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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.


Chinese CMES shipping company takes delivery of its first rigid sail supertanker

September 29 2022

The ship will carry energy resources between the Middle and Far East

Shanghai shipping company China Merchants Energy Shipping Co. Ltd. (CMES, part of the CMG Group) has taken delivery of the New Aden, the first environmentally friendly VLCC oil tanker. The special feature of the supertanker is that it is the first vessel of its type to use four rigid sails as an auxiliary propulsion system along with other technological solutions that ensure fuel economy during operation, the industry portal Maritime Executive reported.

The New Aden tanker is the 100th oil tanker built by China’s Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC). It was named after the first ship of the fleet launched 150 years ago.

The new VLCC tanker has a length of 332.8 m and a deadweight of 300,000 tons. It is equipped with a system of four rigid sails, which are made of carbon fiber developed by Guangwei Composite Materials. Each sail has a height of about 39.6 m and a surface area of ​​almost 13 thousand sq. ft. The sails are raised and turned by a fully automatic system.

According to the DSIC shipbuilding company and its parent CSSC company, the ship was designed to transport energy resources between the Middle and Far East. According to the creators of the vessel, its operation will provide annual fuel savings of 9.8% and emission reductions of over 2.9 thousand tons of carbon. The vessel is also equipped with the latest technology to reduce sulfur and nitrogen oxide emissions in accordance with EEDI and EEXI standards.

In 2018, the DSIC shipyard installed two rigid sails on a VLCC tanker that was also under construction for China Merchants.

The shipbuilding company DSIC, which has been cooperating with CMES since 2007, has already built more than 30 large-capacity vessels with a total deadweight of almost 9 million tons for the Shanghai shipping company.


Operation of icebreakers was discussed at the opening of the Russian-Chinese laboratory of polar technologies

September 27 2022

China intends to improve the level of technology for operations in ice conditions

St. Petersburg State Maritime Technical University (SPbGMTU) and Harbin Engineering University (HEU) solemnly held an online opening ceremony of the Russian-Chinese laboratory of polar technologies and equipment and the first meeting of the laboratory’s academic council. The Academic Council consists of leading experts from SPbGMTU, HEU and specialized organizations in Russia and China, the press service of the Russian university reports.

An agreement to establish a joint laboratory under the Belt and Road Initiative was signed between the universities in 2019. The project was supported by the governments of Russia and China and included in the action plan within the framework of the years of Russian-Chinese scientific, technical and innovation cooperation.

The co-heads of the laboratory, Vice-President of HEU Han Duanfeng and Director of the International Cooperation Department of SPbGMTU Professor Kirill Rozhdestvensky spoke about the results and promising areas of cooperation. Members of the academic council took part in the discussion. For example, Wu Gang, an employee of Research Institute No. 708 Maric, one of the designers of the Chinese Snow Dragon icebreaker, said that he was designing equipment and machinery for the Arctic. “My supervisor studied at LSI (Leningrad Shipbuilding Institute). We have a good understanding of Russian-made icebreakers. We want to improve the level of our technology, we need new methods and concepts for the operation of ice ships,” Wu Gang said.

Professor of the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) Alexander Bekker emphasized that the work of the laboratory will enhance the opportunities of universities in the study of the Arctic. Kirill Sazonov, head of the laboratory of the Krylov State Research Center (KSRC), singled out for research the problem of the movement of large-capacity vessels in ice conditions, the need to calculate the characteristics of ice formations and study the properties of ice.

Professor Vladimir Tryaskin spoke about the important task of designing icebreaker structures according to new requirements for ice loads, and creating special software. Professor Vadim Goncharov spoke about research in the field of Arctic ecology and about the importance of involving students in work.


“Port of Vanino” increased the speed of container handling

September 16, 2022

Vanino Commercial Sea Port (port of Vanino, the largest stevedoring company in the port of the same name in the Khabarovsk Territory), after the introduction of special software has significantly accelerated the acceptance operations in the processing of containers, which allowed to increase the volumes of transshipment, the stevedore said in a statement. 

In the first decade of September, the port received the eighth vessel with containers on board since the beginning of this year, which arrived from the port of Shanghai. “The processing of the vessel lasted 33 hours, about 400 containers were reloaded, most of them will be sent by rail to one of the logistics complexes of the Moscow region,” the statement said.

The stevedore plans to handle 7 more container ships by the end of 2022.

“The port of Vanino relies on the development of container transportation. We have managed to improve the efficiency of work with this type of cargo. We have accelerated the acceptance operations by introducing container handling software. (. . .) In the future, we plan to continue introducing new technologies into production and purchasing the necessary equipment,” said Vladimir Rogov, General Director of Port of Vanino JSC.

As reported, Port of Vanino JSC resumed the previously suspended transshipment of containers in September 2021, against the backdrop of a favorable market situation. By the end of 2021, the stevedore has handled 4,000 TEUs (the equivalent of a 20-foot container).

“Vanino Commercial Sea Port” specializes in transshipment of various types of cargo: coal, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, alumina, round timber, lumber, pellets, scrap metal. Depths at the berths and technical means allow to receive vessels with a deadweight of up to 45 thousand tons. The company, along with universal berths, includes specialized terminals – ferry, container and alumina, as well as a port fleet that performs mooring operations, passenger transportation and water supply to ships. The port is connected with Sakhalin by the Vanino-Kholmsk railway ferry line.


Stable ice formation started in the eastern region of the Northern Sea Route

September 16, 2022

In the eastern area of the Northern Sea Route, stable ice formation is expected to start 10-14 days earlier than the multi-year average, and ice conditions are more severe than in 2021. This was reported on the website of the Federal State Budgetary Institution “Main Directorate of the Northern Sea Route”, which was launched on September 15, 2022. A scheme for the withdrawal of ships from the port of Pevek in the eastern and western directions has also been published.

“The site also contains information about applications submitted for consideration by GlavSevmorput, concerning navigation of vessels in the waters of the Northern Sea Route, issued permits for navigation and notifications of permit refusals, navigation and hydrometeorological information, data on vessel traffic and other information related to the water area of the Northern Sea Route, – Alexander Olshevsky, General Director of the Federal State Budgetary Institution “GlavSevmorput” explained. – Previously, information was posted on the website of the Federal State Budgetary Institution “Administration of the Northern Sea Route”.

Applications for navigation in the waters of the Northern Sea Route can be submitted both by e-mail to, as well as on the website in the relevant section “Consideration of applications”. 


Russia’s need for the construction of new ships by 2035 has increased to 1.5 thousand units

September 7 2022

Russia’s need for the construction of new ships by 2035 has increased to 1.5 thousand units. This was announced by Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Viktor Evtukhov at the session “The Future of Industries: What to Buy and What to Produce? Shipbuilding” at the Eastern Economic Forum, PortNews correspondent reports.

According to him, until recently, in accordance with the Consolidated Perspective Plan for Orders of Civil Vessels and Marine Equipment until 2035, the country’s need for ships amounted to just over 1,000 units.

“However, the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Agriculture announced almost 440 additional units of marine equipment … Plus, in order to ensure cargo transportation along the NSR, as well as passenger transportation, there was a need for 32 vessels, and now about 71 more have been added. That is, we have to build about 1,500 vessels by 2035 at Russian shipyards,” Viktor Evtukhov explained.


Rosatom plans to create a shipyard for composite shipbuilding in Korsakov (Sakhalin)

September 7 2022

Rosatom plans to create a shipyard for composite shipbuilding in Korsakov (Sakhalin Region). This was announced during the Eastern Economic Forum by the CEO of the state corporation Alexei Likhachev.

“We have good groundwork in terms of composites, moreover, I would say that we are absolute leaders here, the first to localize all the technology from oil to the final composite product and … on Sakhalin, in Korsakov, we plan to locate a shipyard associated with composite shipbuilding,” said Alexey Likhachev.

He did not name the specific parameters of the project.