• 2016 June 24

    The past and the Duma

    State Duma of the Russian Federation has rejected the bill supported by the business community and supposed to call off the requirement on obligatory state environmental expert approval (SEEA) of oil spill response activities plans and to return to previously used closed list of activities subject to SEEA. Meanwhile, the draft law on line shipping has been approved and the access to the Far East and the Arctic has been simplified for tourists travelling by sea.

  • 2016 June 20

    Through hardships to the seas

    The keynote of the XX St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) was the striving to lift the economy out of crisis by means of a technological breakthrough and structural changes. Oil and gas companies asserted a high profitability of Arctic projects while railway companies promised to complete all the projects with the priority put on the approaches to the ports of the Southern Basin.

  • 2016 June 15

    Sergey Chelyadin: “The potential we were speaking about some 10-12 years ago has been reached by today”

    Sergey Chelyadin, head of Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg in 2005-2009, has returned to the port industry as Managing Director of Multipurpose Reloading Complex (MRC LLC, port Ust-Luga). In his interview with IAA PortNews, Sergey Chelyadin shares his opinion on how the seaports changed during his absence and on prospects of the stevedoring companies.

  • 2016 June 14

    Arctic is looking for “right people”

    Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has backed the idea of establishing a body for comprehensive management of the Northern Sea Route. Yet, the functions of this body are not absolutely clear as there are dozens of proposals in this respect. Some believe there is no need to establish a new body.

  • 2016 June 7

    Neptune’s robots

    Liquefied gas, robot trucks and cyber shipping is the future of water transport industry and it is something that is emerging right now. The journalists who visited Hamburg for the SMM advance press conference saw the operation of the LNG Hybrid Barge and the automated container terminal. They were also told about the prospects and risks of cyber technologies in shipping industry which currently experiences hard times.

  • 2016 May 30

    Rostov Region Governor Vasily Golubev: “State support of shipping and shipbuilding is needed to solve high-priority issues of the industry”

    The issue of low water level and significance of inland water transport was covered by Vasily Golubev, Rostov Region Governor, in his interview with IAA PortNews.

  • 2016 May 25

    Cruise port Vladivostok: illusions and prospects

    Roman Shchepov, Deputy Director General of Erma, exclusive agent of all cruise ships in Vladivostok, talks IAA PortNews through specific features of cruise business.

  • 2016 May 24

    Dmitry Smirnov, Head of the Northern Sea Route Administration, tells about NSR operation

    Since April 2016 the Northern Sea Route Administration has been headed by Dmitry Smirnov who had proved himself to be a good expert in the industry. In his interview with IAA PortNews he tells about the state of the NSR infrastructure and significance of cartographic applications for NSR.

  • 2016 May 20

    From Russia with love … to diesel and sulphur

    The strategy of Transneft implies further shifting of Russian oil products from the Baltic states to the ports of Russia. The Company is also going to establish the Urals Heavy brand oil and to export annually some 30 mln t of it via the port of Ust-Luga.

  • 2016 May 17

    No Klondike?

    The Far East region of Russia expected to become a ‘bunkering Klondike’ shows a plunge in sales of marine fuels amid the oil market situation and intensified pressure on business.