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National Flag of Russia Hoisted on “Sibir” Nuclear-Powered Icebreaker 

January 25 2022

On January 25, 2022, the state flag of the Russian Federation was raised on the ‘Sibir’ (‘Siberia’) multi-purpose nuclear icebreaker of project 22220., the press service of FSUE “Atomflot” reports.

The flag raising ceremony in Murmansk was attended by Mr. Vyacheslav Ruksha, Deputy General Director of “Rosatom” State Corporation – Head of the NSR Directorate, Mr. Andrey Chibis, Governor of the Murmansk Region, Mr. Mustafa Kashka, General Director of FSUE “Atomflot”, Mr. Alexei Kadilov, General Director of “Baltiysky Zavod” shipyard and others.

“Only new icebreakers and ships can make the NSR a real road for our megaprojects in the Arctic zone. I am sure that in the coming decades the NSR will become the Russian route to India,” said Vyacheslav Ruksha.

Mustafa Kashka noted that the lead nuclear icebreaker of this class, ‘Arktika’ was already operating in the NSR Eastern sector, stressing that navigation in this sector usually stopped in November. “But the commissioning of Project 22220 icebreakers opens up new prospects for the development of the NSR. These nuclear-powered ships are the future of “Rosatomflot”, he said.

The keel-laying of “Sibir” project 22220 nuclear icebreaker took place on May 26, 2015 in St.Petersburg. The vessel was launched on September 22, 2017. On December 24, 2021, an act on the transfer of the icebreaker to “Atomflot” was signed on board the ship in St.Petersburg. On January 13, 2022, the new icebreaker left the outfitting embankment of JSC “Baltiysky Zavod” shipyard for her home port of Murmansk. On January 22, the vessel arrived at the berths of FSUE “Atomflot”.

Project 22220 multi-purpose nuclear icebreakers are the largest and most powerful in the world. Their main task is to provide year-round navigation in the Western sector of the Arctic. The main characteristics of the vessel: power – 60 MW (on shafts); speed – 22 knots (in clear water); length – 173.3 m (160 m on DWL); width – 34 m (33 m on DWL); height – 52 m; draft – 10.5 m / 8.65 m; maximum ice penetration – 2.8 m; total displacement – 33,540 tons; the designated service life is 40 years. The icebreaker is equipped with a two-reactor power plant with the main source of steam from a new-generation RITM-200 reactor plant with a capacity of 175 MW, specially designed for this vessel.

The technical design of this project was developed by the “Iceberg” Central Design Bureau in 2009.

The construction of three more project 22220 nuclear icebreakers, ‘Ural’, ‘Yakutia’ and ‘Chukotka’ continues in St.Petersburg.


FESCO ‘Viking’ Delivered Equipment for Akkuyu NPP in Turkey

January 19 2022

The FESCO transport group organized the delivery of heavy equipment for the construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant (NPP) in the Republic of Turkey. Cargo ship “Viking” with eight sets of hydraulic tanks of the passive core flooding system (one of the most important elements of the NPP safety system) weighing 83 tons each and the upper unit with a reactor cover weighing 104 tons arrived from the port of Rostov-on-Don to the cargo terminal Vostochny at the beginning of January 2022. The total weight of the delivered cargo was 948 tons. 

FESCO specialists, with direct participation and control by specialists of the department of transport and warehouse logistics and customs clearance of “AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC” (a subsidiary of the “Rosatom” State Corporation, is responsible for the construction and subsequent operation of the Akkuyu NPP), ensured the transshipment of cargo items from the ship to vehicles using two mobile cranes Liebherr LG-1750 with a lifting capacity of 750 tons and Liebherr LTM-1120 with a lifting capacity of 120 tons, as well as transportation and placement of equipment in temporary storage facility at the NPP construction site.

In September 2021, within the framework of the Eastern Economic Forum, FESCO and “AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC” entered into an agreement for the provision of a range of logistics services at the Vostochny terminal for handling cargo delivered by sea as part of the NPP construction project. According to the agreement, FESCO acts as a logistics operator for the Vostochny cargo terminal.

Akkuyu NPP is the world’s first project in the nuclear industry implemented by “Rosatom” according to the BOO (build-own-operate) model. The Akkuyu NPP project includes four power units with Russian VVER generation III+ reactors with increased safety and improved technical and economic characteristics. The capacity of each NPP power unit will be 1,200 MW.

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. FESCO’s diversified portfolio of assets allows for door-to-door delivery of goods and control of all stages of the intermodal transport chain. The Group owns the Commercial Sea Port of Vladivostok, the railway operators “Transgarant” and “Dalreftrans”, dry terminal complexes in Novosibirsk, Khabarovsk and Tomsk. The Group manages more than 8,000 fitting platforms, and container assets of more than 100,000 TEU. The FESCO fleet includes 21 transport vessels, which mainly carry out transportation on the company’s sea lines.


Construction of small-sized vessels made of aluminum will begin in Primorsky Territory by summer

January 18 2022

The company “Electrotechnical Corporation” (LLC “ElKor”) is implementing an investment project to organize the production of small-sized vessels made of aluminum and modular block hulls for boiler houses, substations and generators. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East.

The project worth 32 million rubles is being implemented in the Nadezhdinskaya ASEZ under an agreement with the Corporation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic. The new enterprise will create 65 jobs.

The construction of boats is planned to begin by the summer of this year.

It is planned to produce more than a hundred aluminum ships per year. taking into account the types of electrical equipment, the ASEZ resident will produce about 500 items of products that are in demand in the Far East.


“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.


“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)


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”.


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.

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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.