With only a week to go the stage set for a prestigious launch of NEVA 2015
15 September 2015
An impressive line-up of representatives from both the Russian and international maritime communities is confirmed to be present for the official launch of NEVA 2015 on 22 September.
General Director of Dolphin Exhibitions, Mr. Matthew White, said: "It is a great honour that for the 25th Anniversary of NEVA, the official opening will be supported by a group of such eminent officials, representing some of the most important domestic and international maritime organisations. NEVA's strategic importance to the Russian and international maritime markets is underlined by the commitment of these organisations and their presence at the official launch. It really sets the agenda for a week of collaboration and knowledge exchange between the Russian and international maritime communities and highlights the many business opportunities that exist for all participants."
The high profile list of attendees is set to include representatives from the United Shipbuilding Corporation, Department of Shipbuilding and Marine Technique of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, the Krylov State Research and Scientific Centre and the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping. The Governor of St. Petersburg, Member of Maritime Collegium of RF Government, President of the Maritime Council of St. Petersburg, Mr. S. G. Poltavchenko, is also expected to be present, along with Mr. D. A. Yalov, the Deputy Governor of Leningrad Region, President of the Committee for Economy and Investments of Leningrad Region.
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) will also be represented at NEVA 2015 by Mr. Mikhail Gappoev - Technical Officer, Subdivision for Marine Technology and Cargoes, Maritime Safety Division. Mr. Gappoev will also be presenting the work of the IMO on the development of the Polar Code during the meeting of the International Expert Council for Cooperation in the Arctic, which will be held as part of the comprehensive NEVA 2015 Programme.
Another flagship event of the NEVA 2015 Programme is the official flag-raising ceremony on the lead ship of the project 21900M series - icebreaker M "Vladivostok", taking place on 23 September.
Recent weeks have seen continuing investment in Russia's Arctic shipping industry and in particular its impressive icebreaker fleet. It is a significant testament to NEVA's position in the Russian Maritime calendar that this latest Russian shipbuilding achievement is scheduled to be celebrated in conjunction with NEVA 2015.
The linear diesel-electric icebreakers 21900M project, a modification of project 21900, was laid down at the Vyborg Shipyard in October 2012. Vladivstok is the lead vessel in the series of three diesel-electric icebreakers built for FSUE Rosmorport and intended for operation in the Baltic.
The vessel, classed by the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping, is able to overcome ice thickness of up to 1.5 meters. Vladivostok's main purpose is the independent escorting of large capacity vessels, towing, extinguishing fires on floating facilities and other structures, providing assistance to ships in distress, and the transportation of cargo.
For the full listing of all events scheduled during NEVA 2015, including the full conference programme, please visit: http://dolphin-uk.cergis.com/home/neva/programme-22sep/