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Marine Industry of Russia International Forum. Results and Prospects

May 21, 2010

Marine Industry of Russia International Forum took place in Moscow at Gostiny Dvor exhibition hall on May 19-21, 2010. There gathered heads of all leading enterprises as well as representatives of ministries and offices associated with shipbuilding, ship-repair and navigation. Three days of more than rich business program, talks on the most burning and significant questions, contacts and debates, tens of presentations and panel discussions, all of these are Marine Industry of Russia International Forum.

In November, 2009, the instruction to hold this event as part of implementation of the state program “Strategy of the Shipbuilding Industry Development till 2020” was signed by Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Igor Sechin. Already at the stage of preparation, the Forum was strongly supported by public and commercial organizations such as: the Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Industry and Trade, EMERCOM, Rosrybolovstvo, OAO United Shipbuilding Corporation, Rosatom State Corporation, OAO United Industrial Corporation, OAL Russian Railways, RUIE, Russian Technologies State Corporation, banks and largest enterprises of the sector.

In the welcoming speech of the Government of the Russian Federation to visitors and participants of the Forum read out by Mr. A. Balyberdyn Igor Sechin expressed confidence that «the Forum will be well ranked among events popularizing latest achievements of science and industry.»

Speaking at the opening of the Forum, Director of the Department of the Shipbuilding Industry and Marine Equipment Leonid Strugov mentioned certain positive tendencies making it possible to hope for the shipbuilding rebirth. In his opinion Marine Industry of Russia International Forum will facilitate the task: «We expect the Forum will bring new contacts, new business appointments, so I wish all the Forum participants fruitful collaboration».

Forum Objectives and Tasks

As planned, the Forum became one of the most important events of the industry. The task initially set – constructive communication between all stakeholders of the marine industry of Russia – was successfully performed. It is obvious that such conferences should proceed, and more participants should be invited there, such as: state institutions, banks and other partners of shipbuilding enterprises. Besides, the Forum exposition should be broadened.

Chairman of Board of Directors of OAO Military Insurance Company Sergey Tsikalyuk mentioned: «We need create grounds where people could meet, exchange opinions, and speak. It is not to be a staff meeting, it is to be a ground where one can easily and freely speak on painful problems – and surely can be heard. It is very important to cherish and develop these traditions.»

Chairman of the Transport Committee of the State Duma Sergey Shishkarev suggested that the Forum venue should be changed in order to draw attention to the industry in the regions where shipbuilding and engineering enterprises as well as large ports and shipyards are located: «And if today the Forum is held in Moscow, tomorrow exhibitions will probably be held in Severomorsk, Severodvinsk, Murmansk, Saint-Petersburg, at the Far East and, I hope, in my home town, Novorossiysk.»

Forum Business Program

The Forum permitted to assemble those who determine the present and the future of the marine industry of Russia. Some of issues raised during the plenary session were analyzed at panel discussions later. These issues are legislative regulation of shipbuilding enterprises' activities, arrangement of special economic zones, and specific issues related to organization of production.

Plenary Meeting “Marine Industry of Russia International Forum. Problems and Solutions”

The meeting held on the first day of the Forum helped the event to got going right away and set high rate of work.

In his interview to mir-forum.ru, Sergey Shishkarev spoke on trends of sector development and expressed an opinion that «the development prospects for the ice class tanker fleet used in shelf development are very good.» But servicing to O&G companies is not the only task. «I would also put emphasis to such an area as development of the inland waterway navigation, arrangement of inland waterways, construction of the river-sea-going fleet which is to occupy its own niche in transportation by inland waterways of the Russian Federation.»

On the other side, OPK Director of Shipbuilding Unit Andrey Fomichev stated that the line of development is driven not by market laws, but by a key customer – the state. Such is the feature of this industry sector in the whole world.

Key lines of development of the shipbuilding are specified in the Marine Doctrine of the Russian Federation for the Period till 2020. Making these plans more concrete as applies to United Shipbuilding Corporation, OSK Deputy General Director for Civil Shipbuilding Dmitry Mironenkov defined the task: «Our objective is to enter top 10 of the largest shipbuilding powers by 2020 with regard to numerous criteria. That is why I lay emphasis on the fact that we must entrench as one of the top 10 powers. I don’t mean leadership or even top three.»

Later at the meeting primary activities were specified. These are production localization, spot upgrading of existing facilities, system approach to staff problem, and further manager training.

In his turn, Andrey Fomichev told how various provisions of the Marine Doctrine of the Russian Federation for the Period till 2020 are carried out at OPK.

Totally, specialists believe that the shipbuilding can develop at a more rapid pace. As accentuated Deputy Director of the Department of the Shipbuilding Industry and Marine Equipment of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Andrey Kurasov, activities are carried out, ships are constructed, and projects are developed: «Even now there are enough interesting projects on construction of inland waterway ships on leasing terms. The Government of the Russian Federation issued directions on increasing efficiency of inland waterway operation, and a very interesting leasing projects with regard to shipyards presented at the Forum was submitted.»

Panel discussions. European Maritime Day.

At the Forum various panel discussions were held. They were dedicated to competitive recovery, new image of the Russian shipbuilding sector, prospects of civil shipbuilding, development of marine catching vessel construction for Russian customers and civil marine instrument engineering.

Within the framework of the business program, the best developments of the foreign and Russian companies were presented. We should make special mention of solutions regarding introduction of information technologies.

Information Technologies in Shipbuilding

Experts are unanimous as respects to incompliance with global norms and imperatives of the current order of elaborating design documentation, document flow and so on. There is no common information field, and in the course of construction the majority of the documents is submitted in paper form.

So, many speeches were dedicated to introduction of various information systems. Thus, analyzing competitive capacity of ship machine-building enterprises, General Director of OAO Armalit-1 Aleksander Kuznetsov mentioned: «We need standard industry automation solutions elaborated. Specifically, with regards to automated design systems, CAD/CAM, complex IT solutions like EPR. These issues probably should be considered by industry institutes.»

It is clear that a question of 3D modeling application in vessel design and construction. Modern technologies open lots of opportunities to increase of labor productivity, reduction of terms and costs as well as wider application of technologies in production processes. Sergey Sypchenko, Development Director of AVEVA Russian representative office, suggested another solution: «Let’s consider a 3D model only as a database. The fuller it is, the more we benefit. Both a shipyard and a design bureau being a general constructor want such database to contain maximum possible amount of data related to the objects to be constructed. These data comprise not only hull and saturation, but also ship systems, electrics, automatics and so on. And, of course, a 3D model is used in construction. It is a permanent obvious process and task solution monitoring.»

However development and introduction of information technologies and gaining from their application is only possible if special priority is given to them.

Introduction of various business control systems as well as further training for managers and administrative officers are a separate class of tasks.

Civil Shipbuilding Prospects

In the course of panel discussions and the Forum itself, special emphasis was laid on civil shipbuilding prospects. Lots of hopes for the sector rebirth are connected with it. There are activities in this regard being carried: equipment for shelf operations, rebirth of the inland waterway transport and construction of sea-going ships, including those by foreign orders.

And these issues caused serious debates between proponents of various approaches to the rebirth of the Russian shipbuilding. On the one hand, need for support to domestic producers at all production phases is natural. Such support may comprise state administrative and economic protectionist measures, placing orders only at Russian enterprises and so on. For illustrative purposes Aleksander Kuznetsov (Armalit-1) made a classic example: «Since 1920 in the USA Jones Act is in force. It stipulates that all coast and inland shipping can be carried out only by means of vessels constructed at US shipyards and going under the US flag.»

But at the same time execution of foreign orders aids development of the Russian shipbuilding, conquest of market share, an increase of role of Russian companies in the world. Besides, it helps in solving inner tasks of enterprises. For example, it helps them to withstand against the crisis and continue development of the civil shipbuilding. One of the most successful examples is United Industrial Corporation. As said Andrey Fomichev, «We have done a lot work and now we have both state defense order paid by Rubles and international cooperation with Algeria and Norway. It was a hard time, but we managed to increase production. Output in the North doubled as compared to mean values.»

Personnel Issue

As elsewhere, the Russian shipbuilding experiences personnel problems. The mean age of production workers is over 50 years. In fact, we cannot see any intergenerational continuity.

Specialist mention that it is very dangerous for the industry, and if skills of those who had worked over 30 years would not be transferred to young workers and if no measures to attract youth would not be assumed, many projects will cease to exist. «Staffing is one of the key tasks in many countries where shipbuilding was arranged from scratch. In our case, we just need time to transfer skills, train new production workers, including their training abroad», explained Dmitry Mironenkov.

Activities in this regard are carried out: corporations cooperate with industry educational institutions in those regions where shipbuilding is well developed. First of all, it is North-West and Far East. But the situation is very-very unfavorable.

Prospects of the Russian Shipbuilding

Besides, as part of Business Day the participants of the Business Program touched upon such vital issues as private-public partnership in the implementation of projects for marine and river transport and arrangement of special economic port zones. These issues are currently under legislators' discussion.

«We now prepare and endorse the draft federal law on shipbuilding and shiprepair development in free economic zones prepared by the Ministry of Transportation and Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation. It is a very complex, multisided and versatile draft federal law, but following the decision of the Marine Board and Sergey Ivanov we should as quick as possible submit it for endorsement and in June submit for consideration of the State Duma. I can promise now that deputies are ready to render maximum assistance and show interest in the most brief discussion and adoption in all three readings. And after that the law is to be transferred to the Federation Council and signed by the President», said Sergey Shishkarev.

The Forum was held. Almost all topical issues were discussed as well as plans and prospects shared. The most controversial strategic issues were specified. It has become obvious how close are interests of various companies and organizations. All working in the shipbuilding whether at plants, banks, insurance companies or educational institutions strive for the common target: being rebirth of the Russian shipbuilding. This is why the Forum is very important, since it is an event to assemble them and provide an opportunity for extensive and evidence-based discussion. «The most important is that your work, our cooperation be efficient and highly recognized by citizens of the Russian Federation», summarized Chairman of the Transport Committee of the State Duma Sergey Shishkarev.

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