Russia

Russian Register extends cooperation with Cyprus

The Russian Maritime Register of Shipping signed a new agreement with the Maritime Administration of Cyprus, expanding the scope of authority delegated to the Russian Maritime Register for the inspection of ships flying the flag of Cyprus. 

Ukraine authorities seize Russian tanker

Ukraine seized a Russian tanker moored in a river port near the Black Sea, in retaliation for Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian vessels and arrest of 24 sailors in November 2018. According to Ukraine’s SBU security service, the country seized the Russian tanker ‘Nika Spirit’ in Izmail.

Vladimir Rusanov ships LNG to China via Northern Sea Route

Russian natural gas producer Novatek announced that the Arc7 ice-class LNG tanker ‘Vladimir Rusanov’ completed the Northern Sea Route (NSR) passage via the Eastern direction, delivering a LNG cargo from the Yamal LNG project, at the port of Sabetta, to China’s port of Tianjin.

Novatek closes Arctic LNG 2 transaction

Russian natural gas producer Novatek announced the closing of the sale of participation interests in Arctic LNG 2 Project to subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corporation, subsidiary of CNOOC, and the consortium of Mitsui & Co and Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (Japan Arctic LNG).

FOBAS: Update on contaminated fuel from St. Petersburg

Following a late June alert regarding contaminated bunkers that were supplied in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Lloyd’s Register Fuel Oil Bunkering Analysis and Advisory Service (FOBAS) issued an update on 12 July, confirming presence of Carbon Tetrachloride in the contaminated fuels. 

14 victims of fire on Russian sub may have prevented a global catastrophe

In light of the fire that took place in Russia’s secret submarine, which resulted to 14 sailors losing their lives, a high-ranking official, during the funeral ceremony, stated that ‘the 14 Russian sailors killed in last week’s nuclear submarine fire may have prevented a planetary catastrophe.’

Russia’s most secret sub catches fire, results to 14 dead

According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, a fire broke out on one of the Russian navy’s deep-sea research submersibles resulting to the loss of 14 sailors who inhaled toxic fumes from the blaze. No additional information were provided by the Ministry.

New agreement eyes creation of Bronka transport

A new trilateral agreement was signed on 6 June, within the framework of the St. Petersburg international economic forum, on the creation of the Bronka transport, aiming to make Saint-Petersburg a new transport hub, with a maximum cargo handling capacity. 

Russia seizes two One Ocean cruise vessels

Russia seized two cruise ships from the Canada-based cruise company One Ocean Expeditions, allegedly ‘without warning’. The cruise company has leased the two Russian-seized cruise vessels using them to transmit travellers on cruises through the Arctic and Antarctic. 

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