• 2020 June 4 09:52

    Russia’s leading shipping companies suggest development of ATB services by the USA example

    This issue was discussed at the webinar “River fleet of the USA. What is useful for us or how do they make profit?”

    The participants of the webinar “River fleet of the USA. What is useful for us or how do they make profit?” organized by IAA PortNews, looked into application of US experience in the shipping sector of Russia. Professor Gennady Yegorov, D.Sc. in Engineering, General Director of Marine Engineering Bureau, reported on the subject. He told about deployment of articulated tug-barge units on the rivers of the USA.

    Units numbering several barges of simple design are moved by tugs and can carry both large (up to 60,000 tonnes) and small batches of cargo depending on the number of barges. The depth required is just 2.7 m.

    As Igor Ganin, General Director of Prime Shipping, told at the webinar, the company’s experience shows that economic efficiency of an ATB unit per ton in a direct voyage is higher than that of a self-propelled ship.

    According to Albert Vygovsky, General Director of Pola Rise LLC, ATB units are more profitable in case of certain level of demand. If the demand is low, self-propelled ships are more profitable. He noted that the key challenge of inland water transport in Russia is its competition with the railways that enjoy state subsidies.

    This opinion was supported by Aleksey Palgov, First Deputy to General Director of Volgotrans LLC. He emphasized that without subsidies water transport is more profitable which is confirmed by the experience of the USA with its free competition between those segments.

    Gennady Yegorov, in his turn, mentioned excessive technical requirements which lead to high construction costs.

    High cost of ship construction in Russia and competition with Russian Railways was also in the focus of Anatoly Belozerov, General Director of P.Transco, as well as other issues. The expert also supported the idea of arranging cargo transportation by ATB units by the US example.

    When summarizing the webinar results, Konstantin Anisimov, Deputy Head of Rosmorrechflot (Federal Marine and River Transport Agency) said that each part of inland water ways of Russia has optimal ships depending individual economic conditions.

    “Our first task is debottlenecking of inland water ways and ensuring bulk cargoes for the rivers. That is to be followed by creation of new types of equipment”, said Konstantin Anisimov. He also underlined the significance of such seminars allowing for a comprehensive consideration of the situation and for selection of optimal solutions.

2020 July 15

10:10 Bunker prices started decreasing at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:48 Webinar dedicated to modern fishing ships slated for 22 July 2020
09:29 Baltic Dry Index as of July 14
09:12 Oil prices show upward dynamics
08:56 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, July 15, 2020

2020 July 14

18:11 Wärtsilä contracted to deliver a scope of integrated solutions for CDWE's MIV
17:57 More States need to act on crew changes, says IMO Secretary-General
17:33 Throughput of Russian seaports in 6M’2020 climbed by 0.1% (detalization)
17:11 Alewijnse completes electrical installation TSHD Anchorage
16:46 Vladimir Putin signs the package of federal laws on the system of privileges in the Arctic
16:21 Mark Sickles named Interim CEO & Executive Director of DCA
15:55 Reconstruction of hydraulic facility No 9 of Tushinsky District’s HES obtains state expert approval
15:32 Green Yard Group takes over Kleven Verft business
15:04 Engineering and geological survey began for construction of Port Dalny terminal in Khabarovsk Territory
14:39 LISCR hires former USCG LNG expert to boost its global team
14:20 Young Russian sturgeon released to Volga as compensatory measure for dredging on Volga Caspian Canal
13:57 Rosmorport releases young keta salmon as compensatory measure for dredging in Shakhtersk
13:36 Straatman BV built solar-powered mooring systems for Port of Hamburg
13:12 ABB to power the world’s largest diamond recovery vessel for De Beers
12:48 Bunker prices are stable at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:23 COMSAT bolsters Inmarsat network with increased C-band and L-band capabilities
11:55 IMO's informal discussions focus on cutting shipping’s carbon intensity
11:31 G3 Terminal Vancouver opens on Canada’s West Coast and transforms Canada’s grain supply chain
11:13 Further progress towards greener and safer ship recycling in Bangladesh reported at SENSREC meeting
10:50 Polish Ministry of Climate signs letter of intent on cooperation in the development of offshore wind energy
10:32 USCG investigates uninspected passenger vessel allision
10:07 Gdynia to be the installation port of Polish wind farms on the Baltic Sea
09:42 More information needed on the impacts of emissions trading in maritime transport
09:26 Oil prices decrease amid demand concerns
09:21 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, July 14
09:08 Baltic Dry Index as of July 13

2020 July 13

18:24 Canada joins Global Ocean Alliance
18:00 Interim report and independent audit of KS1437 Multipass Port project approved by related authority
16:59 Port of Ventspils (Latvia) handled 6.8 million tonnes of cargo in 6M’2020
15:32 Oboronlogistics ensures Northern delivery
15:04 Ørsted and Van Oord have successfully installed all array cables of the Borssele I & II offshore wind farm
14:21 Dublin Port throughput declines by 10.9% in the six months to June
13:53 FSUE Rosmorport’s revenue in HI’2020 grew by 6% YoY
13:30 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO grew to RUB 10,425 in RF spot market
13:04 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Mediterranean
12:41 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Europe
12:19 Tallinks’s vessel Romantika to offer two direct sailings from Riga to Helsinki this July and August
12:18 ISO releases environmental report assurance standard
11:55 NOVATEK reports preliminary operating data for the second quarter and first half 2020
11:32 KN increases the volume of biofuel handling
11:02 XELLZ acquires additional 100.000sqm to develop a Free Zone at Rosslare Europort
10:14 Gibdock completes an extensive two-vessel drydocking and maintenance project for returning customer Shearwater GeoServices
10:13 Port of Helsinki throughput in 6M’2019 fell by 9.2% to 6.6 million tonnes
09:58 The Fjords takes delivery of second all-electric passenger ship
09:49 Oil prices continue going down
09:32 RF Government to allocate RUB 320 million as support of shipping companies
09:10 Baltic Dry Index as of July 10
09:05 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, July 13

2020 July 12

16:21 Carnival Corp announces change in leadership team
15:38 UMS Skeldar gets contract to supply mine countermeasures drones system
15:23 Samson introduces the latest in mooring line innovation
14:19 Coast Guard halts 2 illegal charters near Star Island
13:41 Carnival Corporation's AIDA Cruises to restart sailing vacations in August
13:18 New OCIMF Committee structure
12:51 American P&I Club and ABS Consulting join forces to drive cyber awareness for maritime insurance