Opinions

2018 June 29

(USC President Aleksey Rakhmanov - On development of the Corporation and on prospects of civil shipbuilding )

- We are striving to do much for the Corporation development. In particular, a strategy for the development of information technologies has been worked out. It provides for a complete digitization of the Corporation activities. We have recently approved our technical policy covering key directions for the development of companies and general development of USC ...

Over the recent years, our shipyards’ backlog of civil orders has surged 2.5 times. The share of civil shipbuilding was much lower than 10%. In 2018, we are going to raise it about 16% with consequent increase to 25% by 2025 and move further in compliance with the instructions of RF President. 

The number of orders is growing, which is important for us. Between 2014 and 2017 we delivered 54 civil ships and marine facilities with 11 units delivered in 2017. It was a record high revenue in the segment of civil shipbuilding – RUB 34 billion ...

As of today, the USC shipyards’ backlog of orders numbers 64 ships and marine facilities for a total of RUB 330 billion ...

In 2014 we did not build any fishing or cruise ships. In 2016, Yantar Shipyard laid down the lead trawler-seiner. As of today, more than 38 are under construction (“more” because some orders are under negotiations). 

With the government support, Yantar, Severnaya Verf and Admiralteiskie Verfi shipyards (that used to deal exclusively with defence orders) and Vyborg Shipyard (that used to specialize in construction of icebreakers and ice-class ships) are building seiners and different shipping ships today with the contracts exceeding RUB 70 billion ...

Apart from the fishing fleet we have launched the programme of upgrading our cruise fleet, for the first time over 60 years: USC shipyards are currently building four cruise ships with the latter laid down recently at the Lotos shipyard. Here we see the prospects of renovating both the river fleet operating on conventional tourist routes and introducing new solutions like the “Golden Ring” allowing for ... visiting the towns of Russia’s Golden Ring ... We also see that most of the current 40 ships of river/sea class are older than 30-35 years so the development of tourist fleet will be in demand in the nearest years. We estimate this demand at minimum 10-12 ships within the coming 8-10 years. 

In this segment we are focused on universal solutions like Grifon build by Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard. This catamaran with the hull made of composite materials can accommodate 150 passengers … It is a unique solution in terms of weight/dimension/speed characteristics… 

I cannot but mention the construction of nuclear-powered icebreakers LK-60 by Baltiysky Zavod shipyard. Of course, this work is associated with numerous challenges but I would emphasize that for the first time we are building icebreakers of this capacity and for the first time they will be built mainly of Russian systems and units including electric propulsion, nuclear reactor and other systems which characterize the icebreaker as a unique transport for the Arctic development. 

Of course, we are waiting for a decision of the interagency commission that will define a site for construction of a Leader icebreaker of 120 MW and we hope sincerely that the competence of Baltiysky Zavod will determine that decision ...

Recorded by IAA PortNews at the press conference dedicated to Shipbuilders’ Day.