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Russia Launches Syria Submarine Strikes

Rostov-on-Don. Photo by Russian Navy

 Russian media reports that a Russian diesel-electric submarine operating submerged in the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday launched Kalibr cruise missiles at  Islamic State terrorists’ (ISIL) vital facilities for first time in Syria.   Agence France-Presse, citing Russian news agencies, reported that Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the military had launched strikes in Syria for the first time from a submarine stationed in the Mediterranean.   The 3M-54 Kalibr missiles were launched from the Kilo-class diesel-electric submarine “Rostov-on-Don”, Defense Minister told President Vladimir Putin.   Russia’s warships based in the Caspian and Mediterranean seas launched similar missiles targeting ISIL Takfiri group (so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Levant) positions in late November. This is the first time that Russia has targeted ISIL in Syria from a submarine.   “[The missiles] targeted two major terrorist positions in the territory of Raqqa,” he said.   “We can say with absolute confidence that significant damage has been inflicted upon ammunition warehouses and a mine production plant, as well as the oil infrastructure.”   Russian Defense Ministry press service and information department said: "Russia's Tupolev Tu-22M3 strategic bombers stationed at the Mozdok airfield


Greenpeace Ship Welcomed Back After 300-day Russian Detention

Arctic Sunrise: Photo Greenpeace

The environmental protest icebreaker 'Arctic Sunrise' has sailed back into Dutch territorial waters after over 300 days in Russian custody. The ship had been held illegally since taking part in a peaceful direct action against state owned oil company Gazprom, as it tried to drill the world’s first oil well in icy Arctic waters, says Greenpeace. Several members of the so called ‘Arctic 30’ were there to greet the ship and boarded the vessel in Beverwijk, near Amsterdam.


SAIC Tsunami Buoy System for Russian Federation

PRNewsFoto/SAIC

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) announced it has been awarded a contract for the production and delivery of an SAIC Tsunami Buoy (STB) system by the Far Eastern Ecological Center, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, for the Far Eastern Regional Hydrometeorological Research Institute (FERHRI), Vladivostok, Russian Federation. The STB system will be one of the key sensors monitored by the Tsunami Warning Center in the Russian Far East


Software Radio Technology Wins Big Russian AIS Contract

Software Radio Technology plc (“SRT”} wins contract to supply Transas of Russia with Glonass – capable AIS systems Software Radio Technology plc (“SRT”} announce it has signed an AIS supply agreement with Transas Navigator (“Transas”) of Russia with an initial frame order for Class A products worth US$1.25 million which is expected to be delivered over the next twelve months in minimum call-offs of US$250,000.


Russian Shipyard Cuts First Metal for Mistral-class Warship

Mistral-class Ship: Photo credit Wikimedia CCL

Baltic Shipyard cuts metal for the hull of  first Mistral-class amphibious assault ship for construction in France. Russia and France signed a US$1.2-billion contract on two French-built Mistral class ships, including the transfer of sensitive technology, in June 2011. Under the contract, STX France will carry out the final assembly of the hulls from 24 blocks produced in Russia. STX France handed over in July the first batch of technical documentation on the Mistral project to Russian


Russia, Japan Hold Shipbuilding and Repair Seminar

The fourth Russian-Japanese seminar Development of Cooperation in Shipbuilding and Ship Repair, organized by Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) and the Japan Ship Machinery & Equipment Association (JSMEA), was held September 4-5 in St. Petersburg. More than 30 representatives from 11 Japanese suppliers of ship equipment and components took part in the seminar, along with representatives of Russian maritime industry enterprises


Petrofac Offers Accredited Offshore Safety Training in Russia

Photo courtesy of Petrofac Training Services

Petrofac Training Services' training centre the first in Russia to offer OPITO accredited OERTM, CASS & Escape Chute training. The company has achieved OPITO accreditation at its state-of-the-art base on Sakhalin Island, having continuously added to its offering at the STTC since it first opened its doors in 2008, initially providing technical and language training to meet the demands of the region’s rapidly expanding oil and gas workforce.


Greenpeace sends protest ship as first Russian Arctic oil arrives

Rainbow Warrior

  Greenpeace International has sent out a ship 'Rainbow Warrior'on Monday to confront the Russian Oil tanker bringing the first oil produced at a new Russian offshore platform in the Arctic Circle to Rotterdam. The oil was drilled at the Prirazlomnaya platform, an offshore rig owned by Russian energy giant Gazprom and the site of Greenpeace's protest last September. The ship sailed from the port of Rotterdam at 12:40 Dutch time (13:40 GMT), told AFP Saliz Patrick


Has Russian Ship Confronted Canadian Warship?

Image: NATO warship

 NATO disputes Conservative claim that Russians confronted Canadian warship.  The parliamentary defence secretary said Russian warships confronted a Canadian frigate in the Black Sea. Nonsense, say NATO officials.   A report in Ottawa Citizen says that the federal government has ratcheted up its war of words over Ukraine, with the parliamentary defence secretary claiming Russian warships confronted a Canadian frigate in the Black Sea


Russia Begins Naval Drill in Mediterranean near Syria

Photo:Russian Federation Defence Ministry

 The Russian military has begun a naval exercise in the eastern Mediterranean, off the coast of Syria, to test its ability to deal with "crisis situations caused by terrorist threats," according to a statement by the Russian Defense Ministry.   The maneuvers in the Mediterranean are held in accordance to the combat training plan of the Russian Navy. The live-fire exercise comes while Russian forces are actively involved in fighting in Syria


Black Carbon in Arctic Blamed on Russia

Photo:  National Snow and Ice Data Center

 According to a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 35% of black carbon in the Russian Arctic originates from residential heating sources, 38% comes from transport, while open fires, power plants, and gas flaring are responsible for only 12%, 9%


Pirates Kidnap Cargo Ship Crew Nigerian Waters

Pirates have kidnapped seven Russians and one Ukrainian after attacking the cargo ship the BBC Caribbean off the coast of Nigeria, the Russian embassy said on its official Twitter account. The embassy has asked Nigerian authorities to assist in locating the abducted people


First Meet of Arctic Economic Council held

Meeting in Russia Photo AEC

A meeting of the Arctic Economic Council (AEC) was held in Saint Petersburg on the premises of SCF Arctic, a subsidiary of Sovcomflot Group (PAO Sovcomflot), on 7-8 February 2017. The meeting was attended by business community representatives from Russia, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Canada


Egypt Rejects Russian Wheat Cargo

Egypt has finalised its rejection of 18,000 metric tons of Russian wheat that prosecutors seized at an Alexandria port in November, traders with direct knowledge of the matter said on Thursday. Egyptian prosecutors had seized the wheat from a storage site belonging to a private company in


Ship-to-shore Cranes Shipped via The Northern Sea Route

HHL Valparaiso is the first vessel to sail open hatch through the Northern Sea Route, as it delivers two giant ship-to-shore (STS) cranes across Russia. (Photo: HHL)

HANSA HEAVY LIFT has transported the first-ever ship-to-shore (STS) cranes via the Northern Sea Route (NSR), relocating them from the port of St Petersburg to the port of Vostochny, spanning both the European and Far East regions of Russia.  


Oil Steady; Record High Russian Output Forecast Offsets Weak Dollar

Oil prices were little changed on Tuesday as forecasts for record production out of Russia in 2017 helped offset earlier gains related to a decline in the U.S. dollar and Saudi Arabia saying it would adhere to OPEC's commitment to cut output.


Oil and Trump: Russians Full of Optimism in Davos

What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago, the mood of the Russian delegation at the World Economic Forum in Davos was distinctly gloomy, with oil prices near 12-year lows below $30 per barrel and Western sanctions depressing their economy and financial markets.


Novoship Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Sergey Frank (left) SCF President & CEO awarding Nikolay Demchenko, master of tanker Elbrus certificate of appreciation Photo SCF

On January 19-20, 2017 Novorossiysk Shipping Company (Novoship), a subsidiary of SCF Group, hosted special events dedicated to the company’s 50th anniversary.   The anniversary ceremony was attended by Victor Olersky, Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation


Russian Seaport Cargo Volumes All Time High

Photo: Port of Novorossiysk

 The turnover of goods of seaports of Russia for the first time in history exceeded the mark of 700 million tons per year, reports local media.   According to figures released by the Russian Maritime Ports Association, the sector's overall turnover rose 6.7 percent in 2016. 


Christophe de Margerie Arrives in Zeebrugge

Photo: Port of Zeebrugge

 Christophe de Margerie, the world’s 1st top category ice-class LNG carrier, docked at Zeebrugge LNG terminal January 20, 2017, for a series of scheduled operations.   Christophe de Margerie will be delivered to Sovcomflot on 31 January, says Seafarers’ Union of Russia (SUR)


Sovcomflot tankers Move one mi tonnes oil from Novy Port O&G condensate field

Shturman Albanov  Photo Sovcomflot

Sovcomflot’s three unique Arctic shuttle tankers, of the Shturman Albanov series, have now transported one million tonnes of crude oil produced at the Novy Port oil and gas condensate field, from the Gulf of Ob (Kara Sea) to the port of Murmansk


Russia Ramping Up Arctic Push

A Russian icebreaker currently under construction at Arctech Helsink Shipyard (Photo: Eric Haun)

Russia is fortifying Arctic, pouring in money and missiles, and a new generation of icebreakers; Moscow is eyeing new territory, mineral wealth, sea route; Arctic rivals look on amid fears of new arms race The nuclear icebreaker Lenin, the pride and joy of the Soviet Union's Arctic great game


Sweden Drops Objections to Port Striking Nord Stream Deal

Sweden's government has dropped its objections to a plan by Russia's Gazprom to use the port of Karlshamn in southern Sweden as a base for the construction of its Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, Swedish public radio reported on Monday. Officials in Karlshamn, on the Baltic sea


Russia Halts Oil Exports from Novo Due to Storm

Russian oil exports from the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk were suspended on Sunday due to storm, oil pipeline monopoly Transneft said on Monday.   It also said that loadings from the Pacific outlet of Kozmino resumed on Sunday after storm, which did not affect the loading schedule.


SCF's New Icebreaker Named Gennadiy Nevelskoy

Photo: Eric Haun

A naming ceremony was held January 30 for SCF Group’s new icebreaking platform supply vessel (IBSV), Gennadiy Nevelskoy, named after a famous explorer of the Sakhalin Island and the Russian Far East   Built by Arctech Helsinki Shipyard






 
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