International links and modern vessels are the way forward

President Vladimir Putin called on Russian industry to design new high-tech ships, words due to be echoed at NEVA 2013

Important Russian maritime industry initiatives will come under the spotlight at NEVA 2013. The Krylov Shipbuilding Research Institute has been upgraded and, as the KSRI Maritime Centre, it can implement commercial programmmes more effectively, with new authority to function on a commercial basis via its Ocean Engineering Division, Civil Shipbuilding.
The Administration Office for the Northern Sea Route was established in Moscow at the end of January to oversee regulatory, technical and financial control of shipping routes, port operations and the Arctic undersea/off shore marine sector. In another major development, the newly merged Makarov Academy and State University for Waterborne Transport organisation has been made responsible for overseeing and implementing the major modernisation programme for Russia’s inland waterways network and its fleet. President Vladimir Putin recently called on Russian industry to boost the design and production of hi-tech vessels and underlined the necessity for these industries to cooperate more closely with foreign counterparts.
The President’s call will be heard at NEVA 2013 through United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), which believes that NEVA 2013 offers a “widely acknowledged platform for international business cooperation” in developing technology for extracting oil and gas at sea and for transporting cargoes on Northern Sea Routes.
“USC guarantees the promotion of national achievements in the design, production, supply, repair and conversion of sea and inland waterway vessels form commercial fleet operations, based on the most advanced international technology, and increases the competitiveness of the shipbuilding industry and shipping as a reliable partner in global marine markets,” says A.A. Diachkov, USC President.
Another NEVA 2013 supporter, the Ministry for Industry and Trade, believes Russian shipbuilding will offer its technologies “to strengthen international cooperation and investment in shipbuilding, offshore technique production, technologies and equipment and to increase the international image of Russian shipbuilding and shipping as a reliable partner in global maritime markets,” according to
L.V. Strugov, Department Director.
The Ministry will also focus on the development of the Arctic sea transport system in Russia, including a nuclear ice breaking fleet for Arctic sea routes, international transit, a Russian Arctic sea transport system, navigation and hydrographic services for ship owners looking to operate via the Northern Sea Route and the transportation of oil and gas from Arctic deposits.
The Union of Russian Shipowners (SOROSS) will use NEVA 2013 as a platform to address global shipping and its influence on Russia and the development of the Arctic sea transport system in Russia. SOROSS will also consider the consequences for shipping of Russia’s entry into the World Trade Organisation, Russian national policy governing commercial shipping, the competitiveness of
Russian shipping, the role of Russian shipyards in developing a commercial fleet, opening the Arctic Shelf, building LNG and ice-strengthened vessels and drilling platforms and addressing concerns over the transportation of oil and liquefied natural gas. The Association of Russian Sea Commercial Ports (ASOP) will focus on advanced port equipment and technical knowledge to develop infrastructure and superstructure needed to support off shore oil and gas exploration and will hold a seminar programme during NEVA 2013 highlighting Russian and other state-of-the-art port equipment, systems and technology. Navigation and hydrographic issues will be addressed by the Department for Navigation and Oceanography (Ministry of Defence) with specific reference to creating technical facilities and equipment for high precision navigation, digital sea maps and databases. Training will also be covered. Safety issues arising from programmes to develop the Arctic and Northern Sea Route will be addressed by The Association for Development of Sea Rescue, Safety and Diving Equipment highlighting plans for the construction and operation of rescue vessels and fire-fighting vessels in ports and at sea.