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Matviyenko Reaches Out For State Shipbuilding HQ

Published: March 13, 2007 (Issue # 1253)


The States shipbuilding assets will be merged into one corporation and city governor Valentina Matviyenko is already looking to locate the headquarters of the new company in St. Petersburg.

The decision to create a financial holding Unified Shipbuilding Corporation came late Friday after a ministerial meeting with president Vladimir Putin.

Unified Shipbuilding Corporation will consolidate the states assets in the shipbuilding industry, Interfax cited vice primeminister Sergei Ivanov as saying Friday.

All assets will be merged, including 100 percent state-owned companies as well as smaller stakes that the Russian Federation holds in private firms, Ivanov said. The corporation will also include state projection and construction bureaus.

The decision has been made to create three regional sub holdings that will be subordinate to the parent company. The sub holdings will manage existing shipbuilding facilities. The Northern sub holding will comprise enterprises based in St. Petersburg and the Kaliningrad Oblast, Interfax quoted Ivanov as saying.

Ivanov said that the states program for the development of the armed forces would provide enough state orders to keep the facilities active for a long period of time. As a probable source of problems, Ivanov indicated the deficit of technical equipment and facilities for the production of civil ships.

Russia plans to explore the sea shelf and needs mass production of sea platforms for extraction and of special ships for hydrocarbon transportation. The minister noted that despite consolidation the company is interested in healthy competition and cooperation with private firms. The Ministry for Industrial Production and Energy has already announced a tender for the construction of special ships for private companies.

The main task is to make the shipbuilding industry effective in a situation of global competition, Ivanov said. He saw state funding of the industry as a necessary condition for achieving this goal. The president gave an order to create a federal program for the development of civil shipbuilding, Ivanov said.

Speaking to journalists on Saturday Valentina Matviyenko said that she will ask that the Unified Shipbuilding Corporation be registered in St. Petersburg.

This morning I talked to Sergei Ivanov and also asked the president to register this state holding in St. Petersburg. Ivanov showed understanding and I hope it will be decided in our favor, Interfax cited Matviyenko as saying.

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