2018 April 20
Russia, along with Qatar, Australia and the USA, will be among the world’s largest suppliers of LNG. However, its competitiveness should be improved through logistics optimization while LNG as bunker fuel can be quite expensive due to dependence on foreign technologies and equipment.
2018 April 13
Approach to Novorossiysk
Seaport of Novorossiysk, Russia’s leader in terms of throughput, is set to boost its capacity in the nearest future and to enter the pool of major container players in the Black Sea along with Ukraine’s Odessa and Romania’s Constanta. A significant factor that still limits the development is the infrastructure bottlenecks on railway and highway approaches to the port.
2018 April 11
Aleksandr Khodachek: “Improvement of PPP and concession mechanisms is needed rather than invention of new ones”
Aleksandr Khodachek, President of National Research University “Higher School of Economics” in Saint-Petersburg, tells IAA PortNews about financial instruments efficient for construction of roads, ports and icebreakers.
2018 April 6
Konstantin Krasnokutskiy: “P&I Clubs always cover the damages if they were determined with a reasonable degree of certainty”
A hallmark case concerning collision of m/v Delta Pioneer with a berth in the port of Primorsk on November 20, 2016, ended in Russia. A lawyer of the Greek shipowner, Konstantin Krasnokutskiy of Lex Navicus Concordia, told Portnews about the difficulties that the parties to the case encountered during litigation.
2018 March 30
Russia has laid a course for import substitution, introduction of new technologies in shipbuilding and support of domestic shipyards. Development of new financial mechanisms including leasing is also underway. Besides, a law is being drafted to ensure the priority deployment of vessels built in Russia while the Ministry of Industry and Trade is implementing its own project on support of LNG-powered ships.
2018 March 27
Tug of discord
The allision of the Aframax tanker Delta Pioneer with a pier at Primorsk port caused by spontaneous release of the towing line resulted in a long arrest of the ship and scandal proceedings. Finally, the court approved the amicable agreement according to which the amount payable has reduced by a half versus the amount claimed initially and approved by the court of first appearance. However, further litigation is possible while the ship has not been released so far.
2018 March 22
Integration of ecosystems
Amid the growing geopolitical tension Russian shipbuilding is keeping its way towards closer integration with Finland, its historical partner in this industry. Arctech shipyard was earlier consolidated under the control of Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation. Now, Russian company Transas is acquired by Finland’s Wärtsilä.
2018 March 14
Finances’ downward pressure
Amid the global freight market’s stagnation lasting for several years, its tanker segment showed a severe plunge in 2017. In February-March the largest global shipping companies posted considerable losses of the past year. The situation is expected to improve in 2018-19 though long-term forecasts are vague due to instability of the global oil market.
2018 March 6
Steering the course
Russian President Vladimir Putin has outlined the priorities of transport infrastructure development: increasing the capacity of railway links to the ports of Russia’s South and Far East, boosting cargo traffic along the Northern Sea Route, introducing innovations in shipping and shipbuilding, ecology. However, the President did not touch the issues of inland water transport or the development of land approaches to the Arctic ports.
2018 March 1
Grain by grain from Russian ports
Grain exports from Russia are record high while dedicated port facilities, fleet and infrastructure are not sufficient for this amount of grain. United Grain Company, Russia’s largest grain infrastructure and trading company, is looking into large scale investments into construction of new terminals and vessels for grain exports. However, the effect is to be seen not earlier than in 5 years.
2018 October 19
Nord Stream 2 natural gas link could face delays from weather, vessel issues: official
The construction timeline for the planned 55 Bcm/year Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany could slip if bad weather affects pipelaying or if any of the pipelaying vessels have technical issues...Nord Stream 2 natural gas link could face delays from weather, vessel issues: official
Chinese Port Refuses to Service Stranded Russian Ship Over U.S. Sanctions Fears, Company Says
A Chinese shipyard has reportedly refused to finish repairs of a Russian vessel said to be involved in the transfer of refined petroleum products to North Korean vessels over fears of U.S. sanctions...Chinese Port Refuses to Service Stranded Russian Ship Over U.S. Sanctions Fears, Company Says
Port of Hamburg as digital networking pioneer
Underwater drones, autonomous trucks and paperless Customs clearance – the future is already buzzing in the Port of Hamburg...Port of Hamburg as digital networking pioneer
2018 October 18
Arctic Maritime Competence Center opens in St. Petersburg
The Arctic Maritime Competence Center in the interests of the Russian nuclear fleet authority, Rosatomflot, began working at the Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping...Arctic Maritime Competence Center opens in St. Petersburg
Novatek Arctic LNG project defies US sanctions
Funded by Chinese banks and part-owned by Total, the Yamal project represents the centrepiece of the Kremlin's efforts to develop LNG exports to rival Qatar and the US...Novatek Arctic LNG project defies US sanctions
2018 October 17
Rosrybolovstvo at the End of 2018 Will Begin a Scientific Expedition to the Antarctic
...the research vessels of the Federal Fishery Agency will begin an expedition to the Antarctic waters to study the state of the krill reserves...Rosrybolovstvo at the End of 2018 Will Begin a Scientific Expedition to the Antarctic