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Saturday, October 21, 2017

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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.

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.

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

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

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.    Even a drop in foreign exports did not impact freight handling volumes, which grew over the last decade. Total turnover increased 77.4 percent between 2006 and 2016.  

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

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.  

Zvezda, Hyundai to Build Russian Aframax Tankers

Signing, left to right: Andrey Shishkin, VP for Energy, Localization and Innovation of Rosneft; Sergey Khramagin, CEO of STLC; Oleg Tereschenko, CEO of Rosnefteflot; Sergey Frank, President and CEO of SCF Group. Standing in back, left to right: Igor Sechin, CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of Rosneft; Viktor Olersky, Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation, Head of the Federal Agency for Marine and River Transport (Rosmorrechflot)

 A set of agreements between PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group), Rosneft, the State Transport Leasing Company (STLC) and Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex will see the construction of five Aframax tankers for the export of crude oil and oil products from 2021.   The 114,000 dwt vessels will be built by Zvezda jointly with technology partner Hyundai Heavy Industries (Republic of Korea). The tankers are purpose-designed to use liquefied natural gas (LNG) as their primary fuel and will have an ice

Yamal LNG to Ship Two LNG Cargoes in November

(File photo: PAO Sovcomflot)

The Russian Yamal LNG project will ship the first two cargoes of liquefied natural gas in November, followed by another four in December, Russia's customs service said on Tuesday.   The Yamal LNG project is co-owned by local Russian gas producer Novatek, as well as France's Total, China's CNPC and the Silk Road Fund.   Reporting by Oksana Kobzeva 

SCF's New Icebreaker Named Fedor Ushakov

(Photo: Sovcomflot)

Russia’s PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) currently operates 10 vessels that serve the Sakhalin-2 project, including three oil tankers, two liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers and five icebreaking supply and standby vessels.    Its latest addition to this specialized fleet, a newly built multifunctional icebreaking standby vessel (IBSBV), was formally named Fedor Ushakov at a ceremony on October 11.  

Orest Sychenikov, First Head of Novorossiysk Shipping Company, Passed Away

Orest Sychenikov. Photo: PAO Sovcomflot

 It is with great sadness that the Sovcomflot management and team must announce a monumental loss to the Russian shipping community. On 9 October 2017, Orest Sychenikov, first Head of Novorossiysk Shipping Company, passed away at the age of 95.   On 9 October 2017, we lost a highly educated man, a talented leader who made a massive contribution to the strengthening and development of Russian maritime navigation.   

ASCO's New Service to Arctic Ocean

Pic: Port of Antwerp

 The Russian Arctic Shipping Company (ASCO) operates between the port of Antwerp and the Arctic region of Russia.    Its ice-reinforced vessels with a capacity of 7,000 to 12,000 tonnes will mainly carry project cargo. The company operates six vessels, enabling it to offer a monthly rotation. From Antwerp the ships travel via the Baltic (calling at among others St. Petersburg and Ust Luga) and then on the more northerly Russian ports such as Archangel, Sabetta

Gulf Petrochem Sets Up Russian & Baltic Trading Desk

Boris Kuftyrev (Photo: GP)

Gulf Petrochem Group (GP) has further strengthened its European bunkering division by establishing a Russian and Baltic trading desk within the Rotterdam office. Boris Kuftyrev has been appointed to manage this desk overseen by Chris Todd in Europe’s largest bunkering port, Rotterdam. Kuftyrev has in-depth knowledge and experience having previously held the position of head of sales at Gazpromneft Marine Bunker ltd

Private Producer Aims to Ship Baltic's First Russian LNG Before Gazprom

LNG Gorskaya, a privately-owned Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG) producer, has launched a 340 million euro ($379 million) project to become the first LNG exporter from Russia's European coast, its CEO told Reuters. Russia expects to send LNG to Europe by the end of 2017 from its distant Arctic peninsula of Yamal but a plant on its Baltic coast could establish the country as a more immediate supplier of LNG in a region already dependent on piped Russian gas.

Hindustan Shipyard May Get $3.1bln Order

Photo:  Hindustan Shipyard Limited

 India's Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) has received a proposal from United Shipbuilding Corporation of Russia for a strategic partnership, The Hindu reported.   The report said that the Russian shipyard will be placing orders worth INR 200bln (USD 3.1bln)  immediately.    The move came up for discussion when Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board CEO J. Krishna Kishore recently met HSL Chairman and Managing Director Rear Admiral L.V. Sarat Babu. 

Gazpromneft-Lubricants Bolsters Caspian Sea Ports Supplies

Photo: Gazpromneft - Lubricants, Ltd

 Gazpromneft-Lubricants, the Gazprom Neft oil business operator, has started delivering marine lubricants in the sea port of Makhachkala, Republic of Dagestan.    The first supply to the Dniester dredging vessel was carried out as part of the three-year agreement with Rosmorport signed in spring, 2017. According to the agreement, Gazpromneft-Lubricants is going to deliver 1500 tons of marine lubricants to the company's vessels.   

Novorossiisk Port Resumes Oil Loadings

(File photo: Transneft)

Russian pipeline monopoly Transneft said on Friday that oil loadings from the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk had resumed after a storm.   Transneft added in a statement, however, that weather conditions at the port remained unstable. (Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Writing by Alexander Winning)

Arctic Thaw helps Russian Shipping

File Image ((c) Paul Brown)

Arctic thaw aids shipping most along Russian coast; Russia to start LNG exports from Yamal in late 2017.   Russian shipping in the Arctic is benefiting from winds that are driving the oldest and thickest sea ice towards North America, further opening a remote region that is thawing amid global warming, scientists say.   The thinning Russian ice could help liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers, due to start exports from Russia's Yamal Peninsula in late 2017

Global Ports Sells Logistika-Terminal to PJSC TransContainer

Photo: Global Ports Investments Plc

 Global Ports Investments PLC announced that First Container Terminal Inc., one of the Group’s sea terminals, has signed an agreement to sell its 100% shares in JSC Logistika-Terminal (LT), one of the Group’s two inland terminals, to PJSC TransContainer for a consideration of 1.9 billion Russian rubles to be paid upon completion of the transaction.    The transaction will allow the Group to optimize its inland terminal network focusing on the Yanino terminal

Russia to build 15 Tankers at South Korean Shipyards

Photo: Yamal LNG

 Fifteen tankers will be built at South Korean shipyards to transport the products of the Yamal LNG plant, TASS cites Russian President Vladimir Putin as saying.   “We have noted with satisfaction the successful cooperation in the energy sector: South Korean companies are participating in the Sakhalin-1 and Sakhalin-2 projects, we are working on the issue of increasing purchases of liquefied natural gas,” the report quoted President Putin.  

Russian Award for Sovcomflot

Photo: PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group)

 PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) was awarded first prize at the 2017 International Competition of Scientific, Technical and Innovative Developments aimed at the Exploration and Development of the Arctic and the Continental Shelf, held under the auspices of the Russian Ministry of Energy.   The prize was awarded to a team of Sovcomflot experts for the development and practical implementation of technological solutions enabling year-round oil shipments from the Gulf of Ob

Damen to Open Novorossiysk Service Hub

From left to right: Igor Yakovenko, CEO JSC DeloPorts, with Bart Kaal, Regional Service Manager, Damen Shipyards Group (Photo: Damen)

Damen Shipyards Group said it has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Delo Group of companies, establishing plans to open a service hub in the Russian port of Novorossiysk.   According to Damen, the new hub will aim to optimize the services provided to the growing number of Damen vessels operating in the region in addition to strengthening its relationship with the Delo Group.   The LOI was signed by representatives from the two companies during the NEVA 2017 trade fair in Saint

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