2023 September 29
Russia’s ship repair industry in new conditions
With the western sanctions imposed on Russia the country has faced a serious shortage of ship repair facilities: those of Turkey and China are not enough. The problems in the industry and the ways to solve them were in the focus of the 2nd Ship Repair, Modernization and Components Conference organized by IAA PortNews.
2023 September 25
Where does Russian methanol flow?
The eighth package of sanctions has closed the “window to Europe” for Russia’s methanol exports. The transshipment via the Finnish port of Hamina-Kotka has stopped but the first methanol terminal was opened in the Far East. There are still logistical problems and producers look more closely at the domestic market, including ship bunkering.
2023 September 18
Coal handling in Vanino: next move is that of Russian Railways
Daltransugol JSC (a company of NTC JSC) is set to increase its terminal capacity to 40 million by 2025 through implementation of a large-scale investment plan. However, its loading will particularly depend on implementation of Russian Railways’ plans to develop the Eastern Polygon.
2023 September 14
Oleg Savchenko on the beginning of a new era in shipbuilding
The scientific and engineering community of Russia has faced a task of providing shipowners with domestic technological solutions. Oleg Savchenko, General Director of Krylov State Research Center, tells IAA PortNews about the progress of the work on designing grain and gas carriers, about the current inability to build Azipod units and about the prospects of solving the problem with low-speed engines.
2023 September 6
What hinders exports of Russian grain?
Although Russia’s port infrastructure is sufficient for grain exports, the bottlenecks of grain flows are on railways and roads. Low turnover of railway cars results in idle time of up to 50 days while weight control on motorways leads to underloading of road trains. As for flour export, it is affected by the dumping from the side of Turkey which produces grain from Russian grain.
2023 August 31
Blocking of the Danish Straits: Is the threat real?
The research of the Fuels and Energy Technology Development Institute (IRTTEK) reveals the threat of blocking the Danish Straits for ships sailing to and from Russia. Maritime law experts told IAA PortNews that such actions would have no legal basis, although they cannot be ruled out either. In our opinion, restrictions on the passage of ships through the Black Sea Straits are more realistic.
2023 August 28
Revival of passenger transportation by inland water ways
The regions of Russia have set a course for the development of high-speed passenger transportation by rivers. First of all, water communication will be developed on the Volga river. IAA PortNews tells about the revival of this type of transport and the associated difficulties.
2023 August 22
Owners and operators of oil tankers: who earns on oil exports?
One of Russia’s key export commodities, oil, continues to be exported almost exclusively by foreign vessels. The share of Russian operators and ship owners, or foreign companies associated with them is insignificant. Having analyzed oil shipments from the country’s three major oil ports in June, PortNews came to an interesting conclusion: foreigners still get the bulk of income from transport services in this segment.
2023 August 16
Waterborne transport: does hydrogen have prospects for shipping?
RF Government and Sistema PJSFC have recently signed an agreement of intent to develop hydrogen energetics. Designing of hydrogen-power ships is already underway in Russia but their commercial prospects are still vague. Ships running on hydrogen can be first of all used in the segment of passenger transportation.
2023 August 14
What Russian cargoes are handled in the Baltics’ ports?
In the first half of 2023, the share of Russia’s foreign trade cargo handled in the ports of the neighboring Baltic states made 1.46% of Russian seaports’ total volume, down from 2.7% a year ago. However, handling of some Russian cargoes in the ports of unfriendly countries has increased.
Viewpoint: Are maritime headlines inducing colour blindness over methanol?
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2023 September 27
Russia Increases State Subsidies for its Struggling Shipyards
In the 2024 financial year, Russia is reportedly planning to ramp up subsidies to the Russian shipbuilders by over $68 million...Russia Increases State Subsidies for its Struggling Shipyards
Container freight rates to hit 2016 levels
Asia to Europe rates are already below 2019 levels and there is a real risk that rates on the trade could slump to 2016 levels...Container freight rates to hit 2016 levels
2023 September 23
Opinion: Europe's key ports have become better connected after Covid
The major container ports are woven even more closely into the web of world trade...Opinion: Europe's key ports have become better connected after Covid
2023 September 20
New fuels, new risks
The rise of alternative fuels both for vessel propulsion and as part of cargo such as electric vehicles is resulting in new risks for marine insurers...New fuels, new risks
2023 September 19
Port of Long Beach $4.7 Billion ‘Pier Wind’ Offshore Wind Port Construction to Start in 2027
The Port of Long Beach projects that it will begin construction on its 400 acre ‘Pier Wind’ offshore wind port in 2027...Port of Long Beach $4.7 Billion ‘Pier Wind’ Offshore Wind Port Construction to Start in 2027