Monthly Archives: November 2022

A new residential town for shipbuilders will appear in Primorye

November 25 2022

The Primorsky Territorial Directorate of the Federal Agency for Fishery has agreed on a project for the construction of a new residential town for shipbuilders in the city of Bolshoy Kamen, Primorsky Region. This was reported to the Maritime News of Russia portal by the press service of the Directorate.

Thus, the Zvezda shipbuilding complex has developed design documentation for the construction of a residential town for several thousand engineering and technical workers and management personnel employed in the construction of sea vessels. It is planned that representatives of partners and contractors of the Far Eastern shipbuilding giant will also be able to stay in the residential town.

The town will be located within the water protection zone of the Ussuri Bay of the Sea of Japan. The experts of the Department for Coordination of Economic Activities and Preventive Supervision of the Primorsky Territorial Administration of the Federal Agency for Fishery conducted an analysis of the developed project documentation.

According to the conclusion, the project does not provide for work in the water area, water intake and wastewater discharge. The implementation of design solutions will not have a direct negative impact on the existing ecological system of the water body.


FESCO investment program for 2023: development of the port, terminals and the acquisition of new vessels

November 22 2022

The Group plans to purchase vessels with a capacity of 6-7 thousand TEU

The main objective of the FESCO investment program for 2023 is the purchase of new vessels, as well as the modernization of port facilities and the development of the terminal network. Investments will be made from net income, Andrey Severilov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of FESCO, said at a meeting with journalists during the “Transport Week” in Moscow.

In connection with the opening this year of a new route from the ports of China to Novorossiysk and with a plan to create a similar route to the ports of the North-West of Russia, the company is considering the possibility of acquiring large-capacity vessels.

“We plan to purchase vessels with a capacity of approximately 6-7 thousand TEU, which is approximately twice as much as the capacity of the vessels we have. The project will pay off even if, as we expect, freight rates will drop in 2023 on routes from China to Europe and from China to the USA. Freight rates on routes from China to Russian ports will remain at the same level. This is due to the fact that our market is now somewhat isolated from the world market, and after the departure of the majors, Russian shipping companies must buy new ships. However, the other side of the coin is that the reduction of rates on routes from China to Europe and from China to the USA leads, in fact, to a cooling of the global market and the emergence of additional opportunities for us. We see that, finally, there are offers on the market for the purchase of ships that we need,” Andrey Severilov explains.

In November, the transport group introduced the FESCO Black Sea Service on the route Novorossiysk – Istanbul – Shekou – Ningbo – Shanghai – Qingdao and in the opposite direction. Transit time on the way from the ports of China to Istanbul, where transshipment is carried out, is 30-35 days, to Novorossiysk – 40-45 days.

FESCO Transport Group is one of the largest private transport and logistics companies in Russia with assets in the field of port, rail and integrated logistics business. The Group owns the Vladivostok Commercial Sea Port, the railway operators Transgarant, Dalreftrans, and the fitting platform operator Russkaya Troika. FESCO operates dry terminals in Novosibirsk, Khabarovsk and Tomsk. The group manages more than 100 thousand TEU, the fleet of fitting platforms exceeds 10 thousand units. The fleet includes 22 transport vessels, which mainly carry out transportation on their own sea lines.


Severstal started supplying bimetallic sheets for the construction of the Rossiya icebreaker

November 17 2022

The Severstal company has started shipping the first bimetallic sheets for the Zvezda shipbuilding complex. A batch of 100 sheets is intended for the construction of the bow of the hull of the nuclear icebreaker Rossiya.

The bimetal will be used for the ice protection of the atomic icebreaker, the so-called ice belt of the ship. This is a reinforced lower part of the hull that directly resists ice.

The bimetal is produced at mill 5000 of the sheet-rolling shop at the production site in Kolpino, using a new batch rolling method.

“Specifically for this project, in less than six months, a new site for assembling bimetallic packages was organized at the Severstal production site in Kolpino. And in October, the new site completed the modernization of equipment to accelerate the stripping of the main layer of bimetallic sheets in the range of thicknesses from 10 to 250 mm, which will increase production by 900 tons per year. The processing time for one sheet has been reduced from 56 to 8.5 hours,” said Dmitry Vanev, General Director of the Izhora Pipe Plant.

Also, the production of rolled metal for the first vessel of the Leader project is provided by mills 2000 and 2800 of the Cherepovets Metallurgical Plant.

“Severstal” is the main supplier of rolled metal for the construction of the icebreaker, the company fully met the need for ship steel for the construction of embedded sections.


The Ministry of Transport proposes to increase tariffs for container transportation in the eastern direction in 2023

November 16 2022

In order to relieve the Far Eastern ports, it is proposed to reduce tariffs in the ports of the North-West

The loading of port terminals in the Far East remains high, the situation can be stabilized by increasing tariffs for container transportation in the east direction in 2023, while simultaneously reducing tariffs in the ports of the North-West. This was announced by the Minister of Transport of Russia Vitaly Savelyev at a meeting with the President of Russia with members of the government, according to the Telegram channel of the Russian Cabinet.

The Minister of Transport told the head of state about the situation with the export of containerized cargo through the seaports of the Far East. In October 2022, the transshipment of containers in the Far Eastern ports increased by 22% compared to October 2021, exports grew by 32%, imports – by 26%.

“Vitaly Savelyev noted that the loading of port terminals remains high. The vessels with approximately 15,000 TEUs on board are awaiting unloading,” the statement said.

To promptly resolve issues, the Ministry of Transport, together with Russian Railways, created in September a Headquarters for organizing the export of containers from port terminals in the Far East. As a result, in November, it was possible to increase imports from ports to 2.72 thousand TEU per day, which is 13% higher than the average daily indicator in September. As the head of the Ministry of Transport said, now the actual loading of 5 port container terminals is 117%, the loading of 6 rear terminals is 74%.

According to him, it is also possible to unload the port capacities in the Far East through developing road cargo transportation (its share in the total volume of transportation of imported containers from the Far East reached 9%); by increasing the number of container trains from the terminals of the Far Eastern ports up to 5 units per day; by extending a discount on the railway tariff for the transportation of containers in open wagons until the end of 2023; and by increasing the number of container trains eastbound by 3 pairs per day until the end of 2022.

“These measures will help stabilize the situation in the seaports of the Far East by transporting an additional 45,000 TEUs with imported cargo,” Vitaly Savelyev is quoted on the website of the Ministry of Transport.


FESCO sent containers from St. Petersburg via the Northern Sea Route

October 11 2022

The FESCO Transport Group (“FESCO”, the “Group”) shipped the first batch of loaded containers along the route St. Petersburg – Vostochny Port – Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky via the Northern Sea Route.

On October 9, 89 FESCO 40-foot containers, including those with export cargo from the largest Russian petrochemical and timber companies, departed on the Sevmorput nuclear lighter carrier from the port of St. Petersburg. The planned travel time to the Vostochny port will be 21 days, then to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky – another 4 days.
Some of the containers as part of the FESCO complex transportation will be reloaded at the port of Vostochny and will further be sent to the countries of Southeast Asia using the Group’s maritime service. Transportation along the Northern Sea Route gives FESCO clients an opportunity to diversify their export logistics flows.