An ice breaker and two bulk carriers are being forced to wait out the winter off Russia’s Arctic coast after the ice became to thick for safe navigation.
Arctic shipping and the North Sea Route (NSR) could receive a boost from the coming into force of the Polar Code and thawing of relations between the US and Russia according to brokers Banchero Costa.
Port Bronka, the new outlying deepwater terminal in St Petersburg, is reported to have successfully completed its six-month start-up phase after regular services began in January.
SCF Tankers, a subsidiary of Russia’s Sovcomflot (SCF Group), announces it has won an auction to buy nine ice-class crude and product tankers formerly belonging to bankrupt Prisco (Primorsk International Shipping Co) for $215m.
Singapore’s Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) has entered into an agreement with Russian state firm Rosneft Oil Company and Norwegian drilling equipment firm MHWirth to set up a joint venture in Russia.
Russian container terminal operator Global Ports saw a 31% drop in container volumes hit by sanctions and the country’s economic woes.