• 2022 December 1

    Shipbuilding portfolio is being formed for Kotlin shipyard

    A new shipyard for construction of large vessels on Kotlin island (where the city of Kronstadt is located) planned by Rosatom according to its announcement in summer 2022 may get one of the first orders from PAO Far Eastern Shipping Company. The parties are discussing the possibility of building 16 universal dry cargo container ships and 8 tugs. As far as IAA PortNews knows, the facility will first work as a distributed shipyard of Baltiysky Zavod which can also be partially controlled by Rosatom

  • 2022 November 28

    Is congestion in the Far East beneficial for Saint-Petersburg?

    Initially due to the pandemic and now due to the ‘eastward pivot’, North-West ports and primarily container terminals of Saint-Petersburg started sinking considerably. However, the hype around the Far East ports may give a second wind to the port on the Neva river. Or may not...

  • 2022 November 22

    Great logistics game involving Russia

    The pandemic and geopolitical conflicts have changed the international logistics schemes. Russia is set to influence the global cargo flows with the development of the North-South corridor, China – with the promotion of the One Belt - One Way initiative, Europe with the TRACEKA and Global Gateway projects

  • 2022 November 18

    Far East ports need unloading

    RF Government suggests increasing the number of eastbound container trains by three pairs a day until the end of this year. The market players mark the record-breaking congestion of containers in the ports of Vladivostok and Vostochny in September-October. That solution will entail the need to redirect about 800 thousand tonnes of export coal to other basins of Russia. Analysts say the situation with the Eastern Polygon loading can be resolved if the number of container trains is increased to 30 per week

  • 2022 November 15

    Belarus’ exports via Russian ports

    Unable to export its cargo via the ports of the Baltic states, Belarus has redirected its cargo flows to the ports of Russia. According to information obtained by IAA PortNews, oil products flow via Great Port of Saint-Petersburg while fertilizers are distributed among ports in various sea basins, as expected. Such a logistics reduces the competitiveness of Belarus’ exports.

  • 2022 November 10

    New southern corridors

    The peak growth of transportation rates was seen in 2020 when shipping rates surged 5-6 times. The problems of the transport industry aggravated in the post-pandemic period with the escalation of the situation in Ukraine. Sanctions imposed on Russia significantly affected export/import transportation of southern republics’ cargoes. Khakim Matchanov, Chairman of Uzbek International Forwarders Association (UIFA), tells about the development of new logistics corridors

  • 2022 November 8

    Stepping on gas: LNG captures shipping

    Despite the dramatic events in the gas sector, liquefied natural gas (LNG) is still the most promising type of marine fuel on the mid-term horizon. That was the conclusion of the key market players and experts who met at the 6th LNG Fleet, LNG Bunkering and Alternatives conference.

  • 2022 November 3

    Coal flows reverse from east to west

    Russia’s western gate is still being used for coal exports despite the EU embargo imposed in August. Over 30 days of October, loading of export coal bound for the North-Western ports grew by 8.6%, year-on-year, to 4.6 million tonnes. That can be explained by the easing of sanctions pressure on EU shipping companies. According to analysts, high loading of the Eastern Polygon is the key factor.

  • 2022 October 28

    Advance of methanol as a marine fuel in 2022

    On the one hand, methanol is considered to be one of the most promising types of marine fuel, on the other hand, it is being criticized as a toxic fuel. Besides, wide application of it is hindered by a shortage of production facilities and the related infrastructure. The surge of natural gas prices boosts the interest to methanol. This review covers worldwide introduction of methanol as a marine fuel in 2022.

  • 2022 October 26

    Need for tankers

    With EU embargo on imports of Russian oil effective from December 5, the tanker fleet will be obviously redirected to cargo supplies to Asia. Shipbroker Braemar expects that to entail the need for more ships. According to Lloyd’s List referring to Braemar analysts, Russia will need a capacity equivalent to nearly 300 Aframaxes for its oil transportation to the APR region.