2017 December 21
Phantoms of Russian infrastructure - 2017
The outgoing year features a clear trend that has emerged earlier – the decrease of interest to cost-intensive mega-projects. At the same time, high priority projects already launched are supposed to be completed. Most of projects with vague prospects were developed for the North and Far East and they are hindered by insufficient infrastructure.
2017 December 18
WISTA: The role of women in shipping continues to grow
Seafaring occupations have traditionally been considered as "masculine", but there is a trend of increasing involvement of women. Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) is working for equality for female professionals in the maritime and related industries. The newly elected President of WISTA International Ms. Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, the ex-President Karin Orsel and the President of WISTA Russia Olga Lazovskaya told in an interview with IAA PortNews about achievements in this direction, about new technologies and innovations in the shipping industry and environmental issues.
2017 December 14
Budget resources are leaving the ports
It appears, further development of Russian port infrastructure will get no significant budget allocations. Amid the budget deficit, investors are proposed to look for funding sources other than the public purse. Several schemes are suggested: from concessions and “anchor zones” to investment duty.
2017 December 6
Leasing for fleet renovation
Igor Ivashin, head of Sea and River Transport Department at STLC JSC, Russia’s largest leasing company, tells IAA PortNews about leasing and about the prospects of establishing a ship leasing company under the auspices of RF Transport Ministry.
2017 December 4
Leonid Shurukhin, Project Manager at Aquatic JSC, leading company in hydraulic engineering and designing for rivers, tells Hydrotechnika journal (Media Group PortNews) about the company’s activities.
2017 December 1
Who is to win with the new Customs Code
New Customs Code of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) was expected to come into effect in July but with the delay in the development of required regulatory documents the deadline was postponed till January 1, 2018. Russian participants of foreign economic activities are concerned about two issues: will the Customs Code come into force since the Law on customs regulation has not been passed in Russia yet and what is going to change from January 1?
2017 November 28
GLONASS in sea and river dimensions
Ever rising demands for accuracy and reliability of sea and river vessels positioning as well as some special tasks requiring solutions of especially high reliability amid extreme shipping conditions determine the need for using advanced navigation systems.
2017 November 22
Sergey Kukushkin: Large shipping companies come to the NSR
Considerable growth of cargo shipping in the Arctic has been driven this year by the Northern Sea Route, where new routes for the export of Russian hydrocarbons begin. Large foreign ship owners also use the lanes of the Northern Sea Route. That was the topic of IAA PortNews interview with Sergey Kukushkin, Acting Head of the NSR Administration.
2017 November 16
Development prospects of Russia’s Caspian ports
Russian ports of the Caspian Basin have been long suffering from the falling freight turnover. Lifting of sanctions on Iran, debottlenecking of Russian IWW and revival of cruise shipbuilding bring hope for busier domestic ports in the Caspian Sea. Recently approved strategy for their development foresees the construction of a new deepwater port in Caspijsk.
2017 November 10
Vitaly Klyuyev: “Seafarers training system in Russia complies with international standards”
The system of training and certification of seafarers in Russia has been brought into compliance with the international requirements. Major efforts of the Transport Ministry and other ad hoc agencies have lead up to that. In his interview with IAA PortNews, Vitaly Klyuyev, Director of RF Transport Ministry's Department of State Policy for Maritime and River Transport, tells about training of shipboard personnel and about changes in the system of industry-specific education.
2018 February 21
Tugs assist damaged container ship in blocked Kiel Canal
The container ship, which was en route from Bremerhaven to St. Petersburg, Russia, partially severed the lock gate with its bow at a speed of 10 knots...Tugs assist damaged container ship in blocked Kiel Canal
Shell inks time charters for two SCF LNG-fueled Aframaxes
Shell has signed time charter agreements for two of six LNG dual fueled Aframax tankers under construction for Russia's SCF Group...Shell inks time charters for two SCF LNG-fueled Aframaxes
Russian oil product exports from Black Sea port 'collapse' - Transneft
A Transneft spokesman said as many as six tankers have been held up at the port of Novorossiisk and 2,400 railcars have been waiting for reloading...Russian oil product exports from Black Sea port 'collapse' - Transneft
2018 February 20
Croatia to Go Ahead With Strategic Gas Terminal
LNG Croatia has received a 101.4 million euro grant from the European Union to develop the construction of an offshore gas terminal on the Adriatic island of Krk...Croatia to Go Ahead With Strategic Gas Terminal
Lithuania broke its promise to Latvia over LNG terminal - former ambassador
Lithuania in the late 2000s promised Latvia to support its efforts to build a liquefied natural gas terminal near Riga, but broke that promise...Lithuania broke its promise to Latvia over LNG terminal - former ambassador
Port of Rotterdam container throughput up by 12.3pct in 2017
Particularly strong growth in container throughput of 12.3% (in tonnes) was the main driver of growth in the port of Rotterdam throughout 2017...Port of Rotterdam container throughput up by 12.3pct in 2017