• 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 January 16

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18:08 DNV GL approves latest Kongsberg Digital Engine Room Simulators
17:49 Russian Railways: Loading of Russia’s export cargo bound for domestic ports up 6.4% Y-o-Y to 293.4 mln t in 2017
17:26 State stevedores of Ukraine handled 34.73 mln t of cargo in 2017, down 9.6% Y-o-Y
17:00 Andrey Lavrishchev’s report at Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging Congress will focus on promising port projects
16:35 Installation of Belgian topside for offshore substation marks milestone in further construction of Merkur Offshore Wind Farm
16:04 Maersk Line announces increase in FAK rates from Northern Europe to Middle East and ISC and from Mediterranean to Far East
15:52 Jotun Paints congratulates North-Western Shipping Company on its 95th anniversary!
15:34 DNV GL launches new JDP to test biodegradable lubricants
15:04 TTS Group ASA secures contract with Cosco (Dalian) Shipyard for TTS cranes
14:45 New Delhi will host 5th edition of Oil Spill India Conference on 5-6 July 2018
14:29 Norwegian Control Systems delivers automation and bridge control systems to five Fjord1 ferries
14:10 Port Mechel Temryuk hanlded 1.5 mln t of cargo in 2017, up 6% Y-o-Y (photo)
13:37 Russia's crude exports in 2017 rise 7%, year-on-year, to 256.718 million tonnes
13:13 Turnover of DeloPorts’ terminals in 2017 up 28% Y-o-Y to 7.7 mln t
12:49 NSR cargo traffic in 2017 included 9.73 mln t carried by seagoing vessels and 797,190 t carried by river ships
12:28 Singapore will host 22nd HR & Crew Management Conference on 16-17 May, 2018
11:56 Three vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on Jan 15-16
11:34 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:11 Coal exports from Russia rose 4% to 185.136 million tonnes in 2017
10:50 Oceanographic vessel Admiral Vladimirsky starts research in Indian Ocean
10:25 Brent Crude futures price down 0.4% to $69.98, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.31% to $64.5
10:07 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and the Mediterranean
09:42 Cargo turnover at inland water ways of Azov-Don Basin down 4.9% to 9.796 mln t in 2017
09:19 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,264 points
09:07 Vroon’s VOS Stone mobilised with Ampelmann A400 gangway system
08:37 MMC First Process involved in the world’s first wellboat simulator
07:03 Crowley announces plans to build new 100,000-barrel Alaska Class ATB

2018 January 15

18:06 The largest hydraulic crane in the world at Vuosaari Harbour
17:29 Port of Tallinn offers Video Guides for car and truck drivers
17:06 Number of sea-going vessels entered the port of Rotterdam up to 29,646 in 2017
16:47 Construction begins on “Crystal Endeavor” at MV WERFTEN
16:43 Throughput of port Taganrog up 29.8% 3,067,100 t in 2017
16:35 QuantiServ introduces robotised laser technology that drastically increases the lifespan of 2-stroke engine pistons
16:16 Ice navigation restrictions at port Vysotsk (Leningrad Region) come into effect from January 29
15:51 Yevgeny Savkin appointed as Director General of Commercial Sea Port of Ust-Luga (photo)
15:27 Three vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on Jan 14-15
15:04 Port of Kiel throughput up 14.3% to 7,407.376 tons in 2017
14:30 Grain transshipment via Russian ports showed highest growth in 2017 among other cargoes, followed by coal and coke
14:02 Crossing of 278 vessel the Suez Canal of tonnage 16.9 million ton during 6 days
13:48 Dry cargo carrier of Project 964, Kalevala, converted for grain transportation (photo)
13:23 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 13,037 in RF spot market
13:02 MOL announces full acquisition and name change of Azalea Maritime B.V.
12:41 Egyptian Government targets 5.7 milliard dollars Suez Canal revenues by end of fiscal year
12:05 Adani inaugurates two Royal IHC Beagle TSHDs
11:57 ZIM appoints a Chief Digital Officer
11:39 Change in communications leadership at Hamburg Süd
11:00 Ships of RF Navy's Baltic Fleet return from distant cruise
10:23 Zelenodolsk A. Gorky Shipyard lays down yet another 22160-series patrol boat of Project 22160 (photo)
09:57 Brent Crude futures price up 0.03% to $69.89, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.28% to $64.48
09:15 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,279 points

2018 January 14

12:26 Hapag-Lloyd announces GRI from East Asia to Caribbean, East Coast Central America, Panama, Mexico Gulf & Progreso
12:24 Hapag-Lloyd implements GRI from East Asia to USA and Canada
12:22 Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics receives a Biosecurity Certificate of Commendation from Australian government agency
12:19 Luka Koper volumes up 6 % in 2017

2018 January 13

20:16 Port of Long Beach releases rail facility study
20:15 Royal IHC launches the multi-purpose 5,450m3 trailing suction hopper dredger
20:12 Record fall in container volumes at the Port of Gothenburg
20:10 New bulk cargo terminal MOU announced in Poti, Georgia

2018 January 12

18:26 Latest expansion begins at Port of Felixstowe