MOSCOW, June 13. /TASS/. The system of delivery of the North in Russia will change dramatically by the end of 2018 due to the introduction of a new management system that will automate the work and to track cargo in real time, said in an interview with TASS the head of the project office of the “Northern delivery” Yulia Zvorykina.

The country has 25 regions of the Northern delivery, including eight of the Arctic, of which three subjects 100% are included in the territory of Northern delivery. Only in 2016 on the campaign of Northern imports from different sources has been allocated almost 110 billion roubles excluding the cost of large companies and the military. In turn, the new system will reduce the cost of and the importation by 30% by getting rid of middlemen and free up funds for the development of the Northern territories .

The development of transport infrastructure and modernization of the existing system will be discussed at the conference “Northern delivery – new paths of opportunity” in Naryan-Mar on June 19-20. Invited to participate representatives of the Ministry of economic development, Ministry of transport, Ministry of industry and trade, reserve, regional authorities, lawmakers, major company.

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The main problem areas within the area of Northern delivery is not accessibility and long distances, and communications and energy, said the expert. “If we develop local energy and to ensure a sufficient level of modern communication, to carry out the digitization, and transport will work significantly more effectively,” said Zworykin.

In this regard, the main task for today is to move from sectoral planning principle to the spatial development strategy. “The establishment of a clear information system of cargo movement monitoring systems Northern delivery will eliminate middlemen and make delivery cheaper. A separate Corporation, additional office and people specifically for the Northern delivery is not required, because everything can be solved by reconfiguration mechanisms. Is unification of Northern delivery, common planning principles, then we can arrange unified freight”, – added the head.

To solve these problems and creates a new automated control system for Northern delivery.

GDS for Northern delivery

The new system will operate according to the principle of international booking system GDS (Global Distribution System), but not only for passengers (for system), and freight.

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“This is true, it now runs the world, so that transport companies could put in this system with your cargo. We think, first, it will be created for water transport, and then to join her and rail transportation, and automotive. The feature of this system is that it’s not just someone to see where goes the cargo, but also able to pay for and insure it without intermediaries” – said the head of the project office.

Technology in the world is not perfected yet, the question remains as to insure the container against theft, as it will be overloaded without forwarding company and so on. But the system gives the main thing – the understanding of all participants of the market, what would be the delivery time, what is the rate and where is your cargo, the expert said.

According to Zworykin, digitalization, Northern delivery should take into account the interests of local residents. The question is, how much will shipping cost and price to the customer, or he will have to wait for winter and importation of motor transport enterprises. For two or three years, when the system will work, people quickly learn, with time and trust.

The prospects of the new system

“We have several companies that are willing to provide digitalization of the Northern delivery, technical solutions are found, there is no problem. Now we need to figure out which of the digital operators will undertake to provide a guaranteed connection. There are many solutions that require coordination with the military, because it is the relationship and the system provides transparency in a number of places, that not all satisfied. Now the project is in the phase of approvals,” said Zworykin.

From the investment point of view the creation of the system GDS does not require large investments, the question is who will invest in the relationship. Negotiations are already underway with Russian mobile operators, with the company “T-Platforms”, which manufactured hardware for the supercomputer “Lomonosov”. The use of domestic “iron” and the work of domestic programmers are designed to protect domestic developments from foreign influence. “While there is no customer at the head-end system, there is no investor, the office of the “Northern delivery” on it. Perhaps the Ministry of communications and the Ministry of defense, who are paving their own communications system, will be able to share them with the participants of commercial projects,” – said the expert.

According to Zworykin, the new system can be international, as long as the world is not unique. “Since we will already have experience of the high-latitude transport, understanding of opportunities and working conditions in extreme environments. To work you can connect the drones. For example you have a ship of ice class Arc7, and drones are shooting the right loads and transport, where necessary. There are many alternative vehicles that are not used, including airships,” she said.

Funds for the establishment of this system can be derived by optimizing the current work. “I propose to move towards new mechanisms within the existing tools to give the effect, for example, reduced insurance costs by 30% due to the fact that you will be able to track the shipment. If we are able to optimize and the delivery of 30% of 100 billion, you will have 30 billion, it means that you can develop a local energy. Now requires clever solutions and technologies, potential technological development in the Arctic under-utilized”, – said the Director of the project office.

Regarding the timing of creation of information system, it all depends on the decision of bureaucratic issues. “To make the system now generally easy to buy and install the server. And even find for this case investors when the decision is not too hard, it all depends on approvals. Was hoping the next delivery we will be able to make a claim, but it needs a lot of work to do, starting from the harmonization of procedures, the establishment of unified standards of work”, – said the Agency interlocutor.

The project of creation of information system has the external context, since in the future it may be an opportunity to remove infrastructure constraints in remote areas of the Far East and Siberia. Control over this information system can take on the Ministry of economic development, she believes.

To start with Yakutia and Kamchatka

While two of the region wished to act as pilots for testing the information system of delivery of the North – Yakutia and Kamchatka. Yakutia 89,87% of the population lives in the Northern delivery area, Kamchatka included in this zone as a whole. The subjects are very different, differently arranged, the delivery system and the organization of the Northern supply are made different.

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“Most importantly, we have computed the model in order to obtain the support of the governors. No matter what anyone said, but the governors are also keen to these areas were not abandoned, was developed to find a solution which will lead to a significant cost reduction in their budgets, or at least will keep at current levels – the regions are all different and the amounts are different. For each case a separate decision, and we hope that the model will work” – said the Agency interlocutor.

In her opinion, it is hardly possible to obtain priority budget financing, although this is very important. But now enough mechanisms that can be involved from existing resources – not so much to redistribute money as to spend it more efficiently. For example, if the region spends about 3 billion rubles to subsidize some transportation, then these 3 billion can be gradually redirected, developing a territory, we need a comprehensive approach.

“The issue of creating a single transport and logistics operator was discussed many times, but had no effect because Northern delivery is not a problem transportation is an integrated development. Once solved, you get development and transport, energy and communications, and at the same time the territory,” said Zworykin.

The development of local energy

Informatsionnaya system Northern delivery will free up additional funds, including the development of local energy. According to Zvorykina, there are many projects that are currently being discussed with major companies. For example, Rosatom has a good programme of local options, in particular wind hybrid atomic elements.

“The regions are all very different, conditions are different, in those where there is wood and woodworking, it is better to put a steam plant on wood pellets (pellets – approx. TASS). For other regions there are other solutions, they all have a series of subjects spend up to 1 billion per year just to compensate for lost income of power companies, power plants and compensate for the tariff for the population. If the money partially to redirect to the creation of local capacities, you won’t have to carry a diesel, it would be cheaper kilowatts. For example, the installation for the production of fuel pellets from waste wood costs about €100 thousand, then you are doing a steam boiler, a greenhouse, then it is not necessary and vegetables to be imported”, – said the head of the office.

In the Nenets Autonomous district (NAO) per year imported 80 thousand tons of diesel, but fuel for steamers, taking him, spent 20 thousand tons of diesel. About one billion rubles a year NAO spends on compensation tariffs. Although there have been attempts to develop alternative energy, for example, the Japanese tried to establish in the NAO wind turbines, but the effect is not given. But over the last 5-7 years technology has progressed substantially, improved engineering solutions, confident in the success of the development of local energy Zworykin.

Following the development of the local energy, said the expert, will begin the development of food industry and agriculture, then there will be the opportunity to create new jobs and export products, transport will overcome the dead freight.

Business says Yes

As noted by Zworykin, business representatives generally support the idea of creating a new platform of maintenance of Northern delivery. Interested in “Rosatom”, “rosseti”, “SCF”, “Gazprom gas fuel”, “NOVATEK” with liquefied gas. There are much smaller companies that produce steam equipment, turbines, boilers, and they are ready to provide large orders. Company “Norilsk Nickel” lays fiber-optic communication line from Novy Urengoy to Norilsk.

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According to experts of the company carry goods is legal, but not all their vehicles can be used to overcome the dead freight. While some are going in one direction and return empty, others go the other way and go back empty, dock nowhere. There are virtually no control. Due to the shallowness of some rivers of the goods, for example, coal, along the way dropping to overcome the dangerous places.

The office of the “Northern delivery” and insists on creating a single electronic platform for trading, where all participants of delivery would have the opportunity to meet and to bargain, if we are talking about large batches. The electronic bidding system implies greater confidence, said Zworykin.

In her opinion, the development will not lead to rise in prices Northern delivery, but rather cheapen it. “Now there are lots of small companies that are trying to delivery to earn extra money, and this forms an inadequate price. If you create a global system, then mediators has dropped, the cost of transportation falls. Need to build a system with minimum human involvement. If we are on the Arctic will be able to break in and show that it works, you can create the same global GDS for transportation of cargo on all modes of transport,” – said the Agency interlocutor.