A major growth strategy for Russia’s maritime industry will be highlighted in St. Petersburg at NEVA 2009, Sept. 22 to 25. Russia is seeking international partners to help with ambitious goals, including a state-of-the-art shipbuilding sector able to deliver some 1400 vessels of various types by 2020 and a massive upgrade of its port infrastructure.
The Russian government is squarely behind the expansion drive. At a cabinet meeting in March 2009, hosted by long-time supporter, Krylov Shipbuilding Research Institute, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin detailed plans for a US$290 million budget to help support high-tech shipbuilding research programs. A program to develop commercial shipbuilding and offshore technology for the period of 2009 to 2016 was also unveiled. This program guarantees a state contribution of US$4 million over the seven years, with US$123 million allocated for 2009.
The four-day NEVA 2009 conference organized by Dolphin Exhibitions, is considered a key platform for the Russian industry to meet overseas counterparts and will feature several new exhibits and conferences. In a first for NEVA and Russia, the final day is billed as The World Conference on Maritime Training, coordinated by the Admiral Makarov State Maritime Academy.