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Russian navalmechanics industry tries to muzzle the road of autarchy

United Shipbuilding Corporation enters the container segment

Since February 24, when the military in Moscow began limping into the territory of Ukraine, Russia's industrial strategy has taken, at least in intentions, a decisive turn toward a condition of autarchy. Previously, while influenced by the sanctions imposed by the West as early as 2014 as a result of the Russian annexation of Crimea and what retaliation for the failure to implement the Minsk agreements, the Russian industry was heavily dependent on supplies from abroad. And it still is, but executives from major national industries ensure that this breakthrough will be successful, despite several Russian newspapers, and certainly not the most critical ones against the government that have already had to cease publications, they raise doubts about the possibility of the Russian economy to do without goods from abroad as Russia also imports nails as several national newspapers have recalled, also expressing perplexity about the prospect of activating channels of parallel import.

The autarchical fever of industry executives has also infected the shipbuilding industry, with those in charge of companies in the industry that if in the early days of the war, like those in other segments of the industry, they have manifested some concern about the effects of the conflict over production, fears secefully tacited by Vladimir Putin who expressed the firm belief that the Russian industry will suffer at most some temporary setbacks, more recently have done precisely this conveyance by representing it as certainty, such as has today made the CEO of the Russian navalmechanical group United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), Alexei Rakhmanov, attending the national summit on the ongoing industrial policy in Moscow.

Rakhmanov spoke about the Russian industry's reaction to the first sanctions of 2014, saying that Russia was losing 100 billion by giving up all its natural resources and, in the case of the navalmechanical industry, handing over the market to foreign producers of naval equipment. Rakhmanov specified that a few national attempts have been made to develop a new concept of naval engines without, however, investing a dime to settle a productive activity on Russian soil. The chief executive of the United Shipbuilding Corporation assured that, however, not all is lost and it is possible to recover through a combination of market mechanisms and rigorous public management.

Whether the Russian navalmechanics industry can depend only on itself and from domestic suppliers underscored it yesterday the USC at the launch at the Krasnoe Sormovo Shipyard shipyard in Nizhny Novgorod, which is part of the group, of the sixth of a series of eleven renegades that
the company is building on behalf of the Connational State Transport Leasing Company (STLC). The shipyard's general manager, Mikhail Pershin, has been established as the base of the modern Russian merchant fleet : "a number of production components have been installed on the bulk carrier," the company said. national rather than foreign ones. We continue to implement our import substitution program, " he said. This cargo ship is equipped with a Russian thruster. Previously these components were bought in Germany. The production of thrusters was activated at the NPO Vint, which is part of USC. Also on this ship were cranes and verricelli for the national production berth instead of Turkish. On the latest ships in the series we have then planned to use Russian-made elective propellers, which have previously been purchased in Germany and also in China. "

In addition, the chief executive of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, on the sidelines of the conference, announced to the news agency "TASS" that USC is entering the container ship segment having started the design of a container ship. 340 teu for the first customer, with the purpose of arriving at the production in series of ships of this type.

To curb this autarchical frenzy, which appears to have been fuelled by Putin, it appears to be Putin himself who today, intervening remotely at the first Eurasian Economic Forum, made it clear that Russia is aware of the enormous advantages that have been made from the high technology of developed economies and which has no intention of isolating itself from this world from which others intend to push out Russia, an attempt-has warned-that no one will be able to implement. "If we don't separate with some sort of wall, then no one will be able to separate a country like Russia," he said. Then, if we are talking not only about Russia but also about our partners in the Eurasian Economic Union and in the whole world, then this is an absolutely unrealistic intent. On the contrary-he warned Putin-those who wish to do this harmed a damage mainly to themselves. And as stable as the economies of those countries are pursuing such a shortsighted policy, the current state of the world economy shows that our position is correct and justified, even taking the indicators into consideration macroeconomic ".

Then Putin's speech returns to foment autarchic spouses : addressing Aleksandr Nikolaevic Sochin, current president of the university's university of higher education, and referring to his commitment to solving the problems that characterize him. supply chain and transport, the president of the Russian Federation specified that " everything more to be regulated and realized in a new way. Not without some damage, he said, but this leads to the fact that we become in some way stronger. In any case we are definitely acquiring new skills, we are starting to focus our economic, financing and administrative resources in turnaround areas. "

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