• 2018 March 6 14:24

    Representatives of marine and river industries comment on presidential address to the Federal Assembly

    Representatives of marine and river industries and stevedoring businesses agree that the recent address of the Russian President to the Federal Assembly marked significant achievements of the industries though there are still challenges to be met, particularly at the highest state level, IAA PortNews correspondent reports from the Congress of Transport Workers of Russia, Moscow.

    According to Aleksey Klyavin, President of Russian Chamber of Shipping, the President expressed a high opinion about the industry specific achievements that were possible through joint efforts of the Ministry of Transport, related associations, businesses and other stakeholders. 

    “The President marked that the capacity of Russian seaports has reached the record of 1,025 billion and we are proud to having done that through joint efforts. When speaking about those achievements we can distinguish real success in the Arctic development: it is suffice to recall everything done in Sabetta, that will let us increase cargo traffic in the Arctic... including liquefied natural gas the volumes of which will permanently grow. We all saw the unique tanker Christophe de Margerie loaded with LNG make her first voyage. Actually, shipping is a growth driver of the shipbuilding industry and innovations. Considerable, I would say breakthrough achievements, are seen in legislative regulations there”, said Aleksey Klyavin. 

    The President of Russian Chamber of Shipping specially marked the positive role of state measures to support shipping and shipbuilding including subsidies covering loan/leasing interest rates. They let increase the number of vessels registered with Russian Maritime Register of Shipping which currently numbers 1,150 ships with total deadweight exceeding 5 million tonnes. 

    However, Aleksey Klyavin said the share of foreign trade cargo carried by ships under the Russian flag is still low. 

    “Still, there are a lot of problems but joint efforts of the authorities and businesses can bring solutions. The main thing is to find efficient approaches allowing for the development of Russian economy, Russian fleet and Russian transport infrastructure”, said Aleksey Klyavin.  

    In his turn, Andrey Gorlenko, BoD Chairman at the North-Western Shipping Company, emphasized that water transport has seen considerable success in recent years. 

    “A lot has been done in the water transport sector in recent years, first of all, with the state support”, said Andrey Gorlenko. According to him, one of the key challenges of the industry which should be met at the state level, is the absence of well balanced tariff policy covering different types of transport. 

    As Konstantin Anisimov, head of Moscow River Shipping Company, told IAA PortNews, the President did not touch the issues of inland water transport since this segment is not large enough in terms of the country economy and has alternatives in other transport segments. Meanwhile, the issue of tariff policy balance really needs to be solved and the industry feels the support of RF Transport Ministry. 

    “We are really concerned about the bunker prices, which is the first problem, and about the balance between different types of transport – the second one. If this balance is not achieved, river transport can entirely disappear in ten years. Perhaps, cruise ships will remain if there are companies strong enough to build new ships – it is actually unaffordable taking into account the seasonal character of the segment. Generally speaking, everything is very difficult”, summarized Konstantin Anisimov. 

    Serik Zhusupov, Executive Director of the Association of Commercial Sea Ports, also marked the President’s words about the record high growth of Russian seaports’ capacity. However the emphasized that the recent five years have seen the growth of cargo turnover by 40% amid the capacity growth of 20%, which shows a breakthrough in stevedoring companies’ activities. 

    “Port operators should set themselves more ambitious tasks. We succeed in the competition and marine competition has no limits.  Therefore, I am sure that measures undertaken by the government, first of all by the Ministry of Transport, will let us face even more challenging tasks”, said Serik Zhusupov. 

    The presidential addressed touched very significant and systemic issues. Dealing with them will allow for a technological breakthrough in the development of port industry in the Russian Federation, said Irina Olkhovskaya, First Deputy Director General of Port Management Company LLC running coal terminals of Rosterminalugol JSC and Vostochny Port JSC. 

    “For us, Russia’s largest stevedoring holding in the coal segment, it was very important to hear a message of the President on synchronized development of railway and port infrastructure. First of all, comprehensive and systemic approach of the President to long-term development of BAM and Transsib lines, expansion of throughput capacity which will ensure macroeconomic effect for the development of coal and port industries based on new technologies, - said Irina Olkhovskaya. - Expansion of BAM and Transsib and debottlenecking of infrastructure facilities will ensure the development of Russia’s coal industry and port industry which are showing fast growth today. 

    A very important issue of ensuring environmental safety was brought up in the presidential address. Vladimir Putin was speaking about gradual convertion to the best available environmentally friendly technologies. 

    Operation of Rosterminalugol and Vostochny Port comply with international standards for environmental safety, they use the best available technologies for coal transshipment. Moreover, modernization of dedicated coal terminals continues.  In this context, Vostochny Port JSC has recently signed a three-party agreement on cooperation with the authorities of Primorsky Territory and Nakhodka Municipality. 

    In the framework of Vostochny Port’s Phase 3, the largest infrastructure project in the Primorsky Territory, we are applying the best available technologies that make it the most hi-tech project in the industry today”. 

    Among issues requiring solutions, ACSP representatives distinguished those associated with the legislation on natural monopolies in the part of stevedoring and port service companies, and with state border check points.

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2018 March 21

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18:16 Dorian LPG announces third Japanese fnancing
18:14 GasLog Partners LP announces acquisition of GasLog Gibraltar for $207 million and repayment of intercompany loan
18:04 ABP South Wales achieves new ISO 9001:2016 standard for bulk handling operations
17:42 Port of Gdansk to breathe new life into Dworzec Drzewny Quay
17:20 ABB wins contract to equip two next-generation shuttle tankers with future-proof solutions
17:13 Finnlines decides to exercise the options to lengthen two more ro-ro vessels
17:03 Throughput of Chinese ports up 4.7% to 1.45 billion tonnes in 2M’18
16:39 Pavel Bezmaternykh elected as Director of Eastern-Siberian Inland Navigation Company
16:18 Port of Gdansk overhauls its quays
16:00 Novikombank provides a $100 million loan to STLC
15:47 Huntington Ingalls names two vice presidents
15:21 Gulf Island Fabrication secures contracts for two specialized vessels
15:04 Seatrade Maritime Middle East 2018 to be held in Dubai on 29-31 October as part of UAE Maritime Week
14:42 LUKOIL’s profit in 2017 more than doubled YoY to RUB 418.8 bln
14:23 Wärtsilä and Crowley extend maintenance agreement for 11 articulated tug barges
13:56 IMO launches a video outlining how GMN initiative is uniting MTCCs into a global network
13:29 Ulstein built SOV Acta Auriga completes sea trials
13:11 Dubai will host MARACAD Maritime Innovation Awards on 3 October 2018
13:02 MARACAD 2018 will be held in Dubai on 2-3 October
12:30 17 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 20-21
12:09 Port of Quebec to cooperate with Port of Zeebrugge
11:47 Port of Immingham and partners hosted Driving Safety Forward forum
11:39 Vostochny Port JSC exported 5 million tonnes of coal YTD (photo)
10:50 Claimants and defendants in the case on allision of Delta Pioneer tanker with a pier at Primorsk port come to amicable agreement
10:31 Finnlines plans to lengthen two more Ro-Ro ships
10:15 Brent Crude futures price up 0.24% to $67.58, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.25% to $63.7
09:51 ABP's Port of Ayr took delivery of Liebherr crane
09:44 Bunker prices are going up at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:17 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,122 points
08:08 Scottish ports secure AEO status for Leith, Rosyth and Grangemouth
00:32 Ontario Government accepts Damen proposal for full ferry electrification

2018 March 20

18:20 Sirius Petroleum announces delivery of compact well head systems for Ororo-4 and Ororo-5
18:02 Leningrad Region Governor visits Vyborg Shipyard
17:56 PSA’s Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals enhances Nhava Sheva connectivity with first barge and train volumes
17:40 Van Oord posts results for 2017
17:25 Nevsky Shipyard designed a unique test stand
16:58 Multi-Link Terminals Ltd Oy orders Konecranes ship-to-shore crane for its Helsinki terminal
16:40 SMM 2018: green shipping makes headway
16:01 Transit shipments of containers on Russian Railways' network increased by 40% in January-February 2018
15:36 Rotterdam, the Netherlands will host 21st Ballast Water Management Conference on 7-8 November, 2018
15:13 NWSA container volumes grow 6 percent in February 2018
14:50 IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim spoke at International Shipping Summit in Istanbul
14:24 More than half of spaces at icebreaker Arktika being built by Baltiysky Zavod are ready for outfitting (photo)
14:12 Maersk Line increases FAK rates from Far East to North Europe
13:35 Dredging works to be performed at seaport of Vladivostok
13:13 BP charters Safe Caledonia for West of Shetland
12:47 Traffic of passenger cars and buses through Crimea Bridge to be launched in May 2018 – RF Transport Ministry (photo)
12:01 Wan Hai Lines to launch new China to Vietnam service
11:51 40 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 19-20
11:28 Bunker prices level up at the Far East ports of Russia following last week’s fall (graph)
11:19 Maersk Line stops Winter Fee from world to St Petersburg FCT, RU, St Petersburg, RU, St Petersburg FP, RU, Ust Luga, RU and Kronshtadt
11:03 Skangas celebrates milestone with 1,000 LNG bunkering operations in 2017
10:40 Experts say Wärtsilä – Transas transaction is a step towards Wartsila localization in Russia
10:14 Brent Crude futures price up 0.3% to $66.25, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.34% to $62.34
09:37 Rosneft produced 225.5 mmtoe of liquid hydrocarbons in 2017, up 7.3% YoY
09:15 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,136 points

2018 March 19

18:06 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to East Africa
18:00 NIBULON awarded first advanced training certificates of state standard to shipbuilders
17:39 Vladivostok Sea Fishing Port handled 618,500 tonnes of fish in 2M’18, up 19.8% Y-o-Y