• 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.

  • 2016 November 8

    Bunker should be calculated


    A new document regulating the amount of bunker fuel carried by vessels as stores and free of customs duties is effective within the Eurasian Economic Union from December 2016. The document developed by Russia’s Ministry of Transport a year ago was approved almost intact by the Board of Eurasian Economic Commission on 1 November 2016.

  • 2016 November 3

    IMO blew off some steam


    IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) has approved implementation of a global sulphur cap of 0.5% m/m beyond ECAs in 2020 as well as designation of NOX ECAs from 2021. Experts are concerned about these measures to entail the increase of GHG emissions and adverse affect on navigation safety.

  • 2016 October 28

    Challenges-solutions in river cruise business


    The development of river cruises in Russia is hindered with insufficient number of berths, shallowing of rivers and deterioration of the fleet. Yet, these are not the key challenges. The main objective today is popularization of river routes and making the services comply with the international standards.

  • 2016 October 24

    Stinging FAS


    Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia, supported by Russian Railways, initiates a new stinging attack on stevedoring business. Head of FAS Igor Artemyev threatened some stevedores with higher berth rent having accused them of being greedy and moving their resources offshore. How fair are those accusations?

  • 2016 October 19

    To reach to a gem


    Baltic Sea cruises are among the most expensive ones. Saint-Petersburg is set to intensify its struggle for a slice of the ‘cruise cake’. However, a number of infrastructure and legislation challenges should be met to this end.

  • 2016 October 14

    Safe navigation at seaports begins with pilotage


    The practice of compulsory pilotage is widespread worldwide in the areas with challenging navigation and shipping conditions. Water areas of most seaports feature such conditions as the flows of vessels meet at the approaches to the port which entails higher risk of incidents.

  • 2016 October 12

    Rough ways to the shelf


    Design institutions of Russia have developed quite a lot of projects of offshore vessels, platforms and marine equipment. However, implementation of those projects is to face numerous challenges.

  • 2016 October 10

    How deep will we go?


    The scope of dredging works at water areas of Russia will total some 30 mln cbm in 2016 and is expected to remain at this level next year. Only half of dredging operations is performed by the fleet of FSUE Rosmorport with the rest of works done by contractors.

  • 2016 October 3

    Stop feeding foreign ports


    According to publically available information, the recent meeting of RF Government was dedicated to withdrawal of Russia’s foreign trade cargo from the foreign ports of the Baltic Sea. Apart from liquid bulk cargo those ports handle Russian dry bulk cargo: coal and mineral fertilizers. Their complete withdrawal from foreign ports will, nevertheless, require new investments in development of specialized terminals.