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TOP "Big Stone" to be!

Dmitry Medvedev: "Russia should become a worthy player in the world shipbuilding market ..."

The government of the Russian Federation intends to implement a project of a powerful shipbuilding cluster in the Far East (based on the Zvezda plant) within the framework of the existing Law "On territories of advanced socio-economic development (TOP)".

TOP "Big Stone" to be!
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The Russian government sees one of the main conditions for the economic development of the Far East - the revival of domestic shipbuilding here. Moreover, up to the highest world standards. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced this on December 18 in Vladivostok, where he held a joint meeting of two government commissions - on import substitution and issues of socio-economic development of the Far East and the Trans-Baikal region.

According to the prime minister, the shipbuilding cluster, which is already being formed on the basis of the shipbuilding complex of the Zvezda shipyard in the seaside town of Bolshoy Kamen (with the participation of the giants of the domestic economy: OJSC NK Rosneft, OJSC Gazprombank and the Russian Shipbuilding Corporation represented by its subsidiary - JSC "Far East Center for Shipbuilding and Ship Repair") must be created and put into operation within the framework of the existing Law on ASEZ. In other words, it was decided to declare the territory of shipbuilding production in Bolshoy Kamen as TOP, that is, a territory for which special special tax benefits and preferences are provided to stimulate investment activity.

“I instructed the Ministry of Development of the Far East to develop, by February 1, next year, all the necessary package of documents for the functioning of the Zvezda SC in the TOP mode, as well as a detailed plan for the functioning of this complex,” Dmitry Medvedev told the meeting participants.

Recall that SK Zvezda, specializing in the repair and disposal of submarines in Soviet and post-Soviet times, is being transformed by the decision of the President and the governments of the Russian Federation into a powerful center for the construction of ships and platforms for the needs of the country's oil and gas industry. Drilling platforms, gas carriers and large-displacement tankers will be built here. On behalf of President Vladimir Putin, a shipbuilding cluster is being created around Zvezda, managed by CJSC Modern Shipbuilding Technologies (STS), a joint venture formed by the consortium of Rosneft and Gazprombank

“We understand that no one is especially waiting for us in the world shipbuilding market with its highest competition, therefore, we must master modern shipbuilding technologies as soon as possible and solve, where necessary, all issues of import substitution,” the head of the Russian government drew the attention of the meeting participants.

The prime minister reminded the representatives of the departments responsible for the implementation of the shipbuilding project of the need to resolve such pressing issues as personnel, housing, and social infrastructure. Without the last two conditions, highly qualified specialists cannot be attracted to the future TOP. The fact is that today there are not enough highly qualified specialists in Bolshoy Kamen. And to attract them from other regions, an incentive is needed in the form of a roof over their heads and decent living conditions.

One of the main participants in the meeting, Deputy Prime Ministers Yuri Trutnev and Dmitry Rogozin, told reporters in more detail about how a large-scale shipbuilding project is being implemented in Primorye and what needs to be done in this direction in the near future after the meeting.

According to them, production life has begun to warm up in Bolshoy Kamen today. The first metal-cutting equipment was delivered to Zvezda's factory facilities. And already in 2016 it will start working. But production can become fully profitable only if the state order is concentrated here (so that all companies engaged in offshore gas production, both private and with state participation) place their orders at Zvezda for any marine equipment). And the government will determine the procedure for the optimal placement of these orders.

The problem of attracting and retaining qualified specialists, in the opinion of Dmitry Rogozin, is already being solved with the help of a decent salary in 50-100 thousand rubles a month. By 2020, it is planned to resolve the issue of resettlement in Bolshoy Kamen of about 7 thousand workers of the Zvezda Sports Complex and to supply the main gas to both social and industrial infrastructure.

Given the strategic nature of the future shipbuilding industry and its critical importance for national security, the Russian government intends to curtail cooperation with American partners in the dismantling of Russian nuclear submarines at the Zvezda plant. This work was carried out from the beginning 90-x years of the last century within the framework of an intergovernmental agreement between the Russian Federation and the United States and were partially financed from the US budget (along with funds allocated by the Russian Ministry of Defense). The nature of the work assumed the presence of American specialists on the territory of the Zvezda. In light of the current change in the geopolitical situation, the presence of representatives of the main NATO country in the epicenter of the domestic shipbuilding industry is undesirable for the Russian government.
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