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Russia to Deepen Novorossiysk for Larger Ships

Photo: PJSC NCSP

 The Russian government plans to spend between $400 to $500 million to expand and deepen the harbor of the Novorossiysk seaport to handle larger vessels, reports Moscow News.   Construction, in order to make it more competitive with Ukrainian ports also on the Black Sea,  is set to begin in the first quarter of next year with completion scheduled for 2020.   Russian government expects that the project will boost container volume at Novorossiysk by 10 to 15 percent annually.   The operator, NCSP Group is Europe’s third largest port operator in terms of cargo turnover, and the undisputed leader in the Russian market.    The Group operates two of the largest Russian ports – Port of Novorossiysk on the Black Sea coast, and Port of Primorsk on the Baltic Sea – as well as Port of Baltiysk in Kaliningrad region.   Like other Russian ports, Novorossiysk, the country’s second-largest container gateway, has been hurt by falling oil prices, economic sanctions and the decline of the ruble against international currencies.   The Ukrainian seaports Illichivsk and Yozhny deeper harbors and have grabbed some of Novorossiysk's cargo. The project also calls for increasing the length of the berth at Novoroslesexport, one of the port’s largest terminals, from about 919 feet to 1,655 meters so it can handle Panamax vessels.


Maersk to Continue Russian Operations

Photo: Maersk

Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk said its four subsidiaries with activities in Russia continue to operate as planned despite the recent sharp drop in oil price and the rouble's collapse.   "The Group's business with Russia amounts to some two to three percent of our total revenue. In the current situation, where Russian purchasing power and foreign trade is negatively impacted, our shipping business in Russia is also affected," A.P. Moller-Maersk wrote in an mail to Reuters.


Sovcomflot Buys Nine PRISCO Tankers

Russia’s PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) subsidiary SCF Tankers Ltd. has won an auction for nine arctic-going tankers that belonged Primorsk International Shipping Ltd. (PRISCO), who filed for chapter 11 protection in January 2016. The purchase deal is worth $215 million, and the auction results have been approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, which is handling PRISCO’s bankruptcy case. SCF Tankers outbid Denmark’s Hafnia Tankers Ltd


ClassNK Open Survey Office in Novorossiysk

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ClassNK opened a new exclusive survey office in Novorossiysk, Russia with operations beginning January 1, 2016.   Novorossiysk is a port city in southwest Russia facing the Black Sea. It is the country’s main port on the Black Sea and a leading Russian port for trade with Asia, the Middle East, the Mediterranean region, Africa and South America. The Novorossiysk office joins an existing network of survey offices throughout the region including in Constanta (Romania) and Istanbul


Yet More Consolidation Proposed in Russia

Ownership of selected container terminals in the Eastern Baltic (Drewry)

The prospect of Russia’s two largest container terminal operators joining forces has raised concerns over the dominant position that the combined enterprise would enjoy were the deal to be agreed. Global Ports Investments (GPI), one of the two largest players in the Russian container port market, is investigating the acquisition of a controlling stake in National Container Company (NCC), the other dominant player in the Russian market.


Sanctions Dampen Traffic on Russia's Arctic Route

Photo: U.S. Naval Istitute

Often heralded as new shipping lane, Arctic shipments fall. Western sanctions on Russia are restricting the Arctic shipping route along its north coast to domestic cargoes and energy exports with many foreign firms staying away after test voyages on a fabled short-cut between Europe and Asia. A decline in foreign shipments on the Northern Sea Route (NSR) in 2014, interrupting gains in recent years as ice retreats


Damen Ice class Dredger for Rosmorport

Launching ceremony Courtesy Damen

This month Damen Shipyards Group launched ice class Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers TSHD 2000 for Russian Port Agency FSUE “Rosmorport”.   Song Thu Corporation shipyard in Da Nang, Vietnam is building the Damen TSHD 2000 under Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RMRS). Following delivery, the 2,000 m³ Severnaya Dvina will maintain navigational depths and provide safe shipping in the Arkhangelsk Seaport basin and approaches.


Trucks Carrying Turkish Exports Blocked at Russian Border

Around 1,250 trucks carrying Turkish exports have been blocked from entering Russia and are stranded at border posts awaiting clearance, a senior shipping industry representative told Reuters on Monday.   Six days after NATO-member Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet in the first known incident of its kind since the Cold War, calls for calm have gone largely unheeded. Ankara refuses to back down and Russia responds with sanctions.  


Bunker Suppliers Keep Going in Russian Deep Freeze

The extreme weather now gripping the Eastern Baltic region is badly affecting all transport sectors, and bunker suppliers in the Russian port of St Petersburg are being hit as hard everybody else. Nevertheless vessels are still being supplied with fuel despite North West Russia's worst winter for 50 years, according to leading St Petersburg bunker company ECO Phoenix Holding. The very cold weather began in late December when night-time temperatures went as low as minus 33 degrees C


Hamburg’s Seaborne Cargo Throughput Up in Q1

Photo: Port of Hamburg, © Glaubitt

The Port of Hamburg handled total throughput of 35.6 million tons (up by 0.1 percent) in the first quarter of 2015. Bulk cargoes at 11.7 million tons (up by 12.3 percent) and container transport between the port and its hinterland at 602,000 TEU (up by 11.1 percent) were the strongest contributors to throughput growth.    “We can be satisfied overall with the first-quarter trend in seaborne cargo throughput. Even if a slight 4


GAC Russia Expands Eastwards

GAC Russia said it is expanding eastwards with the opening of new branches at Nakhodka and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to meet demand for shipping services as opportunities open up in Far East.   According to GAC Russia, this means it is the only ship agent with a presence throughout the


Unipec: U.S. ANS Destined for Sinopec

Arbitrage opens after ANS discount widen on ample supplies. Unipec, the trading arm of top Asian refiner Sinopec, has bought two U.S. crude cargoes, including a rare purchase of Alaskan North Slope (ANS) for its refineries in China, trade sources said on Friday.


Italians Seen Bidding for Greek Railways, Russians Uncertain

Italy's state railway is expected to bid for its Greek counterpart TRAINOSE, but Russian Railways (RZD) is less likely to do so, sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.   Privatisations, a key part of Greece's international bailout agreements since 2010


Russia's Giant Warship Headed for Syria for Anti-ISIL Operations

Admiral Kuznetsov. Photo: Sputnik

 Russian president Vladimir Putin is sending his country’s largest warship to Syria in an attempt to finally destroy the death cult ISIS, reports Daily Star.    The Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier has been dispatched to Syria carrying 30 jet fighters and attack helicopters


U.S. Accuses Russian Warship of Aggressive Maneuvers

Yaroslav Mudry. Photo from kaliningrad.kp.ru

A Russian warship carried out aggressive and erratic maneuvers close to a U.S. Navy ship in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, the second such Cold War-style incident there in a matter of weeks, the U.S. military said on Saturday. The U.S. European Command said the Russian frigate, Yaroslav Mudry


Russian Warship made 'unprofessional' Maneuver-U.S. Official

Yaroslav Mudry. Photo from kaliningrad.kp.ru

A Russian warship carried out "unprofessional" maritime operations in close proximity to a U.S. Navy ship in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, a U.S. Defense official said on Friday. This is the second time the same Russian vessel has come within close proximity of a U.S


Russian Sub 'Stary Oskol' Enters Black Sea

Photo: Russian Navy

 Russia’s Stary Oskol submarine, the third boat in Project 636.3 series for the Black Sea Fleet, on a voyage to its permanent base has passed the Bosporus and Dardanelles straits, TASS quoted the Black Sea Fleet spokesman Vyacheslav Trukhachev as saying.  


Russia, US Blame Each Other for Maritime Incident

Russia and the United States gave contradictory accounts on Tuesday of an incident involving the two countries' navies in the Mediterranean Sea on June 17, each blaming the other for what they said were unsafe manoeuvres.   The Russian Defence Ministry said a U.S


VEB Guarantees $3 Bln of Yamal LNG Debt

Russian development bank VEB said on Friday it had provided a guarantee for $3 billion of debt to the Yamal liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, led by Russian gas firm Novatek.   VEB said in a statement that the guarantee would help encourage overseas financing for the Yamal project


Nuclear Sub Vladimir Monomakh to Join Pacific Fleet

Vladimir Monomakh. Pic: Russian Navy

 TASS reports that Vladimir Monomakh Borey class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (Project 955) will complete the voyage to the Pacific Fleet before the yearend, quoting Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy Admiral Vladimir Korolev.  


Fincantieri, Rosneft Partner for a New Ship

During the 20th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Fincantieri and Rosneft signed a Heads of Agreement for the formation of a joint venture focused on design and engineering of a new type of vessel to be built at the Zvezda shipbuilding complex


US Says It Will Stay in Black Sea despite Russian Warning

USS Mason (DDG 87) (U.S. Navy photo by Casey J. Hopkins)

The United States will maintain its presence in the Black Sea despite a Russian warning that a U.S. destroyer patrolling there undermined regional security, the U.S. Navy Secretary said.   The USS Porter entered the Black Sea this month, drawing heavy criticism from Moscow


SCF Group Secures Funds for New Arctic LNG Tanker

PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) and VTB Bank have signed a $260 million 13-year loan agreement, providing financing of construction of an Arctic liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker for the Yamal LNG project.   The agreement was signed on June 17, 2016 by Sergey Frank


NATO Accelerates Military Buildup in Black Sea

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 The NATO buildup in the Black Sea is part of the alliance's strategy to expand its military presence along Russia's borders. The move would destabilize the situation in the region, says a report in Sputnik.   Russian state media reported earlier this month that the USS Porter, a U.S


Bulgaria Will Not Join Any NATO Black Sea Fleet After Russian Warning

Bulgaria's prime minister said on Thursday he would not join a proposed NATO fleet meant to counter Russian forces in the Black Sea as he did not want a war there, a day after Moscow warned against any build-up.   Boiko Borisov said he did not want to see frigates sailing past the tourist






 
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