Arctic Focus Takes Centre Stage During NEVA 2015

July 5, 2015

Russia’s shipping and shipbuilding sectors are vibrant in 2015, nowhere more so than in the Arctic sector. NEVA has a strong focus on Arctic developments for its 2015 programme, highlighting innovation in technology and opportunities in the market.

Recent weeks have seen continuing investment in Russia’s Arctic shipping industry. Aker Arctic and Vyborg Shipyard confirmed a contract for two new icebreakers based on the Aker ARC 130 A design. The icebreakers will be used in the oil terminal operated by LLC Gazprom NeftNovy Port in the Gulf of Ob and will be designed to break 2m level thick ice ahead and astern.

Elsewhere, construction of the first Project 22220 series nuclear-powered icebreakers got underway at the Baltic Shipyard in May. Built to Russian Maritime Register of Shipping class, these vessels will be suited to both the deeper waters of the western Arctic and shallower waters in the mouth of the Yenisei and the Gulf of Ob. Having the highest Arctic Icebreaker9 class and 60MW of power will enable these icebreakers to move through level ice up to 2.8m thick.

Russia’s Arctic trade is also generating investment in specialised cargo tonnage. RS, for example, is classing a series of six Russian-owned Arctic shuttle tankers built by Samsung Heavy Industries, with delivery to the Novoportovskoye field expected in June 2016.

NEVA 2015 Conference – Arctic Session Announcement

In preparation for the annual meeting of the International Expert Council for cooperation in the Arctic on the theme “Economic, Technological and Maritime cooperation in the Arctic”, which will be held on 24 September 2015 in the framework of NEVA 2015, the International Maritime Exhibition for Shipping, Shipbuilding, Ports, Ocean and Offshore, the Yearbook “The Arctic Review” has been released as the official publication of the International Expert Council for cooperation in the Arctic.

The magazine published articles by Russian and foreign politicians, diplomats, experts and scholars on topical issues international cooperation in the Arctic. Noteworthy contributing authors include:

  •         Deputy Minister of Transport of Russia Olersky VA
  •         Member of the State Duma Ledkov GP
  •         Employees of the Russian Security Council Zhuravel VP
  •         French Ambassador to Moscow Jean-Maurice Ripert
  •         The senator of Parliament of Spain in 1989-2011 GG Luis Fraga
  •         President of the National Maritime Foundation of India and Vijay Sakuzha

In addition, the materials present a number of Russian and foreign companies developing their activities in the Arctic. The official presentation of the magazine takes place during a meeting of the expert council during NEVA 2015 on 24 September 2015, from 13:00 to 15:00, Room G20-21, Expoforum.

The International Expert Council on Cooperation in the Arctic was established in 2013 with the assistance of the Public Chamber and is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia and the Gorchakov Foundation for Public Diplomacy.

The main topics of this Council meeting include:

  •         Actual, medium-term and long-term geopolitical and geo-economical global trends and their influence for the Arctic Region
  •         Technologies to apply to guarantee shipping operations safety for Arctic resources exploration
  •         Financial and Economic instruments of Arctic exploration
  •         Juridical issues influential for navigation by North Sea Route
  •         International Arctic cooperation trends

Entrance to the above event is free and interested visitors are welcomed to email to arrange pre-registration.