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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/

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 

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



FSUE “Rosmorport has completed work on the modernization of two berths in the seaport of Pevek, carried out for two years. The berths can accept vessels with a draft of up to 8.6 m. Commissioning of the facilities is planned until the end December 2021. Mr. Viktor Bochkarev, director of Chukotka Autonomous District industrial policy department, reported it.

The estimated cargo turnover of the Pevek seaport will be 800 thousand tons per year. It is the northernmost seaport in Russia, located in the Chaunskaya Bay of the East Siberian Sea. Pevek is open for entry of all classes of ships during the summer navigation, processing cargo for the “Northern delivery” operation which ensures the vital activities of the Chaunsky and Bilibinsky districts of Chukotka, a region that does not have a railway connection and highways. Since September 2019, the world’s first floating nuclear thermal power plant (FNPP) “Akademik Lomonosov» is basing in the port of Pevek.

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


October 14, 2021, PortNews

The icebreaker “Captain Khlebnikov” left the port of Vladivostok on October 6 on an expedition to deliver personnel and cargo to the Russian Antarctic research station “Vostok”. The icebreaker with 114 passengers and scientific personnel as well as 52 crewmembers onboard will travel about 7,500 miles to Tala Bay (Antarctica). The ship will return to the seaport of Vladivostok this December.

“Captain Khlebnikov” was taken over by FSUE “Rosmorport” in 2016. In September-December 2018, it operated a series of voyages with passengers from the seaport of Ushuaia (Argentina) to Snow Hill Island (Antarctica) under an agreement with “Quark Expeditions”. In July-September 2019, it performed a series of cruises with passengers from the seaport of Anadyr to Wrangel Island under an agreement with “Heritage Expeditions”.

The inland Antarctic station “Vostok” (“East”) was opened in December 1957. It has gone through two renovations and three conservations. As it is worn out by 90% and covered with snow in places, the comprehensive renovation of the facility is underway. The aerodynamic shape of the modules of the new wintering complex will protect against snow drifts, a complex insulation system is installed in the 650 mm thick walls, the windows are equipped with pressure drop compensators, and the engineering systems are protected from freezing. The lowest air temperature on the planet (-89.2 ° С) was recorded at the” Vostok” station. For almost 10 months a year, the facility operates autonomously – it is impossible to get here either by land or by air.

Source: https://portnews.ru/news/319942/

Plans to Build a New Railway Line from Yakutia to Magadan

19 August 2021

A joint expedition will take place to survey a route for a new railway line connecting Nizhniy Bestyakh (Sakha – Yakutia) with the city of Magadan on the coast of Okhotsk Sea. The stages of project implementation were discussed by the heads of ministries and representatives of the railway industry at the meeting chaired by Andrei Tarasenko, Chairman of the Government of Yakutia, reported the press service of Yakutia government.

Experts will determine where to lay the railroad and in which settlements to build railway stations. Preliminary, the length of the railway from the operating line Berkakit – Tommot – Nizhniy Bestyakh to Magadan will be more than 1.8 thousand km.

“It will not be a part of BAM or TSR, but one more new railway line going to Pacific coast. This is a large logistics project. First, such a railway line will reduce the cost of delivering resources to the northern regions. We will no longer be dependent on river navigation and winter roads. Secondly, the railway will provide an opportunity for small and medium-sized businesses to develop and create additional jobs. This means more tax revenues to local and regional budgets,” said Mr. Tarasenko.

Maxim Lebedev, Deputy General Director of the Institute for Transport Economics and Development (JSC), noted that following the results of the expedition, the institute would prepare a preliminary investment feasibility study for the construction of the railway. The terrain specifics, presence of natural protected areas, length, presence of a sufficient cargo base and others are among the criteria for railroad construction  study.

The development of the railway infrastructure in the eastern part of Russia is a strategic goal, outlined by President Putin. As a whole, it is associated with the second stage of the expansion of the BAM and TSR, the major railroads in Russia. The construction of the new railway will also ensure the availability and development of industrial projects in the Far East and the Arctic zone.

Source: https://portnews.ru/news/317343/