development of the Caspian region by increasing international trade via the Caspian ports.

    The directive is drafted by the Ministry for North Caucasus Affairs to fulfil the President’s instruction following the Government meeting on 12 October, 2016 (Pr-2077 of 27 October, 2016, item 2) and in accordance with the Federal Law No.172-FZ of 28 June, 2014 “On Strategic Planning in the Russian Federation.”

    The signed directive has endorsed the Strategy for the Development of Sea Ports in the Caspian Sea and Rail and Road Links to Them until 2030 (from now on, referred to as the Strategy).

    The draft Strategy has been elaborated taking into account the Concept for Long-term Socio-economic Development of the Russian Federation for the Period Until 2020, (approved by the Government’s directive No.1662-r of 17 November, 2008), the Concept of the Demographic Policy of the Russian Federation Until 2025, (approved by the President’s executive order  No. 1351 of 9 October, 2007,) the Strategy of the National Security of the Russian Federation, (endorsed by the President’s executive order No. 683 of  31 December, 2015), and the programme of action to ensure strategic interests of the Russian Federation in the Caspian Sea in 2016-2018.

     The main goal of the Strategy is to consolidate the economic and geopolitical presence of Russia in the Caspian Sea, to expand and deepen economic and cultural ties with Caspian countries and create the conditions for further socio-economic development of the Caspian region by increasing international trade via Caspian ports.

    Targets of the Strategy’s implementation:

    - development of the Russian Caspian transit hub and its inclusion in the international trade system;

    - building a sustainable transport and logistics corridor with Iran, India and Persian Gulf countries;

    - socio-economic development of the Caspian region;

    - development of export-oriented business via the Russian Caspian transit hub;

    - reduction of current logistics costs;

    - strengthening of the national defence capability and security on the Caspian Sea.

    The Strategy provides solutions for regulatory, tariff, investment, operational and institutional tasks.

    Regulatory tasks involve increasing the competitiveness of cargo and passenger traffic through Russian ports on the Caspian Sea by simplifying administrative procedures (such as acceleration of customs clearance of cargo shipments and on-the-spot coordination of projects on upgrading port infrastructure facilities). They also encompass the creation of favourable conditions for increasing domestic and international tourism in the region (in particular, by easing customs rules).

    Tariff tasks involve working out and administering uniform competitive shipment tariffs for transportation via the Caspian transit hub.

    Investment tasks include upgrading the existing infrastructure and building new transit and logistics facilities for developing cargo and passenger traffic, including port facilities, as well as remote and close road and railway links to sea ports.

    Operational tasks include the introduction of a project planning and management system, which highlights the export potential of the Caspian region, in particular, its production and logistics facilities. This can be accomplished by creating the necessary legislative and administrative conditions and institutions.

    Institutional tasks are aimed at stimulating the development of agriculture and industrial production, which together with transport infrastructure can produce a synergistic effect for the development of the region as a whole, with the help of institutions for the support of such projects.

    The Strategy will be carried out in three stages: the first or preparatory stage (until 2020); the second or main stage (2020-2025), and the third or long-term stage (2026–2030).

    The Strategy’s targets, tasks and mechanisms are aimed at creating a sustainable transport and logistics corridor and promoting trade and tourism, primarily with Iran, India and Persian Gulf countries. During the long-term stage of implementation, experts plan to study the possibility of promoting trade with all Caspian states, taking into account the expanded capacities of the new offshore deep-water port (terminal).

    Implementing the Strategy will make it possible to increase grain exports via the Caspian Sea ports to seven million tonnes, and the same amount of other dry cargo by 2030, as well as to attract up to 30,000 domestic tourists a year to the Caspian region, and create over 2,000 jobs.

    The document (in Russian) is available at the website of IAA PortNews >>>>

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
13:25 VARD secures contract for the construction of one fishing vessel for Remøybuen AS
13:12 Throughput of Big Port St. Petersburg up 11% to 9.01 million tonnes in 2M’18
12:30 Paweł Jakubowski appointed as President of Polskie LNG S.A. Management Board
11:45 Freeport of Riga is getting ready for new cruise ship season
11:44 MOL announces delivery of the Beluga Ace, 1st next-generation FLEXIE series car carrier
11:23 34 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 14-15
11:00 Bunker prices are going up at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
10:38 Marine Recruiting Agency and Corporate University “Norilsk Nickel” take on joint educational project
10:14 Brent Crude futures price up 0.05% to $64.92, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.11% to $61.03
09:49 Arctic Council will gather in Levi, Finland on 22-23 March 2018
09:17 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,169 points

2018 March 14

18:26 Port of Antwerp sets up maritime training institute in Brazil
18:06 Port of Oakland releases a new 5-year strategic plan
17:55 Baltic Workboats delivers ten more 15m Baltic wave piercing pilot boats to Denmark pilots stations
17:36 Fincantieri upgrades ultra-luxury cruise ship Silver Spirit