Switching maritime transportation to new types of fuel and developing unmanned fleet
We have reasons to claim that nuclear fuel is indeed an environmentally friendly solution for shipbuilders. The only thing we would very much want is for conventional civilian vessels, should they be developed and be put into operation, to also be allowed to dock in ports throughout the world as are ships that use diesel and gas. [...] We are absolutely confident that the prospects of developing shipbuilding will make us use alternative energy sources that include hydrogen, electric propulsion by batteries, and of course, solar power and wind power — Alexey Rakhmanov, Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, United Shipbuilding Corporation.
Imagine ships that do not depend on the human factor, that are safe, simple, that do not need to sustain people on board, that do not require saving people’s life in the open sea. That will largely result in maritime transportation becoming somewhat analogous to elevators. You press a button, and it delivers you where you need to go. This is automatic, reliable, safe, and does not require human involvement. [...] We have agreements signed, and over 20 vessels will be equipped with autonomous navigation systems and will fly Russia’s flag. I am confident their number will significantly increase in the next few years — Alexander Pinsky, General Director, Maritime High Tech Association, MARINET.
The Arctic is a unique region in many ways. These are vast territories with a very small population, with very few people living there. Therefore, there is no one to contend, and there is no need for contending, we need to cooperate. The Arctic in general is an exporter region. If you want to trade with the entire world, you can, for instance, export fish from there to the entire world — Mads Frederiksen, Director, Arctic Economic Council.
Russia has an opportunity to create a new access point to the sea in the North, an access point to the non-freezing part of the Arctic Ocean. This is the Nenets Autonomous District, the place is called Indigo. This is the final point for the Gulfstream. [...] The north of Russia, the Northern Urals, Western Siberia are now becoming actively involved in international trade, and this is the closest point for shipping out exported commodities. Fertilizers from the Perm Region, timber from the Komi Republic, oil from Western Siberia, metal from Cherepovets — these are the commodities that gravitate toward the closest shipping point, which is Indigo — Roman Trotsenko, Founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors, AEON Corporation.