• 2016 December 29

    With new facilities into a new year


    Annual throughput capacity of Russian seaports has grown by 32 mln t and is expected to reach 715-720 mln t in 2016. The development of port infrastructure features new trends shaping amid the changing macroeconomic and geopolitical situation. IAA PortNews offers a brief review of 2016 events and trends in stevedoring sector, port infrastructure, shipping and shipbuilding.

  • 2016 December 21

    Phantoms of Russian infrastructure-2016


    The outgoing year has seen certain economic stabilization in terms of oil prices and exchange rates of rouble. Nevertheless, there is a severe budget deficit and the state is striving to minimize its expenses including those for infrastructure projects. In general, the list of ‘phantom’ projects has not changed significantly while the progress is seen mostly in transition from talks to paperwork and agreements. In fact, some projects are showing a real progress.

  • 2016 December 15

    Northern consolidation


    Russian Government is set to centralize the development of the Arctic through overcoming the lack of cooperation between different agencies. For that purpose the Northern Sea Route Administration is to be converted from a purely technical authority into an ‘arctic ministry’. Principal decisions on state regulation of Arctic activities are expected to be made by RF President in March 2017.

  • 2016 December 12

    Irina Olkhovskaya: “Economy and ecology cannot be separated”


    Irina Olkhovskaya, Deputy Director of Port Management Company LLC tells IAA PortNews about the environmental policy of Russia's largest coal holding.

  • 2016 December 6

    Navigating to the future


    Both the government and the business are optimistic about the future of Russian shipping. In their opinion, Russia could lead in the field of shipping industry innovations while macroeconomic trends are playing into the hands of Russian fleet and Russian flag. Nevertheless, the country will be influenced by international legislation.

  • 2016 November 25

    Sergei Baryshnikov: “Operational training should be performed by dedicated educational institutions”


    The merger of Moscow State Academy of Water Transport (MSAWT) into Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping, the largest educational institution in Russia’s water transport sector, is nearing completion. The University Rector Sergei Baryshnikov tells IAA PortNews about the process.

  • 2016 November 22

    Yevgeny Zagorodny: “the model of the recent 15-20 years is collapsing”


    Recently, Russia’s shipbuilding industry has been undergoing intense revival. Yevgeny Zagorodny, Vice-President for Civil Shipbuilding, United Shipbuilding Corporation, tells IAA PortNews about new promising designs of vessels, modernization of production facilities, state support measures, impact of sanctions, import substitution and development plans.

  • 2016 November 17

    Icy plans


    Russia’s Federal Marine and River Transport Agency (Rosmorrechflot) has approved the layout of icebreakers at the ports of Russia for the winter navigation of 2016-17. The feature of this season navigation will be in the deployment of many icebreakers in Sabetta and handing over of FESCO icebreakers to FSUE Rosmorport.

  • 2016 November 15

    Anatoly Balakin: “Our target is to turn the port into a hi-tech terminal of round-the-year operation”


    Port Posiet is one of the largest coal ports in Russia. Anatoly Balakin, Managing Director of Commercial Port Posiet JSC, tells IAA PortNews about the company’s development plans, its environmental and production activities.

  • 2016 November 10

    Foreign surveyors in Russian seaports


    Surveying business in Russian seaports is actually under control of foreign organizations which are only answerable for their actions to their headquarters outside the country, hence less export dues are received by the Russian budget.