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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. 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. Ownership of selected container terminals in the Eastern Baltic Given their powerful market shares in St Petersburg, it seems highly improbable that the deal would be acceptable to the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia, yet it is unlikely that the proposal would have got this far without at least a few words of comfort from someone in power. It could be that some parts of GPI and NCC would have to be sold.


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


10 Sevastapol Warships Stay Loyal to Ukraine

Ukraine warships in Sevastapol, Crimea: Photo CCL 3

Reuters –  Ukraine has said its navy's fleet of 10 warships in the Crimean port of Sevastopol had not left the port and remained loyal to the government in Kiev. Earlier, Ukraine said it had withdrawn coastguard vessels from Sevastopol and another Crimean port and stationed them elsewhere. Background Russian forces have seized Crimea, an isolated peninsula, where Russia 's Black Sea Fleet also has its headquarters


Backing for NEVA 2011 Gathers Pace

Opening ceremony at NEVA 2009                      	    NEVA 2009 saw a record number of both

Support for NEVA 2011, the international maritime conference and exhibition taking place in St. Petersburg between September 20th and 23rd this year, has gathered momentum both within Russia and internationally in recent weeks. Rod Keay, managing director of Dolphin Exhibitions, the event organiser, says: “Support in Russia, and the CIS as well, has grown exponentially since the beginning of the year.” The event, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year


GAC Steers STS Pallada on Commemorative Voyage

tall ship STS Pallada

Port-on-Demand took care of training tall ship at every port of call.   Port-on-Demand (POD), the newest service package offered by the global GAC network, has handled the tall ship STS Pallada at every port of call of her voyage to mark the 270th anniversary of Russia’s first settlements in North America and the 50th anniversary of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s first space flight. The impressive 358-foot Russian frigate


Ukraine Withdraws Coastguards from Crimea, Navy Stays Local

Reuters - Ukraine said on Sunday its navy's fleet of 10 warships in the Crimean port of Sevastopol had not left the port and remained loyal to the government in Kiev. Earlier, Ukraine said it had withdrawn coastguard vessels from Sevastopol and another Crimean port and stationed them elsewhere. Ukraine withdrew its coast guard vessels from two ports in Crimea and moved them to other Black Sea bases on Sunday, a sign that Russian forces were completing their seizure of the isolated Black Sea


Ship Distressed in Sea of Japan

Reports indicate that Motor ship Diana that sent distress signals from the Sea of Japan has about 4,000 tons of cargo aboard. The ship, which flies the Cambodian flag and has an 18-strong Russian crew, has scrap metal in the holds and timber on the deck. The piles of timber have shifted and are partly hanging overboard, said Konstantin Sviridov, the chief of Maritime Salvage and Coordination Center in Vladivostok.


Russian Warship Escorts Gulf of Aden Convoy

Kulakov Photo credit Russian Navy

Russian Northern Fleet (NF) destroyer 'Vice Admiral Kulakov' escorts a second merchant convoy through the Gulf of Aden in her current anti-piracy mission The convoy consisted of merchant ships flying flags of Malta and Liberia, the NF spokesman Capt 1 Rank Vadim Serga told ITAR-TASS. "Crew of destroyer Vice Admiral Kulakov replenished supplies delivered by tanker Ivan Bubnov on May 25. After that, a new convoy will be formed at an assigned point in the Red Sea to be escorted along the


Russian Port Plan Opposed by Gazprom

Russian gas giant and licenseholder of the Shtokman field does not want the establishment of a free economic port zone in Murmansk Barents Observer reports that Murmansk might not achieve its much-desired Special Economic Port Zone goal, after all. Regional authorities in Murmansk have worked hard for the establishment of a free economic port zone, planned as a key element in the region’s bid for new investments and industrial initiatives linked with the upcoming oil and gas boom in


Chang Awarded Honorary Doctorate

Dr Chang Yung-fa, Group Chairman of the Evergreen Group, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Transport and the title Honorary Academician by the Russian Academy of Transport. Dr Chang Yung-fa, Group Chairman of the Evergreen Group, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Transport and the title Honorary Academician by the Russian Academy of Transport in recognition of his contributions and innovations in international transportation and his dedication to maritime education


Canada To Keep Keystone XL Issue Alive With White House

Keystone pipeline

  Far from giving up on the Keystone XL pipeline to the United States, Finance Minister Joe Oliver said on Tuesday Canadawould keep the issue alive with the Obama administration despite a further delay of the U.S. decision on whether to approve it.


Gazprom And OMV Chiefs Discuss Alternative European Gas Routes

Gazprom & OMV talks

  The chief executives of Gazprom and OMV held talks on Tuesday about supplying Russian gas to Europe using routes that bypass Ukraine, they said in a statement. Gazprom's Alexei Miller and OMV's Gerhard Roiss said they had discussed "optional alternative supply


Putin Wants Beefed-up Presence in the Arctic

Photo: Rear Admiral Harley D. Nygren, NOAA Corps (ret.). Courtesy NOAA

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia should step up its presence in the Arctic and challenge other nations in exploring the world's largest untapped natural reserves, days after it started shipping its first oil from the region.


Russian Partners Agree Icebreaking OSV Constructions

Arctic drillship: File photo

Sakhalin Energy and Sovcomflot (SCF) inform they have agreed to extend their co-operation having signed a number of agreements for construction and long-term operation of support vessels for the Sakhalin-2 project. SCF explain that the vessels will be used as year-round personnel carriers and


U.S. Could Hit Russian Officials With Sanctions

Jen Psaki

The United States could impose sanctions on a range of Russian officials over the crisis in Ukraine, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Monday. Asked in an interview on Twitter whether the United States was considering the possibility of


Polish PM Calls For EU Energy Union To End Dependence On Russian Gas

Polish Prime Minister

  The European Union must create an energy union to secure its gas supply because the current dependence on Russian energy makes Europe weak, Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk wrote in an article in the Financial Times.


Sakhalin Energy, Sovcomflot Order Newbuild

The companies have signed a number of agreements for construction and long-term operation of the vessels for Sakhalin-2 project. At an official ceremony in Moscow, Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd. (Sakhalin Energy) and Sovcomflot Shelf (SCF Shelf) on behalf of Sovcomflot Group have


Russian Navy Take Over Crimea Combat Dolphins

Combat dolphins: Image Russian Navy

The combat dolphin program in the Crimean city of Sevastopol will be preserved and redirected towards the interests of the Russian Navy, according to a report by official news agency RIA Novosti. The program, dating to the 1960s, was previously scheduled to be disbanded by the Ukrainian navy in


Deadly Attack In Ukraine Shakes Fragile Geneva Accord

  At least three people were killed in a gunfight in the early hours of Sunday near a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists, shaking an already fragile international accord that was designed to avert a wider conflict. The incident triggered a war of words


World Petroleum Congress to be held in Moscow

  Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Arkady Dvorkovich, has confirmed that the 21st World Petroleum Congress will be held in Moscow from 15 – 19 June 2014. The congress will be the largest international event in the global oil and gas industries


Mediator Heads To East Ukraine, Seeking Surrenders

Pro-Russian activists in Ukraine

  A mediator from Europe's OSCE security body headed to eastern Ukraine on Saturday seeking the surrender of pro-Russian separatists as the Kiev government declared an Easter truce following a peace accord with Moscow.


OMV CEO Warns Against More Russia Sanctions

  Europe should avoid more sanctions against Russiaover its role in Ukraine and continue to pursue dialogue with Moscow, the chief executive of OMV , the longest-standing Western trade partner of Russian gas monopoly Gazprom, said.


Ukraine Calls "Easter Truce" As Separatists Hold Firm

Vladimir_Putin

  The Ukrainian government said it will not attack pro-Russian separatists over the Easter weekend as its U.S. ally threatened Moscow with new sanctions if it fails to persuade the militants to surrender. The Kremlin denies having control over gunmen who want their eastern regions


Putin Welcomes New NATO Head

Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomes Jens Stoltenberg

   Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed NATO's selection of former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg as its new head, saying on Saturday the pair had "very good relations" but that it was up to the West to improve ties.


New sanctions threats as Ukraine stalemate goes on

A day after an international deal in Geneva to defuse the East-West crisis in Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists vowed not to end their occupation of public buildings and Washington threatened further sanctions on Moscow if the stalemate continued.


 
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