Topical Interview

  • Ilya Klebanov: We need a package approach
    Russia is more and more getting involved in the system of economic and political relations. The North-West region is a kind of the country’s outpost in this process. The influence of the processes taking place in Europe, in the whole world becomes more and more tangible for the region’s economy. The transport infrastructure plays a big role in the globalization process. Sea ports (not without reason, the word “port” means “door” in Latin), waterborne transport, shipbuilding are the gates, through which the country enters the worldwide market. Their effective state management is the keystone of this process success. It is confirmed by the words of <b>Ilya Klebanov</b>, Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the North-West Federal District.


  • Corall Design Bureau: sustained development and clear future
    MNP Onshore and Offshore Group manages projects related to shipbuilding, oil and gas equipment and toolware, and engineering of offshore platforms. Corall Design Bureau is a member of MNP. It has been established in 1965 and become the leading design bureau in designing engineering tools for shelf exploration. Our interviewee is Victor Lensky - chairman of the board of Corall Design Bureau, chief designer of Corall Design Bureau.
  • The Polish Shipbuilding Industry
    For latter half of the 20th century, the Soviet Union was the core client of Polish shipyards for over thirty years, as well as being a key customer of Polish repair shipyards. In spite of an unfortunate fall in output over the past few years, there are still many excellent opportunities for the creation and completion of profitable Polish-Russian ventures in the shipping business.
  • Control systems and electrical equipment for ships under construction and repair


  • FESCO ships in Antarctic
    Within the last few years ships of Far East Shipping Company (FESCO) come back to the inhospitable Antarctic coasts. This year three FESCO ships – the Vasily Golovnin diesel-electric ship, the Krasin and Captain Khlebnikov icebreakers operated in parallel in this region.
  • Yenisey Shipping Company. 75 years in common pace with river
    In February 2006 Yenisey River Shipping Company celebrated its 75th anniversary. Over its whole history the shipping company always remained the biggest river freight forwarder in Siberia. The Yenisey river fleet history is inseparable with the shipping company’s employees. Felix Mikhailovsky, General Director of YRSC, speaks about the company’s advantages and development plans for Yenisey River Shipping Company JSC.
  • Is There Any Need in Corporate Universities?
    The Russian maritime educational system emerged more than a hundred years ago. Manpower training was being improved along with fleet development, construction of new classes of ships. During World War II the Soviet Union lost most of its marine fleet. However, leaders of our state understood that for our country the marine fleet was among the fundamental constituents of the national economy complex. It was evident that the fleet should revive after the war. Thus as early as 1944 a decision was taken to found a network of educational establishments: maritime academies and colleges for leadership training, and nautical schools for man training.


  • Russian Baltic ports gain capacities
    It took few years after the collapse of the Soviet Union to build new up-to-date ports in the Gulf of Finland and recondition existing ones. Construction of new terminals is still being in process.<BR> «Lenmorniiproekt» Research Institute developed project documentation for the majority of those terminals. The institute has recently completed «Corrected General Programme of development of transport complexes in the Gulf of Finland» for «Rosmorport» State Unitary Enterprise. We talk to <STRONG>Sergey Semenov</STRONG> - director of production of «Lenorniiproekt» JSC, Ph.D.
  • Coal Port Capacities Increased
    This year, on January 24th, the second project stage of the coal terminal in Ust-Luga Commercial Sea Port was commissioned. The meaning of this event is supported by the fact that the Russian President Vladimir Putin participated in the opening ceremony of this new port complex. In 2007-2008, when the third stage is put into operation, the coal terminal capacities will increase up to 8-10 mln tons per year. We asked Arthur Sedov, Commercial Department Manager, RosTerminalUgol JSC, to explain technological advantages of this new port complex.
  • The Big Port makes big plans
    The period of St. Petersburg Big Port extensive development has been finished: virtually, all major operators have started serious modernization of their assets. The year of 2005, in the same manner as several previous ones, manifested itself by the cargo turnover growth. The Big Port of St. Petersburg transshipped 57.5 mln tons of cargo (+12.3%). Experts are pleased with the signs of transition from quantity to quality: the cargo turnover structure demonstrates some changes in the direction of expensive cargos.

Ocean and shelf exploration

  • An outstanding geographical discovery in the 20th century: Vostok subglacial antarctic lake
    Seismic measurements carried out by a Soviet antarctic expedition in 1963–1964, radar sounding performed by British scientists in 1974–1975, as well as exploration of the ice sheet surface topography made by ERS-1 satellite in 1993 led to the discovery of a huge subglacial water basin laying under four-kilometer depth of antarctic ice sheet in the area of Vostok Russian intercontinental station. This new geographical object on the Antarctic map was named Vostok Lake.
  • On the Way to the Arctic Shelf
    Development of the Arctic shelf is of strategic importance for Russia. SevMorNefteGaz Company is licensed for development of the Prirazlomnoye oil field in the Pechora Sea and the Shtokman gas-condensate field in the Barents Sea. The aggregate explored reserves of these fields amount to 3.2 trillion m<sup>3</sup> of gas, 31 million tons of gas condensate and 250 million tons of oil.

Admiral's mess

  • First Russian ice-breakers

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