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  • 2022 June 1

    Ghost tankers

    The European Council has approved the sixth package of sanctions against Russia to restrict deliveries of crude oil and petroleum products from the Russian Federation. In this context, Gibson Shipbrokers experts expect some tankers currently involved in sanctioned crude exports of Iran and Venezuela to find new employment opportunities in the interests of Russia

  • 2022 May 27

    Methanol and ammonia logistics

    RF Government has issued a Decree on creation of a special economic zone (SEZ) of industrial and production type in Ust-Luga. It is to host a gas chemical cluster with a direct access to the sea. Numerous gas-to-chemicals projects have been announced in Russia but there is still a lack of terminals dedicated for handling of the products.

  • 2022 May 25

    Russia to step up its efforts in infrastructure development

    When speaking at the meeting on the development of certain sectors of Russia’s transport industry, Russian President Vladimir Putin emphasized the importance to speed up the implementation of long overdue construction projects and to take into account the real demand for transportation and objective traffic forecasts. According to experts asked by IAA PortNews, it’s high time to stop developing infrastructure under ‘cargoes available’ paradigm while investments in transport facilities are a key to economy recovery today.

  • 2022 May 20

    Without the Big Four

    According to information obtained by IAA PortNews, contractors representing the Big Four dredging companies (Van Oord, Boskalis, Jan de Nul, DEME) which account for over 98% of dredging works in Russian ports withdrew from Russia’s Arctic infrastructure projects in February 2022.

  • 2022 May 18

    Redirection of oil exports

    Amid the pressure of sanctions on exports of its energy, Russia is interested in redirection of oil exports to the countries of Asia and Africa. Major global oil suppliers can share those markets with Russia but it is necessary to accelerate implementation of the Vostok Oil project, build up Kozmino terminal capacity and proceed with domestic production of ship equipment.

  • 2022 May 16

    Grace time for investment quota projects

    RF Government has postponed for two years the deadline for implementation of investment projects on construction of fishing ships. According to Rosrybolovstvo (Russian Federal Fisheries Agency), 97 are under construction including 58 fishing ships and 39 crab catchers. USC accounts for 43% of those contracts. The fishing market players appreciate the recent measure of support while insisting on more assistance to companies which have a debt load of over RUB 450 billion.

  • 2022 April 28

    By IWW throughout the year

    Upon the order of Rosmorrechflot, Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping has completed assessment of the infrastructure project on ensuring year-round navigation on the Caspian-Azov route scheduled for implementation by 2030. Navigation season on Volga-Don waterways is 244 days on the average while shipping companies confirm the demand for its extension. Cargo traffic can thus be increased to 9 million tonnes per year.

  • 2022 April 26

    Black spot: coal flows southwards

    The European Union imposed restrictions on Russian coal imports while Poland banned them completely. The capacity of eastwards railways limits the deliveries to the Far East ports hence the growth of coal shipments to the ports of the Southern Basin.

  • 2022 April 22

    “Rescue of people is beyond international cooperation”

    FSBI Marine Rescue Service is on the sanctions list of U.S. Department of the Treasury due to its involvement in construction of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Apart from search and rescue of people in distress and response to oil spills at sea, the company ensures safety of Russia’s most offshore projects in the Okhotsk and Caspian seas and in the Arctic. In his interview with IAA PortNews, MRS head Victor Chernov tells about a balance between commercial revenues and public expenditure in view of new sanctions and delivery of hydraulic engineering facilities in 2022-2023.

  • 2022 April 19

    Mind the closing window to Europe

    In March 2022, container throughput of the Baltic Basin ports affected by the sanctions fell by 44% to 123,000 TEUs. The market players expect further plunging of container turnover to 95%. What is the future of container facilities the excess of which continues aggravating?