• «Sevmash» will build tankers for Norway
    First tankers 45000 dwt to be built by «Sevmash» State Unitary Enterprise (Severodvinsk) for Norway Finally, a major contract for construction of a series comprising 8 to 12 fully equipped large capacity tankers 45000 dwt has been signed! The customer of «Sevmash» is a Norwegian ship-owner Company «Odfjell ASA» (established in 1916). It is a Company dealing with shipping of petrochemical cargoes well known all over the world. The ceremony of the contract signing took place on the 5th of November and was attended by representatives of the Governments of Archangelsk region and Severodvinsk, deputies from the Regional Council, General Director of «Sevmash» V. Pasukhov, President of the Russian Nuclear Shipbuilding Centre D. Pashaev and «Sevmash» production managers and heads of departments. All those who will be in charge of direct supervision over the Contract implementation by production teams.
  • Baltic sextet
    Baltiysky Zavod JSC has completed construction of a series of river chemical tankers. The sixth in the series - «Noordzee» tanker ordered by «Rensen Shipbuilding B.V.» Company (the Netherlands) was delivered to the Customer on November 12th. The ships were built under the supervision of Lloyd’s Register Group (Great Britain). The tankers are designed to transport chemicals and oil refining products in European inland lines. In November, construction of a first one of the two ships for trailer truck transportation has started at Baltiysky Zavod. The yard is also working on a contract for a line diesel-electric icebreaker for navigation in the Gulf of Finland.
  • A new generation high-speed boat
    On the 22nd of October 2004, the «Almaz Sea Plant» JSC delivered to the Federal Security Service of Russian Federation a special purpose high-speed boat designed for carrying out anti-terrorist operations in open seas as well as on the coast. The base of the boat design is its original hydrodynamic scheme whose major components are automatically controlled interceptors. Along with rolling moderation, they provide for optimization of the boat’s propulsion characteristics at its basic operation modes. The boat was designed by the «Agat Design Bureau» JSC. This Bureau rendered technical support at all of its construction stages. State of the art complex integrated hardware control systems were provided by «Navis» Co. «New Era» designed reduction-free AC electric motors. Close co-operation of different companies has resulted in construction of the high-speed boat. It can serve a positive example which shows that Saint Petersburg has a considerable potential for building new high technology items.
  • «Lastochka-M» will open the world for «High-speed Ships»
    «High-speed Ships» Financial and Industrial Group has been established in 1994 as the company that can provide the whole cycle of building ships and vessels, i.e. design, construction, delivery and after-sales service. In October 2004 the sea trials of the two passenger hydrofoils «Lastochka-M» were completed by «High-speed Ships» Enterprise and the ships were delivered to the Chinese customer. Each ship of about 37 tons displacement costs $1,5 mil. and is capable of transporting 86 passengers at a time. China has become the first customer to commission ships of this family. After this project is successfully completed the Company plans to introduce their new design to the world market. In the wake of the «Lastochka-M» project, other designs by «High-speed Ships» are ready to be promoted in international markets, such as marine all-purpose hydrofoils «Irbis-M» designed by «High-speed Ships» enterprises.
  • SET RI – leader of Russian economy
    The Director of «Ship Engineering and Technology» Research Institute Mr. Victor Galka was awarded an Honored Title of «Leader of Russian Economy» at the last session of the International Forum «Global Experience and Russian Economy». The Enterprise is currently engaged in designing a unified electrical power system with an integrated control system of steering for a surveying ship for the Russian Navy. Six more ship systems of this kind are planned to be commissioned in the period of 2005-2006. The «SET» Research Institute is an only enterprise in Russia that implements technology of manufacturing fuel elements with hard-polymeric electrolyte and intermetallic systems for hydrogen storage. The Institute has the custom-made test bench with power up to 10 MW. Up to 80% of tests can be conducted there.
  • «Treatment» comes up with new ship fittings
  • Workshops on sustainable development of shipbuilding
    An international workshop for shipbuilders took place in October 2004 in Saint Petersburg’s Central Scientific Research Institute of Merchant Marine. The «Teply Dom SPb» Company responsible for the seminar organized delivery of scientific and applied reports and reviews on current problems in the area of shipbuilding. In particular, among the speakers were director of export of «Rockwool A/S» Company (Denmark) Mr. M. Swenson and director of development of «Teply Dom SPb» Ms. L. A. Belous. The latter reported on a continuous training of the staff at the «Persolit A/S» Company. Besides, the participants to the Workshop listened to speeches on the system safety in shipbuilding and coastal infrastructure, alarm systems and automatic fire extinguishing. A number of other scientists and shipbuilding professionals also took part in the Workshop.
  • Control systems and electrical equipment for ships under construction and modernization


  • A domain of special attention
    The Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) has introduced a special survey regime for potentially substandard ships. Being authorized by more than forty flag States to conduct mandatory surveys of ships on their behalf, RS is steadily following the policy and undertaking actions aimed at the eradication of substandard ships from the international maritime trade. The VII International Seminar «Substandard Shipping - Solution through Partnership. Goal-Based Standards: New Concept for Maritime Industry» was held in October 2004. At this Seminar, the General Director of RS Mr. Nikolay Reshetov stated that the special survey regime for potentially substandard ships had been introduced in July this year. This regime applies primarily to ships having poor Port State and Flag State Control records and persistently detained.
  • Tanker fleet owners join each other in the «Tanker Union»
    Eleven shipyards with total fleet of 113 tanker units and total carrying capacity over400 000 tons have formed the non-profit partnership of tanker fleet owners «Tanker Union». Members of the Union transported about 60% of all bulk-oil cargo in the United Deep-water System of Central Russia during the 2004 navigation season. As the president of the «Tanker Union» Pyotr Razumov says, the primary objectives of the partnership are the following: developing of requirements and programmes aimed at improving environmental protection and safety of shipping; advanced training and skill level rising of crew members; interaction with federal authorities and controlling companies; attracting new freight flows and developing new routs for transportation.
  • «North Western Shipping Company»: nine months in 2004
  • World’s first surveying ship simulator
    On the 23rd of September official testing of the new surveying ship simulator was successfully completed. The simulator had been designed by «Transas» JSC for the Head Department of Navigation and Oceanography of the Ministry of Defense of Russian Federation. Complex simulator «Cedar» is multi-purpose. It can be used for hydrographic operations training and for ship control training as well. Besides, owing to digital model of the bottom the simulator is also applicable for scientific research activities. During the three years of design process «Transas» JSC obtained the license for modeling of bottom topography, which is considered the «heart» of the simulator and provides its measurement systems with the data of sea bottom contour. The new design by «Transas» JSC has attracted interest from educational institutions in Cuba, Vietnam and Ukraine.
  • An Industry Initiative for Pollution Prevention and Safety at Sea: the Helmepa Model
    The Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association of Greece is willing to assist towards the establishment of a similar organisation in Russia with the title «Rosmepa». Helmepa plans to participate in the NEVA 2005 Exhibition and is co-operating closely with the organisers to maximise their presentation and intends to offer a Key-Note Paper to the NEVA 2005 Conference Programme.


  • Second port is under construction in Primorsk
    Construction of a new cargo terminal and export oil product pipeline started on October 8th 2004 at the port of Primorsk. Those two are constituents of one «Sever» Project developed by the «Transnefteproduct» team. Purpose of the new port will be receiving, storage and export shipment of light oil products. The complex will include port facilities equipped with two double-sided berths, and port oil base with 12 reservoirs each capable of storing 20,000 tons. The port will be able of receiving tankers up to 100,000 dwt. The oil product pipeline capacity will be 24,6 mil. tons a year. A first facility of the terminal is expected to be put into operation in 2007. A total sum of investments is expected to amount to some $200 mil. The «Sever» Project has strategic meaning for Russia, as it will allow to strengthen its export independence.
  • Strengthening area of responsibility
    Outcome of the Second Joint Ministerial Conference of the Paris and Tokyo Memoranda on Port State Control. The Second Joint Ministerial Conference of the Paris and Tokyo Memoranda of Understanding on Port State Control was held in Vancouver, British Columbia, from 2nd to 3rd of November, upon initiative and invitation of the Government of Canada.
  • Belgians reached Russian sea bottom
    One of the oldest DEME Holding companies Вaggerwreken Decloedt En Zoon NV opened presentation office in St. Petersburg in April, 2004 in attempt to obtain a considerable share of the local market of preventive and major dredging operations. Dredging of channels and Ust-Luga Port harborage are supposed to begin in 2005. The Company’s plans for future concern participating in all major projects involving dredging operations in the North-West region. The total budget planned exceeds $2 million. The first contract completed by DEME in Russia was deepening and broadening of the channel in Severodvinsk for Prirazlomnaya platform. Strengthening sea oil platform are scheduled for 2005.

Ocean and shelf exploration

  • From Arctic to Antarctic
  • High safety standards
    The realization of the programs of Russian fleet revival, exploitation of offshore raw material resources requires creation of different types of transport ships, ships of technical fleet and offshore ice-strengthened installations which have no analogues in the world. The target program developed by Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) for supporting Russian designers, shipbuilders and owners is aimed at ensuring high standards in safety at sea. RS performs classification and survey of ships and floating structures under construction and in service. In view of the ever more active development of oil and gas fields on the Russian shelf RS mostly focuses on survey of the design, construction and operation of offshore installations intended for the development of oil and gas fields.All RS activities are based on thorough and systematic research.
  • Hydrogen power engineering: making future today
    Experiments in designing electrochemical generators started in the 1960’s. Such generators crucially differ from the standard power installations by direct conversion of chemical energy obtained from reaction between hydrogen and oxygen into electric power. The reaction is going without combustion or mechanical movement, hence it is virtually noiseless. And what is most important - the efficiency of such installation could reach 70 to 75%. The SET Research Institute (St. Petersburg) is currently being in an intensive process of working in the promising field of hydrogen electrical power generation based on fuel elements. The Institute’s specialists are skilled enough to design and manufacture a ship electrical complex with any prescribed performance characteristics. Thereby, creation of a first domestic ship hydrogen power installation is becoming more and more tangible nowadays.

Technologies. Books. Exhibitions

  • «Transport and International Transit – TRANSTEC-2004». Outcome of the Exhibition
    The «Transport and International Transit TRANSTEC-2004» International Exhibition was held from 12 to15 of October 2004 in Saint Petersburg. The onset of the Exhibition dates back to 1994, when it had been launched upon an initiative of the Ministries of Transport and Railways of the Russian Federation and the Russian Academy of Science, aimed at a complex display of state-of-art and prospects of further development of the national transport industry and its interaction with the international transport network. At «TRANSTEC-2004», the leading enterprises in railway and automobile transportation, manufacturers of port and railroad equipment and IT introduced their achievements. The Exhibition also included expositions of shipping companies, port structures and mining companies. The First All-Russian Conference of Cargo Owners took place under the auspices of «TRANSTEC-2004».

Admiral's mess

  • Dreams are good when made real!
    Every year non-profit organization "Project Shtandart" organizes trips on the "Shtandart" frigate - a copy of the frigate built by Peter the Great for the Baltic fleet. In 2004 the team was formed according to the open city competition results. The trip lasted 104 days, 5576 miles were traversed, 65 young people visited 26 ports in eight countries. The ship and its crew starred in more than sixty publications in media with total circulation of about 3 million copies. Besides, "Shtandart's" visits were the subjects of local and national TV programmes.

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