Monthly Archives: April 2023

Construction of gas carriers for the Arctic LNG 2 project shifted to 2024

April 26 2023

The terms for the construction of gas carriers commissioned by Sovcomflot for the Arctic LNG 2 project have been shifted by 1 year, deliveries will begin in 2024. This was announced by the company’s CEO Igor Tonkovidov, RIA Novosti reports.

Initially, the construction of the lead tanker was expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2023, but in September 2022, the head of NOVATEK, Leonid Mikhelson, announced that this would happen at the end of 2023, when the first line of the Arctic LNG 2 plant would be launched. It was assumed that 6-7 tankers would be received by the end of 2024.

Currently, the Zvezda shipbuilding complex in Primorsky Krai is building 15 new generation gas carriers for the Arctic LNG 2 project. The lead vessel will be delivered to Sovcomflot and SMART LNG LLC, a joint venture between Sovcomflot and NOVATEK will receive the remaining 14 vessels.

Contracts for the construction of 15 Arctic LNG carriers of the Arc7 ice class, designed to transport cargo from the Arctic LNG 2 plant, were signed in December 2019-July 2020. The shipyard started cutting metal for the lead vessel of the series in November 2020.

The vessels of the new series are designed for year-round transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the waters of the Northern Sea Route (NSR), including its eastern sector. The tankers will have higher ice-breaking capacity and maneuverability compared to the first generation of Arctic LNG carriers. The length of the gas carriers of the new series will be 300 m, width – 48.8 m, cargo capacity – 172.6 thousand cubic meters. m. The propulsion system includes three rudder propellers with a total capacity of 45 MW.

Arctic LNG 2 (Yamal) is NOVATEK’s flagship project, consisting of three production lines. It provides for the construction of three technological lines for the production of LNG with a total capacity of 19.8 million tons per year and stable gas condensate up to 1.6 million tons per year. The project is being implemented in an innovative construction concept using gravity foundations (GBS). Previously, the implementation of the project faced significant delays. According to the company, the first production line will open no earlier than the end of 2023, that is, a year behind schedule.

Sovcomflot Group is the largest shipping company in Russia, a leader in the maritime transportation of oil, petroleum products and liquefied gas, as well as servicing offshore hydrocarbon production. The company specializes in operations in difficult climatic and ice conditions. The share of Sovcomflot in energy exports from Russian ports in 2022 was 14%.


TransContainer and Chinese logistics company agreed on joint delivery of goods to Russia and Belarus

April 17 2023

PJSC TransContainer (part of Delo Group) and Heilongjiang International Logistics Company Dragon-Link LLC (a subsidiary of Heilongjiang Transportation Investment Group, China) will jointly develop container transportation from China to Russia and Belarus. The document provides for cooperation in the field of organizing the delivery of goods through land border and the ports of the Far East and St. Petersburg using the TransContainer fleet, the press service of the Russian company reports.

Alexander Podylov, Vice President for Commercial Affairs of TransContainer, and Han Bing, General Director of Heilongjiang International Logistics Company Dragon-Link LLC, signed the corresponding agreement at the international exhibition TransRussia 2023.

PJSC TransContainer is the leader in container railway logistics in Eurasia. It operates more than 130 thousand containers with a capacity of about 200 thousand TEU and 40 thousand container platforms. The company owns 40 railway terminals in Russia and a 58.67% share in Sakhalin Shipping Company (SASCO) having a fleet of 13 vessels. The Delo group is the sole shareholder.


FESCO has put the third vessel into operation between Russia and Vietnam and increased the line capacity by 44%

April 12 2023

The FESCO Transportation Group has put the third vessel into operation on the regular FESCO Vietnam Direct Line (FVDL) between Russia and Vietnam, thereby increasing its capacity by 44% to 2.3 thousand TEU. Since April 11, FESCO Askold, a container ship with a capacity of 700 TEU, has joined the container ships A Houou with a capacity of 850 TEU and Bal Boan with a capacity of 750 TEU, the press service of the Group reports.

Now the vessels within this sea container service depart every eight days, while previously the –  two times per month.

The FVDL line operates along the route: Commercial Port of Vladivostok (part of FESCO) – Ho Chi Minh – Haiphong – Commercial Port of Vladivostok. Transit time en route from from the ports of Vietnam to Vladivostok is 9-12 days. The FVDL service started operating in May 2022. During this time, the group has transported more than 11.5 thousand TEU in both directions.

FESCO Transportation 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 Commercial Port of Vladivostok, railway operators Transgarant, Dalreftrans, and container platform operator Russkaya Troika. FESCO operates dry terminal complexes in Novosibirsk, Khabarovsk and Tomsk. The group operates more than 130 thousand TEU and more than 10 thousand container platforms. Its fleet includes 26 transport vessels, which mainly carry out transportation on their own sea lines.


Japan banned exports of steel, ship engines and radio equipment for navigation to Russia

March 31 2023

Japan has expanded the list of products banned for exports to Russia. The corresponding order of the Cabinet of Ministers was approved on March 31, 2023, according to the website of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan.

The export ban covers steel, aluminum, and the products made of them; steam boilers, machines and their components, including ship engines; electric equipment including radio equipment for navigation and generators. The list also includes unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), optical, measuring and control equipment, their parts and components.

The ban comes into effect on 7 April 2023.

As PortNews reported earlier, in late February, Japan introduced individual restrictions, including assets freeze, in relation to 48 individuals, 73 organizations and separately Rosbank as part of the next sanctions package. 21 Russian organizations faced export restrictions. The list of organizations covered by an asset freeze included Vympel Shipyard, Baltiysky Zavod, Admiralteiskie Verfi, Rubin Central Design Bureau, Zvezdochka Ship Repair Center (the latter already covered by export restrictions).