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International Seminar on Shipbuilding and Ship Repair in the Arctic
15 June 2022
12:30—13:30
KEY CONCLUSIONS
Industry insiders willing to give preference to Russian companies

We aren’t shutting down our shipbuilding or ship repair operations, and of course we’re willing to work together with our colleagues from friendly nations, if necessary, though we will be looking to give preference to domestic enterprises — Boris Kabakov, Director of Shipbuilding Industry and Marine Facilities Department, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation.

We can guarantee solutions for companies that can afford to pay for the construction of this fleet even as margins continue to increase, in the Russian Federation as elsewhere. In this case we’re talking about companies dealing in chemicals, fertilizers, coal, and oil — Alexey Rakhmanov, Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, United Shipbuilding Corporation.

By the end of 2021, the volume of ship repair services carried out within the territory of the Murmansk Region in accordance with ship repair capacities as they stand in our region at present amounted to only 27%. So our ship owners were paying primarily to have their ships repaired in Europe. Mostly Norway, Poland, and other countries. Our fishing fleet, first and foremost. Now, however, shipowners are looking to see what they can get done in our region — Olga Kuznetsova, Deputy Governor of the Murmansk Region.

Regions intensify personnel training to meet growing ship repair needs

One of the most important issues we’re currently working on is how to provide the industry with personnel. There are about 10,000 people working in the ship repair industry. Of course, most of them are coming to retirement age, but in any case, they can pass along their experience. We have created a College-Factory programme through our Industrial College, where ship repair companies are already training personnel. This year we’ll be opening three more engineering classes in different schools, ship repair classes, which will be following secondary and higher education through Murmansk State Technical University — Olga Kuznetsova, Deputy Governor of the Murmansk Region.

At present, we have, I think, seven institutions of higher and secondary vocational education training specialists for this industry - engineers, technicians, welders, and so on. The yearly average is 311 specialists joining the industry from all of these educational institutions. It’s not enough, of course. But plans to expand the volume of ship repair can be complemented by some training programmes of a totally different kind, and this is something we’re working on. We have launched a regional personnel strategy — Alexander Tsybulskiy, Governor of Arkhangelsk Region.

ISSUES
Additional infrastructure needed to repair ships

There is significant growth of cargo traffic on the horizon for both solid minerals and hydrocarbons. Two conditions will have to be in place, however. The first is related to ships: an icebreaker fleet, a cargo fleet, an auxiliary fleet. The second has to do with repairs. We currently have 50 large and 100 small ship repair enterprises. Judging by those in the market, this is [...] expensive and time-consuming. A transformation needs to be carried out immediately — Mikhail Kuznetsov, Director, Eastern State Planning Center (FANU Vostokgosplan).

We are experiencing a shortage of ship repair facilities, especially in the Arctic zone and the Far East. We’ll have to work together to resolve a number of important tasks — Gadzhimagomed Huseynov, First Deputy Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic.

We took a look at the work schedule for ship repairs and maintenance. A year ago, on average, it was 3–4 months, the waiting list for repairs. At the beginning of the year, it had already increased – taking into account the increased volume of transshipments, cargo transportation – to 7–8 months. Our companies are currently accepting orders for May-June 2024 — Alexander Tsybulskiy, Governor of Arkhangelsk Region.

SOLUTIONS
State support, development of the Northern Sea Route and resetting VAT

The tasks set by President Putin aim to ensure at least 80 million tonnes of cargo transportation along the NSR by 2024 and 150 million tonnes by 2030. [...] We have to build at least 55 ships by 2030. [...] By order of the President of the Russian Federation, we are working on a list of measures for the development of the Northern Sea Route up to 2035. The list of measures under consideration is significant. [...] It’s my dream to have the Ministry of Finance first provide us with financial resources, then have our shipbuilders ensure the order is carried out in a timely manner, and then those repairing the ship — Gadzhimagomed Huseynov, First Deputy Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic.

About the zero VAT rate. We are actively working with the Ministry of Finance right now. [...] We are certain that we will be able to find common ground with our colleagues and adopt the rate. Because it existed before 2004, and the Russian ship repair industry grew considerably. We’re trying to explain to our colleagues that the income lost from the adoption of this measure will be made up for by indirect taxation resulting from the increase in the volume of ship repairs — Boris Kabakov, Director of Shipbuilding Industry and Marine Facilities Department, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation.

We need to solve [...] problems associated with resetting the VAT, and it’s something we’ve talked about a lot. The immediate benefit will be twenty percent over Norwegian shipyards of the same kind. [...] We ourselves need to work on the structure so that [...] overhead incurred by a dual-purpose shipyard is somehow taken out of the equation, leaving the shipbuilding industry to develop — Alexey Rakhmanov, Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, United Shipbuilding Corporation.

The material was prepared by the Russian news agency TASS