The Russian marine industry – interesting opportunities for Norwegian companies

Russia is the largest country in the world by surface area, covering more than one-eighth of the earth’s inhabited land area. Its coastline is over 37.000 km, bordering the Arctic, the Pacific, the Baltic, Azov and Caspian waters. The Marine Industry is a promising development sector in the Russian economy.

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The NEVA exhibition in Saint-Petersburg, Russia

On 19 – 22 September 2017, the 14th NEVA – International Maritime Exhibition & Conferences took place. Since 1991, the Neva Programmes have continuously supported the accelerating expansion of Russia’s commercial maritime industries. Neva is an international shipping, shipbuilding, ports and offshore energy exhibition and the largest maritime forum in Russia. Its aim is to promote the development of the Russian commercial maritime industries and provide a gateway to meet shipping and offshore energy executives under one roof in Saint-Petersburg, the maritime capital of Russia.

The exhibition achieved full occupancy of the gross 26,600m2 space allotted within Expoforum, Saint-Petersburg’s premier event venue. Participants included over 630 companies from 36 countries, while the parallel multi-streamed conference attracted over 1,500 speakers and delegates. Innovation Norway participated with a joint stand where 16 Norwegian companies were presented. Our participants were Brunnvoll Volda, JM Hansen, Transportutvikling, Havyard Group ASA, Rapp Marine, Triplex, Marin Teknik, Teknotherm, Wilhelmsen, Fiskerstrand, Seaonics, Jotron, Mustad, Mørenot, Optimar, Rolls-Royce, Navico (Simrad) and NRCC. While some of these companies need to achieve a deeper understanding of Russian maritime industry and its market, other participants are already present here:

  • Brunnvoll Volda AS develops and supplies propulsion systems to Kaliningrad shipyard “Yantar” for 3 trawlers built for Lenin Fishing Kolkhoz from Petropavlovsk . Design of those trawlers is done by Skipskompetanse AS from Måløy.
  • Havyard Group won a major contract to deliver marine freezing plants, to four freezer-trawlers to Murmansk. This is one of the first contracts on new fishing vessels in the Russian market, and is a very important contract for MMC. The contract value is close to NOK 100 million.
  • On 15 September 2017, Pella Shipyard (Leningrad Region) held a ceremonial keel-laying of the trawler intended for catching bottom-dwelling fish and processing of the catch onboard the ship. The ship was ordered by Murmansk based company Murmanseld-2 and will be designed by  Norwegian Tromsø based company Cramaco AS.
  • Vyborg Shipyard is currently building trawler for Arkhangelsk Trawl Fleet. Design is done by Skipsteknisk AS from Ålesund.
  • Bjørdal AS has signed a strategic partnership agreement with the United Shipbuilding Corporation to produce the fish processing equipment.
What’s next?

The next step of the marine programme in Russia is participation in the 12th International Fishery Congress in Vladivostok in the beginning of October. More than 500 representatives of the fishing industry from Russia and foreign countries will gather together to discuss the most topical issues of the industry on October 5-6.

Despite closure of the office in Saint-Peterburg, Innovation Norway in Moscow will continue providing services to Norwegian companies. The outlook for the marine and offshore engineering industry is still positive and prioritized. We value our partners and assure that we will continue to deliver services that are of the highest standards.

For more information please contact our Senior Advisor Ludmila Tolstova

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