Dear colleagues and friends!
On behalf of the Federal Marine and River Transport Agency and on my own behalf I send seasons’ greetings to seafarers, employees of river transport, ports and all sectors of the industry, our veterans and partners!
The outgoing year was not easy but it was marked by a number of milestone events and achievements important for the water industry and for the entire country.
Throughput of seaports has been growing steadily since 2000. This year’s growth will make 4% with total throughput exceeding 800 million tonnes, more than twice as much as the throughput of all USSR ports in 1990.
Cargo traffic on the Northern Sea Route is three times as much as the soviet maximum having reached more than 18 million tonnes.
Cargo traffic on inland water ways has been kept at the level close to that of the previous year with the preservation of IWW parameters. Unified Deepwater System has seen the beginning of the process focused on solving of two major infrastructure problems: construction of Bagayevsky hydrosystem has started o the Don river, designing of the Nizhegorodsky hydrosystem on the Volga rive is nearing completion.
All these and many other achievements of the water transport industry are the result of efforts, team spirit and professionalism of its employees and partners.
The industry priorities of 2019: active and well organized implementation of tasks set up by RF President covering three national projects focused on the development of the Northern Sea Route, seaports and inland water ways.
I am sure we will be able to achieve the targets set for the water transport through our joint, well coordinated and efficient efforts as well as to strengthen all positive trends and gradually remove obstacles hindering our progress.
Let the coming year realise your expectations, bring success, prosperity, fulfilment of desires and come down in history as a year of important achievements and good news.
I wish you sound health, optimism, love and sympathy from your nearest and dearest, comfort and light to your home!