• 2022 January 26 15:55

    Rosmorport supports "Soul of the Caspian" expedition aimed at studying and conserving Caspian seal

    FSUE "Rosmorport" says it supported the ecological expedition, acting as a partner of the Soul of the Caspian project for the study and conservation of the Caspian seal. The project was developed by the Clean Seas (Chistye Morya) Foundation together with leading experts on marine mammals of the Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences (IEE RAS) with support from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation.

    As part of the partnership, the enterprise contributed to the acquisition of the Pulsar radio beacons and other equipment for monitoring marine animals, provided rental, as well as basing and maintenance services for the aircraft, including refueling, for aviation monitoring.

    The expedition consisted of two stages, air part and sea part. The air part took place in October 2021 and was carried out on a La-8 amphibious aircraft. During airborne observations, the expedition team of the project, which included scientists from IEE RAS and the Astrakhan State Reserve, as well as the film crew of the Clean Seas Foundation, managed to perform four aerial routes.

    An area of about 12,000 square kilometers of coastline and water area from the border with Kazakhstan in the east to Makhachkala in the west was surveyed. Members of the expedition found that the only haul-out in the Russian waters of the Caspian Sea was located on the island of Maly Zhemchuzhny and nearby shallows, numbering about 510 individuals. When flying over Tyulenii Island, it was found that the coast of the island was shoaling heavily and there were no suitable laying places on the island and nearby shoals.

    In November 2021, during the sea part of the project, the expedition team reached Maly Zhemchuzhny Island by speedboats, where the researchers were able to take biological samples from the seals for further laboratory research and perform the necessary measurements. Five animals were tagged with Russian-made Pulsar satellite tags. Upon completion of these procedures, all seals were released into the wild.

    According to the results of visual examination, almost all animals were in good health, except for one male, on whose body there were wounds that looked like wounds from fishing nets. The material collected during the fieldwork is currently being processed.

    All five satellite tags are still working well. With them, one can see how elaborated the seals' path is. It appears that the animals do not stay long in one place and are constantly moving. Now they are in the north-eastern part of the Caspian Sea, in the water area of Kazakhstan. So far, scientists cannot say where the seals will spend the most important period of their life, when they have pups. This happens on the ice in the last month of winter or the first month of spring.

    The Caspian seal is one of the smallest seals on the planet. Being the only mammal of the Caspian Sea, it is also an indicator of its ecosystem. Over the past 100 years, the population of this mammal has decreased by 90 %.
    In 2008, the Caspian seal appeared in the red list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as "endangered", and in 2020 - on the pages of the Russian Red Data Book.

2024 March 2

11:18 Canadian Coast Guard issues fine for a hazardous vessel
09:37 IAA PortNews’ top headlines, Week 09

2024 March 1

18:00 Altera Infrastructure announces strategic divestment of ALP Maritime Services
17:31 Yangzijiang Shipbuilding books $7.1 billion of newbuilds in 2023
17:14 Sanmar starts construction of the world’s first methanol-fuelled escort tugs
16:41 The Green Award welcomes 8 New Japanese ports
16:05 HAV Group signs contract for design of Lavik-Oppedal ferries
15:52 KOTUG acquires joint venture interest in Kotug Seabulk Maritime
15:14 Equinor's Empire Wind 1 and Orsted's Sunrise Wind secure contracts in New York’s offshore wind projects
14:23 Fujairah bunker sales rise to five-month high in January 2024
13:51 Russia exported more than 700,000 metric tons of oil products from the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk in 2023 using small river barges
13:24 APM Terminals announces maiden call of Nordics only direct service to South America
12:56 Hapag-Lloyd increases rates from North Europe to India, Pakistan, Red Sea and Arabian Gulf
12:21 Ankara’s Port Başkent OIZ Eti Logistics Ankara Intermodal Terminal starts operations
11:42 European Commission makes €1bn available for recharging and refuelling points
11:17 ABB to supply Sea Change shore power connection at Portsmouth’s port
10:41 Karish North and second gas export riser online and new GSPA signed
09:48 MAN Energy Solutions opens up service hub in Singapore

2024 February 29

18:02 Gentari partners with SEDC Energy for Sarawak H2 hub
17:35 Port of Tanjung Pelepas inks purchase agreement for 6 ULCV quay cranes
17:12 BV research confirms central role of operational and energy efficiency in meeting shipping’s 2050 carbon budget
16:42 President Vladimir Putin encourages foreign companies to actively use the opportunities of the NSR
16:14 MABUX: Bunker Weekly Outlook, Week 09, 2024
15:56 President Putin calls for upgrading the country’s inland waterways core infrastructure
15:24 The Bollore Group and the CMA CGM Group announce the successful sale of Bollore Logistics to CMA CGM
14:41 CMA CGM resumes operations in the Red Sea
14:09 TotalEnergies to supply Sembcorp with 0.8 Mtpa of LNG for 16 years
13:44 MOL and Idemitsu Kosan to launch demonstration test of recycling used plastics generated aboard VLCC
13:22 Six Arctic expeditions on the 50 Let Pobedy nuclear icebreaker planned for 2024
13:15 NYK Group acquires UK-based delivery platform business for e-commerce operators
13:07 President Vladimir Putin: Russia intends to build effective logistics corridors with friendly countries
12:51 TECO 2030 and Umoe Mandal receives preliminary approval for high-speed vessel design
12:14 ClassNK has awarded AiP for the design of a multi-functional floating offshore windfarm support vessel
11:30 Port Houston container volumes up 4% to 332,961 TEUs in Jan 2024
11:10 Swedbank adopts Poseidon Principles for carbon footprint reporting of shipping portfolio
10:42 Authorities give Conoco Phillips permission to launch Eldfisk nord in the North Sea
10:24 LNG dual-fuel BYD Explorer No.1 visits Bremerhaven for the first time
09:47 DeepOcean to inspect pipelines for Equinor

2024 February 28

18:07 Fratelli Cosulich takes delivery of second LNG bunkering vessel
17:44 Idemitsu, Mitsubishi and Proman join forces to develop a clean ammonia project in the United States
17:13 CULines and IAL to launch a new South China – Vietnam – Thailand service SCT2 in March
16:47 Saudi container line Folk Maritime launched
16:25 China's shipbuilding industry grows in 2023 under US sanctions
15:58 Japan, China, and Greece retain global leadership in shipowning
15:32 Jumbo Shipping, SAL Heavy Lift and Intermarine join forces in new commercial joint venture
14:58 Port of Hamburg handled a total of 114.3 million tonnes of goods in 2023
14:23 SITC launches new "Weifang-Japan" service with successful maiden voyage
13:48 Pier 400 in the port of Los Angeles upgrades its terminal operations fleet
13:13 Congo becomes an LNG exporting country
11:59 DEME reports 2023 results
11:13 KOTUG Canada holds steel cutting ceremony for two high bollard pull methanol fueled escort tugs for Trans Mountain Expansion Project
10:46 MOL's ammonia bunkering vessel receives AiP from Bureau Veritas

2024 February 27

18:07 Serco named preferred supplier for Vard Marine's naval modernization project
17:45 Ascenz Marorka’s mother company acquires Danish VPS
17:22 Majestic Fast Ferry has commissioned Incat Crowther to design a new second generation 39-metre passenger ferry
16:47 FSRU reaches NFE’s Barcarena LNG terminal in Brazil
16:24 Wartsila introduces Ammonia Fuel Supply System to ease shipping’s transition to ammonia fuel
15:54 Piraeus Port Authority and Guangzhou Port Group sign MoU
15:14 DNO Norge orders Noble jack-up rig for drilling work in Norway
14:40 Stena Evolution and Shell team up for innovative deepwater drilling project in the Gulf of Mexico
14:23 OOCL adds the eight eco-friendly 24,188 TEU ship
13:40 Port of Tanjung Pelepas completes first LNG bunkering operation
13:02 HD Korea Shipbuilding wins $267.8 mln order for 2 car carriers
12:45 Wallenius Wilhelmsen declares options for four additional Shaper Class vessels
12:09 Consortium of MOL, ITOCHU Corporation, HIF Asia Pacific and JFE Steel Corporation to pioneer synthetic fuel supply chain and CO2 marine transport initiative
11:42 CMA CGM, COSCO SHIPPING, Evergreen and OOCL to extend OCEAN Alliance until 2032
11:18 The 7th Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging Congress kicks off in Moscow
10:52 Port of Oakland container volume up in January 2024
10:23 CMA CGM updates FAK rates from India to Europe and the Mediterranean
09:57 Biofuel reduces the climate impact from a Green Sea Conference by 90 per cent