Today, under the leadership of St. Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko, a meeting of the Marine Board under the city government. & Nbsp; It was attended by the Deputy Chief of the Russian Navy, Vice-Admiral Alexander Fedotenkov, Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation Viktor & nbsp; Olersky, members of the government of St. Petersburg, representatives of executive authorities, public organizations and enterprises of the city.
During the meeting with the & nbsp; report on the status and prospects of sea, river and yachting tourism in the & nbsp; St. Petersburg was made the head of the NGO "Directorate for development of St. Petersburg transport system and the Leningrad region" Kirill Polyakov.
According to him, having a huge potential to take not less than 40 000 ship calls each year, St. Petersburg is visited by about 60 yachts per year & nbsp.; But given the favorable geographical position, the large number of water bodies and the border with such "powers yacht» & nbsp; Finland and Estonia, the development of yachting in St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region & nbsp; - Today is extremely important. & Nbsp; & nbsp;
The results of the work of the Directorate in 2015, identified a number of problems that hinder the development of yachting on the territory of the two entities. Firstly, it is an insufficient number of checkpoints across the state border of the Russian Federation. Today, WFP "Vyborg" ceased work on service yachting vessels due to institutional differences as well as differences of positions lessor and lessee for this property. Rosgranitsa plans to build a checkpoint on the Saimaa Canal (in the Gateway District 5), but these works will start only in 2016. Only the closest existing crossing point is Fort Constantine, located more than 300 km from the Saimaa Canal. Its location is focused on the reception of transit vessels or ships bound directly to St. Petersburg, bypassing all the East Coast of the Gulf of Finland.
Second, the lack of infrastructure for maintenance and parking of yacht ships. The only suitable for yachting are the Eastern Gulf of Finland and Lake Ladoga parking islands. And if there are objects for potential development in the Leningrad region, then in Karelia - they are virtually absent.
Thirdly, the imperfection of the legislation regulating the activities of the floating gas stations. In 2014 we changed the requirements of regulatory authorities ("Rechmortransnadzor ') to the procedures for registration of the CCD. And if they were in 2014 to 24 in St. Petersburg and Leningrad, now their number is drastically reduced. In accordance with the Rules of the Russian River Register to floating filling stations are requirements by analogy with the oil bunkering terminals and databases that require licenses, includingtrans-shipment and loading and unloading operations relating to dangerous goods in inland waterway transport. Due to the fact that at the present time in the Russian legislation does not contain the concept of "self-propelled floating petrol stations" (CCD), respectively, and there is no definite list of permits for their operation and maintenance of the floating gas stations for boats in general. "Existing laws and regulations entail a serious increase in the execution of all required documents and receipt of license costs, and as a result of unavailability of the private sector to bear such costs, it also entails a reduction in the number & nbsp; CCD - said Kirill Polyakov. - & Nbsp; In order to resolve this situation requires directed initiative, including from government entities. "
Kirill Polyakov also outlined a number of tasks that are necessary to address in 2016: in the first place, is to develop a comprehensive program for the development of water tourism and sports of the two regions, taking into account all the problematic issues existing in this field, including regulatory and creating new infrastructure. It is also important to explore with departmental authorities the possibility of opening of the Southern coast of the Gulf of Finland for yacht trips and determine the place of prospective foreign yachts parking at a distance of a day's comfortable (no more than 30 nautical miles from each other). This will extend the existing route from Finland to St. Petersburg to the Republic of Estonia and open it for "family" boating & nbsp;. Finally, & nbsp; we need to develop a. Hogland as a promising object of yachting infrastructure and tourist center. Today its territory is located in the department of the Russian Defence Ministry and is closed. However, thanks to its rich history and exceptional natural features of the object now is of interest to visit, like the Russian and foreign tourists.
In addition, during the meeting, Kirill Polyakov urged to contact the Russian government with a proposal to allow foreign tourists being in Russia for 72 hours or more for those who arrive in St. Petersburg not only by ferry cruise ships, but also on their own yachts. St. Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko, supported this idea.
Recall Marine Board at the Government & nbsp; St. Petersburg & nbsp; is a permanent the coordinating body of the Government of St. Petersburg, promotes concerted actions of federal executive authorities, executive authorities of St. Petersburg, enterprises and organizations in the field of maritime activities.
The purpose of the Marine Board is to create conditions for the implementation of the St. Petersburg National Maritime Policy of the Russian Federation and formed on the basis of its state policy of St. Petersburg in the field of maritime activities.