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  • 2023 February 20

    Railway logistics: towards smart ports

    One of the key focuses of the Russian Transport Strategy until 2030 is the port industry digitalization. Experts see the prospects in creation of smart ports involving artificial intelligence, the Internet of things and augmented reality. IAA PortNews article tells about how Russian stevedores cope with it.

  • 2023 February 15

    Zero VAT is not a silver bullet

    A zero VAT rate is to be set for ship repair companies of Russia. The industry representatives welcome this step but say that is not sufficient for the revival of ship repair – a comprehensive approach is required.

  • 2023 February 10

    Coal: with a southern accent now

    In 2022, coal exports via Russian seaports rose by less than 2%, year-on-year. The highly demanded route to the Far East has become a bottleneck for coal logistics, hence the southward shift of coal flows. However, the capacity of railway approaches is also limited there.

  • 2023 February 7

    Domestic companies cope with marine engineering tasks

    In late 2022, Russian companies performed a high-precision deep-water operation on replacement of buoyancy tanks at the Single Point Moorings of CPC terminal in Novorossiysk. Previously, foreign companies were contracted for such works. General contractor of the project was Alliance LLC. Aleksey Milovantsev, General Director of the company tells IAA PortNews about the specifics of that sophisticated operation and shares the company’s plans on expansion of its activities and on entering the market of dredging.

  • 2023 February 6

    No more termination

    RSPP and the business assess negatively the bill allowing for termination of lease agreements covering the seaports’ federal property in case of tenants’ incompliance with the instructions of the ad hoc authorities and court decisions. “The scope of negative consequences will be colossal,” say the market players.

  • 2023 January 30

    Research vessels being prepared for cruises

    The Ministry of Natural Resources plans to complete the conversion of two research vessels into cruise ships by the end of 2024. Possible contractor - Slavyansky Ship Repair Plant. Experts estimate the project at RUB 0.5 billion.

  • 2023 January 27

    Benefits of old age: world’s fleet is getting older but more expensive

    Average age of the world’s merchant fleet has increased by 10% over the recent decade largely due to the environmental agenda. Meanwhile, it makes investments in five year old tonnage more profitable, hence certain opportunities for Russian ship owners.

  • 2023 January 24

    Decentralization paves the way to efficient logistics

    In Russia, Moscow is the center of cargo distribution in most cases even if imports flow via the Far East and consumers are in the Volga Federal District. Aleksey Sudakov, Advisor to the Presidential staff of the Republic of Tatarstan for logistics development, tells IAA PortNews about logistics decentralization issues in the region.

  • 2023 January 20

    Shortage of large ships and container facilities were among key limiting factors in 2022 – Vladimir Ivin

    In 2022, Federal Tax Service noted mixed trends of cargo flows distribution: 7-pct decrease in terms of volumes and 7-pct increase in terms of value, fall of container throughput in the Baltic region and surge of energy exports and throughput of the Far East ports. Vladimir Ivin, Deputy Head of FCS of Russia, tells about the customs’ strategies in the unstable market conditions.

  • 2023 January 18

    Coal trade: global statistics

    In 2022, total global seaborne coal loadings increased by 6% to 1.2 billion tonnes. However, it is still below the result of 2019. Sea terminals of Russia increased handling of coal and coke by 2% YoY to 206.5 million tonnes including the products of Russia and its neighbors. Meanwhile, coal exports from Russia fell by 7% according to Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak. IEA expects Russia’s coal exports to continue decreasing for three years.