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The Company from St. Petersburg Won a Tender for Designing a Training Ship

February 12 2022   

The “Forss Technologies” company from St. Petersburg won a tender for creating a technical design for a training and production vessel at the request of the Russian University of Transport (Moscow).

The winning bidder must also provide an expert opinion on the cost of building the vessel and a positive certification by the Russian River Register of Shipping. The price of all works will be 27 million 600 thousand rubles.

According to the Terms of Reference, it is necessary to design a vessel with an overall length of no more than 58.3 meters, a width of no more than 12 meters, a side height of about 3.5 meters and a draft of no more than 1.8 meters. In addition, we note the requirement for the surface clearance, which should not exceed 8.6 meters. This is necessary to freely pass under the bridges within the city of Moscow.

Among other conditions is the classroom for 50 people with a modern multimedia educational complex and the possibility of its transformation for conducting workshops and scientific conferences with up to 90 participants.

The company from St. Petersburg became the only bidder announced at the end of last year.

At the same time, we note that the initial (maximum) price of the contract – 27 million 600 thousand rubles, which became final after the completion of all procedures, was formed taking into account commercial proposals from five different design bureaus.

The members of the commission who made the decision on the winner of the auction did not have any questions about the competencies of “Forss Technologies”.

The dynamically developing St. Petersburg’s company, founded in 2007, was responsible for the design of such vessels as a self-propelled passenger ferry (project 03770), a battery powered car/passenger ferry (project 03770_AKB) and many others. in recent years “Forss Technologies” has successfully completed 33 draft design and technical projects in recent years.

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

“GazpromNeft” and Japanese “Mitsui” Intend to Use Alternative Fuels in Sea and River Transport

February 15 2022  

“GazpromNeft” and the Japanese “Mitsui” trading and investment company signed an agreement of intent to implement decarbonization projects in Russia and the regions where the companies operate, says the press release by “GazpromNeft”.

The partners intend to develop innovative solutions for the implementation of CCS projects (“Carbon Capture and Storage”).

In addition, “GazpromNeft” and “Mitsui” plan to develop comprehensive projects for the production of “blue” hydrogen, as well as the use of alternative fuels in sea and river transport.

In addition, in 2021, “GazpromNeft” signed a number of agreements in the field of reducing CO2 emissions, hydrogen energy and improving the environmental friendliness of fuels with major metallurgical companies.

“GazpromNeft” PJSC and its subsidiaries is a vertically integrated oil company, whose main activities are the exploration, development, production and sale of oil and gas, as well as the production and marketing of petroleum products.

“Mitsui” is a global trading and investment company with a diversified business portfolio covering about 63 countries in Asia, Europe, North, Central and South America, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. The main areas of activity are the extraction of natural resources and minerals, energy, machine tool building, infrastructure construction and the chemical industry.

Source: PortNews

Containers have risen in price extremely

February 14 2022

The sharp rise in the value of assets in multimodal logistics over the past year – containers, flatcars, ships and port equipment – is forcing a number of industry participants to reduce investments. Other players note that borrowings have doubled in price, which increases the cost of maintaining equipment purchased on lease or on credit. Analysts state that the market is close to overheating.

The market expert told to “Kommersant” that in linear logistics, containers have risen in price 1.8 times, up to $6.7 thousand for a forty-foot container, rail platforms – by 27%, up to 3.7 million rubles for an 80-foot platform, container ships – more than four times. At the same time, he noted, only platforms are actually available in Russia, all other assets are bought abroad. “In terminal and port logistics, asset prices have grown by about 20-30% of their actual value,” he sayd. “All this hinders development, leads to higher rates for logistics services. For our part, we are not ready to buy ports and terminals at such high prices.”

All the market participants interviewed by “Kommersant” observe the increase in price, however, some argue with the thesis about the protective effect of increased prices. “Indeed, the value of assets – ships, railway platforms, containers – is increasing at a double-digit pace, which hinders the development of the logistics market in Russia and ultimately leads to an increase in rates for logistics services,” sayd Maxim Shishkov, “FESCO” Strategy and Development Director.

“The situation with assets last year was tense, and it remains so,” noted Vyacheslav Saraev, General Director of “RZhD Business Active”. In general, we have a large program to increase our assets to ensure obligations to customers, we plan to purchase up to 10,000 containers and about 1,000 platforms this year. We count on already concluded long-term contracts of three or more years with a fixed rate. Of course, we have to start a dialogue with contractors, given the price dynamics in the market.” The increase in the Central Bank’s rate also has a negative impact, added Mr. Saraev.

“Delo Group” noted that it is necessary to separate the global and local equipment markets. Thus, the container market is global, about 40% of the increase in the price of equipment is due to the price of metal, and everything else is a speculative factor associated with the high demand for containers amid the disruption of global supply chains due to the pandemic.

Port equipment, as a rule, is ordered under long-term contracts, and the speculative factor does not play a significant role, since the implementation period for infrastructure projects is years, not months. According to a representative of “Delo Group”, market participants are facing interruptions in the supply of certain types of equipment, for example, reachstackers (mobile loaders for containers), but they were associated with a global shortage of chips common to the entire mechanical engineering industry.

At the same time, the platform market is local, and all 20% of the growth accounts for the growth in the cost of the metal. One of “Kommersant”’s interlocutors on the market says that a twofold increase in the refinancing rate is a more important factor for the market than a speculative markup, which sharply increases the cost of leasing for operators that do not have their own rolling stock.

There is a feeling that in 2022, after large-scale purchases of the previous year, the market may overheat, said Mikhail Burmistrov, head of “Infoline-Analytics”. There are no prerequisites for logistics equipment to become cheaper, prices, on the contrary, tend to increase, while return on assets has slowed down. According to him, the actual rise in prices is not so fundamental, since it is offset by a steady increase in demand due to an increase in container traffic, especially transit.

A more important problem, Mr. Burmistrov agreed, is the rising cost of borrowing, which makes buying equipment on lease or on credit less attractive. In March 2021, the key rate of the Central Bank of Russia was 4.25%, now it is 9.5%, he recalls, and the growing level of interest rates on leasing and loans is putting pressure on companies’ expenses. On February 11, the head of the Central Bank, Elvira Nabiullina, did not rule out the possibility of raising the key rate to a two-digit level this year.

Source: https://portnews.ru/digest/23004/ 

Uzbekistan and Russia created a joint venture to increase cargo transportation

Uzbekistan and Russia created a joint venture to increase cargo transportation

January 27 2022

“RZD Logistics” JSC and Uzbek logistics company “UTI Transit” LLC have created a joint venture “RZDL TRANSSERVICE GROUP” LLC.

The enterprise will be located in Uzbekistan. This will attract customers to routes to Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and transit from China. Moreover, the company will take part in the development of new transport corridors from China to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“RZD Logistics” will ensure acceptance of cargo at the terminals of the Moscow region, provision of fitting platforms and autonomous refrigerated containers, payment of the tariff and service maintenance on the way through the territories of Russia and Kazakhstan. The authority of “UTI Transit” will include the provision of similar services in Uzbekistan.

It is planned to expand routes and services in the future.

Uzbekistan and Russia already have a positive experience in organizing export routes in the eastern and Central Asian directions. This is the Agroexpress project.

The first test shipment of food products along the route Russia – Uzbekistan – Russia took place at the end of last year.

The project is being implemented with the support of the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia, the Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan “Temir Yollari” JSC, Uzagrologostics centers, “RZD Logistics” JSC in partnership with the “Russian Export Center” JSC.

Source: https://portnews.ru/digest/22959/

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.

Source: https://portnews.ru/news/324038/

“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/

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