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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.


Russian Flag Hoisted on the New Ferry ‘Alexander Deev’

September 6 2022

Photo from ASZ Telegram channel

A state flag raising ceremony was held on the new railway-car ferry ‘Alexander Deev’, built at the “Amur Shipbuilding Plant” (AZS; part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, USC), in which Russian President Vladimir Putin took part via video link, the USC Telegram channel reports. The event took place in Vladivostok as part of the Eastern Economic Forum.

The CNF11CPD project ‘Alexander Deev’ ferry will operate on the Vanino – Kholmsk line connecting Sakhalin Island with the continent. The ship will be able to carry 32 railway cars, 12 trucks and up to 200 passengers. ‘Alexander Deev’ has a reinforced ice class Arc5 hull capable of breaking ice up to 1.5 m thick and operating at temperatures down to -40 degrees Centigrade. The length of the ferry is 131 m, width 22 m, deadweight more than 4 thousand tons. 

According to Mr. Alexei Rakhmanov, USC head, the new ferry will make Sakhalin more accessible to local citizens. “Compared to its Soviet-built predecessors, it can carry twice as much cargo and almost three times as many passengers. This is the third vessel that USC is transferring for the region. Since last year, two new passenger / cargo ferries, ‘Admiral Nevelskoy’ and ‘Pavel Leonov’, have connected Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands.

Cargo-passenger car-railway ferry ‘Alexander Deev’ is the lead in a series of two ships under construction at the Amur Shipyard. “Vympel Design Bureau” (part of USC) produced working design and technological documentation. The vessel was laid down in June 2017, launched in August 2019. From June to August 2022, factory sea trials completed, at which the ferry reached a speed of 18.2 knots. Increased ice penetration ensures the ability of the ferry to maintain a speed of at least 3 knots in even solid ice 1 m thick and 6-8 knots in ice up to 0.8 m thick. Currently, AZS is completing work on its sistership ‘Vasily Oshchepkov’.

Recall that ASZ received an order for the construction of two car-railway ferries in 2016. More than 5.5 billion rubles were allocated for the construction of ferries. The new vessels will ensure uninterrupted transport links with Sakhalin, regardless of weather conditions.

The Amur Shipbuilding Plant is one of the largest shipbuilding enterprises in the Far Eastern region of Russia. The production facilities and technical equipment of the facility are adapted for the construction of ships and vessels with a launch weight of up to 10 thousand tons, a length of up to 150 m and a width of up to 22 m.

Source: PortNews

Icebreakers on the Northern Sea Route to amount to 13 by 2030

September 1 2022

The icebreakers will be focused on transporting about 150 million tons per year

The grouping of icebreakers on the Northern Sea Route (NSR) will amount to at least 13 units by 2030. This was stated by Maxim Kulinko, Deputy Director of the Directorate of the Northern Sea Route of the State Corporation Rosatom, during the round table “Transport and Transit Potential of the Arctic”.

“Four icebreakers are under construction, including the Leader. There is also an instruction from the Prime Minister of Russia to additionally build two new icebreakers of the 22220 series. We plan to start building these icebreakers from 2023 at the expense of the federal budget. The corporation assumes increased obligations to build four more icebreakers for promising projects at extrabudgetary expense. There is an icebreaking arrangement along the entire route of the NSR,” Maxim Kulinko said.

He noted that these icebreakers will be able to provide the target volume of cargo traffic declared by the companies at 150 million tons per year as part of the Year-Round Northern Sea Route socio-economic development initiative.

The Northern Sea Route is the unified transport communication of Russia in the Arctic. It runs along the northern shores of the country through the seas of the Arctic Ocean (Kara, Laptev, East Siberian, Chukchi seas), connects the ports of the European part of Russia and the mouths of navigable Siberian rivers with the Far East. In August 2022, a plan for the development of the NSR until 2035 was approved, which included more than 150 events. The plan’s total funding is about 1.8 trillion rubles.