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Only Four of Twenty Four Vessels Bought in 2009 by Russian Owners Abroad Run under the Russian Flag - Sergey Ivanov

March 30, 2010

Only 4 of 24 vessels (total DWT approximately 2 mln tons) bought in 2009 by Russian owners abroad run under the Russian flag. This was a declaration of the Vice Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Ivanov at a session of the Marine Board of the Government of the Russian Federation, communicates RBC. The Vice Prime Minister of the Russian Federation reminded that the issue of expanding commercial fleet under the Russian flag and presence of Russia in the World Ocean was often discussed in various bodies.

“This is a complicated ambiguous task depending not only on the status of our shipbuilding industry but also on carried credit and financial, tax and customs policy,” declared the Vice Prime Minister. According to his version, there were 1207 vessels with total DWT of more than 4.5 mln tons under the Russian flag in the beginning of 2010, of that 347 vessels with DWT approximately 1.5 mln tons. There are 196 vessels with DWT 12 mln tons under foreign flags. “Figures speak for themselves,” pointed Sergey Ivanov.

He added that the management of OAO “Sovkomflot”, OAOWEB Leasing”, OAO “NK “Rosneft”, OAO “NOVATEK” and the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) signed a set of agreements on construction of platforms and vessels of various designation at Russian shipbuilding facilities. According to the Vice Prime Minister, this is only one of the stages on turnaround in the area of developing the commercial fleet of Russia. However state resource for managing credit and monetary relations, optimization and upgrade of tax and customs law, state assistance and support will be needed. All this is to be included into the developed by the Ministry of Transportation draft of the Federal Law On Support Measures to the Russian Shipbuilding and Shipping and Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation, said Sergey Ivanov.

Earlier Mintrans of Russia published the draft of the Federal Law On Support Measures to the Russian Shipbuilding and Shipping and Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation”.

Source: PortNews

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