Monthly Archives: January 2023

FESCO diesel-electric ship Vasily Golovnin set off on a new Antarctic expedition

January 25 2023

According to FESCO, the ship left the port of Cape Town last week and is already on its way to the Indian research stations Bharati and Maitri.

The diesel-electric ship will deliver a team of Indian polar explorers, fuel and provisions there. It will also take out household and technical garbage from the stations. Another point on the route of Vasily Golovnin will be the Belgian station “Princess Elisabeth”. The voyage will last until April 2023. This is the second FESCO Antarctic expedition under a new five-year contract with the National Center for Polar and Oceanic Research of the Indian Ministry of Geosciences (NCPOR).

Earlier FESCO has repeatedly participated in government projects in Antarctica to supply research stations of the US, Australia, Great Britain, Chile and Argentina.

FESCO Transport Group is one of the largest private transport and logistics companies in Russia with assets in the field of port, railway and integrated logistics business. The Group owns the Vladivostok Commercial Sea Port, the Transgarant and Dalreftrans railway operators, and Russkaya Troika, the fitting platform operator. The Group operates dry terminal complexes in Novosibirsk, Khabarovsk and Tomsk, manages over 130,000 TEU, and has more than 10,000 fitting platforms. The fleet includes 23 transport vessels, which mainly carry out transportation on their own sea lines.


A consortium led by India’s Adani Group completes the purchase of the port of Haifa in northern Israel

January 11 2023

A consortium led by India’s Adani Group has completed the purchase of the port of Haifa in northern Israel for 4 billion shekels ($1.15 billion), Reuters reported with reference to Israel’s Finance Ministry.

The sale of one of Israel’s main seaports took five years. The Israeli government has said it is selling its state-owned ports and building new private docks to lower costs and reduce waiting times for ships to unload.

About 99% of all goods enter and leave Israel by sea, and the modernization of ports is necessary to maintain economic growth, the authorities said. Israel announced in July that it would sell the port of Haifa, a major trading hub on the Mediterranean Sea, to winning bidders Adani Ports and local chemical and logistics group Gadot. China’s Shanghai International Ports Group (SIPG) opened a new port across the bay in Haifa last year. The presence of SIPG and Adani will boost Israel’s status as a regional trading hub, the agency said.

The largest multi-profile Indian port operator Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSE.NS) is part of the Adani Group. The Adani Group owns and manages terminals in the ports of Mundra and Dahej (India) and Abbot Point (Australia), terminals are also being built in Hazira, Mormugao, Visakhapatnam and Kandla (India) and Dudgeon Point (Australia). Adani Group operates in the areas of mining and sales of coal and gas, logistics and energy.


The South Korean government will speed up the issuance of visas to attract shipbuilders

January 9, 2023

The shortage of specialists in the industry is estimated at 14 thousand people

The government plans to shorten visa administration procedures for foreign workers employed by South Korean shipbuilders from the current four months to one month as the shipbuilding industry faces a labor shortage, The Korea Times reported, citing a government statement. According to the estimates of the relevant organization, the labor shortage will reach 14 thousand people by the end of 2023.

According to the report, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy have unveiled a plan to eliminate barriers in attracting foreign workers to the shipbuilding industry. Under this plan, shipbuilders and subcontractors can employ up to 30% of foreign nationals of the total domestic workforce. The current limit is 20%.

The government is also planning to increase the administrative staff of visa specialists, which will allow issuing documents within 10 days. Currently it takes about five weeks for a visa to be issued after a preliminary check.

South Korea, along with China and Japan, currently have the largest portfolios of orders for ships.