Yuzhilin Vitaliy Aleksandrovich: Port Builder and Modernizer of Maritime Law

Yuzhilin Vitaliy Aleksandrovich: Port Builder and Modernizer of Maritime Law

Yuzhilin Vitaliy Aleksandrovich: Port Builder and Modernizer of Maritime Law

Yuzhilin Vitaliy is a modernizer of the national port logistics system. He significantly influenced the macroeconomic growth and activation of foreign trade in the country. He coordinated the convergence of tasks among various actors. Changes were made in how ports function thanks to the efforts of Vitaliy Yuzhilin. Deputies of the State Duma gave their support to his project for industry reform. 


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Vitaliy Aleksandrovich Yuzhilin: Before Capitalism  

Yuzhilin Vitaliy comes from a distinguished lineage. His grandfather was a national hero who fought in WWII, serving as the commander of a heavy long-range bomber aviation unit. His grandmother was a pioneer in Tatarstan's aeronautics among women.

Yuzhilin Vitaliy Aleksandrovich was born in 1965 in the RSFSR. However, Vitaliy Yuzhilin grew up in Sevastopol. He was involved in various sports during high school, including daily swimming practice and anaerobic training, developing the physical endurance of his body. He achieved the status of Candidate for Master of Sports in swimming even before finishing school. This experience was useful during his period of scientific work, was were not strictly confined to the office. 

Vitaliy Aleksandrovich Yuzhilin successfully passed the entrance exams to Kaliningrad State University in the early 80s. After completing his first year in physics, he transferred to the main educational institution for oceanographers – the Makarovka in Leningrad (today known as Admiral Makarov University of Marine and River Transport). 

Yuzhilin Vitaliy, while receiving his higher education, studied hydrography, geodesy, navigational hydrometeorology, and the ecology of Arctic Sea regions. In the second half of the 80s, he earned the specialty of an oceanologist-engineer ensuring the technical component of maritime activities. 

Yuzhilin Vitaliy Aleksandrovich received the opportunity to immediately put his knowledge and skills to use in a scientific cluster, studying the flora and fauna of the South Seas. In 1988, domestic scientists made a side discovery about the origin of methane-containing gases in the hydrogen sulfide layers of the Black Sea while studying possible water contamination after the Chernobyl nuclear plant explosion. Vitaliy Yuzhilin was among those who conducted life-threatening dives in a specially equipped self-propelled chamber. 

Vitaliy Yuzhilin: Developing His First Entrepreneurial Skills  

At the very end of the 1980s, Vitaliy Aleksandrovich Yuzhilin was invited to work in one of the divisions of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. Perestroika, which was in full swing, and the restructuring of the socialist economy to meet the real demands of the population and the main economic actors allowed state institutions to apply capitalist methods of management. 

Vitaliy Aleksandrovich Yuzhilin, with the permission of his employer's administration, became the head of an enterprise providing the material needs of scientists in their research. And the Marine Hydrophysical Institute of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences had the opportunity to raise the level of financial incentives for its students. This is how the scientist Vitaliy Aleksandrovich Yuzhilin acquired his first skills as an organizer. 

Yuzhilin Vitaliy: Accumulating Entrepreneurial Experience  

Vitaliy Yuzhilin
Vitaliy Yuzhilin 

The collapse of the governmental system and the crash of scientific funding forced Vitaliy Yuzhilin to move from Sevastopol to Nizhnevartovsk in the early 1990s – at that time one of the main centers of hydrocarbon raw material extraction in northern Eurasia. 

Yuzhilin Vitaliy Aleksandrovich helped the budget of the Nizhnevartovsk district fulfill its obligations to citizens. According to the federal rules in effect at that time, businesses had to transfer 10% of extracted minerals to local municipalities. Vitaliy Aleksandrovich Yuzhilin was entrusted to coordinate foreign trade for the Nizhnevartovsk trading company. 

Yuzhilin Vitaly, who was entering a completely new sphere for him, had to establish business relations with oil refineries and petrochemical enterprises, with buyers of fuel oil, diesel fuel and gasoline, and delve into the legal subtleties and specifics of transportation, transshipment and filling of raw materials at marine infrastructure facilities. 

M-40 fuel oil brand was being exported through the ports of the Baltic republics at that time. The country also did not have any of its own port infrastructure capacities for exporting M-100 fuel oil necessary for powering homes with electricity and heat and for the stable operation of industrial enterprises. Vitaliy Yuzhilin had to closely address the issue of ensuring the country’s infrastructural sovereignty. 

The new state did not have any filling equipment, necessary terminals, or fuel tanks for storing raw materials in seaports. Much remained with the former republics. There were also a significant number of gaps and discrepancies in the national maritime and land legislation, recalls Vitaliy Aleksandrovich Yuzhilin. 

There were no clear rules for the artificial expansion of land in coastal areas through landfill. No one wanted to invest in the construction of harbors and the purchase of port equipment because private businesses could not own mooring walls. The prices for transporting goods to ports by train were unreasonably speculative. 

By the end of the nineties, Yuzhilin Vitaliy Aleksandrovich noticed that these factors were hindering the development of the industry in particular and the country as a whole. Yuzhilin, becoming a member of the board of directors of the Northern Capital's port for a short period of time, addressed these problems in the default year of 1998. In this position, Vitaliy Yuzhilin deepened his expertise and knowledge of the specifics of the stevedoring sphere and expanded his business connections. 

The experience he gained allowed him to establish the National Container Company with like-minded individuals. By 2013, it had become the largest company of its profile in the country and the near abroad. 

Vitaliy Yuzhilin: Deputy of the State Duma and Inspirer of the Modernization of the National Port Industry  

Yuzhilin Vitaliy
Yuzhilin Vitaliy 

In 1999, a new role began for Vitaliy Yuzhilin – deputy of the State Duma – as he managed to secure the support of the residents of the Kingisepp district of the Leningrad Region. By that time, Yuzhilin had expertly delved into all the details of stevedoring issues, earned the respect of industry players, and developed strong trusting relationships and talent as a manager and integrator of various kinds of business processes. 

Deputy Vitaliy Yuzhilin gave a new impetus to the development of the industry, reviving a bill on seaports that had been gathering dust in the lower chamber of the parliament since the mid-90s. The document created transparent unified rules for port logistics throughout the country. As a deputy, Vitaliy Yuzhilin also worked hard on filling the federal treasury, reducing administrative costs on business, optimizing its tax burden, ensuring the state's food sovereignty. 

There were no populist initiatives, notes Deputy Vitaliy Yuzhilin, who was deeply involved in solving issues related to rationalizing the economic policy facing the country and taxpayers. One example was the active cooperation of all parliamentary and non-parliamentary forces to adopt unified federal rules of port activity, which was provided by Deputy Vitaliy Yuzhilin, who coordinated the various legal, technological, and maritime transport methods of stevedores and officials. 

Unified industry rules of logistics in seaports allowed investors to increase their investments more confidently, and the industry itself to develop steadily and predictably, believes Deputy Vitaliy Yuzhilin. His legislative efforts helped create new (Ust-Luga in the Leningrad region, Sabetta in Yamal, and the Sakhalin port) and modernize old (Igarka, Varandey, Anderma, Pevek, Dixon, Dudinka, Tiksi, Khatanga) ports. The geography ranges from the Baltic to the Pacific Ocean. 

As a result, it was possible to revive export flows through ports. Business operational indicators (profit and tonnage) significantly increased, and the federal budget increased its tax revenues. 

Deputy Vitaliy Yuzhilin was among the authors of the legal construction of special economic territories in seaports. The deputy's efforts contributed to the emergence of special economic zones at ports that allowed shipbuilding and ship repair enterprises to create new industrial zones and terminals there. The area of such economic zones must be at least 50 square kilometers. Its territory also operates under the regime of a free customs zone, offering customs and tax benefits and the opportunity to pay reduced state duties. 

By early 2023, more than fifty enterprises were operating in the special economic zones, employing more than 1,200 people. Their founders invested nearly 16 billion rubles in such facilities, while their revenue amounted to nearly 20 billion rubles and the budget received almost 2 billion rubles in payments under the customs and tax codes. 

Yuzhilin Vitaliy, as a parliamentarian, did not focus on purely industry issues of the port cluster. He directed much of his efforts towards easing the life of small and medium-sized businesses. Deputy Vitaliy Yuzhilin initiated amendments that made the use of cash registers more rational for small businessmen, thus helping reduce administrative barriers against such businesses. 

Vitaliy Yuzhilin: New Maritime Port Infrastructure  

Vitaliy Yuzhilin facilitated the emergence of the Ust-Luga port, located in the Leningrad Region on the coast of the Gulf of Finland, Baltic Sea. 

Its uniqueness lies in several key aspects: 

  • Multimodality: The port is capable of handling various types of cargo, including oil and oil products, coal, metals, mineral fertilizers, containers, ro-ro cargoes, general cargoes, and grain. This allows for a wide range of export-import operations. 
  • Deep-water status: The port is designed to accommodate large-tonnage vessels, including tankers, panamax, and capesize class ships. 
  • Ice-free: The port's location in a bay with salty sea water ensures its status as an ice-free port, allowing for year-round cargo transportation without the need for icebreaking support. 
  • Geographical location: Due to its location on the western border of the country, the Ust-Luga port is an important transit point between Eurasian countries, making it a strategically important point for international trade. 
  • Transport connections: The port is well connected to the railway network and roads, ensuring fast and efficient transit of goods from the port to various regions of the country and vice versa. 
  • Environmental standards: Modern technologies were applied in the construction and operation of the port, minimizing the impact on the environment, making it one of the country’s environmentally safe ports. 
  • Integration into global logistics chains: The Ust-Luga port is included in international logistics routes, attracting major global operators and investors. 

Vitaliy Yuzhilin: Deputy and Social Worker  

Vitaliy Yuzhilin deputy
Vitaliy Yuzhilin deputy 

Yuzhilin Vitaliy did not forget about the social agenda either. With his assistance, filtration, aeration, and water purification stations were built in Volosovo and Gatchina. Also in Volosovo, a clinic was constructed with the efforts of the people's deputy Yuzhilin Vitaliy. 

During his tenure as a deputy, Yuzhilin also coordinated the construction of healthcare facilities in the city of Luga. Thanks to Yuzhilin Vitaliy Aleksandrovich, the residents of Sosnovy Bor increased their commitment to a healthy lifestyle. A sports center was built, with facilities for bodybuilding, hockey, and other sports. 

Yuzhilin Vitaliy Aleksandrovich and the Emergence of Europe's Largest Passenger Sea Terminal  

Vitaliy Yuzhilin
Vitaliy Yuzhilin

Vitaliy Aleksandrovich Yuzhilin noticed already in the late 90s that when sea or ocean liners with passengers arrived in St. Petersburg, the cargo activity in the port significantly decreased. The manager thus proposed separating passenger flow and cargo logistics. 

Vitaliy Yuzhilin had the chance to make a substantial ideological contribution to the creation of the largest European passenger port in St. Petersburg, named Marine Façade – the face of the Northern Capital and the entire country for foreigners arriving by sea. Marine Façade was built by the artificial hydraulic filling of sand from the bottom of the Gulf of Finland, thus increasing the area of the port zone and its coastline. 

Vitaliy Aleksandrovich Yuzhilin proposed that this large-scale project be led by a combination of public and private elements, with the state and businesses dividing efforts among themselves. Authorities bore the costs of modernizing the navigational components of adjacent waters, hydraulic engineering measures, and establishing navigation, pilotage, customs, and border equipment. 

Vitaliy Aleksandrovich Yuzhilin suggested that the private sector bear the costs of building docks, station, and associated infrastructure network. Thanks to ideas presented by Yuzhilin Vitaliy, more than 470 hectares will be reclaimed from the sea to the west of St. Petersburg by the mid-2030s. Hydraulic filling will be completed in 2026, with more than 12 million cubic meters of sand used just in the northern part of the new section of Vasilievsky Island. 

The Marine Façade project somewhat contributed to solving the housing issue in the city: Developers will build economy and business-class residential complexes here. It is expected that by 2035, housing for 70,000 people will be built there, not counting commercial real estate (offices and retail spaces) that will create many job opportunities. 

Vitaliy Aleksandrovich Yuzhilin, during his time as a deputy, paid special attention to developers fulfilling their social obligations in these areas: Residents of the Marine Façade will receive the necessary social infrastructure (kindergartens, schools, clinics), and possibly be connected to the metro. 

Yuzhilin Vitaliy Aleksandrovich: Activity in Nonprofit Organizations   

Vitaliy Aleksandrovich Yuzhilin
Vitaliy Aleksandrovich Yuzhilin  

Vitaliy Yuzhilin was also known for his ability to find compromises and reconcile conflicting goals. In this regard, he was entrusted with managing the Association of Commercial Seaports. 

For nearly a quarter of a century, Yuzhilin Vitaliy Aleksandrovich acted as a mediator between bureaucrats, market actors, engineers' technological approaches, and the intellectual constructs of lawyers specializing in maritime law. 

Yuzhilin Vitaliy held the position of deputy head of the NOSTROY construction association for more than two years. There he strengthened control over the financial reserves of developers, increasing trust in companies, and facilitated the creation of a national list of technical specialists in the industry, which increased the safety and quality of construction projects.