2019 December 25
Phantoms of Russian infrastructure - 2019
The global market situation, policy of sanctions, trade wars and technological development make long-term forecasts on cargo flows less accurate while infrastructure projects are highly time-intensive. That necessitates a more elaborate study on financial feasibility of investments and synchronization with railway infrastructure development plans.
2019 December 17
Winning hand in coal exports
While European countries announce their plans to reject coal energy generation, the demand for this fuel is growing in Asia. However, too slow modernization of the eastern railways and absence of a long-term concept of the railway rates policy create risks for coal exports. It is internal logistics that matters rather than closeness to sale markets.
2019 December 10
They have ships running on gas …
In view of the IMO 2020 Sulphur Cap coming into force on January 1, an increasingly high number of ship owners opt for LNG with gas fuel system already being installed on Ultra Large Container Vessels (ULCVs). Infrastructure for LNG bunkering is underdeveloped in Russia yet, while liberalization of LNG export and its price deregulation can facilitate investments in this segment.
2019 December 2
Solid oxide fuel cell economy
Electric power supply based on polyethylene and solid oxide fuel cells can become the most promising and universally applicable way to reduce environmental and economic risks of maritime shipping.
2019 November 23
Kitack Lim: “We are very much concerned about the beginning of 2020 in part of marine fuel, but we continue to look up at the situation”
The Secretary-General of IMO Kitack Lim visited Moscow at the invitation of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation and took part in Transport of Russia Exhibition. In a short interview with PortNews IAA Mr. Kitack Lim spoke about main challenges the industry is facing.
2019 November 20
Irina Olkhovskaya: “It is significant to take due care of private investments”
In her interview with IAA PortNews, Irina Olkhovskaya, Director for Port and Railway Projects, UMMC OJSC, tells about application of public private partnership principle for implementation of the largest investment port project – Phase 3 of the dedicated coal transshipment facility.
2019 November 19
Move or stay
Speculation about possible shifting of Rostov-on-Don port’s First Cargo District have intensified again although the regional budget has no resources for that purpose. Meanwhile, the stevedore is investing in new protection technologies. The situation is not unique being typical for many ports in Russia and worldwide.
2019 November 15
Krylov State Research Center celebrates its 125th anniversary
In November 2019, not only do we celebrate the 125th anniversary of Russia’s leading scientific center of naval architecture, we actually mark the birthday of the country’s shipbuilding science.
2019 November 13
No faith in sulphur-free living?
In view of tougher restrictions on sulphur content in marine fuel to be effective from 2020, international companies and classification societies are searching new fuel alternatives while scientist are warning about implications of using low sulphur fuel for fuel systems.
2019 November 6
Sergey Senko: “We do not stay stagnant but improve permanently”
Attractiveness of ports depends to a great extent on customs. Interviewed by IAA PortNews at the International Customs Forum in Moscow, Chief of the Baltic Customs Sergey Senko, tells about inspection of vessels, customs value, e-declarations, CIC availability, round-the-clock operation and interaction with businesses.
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