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Alexey Rakhmanov

Alexey Rakhmanov

Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, United Shipbuilding Corporation
Quotes
07.09.2022
EEF 2022
The Future of Industries: What to Buy and What to Produce? Shipbuilding
We need to take the long view. For the shipbuilding industry, looking ahead to 2035 is insufficient. We need to look ahead to 2050 or perhaps beyond that. <...> Shipbuilding is a competition involving government support. Let’s see how the shipbuilding industry took root in Japan, how the shipbuilding industry developed in Korea, and how the shipbuilding industry began to develop in China. These are all links of a single chain, and it’s crucial that we are able to look at the measures that were put forward by our neighbours. We should analyse them carefully and do what is needed to move into manufacturing in the near future, and afterwards find our place in the international market
07.09.2022
EEF 2022
The Future of Industries: What to Buy and What to Produce? Shipbuilding
In our business, people are the most important thing. You can pump in hundreds of billions of roubles, but without a person able to handle everything competently, nothing will get done. <...> Maintaining our human potential is the key to everything going on today
07.09.2022
EEF 2022
The Future of Industries: What to Buy and What to Produce? Shipbuilding
Our building work is done in roubles, and the subsidies we get are provided in roubles. However, all our key customers plan their revenues in foreign currency. <...> When we convert the cost of a new steamship according to a rate of 62 [roubles to the dollar – ed.], the resulting figure makes our customers go, ‘Are you seriously suggesting we buy your steamships for USD 20 million apiece? That’s never going to happen’. And at that point, we need to either move away from being tied to foreign currency <...> or find some other metric
07.09.2022
EEF 2022
The Future of Industries: What to Buy and What to Produce? Shipbuilding
Given the climatic challenges and factors affecting the shipbuilding industry, the lack of investment in fixed assets is undoubtedly leading to us needing to address this somehow
17.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
Transformation of Cooperation Chains: New Opportunities and Prospects
I think that the state still needs to create national champions. Settle all these old disputes between, well, let me put it this way, oligarchs, and say: ‘I guess it’s better to have one that’s efficient than two that are inefficient.’ By dividing the volume, by splitting it up
16.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
The Northern Sea Route: An International Transport Corridor
We have a number of interesting proposals, particularly regarding setting up rescue stations, […] concrete hydro-blocks or artificial islands, if you like, which we believe are suitable for ensuring safe navigation and rescuing people. Not on the melting shore, since warming is under way, but in the sea, as close as possible to the shipping lanes. We are prepared to take up this technology and bring it to industrial implementation
16.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
Oceans and Global Transformation: What Kind of Fleet does Russia and the World Need?
We are approaching <…> the nationalization of the fleets. We realize that the concept of free world trade will be losing its relevance
16.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
Oceans and Global Transformation: What Kind of Fleet does Russia and the World Need?
The challenge we are facing today is how do we achieve technological sovereignty [in shipbuilding — Ed.]. Everything that we called localization, everything that we tried to implement by attracting foreign investors, everything we did to accelerate our pace on the way to some kind of technological parity. Today, we probably no longer should rely on our partners, although many of them, after they left slamming the door behind them, are now knocking on back doors and windows, asking: ‘Can we stand nearby?
15.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
International Seminar on Shipbuilding and Ship Repair in the Arctic
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
15.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
International Seminar on Shipbuilding and Ship Repair in the Arctic
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
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
Russia–Republic of Korea Business Dialogue
We are aware of the interest South Korean companies have in large-scale projects to capitalize on the natural riches of the Russian Arctic. We are ready to discuss what form this work could take. Today I can only cite one example. A corporation is building a platform for Kamennomyskoye deposit, and we are employing the so-called concept of a distributed shipyard in practice. This enables Russian and South Korean shipbuilders to work together on common goals
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Investment Quotas 2.0: The Route to Intensive Development
As we started building the fishing vessels, we discovered certain aspects that were either new or left well behind in the Soviet years. Before that, the ships had always been built outside of Russia
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Russia–Finland
The key issue is CO2 emissions. All vessels should comply with certain regulatory standards. It all started with emission entrapment. Then they started using natural gas as fuel for piston engines. For the last 60 years, Russia has been developing a unique technology – nuclear energy. Civil and military vessels use quite a few nuclear reactors, which brings us the issue of safety. On the one hand, I believe this technology is among the most environment friendly, as it results in zero emissions. <...> This is probably one of the safest ways to deliver electricity and heat to coastal areas. If something happens, this plant can be taken further into the ocean, and everybody will remain safe
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Arctic Economic Council Meeting
We do care about the requirements to civil vessels, especially that the work that lies ahead concerns both the icebreaker fleet and ensuring the safety of the Northern Sea Route. I mean that permafrost is disappearing, while we need to make sure that the safety, rescue, service, medical, and border control infrastructure will operate efficiently
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
The Investment Attractiveness and Export Potential of Strategically Important Industries
People often ask me – the Koreans are generally more competitive in shipbuilding than we are. <…> Of course, [there are] vertically integrated structures, where usually only the final product is priced by the market. Everything else is subject to making a profit from the final product, which pulls the entire value chain. And this is where we still have a lot to do in order to create the production of basic components. We need national champions in building diesel engines and ship equipment. It will be extremely difficult for us to break through to foreign markets without them
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Time to Blur the Ocean’s Borders: The Potential for International Integration Projects
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
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Time to Blur the Ocean’s Borders: The Potential for International Integration Projects
I think we do need to make the effort and ensure that the issue of pooling our efforts in the global ocean does become the uniting motif that allows us to take a fresh look at what is going on. And to conclude that the policies of separatism and division have no prospects
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Time to Blur the Ocean’s Borders: The Potential for International Integration Projects
100 million tons of a plastic garbage patch are drifting in the vicinity of the Caribbean Islands. It cannot but cause concern to everyone because we find microplastics even in fish. At this clip, we will get another health problem for our population. Cleaning the waters therefore becomes a very serious task for us, shipbuilders
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Time to Blur the Ocean’s Borders: The Potential for International Integration Projects
Life on the water is becoming increasingly attractive for people. It’s not just houseboats that everyone is used to in Holland. It is essentially the possibility of what futurologists used to depict as some future life of people both under and on water. It is perfectly obvious that the riches of the global ocean are an inexhaustible source of people’s welfare
05.09.2019
EEF 2019
Russia–Republic of Korea
Our biggest mistake in localization approaches is trying to limit ourselves to consumption only in local markets for production engineering purposes. <...> We are unlikely to get to the volume that will be cost effective to set advanced production with advanced processing. <...> We have to <...> finally find a sales market outside of our national ones, and then everything should work out
04.09.2019
EEF 2019
Investing in the Fishing Industry: Achievements and Next Steps
After the division of the Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Centre and creation of the Zvezda project, we had only two enterprises left: Amur and Khabarovsk shipyards. Each of them can easily produce from five to eight vessels, with 53–56-metre segmentation and the launching weight up to 2,500 tonnes. So, we have no doubts that we can do everything needed, for example, for the crab boats construction programme
07.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Mega Science Infrastructure to Create the Industry of the Future
As of today, we have a certain structure that prevents us from opening up opportunities. From this point of view, my hands always get shaky when I hear about the time it takes to introduce innovations
07.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Public–Private Partnerships for Charity
There should be a clear borderline between where the government’s responsibility starts and where it ends, as well as where and how we should be involved in problem solving. Some facilities are mostly financed through the budget, yet they come to us for help. To us it looks strange. We have drafted our charity-related rules and set priorities. It would be nice to have this type of document on the federal level, to avoid any question from the supervising authorities regarding the money and where it went
07.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Public–Private Partnerships for Charity
We have several courses provided through our college facilities. We offer vocational counselling, competitions and the Ot Vinta programme where children build models and come up with innovative solutions
07.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Russia–India
The development trend, especially that for the development of internal waterways [in India, – Ed.] that take shape today, gives us confidence that the participation of the Russian Federation in these projects is crucial
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
New Approaches to Governance, Research and Protection of the World Ocean
We view the development of the Northern Sea Route as a key objective. It possesses unique production, economic, transport, and natural features. It is an advanced special economic zone, with huge production and resource potential in its coastal regions and on the Arctic shelf
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
New Approaches to Governance, Research and Protection of the World Ocean
Funding among the global maritime powers to study the ocean amounts to no more than 4% of total investment in research and development. Sadly, Russia is no exception. In 1990, the USSR had 375 research vessels. By number, it was the largest fleet in the world, amounting to a third of the global total. However, over the past 30 years, virtually nothing has been done to add to the fleet or modernize it. We are glad that this year has seen the start of design and construction work for research vessels, both for the fishing industry, and for studying the ocean
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
New Approaches to Governance, Research and Protection of the World Ocean
No more than 10% of the World Ocean has been studied. Our understanding of space is far greater than that of the sea. No one country alone is able to adequately study the World Ocean, nor tackle its ecological problems
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
New Approaches to Governance, Research and Protection of the World Ocean
It is abundantly clear that the approach to the ocean cannot be the same as the land. It is an ecosystem, which either lives in a state of development as commonly understood, or deterioration
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
New Approaches to Governance, Research and Protection of the World Ocean
When speaking of the economy of the World Ocean, we are proceeding from the fact that water will be a key resource in the 21st century. Note that a bottle of water costs more in Moscow than a litre of petrol. <...> Note also the production of aquaculture, which is currently providing work to 12% of the population. By 2013, commercial fishing will increase to 209 million tonnes. <...> The ocean will also be a key transport artery. More than 80% of all international freight is currently transported via sea
10.04.2019
International Arctic Forum 2019
Nature-Like Technologies to Meet the Needs of the Arctic
Inevitably, the climate is changing, the coastline is drifting, only state-of-the-art technologies can make the Arctic exploration effective
25.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Uncovering the Potential of the Arctic through the Northern Sea Route
We are building three icebreakers right here in St. Petersburg: the Arctic, the Siberia, and the Ural which is already in the holding frame. By doing so, we are taking the first step towards building the world’s largest nuclear icebreakers, which will lay the foundations of an icebreaking fleet supporting year-round passage.
11.09.2018
EEF 2018
Russia–Republic of Korea
We must admit that we are suffering just as badly because we lack professional workers and specialists with a narrow specialization