• 2020 June 11 17:19

    Webinar “From Volga to Yenisey: will river cruise shipping survive?” begins at noon on 17 June 2020

    Registration required for online participation. Event partner - NEVA exhibition.

    IAA PortNews and Marine Engineering Bureau will hold their 5th webinar on IWW shipping on 17 June 2020.

    The webinar “From Volga to Yenisey: will river cruise shipping survive?” begins at 12.00 (Moscow time) on 17 June 2020. The event will focus on construction and operation of cruise ships in Russia. The Event Partner is international exhibition NEVA.

    The discussion will be held in the format of a roundtable meeting with the basic report to be delivered by Professor Gennady Yegorov, D.Sc. in Engineering, General Director of Marine Engineering Bureau.

    The list of participants includes Konstantin Anisimov, Deputy Head of Rosmorrechflot; Rishat Bagautdinov, General Director of Vodohod; Bakhtier Kasimov, General Director of Moscow River Shipiing Company; Dmitry Ryabov, Advisor to General Director of Passenger Fleet LLC (Viking River Cruises); Aleksey Palgov, First Deputy to General Director of Volgotrans LLC; Igor Ivashin, Deputy Director of STLC Client Service Department, and representatives of other key players of the industry.

    River cruises are a popular segment of tourism which is well developed worldwide. Apart from cruises offered in Europe, USA, China, Egypt and Russia, new routes appear in Belarus, Portugal, France, etc. Besides diversification cruise industry sees improvement of river-going ships quality to meet the ever growing requirements of clients.

    The trends of the domestic market are similar to those of the European one which has seen the growth of cruises from 2013. In 2019, the fleet of river cruise ships was expanded with 20 new vessels; the year of 2018 saw the delivery of 10 river cruise ships and modernization of 3 units including one conversion project.

    Russian fleet of river cruise ships is getting worn out and obsolete. More than 30 Russian ships were underwent modernization over the recent five years including 13 large-scale modernization projects that considerable enhanced the level of comfort for passengers.

    However, not all existing river cruise ships have been upgraded in compliance with modern requirements. Not all types of ships can be converted while the costs can be as high as 30-50% of new ship construction, hence scrapping of some river cruise ships.

    Scrapping of soviet time ships is on the rise. Formally 124 ships with average age of 45.2 years are in operation (actually, the number is less – about 90). By 2025, about 83 river cruise ships can continue operation including new ones, by 2030 this number will decrease to about 51.

    Total passenger capacity of 24,600 people as of 2019 will decrease to 11,630 people by 2030 (down 53%).

    There are several ships under construction  - two ships of ПКС-180 design, Mustai Karim of PV300 design, sea trials of which have been completed (the delivery is scheduled for 2020), Peter the Great of PV300VD design (floated out with the delivery scheduled for 2021). Ships of new designs have adequate drafts (PV09 – 1.80 m, PV300VD – 3.20 m, PV300 – 3.00 m) and offer “five-star” opportunities demanded by the clients. However, there are few of such ships.

    To save river cruises in Russia for both foreign tourists and Russian citizens, construction of new passenger ships is needed for a mid-term and long-term period. Those can be cruise passenger ships for traditional river routes  of Russia’s European part (PV300, PV500VB, PV09, ПКС-180 etc.), and ships if mixed navigation able to operate in coastal areas and on river routes including those along Yenisey, Lena, Ob and Amur (PV300VD, PV11 etc).

    How to participate?

    Preliminary registration is required for online participation in IAA PortNews webinars (av@portnews.ru). Free registration is available for no more than two representatives of one company! Discussion with speakers will be possible through written questions or verbally upon moderator’s invitation.

    The webinar records will be available free of charge on the PortNews resources including its social networks.

    The event video will be available through information resources of the webinar partner, Organizing Committee of the NEVA exhibition.

    The next event to continue the discussion of river passenger transportation is slated for 25 June 2020. IAA PortNews will hold a video conference dedicated to operation of small pleasure boats on regional routes. Invited to participate: ship owners of Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, representatives of Saint-Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod Transport Committees, manufacturers of leisure and high-speed passenger ships, operators and industry regulators.




2020 October 26

12:37 Delo Group and Russian Railways signed Agreement on cooperation in organization of rail container transportation
11:59 Stena Bulk branded class for tanker personnel opened at Admiral Makarov SUMIS
11:58 The Ocean Cleanup introduces first product made with ocean plastic pollution
11:30 NIBULON ranks first among Ukrainian shipyards
10:31 EMA and Keppel jointly awarded a research grant to pilot Singapore’s first floating Energy Storage System
10:15 Admiralteiskie Verfi shipyard delivered diesel-electric submarine Volkhov to RF Navy
09:50 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, Oct 26
09:26 Oil market starts week with decreasing prices
09:09 Baltic Dry Index as of October 23

2020 October 25

15:27 USCG: Oil spill cleanup of Delaware Bay coastline continues
14:53 Richmond Council to host first public meeting with Hammersmith Bridge Taskforce
14:38 Deep water berth extension at Port of Halifax fully operational
13:27 Gothenburg Port Authority's Elvir Dzanic named as a member of Electrification Commission
12:43 Maritime NZ welcomes report to MPI
12:18 Oil spill response equipment and vessel rates in Singapore
11:04 GPA holds first virtual State of the Port

2020 October 24

15:47 Ocean transport of the first lot of railway coach to Myanmar completed
14:51 OOCL announces services changes and enhancements on Asia-Europe trade
13:28 Port Authority launches new campaign against litter
12:41 Hapag-Lloyd announces Ocean Tariff rates on East Asia - NEC and Mediterranean trade
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2020 October 23

18:09 Baltic Data Flows: New HELCOM project seeks to harmonize and harvest environmental data at a pan-Baltic level
17:47 ICS welcomes legally binding agreement to significantly improve carbon efficiency of shipping
17:10 Anti-submarine ship Vice-Admiral Kulakov completes its business call to Greece
16:32 Bollinger Shipyards delivers 41ST fast response cutter to the U.S. Coast Guard
16:05 APM Terminals Poti signs a contract with Poti New Terminals Corporation for the development of dry bulk facility in the Poti Sea Port
15:31 HySHIP project clinches EUR 8M funding award
15:13 Krasnoye Sormovo shipyard launches dry cargo carrier Alfa Mercury
14:50 Self-propelled crane built for RF Navy’s Pacific Fleet arrived in Vladivostok having passed the Northern Sea Route
14:25 Equinor changes chief financial officer
14:06 Membrane technologies of GTT is an optimal solution for gas carriers, LNG bunkering and storage
13:23 MarineMax participates in the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
13:05 Wärtsilä selected to power new ‘super ferries’ series for P&O Ferries
12:55 An agreement made to explore the possibilities of green hydrogen export from Iceland to Rotterdam
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11:41 Tallink to become the first shipping company to receive Sustainable Travel Finland label
11:09 Austal to further expand Australia support business through acquisition of BSE Maritime Solutions
10:53 NYK to make Gazocean a wholly owned subsidiary
10:19 Bunker market sees slight change of prices in the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:55 National Gas Vehicle Association to propose priority measures for LNG bunkering support
09:33 Oil prices continue decreasing
09:18 Baltic Dry Index as of October 22
08:49 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Oct 23
08:19 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to West Africa

2020 October 22

19:00 “K”Line online training for seafarers obtained DNV GL certification
18:04 Milaha reports QR 384 million in net profit for the nine months of 2020
17:41 Port of Los Angeles receives $9.9 million infrastructure development grant
17:36 Feasibility report on ship repair cluster development in Arkhangelsk Region to be completed in November 2020
17:29 MABUX releases weekly review of bunker market
17:05 Gothenburg Port Authority CEO becomes the member of newly established Electrification Commission
16:44 ABP’s ports in East Anglia keep agricultural products moving
16:14 ONE adds new service from Asia to Indian Subcontinent
15:50 Bunker prices are flat in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
15:34 EU awards funding to Kapellskär-Naantali Maritime Bridge environmental initiative
15:04 Environmental Protection Agency signs a proposed rule for reducing the environmental impact of discharges
15:03 ABS and TCOMS join forces to research next generation marine & offshore and maritime solutions
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14:20 The average value of the Ningbo Container Freight index 1 in October increases by 1.2%
14:20 MPA-SSG-WSG joint media release: 1000 traineeships, company attachments and training opportunities for more Singaporeans to join maritime sector
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