• 2015 January 16 12:53

    Throughput of port Ventspils (Latvia) down 9% to 26.02 mln t in 2014

    In January-December 2014, the port of Ventspils handled 26.2 mln t (+9%, year-on-year), the port authority informs. The second half of the year is said to be especially difficult for some terminals; the forecasts for 2015 are cautious.

    Despite positive trends in the development of ferry services at Freeport of Ventspils and in operation of some terminals, general performance of the port was influenced by the sanctions, the statement says. They caused a considerable decrease of coal transit (-21%). The loss caused by the sanctions is said to make EUR 500,000 per month of which 10% loses state and 10% loses local government. The decline was also registered in the sectors of oil products and iron ore transshipment. Therefore, the port failed to achieve the planned throughput.

    In spite of the planned reduction of 2015 budget, the Freeport of Ventspils Authority is not going to increase port service fees and will continue investing maximum resources to support the development of port infrastructure, the statement says.

    The year of 2014 saw the opening of the new dry bulk terminal at the Freeport of Ventspils. The repair of Berth No. 34 was completed. Construction of Berth No.12 accommodating a new general cargo terminal is financed by the EU. With the EU resources, Freeport of Ventspils will continue its work aimed at improvement of the port infrastructure and reconstruction of access roads to terminal and industrial sites located within the Freeport of Ventspils. The reconstruction of the berth for the fleet of the Freeport of Ventspils Authority and repair of the protective wall is underway.

    In 2015 Ventspils port infrastructure investments planned for 25.6 million euros, including 11.9 million euro from the European Union Cohesion Fund., and dismantling of Mooring No. 1 shall be continued to increase cargo turnover. Implementation of the launched projects will continue and a new project aimed at ground stabilization along some berths is to be launched soon. Continuing to develope an industrial sector,  construction of two new industrial buildings has started -Electronics Centre and Technology Centre  co-financed by EU funds. The new construction of „Hydraulic Bauteile Baltic” plant for the production of hydraulic couplings was completed in 2014.


    There are positive trends in the development of ferry services at Freeport of Ventspils. From October 19, the number of ferry voyages to Nynäshamn (Sweden) was increased to 7 times per week. The amount of passengers at the Nynäshamn line of Stena Line increased by 39%, cargo transportation grew by 25%. Passenger turnover at the Travemünde line (Germany) surged by 41%. So, the port achieved a new record in 2014 —82,952 passengers and 72,758 cargo units.


    Compared to the previous year, three out of ten terminals at the Freeport of Ventspils have increased their throughput in 2014: Ventspils Nafta termināls - 15%, Ventamonjaks serviss - 32%, Noord Natie Ventspils Terminals – 0.3%. The following terminals showed the decrease: Ventbunkers - 36%, Ventspils tirdzniecības osta - 29%, Ventall Termināls - 35%, Baltic Coal Terminal - 23%, Ventplac - 15%, Ventspils Grain Terminal – 8% and Kālija parks - 3%.


    Ventspils port is located near Venta river. There are terminals for loading and unloading of crude and oil products, liquid chemicals and fertilizers, metal and coal, timber and fish, containers and Ro-Ro trailers. 

2019 January 24

14:37 Polskie LNG terminal is ready for expansion
14:14 German Shipowners’ Association calls upon the EU to find solution for boat refugees in the Mediterranean Sea
13:54 DCT Gdansk terminal expands its fleet of STS and RTG cranes
13:12 “K”LINE awarded CDP’s “A List 2018” on climate change ―Earning highest rating “A” for three consecutive years
12:35 Cargo traffic via Murmansk Sea Fishing Port in 2018 remained flat Y-o-Y at 331,200 tonnes
12:11 COSCO SHIPPING Ports takes 60% stake in Chancay Terminal, Peru
11:36 SEA\LNG releases study revealing compelling investment case for LNG as a marine fuel
11:30 Icebreaker assistance period begins at the port of Primorsk (Leningrad Region) from January 25
11:12 GTT receives an order from DSME for the tank design of two new LNG carriers
11:06 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
10:47 Monjasa's bunker tanker Accra supplies marine fuel in the Panama Canal
10:29 15 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 23-24
10:04 Port of Gothenburg container volumes up by 17 per cent in 2018
10:00 Brent Crude futures price down 0.36% to $60.92, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.38% to $52.43
09:41 Wilhelmsen Ship Management selected as the manager for Pardus Energy’s FSRU
09:37 Matthieu de Tugny takes helm at BV's Marine & Offshore division
09:18 Baltic Dry Index is down to 982 points

2019 January 23

18:27 Planning for 2020 IMO's sulphur cap has already started
18:13 Eagle Bulk receives commitment for a new credit facility totaling $208 million
18:02 Port of Gdansk (Poland) throughput in 2018 totaled 49.03 million tonnes, up 20.7% Y-o-Y
17:40 Andrei Malyarov elected as Chairman of Severnaya Verf shipyard's BoD
17:19 RWE files acquisition of renewables businesses of E.ON and innogy with European Commission
17:03 The Board of Directors of Fincantieri appoints a second General Manager
16:51 Ice restrictions at the port of Arkhangelsk come into effect on February 15
16:37 USCG interdicts smuggling boat with convicted criminals aboard off Florida
16:24 Regulatory issues related to operation of seaport infrastructure facilities to be discussed at the 2nd HES and Dredging Congress
16:08 First discharge of LPG from Ichthys LNG Project in Japan carried by “K” LINE’s VLGC “GRACE RIVER”
16:03 CMA CGM to launch its Med Pendulum Service (MPS)
15:46 Ice restrictions at the port of Vyborg (Leningrad Region) come into effect on February 6
15:33 Nakilat – Keppel welcomes first FSRU at the Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard
15:28 MHI Vestas achieves final turbine installation at Horns Reef 3
15:18 Rolls-Royce completes €57 million upgrade of Rauma thruster facility
15:03 NYK announces delivery of new coal carrier for Hokkaido Electric Power
14:33 Port of Oakland reports more ships than ever plugging into grid
14:20 Throughput of Port Vysotsky up 10.7% to 7.89 million tonnes in 2018
14:03 Kiel welcomes the TUI Cruises newbuilding
13:45 Admiralteiskie Verfi shipyard lays down large freezing trawler of Project СТ-192
13:27 Coast Guard’s only heavy icebreaker arrives at Antarctica
13:02 Rotterdam as a circular hub for the raw materials transition
12:58 The Russian Federation accedes to passenger compensation treaty
12:51 New initiatives to strengthen Singapore as a global maritime hub announced
12:37 SCHOTTEL presents new mechanical hybrid propulsion solution
12:04 Port of Riga cooperates with Balarusian forest industry to further increase its timber cargo volumes
11:42 15 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 22-23
11:16 OSG exercises option for second 204,000 barrel barge at Gunderson Marine
10:55 Maritime Security & Offshore Patrol Week 2019 to be held for the first time ever in Dubai, UAE by IQPC Middle East
10:37 N-KOM welcomes first FSRU at the Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard
10:20 Responsibilities for implementation of state programmes of the Russian Federation divided between Deputy Prime Ministers
10:06 Brent Crude futures price up 0.03% to $61.52, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.02% to $53.03
09:48 Aderco: Planning for 2020 has already started
09:43 Vympel Shipyard lays down yet another hydrographic vessel / buoy tender of Project 19910 for RF Navy
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,036 points

2019 January 22

18:25 Elengy prepares the sale of access capacities to the Fos Tonkin LNG terminal for the period 2021-2030
18:05 Monjasa steps up as the 2nd largest local bunker supplier in the Panama Canal in 2018
17:54 Relampago practices skills with UAE Navy ship
17:35 CalMac takes over the tiller at Argyll Ferries
17:05 NYK gets the highest-rated ‘A’ for Climate Change by CDP Survey
16:42 RF Government proposed candidates to Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port's BoD
16:23 Pilbara Ports Authority achieves a new record tonnage on a single tide at the Port of Port Hedland
15:56 Port of Rotterdam Authority and Rotterdam Port Promotion Council renew collaboration