• 2019 October 11

    Import substitution prospects

    The work on RF Government Decree No 719 on import substitution in shipbuilding is underway for the fourth year. However, shipbuilders, ship owners and equipment suppliers have not yet decided if it gives an impetus to Russian industry or presents an extra barrier for fleet development.

  • 2019 October 7

    Lutz Birke: “Hamburg is interested in joint launching of logistics startups with Saint-Petersburg”

    Cargo traffic between Big Port St. Petersburg and Port of Hamburg to grow by 15% in 2019. In his interview with IAA PortNews, Lutz Birke, Chief of Office, Harbour & Innovation, Ministry for Economy, Traffic and Innovation, tells about the search for new logistic schemes including NSR transportation, development of bunkering infrastructure for sustainable fuel, the Elbe river dredging, development prospects and plans on reduction of hazardous emissions from ships.

  • 2019 October 3

    BIMCO President Sadan Kaptanoglu: The entire shipping industry is entering a new era

    In a recent interview with IAA PortNews Şadan Kaptanoğlu, managing director of HI Kaptanoglu Shipping and President of BIMCO told about activities of BIMCO, the leading global shipping association.

  • 2019 October 1

    Sergey Nikitin: Our seafarers are still in high regard in the market

    As it is known, personnel is key. In his interview with IAA PortNews, Director of Sinilga crewing agency Sergey Nikitin tells about training of Russian seafarers, their wages, reliable and non-reliable employers, bureaucratic and legal aspects of crewing as well as activities of related trade unions.

  • 2019 September 25

    Construction of fishing ships in Russia

    RF Ministry of Industry and Trade says construction of over thirty fishing ships has been contracted in Russia with more than 120 ships to be built by 2025. They will replace half of the fleet in this segment.

  • 2019 September 24

    Fleet that supports

    Support fleet in Russia still consists, to a great extent, of obsolete ‘soviet’ series vessels. There is a great demand for tugboats, bunkering ships, icebreakers. Also, classification of vessels is to be revised. Leading international manufacturers are ready to assist in construction of required ships.

  • 2019 September 17

    Environment-conscious shipping

    Global climate changes, tougher environmental requirements in the shipping industry, emerging-market economic development and growing urbanization present new challenges for the transport industry of the future and today. ABB, leading supplier of maritime equipment, told IAA PortNews about the latest energy-efficient technologies and projects featuring conscious attitude to environment.

  • 2019 September 16

    Can Kaliningrad compete with Gdansk?

    The Kaliningrad Region is long on plans to accumulate container flows at its terminals. Two alternative projects are under consideration today: construction of a deep-water terminal and dredging of a seaway canal. The negotiations to resume a ferry link with Sassnitz are also underway. Experts are skeptical about those plans.

  • 2019 September 9

    Aleksandr Babich: “Operational leasing is a very promising activity”

    MASHPROMLEASING JSC is boosting its portfolio of shipbuilding projects. In his interview with IAA PortNews, Aleksandr Babich, General Director of MASHPROMLEASING JSC, tells about specific features of leasing for various types of ships, financing of PV300 cruise ship and prospects of the operational leasing.

  • 2019 September 5

    For those in a tanker

    Virtually all largest tanker operators worldwide, excluding Sovcomflot of Russia that had successfully diversified its business, demonstrated a loss in the first half of 2019. Meanwhile, both refineries and tanker fleet operators are preparing for environmental restrictions effective from 2020.