2020 February 25
Evolution of technical supervision
In the end of 2019, Russian Maritime Register of Shipping amended the scheme of technical supervision in industry. Manufacturers now take over part of responsibility for their product quality control. Those having shifted to the new scheme are positive about this decision and see it as and advancement.
2020 February 19
Throwing scrubbers out with the bath water
Shipyards worldwide are overloaded with orders for installation of scrubbers on seagoing vessels. Against this background, IMO starts discussing environmental hazards from discharge of scrubber washwater. Environmentalists are pushing for a ban on scrubbers and on the use of heavy fuel oil in the Arctic.
2020 February 13
Coronaviral infection exerts a significant impact on cargo traffic, ports and shipping. The problem has touched the container flow from China and LNG transportation. Not only do stevedoring and shipping companies face difficulties, it is also a tough time for forwarders who run the risk of “holding the bag” due to delayed deliveries.
2020 February 10
Fertilize and rule policy
Despite general decrease of Russian cargo transshipment via the ports of the Baltic states and Finland, turnover of domestically produced mineral fertilizers grew in 2019 driven by their handling in Sillamae and Kotka. The situation can be reversed through liberalization of Russian laws and phasing out of agricultural imports.
2020 February 4
Last year oil spills
According to Marine Rescue Service, over 100 offshore oil spills were registered in 2019. Rosprirodnadzor attributes them to insufficient equipment of emergency response teams and violation of bunkering regulations. Meanwhile, Rosmorrechflot announced earlier approved OSR Plans to be invalid over which Rosmorrechbunker applied to the Prosecutor's Office.
2020 January 29
Baltic cruise companies are responding to new trends and developing new routes while building ships powered by alternative fuels. Tallink is set to arrange annual calls to Saint-Petersburg, Viking – polar voyages and ecotourism.
2020 January 24
New fuel regime
With the global upper limit on the sulphur content of ships' fuel oil reduced to 0.50% from 1 January under new IMO regulation, the bunkering market structure has definitely changed. Despite the toughened environmental requirements, the shipping industry has not faced insurmountable difficulties so far, operation of Russian ports is normal.
2020 January 17
Sergey Gaidayev: “Construction of Bagayevsky hydrosystem does not hinder navigation”
Sergey Gaidayev, head of Azov-Don Basin Administration, tells IAA PortNws about the 2019 navigation results and the progress of the Bagayevsky hydrosystem project implementation.
2020 January 14
Aleksandr Chemodanov: “The main focus is on the Arctic projects today”
Krylov State Research Center is one of Russia's leading research and design organizations featuring unique competences. Aleksandr Chemodanov, Deputy Head of the Civil Ship System’s Integration Division, KSRC, tells IAA PortNews about some civil projects under development in the Center.
2020 January 10
Maxim Kulinko: “First-ever phase-by-phase approach applied to ensure year-round navigation on the Northern Sea Route”
In his interview with IAA PortNews, Maxim Kulinko, Deputy Head of the Northern Sea Route Directorate – Head of Rosatom’s Department for Development of NSR and Costal Territories, tells about the newly approved Northern Sea Route Infrastructure Development Plan, Arctic logistics, dredging and prospects of alternative fuels in the Arctic.
2020 July 30
Cyprus Names New Shipping Deputy Minister
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Expansion of the access canal to Sabetta Port
Glavgosexpertiza recently approved the design documentation for reconstruction of the access canal to the Port of Sabetta...Expansion of the access canal to Sabetta Port
Boxship orderbook-to-fleet ratio ducks below 10% for the first time this century
The global containership orderbook, seen as a percentage of the world fleet, has dropped to its lowest level in more than 20 years...Boxship orderbook-to-fleet ratio ducks below 10% for the first time this century
2020 July 28
Damen unveils composite hull section that could lead to ships being 40% lighter than today’s steel vessels
European shipbuilding group Damen has unveiled a section of an ocean-going hull made by composites, potentially leading to ships that are 40% lighter than today’s steel versionsDamen unveils composite hull section that could lead to ships being 40% lighter than today’s steel vessels
2020 July 27
Crew change still isn’t working
James Wilkes from Gray Page urges the IMO to set up multiple virtual flying squads of advisors and experts to help port states implement crew change protocolsCrew change still isn’t working
China’s worst floods for 100 years impacting tanker trades
Reduced demand due to the flooding will have a negative impact on the economic recovery from the Covid-19 downturnChina’s worst floods for 100 years impacting tanker trades