• 2014 December 26

    RF Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov

    On industry results in 2014 and plans for the coming year

    - As it is clear for everyone, the coming year will be anything but simple. We say that every time, but it is going to be a really hard year this time. The year of 2014 was not just special but unique for the entire transport complex of our country. Of course, in many aspects and probably most notably it is about our marine and river industry. In particular, by the beginning of the navigation period and the start of the Olympic Games … marine cruise port Sochi was opened ... We managed to move forward significantly in the development of port infrastructure at all directions. Of course, we rapidly develop the Northern Sea Route, the construction of port Sabetta is in full swing. Through ice conditions do not allow for operation in open water, port facilities and berths are being built even in those challenging conditions of the polar zone.

    A very significant decision was made on the development of Murmansk Transportation Hub. In September 2014, we commenced the construction of new approaches, railway infrastructure, general development of the left shore of the Kola Bay which is certainly to give a different meaning to Murmansk as an outpost, the gates of the Northern Sea Route. The Kara Gates is a formal entrance to the Northern Sea Route but a real hub to service transit cargo flows and oil & gas industry on the Barents Sea shelf and the entire Arctic Ocean will be created in Murmansk.

    …  In the development of the NSR we paid attention to both cargo and passenger transportation – after great attempts, this year saw … the beginning of the construction of a passenger terminal in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky – of course, it will significantly facilitate the development of cruise routes in the Far East of Russia... 

    As for the routes towards the Pacific region and the South-East Asia, a significant decision was taken to  develop approaches to Vostochny and Nakhodka ports … which is to determine the creation of adequate port facilities and boost loading in Vostochny and Nakhodka.

    Port infrastructure in the Baltic region also saw active development. Over the past decade we managed to turn the tide and redirect cargo and transit flows to Russian ports, Ust-Luga and northern ports of the Gulf of Finland. A remarkable event is to take place in 2015 – we plan to complete the construction of port Bronka. 

    All Baltic ports feature good development prospects ... As for Kaliningrad port, we speak about the development of cruise and passenger services in the Baltic region, come closer to the decision to build a cruise passenger port in Pionersky.

    Azov - Black Sea region: the key challenge for the transport industry as a whole was the arrangement of Kerch Strait crossing, regular transport links with the Crimean Federal District … 

    We have come close to the creation of port Taman… This strategic task is included not only into our long-term strategy through 2030 (approved in 2014) but also into our nearest plans. 

    The development of the Caspian region cannot be ignored, the more so as our colleagues from the Caspian countries boost the development of new corridors … I think our country will pay more and more attention to this region...

    With the opening of the checkpoint, port Olya became fully operational and I think that its full potential should be achieved the next year. 

    The creation of all this infrastructure has enabled the industry achieve record high results increasing cargo handling in our seaports by about 5% to some 620 mln t ...

    River transport should also play an important role in total cargo turnover. …. The Government of the Russian Federation generally approved our development strategy in late 2013 and in December 2014 RF Government approved new standards for annual IWW maintenance expenses...

    To solve all the tasks we should consolidate the efforts of the entire industry – not only Ministry of Transport, federal state unitary enterprises … and organizations subordinate to Rosmorrechflot but also shipping companies, investors. Private-public partnership is being used in full today – we, with few exceptions, do not invest into construction of terminals and do not attract investors for privately owned facilities, quay walls and even approach canals, like in Taman (Tamanneftegaz terminal). 

    ... I am sure that within the framework of a unified transport complex we will be able to fulfill all the tasks, whatever challenges they represent….

    Written down by IAA PortNews at the at the joint meeting of the Board and the Public Council of Federal Marine and River Transport Agency (Rosmorrechflot)

     


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