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IMO secretary-general Koji Sekimizu has inaugurated a Transas simulation complex for tanker personnel, at the Makarov Training Centre in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The Port of Hamburg handled 35.6m tons in Q1 2015, a 0.1% increase compared with the same period in 2014, as container trades were hit by sanctions against Russia.

Bomin Group, global supplier and trader of bunker fuels, has opened a new office in Nakhodka, Russia to meet growing demand for marine fuels and services across Far East Russia.

Sovcomflot has reported a $83.9m profit for 2014 as it continued to focus on developing its gas transportation business, and its tanker fleet benefited from a strong market.

GAC Russia has dispatched nuclear icebreaker Yamal to clear a passage through the Northern Sea Route (NSR), starting a year-long agreement with state icebreaking firm Atomflot.

The Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) plans to improve a number of its rules, requirements and notifications in 2015.

Greece’s Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc has expanded to Russia with a marketing operation, employing five experienced bunker traders formerly with the now-defunct OW Bunker.

From being a country in crisis Greece is bouncing back with its strong shipping sector and an increasingly important position in the energy trades.

Sovcomflot reports an increase in operating profits across all five of its business sectors in the third quarter, bringing net profit to $45.4m up from $9.1m in the same period last year.

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