• 2018 April 3

    RF Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov

    On port infrastructure development and water transport situation

    - The tasks of the industry on strengthening the position of our country in the global market of transport and logistic services as well as using its transit potential cannot be faced without port infrastructure development.

    Throughput of seaports continued growing and reached a record high result of 790 million tonnes (786.4 million tonnes). Over the 6-years period transshipment grew by 1.5 times (vs 535.6 million tonnes in 2011), while the capacity of production facilities in the ports exceeded 1 billion tonnes (1,025.6 billion tonnes).

    In the reporting period, production facilities of the ports grew by 22 million tonnes, mostly with implementation of projects at Sabetta and Primorsk ports. In December 2017, the first batch of liquefied natural gas  and gas condensate was loaded on the Christophe de Margerie tanker at the Yamal LNG terminal.

    Cargo traffic in the Northern Sea Route waters has surged 3 times in the recent five years to almost 10 million tonnes (9.9 million tonnes). Our further steps towards the development of this route will be pointed at an ambitious task set by the President and focused on the development of the Northern Sea Route as s global transport corridor.

    Cruise shipping is being revived. A regular cruise line Sochi-Novorossiysk-Yalta-Sevastopol serviced by the Knyaz Vladimir cruise liner was launched in 2017 ...

    The capacity of Sabetta, Vysotsk, Vostochny, Kaliningrad, Taman, Murmansk ports will continue growing. In three years (2018-2020), the capacity of port facilities will grow by over 130 million tonnes (133.8 million tonnes)...

    Comprehensive development of transport hubs in our sea basins is a necessary element of transport corridor’s functioning. For example, the launching of Murmansk Transport Hub will let shift cargoes, primarily coal, to the Russian ports with consignors’ expenses to decrease 1.5 times as compared with the ports of the Baltic states.

    Transcript from the speech at the final meeting of RF Transport Ministry’s Collegium