There is increasing demand for Russian-made ships, and the industry is in need of additional investment
One sixth of all shipbuilding and ship-repair enterprises are based in the Far East. That’s 17% in terms of the number of enterprises, 11% in terms of the workforce, and 8% in terms of actual production. Currently, 25 government-supported shipbuilding projects are under way in the Far Eastern Federal District. This support is provided in the form of incentive regimes. <...> Almost 68% of total planned investments have been made, or RUB 175 billion of RUB 257 [billion – ed.] — Konstantin Dolgov, Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Economic Policy of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.
Our objective is firstly to determine with more or less certainty what the demand for ships will be for Russian customers. The second aspect is that we are actively monitoring the actual state of ship-repair capacity. This is so we gain an understanding of the objective picture, and know whether we can, with the shipbuilding capacity we have, construct the ships which various customers need today. These customers range from private companies to those which make orders under Federal Law 44, i.e., state-owned companies. <...> Until recently, there was a need for a little over 1,000 ships; however, <...> this has grown. <...> So, we need to construct around 1,500 vessels at our Russian shipyards by 2035. The programme for around 300 ships initially earmarked a little over RUB 130–140 billion of funds. However, just recently it came under review, and a fairly large amount of medium- and large-capacity marine equipment was added to it. Now, RUB 500 billion has been earmarked — Viktor Evtukhov, State Secretary – Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation.
There is a demand among the regions for more than 250 ships [to boost river tourism and cruise traffic – ed.]. Currently, the programme provides for 140 ships. <...> These include Meteor hydrofoils, Valdai hydrofoils, and Griffin catamarans — Evgeniy Ditrikh, Chief Executive Officer, GTLK.