• 2017 December 15 23:12

    Russia and USA filed first ever joint note with IMO on shipping in Bering Strait and Bering Sea

    The Russian Federation and the USA have filed the first ever joint note to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on the system of shipping in the Arctic – in the Bering Strait and in the Bering Sea. The document is available at the website of IMO.

    The two countries suggest designating in the Bering Strait and at the approaches two-way shipping lanes open for free passage of vessels flying the flag of any state. In particular, it is suggested to arrange the traffic of ships sailing in the Bering Strait and between the coasts of Russia and the USA in the Bering Sea so that to decrease the risk of collision by separating opposite-direction flows and to prevent/reduce the risk of pollution or other damage to marine environment.

    Maritime boundary between the USA and Russia runs along the Bering Strait under a treaty on delimitation line of maritime spaces signed by the United States and the USSR on 1 June 1990. The agreement has not yet been ratified by the Russian Parliament.

    The boundary line can impose certain restrictions on free commercial navigation, especially in the direction of the Northern Sea Route, revival of which is a strategic task of the Russian Federation, particularly for Europe-Asia transit shipping.

    Since the legal status of the Bering Strait has not yet been defined by a particular international convention, both states are inclined to recognize it as a strait used for international shipping. International straits are covered by the provisions of Part III of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982). Specific character of the situation is determined by the fact that many countries including the Russian Federation are the parties to UNCLOS 1982 while the USA is not.

    Analyses of the data on transit of vessels via the Bering Strait and the Bering Sea shows that the Bering Strait is used by both civil ships (cargo ships and fishing vessels as well as special ships for offshore operation, etc.) and warships. Most of cargo ships carry dry bulk cargo with the number of large capacity ships carrying oil and containers growing from year to year. Navigation is getting more and more intense every year with clear flows of vessels on the Russian and American sides of the Bering Strait.

    The joint proposal submitted by Russia and the USA to IMO provides for designating a two-way route offering relatively straight and efficient lanes with reduced number of turns and crossings and with the maximum distance from the coast as well as ecological and cultural zones.

    The designation of two-way routes will ensure availability of free, internationally recognized corridors for vessels sailing across the Bering Strait in the interests of the Russian Federation despite any shifts in foreign policy of the USA.

    “According to preliminary estimates, shipping lanes in the Bering Strait can obtain a legal status before the end of 2018”, Vitaly Klyuyev, Director of RF Transport Ministry's Department of State Policy for Maritime and River Transport, told IAA PortNews.




2018 December 12

15:50 Throughput of Russian seaports in 11M’18 grew by 4.2% Y-o-Y to 746.8 million tonnes (detalization)
15:26 Okskaya Sudoverf launches first dry cargo carrier of Project RSD32M
15:02 American Petroleum Institute (API) awards bolt fatigue testing program contract to DNV GL
14:25 Giant Octopus added to the CPC’s stock of ER equipment
14:01 London hosts global port environment experts
13:20 Pola Anatolia, dry cargo ship of RSD59 design, successfully passed sea trials
13:01 Newcastle Container Terminal to deliver savings for regional NSW
12:36 Sovcomflot BoD considered the Group’s financial plan for 2019 and a forecast for 2020-2021
12:01 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Ismene with Koch
11:49 Yury Trutnev appointed as head of revised State Commission for Arctic Development
11:22 Three icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on December 11-12
11:00 COSCO SHIPPING Ports partners with Abu Dhabi Ports to create regional trading hub and Middle East gateway for Belt and Road
10:47 Throughput of Rostov-on-Don port in 11M’18 up 15% Y-o-Y to 22.9 million tonnes
10:20 Brent Crude futures price up 1.16% to $60.9, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.67% to $52.3
10:11 Full bonded area is opened in Port Bronka
10:01 WMU welcomes ITF General Secretary and President
09:59 GTT receives an order for the tank design of two new LNG carriers
09:44 Bunker prices continue going down at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,364 points
08:28 Boskalis Ndurance’ cable trencher successfully tested at Alexiahaven
08:05 Maritime Blockchain Labs announces new consortium to improve crew management

2018 December 11

17:59 ASW Severomorsk of RF Navy's Northern Fleet makes a call to the Republic of Djibouti
17:33 Diesel submarine of RF Navy’s Pacific Fleet conducted training exercise in the Sea of Japan
17:10 Port of Antwerp International to consult USPA on tariff setting, concession and environmental policy
16:46 Van Oord supports the 6th Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
16:21 Yamal LNG reached full capacity
16:02 Hapag-Lloyd announces rates from Indian Subcontinent & Pakistan to North Europe
15:32 Georgia Ports Authority on track for 4.3M TEUs in 2018
15:20 Four new sponsors confirmed to join line-up at 2019’s Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference
15:02 Hapag-Lloyd announces rates from Middle East to North Europe
14:48 Draft law on Arctic administration approved in the third reading by Russia’s State Duma
14:32 ECSA welcomes the decision by the EU Commission to update the EU list of ship recycling facilities
14:02 Global Ship Lease announces new long-term charter agreements with CMA CGM
13:32 Maersk Broker Bulk Chartering and Wonsild Dry to merge as of January 2019
13:15 Throughput of port Kavkaz in 11M’18 grew by 13% Y-o-Y to 45.61 million tonnes
13:02 COSCO SHIPPING Ports and Abu Dhabi Ports inaugurate CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal
12:46 Throughput of Russian seaports in 11M’18 grew by 4.2% to 746.81 million tonnes
12:13 Alfa Laval sells more than 100 GCU units for LNG newbuilds
12:01 Overseas Shipholding Group and American Shipping Company jointly announce extension of tanker charters
11:44 One icebreaker escort operation performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on December 10-11
11:40 The second phase of IMO-implemented safe and sustainable ship recycling project in Bangladesh starts
11:17 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
10:58 NYK сoncludes long-term charter agreement for three LNG carriers with MC
10:30 MAN Cryo and partners develop marine liquid-hydrogen fuel-gas system
10:05 Port of Gdansk reports new quarterly record
09:39 Brent Crude futures price up 0.37% to $60.19, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.31% to $51.16
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,385 points

2018 December 10

18:08 US major retail container ports imports reach 2 million containers in October 2018
17:50 Taganrog Sea Commercial Port spent USD 67,300 for its environmental programme in 9M’2018, up 6% YoY
17:27 Icebreakers of FSUE Rosmorport assisted 322 ships in navigation season 2018-2019
17:06 Nexans awarded contract for the manufacturing, delivery and installation of 350 kV HVDC submarine cable in the Philippines
16:49 Throughput of port Riga (Latvia) in 11M’18 climbed by 6.5% Y-o-Y to 33.1 million tonnes
16:33 Konstantin Ponomarev appointed as head of RS Nuclear Ships Branch
16:10 Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative launches new online platform
15:58 MOL to participate in construction, ownership, operation of FSRU for Jawa 1 gas-fired IPP project in Indonesia
15:52 MOL LNG сarrier LNG Fukurokuju rescues castaway
15:26 Gasum consolidates its position as the leading Nordic LNG provider
14:58 NIBULON Shipbuilding and Repair Yard adds a new high-capacity German crane to its cranes
14:25 BIMCO publishes two 2020 sulphur clauses
14:00 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 16,794 in RF spot market