Topical Interview

  • Ports in Leningrad region continue growing
    Leningrad region is the leader in Russia judging by national measures. The industrial output is growing in the region year by year. A substantial contribution to development of the regional economy is made by the ports and terminals ashore the Gulf of Finland built up during the last 5-6 years. Due to those ports Russia succeeded in quick transit redistribution in the North-west basin. Cargoes, formerly exported via Baltic ports after disintegration of the USSR, have changed their route to go via Primorsk, Vysotsk, and Ust-Luga. Almost 70 mln tons of cargo were transshipped via the ports of Leningrad region the last year. To a great extent, the cargo turnover growth was ensured by Primorsk port that transshipped 57 mln tons of crude oil. By estimates of experts, the overall cargo turnover in the Russian Baltics will increase up to 185 mln tons annually by the year 2010. From the above, the cargo turnover of the Leningrad region’s port capacities will exceed 100 million tons of cargoes. Prospects for further growth of the maritime industry in the regional economy – the subject of our conversation with Valery Serdyukov, Governor of Leningrad region.


  • RM-steel: european standard of SMC
    The company «RM-steel», specialized in metal production supply and metal working and reworking services, is presented by its Director General Vladimir Matushko.
  • Yaroslavsky Shipyard today
    Yaroslavsky Shipyard is an enterprise with 85-year history full of many bright events and professional achievements. During the World War II the full scope of new production for military purpose was assimilated on the enterprise. Later the big series of military and non-military ships were manufactured. The ships, motor boats, fishing and other vessels manufactured at the Yaroslavsky Shipyard discharge a wide range of tasks almost all-over the World Ocean. The production of the enterprise was always known for its reliability.
  • Shipbuilding as interface between power engineering and industry
    During January-July 2006 the industrial output of shipbuilding industry decreased by 6,2%, civic production output, in particular, decreased by 5,8%.
  • Navis: integrated solutions for the steering gear
    Recently there have been many incidents taking place in waters, when full or partial malfunction of the steering gear sometimes leads to irreparable consequences such as collision of vessels in motion or damage of the engineering structures situated over river (bridges) or in the near-shore areas (piers etc.).
  • Bright future with Dutch suppliers
  • Integrated systems for ship propulsion control


  • Russia champions in twenty-foot equivalent
    The delivery ceremony of the container vessel «FESCO BAYKAL», the largest one in the fleet of the Far Eastern Shipping Company (FESCO) took place at Aker Yards, Wismar (Germany) at the end of July. The second ship of the series – the container ship «FESCO BARGUZIN» entered the Far Eastern Shipping Company fleet as early as the middle of August. The delivery of the third ship «FESCO BRATSK» is scheduled for 14 September, 2006.
  • The Saimaa channel: political economy, economic policy
    The Saimaa Channel flows from Lappeenranta to Vyborg and connects Lake Saimaa to the Gulf of Finland. Over one and a half century the Channel has not just been a transportation facility, but a symbol of the impact that politics may have on economy - and vice versa.
  • Will Russia keep the status of world power?


  • Ust-Luga: ferry crossing has started to function
    In the commercial port of Ust-Luga the construction of a combined multipurpose cargo-and-passenger, auto-railway ferry complex, which intends to link the ports of Ust-Luga – Baltisk – German, is near to completion. This summer in the ports of Baltisk and Ust-Luga the railroad cars roll-on on the ferry boats “Klaipeda” and “Baltisk” has been successfully performed. Our interview – with Konstantin Goncharov, the director of the Ust-Luga branch of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise ROSMORPORT.
  • Special zones as a window to the external market
    Amendments to the Federal Law “On Special Economic Zones” are to introduce a new type of zones – port zones. They are expected provide the residents with unprecedented competitive opportunities.
  • Ecology and environment protection as a key factor of the modern container terminals development
    During the last decades the environmental and ecological factors have become the key aspects of the world ports and terminals development. These factors affect in several ways container terminals, the need for fast development of which is determined by shipment progress in the world. (For the 8-th International Conference “Shipment and International Transit” – TRANSTEC-2006).

Ocean and shelf exploration

  • North Pole-34 research drifting station - extension of Russian high-latitude Arctic researches
    Russian polar researches at North Pole (NP) drifting scientific stations have been resumed in April, 2004, when, after a 12 year interval, NP-32 drifting station was set on ice in the Pole area of the Arctic Ocean under the initiative of the prominent statesman and polar explorer A.N.Tchilingarov.
  • Sea transportaton of compressed gas
    The CNG technology (Compressed Natural Gas) is a new breakthrough technology of sea transportation of natural gas in a compressed state in cylinders under pressure of up to 25mPa on specially designed vessels, CNG ships. This article dwells on those natural gas transportation routes, where using CNG vessels built in Russia will be economically profitable and preferable in comparison to other technologies, i.e. transportation of liquefied gas on LNG vessels or by sea pipelines.

Admiral's mess

  • Russia’s first oil carriers

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