2022 January 10
Russian coal hindered on its way to Europe
In the beginning of 2022, Russian coal companies faced insufficiency of railway capacity at the approaches to the North-Western ports, which threatens with nonfulfillment of deliveries to European customers. Some stevedores operating in the Baltic ports of Russia told IAA PortNews that the volumes approved by Russian Railways for January are 30% below the plan. The monopoly confirms the restrictions and attributes them to a slow handling of cargo in ports, particularly due to the frosty weather.
2021 December 29
Russia’s infrastructure phantoms - 2021
The list of phantom projects in Russian ports has not changed a lot over the year although some projects have been restructured and given a second wind. Dramatic changes in global logistics affected the plans of those investing in port infrastructure of Russia.
2021 December 24
Decision on berths is postponed
According to data obtained by IAA PortNews, transformation of FSUE Rosmorport and FSUE Natsrybresurs (owns fish terminals in seaports) into joint stock companies being considered by the State Duma in the first reading is not likely to happen before 2023. However, final parameters of the process, inventory survey and stock check can be completed next year.
2021 December 21
CoalStar to spread its light at ports of Primorye
Rosmorrechflot has reportedly approved the intent of Eduard Khudainatov's CoalStar to invest in construction of new coal terminals in the Far East. The projects of 42 million tonnes in capacity are to be implemented in Vostochny and Vladivostok ports. Experts expect the projects to face insufficient capacity of railways in the Eastern area which is already acute.
2021 December 17
Port of Arkhangelsk strives to become a hub for Arctic project cargo flows
By the year-end results of 2021, the Port of Arkhangelsk shows strong growth in dry cargo segment. At the same time, the port is currently busy handling project cargoes intended for the Arctic projects, gradually becoming a real gateway to the Arctic. As before, the exports from the region still do not flow through the Arkhangelsk terminals, bypassing currently St. Petersburg as well, going directly to the Trans-Siberian Railway, which entails a shortage of railway wagons.
2021 December 16
Rosatom’s Hydrographic Enterprise picks Marine Engineering Bureau
Naval architecture and marine engineering firm Marine Engineering Bureau-Design-SPb (MIB) will develop engineering design for an Arc 7 multipurpose ship for Hydrographic Enterprise (part of State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom) which manages the infrastructure on the Northern Sea Route. MIB was announced winner in a tendering process among other five bidders for contract. MIB proposal (RUB 48.1 million) for contract price appeared to be the lowest. Experts say the that the RFP process attracted so many participants since no major projects are expected next year.
2021 December 10
Unified icebreaking fleet on the Northern Sea Route
In his interview with IAA PortNews following the 11th International Forum “Arctic Projects, Today and Tomorrow”, Vyacheslav Ruksha, Deputy General Director of Rosatom - Director of the Northern Sea Route Directorate, shares his opinion on rationale behind changing the NSR Navigation Rules.
2021 December 9
Dredging practices worldwide
In the run-up to the 5th International Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging”, René Kolman, Secretary General of the International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC), long standing partner of PortNews Media Group, tells about the current state of the dredging industry and its key development trends.
2021 December 8
Lenmorniiproekt may face change of ownership
FSUE Rosmorport may withdraw from the shareholders of Saint-Petersburg based Lenmorniiproekt JSC (one of Russia’s three major designers of ports, terminals and transport systems). The share of Rosmorport (83.65%) can attract several market players, said those interviewed by IAA PortNews. Experts believe Rosmorport is set to sell its share in view of its transformation into a joint-stock company.
2021 December 7
Diverse icebreakers. Never too many?
Despite all the climate warming announcements, the beginning of this winter already demonstrates unpredictability and severity of the Arctic nature. Without proceeding with the programme on construction of icebreakers it will be impossible to ensure year-round navigation on the Northern Sea Route thus threatening the implementation of investment projects in the region. Another crucial task is large-scale dredging.
2022 May 18
Korean shipbuilders witness LNG carrier order surge
South Korean shipbuilders Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering and Samsung Heavy Industries have won orders for a total of seven new LNG carriers...Korean shipbuilders witness LNG carrier order surge
2022 May 11
Swiss court suspends bankruptcy of Nord Stream 2 AG until September 2022
...by the request of Nord Stream 2 AG, the court in Zug, granted a temporary moratorium on the payment of loans for four months to the company...Swiss court suspends bankruptcy of Nord Stream 2 AG until September 2022
2022 May 5
Demolition market devoid of ships
Increasing Covid-19 outbreaks in China is stalling their domestic steel demand recovery further during what is typically a peak period for steel consumption...Demolition market devoid of ships
Sanctions force massive Sovcomflot tanker sale
Up to a third of Sovcomflot’s owned fleet is up for grabs as the Russian state tanker giant looks to repay outstanding western loans before restrictions take effect...Sanctions force massive Sovcomflot tanker sale
2022 May 4
Startups apply artificial intelligence to supply chain disruptions
Over the last two years in response to a series of unexpected events, a growing group of startups and established logistics firms has created a multi-billion dollar industry applying the latest technology to help businesses minimize the disruptionStartups apply artificial intelligence to supply chain disruptions
2022 April 28
Azerbaijan, Russia's Astrakhan discuss prospects for shipbuilding cooperation
...the parties considered the possibility of implementing joint projects for the construction of small dry cargo ships...Azerbaijan, Russia's Astrakhan discuss prospects for shipbuilding cooperation