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Monday, August 26, 2019

Volga River News

David Mullard leads a product demonstration at Euro-Lift in Russia. (Photo: Straightpoint)

Straightpoint Appoints Euro-Lift as Russian Distributor

Straightpoint has named a distributor in Russia, as Euro-Lift, based in Tolyatti near Samara on the Volga River, joins the company’s expanding dealer network. Integral to Hampshire, UK-headquartered Straightpoint’s growth strategy is partnerships with lifting-centric businesses across the world. A commonality of these distributors is their portfolios of equipment from leading manufacturers of hoists, rigging gear and below-the-hook components. Euro-Lift will add Straightpoint’s range of force measurement…

Private Buyers in Iran Look to Boost Grain Market

One sign of change in Iran as it works toward a nuclear deal with world powers is the way it is feeding itself, with private grain firms beginning a slow return to their traditional role as major food commodity importers. Iran was never barred from buying food under sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union over Tehran's nuclear activities. But the measures have made trade more difficult for the past two years by hindering payments and ocean shipping, which has left the bulk of the work in the hands of state buyers such as the GTC and SLAL.

Russian Harbor Tug RB-259: Photo credit Russian Navy

Russian Navy Receives New Harbor Tugboat

JSC Astrakhan Ship Repair Plant have built and delivered a new harbor hug to the Caspian Flotilla. Project 705B harbor tug was deigned specially for the Caspian Sea and the estuary of the Volga River. The ship is equipped with up-to-date navigation aids GLONASS, communication and automation equipment. Basic features of the ship is high navigability and shallow draft (0.28 meters) making possible to navigate in shallow waters of the Volga River, the Volga-Caspian Canal, and northern zones of the Caspian Sea. Two 800-shp engines make the vessel capableof towing any ship in the Caspian Flotilla.

Captain Fined For Failing to Help Sinking Ship

According to a report in The Moscow Times, the captain of a vessel that passed by the sinking Bulgaria cruise ship without stopping to help rescue drowning passengers was fined $4,200, but avoided jail time, Interfax reported. A district court in Tatarstan ruled that Yury Tuchin failed to provide help to victims of the July disaster on the Volga River, in which 122 people died when the 55-year-old Bulgaria foundered in a storm. Tuchin, skipper of the dry cargo ship, pleaded guilty, but claimed his actions were rooted in the fear that his ship would crush the lifeboats.

Passenger Vessel Safety Under Russian Microscope

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev vowed a complete review of passenger ships after a deadly accident left as many as 129 people dead on an unlicensed cruise vessel, according to a Bloomberg report. Seventy-one bodies have so far been recovered after the July 10 shipwreck on the Volga River and almost no hope remains for finding more survivors from the Bulgaria two-deck river cruise ship. 58 are still missing.   (Source: Bloomberg)

Wilhelmsen Ships Service Appointments in Russia

Wilhelmsen Ships Service has announced two key appointments in Russia as part of its ongoing programme of global expansion. Alexander Fomin has been appointed Account Manager West Russia and will be based in St.Petersburg, handling customer accounts in St.Petersburg, Moscow and the Volga River regions. Mr Fomin, who qualified at the Russian Far East Maritime Academy department of Engineering, steps up from his role as Port Sales Engineer for the company. His previous experience includes six years at sea as well as an appointment as technical manager for a shipping company.