• 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 >>>>

2017 November 22

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07:30 Ekofish Group builds twin-rigger at Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam

2017 November 21

18:24 Navios Maritime Holdings reports 3Q, 9 months financial results
18:19 Philly Shipyard delivers fourth and final product tanker to Kinder Morgan
17:59 Major ASW ship Vice Admiral Kulakov enters Norwegian Sea
17:37 Sokhna World Zone project presented to investors in Dubai
17:23 Mathilde Maersk rescues stranded fishermen
17:12 Tuco and Sea Machines unveil remote controlled prozero workboats
16:51 Sea Port of St.Peterburg completed another stage of machinery modernization
16:34 Hapag-Lloyd announces vessel delay and port omission on WAN service
16:27 MOL and joint PBCF developers attend 2017 Nikkei Global Environmental Technology Award ceremony
16:17 MMT starts offshore geophysical survey for AQUIND Interconnector
15:54 Gazprom and Shell discuss LNG projects and Nord Stream 2
15:35 IMO’s technical cooperation activities have received a boost of US$1.0 million
15:11 Kleven signs MoU with De Beers Marine Namibia
14:52 Djibouti Regional Training Centre equipped with modern computer-based training simulator
14:33 FESCO delivered equipment from Shanghai to Moscow for Chinese CRCC to construct the Moscow metro stations
14:14 Great Lakes takes delivery of Ellis Island, largest hopper dredge in the USA
13:42 State-of-the-art dredger launched with Wärtsilä propulsion system
13:28 Cummins to feature EPA Tier 4 QSK38 clean diesel engine at International Workboat Show
13:05 Russia’s General Board of State Expert Review approves Kola Yard project (photo)
12:23 EU NAVFOR confirms the names of the attacked vessels as Galerna III and MV Ever Dynamic
11:58 Assembling of Crimea Bridge’s motor vehicle part completed at one of the four sea sections (photo)
11:25 Lisbon, Portugal will host LPG Europe Summit in March 2018
11:00 RF Navy's Pacific Fleet warship detachment leaves Thailand
10:37 RadiantFleet announces agreement with Clearwater Ship Management
10:14 Brent Crude futures price up 0.13% to $62.30, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.12% to $56.49
09:53 Gazprom and Mitsubishi discuss cooperation prospects in LNG sector
09:30 NIBULON shipyard put into operation its new assembly and fabrication workshop
09:12 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,385 points

2017 November 20

18:06 Shipping must be economically sustainable if it is to deliver on environmental sustainability, ICS tells OECD
17:51 Port of Goole supports region’s green future
17:29 Government of Germany сontinues support to WMU
17:06 Sokhna World Zone project presented to investors in Dubai
16:44 Sovcomflot posts operating profit over 9M’17 rising by 50.5% to USD 131.2 million
16:18 New sugar terminal to be constructed at the Port of Gdansk
16:00 Wärtsilä to deliver high efficiency and low emissions for new Viking Line ferry
15:55 Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company expands its activities in foreign waters
15:30 IMO takes part in Green Ship Technology North America Conference
15:04 Cammell Laird issues EU worker statement
14:46 Port of Klaipeda (Lithuania) handled 35.12 mln t of cargo in 10M’17, up 5.5% Y-o-Y
14:29 National Fish Resources to invest RUB 3-4 bln in creation of a fishery cluster in the Kaliningrad Region
14:08 RS class: gas carriers “BORIS VILKITSKY” and “FEDOR LITKE” delivered to the customer
13:37 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 12,821 in RF spot market
13:14 Damen launches cutting-edge Fishery Research Vessel for Angolan Fisheries Ministry
13:01 Optimarin shakes up BWT sector with unique promise for shipowners
12:43 IMO’s Jan De Boer participated at the LNG Ship/Shore Interface Conference in London
12:22 International seminar on mutual cooperation between IMO, WMU and KMOU held in Busan, Republic of Korea
12:01 Maersk Line and Damco deliver a block train solution for Decathlon
11:36 JMSDF’s destroyer Hamagiri arrives in Vladivostok
11:12 Onezhsky Shipyard launches floating bridges built for a residential area in Petrozavodsk (photo)
10:50 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) up 7.7% to 17.26 mln TEUs in 10M’17
10:24 Brent Crude futures price down 2.09% to $45.08, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.16% to $56.62
10:05 Nonius Engineering supports “Hydraulic Engineering Structures of Water Transport” Congress as its Sponsor
09:43 Commercial Sea Port of Ust-Luga performs unique unloading operation (photo)
09:20 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,371 points
09:08 EU NAVFOR’s Italian ship Virginio Fasan chases and captures suspected pirates
08:18 First shipload of liquefied natural gas to Northern Finland delivered to Manga LNG terminal

2017 November 19

17:31 Wison signs MOU with Shanghai Electric for medium large floating LNG power solution
17:22 Tomini Shipping places order for three Kamsarmaxes