• 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 March 19

18:25 Navigation support tool receives 2018 Hydrographic Technology Encouragement Award
18:05 NYK holds conferences to improve the safety of its dry bulk fleet
17:36 Abu Dhabi Ports collects over 120 tons of floating sea debris
17:05 JAXPORT sets record with largest container ship to call Jacksonville
16:35 NYK introduces its market analysis initiatives using AI and big data
16:10 BigLift Shipping and Chung Yang Shipping cooperate in heavy transport
15:53 BW Group purchases a majority stake in Epic Gas from key shareholders and launches unconditional tender offer
15:23 Bunker market sees mixed price movements at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
15:12 Royal IHC to design and deliver dredge installations for Van Oord
15:02 CMA CGM updates THC in Lithuania ports
14:31 Wight at the forefront of environmental stewardship – Hybrid Explorer Vessel
14:02 Maersk has announced FAK rates from Far East Asia to Mediterranean
13:31 GC Rieber Shipping: Shearwater GeoServices awarded acquisition and processing contract in Turkey
13:01 PIL starts new Middle East service – China Straits Gulf
12:41 V.Ships Leisure teams up with Mystic Cruises to provide crew services for the first expedition vessel, World Explorer
12:20 Global cruise industry meets at Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum 2019
12:01 Global Ship Lease agrees three-year charter with Hapag-Lloyd
11:30 ICTSI upgrades Lae unit ahead of schedule
11:19 10 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 18-19
11:00 ABS expands Best Practices for Ballast Water Management Systems
10:41 Icebreakers of FSUE Rosmorport assisted about 6,000 ships in navigation season 2018-2019
10:22 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.12% to $67.62, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.08% to $59.38
10:04 Draft Decree of RF Government foresees allocation of RUB 4.1 billion for reconstruction of Zhatai Shipyard
09:58 Panama Canal and Maersk to join the IMO-supported Global Industry Alliance to Support Low Carbon Shipping
09:46 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning March, 19
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is up to 721 points

2019 March 18

18:26 American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier loads Army aviation unit cargo in Thessaloniki
18:16 Wagenborg SPMTs to relocate giant MV-piling rig at the port of Rotterdam Maasvlakte
18:05 RF President launched Balaklavskaya and Tavricheskaya TPPs and Port substation in Taman
18:00 Indian Register of Shipping wins 5-year contract to provide Emergency Response Services for 33 vessels of The Shipping Corporation of India
17:36 Kawasaki Heavy Industries delivers bulk carrier Divinegate for Indigo Marine Shipping
17:30 NCSP Group’s consolidated cargo turnover for January 2019 increased by 3.3% to 12.063 million tonnes
17:05 Fincantieri starts works in Ancona on the new ship for Viking
16:38 RF Government allows LNG transportation along Northern Sea Route by certain foreign ships
16:32 Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft delivers sixth new building Ro-Ro for SIEM
16:27 Castor Maritime announces time charter contract for Panamax vessel with Oldendorff Carriers
16:13 CMA CGM announces GRR from East Coast South America to West Africa, East Africa, South Africa, Arabian Gulf and West Coast North of India
15:52 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 19,421 in RF spot market
15:51 Two NYK tugboat subsidiaries to merge
15:33 Global Ports Holding and MSC Cruises announce agreement to support Antigua
15:20 Iceberg to develop design and engineering documentation for nuclear-powered icebreaker of project 10510, Leader
15:13 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to South Africa
14:33 CMA CGM to apply GRI from Canada West Coast to worldwide destinations (Excluding Africa, EU, Russia and USA)
14:01 MSC adds vessel to its Lone Star service from Asia to USEC and Gulf of Mexico
13:46 Victor Gusev appointed General Director of Nakhodka Sea Fishing Port
13:27 Jumbo wins offshore subsea decommissioning project in North Sea
13:11 The largest fuel tanker to enter Port of Newcastle
12:55 10 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 17-18
12:31 Contship Italia S.p.A. has entered into negotiations with MSC for sale of MCT
12:10 Maersk Line announces FAK rates – Scope Far East Asia to Mediterranean
11:51 Russia, Finland satisfied by shipping and environmental cooperation in Baltic and Arctic regions
11:32 Navig8 Chemical Tankers enters into sale and leaseback agreements with ICBC for four 37,000 DWT product oil/chemical tankers
11:02 Incheon Port container volumes up 7.5% to 266,000 TEU in January 2019
10:44 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Mar.18
10:15 SCF achieved adjusted profit of USD 6.9 million for 2018 vs USD 5.3 million loss for 2017
09:54 USA, EU and Canada impose sanctions on several Russian shipyards
09:36 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.21% to $67.02, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.21% to $58.61
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is up to 730 points
08:07 Port of Oakland cargo volume down 1.3 percent in February 2019
07:26 Port of Long Beach container volumes down 9.8 percent in February 2019