As a major strategic company in the sphere of port business FSUE “Rosmorport” develops active cooperation with international transport organizations and financial institutions, associations and foreign companies.
Over the years they exchange experience in such areas as managing port operations, providing cruise navigation, navigation safety in seaports, pilotage and icebreaker support, creating the port infrastructure and protecting the environment.
FSUE “Rosmorport” takes an active part in major international transport logistic exhibitions, conferences and festivals.
The Kingdom of Belgium
Fruitful cooperation has been established between FSUE “Rosmorport” and the Belgian seaports such as Antwerp, Ghent, Zeebrugge and Ostend.
FSUE “Rosmorport” and the Port of Antwerp International signed the Memorandum of Understanding in Antwerp (Belgium) in December 2012. The document’s provisions determine the areas of and conditions for developing strategic cooperation between Russia and Belgium, including in the field of the port infrastructure, advanced technology exchange and educational programs.
The enterprise concluded the Memorandum of Understanding with Ghent Port Company in May 2013. The memorandum was signed with Maatschappij van de Brugse Zeeven NV M.B.Z. in April 2014. The documents envision cooperation in the fields of:
- exchanging information on plans for developing and modernizing the capacity of Russian and Belgian ports and advanced experience in the field of creating ports’ vessel tracking management systems to increase navigation safety in water areas of seaports and the approaches toward them;
- attracting mutual investments to develop facilities of the port infrastructure;
- developing educational programs concerning advanced training of Russian and Belgian specialist in the sphere of the port activities;
- exchanging information on vessel servicing, feeder services and logistic services in the seaports of Russia, Belgium and Germany;
- exchanging knowledge to increase energy efficiency of port capacities and developing renewable energy sources for power supply of the port facilities.
In 2016 a delegation of West Flanders visited the Murmansk icebreaker of the FSUE “Rosmorport” North-Western Basin Branch. By using the example of the 21900M Project three newest icebreakers The Branch’s employees demonstrated the latest advances and innovation in the enterprise’s opportunities to render icebreaker highest-level services both in the seaports of the North-Western Basin and the ports of the Arctic region.
FSUE “Rosmorport” and the port of Oostende signed the Memorandum of Understanding in within the framework of the international exhibition “The Transport Week-2016” held in Moscow in November 2016. Such priorities as IT-solutions aimed at managing the seaports’ activities, the expansion of alternative fuel use, including LNG, as well as the development of logistic zones tending to the ports are the fields of cooperation between FSUE “Rosmorport” and the Belgian company.
In order to implement the Memorandum of Understanding signed by FSUE “Rosmorport” and the port of Ostend both parties hold annual meetings to discuss key aspects of cooperation focused on joint projects to develop ports, reduce the ports’ influence upon the environment through alternative energy sources, including offshore wind power plants, allowing for producing green energy, and LNG supply systems capable of considerably reducing carbon emissions. At the same time, the parties consider issues aimed at developing competitiveness of the ports due to the use of territories immediately adjacent to a port and creating logistic parks.
During the 2012-2013 and 2016-2017 winter navigations, the enterprise used equipment of the Jan De Nul Belgian company to build a technological channel and a water area of the seaport of Sabetta.
The city of Hamburg is the old partner of St Petersburg. In 2017 both cities marked the 60th anniversary of the establishment of twin-city relations.
Traditionally friendly relationship has united FSUE “Rosmorport” and the port of Hamburg. The major German port creates one of the most promising projects aimed at effectively using the infrastructure of the port “Smart Port”. In the realm of exchange of experience FSUE “Rosmorport” representatives have had an opportunity to watch the implementation of certain ideas in practice and listen to the presentation of the draft concept.
Particularly, the enterprise’s specialists have gone through the operation of a new cruise terminal, Steinwerder, which had been built over 6.5 months. The terminal is capable of receiving up to 8.000 passengers for a vessel call. The specialists have also attended a floating LNG power plant to fuel liners of one of the major German cruise operators – AIDA Company. The successfully introduced ideas have been used by FSUE “Rosmorport” while designing a new international cruise terminal, which is being built in Pionersky, the Kaliningrad region.
The Mir training sailing ship annually takes part in the celebrations marking the anniversary of the port of Hamburg. All residents and guests of the city have the unique opportunity to join the sailing ship, stand abaft the wheel of the famous sailing ship and go through cadets’ life aboard the ship.
The Kingdom of the Netherlands
The Port of Rotterdam Authority (the Netherlands), the operator one of the world’s and European largest seaports – the seaport of Rotterdam, is one of the key European partners of FSUE “Rosmorport”.
FSUE “Rosmorport” and the Port of Rotterdam Authority signed the Memorandum of Understanding in The Hague in May 2011. The signing ceremony was attended by Russian Deputy Transport Minister V.A. Olersky. The priority of the memorandum is to develop strategic partnership between the largest transport companies of Russia and the Netherlands. The memorandum is aimed at contributing to the development of the port infrastructure facilities in the seaports of both countries. The implementation of this document allowed the parties to bring their business-like relations to a whole new level through maintaining close cooperation in the sphere of exchange of experience to develop and manage international-level seaports, as well as in the field of carrying out a comprehensive analysis of projects due to be implemented by both organizations in order to determine the most effective financing mechanisms.
In 2011 the enterprise started maintaining cooperation with the Dutch company DAMEN Shipyards Group, which has many years’ positive experience in implementing projects to create and organize up-to-date shipbuilding on shipyards of many world countries. Over many years the Dutch company successfully cooperates to build modern vessels and supply modern hull equipment for the needs of the enterprise.
In December 2014 FSUE “Rosmorport” signed the memorandum of understanding with the company. The purpose of the memorandum is to develop and renovate the FSUE “Rosmorport” fleet on the base of modern vessel projects by using advanced technology at the earliest opportunity, including through the enterprise’s participation in a project to create a packaged and highly efficient shipyard capable of building specialized vessels of the auxiliary and technical fleet in order to solve FSUE “Rosmorport” problems.
Baltic Sea Region Countries
The FSUE “Rosmorport” North-Western Basin Branch and an authorized representative of Finland have signed a framework agreement on the mutual use of icebreakers if and when necessary to render icebreaker support services in the Baltic Sea water area. The document has been signed in order to implement the Russian-Finnish interstate agreement on cooperation to render icebreaker support services in the Baltic Sea. Under the agreement, the conditions for interaction are updated every year.
By developing international cooperation aimed at ensuring navigation safety the FSUE “Rosmorport” North-Western Basin Branch, which provides the operation of the Russian national server, takes an active part in implementing the joint project to create an international vessel monitoring system in the Baltic Sea on the base of the Automated Identification System AIS EWG (HELCOM – AIS Project).
The project involves such countries as Russia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden and Norway.
At the invitation of Russia’s Transport Ministry representatives of the North-Western Basin Branch took part in the 17th session of the Helsinki Commission (HELCOM) Maritime Group held in St. Petersburg, at Admiral Makarov State University for Maritime and Inland Shipping, October 10-12, 2017.
The participants in the group discuss a wide range of issues related to
- preventing the pollution of the marine environment as a result of the navigation in the Baltic Sea;
- preventing the discharge of wastes from vessels;
- providing the operation of port waste-reception facilities to dispose of shipboard wastes;
- preventing transfer of undesirable aquatic organisms with ships’ ballast waters;
- preventing the pollution of atmosphere from vessels and strengthening navigation safety.
The regular meeting was held in Tallinn on June 13-14, 2018.
Under the joint project implemented by the transport ministries of Russia, Estonia and Finland, a ship reporting system (GOFREP) was created in international waters of the Gulf of Finland in July 2004.
This project resulted in considerable reduction of collision risks that had been highly assessed as part of the 98th session of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee in June 2017.
As of today information exchange under the international project “The Compulsory Ship Reporting System in the Waters of the Gulf of Finland GOFREP” is made in a routine mode.
The Baltic Pilot Authorities Commission (BPAC) gathered for an annual conference in Bergen (Norway) May 18, 2017. The conference involved representatives of maritime organizations, pilot organizations of the BPAC member-countries – Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway.
In June 2016 within the framework of the international exhibition “Transport Logistic China – 2016” FSUE “Rosmorport” and the Japanese company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd signed an agreement on cooperation aboard the Nadezhda sailing ship to organize navigation safety in Russian seaports and on the approaches toward them. The agreement envisions mutual consultations of the parties to make vessel calls of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. at Russian seaports, including to provide pilotage and icebreaker support.
FSUE “Rosmorport” permanently takes part in the Russian-Japanese working transport group. During the meetings, the parties discuss bilateral cooperation in the field of ensuring navigation safety and developing the port infrastructure.
The People’s Republic of China
In order to develop cooperation in the port infrastructure FSUE “Rosmorport” has signed several agreements with Chinese companies. These are the agreements as follows:
- an agreement on cooperation with CDB Company – the Shanghai Branch on issues of possible financing by the bank of the development of the Russian port infrastructure;
- an agreement on cooperation has been signed with China Communications Construction Company Limited (International) to implement investment projects on the development of the port infrastructure in the Far East;
- an agreement on holding consultations in the sphere of building coal terminals in the Far East with EURASIA ENERGY HOLDINGS;
- an agreement on holding consultations in the sphere of sea terminals development in the Far East with Dalian Port Company Limited (PDA);
- agreement on cooperation to implement investment projects on the development of the port infrastructure in the Far East has been signed with ZPMC Company.
The Republic of India
In order to implement an investment project on the construction of the transport infrastructure for the purpose of developing the Krutogorovsky coal deposit on the Kamchatka peninsula FSUE “Rosmorport” signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indian company TATA POWER INTERNATIONAL in September 2017.
The project envisions the development of the Krutogorovsky coal deposit with the subsequent construction of a sea terminal on the coast of the Sea of Okhotsk for handling of up to 10 million tons of coal annually for export.
The Republic of Cuba
FSUE “Rosmorport” is a member of the working group for transport of the Russian-Cuban intergovernmental commission on trade, economic, scientific and technical cooperation. During the 6th session of the working group held in Havana December 17, 2014, Cuba presented a concept to the participants of the working group to create GMDSS facilities of Sea Area 1 and Sea Area 2 in Cuba.
At the 7th session of the working group held in Moscow April 16, 2015, Russian specialists presented their conclusions on the concept put forth at the previous session and gave Cuba a draft assignment to carry out design works in order to create GMDSS Sea Area A1 and GMDSS Sea Area A2 in offshore waters of Cuba consisting of
- the coast station of GMDSS Sea Area A1;
- the receiving radio center of GMDSS Sea Area A2;
- the transmitting radio center of GMDSS Sea Area A2.
According to the enterprise’s specialists, it will take at least two years to implement the project on the creation of the GMDSS infrastructure in Cuba and its implementation is only possible as consent in principle on financing this project by the Cuban government has been obtained.
The Russian-Cuban Joint committee for marine transport gathered for the third session in Havana on February 19-20, 2020. During the session, Russian and Cuban officials discussed measures to implement a project for creating GMDSS Sea Area A1 and GMDSS Sea Area A2 with due regard to the Russian recommendations that had been given earlier.
In the course of the session Russia presented Cuba its evaluation of the draft of the General plan to develop seaports in the Republic of Cuba till 2030 and confirmed that certain Russian design organizations are ready to further implement the aforementioned plan.
The participants in the session confirmed the possibility of holding distant expert consultations to discuss these issues if necessary.