- «Admiralty Shipyards» State Unitary Enterprise – 300 years of serving the motherland
The «Admiralty Shipyards» State Unitary Enterprise is the Russia’s oldest shipyard founded by Peter the Great in 1704. Its current specialization includes design, construction and modernization of civil vessels as well construction and modernization of naval ships.A first submarine was built and tested at «Admiralty Shipyards» in 1725, as well as a first Russian steamboat, world’s first sea-going destroyer and the legendary «Aurora» cruiser. The first world’s nuclear-powered icebreaker «Lenin» was built there in 1959.In 1997 the Yard began constructing 20,000 DWT ice-class tankers for simultaneous shipment of four different sorts of cargo. A unique design by the «Admiralty Shipyards» is the third generation deep-diving vehicle «Konsul», which can operate at depths of down to 6000 meters.On 27th of August 2004, a Launching Ceremony for the «Tower Bridge» tanker has taken place. The tanker will navigate in non-freezing seas. Its deadweight is 47,400 tons. It is a third tanker out of six ordered by the «Sovkomflot» JSC.
- Baltiysky Zavod to build ice-breakers for «Rosmorport»
Baltiysky Zavod JSC is planning to start construction of an ice-breaker designed by the «Iceberg» Design Office for «Rosmorport» in the fall of 2004. Construction of another vessel of this family is an option. The first ice-breaker is expected to be delivered to the Customer in November 2006 and the second one in November 2007. Ice-breakers of this class cost $80-100 mil. on the world market depending on specification.
The new line ice-breaker will be used for ensuring navigation for large tankers in the Gulf of Finland in wintertime, towage, rescue operations and combating oil and chemicals spills in open sea.
- Control systems and electric equipment for ships under construction and modernization
From the very start, the main activity of «AMT» were complex supplies of equipment designed with using innovative technologies, modern components, standard unitized constructions and original engineering solutions. Owing to such approach, production of the Enterprise is recognized by its high fidelity, high quality, high engineering standards and, at the same time, competitive cost.
- Experience in producing power distribution units based on foreign components for Navy
The principal requirement for modern power electrical systems for ships, and especially submarines, is the increase of power supply along with minimal weight and size of electrical equipment forming part of an electrical power system. This principle was a major task of the «NE» JSC («New ERA», St. Petersburg) while designing and constructing a set of electric switchboards (ERU) for the 20380 ship project.
Automatic switches, contactors and relays by Schneider Electric, current transformers, automatic protection devices and meters by DIEF, were chosen as a component basis. 16 types of foreign-made articles are used in the set of switchboards for the 20380 ship project. Domestic analogues which would have similar mass and size characteristics are unavailable.
- Synchronous electric machines: on land and at sea
- New horizons of atomic power engineering
Power engineering in some of Russia’s remote regions today leans mainly upon local or imported coals and liquid fuel.
Pioneering research and longstanding history of safe accident-free operation (total running time of ship reactors exceeded 150 reactor-years) make nuclear low-power plants (NLPP) with KLT-40C reactor facility based on floating power units a most effective solution to the problem of power supply for those regions.
- A domain of special attention
Social services rendered to the personnel of «Volgotanker» allow attracting and retaining the most valuable staff, strengthening their allegiance to the Company, and contribute to achieving the primary goal of «Volgotanker» – to become a first-class shipping company. The stable economical situation of the Company contributes to the implementation of all social programs adopted in the «Volgotanker».
- To the ship-owners’ concern: Forthcoming Changes to the Current Practice of Paris Memorandum of Understanding Related to the Banning Procedure
The article sets forth a number of useful clarifications of the banning procedure currently in use within the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control and, in particular, explains in some detail the procedure of ship banning resulting from multiple detentions.
Possibility of a possible extension of that procedure to other ship types is dealt with.
The attention of shipowners/operators is drawn to the necessity of careful investigation of ship’s history while purchasing, re-flagging and chartering ships.
- Ship scrapping business today
Ship scrapping industry was always considered as a hazardous activity. That is why three quarters of such enterprises are concentrated in one densely populated region of the «third world», namely in South Asia (India, Bangladesh and Pakistan). Turning a number of developing countries into a cheapest dump for the world’s used fleet is a reverse side of the globalization of merchant shipping. Such convenient way of recycling old ships deprives developed countries from the necessity of implementing new methods of metal cutting or developing efficient environment-preserving technologies.
- Ship Prices: Current prices for second-hand ships
Prices for used tonnage grew even faster than the ones for newly-built ships. Not only recently built second-hand ships are being sold like hot cakes but those that had been in operation for 5-10 years or even longer find their new owners relatively easy. There is no surprise if one takes into account rather prolonged and rapid upsurge on charter markets. Time is tight: many ship-owners are in rush to skim the cream of such huge demand for tonnage and draw maximum profits from galloping rates. And this common tendency results in a rather exceptional situation when ships that had been used for several years are sold at higher prices than the ones that are yet to be built in the coming one-and-half or two years.
- Ust-Luga – the most promising Baltic port
Owing to its favorable geographical location, Baltic region plays an important part in both European and world’s economies. There are nine countries including Russia that effect foreign trade operations mainly by sea transport. Should our country had been deprived of some of its large ports in the Baltic Sea after the USSR dissolution, it might have never restored its lost transport opportunities to this very day.
- A new terminal in Vysotsk features latest achievements
There are already two months since crude oil and products are laden from the distribution and transshipment terminal built by «LUKOIL» close to Vyborg. Annual capacity of the first line of the terminal amounts to 4,7 mil. tons. Full planned production capacity of 10,7 mil. tons per year is expected to be achieved in the following year. In the meantime, the Port accepts tankers with a carrying capacity of up to 20,000 tons. However, dredging operations both in the terminal’s harborage and fairway are still on. By the end of this year the berths will be able to accept vessels of 50,000 DWT and up to 80,000 DWT in future.
- Transas: learning hard – fighting easy!
Emergency Situation Control System by Transas guarantees efficient elimination of emergency situations of any kind and scale. The system is actively used for monitoring, analysis and problem-solving support while conducting drills on combating oil spills and consequences of accidents on potentially hazardous objects.
The scope of functions of the Emergency Situation Control System is not limited to mere advice on oil spills elimination. It also features modules for breakdown elimination on potentially hazardous objects and search and rescue action in sea and air casualties.
- Oil ports of Baltic Sea: present day and future
As the oil export from Russia grows rapidly and new shipping terminals are built, oil transportation in the Baltic Sea begins to draw intense interest from within the region as well as beyond its limits. International Energy Agency (IEA) reported in 2004 that the oil export from Russia via Baltic ports exceeded the one via the ports of the Black Sea since the beginning of this year. Foreign media tends to compare the Baltic Sea to «the second Persian Gulf».
- Complex supplies from AMT
Ocean and shelf exploration
- Russia returns to Arctic
A new Russian research ice-drifting station Konstantinov’s «Severny Polus-33» (North Pole-33) has been launched in the Arctic Ocean high latitudes (latitude 85°05’ North, longitude 156°31’ East) on the 9th of September, 2004. The principal stage of the largest Russian high-latitude expedition launched by the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute in the last ten years has been completed.
- Even iceberg shall obey
The continental Arctic shelf shall become a major Russia’s resource of oil and gas within the following decades. Enormous deposits of hydrocarbons at the sea bottom should replace depleting on-land fields. However, oil and gas production in tough Arctic conditions requires precise calculations which should be laid as a basis for designing hydro-technical installations and production platforms. A well-developed system ensuring safe work in severe conditions of the Far North is also a must. Here a lot depends on scientists. It’s them who conduct research which lay foundation for the future shelf exploration. Scientists of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (A & A RI) together with their colleagues from the «Oceangeology» Research Institute, AMIGE and Krylov’s Central Research Institute have recently conducted a series of soundings and experiments in the Barentz and Pechora seas. The results of the research expedition are commented by the «Arctic-Shelf» Laboratory Senior Fellowmember of the A & A RI, candidate of geographical science, permanent chief of expeditions during the last years, Yury Gudoshnikov.
- «NE» JSC comes to drilling platforms
«NE» JSC («New Era», St. Petersburg) has won tender to produce and supply the medium-voltage module for power service of the «Prirazlomnaya» offshore ice-resistant stationary platform to the amount of more than $4,5 mil. Tender was organized by «Sevmorneftegaz» Ltd. established by «Rosneft JSC» and «Gazprom» JSC for exploration of oil and gas field in the Pechora Sea.
According to the Contract, «NE» JSC shall produce and supply 6-11 kw. distribution units for the «Prirazlomnaya» platform and repair and modernize the existing medium-voltage electrical equipment from the Huttone platform, whose upper part had been used for construction of the «Prirazlomnaya» platform.
- A decade of search and formation
This year the State Unitary Enterprise «St. Petersburg Marine Engineering Design Bureau Malakhit» celebrates 10th Anniversary of the onset of its proceeding with oil and gas offshore developments, when it started with design documentation for construction of oil and gas complexes in continental shelf.
Among the most prominent designs of the Bureau were a self-elevating offshore drilling rig with an ice-resistant tubing block for drilling well clusters in the year-round mode, and floating exploring drilling unit «Obsky-1» for operation in shallow shelf of the Kara Sea. Researches aimed at ensuring functionality and safe operation of oil and gas facilities ashore and at sea are being conducted in close co-operation with other companies.
Technologies. Books. Exhibitions
- Pisidonia-2004 results
- Inrybprom-2004 results
- SET RI in Mariinsky Theatre
- In the cold depth of Baltic
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