Topical Interview

  • Leningrad region - transport gate to Russia
    Role Played by Leningrad region in development of the whole country is hard to underestimate. Governor of Leningrad region V.P. Serduykov talks about the development of transport infrastructure of the North-West. In Leningrad region we prefer complex approach to transport development problems; a number of new projects have been introduced. A new port was constructed in Primorsk, Baltic pipeline is being developed, world-known companies such as Ford, Caterpillar and Craft have built their plants in the Region, deep oil processing complex is being under construction in Kirishi. Economic development is impossible without investments. I’m happy to report that Leningrad is the leading Russian region in attracting investments. 60% of them come from other regions. Shipbuilding is one of our priorities too. Service fleet for Primorsk is being constructed at «Pella» shipyard. Modern platform for oil exploration and production was built in Vyborg. We are now carrying on negotiations on equipping the encircling highway with service centers, petroleum stations, garages and stores. Several large oil companies have shown interest. Leningrad region and Oktyabrskaya Rail Road signed agreement recently. We have a lot of interesting projects, some of them are being worked upon. That will enable us to increase effectiveness in cargo transportation considering ports development. The region becomes economically stronger, new ports construction will continue, and traffic stream will grow.
  • New records at NEVA 2003. NEVA-2005 – start
    The largest number of multi-national Exhibitors was recorded this year at the 7th NEVA Shipping, Shipbuilding, Offshore Energy & Ports Exhibition held in St. Petersburg, Russia during September. Foreign Exhibitors from Finland, Poland, Croatia and Germany were among the major beneficiaries of new business with the rapidly expanding Russian markets. The US Department of Commerce brought seven American companies for the first time and leading newcomers from Canada registered their great satisfaction with their introduction to NEVA.


  • OMZ – Onshore & Offshore – intensive growth
    Wide-known economical magazine Global Finance pronounced OMZ (Obedinennye Mashinostroitelnye Zavody, formerly United Heavy Machinery) the Russia’s top engineering company. Joseph D. Giarraputo, publisher of Global Finance, said: ‘2003 was a remarkable year for Russian companies. And there is every reason to believe that this trend will continue through 2004.’
  • Icebraker for Baltic Sea
    At present, under the aegis of the Ministry of Transport of Russia, the program of creation of icebreakers of new generation is being developed. It is obvious, that the creation of a new modern fleet of ice breakers in Russia has been a necessity. Furthermore, its development can be implemented by both the state, and private companies at the expense of their own resources. For today, the legislation of the country for the first time ever has stipulated an opportunity of construction of diesel icebreakers not only at the account of the state budget, but also with the attraction of non-budgetary resources. However, the order of organisation of financing ofi cebreakers construction by private investors will be regulated.


  • Main task is to increase crease effectiveness of fleet operations
    February, 2004 became an important milestone in the history of Russian shipping. The largest shipping businesses agreed to join forces in solving water transport problems and established the Association of Shipping companies of Russia (ASC). The ASC incorporates six largest shipping companies: North Western Shipping Company, JSC-Volga Shipping, JSC-Volgotanker Group, Azov-Don Shipping, Ltd., Moscow River Shipping Co. and Palmali JSC. Founder companies of the ASC share 80% of total oil transportation and about 50% of passenger transportation on the most popular river tourist routes. One third of all employees in Russian river fleet are engaged in the Association. By using the principle of state-private co-operation, the ASC is committed to assist in increasing the effectiveness of river fleet operations and further the development of large investment projects aimed at improvement of river navigation conditions. Chairman of the board of Volgotanker Group discusses changes brought by the establishment of the ASC in his interview to our magazine.
  • Association of Shipping Companies of Russia (ASC)
    ASC is a non-profit organization affiliating Russian and foreign companies dealing with inland waterways and sea lanes. ASC’s activities base on principles of legality, publicity, good will and partnership, confidence, decency and mutual assistance among the Association members.
  • International Shipping Registers Vs «Flags of Convenience»
    Use of «flags of convenience» is an extremely popular practice in world’s merchant marine. This global trend has become perhaps the most real problem in international shipping. Many governments consider it a threat to their national interests and to national safety even. In order to prevent ships outflow to alien flags and restore control over them, a number of countries introduce their alternative «international» ship registers in addition to the regular ones. Preparation of such register in Russia has had a 6 years history. The new register is expected to provide a serious inducement for development of national shipping and shipbuilding.
  • Effectiveness of tanker fleet exploitation in oil export
    Oil export problem becomes complicated because of the limitations in transport options and needs finding an alternative innovative resource-saving technology. The existing transportation of hydrocarbon products involves the two stages. Firstly, they are delivered from the place of production to port terminals via pipelines, and after that they are exported by means of sea tankers. The world experience has shown that tankers (with their deadweight up to 300-500 thousand tons) stand beyond competition in oil transportation.
  • Transas improves ship and port facilities security
    International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code was adopted at the IMO Diplomatic Conference on Maritime Security held in London on the 12th of December, 2002. These amendments are expected to come into force on 1 July 2004. «Maritime Market» editors addressed to general director of «Transas Consulting» JSC Igor Goryunov for comments on the Code and the company’s activities concerning providing of ship and port facility security.
  • The 37th regular session of Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MoU)
    was held in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 11 to 14 May 2004. A delegation of the Russian Federation took part in the deliberations of that meeting and expresses their views on a number of most radical changes agreed in Copenhagen. Among the most far-going decisions are: future shift from the 25% member States’ commitment to a more risk-based approach for selecting ships for inspections; possible recognition of cargo ships as ‘increased risk craft’; more transparency in the information accessible to general public, and others. The Russian maritime community should be prepared for an inspection campaign on the ISPS issues (from July to September 2004) and for a concentrated inspection campaign of Paris MoU on working and living conditions on board ships to be conducted in October – December 2004.


  • Ship refuelling: still long way off the civilized market
    One of the most important industrial projects in Saint Petersburg is the Sea Port servicing heavy-load ships. The city is also famous for its rivers and canals navigated by boats and water buses. And all those ships and vessels need fuel be they large or small. Many fuel companies in the city made attempts to satisfy this demand. Yet, having examined the situation more closely, they had to reject the idea. Tough climatic conditions of Saint Petersburg result in refueling business staying idle eight month a year. The only solution to such situation could be construction of a double-purpose station for both automobiles and ships. Ground areas along Neva river could be used for this purpose.

Ocean and shelf exploration

  • The first Arctic oil expected in 2006
    «Prirazlomnoe» reservoir is a pilot project in Russian Arctic shelf exploration. The first oil will be produced there in 2006. The oilfield investor and operator is «Sevmorneftegaz» JSC. The company has license to explore in South-Barents oil and gas region. Director of «Sevmorneftegaz» JSC, Candidate of Science Ivan N. Chernov speaks on preparation for the development of the field.
  • Russia’s raw stock: production takes the lead over prospect
    Russia is rich with raw materials which are the major support for fuel and energy complex and development of the whole country as well. According to exploring information, Russia is the world’s leader in reserves of oil, gas, coal and other natural energy resources.

Admiral's mess

  • The House That Transas Built (Group of Transas companies comprises Petersburg offices)
    Building of the new office by the group of Transas companies is an inevitable necessity: The number of staff in Transas subdivisions in Saint Petersburg has grown half as much during the last year. More than 700 employees work there today.

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