Alexander Tichomirov, NEVA Director for Russia, CIS, Eurasia and Baltics, commented 2015 marks the 25th Anniversary of NEVA and we are glad to welcome a wide range of new exhibitors, as well as our traditional partners, who have been with us as exhibitors from the very beginning in 1991. Such partners include Krylov State Research Shipbuilding Center, CNIIMF Central Sea Fleet Research Institute, North-West Shipping Company, Transas, JSC, Russian Maritime Register of Shipping and well-known St. Petersburg shipyards and design bureaus. It evidently shows the value of NEVA, achieved jointly with our partners, for the professional and business maritime community.”
The announcement comes amid recent news of increasing opportunity for international partners within Russia. Maxim Kochetkov, Director of the Department for Shipbuilding and Maritime Technologies at the Ministry of Industry and Trade, spoke earlier this week of the intention for Russia to build more than 1,200 ships, seacraft and other units of maritime technologies by 2030. In an earlier letter of support for NEVA 2015, USC President AL Rakhmanov announced commercial shipbuilding plans up to 2020 on an unprecedented scale. The substantial increase in volume of new builds, covering a vast cross-section of vessels and ship repair, will provide attractive opportunities for international companies in related industry sectors. Russia will also develop production of world-class ship equipment and invites International companies, independently or jointly with RF partners, to open factories in Russia, increasing domestic production to meet the demands of a revitalised local shipbuilding industry. A significant number of commercial builds will continue to be placed outside Russia, with international partners set to benefit on an average 30% of all planned new builds.
International participation at NEVA 2015 remains strong with a diverse cross-section of national pavilions and industry groups exhibiting, including representation from China, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, South Korea and Turkey.
Following discussions between the Presidents of Finland and Russia on international cooperation in the field of shipbuilding, a joint seminar is planned as part of the NEVA 2015 programme. The Outlook of Russian-Finnish Cooperation in Shipbuilding seminar will be held on the 24 September, bringing together representatives from both the Russian shipbuilding industry as well as their current and prospective partners in Finland.
Norwegian-Russian cooperation will also come into focus during the NEVA 2015 programme. The Commercial Department of the Royal Norwegian General Consulate is holding a Norwegian-Russian conference, Norwegian Maritime Industry for Russian Shipbuilding on 23 September. The half-day conference will be focused on the products and services which Norwegian companies are providing to the Russian market. Participating companies already confirmed include DNV GL, Jotun and Navico as well as attendance of the Consul General of the Kingdom of Norway.
Matthew White, General Director, Dolphin Exhibitions the international participant organiser of NEVA, stated: NEVA is expected to attract an audience in excess of 15,000 professional visitors with interest across a range of maritime-related industry sectors. NEVA 25th Anniversary has been marked with increased support from key marine industry and government leaders both in Russia and internationally. NEVA comprehensive programme provides the perfect platform to highlight the benefits of deeper and wider cooperation between Russian and international maritime partners. He continued,Russia is an exciting place to be, with many opportunities and NEVA is the event to connect with the modern Russian maritime market.