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“Russian Railways” Plans to Invest 23.5 Billion Rubles in Infrastructure Development in Primorsky Territory in 2022-2025

January 17 2022 

The section “Amursky Bay – Nakhodka” alone, after the completion of work, will increase capacity from 62 to 72 pairs of trains a day. 

Russian Railways will continue to modernize the railway infrastructure in the Primorsky Territory. For 2022-2024, they plan to invest 23.5 billion rubles in the implementation of projects to increase the throughput and carrying capacity, said the head of the “Far Eastern Railway” (FER) Evgenii Veide at a working meeting with the Governor of the Primorsky Territory Oleg Kozhemyako.

Amursky Bay – Nakhodka, after the completion of work on lengthening the tracks at the stations Novonezhino, Krasnoarmeisky, Smolyaninovo, Nakhodka-Vostochnaya, will increase the throughput capacity from 62 to 72 pairs of trains.

“For railway personnel, the priority is the balanced development of transport infrastructure, the development of the market for transport and logistics services, increasing comfort and ensuring the safety of passengers. I am sure that our further cooperation will make a significant contribution to the development of the economy and the well-being of the inhabitants of the Primorsky Territory,” Evgeny Veide noted during the meeting.

At the meeting, it was noted that in the past year the FER achieved the maximum performance in the field of container transportation. This became possible, among other things, due to new principles of collaborating with seaport infrastructure. In particular, the railroad and seaports created a joint dispatch center “FORPOST”, which made it possible to significantly increase the efficiency of interaction with the Vladivostok Commercial Sea Port.

Source: https://portnews.ru/news/323967/

“Uralmashzavod” will supply “Zvezda” shipyard with protective tanks for the “Leader” icebreaker

January 12 2022

PJSC “Uralmashzavod”, part of the ”UZTM-Karteks” group is starting to manufacture metal-water protective tanks for the Project 10510 “Leader” nuclear icebreaker. 

According to the company information release of January 11, a contract for the manufacture of protective metal structures worth 5.76 billion rubles was signed at the end of December by Sergey Tseluiko, general director of ”Zvezda” shipyard, and Yan Center, “UZTM-Karteks” director – general. “Uralmashzavod” will deliver two protective tanks (starboard and port) with a total weight of about 1,400 tons to the shipyard in Bolshoi Kamen in October 2023.

The metal-water protective tank consists of layers of metal, highly purified water and special concrete. The device is used to attenuate the ionizing radiation of the core of a nuclear reactor, which ensures the safe operation of the ship’s crew. Metal structures will be made of corrosion-resistant and high-strength steel of various thicknesses.

“We are grateful to the leadership of “Rosneft” and “Zvezda” shipyard for entrusting us with the manufacture of one of the most important components for the world’s largest nuclear-powered icebreaker,” Jan Center commented on the event.

Metal cutting for this new nuclear-powered icebreaker, named “Rossiya” (Russia), began in July 2020. The ship has the following characteristics: length – 209 m, width – 47.7 m, ice penetration (maximum) – 4 m, displacement approx. 69 700 t, power plant capacity – 120 MW (on shafts), cruise speed – 22 knots (in clear water)

Source: https://sudostroenie.info/novosti/35266.html

The volume of cargo transportation via the Northern Sea Route in 2021 amounted to about 35 million tons

January 12 2022

“The final results on the volume of cargo transportation in the waters of the Northern Sea Route in 2021 have been summed up. It amounted to 34.85 million tons,” said Maxim Kulinko, Deputy Director of the Directorate of the Northern Sea Route of Rosatom State Corporation. This is almost 2 million tons more than in 2020, when 32.97 million tons were transported.

In 2016, the volume of cargo transportation via the NSR amounted to 7.47 million tons. For the first time it exceeded the figures achieved by the USSR, when 6.57 million tons were transported along the NSR in 1987. Since 2018, when the State Corporation Rosatom was appointed as the infrastructure operator of the NSR and the curator of the federal project “Development of the Northern Sea Route”, cargo traffic along the NSR has almost doubled.

The goal of the federal project “Development of the Northern Sea Route” is to create infrastructure that will increase cargo traffic to 80 million tons in 2024 and 110 million tons by 2030, as well as increase the total capacity of seaports to 110 and 115 million tons, respectively. It is included in the Comprehensive plan for the modernization and expansion of the main infrastructure for the period up to 2024, developed in accordance with Decree of the President of Russia dated May 7, 2018 No. 204 “On the national goals and strategic objectives of the development of the Russian Federation for the period up to 2024”.

Source: http://www.morvesti.ru/news/1679/93443/

JSC «Marine terminal “Coalstar» invests 60 billion rubles in the construction of the seaport “Aurora” in Primorye Region

The project ought to be implemented by 2030

January, 10, 2022

JSC “Marine Terminal Coalstar» developed a declaration of intentions to invest nearly 60 billion rubles in the construction of the seaport “Aurora” with the power 35 million tons. According to the press-office of Primorye Region government, the object is planned to be located in the vicinity of “Bezimyannaya” (Russian word for “Nameless”) cove near Dunai village.

“The marine terminal approximate production is 35 million tons per year. Planned period of project implementation is 2025 – 2030. Production process will require almost 450 new jobs” – there was told in the Ministry of Transport and Road Management of Primorye Region.

The project ought to be implemented by 2030. The construction of the seaport will create almost 450 new jobs. 

In addition to the construction of the port, the transport infrastructure will be reconstructed to service the new capacities. In particular, “Russian Railways” has already issued technical specifications for designing of port’s railway track junction to Smolyaninovo-Dunai section of the Far Eastern Railway.

Experts note that this will be a modern production which meets all necessary requirements of environmental and industrial safety.

The new port will give the positive impact to development of territories not only of Fokino town and Shkotovsky district, but also of the entire south of Primorye,” it was noted in Primorye Region government. 

Source: Port News

Two ice-class vessels with passenger capacity of 65 and 100 people will enter the routes in Arkhangelsk and Onega in the spring of 2024

December 30 2021

In Arkhangelsk there will be constructed ice-class vessels for passenger transportation.

The shipbuilders will start to work since the beginning of 2022.  As It is expected, the first two vessels for Arkhangelsk and Onega will enter service on municipal routes in the spring of 2024 after the closure of winter pedestrian ice tracks, the press-office of the government of the Arkhangelsk Region reported.

Passenger ice-class vessels will be able to transport residents of Arkhangelsk and Onega during the autumn ice freezing and spring ice floating.

Aleksandr Tsibulsky, the governor of the Arkhangelsk region, has noted in the social media: “We are moving on to the practical implementation of agreements, reached during a working trip to our region by the Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Valentinovich Manturov, In September last year we were talking about renovation of water vessels in Arkhangelsk Region. Now all preparation procedures are completed, contracts for construction of four ice-class passenger vessels are signed. It is important, that they will be built in our region – thus, the serial construction of civil vessels will be resumed in the Arkhangelsk Region after several decades.”

The head of the region said further: two modifications of the vessel have been developed – with a passenger capacity of 65 and 100 people. The model has been tested in small-sized, solid and grated ice. Tests have shown that the class of ice reinforcement and engine power are suitable for operation in the waters of the seaports of Arkhangelsk and Onega during periods of ice freezing and ice floating.

«The shipbuilders will start to work since the beginning of the next year. We expect to begin transportation of passengers in the spring of 2024, – said Aleksandr Tsibulsky.

The project of the vessel is unique, it was developed by specialists of the Northern branch of the Russian River Register, taking into account modern requirements of comfort and safety, as well as climatic features of the region, and has no modern analogues in Russia. The new vessels will replace tugs that are not intended for passenger transportation, but have  been involved for decades in transporting residents of the island territories of Arkhangelsk and the left bank of the Onega lake during periods of ice freezing and flood floating.

To implement the project, a working group was organized with the participation of representatives of the Regional Ministry of Transport, the association “Cluster of Shipbuilding and Production of Marine Equipment in the Arkhangelsk Region”, supervisory authorities, classification societies, design, shipbuilding and transport enterprises.

The experts conducted a feasibility study, a study of water routes, determined the technical parameters of the vessel, and prepared a draft design. One of the prototypes for the future vessel was the tugboat “Nikolai Baskakov”, which is successfully operated on the inland waterways in the region. In addition, the appearance of the vessel resembles the symbols of the water passenger transportation in the “capital” of the Russian North – the motor ships “Balkhash” and “Kommunar”.

As it was reported earlier, in the autumn of 2020 the Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov visited Arkhangelsk Region. At a meeting with the head of the region, the need to allocate funds for the construction of four vessels under the preferential leasing program of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia was discussed. Work on the project began in 2021. The vessel’s project was also examined by the Central Research and Design Institute of the Russian Merchant Fleet.

Source: Port News

The Grigory Lovtsov ship was in distress in the ice of the Sea of Okhotsk.

January 5 2022

The Russian cargo ship Grigory Lovtsov, located in the Sea of Okhotsk, sent a distress signal due to the threat of ice damage to the hull on 4 January. Eight crew members were on board and they sent a distress signal and requested an evacuation. A Mi-8 helicopter from the Khabarovsk Aviation Rescue Center of the Russian Emergencies Ministry’s flew out to help them.

“As a result of the highly professional and well-coordinated work of the Russian Emergencies Ministry’s helicopter crew and rescuers, the sailors were evacuated on board the aircraft and delivered to the city of Nikolaevsk-on-Amur. The crew’s condition is satisfactory. Medical assistance is not required,” the ministry’s press service said.

Source: http://www.morvesti.ru/news/1679/93380/ ; https://www.korabel.ru/news/comments/ekipazh_sudna_grigoriy_lovcov_evakuirovan_vertoletom_mchs.html 

Arktika icebreaker navigated a vessel with cargoes for the Baimsky mining and processing plant to Pevek

10 January 2022

The nuclear-powered Arktika icebreaker accompanied the Polar King motor ship with cargo for the Baimsky mining and processing plant to the Chukotka port of Pevek, Chukotka Governor Roman Kopin said.

“This is the third ship accompanied by the world’s most powerful nuclear icebreaker to the northernmost city of Russia. Polar King delivered equipment and materials for the key development project of the region – Baimsky mining and processing plant. There are 4,000 tons of general cargo and containers of individual entrepreneurs on board.” – Kopin said on Monday in his official social network account

The Pevek administration reported that the Yury Arshenevsky ship and the Engineer Trubin motor ship, accompanied by the nuclear-powered icebreaker Arktika and the diesel-electric icebreaker Kapitan Dranitsyn, arrived in Pevek in early January, but strong winds prevented the ships from unloading quickly.

Source: http://www.morvesti.ru/news/1679/93388/

Russia proposed resumption of the Khasan-Rajin project 

3 November 2021

According to South Korean Yonhap, Russia is considering the resumption of the Khasan-Rajin project: “Russia wants to cooperate with North and South Korea on resumption of a cross-border logistics project in its Far East after pandemic restrictions are lifted. Russian Far East Development Minister Alexei Chekunkov called on the parties to hold consultations on creation of a railway network between Russian Khasan station and North Korean port of Rajin and development of this port. 

Discussions on the project began over 10 years ago. It provided for the transportation of containers and raw materials from Russia to South Korea through the North Korean port of Rajin. But the prospects of the project are still uncertain.

“Trilateral cooperation can benefit everyone. Everything is simple in logistics. If you have a shorter route, it makes sense to use it. I look forward to the resumption of work on this project and I believe that the key aspects of the project will overcome any existing difficulties”, Chekunkov is cited by Yonhap.

Source: https://seanews.ru/2021/11/03/rossija-predlozhila-vozobnovit-proekt-hasan-radzhin/

The first international laboratory of autonomous and smart ships established

17 November 2021

An agreement was signed to establish the first international scientific laboratory of autonomous and smart ships. This was announced by the deputy minister of Transport of the Russian Federation Alexander Poshivay during a conference on autonomous navigation within the framework of “Transport Week – 2021” on November 17. 

According to the deputy minister, the founders of the laboratory are the Russian University of Transport, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Harbin Engineering University.

As a reminder, the 1st International High-Level Forum on Intellectual and Autonomous Ships was held on November 16-17. The event was held in the format of a video conference.

Source: https://sudostroenie.info/novosti/34825.html

We live in a strange world – II

Dr. Sergei Smirnov, expert of Center for maritime transport and spatial logistics

Exactly one year has passed since my first comment on the impact of the new coronavirus infection on human civilization appeared on this site. I have to admit my obvious limitations as an oracle. Like the vast majority of earthlings,

I remembered too well the Hollywood plots when a magic vaccine created by the titanic efforts of WHO and the best scientists beats deadly pandemic, millions of people happily wait for their vaccination and finally, the dawn of a new day rises over the renewed world, which for sure will be better and happier than yesterday.

Reality, however, as usually, turned out to be much more mundane, sad and contradictory. WHO distinguished itself by its helplessness and inconsistency. Until now, they have not been able to even develop a unified methodology for testing and assessing the presence of immunity against COVID-19. By the “titanic” efforts of the pharmaceutical giants, a vaccine appeared, and not single, but a whole dozen. However, the bad virus continues to spread, mutates, masks the symptoms and kills. In general, it behaves like a normal ARVI, a fact that ordinary doctors initially had to clearly understand. Governments, with varying degrees of demonstrated concern (depending on domestic political considerations and the peculiarities of national mentality) continue to tirelessly protect their fellow citizens, gradually depriving them of civil rights and freedoms using high-tech methods. However, all this was quite to be expected.

I suggested that the pandemic would soon fade away, one way or another, and we would all have to face the many traditional and unconventional security threats again. Like the international terrorist organizations taking advantage of the new reality and start practicing bioterror methods. None of this has happened so far.

A year ago, I suggested that the pandemic would soon fade away, one way or another, and we would all have to face the many traditional and unconventional security threats again. Like the international terrorist organizations taking advantage of the new reality and start practicing bioterror methods. None of this has happened so far. With the pandemic, everything is clear; it will stay with us for a long time. The emergence of the AUKUS alliance, strange to the point of irrationality, should not be considered a threat to stability and security in the Asia-Pacific region. It is in no way capable of playing the role of “Asian NATO”, its creators put completely different meanings into AUKUS. The terrorists, represented by the Taliban, seem to have succeeded, seizing power in Afghanistan without a fight in August 2021. However, it was not their merit. It happened only because a new president finally appeared in the White House, who was determined to end the absurd, but extremely expensive 20-year messianic adventure in the Middle East.

The real threat to peace is emerging in the economic sphere, more precisely, in international trade. Its contours and scale is not yet fully understood, but tectonic shifts may arise if we neglect it. I mean the progressive imbalance in the international logistics system caused not by the pandemic as such, but by the “fight” against it.

Honestly, I was mistaken with the security forecasts. Moreover, if one my mistake was with a “plus” sign, then the second – an unambiguous and big “minus”.

The real threat to peace is emerging in the economic sphere, more precisely, in international trade. Its contours and scale is not yet fully understood, but tectonic shifts may arise if we neglect it. I mean the progressive imbalance in the international logistics system caused not by the pandemic as such, but by the “fight” against it.

The crisis in logistics led to a creeping rise in prices for foodstuffs, building materials, metal products, timber, natural gas … it is easier to list what did not rise in price.

A year ago, we noted with satisfaction that maritime transport, which accounts for almost 90% of world trade, has passed the test of the first COVID lockouts with relative excellence. Then the world economy began to gradually recover, this process was very uneven in different countries. Since November 2020, a shortage of container capacities began to appear, the planned delivery time of goods was disrupted, the cost of freight increased, etc. We hoped that these were temporary troubles, that the system would restore the normal rhythm of work, let’s just wait a little bit.

A year has passed, and these problems have only worsened. The crisis in logistics led to a creeping rise in prices for foodstuffs, building materials, metal products, timber, natural gas … it is easier to list what did not rise in price. It is important to understand that the volumes of production and transportation have remained practically unchanged. The most complex system of international logistics, under the influence of managerial decisions of state bodies, could not keep in a state of self-regulating stability. It is only unclear whether the “red line” of destructive no return has been already crossed.

A special responsibility today lies with China. It is no secret that a number of unpredictable unilateral actions by China aimed to protect against the spread of coronavirus infection within the country have caused the major turbulence in the global logistics market.

The globalized economy seems to have learned how to deal with financial crises. Today we are dealing with a threat of a different nature. I am afraid that the patented recipes of economists – Nobel laureates will not help here. It is necessary to admit the fallacy of many management decisions, to coordinate as far as possible the anti-COVID policies of different countries and international organizations, to wait and pray that the mechanisms of the market economy will help to recover once more.

Fairly, I should note that the collective West bears its share of the blame for the current crisis, and a very significant one.

A special responsibility today lies with China. It is no secret that a number of unpredictable unilateral actions by China aimed to protect against the spread of coronavirus infection within the country have caused the major turbulence in the global logistics market. The No. 2 world economy, firmly determined to become the No. 1, and the main “global factory” cannot afford to isolate itself and make serious decisions without calculating their consequences for the development of external relations. You simply cannot obtain the status of a global superpower without taking responsibility for others. The domestic economic situation in China is rather complicated today. An attempt to reorient towards domestic consumer market to the detriment of foreign economic relations is likely to be doomed to failure.

Fairly, I should note that the collective West bears its share of the blame for the current crisis, and a very significant one. By turning on the cash printing machine and generously appeasing its own population, the West does not solve the problem, but removes it from sight, thereby aggravating the situation with the growing imbalance in global logistics. “Industry 4.0”, “green energy” – all this is great. However, we may not live to see this bright future…