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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.

Source: https://portnews.ru/news/338970/

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.

Source: https://www.korabel.ru/news/comments/severstal_pristupila_k_postavke_bimetallicheskih_listov_dlya_stroitelstva_nosovoy_chasti_ledokola_rossiya.html 

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.

Source: https://portnews.ru/news/336143/

“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.

Source: http://morvesti.ru/news/1679/98089/ 

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 apps@rosatom.ru, as well as on the website in the relevant section “Consideration of applications”. 

Source: http://morvesti.ru/news/1679/98102/ 

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.

Source: https://portnews.ru/news/335078/ 

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.

Source: https://portnews.ru/news/334774/ 

The new operator of Sakhalin-2 announced the shipment of LNG under existing contracts

August 26 2022

The “Sakhalin-2” project is operating as normal: excavation, production and shipment of hydrocarbons are carried out according to the schedule under existing contracts. This was announced by the new operator of the project “Sakhalin Energy” LLC, Interfax reports.

“Sakhalin Energy” LLC, the operator of the “Sakhalin-2” project, continues to operate in full within the framework of the production sharing agreement. The production and shipment of hydrocarbons are carried out as usual in accordance with the current schedule and the current market situation,” the report says.

Mr. Roman Dashkov, Chief Executive Officer of the company, added through the press service that Sakhalin Energy is actively looking for new markets and expanding its customer portfolio.

The Russian operator of the project officially started work on 19 August. It was noted that all rights and obligations, as well as the personnel of “Sakhalin Energy”, were transferred to the new structure, while maintaining the current conditions of social security and remuneration. The website of the project operator changed its name from “Sakhalin Energy” to “Сахалинская Энергия”.

All these actions were carried out in pursuance of the June 2022 presidential decree “On the application of special economic measures in the fuel and energy complex in connection with the unfriendly actions of certain foreign states and international organizations.” According to it, the operator of the “Sakhalin-2” project being implemented under a Production Sharing Agreement, “Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd.” from Bermuda, was replaced by a Russian LLC.

According to the decree, a Gazprom group company “Gazprom Sakhalin Holding” LLC will receive a share of 50.00000001378317%. The remaining 49.99999998621683% at the time of establishment remain on the balance sheet of “Sakhalin Energy” LLC itself. The current foreign shareholders of Sakhalin Energy (“Shell”, “Mitsui”, and “Mitsubishi”) must agree within a month to receive a stake in a new Russian LLC.

Source: http://www.morvesti.ru/news/1679/97613/

The first own container ship started regular service between the ports of China and Vladivostok

The capacity of the container ship is 704 TEU

August 24 2022

Photo from VMPP Telegram channel

Container ship ‘Transit Shamora’ arrived at the berth # 42 of the “Pervomaisky” terminal of Vladivostok seaport (VMPP). This is the first vessel owned by the “Transit” regular maritime service, which connects the ports of China and VMPP. The vessel sailing under the Russian flag was built in 2008, its capacity is 704 TEU, deadweight 8500 t.

The “Transit” sea line provides direct service Qingdao (China) – Xingang (China) – Vladivostok without reloading in Busan. The transit time on the way from the ports of China to the VMPP is 4 days, with a regularity of one flight every two weeks.

The launch of a new own ship of the sea line will reduce delivery times and increase the throughput of the transport corridor between Russia and China, according to VMPP.

Source: PortNews