Monthly Archives: February 2022

The Company from St. Petersburg Won a Tender for Designing a Training Ship

February 12 2022   

The “Forss Technologies” company from St. Petersburg won a tender for creating a technical design for a training and production vessel at the request of the Russian University of Transport (Moscow).

The winning bidder must also provide an expert opinion on the cost of building the vessel and a positive certification by the Russian River Register of Shipping. The price of all works will be 27 million 600 thousand rubles.

According to the Terms of Reference, it is necessary to design a vessel with an overall length of no more than 58.3 meters, a width of no more than 12 meters, a side height of about 3.5 meters and a draft of no more than 1.8 meters. In addition, we note the requirement for the surface clearance, which should not exceed 8.6 meters. This is necessary to freely pass under the bridges within the city of Moscow.

Among other conditions is the classroom for 50 people with a modern multimedia educational complex and the possibility of its transformation for conducting workshops and scientific conferences with up to 90 participants.

The company from St. Petersburg became the only bidder announced at the end of last year.

At the same time, we note that the initial (maximum) price of the contract – 27 million 600 thousand rubles, which became final after the completion of all procedures, was formed taking into account commercial proposals from five different design bureaus.

The members of the commission who made the decision on the winner of the auction did not have any questions about the competencies of “Forss Technologies”.

The dynamically developing St. Petersburg’s company, founded in 2007, was responsible for the design of such vessels as a self-propelled passenger ferry (project 03770), a battery powered car/passenger ferry (project 03770_AKB) and many others. in recent years “Forss Technologies” has successfully completed 33 draft design and technical projects in recent years.

Source: https://www.korabel.ru/news/comments/peterburgskaya_kompaniya_poluchila_krupnyy_zakaz_ot_rossiyskogo_universiteta_transporta.html 

“GazpromNeft” and Japanese “Mitsui” Intend to Use Alternative Fuels in Sea and River Transport

February 15 2022  

“GazpromNeft” and the Japanese “Mitsui” trading and investment company signed an agreement of intent to implement decarbonization projects in Russia and the regions where the companies operate, says the press release by “GazpromNeft”.

The partners intend to develop innovative solutions for the implementation of CCS projects (“Carbon Capture and Storage”).

In addition, “GazpromNeft” and “Mitsui” plan to develop comprehensive projects for the production of “blue” hydrogen, as well as the use of alternative fuels in sea and river transport.

In addition, in 2021, “GazpromNeft” signed a number of agreements in the field of reducing CO2 emissions, hydrogen energy and improving the environmental friendliness of fuels with major metallurgical companies.

“GazpromNeft” PJSC and its subsidiaries is a vertically integrated oil company, whose main activities are the exploration, development, production and sale of oil and gas, as well as the production and marketing of petroleum products.

“Mitsui” is a global trading and investment company with a diversified business portfolio covering about 63 countries in Asia, Europe, North, Central and South America, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. The main areas of activity are the extraction of natural resources and minerals, energy, machine tool building, infrastructure construction and the chemical industry.

Source: PortNews

Containers have risen in price extremely

February 14 2022

The sharp rise in the value of assets in multimodal logistics over the past year – containers, flatcars, ships and port equipment – is forcing a number of industry participants to reduce investments. Other players note that borrowings have doubled in price, which increases the cost of maintaining equipment purchased on lease or on credit. Analysts state that the market is close to overheating.

The market expert told to “Kommersant” that in linear logistics, containers have risen in price 1.8 times, up to $6.7 thousand for a forty-foot container, rail platforms – by 27%, up to 3.7 million rubles for an 80-foot platform, container ships – more than four times. At the same time, he noted, only platforms are actually available in Russia, all other assets are bought abroad. “In terminal and port logistics, asset prices have grown by about 20-30% of their actual value,” he sayd. “All this hinders development, leads to higher rates for logistics services. For our part, we are not ready to buy ports and terminals at such high prices.”

All the market participants interviewed by “Kommersant” observe the increase in price, however, some argue with the thesis about the protective effect of increased prices. “Indeed, the value of assets – ships, railway platforms, containers – is increasing at a double-digit pace, which hinders the development of the logistics market in Russia and ultimately leads to an increase in rates for logistics services,” sayd Maxim Shishkov, “FESCO” Strategy and Development Director.

“The situation with assets last year was tense, and it remains so,” noted Vyacheslav Saraev, General Director of “RZhD Business Active”. In general, we have a large program to increase our assets to ensure obligations to customers, we plan to purchase up to 10,000 containers and about 1,000 platforms this year. We count on already concluded long-term contracts of three or more years with a fixed rate. Of course, we have to start a dialogue with contractors, given the price dynamics in the market.” The increase in the Central Bank’s rate also has a negative impact, added Mr. Saraev.

“Delo Group” noted that it is necessary to separate the global and local equipment markets. Thus, the container market is global, about 40% of the increase in the price of equipment is due to the price of metal, and everything else is a speculative factor associated with the high demand for containers amid the disruption of global supply chains due to the pandemic.

Port equipment, as a rule, is ordered under long-term contracts, and the speculative factor does not play a significant role, since the implementation period for infrastructure projects is years, not months. According to a representative of “Delo Group”, market participants are facing interruptions in the supply of certain types of equipment, for example, reachstackers (mobile loaders for containers), but they were associated with a global shortage of chips common to the entire mechanical engineering industry.

At the same time, the platform market is local, and all 20% of the growth accounts for the growth in the cost of the metal. One of “Kommersant”’s interlocutors on the market says that a twofold increase in the refinancing rate is a more important factor for the market than a speculative markup, which sharply increases the cost of leasing for operators that do not have their own rolling stock.

There is a feeling that in 2022, after large-scale purchases of the previous year, the market may overheat, said Mikhail Burmistrov, head of “Infoline-Analytics”. There are no prerequisites for logistics equipment to become cheaper, prices, on the contrary, tend to increase, while return on assets has slowed down. According to him, the actual rise in prices is not so fundamental, since it is offset by a steady increase in demand due to an increase in container traffic, especially transit.

A more important problem, Mr. Burmistrov agreed, is the rising cost of borrowing, which makes buying equipment on lease or on credit less attractive. In March 2021, the key rate of the Central Bank of Russia was 4.25%, now it is 9.5%, he recalls, and the growing level of interest rates on leasing and loans is putting pressure on companies’ expenses. On February 11, the head of the Central Bank, Elvira Nabiullina, did not rule out the possibility of raising the key rate to a two-digit level this year.

Source: https://portnews.ru/digest/23004/ 

Icebreaker ‘Viktor Chernomyrdin’ Will Become a Passenger Icebreaker

February 5 2022  

The world’s largest and most powerful conventional icebreaker ‘Viktor Chernomyrdin’ will be used as a passenger ship for Arctic cruises after retrofitting. Up to 93 passengers will be able to simultaneously travel on the icebreaker during the period free from its primary activities, TASS was told on Saturday by the press service of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise “Rosmorport”.

“After the additional equipment has been installed, the Registry class symbol of the ‘Viktor Chernomyrdin’ icebreaker will indicate the characteristic “Passenger ship” and the vessel will be able to accommodate up to 93 passengers onboard. The plans are to use the icebreaker to conduct Arctic cruises and transport passengers during a period free from statutory activities”, explained the “Rosmorport” press service.

Work on installing the additional equipment onboard the ‘Viktor Chernomyrdin’, as follows from the data of the public procurement portal, should be completed no later than April 1, 2022. The value of the contract, concluded following the results of the auction, amounted to 4.2 million rubles.

The contractor will have to install additional lighting on the icebreaker, re-equip the ship’s security systems, and perform a number of other improvements. Upon their completion, “Viktor Chernomyrdin” will be able to officially receive the class of a passenger ship.

The project 22600 icebreaker has been under construction by order of “Rosmorport” since December 2012 at the “Admiralty Shipyard” (St. Petersburg). This is the innovative new generation diesel-electric icebreaker with impressive 25 MW power plant (on propellers), high ice class ‘Icebreaker – 8’ and a maximum degree of automation. The icebreaker is capable of reaching speeds of up to 17.8 knots in clear water, passing through ice up to 2 meters thick at a continuous speed of 2 knots. The vessel can operate in various regions of the Arctic and Antarctic, she can penetrate ice up to 3 m thick.

The ceremony of raising the state flag of the Russian Federation on the icebreaker took place in November 2020. In January 2021, the vessel commenced her first voyage – icebreaking escort of ships in the Gulf of Finland (Baltic Sea). ‘Viktor Chernomyrdin’ operated on the approaches to the seaports of Vyborg, Vysotsk and Primorsk escorting ships, including large-capacity tankers, on their way to the ports.

Source: https://portnews.ru/digest/22982/

Uzbekistan and Russia created a joint venture to increase cargo transportation

Uzbekistan and Russia created a joint venture to increase cargo transportation

January 27 2022

“RZD Logistics” JSC and Uzbek logistics company “UTI Transit” LLC have created a joint venture “RZDL TRANSSERVICE GROUP” LLC.

The enterprise will be located in Uzbekistan. This will attract customers to routes to Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and transit from China. Moreover, the company will take part in the development of new transport corridors from China to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“RZD Logistics” will ensure acceptance of cargo at the terminals of the Moscow region, provision of fitting platforms and autonomous refrigerated containers, payment of the tariff and service maintenance on the way through the territories of Russia and Kazakhstan. The authority of “UTI Transit” will include the provision of similar services in Uzbekistan.

It is planned to expand routes and services in the future.

Uzbekistan and Russia already have a positive experience in organizing export routes in the eastern and Central Asian directions. This is the Agroexpress project.

The first test shipment of food products along the route Russia – Uzbekistan – Russia took place at the end of last year.

The project is being implemented with the support of the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia, the Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan “Temir Yollari” JSC, Uzagrologostics centers, “RZD Logistics” JSC in partnership with the “Russian Export Center” JSC.

Source: https://portnews.ru/digest/22959/