2019 January 17
Through ice reefs to “Zvezda”
The construction of ice-class ships is a strong factor for the development of shipbuilding in Russia. New icebreakers are being built intensely, not without delays, though. Meanwhile, the launch of Shipbuilding Complex “Zvezda” will let Russia build ice-class supply ships and large tankers.
2019 January 9
The cost of fleet construction
In 2018, allocations for state measures supporting construction of new fleet in Russia exceeded RUB 2 billion, which allowed private customers have more than a hundred of different vessels built by domestic shipyards. Many ships were laid down under state orders.
2018 December 28
All things are in flux
The year of 2018 was crucial for water transport, shipbuilding and port industries with its key personnel changes, unexpected events and important legislative amendments. A lot is to be done in 2019.
2018 December 24
Trust but phase out imports
Russia is making much effort to upgrade its commercial fleet in most of segments: small-size ships, port fleet, tugboats, dredgers, icebreakers, Arctic tankers, supply ships and vessels of mixed sea/river navigation. To ensure multiplicative effect for the Russian economy this process should be based on the development of domestic manufacture of shipboard equipment.
2018 December 21
Phantoms of Russian infrastructure – 2018
The deficit of budget resources has expectedly lead to reduction of infrastructure projects. The state and the private business has focused on the priority projects. However, some plans are still “in the air” and their prospects are not clear.
2018 December 17
Northern ruble is warming
Enormous investments in creation and development of port facilities is required for the development of shipping on the Northern Sea Route. Among key projects are the Utrenniy terminal, oil terminal of Taimyr, Northern Latitudinal Railway and its extension to Sabetta. However, financial and shipbuilding capacity of the country cannot cover all the plans as scheduled.
2018 December 10
There is gas but no money
NOVATEK, key cargo shipper on the Northern Sea Route, has ambitious plans on creation of infrastructure for LNG shipments though state financing is lagging behind so far. The plans on construction of transshipment facilities in Murmansk and Kamchatka requiring application of unique technologies can be challenged by insufficient financing of the NSR infrastructure including that of Sabetta.
2018 November 28
The future of Russian ports will be determined by the plan for core transport infrastructure development till 2024, corporatization of Rosmorport and legislative improvements. All of this is to raise overall annual capacity of Russian ports by 350 million tonnes minimum with their throughput to grow by one third.
2018 November 23
Gas versus oil
Toughening of international requirements on marine fuel presents new challenges for Russia. RF Ministry of Energy is going to provide subsidies to manufacturers of low-sulfur fuel oil, Sovcomflot stakes on LNG, Atomflot calls for construction of nuclear-powered icebreakers while the global shipping community still says that “fuel” future is vague.
2018 November 19
Dry bulk transshipment via Baltic ports
Transshipment of Russian mineral fertilizers, ore and grain via the ports of the Baltic states surged in the 9-month period of 2018 but the trend can change with the appearance of a terminal handling mineral fertilizers in Ust-Luga, building up coal transshipment and creation of a dry cargo area at the port of Primorsk.
2019 September 19
RS issues Approval in Principle for new GTT’s LNG containment systems
Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) has carried out the approval in principle (AiP) of the new LNG containment systems, designed by Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) for Arc7 ice class ships...RS issues Approval in Principle for new GTT’s LNG containment systems
Russia to lay keels for 22 combat, supply ships in 2020 — source
Russia’s shipbuilders will lay the keels of 22 surface ships, submarines and supply vessels for the Russian Navy in 2020...Russia to lay keels for 22 combat, supply ships in 2020 — source
Russia in the Suez Canal Zone
Belarus recently announced plans to join the Russian Industrial Zone (RIZ) in the Suez Canal...Russia in the Suez Canal Zone
2019 September 18
Poland sees no need to buy LNG from Russia -minister
Poland wants to increase liquefied natural gas (LNG) purchases via its terminal at Swinoujscie on the Baltic Sea, but sees no reason to buy from Russia...Poland sees no need to buy LNG from Russia -minister
Russia’s Baltic Sea oil exports to rise 26% qtr/qtr -schedule
Exports of Russian Urals crude oil from Baltic Sea ports is seen rising by 26% quarter-on-quarter in the October-December quarter to 20 million tonnes as a contamination crisis gradually subsides...Russia’s Baltic Sea oil exports to rise 26% qtr/qtr -schedule
Russia holds 80 North Koreans on 'poaching' boats
Russian coastguards say they have seized two North Korean boats and more than 80 crew members...Russia holds 80 North Koreans on 'poaching' boats