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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE FREIGHT-2005: South

29 September 2005, Sochi, Russian Federation
On 29 September 2005 the SeaNews Information&Consulting held in the city of Sochi an International Conference on Transport and Logistics "FREIGHT-2005: South". The conference was part of the Annual Economic Forum "Kuban-2005". The Conference received support from the Krasnodar krai administration, Transport and Communication Department of Krasnodar krai, RF Federal Agency for Maritime and Inland Water Transport. Pulkovo Cargo Terminal offered sponsorship on delivery. Information support came from the Aktion Press publishing house. FREIGHT-2005: SouthThe event attracted heads of the sea transport ports complexes of Azov, Astrakhan, Yeisk, Novorossiysk, Rostov, Tuapse, Marioupol, Odessa. Representatives of the RF Ministry of Transport, Southern Customs Administration, Black-Azov seas and Yeisk Rosmorport subsidiaries, Maritime administrations of the ports of Yeisk and Novorossiysk, North-Caucasian Railway also took part in the conference. The conference focused on increasing the competitiveness of the Russian Southern ports. Naturally, the development problems of the region's largest port - Novorossiysk - arose much discussion. The local market participants are most troubled by the high port dues and towage services tariffs, as well as by problems of customs and frontier control, resulting in part of the cargoes and shippers preferring Ukrainian ports. Recently the Turkish operator of the Novorossiysk-Samsun line removed one of the two ferry boats from the line and sent it to the Ukrainian Iliychevsk. Khristo Vasilev, Intershipping/BourgasAnalogous situation characterized the Bulgarian company Intershipping/Bourgas, operating the Bourgas - Poti - Novorossiysk ferry line. The problems to be faced by ferry services operators in Novorossiysk were described by the company's representative Khristo Vasilev. The thesis of his report was: there are laws in Russia, but each interprets them as he likes. Cooperation of carriers and port services is inefficient. The procedures of discounts from port dues, tariffs for towage and pilotage services are not settled. As a result the Russian ports lose their attractiveness and cargoes, which shift to the neighbouring states, as was stated in the reports of Ruscon JSC Marketing Director Andrey Naraevsky, ferry services operators, and other speakers. Alexander Esipenko, YuRAMAHeated discussion was brought about by the report of the Director of the Southern Regional Association of Maritime Agents and Freight Forwarders (YuRAMA) Alexander Esipenko on the problems of the Novorossiysk transport hub development and ways to cut inefficient lay-up of vessels in the port of Novorossiysk. According to A.Esipenko, the most unattractive feature of the Novorossiysk port is its exaggerated tariffs for towage services. The unclear order of tariffs and increasing coefficients (overtime) leads to excessive costs for towage of vessels equipped with maneuvering devices, such as ro-ro and container carriers. In the recent 3 years the tariffs tripled, while in the Ukraine they have remained unchanged since 1995. Another trouble is that the storm alarms are cancelled with great delays, despite the advanced equipment installed in 2002. Vladimir Tkachuk, North-Caucasian RailwayA great interest on the part of the auditorium was arisen by the report of the North-Caucasian Railway Deputy Chief Engineer Vladimir Tkachuk. After the USSR disintegration the transport flows underwent great changes. Previously they could count on the international ports of Odessa, Tallinn, Ventspils and others, which became foreign, so the cargoes had to be reoriented to the national stevedore companies. In the recent years the volume of the Russian Souther ports turnover increased 3,5-fold. The existing railway infrastructure was not ready for such a dramatic increase of cargo flow. At that the railway infrastructure development is lagging behind. In the recent years RZD (Russian Railways JSC) invested over 15 bln.rubles in the reconstruction of the existing and construction of new lines on the Southern Federal District territory. This year North-Caucasian Railway plans to invest 11.6 bln. Rubles, including 3 bln. - in the by-port hubs, primarily Tuapse and Novorossiysk. 29 September 2005, Sochi, RFBut the RZD investment potential is not enough to cover all the needs of the Southern Federal District transport complex, partly, due to the fact that a huge share of means is to be directed on the restoration of railway infrastructure in the Chechen Republic. That is why the second line to Yeisk and a new entry to Novorossiysk are not to be expected in the nearest future. V.Tkachuk suggested a solution of the problem in investing own means in the railways construction. He illustrated the point by pointing out to the project of constructing a new port of Taman, where investing companies on the par with the North-Caucasian Railway are developing the railway approaches to the port objects. Vladimir Eliseev, Mintrans RFThe report of the RF Ministry of Transport Councillor of the Director of the Infrustructure Development and Investment Department Vladimir Eliseev was also devoted to the prospect of private capital participation in infrastructure projects realization. Among the projects to be realized on the concession basis V.Eliseev mentioned the highway between St.Petersburg and Moscow, the Western Speed Diameter (St.Petersburg), in the sphere of sea transport - the port of Ust-Luga, sea passenger terminal in St.Petersburg, deepening works in Kaliningrad, a series of projects on the Novorossiysk transport hub development. Their suggestions on increasing the efficiency of transportation via the Novorossiysk transport hub were voiced by representatives of the Stok-Trans-Service company. The Stok-Trans-Service - Novorossiysk Director Valentin Vigdorovich devoted spoke on the possibilities of cutting costs for the cargoes customs registration, organizing multimodal services to minimize transport costs and choosing optimal places for customs registration. Sergey Falin, Head of the Stok-Trans-Service - Moscow Broker Department focused in his speech on the problem of import of equipment. In particular, he considered the mechanism of freeing the equipment from customs dues and VAT by import by entering the equipment in the company's statute. The issue's topicality is proved by figures - in 2004 this position comprised 44% of import, against 36% in 2003. The importance of complex approach to the Southern Federal District transport complex problems solutions was stated in the speeches of the Head of the Novorossiysk Chamber of Commerce and Industry Igor Zharinov and the Director of the Novomorniiproject Institute, who suggested their vision of increasing the competitiveness of the Azov and Black seas ports. PresidiumThe round table concluding the conference was also dedicated to the problem of increasing the regional transport complex competitiveness. The round table resulted in the development of the Conference Resolution to be published and directed to the RF Government, RF Ministry of Transport, RF Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, the Federal Customs Service and other departments and organizations concerned. Back to the content of 'FREIGHT-2005: South' section

 
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