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Russia to Deepen Novorossiysk for Larger Ships

Photo: PJSC NCSP

 The Russian government plans to spend between $400 to $500 million to expand and deepen the harbor of the Novorossiysk seaport to handle larger vessels, reports Moscow News.   Construction, in order to make it more competitive with Ukrainian ports also on the Black Sea,  is set to begin in the first quarter of next year with completion scheduled for 2020.   Russian government expects that the project will boost container volume at Novorossiysk by 10 to 15 percent annually.   The operator, NCSP Group is Europe’s third largest port operator in terms of cargo turnover, and the undisputed leader in the Russian market.    The Group operates two of the largest Russian ports – Port of Novorossiysk on the Black Sea coast, and Port of Primorsk on the Baltic Sea – as well as Port of Baltiysk in Kaliningrad region.   Like other Russian ports, Novorossiysk, the country’s second-largest container gateway, has been hurt by falling oil prices, economic sanctions and the decline of the ruble against international currencies.   The Ukrainian seaports Illichivsk and Yozhny deeper harbors and have grabbed some of Novorossiysk's cargo. The project also calls for increasing the length of the berth at Novoroslesexport, one of the port’s largest terminals, from about 919 feet to 1,655 meters so it can handle Panamax vessels.


Maersk to Continue Russian Operations

Photo: Maersk

Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk said its four subsidiaries with activities in Russia continue to operate as planned despite the recent sharp drop in oil price and the rouble's collapse.   "The Group's business with Russia amounts to some two to three percent of our total revenue. In the current situation, where Russian purchasing power and foreign trade is negatively impacted, our shipping business in Russia is also affected," A.P. Moller-Maersk wrote in an mail to Reuters.


Yet More Consolidation Proposed in Russia

Ownership of selected container terminals in the Eastern Baltic (Drewry)

The prospect of Russia’s two largest container terminal operators joining forces has raised concerns over the dominant position that the combined enterprise would enjoy were the deal to be agreed. Global Ports Investments (GPI), one of the two largest players in the Russian container port market, is investigating the acquisition of a controlling stake in National Container Company (NCC), the other dominant player in the Russian market.


ClassNK Open Survey Office in Novorossiysk

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ClassNK opened a new exclusive survey office in Novorossiysk, Russia with operations beginning January 1, 2016.   Novorossiysk is a port city in southwest Russia facing the Black Sea. It is the country’s main port on the Black Sea and a leading Russian port for trade with Asia, the Middle East, the Mediterranean region, Africa and South America. The Novorossiysk office joins an existing network of survey offices throughout the region including in Constanta (Romania) and Istanbul


Sovcomflot Buys Nine PRISCO Tankers

Russia’s PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) subsidiary SCF Tankers Ltd. has won an auction for nine arctic-going tankers that belonged Primorsk International Shipping Ltd. (PRISCO), who filed for chapter 11 protection in January 2016. The purchase deal is worth $215 million, and the auction results have been approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, which is handling PRISCO’s bankruptcy case. SCF Tankers outbid Denmark’s Hafnia Tankers Ltd


Russian Seaport Cargo Volumes All Time High

Photo: Port of Novorossiysk

 The turnover of goods of seaports of Russia for the first time in history exceeded the mark of 700 million tons per year, reports local media.   According to figures released by the Russian Maritime Ports Association, the sector's overall turnover rose 6.7 percent in 2016.    Even a drop in foreign exports did not impact freight handling volumes, which grew over the last decade. Total turnover increased 77.4 percent between 2006 and 2016.  


Bunker Suppliers Keep Going in Russian Deep Freeze

The extreme weather now gripping the Eastern Baltic region is badly affecting all transport sectors, and bunker suppliers in the Russian port of St Petersburg are being hit as hard everybody else. Nevertheless vessels are still being supplied with fuel despite North West Russia's worst winter for 50 years, according to leading St Petersburg bunker company ECO Phoenix Holding. The very cold weather began in late December when night-time temperatures went as low as minus 33 degrees C


Sanctions Dampen Traffic on Russia's Arctic Route

Photo: U.S. Naval Istitute

Often heralded as new shipping lane, Arctic shipments fall. Western sanctions on Russia are restricting the Arctic shipping route along its north coast to domestic cargoes and energy exports with many foreign firms staying away after test voyages on a fabled short-cut between Europe and Asia. A decline in foreign shipments on the Northern Sea Route (NSR) in 2014, interrupting gains in recent years as ice retreats


Damen Ice class Dredger for Rosmorport

Launching ceremony Courtesy Damen

This month Damen Shipyards Group launched ice class Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers TSHD 2000 for Russian Port Agency FSUE “Rosmorport”.   Song Thu Corporation shipyard in Da Nang, Vietnam is building the Damen TSHD 2000 under Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RMRS). Following delivery, the 2,000 m³ Severnaya Dvina will maintain navigational depths and provide safe shipping in the Arkhangelsk Seaport basin and approaches.


Trucks Carrying Turkish Exports Blocked at Russian Border

Around 1,250 trucks carrying Turkish exports have been blocked from entering Russia and are stranded at border posts awaiting clearance, a senior shipping industry representative told Reuters on Monday.   Six days after NATO-member Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet in the first known incident of its kind since the Cold War, calls for calm have gone largely unheeded. Ankara refuses to back down and Russia responds with sanctions.  


Russia Halts Oil Exports from Novo Due to Storm

Russian oil exports from the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk were suspended on Sunday due to storm, oil pipeline monopoly Transneft said on Monday.   It also said that loadings from the Pacific outlet of Kozmino resumed on Sunday after storm, which did not affect the loading schedule.


SCF's New Icebreaker Named Gennadiy Nevelskoy

Photo: Eric Haun

A naming ceremony was held January 30 for SCF Group’s new icebreaking platform supply vessel (IBSV), Gennadiy Nevelskoy, named after a famous explorer of the Sakhalin Island and the Russian Far East   Built by Arctech Helsinki Shipyard


Pirates Kidnap Cargo Ship Crew Nigerian Waters

Pirates have kidnapped seven Russians and one Ukrainian after attacking the cargo ship the BBC Caribbean off the coast of Nigeria, the Russian embassy said on its official Twitter account. The embassy has asked Nigerian authorities to assist in locating the abducted people


Egypt Rejects Russian Wheat Cargo

Egypt has finalised its rejection of 18,000 metric tons of Russian wheat that prosecutors seized at an Alexandria port in November, traders with direct knowledge of the matter said on Thursday. Egyptian prosecutors had seized the wheat from a storage site belonging to a private company in


Russian Tankers Smuggle Jet Fuel to Syria

Russian tankers have smuggled jet fuel to Syria through EU waters, bolstering military supplies to a war-torn country where Moscow is carrying out air strikes in support of the government, according to sources with knowledge of the matter.  


Six New Submarines Built for the Russian Navy

Photo: Admiralty Shipyards

JSC Admiralty Shipyards has finished building a series of six submarines for the Russian Navy’s Black Sea fleet, marked with a flag lifting ceremony on the large diesel-electric submarine Kolpino, which was transferred to the Russian Navy.  


Russian Ship Runs Aground in Istanbul

Bad weather forced a Russian ship to run aground in Istanbul on Friday and the crew was awaiting rescue, Turkey's Dogan news agency reported. The ship ran aground near Istanbul's Kartal district, on the Asian side of the city and on the coast of the Sea of Marmara, Dogan reported


Further Upside Seen for Asian Aframax Rates

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The Asian Aframax market has been strengthening steadily, with rates for the Indo/Japan route up by w25 points w-o-w at w135. The Baltic Exchange’s benchmark TD14 route reached w127.50 Tuesday, jumping by w29 points w-o-w. This is partly due to underlying seasonality as refiners in the


Russian Navy to Get Two Subs

Photo: US Naval Institute

 In recent years, Russia has been putting many efforts in building a modern-day nuclear submarine fleet.   The Russian Navy expects to receive the Project 955A nuclear submarine Prince Vladimir and the Project 885M Yasen-M nuclear-powered underwater cruiser Kazan in 2017


Russia Resumes Liftings from Novorossiisk

Russian oil pipeline monopoly Transneft said it had resumed oil loadings from the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk on Friday morning after a storm. Transneft also said that it expected to export 30.6 million tonnes of oil from Novorossiisk, 50


Ship-to-shore Cranes Shipped via The Northern Sea Route

HHL Valparaiso is the first vessel to sail open hatch through the Northern Sea Route, as it delivers two giant ship-to-shore (STS) cranes across Russia. (Photo: HHL)

HANSA HEAVY LIFT has transported the first-ever ship-to-shore (STS) cranes via the Northern Sea Route (NSR), relocating them from the port of St Petersburg to the port of Vostochny, spanning both the European and Far East regions of Russia.  


Oil and Trump: Russians Full of Optimism in Davos

What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago, the mood of the Russian delegation at the World Economic Forum in Davos was distinctly gloomy, with oil prices near 12-year lows below $30 per barrel and Western sanctions depressing their economy and financial markets.


Novoship Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Sergey Frank (left) SCF President & CEO awarding Nikolay Demchenko, master of tanker Elbrus certificate of appreciation Photo SCF

On January 19-20, 2017 Novorossiysk Shipping Company (Novoship), a subsidiary of SCF Group, hosted special events dedicated to the company’s 50th anniversary.   The anniversary ceremony was attended by Victor Olersky, Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation


Sovcomflot tankers Move one mi tonnes oil from Novy Port O&G condensate field

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Sovcomflot’s three unique Arctic shuttle tankers, of the Shturman Albanov series, have now transported one million tonnes of crude oil produced at the Novy Port oil and gas condensate field, from the Gulf of Ob (Kara Sea) to the port of Murmansk


Sweden Drops Objections to Port Striking Nord Stream Deal

Sweden's government has dropped its objections to a plan by Russia's Gazprom to use the port of Karlshamn in southern Sweden as a base for the construction of its Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, Swedish public radio reported on Monday. Officials in Karlshamn, on the Baltic sea






 
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