NSR Traffic May Increase 8-Fold by 2020
The Deputy Head of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, Viktor Olersky, accompanied by the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization, Koji Sekimizu, on an inspection visit at the eastern sector of the Northern Sea Route, told RiaNovosti that traffic on the Northern Sea Route may increase more than 8 times by 2020, reaching 30 million tonnes a year. Citing Olersky, Ria Novosti report that today there is active development of the shelves of the Barents and Kara Seas with dozens of oil platforms each supplied by two or three vessels. The port of Sabetta under construction, according to preliminary estimates of the deputy head of the ministry, will take 220 ship calls each year.
Russia Shows the Flag on NSR
A naval task force from Russia’s Northern Fleet is heading to the eastern Arctic, taking the Northern Sea Route (NSR) reports Ria Novosti, citing a spokesperson for the fleet. Led by the heavy nuclear-powered guided-missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky, the task force, which includes the large amphibious assault ships Olenegorsky Gornyak and Kondopoga and a variety of support vessels, has left its Severomorsk base and has entered the Barents Sea. The warships will take the Northern Sea Route to the Novossibirsk Islands and carry out a number training missions…
Russian Deep Sea Fishing Trawler Detained in Senegal
A Senegalese navy ship has detained the 'Oleg Naidenov' with 62 Russians and 23 nationals of Guinea-Bissau on board, for alleged illegal fishing within the West African state's coastal waters. The trawler was escorted in to the port of Dakar, reports Ria Novosti. The vessel was being guarded by military police in a closed naval port in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, and the passports of all the crewmembers have been confiscated, Ria Novosti reports, citing Yury Parshev, executive director of Feniks, the company that owns the Oleg Naidenov.
Putin Urges Naval Shipbuilders to Expedite Deliveries
The United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), is under criticism from Russian President Vladimir Putin for delays in delivery of several warships for the Russian Navy, RIA Novosti reported. In his complaint to USC officials, Putin cited problems with efficiency and quality on a number of projects, particularly regarding the assembly and delivery of nuclear submarines and surface ships. Putin ordered the Russian shipbuilders quicken construction without sacrificing production quality, demanding a report highlighting measures of improvement be submitted by October 15. RIA Novosti reported that after the meeting, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said that the USC had fallen behind schedule on approximately 30 percent of its contracts with the Defense Ministry…
Russia to Start Submarine Sea Trials in 2007
Sea trials of a new nuclear missile submarine, the Yury Dolgoruky, are scheduled for 2007, RIA Novosti reported. The Yury Dolgoruky, a Borey-class nuclear missile submarine, is being built at the Sevmash plant in the northern Arkhangelsk Region. It will be equipped with the Bulava ballistic missile, which is adapted from the Topol-M (SS-27). (Source: RIA Novosti)
Russia Bans Some Ships from Open Seas
A storm that killed at least six sailors has prompted Russia to temporarily ban rive-class vessels from entering the open sea. The ban on Project 576 and Project 2188 river-class vessels will remain in effect until authorities finish investigating the damage from the Nov. 11 storm in the Kerch Strait between the Black and Azov Seas, RIA Novosti reported. The storm sank four ships and split an oil tanker in half, spilling 2,000 metric tons of fuel oil into the sea and causing serious environmental damage, RIA Novosti reported. Source: UPI
Russian Shipbuilders Removed from Talks with France on Mistral Vessel
According to a report from RIA Novosti, Russia's United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) has been taken out of the contractual talks with France on the purchase of Mistral class amphibious assault ships, a Russian business daily said Feb. 8. (Source: RIA Novosti)
Arctic LNG Plant Project Gets Green Light
Yamal LNG, a J/V between Russia’s Novatek and France’s Total, granted permission to build a liquefied natural gas plant in the Russian Arctic. The joint venture, majority-owned by Novatek with an 80 percent stake, received a positive assessment from the State Expert Commission for the project and permission to build the LNG plant at the port of Sabetta on the Yamal Peninsula, reports Ria Novosti. The Yamal LNG project envisages building the plant in two stages with a capacity of 15 million tons each. A final investment decision on the project has not yet been taken.
Energy Treasure Chest Sea of Okhotsk is Russia's, UN Finds
A United Nations commission has officially recognized the Sea of Okhotsk enclave, off Russia’s southeastern coast, as part of the country’s continental shelf, informs Ria Novosti citing the Russian minister of natural resources. Russia will get exclusive rights to the area of 52,000 square kilometers, considered by the government to be an Ali Baba’s cave containing reserves of valuable minerals and other natural resources. The recession of Arctic sea ice in recent years due to…
Russia Starts Arctic NSR Surveillance Flights
Russia to patrol the Arctic on a regular basis, overflying international waters above the Arctic Ocean & along the Northern Sea Route. Russia will now be patrolling the Arctic on a regular basis. The aircraft take off from Northern Fleet airbases in the Murmansk and Vologda regions, reports the Barents Observer. The Russian Navy patrol aircraft monitor the pack-ice near the Northern Sea Route to assist navigation for civilian ships in Arctic regions, and the flights are conducted according to international regulations and without infringing the borders of other nations, according to a Northern Fleet spokesman, as reported by Ria Novosti. Sources: Barents Observer, Ria Novosti
Russian Nuclear Borey-class Submarine Almost Ready
A second Borey-class nuclear-powered submarine, the 'Alexander Nevsky', will most likely be delivered to the Russian Navy around the end of November or early December this year, reports Ria Novosti, citing Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation. The state sea trials of the Alexander Nevsky were suspended in September, 2013, following an unsuccessful launch of a Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile from the submarine. However, the trials of the submarine were resumed in October, and the vessel is expected to be put into service with the Navy even without additional Bulava testing.
Russian Yard Expects Arctic-class LNG Carrier Contract
United Shipbuilding Corporation may build four Arctic class LNG carriers for the Pechora LNG project in northern Russia. Developers of the project, Alltech's President Dmitry Bosov informed that preliminary agreements had been signed with Russia's United Shipbuilding Corporation for four ships with a deadweight tonnage of about 170,000 mt each, report Ria Novosti. The Pechora project includes development of the Kumzhinskoye and Korovinskoye fields in the Nenets Autonomous District, with construction of an LNG production plant, a gas treatment plant, and logistics infrastructure. According to Alltech, the LNG plant will be launched in the fourth quarter of 2018 if the design phase goes ahead in the first quarter of 2013. Source: Ria Novosti
United Shipbuilding Get Order for 5 Russian Nuclear Subs
On May 25, it was reported by Ria Novosti that the ministry and the USC failed again to agree final contract terms for Borey delivery, despite the intervention of President Vladimir Putin, but in a swift turnaround USC spokesman Alexei Kravchenko has told Ria Novosti he had information that the contract for the five submarines had been signed. The Russian Navy is to receive at least 10 new Borey class strategic nuclear submarines by 2020. The submarines, to be armed with Bulava ballistic missiles, are expected to constitute the core of Russia's strategic ballistic missile submarine force after 2018. Then-prime minister Putin said last year that the procurement of new warships and submarines for the Navy would be a priority over the next decade.
Russian Government to Cancel LNG Export Duties
The Russian government may cancel export duties on liquefied natural gas (LNG) following a request from Gazprom, says an RIA Novosti report. The gas giant plans to build two LNG plants near the giant offshore Shtokman gas field and in East Siberia for export to the U.S. market. The move is being discussed by a government committee and is set to be put to Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov for approval. Both Russia and the U.S. view LNG as the centerpiece of their energy dialogue. U.S. imports of LNG are forecast to increase 10-fold by 2025 and Gazprom is clearly positioned to play a major supplier role. The Shtokman shelf holds an estimated…
Russian, American Gas Giants Discuss Shtokman, LNG exports to U.S.
The chief executives of Russian natural gas monopoly Gazprom and U.S. energy giant ConocoPhillips met recently to discuss prospects for the development of the Shtokman gas field and the supply of Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG) to markets in North America, according to an RIA Novosti report. The meeting was held as part of consultations with companies interested in being involved in the first leg of the Shtokman project. The deposit, located off Russia's Arctic coast, contains an estimated 3.2 trillion cubic m. of natural gas and 31 million metric tons of gas condensate. Source: RIA Novosti
Russian Navy Take Over Crimea Combat Dolphins
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 April, but the facility and the dolphins themselves have now become Russian following the recent reunification of Crimea with Russia. The dolphins are trained to patrol open water and attack or attach buoys to items of military interest…
Fuel Tanker Sinks off Piraeus
Product tanker Agia Zoni II reported water ingress, sinking, in the early hours of Sunday in Saronikos Gulf, south of Athens at anchorage west of Piraeus, with some 2500 tons of fuel on board, and two crew. The local media reports that Aghia Zoni II took on water while it was anchored and sank at 2.45 a.m., after sailing from the Aspropyrgos distilleries in the early hours of Saturday carrying 2,200 metric tons of fuel oil and 370 metric tons of marine gas oil. It is not yet known what caused the sinking.
Russian Navy Expansion Gathers Momentum
The Russian Navy celebrates its professional holiday by putting two new submarines into service and expects a new warship in the fall and several additional ships for its Black Sea Fleet off the Crimean coast in the next three years, reports official news agency Ria Novosti. A multipurpose nuclear submarine Severodvinsk and a Borei-class strategic nuclear submarine Alexander Nevsky will be put into service, with more laid down in the series of the ships. Nuclear submarines Krasnoyarsk…
Russian Navy Plans Expansion
The Russian Navy plans to build 20 new frigates over the next 15-20 years. The Navy plans to build a large series of these ships, at least 20 and at least five ships for each fleet [Black Sea, Baltic, Pacific, and North Atlantic]. By Russian military classification, a frigate is a large multi-purpose escort ship. (Source: RIA Novosti)
Moscow to Rule Northern Sea Route
Deputy Minister of Transport Victor Olerskyz informed that the Northern Sea Route will be administrated from Moscow. The new headquarters for the Northern Sea Route (NSR) will open in Moscow on January 28 2013. A representative office may be opened in Arkhangelsk later, according to the 'Barents Observer'. The Northern Sea Route is becoming a more and more important route for transportation of cargo between Europe and Asia. 2012 was a record season both in relation to the amount of cargo and the number of vessels. 46 vessels sailed the route in 2012, compared to 34 in 2011 and only four in 2010. The total cargo transported on the NSR last year was 1 261 545 tons – a 53 percent increase from 2011, when 820 789 tons was shipped on the route.
Russia to Build Four Tankers
Russia is expected to build four vessels to deliver oil and gas under the Sakhalin II energy project being implemented on Russia's Far Eastern island, RIA Novosti reported. The shipyard based in St. Petersburg, Russia's second biggest city, will build two ice-breaking tankers, and a shipbuilding plant in Primorye Territory in the Far East two more vessels under a 15-year contract between Sakhalin Energy and a Russian-operating affiliate of A.P. Moller-Maersk group. Sakhalin Energy, a Dutch-British-Japanese venture that is developing two vast fields with estimated recoverable reserves of 150 million metric tons of oil and 500 billion cubic meters of gas on Sakhalin, is expected to receive six vessels from the group in 2007.
Rosneft, Gazprom to Receive Four Arctic Fields
Ministry of the Environment sent to the government documents on the transfer of "Rosneft" and "Gazprom" licenses for the development of four more fields on the Arctic shelf, he said in an interview with RIA Novosti Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Minister Sergei Donskoi. Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Minister Sergei Donskoi also added that the decision to suspend the issuance of licenses for parts of the shelf is not accepted, and the Department continues to issue licenses for the development of the Arctic shelf in accordance with current legislation…
Indian Aircraft Carrier to Get Russian Weaponry
Russia could supply air defence systems and other equipment to the Indian Vikrant-class aircraft carrier currently under construction, says a report by IANS. The first of the Vikrant-class aircraft carriers, the INS Vikramaditya, is Russian-built. The second vessel of the class, INS Vikrant, is set to become Indias first indigenous carrier. However, according to Viktor Kladov, the head of Russian conglomerate Rostec, India still needs Russia’s technical assistance in various aspects of the INS Vikrant project.