• 2017 March 18 16:11

    LNG bunkering infrastructure expanding in the Baltic ports

    March 14, 2017, marked the first meeting of the “Blue Baltics” project partners in Klaipėda. Klaipėdos nafta (KN), operator of the floating LNG terminal in Klaipėda, is the main coordinator of the project. The Baltic Ports Organization was also present, as a long standing supporter of LNG bunkering infrastructure development in the Baltic Sea region.

    Topics discussed at the meeting included infrastructure synchronization of the Baltic Sea region liquefied natural gas (LNG), perspectives for future development and overall project progress. The gathering was joined by Brian Simpson, the European Coordinator for Motorways of the Sea (MoS), who introduced the political and financial support instruments available to the transport sector within the MoS framework.

    Main objectives of the investments being part of the “Blue Baltics” project include the improvement of the effectiveness of the transport sector, integration of services and creation of a cost-effective LNG supply chain.

    Promotion and support of LNG as fuel for shipping has a special meaning in the Baltic Sea region, with various environmental regulations implemented in the area. It ensures not only SECA compliance, but also the recently passed proposal to limit NOx emissions from ships in the Baltic Sea by introducing NOx Tier III requirements.

    One of the BPO members, the Klaipėda State Seaport Authority is among the project’s partners. The initiative should enable a more effective use of the KN owned and operated Klaipėda’s LNG terminal capacity and create more favorable conditions for LNG shipping development.

    Other project partners include the German Bernhard Schulte GmbH & Co., KG, which is implementing the LNG transport ship project, Estonian Alexela Energia AS, which is planning to develop the chain of LNG filling stations for public, commercial, sea transport and outermost consumers from the gas network, and the already mentioned Klaipėda State Seaport Authority, which is partly implementing the works of adaptation of the KN operated jetty to LNG loading.

    “Blue Baltics” is a project aiming at the promotion of sustainable shipping by means of developing and establishing an LNG bunkering network in the Baltic Sea and corresponding European regions. Member States involved in the project include Lithuania, Sweden, Estonia and Germany.

    One of the project’s main goals is the development of a “Maritime LNG Mobile Multifunctional Refilling Station – MMRS”, connecting the Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) to the LNG Reloading Station in Klaipėda in order to enable LNG bunkering operations. An upgrade of the LNG Reloading Station is also planned. These actions will turn Klaipėda into the main LNG Hub within the Baltic region.

    The project also includes plans to purchase 14 LNG containers, one mobile LNG/ CNG filling station and a LNG/ CNG pumping station supplying a range of customers in Estonia.

    Estimated cost of the whole project is EUR 47,605,000.


2017 May 30

10:09 Fincantieri signs cooperation agreement for the development of natural gas power systems
09:52 RF Government approves decision on investment quotas
09:35 Сombat capabilities of RF Navy’s submarines and surface ships to be increased through modernisation
09:21 MOL confirms 2% in average CO2 reduction with windshield installed on bow of containership

2017 May 29

18:39 Port Corpus Christi receives the largest vessel to call on a Gulf of Mexico port
18:06 Deltamarin container vessel design to be built in China
17:49 The course of the Port Railway Line will be altered in the port of Rotterdam
17:26 Ulstein awarded contract by China Merchant Group 1 + 9
17:06 Konecranes receives order from HHLA for 25 AGVs with lithium-ion battery drives
16:47 Marseille Fos to cut port dues for eco-friendly ships
16:42 Krylov State Research Center hosted the conference devoted to innovations and effectiveness in naval shipbuilding
16:18 Passenger Port of Saint Petersburg welcomed 9 cruise ships last week
15:55 Cruise ship Thomson Celebration made its inaugural call to Passenger Port of Saint Petersburg
15:29 Transneft Volga Region to export 40 million tons of oil a year through Novorossiysk port
14:46 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 10,021 in RF spot market
14:23 FESCO starts regular rail transportation of export cargo to the ports of St. Petersburg
13:58 French Maritime Academy representatives visit WMU
13:30 ABS Nautical Systems simplifies MRV compliance
13:01 Wärtsilä introduces dedicated organisation to drive digital transformation
12:59 DNV GL to launch the LNG Fuel Finder
12:27 Russian oceanographic research vessel Admiral Vladimirsky is escorting the sailing ship Nadezhda in the Gulf of Aden
12:02 Members of the European Parliament assess Lithuania’s Rail Baltica progress
11:36 Gondán announces delivery of first European-built dual-fuel tug
10:54 Rosmorport appoints Elena Bulanova as Acting Director of its Vanino Branch (photo)
10:28 Satcom Global completes rapid rollout of Aura VSAT across Parakou fleet
10:01 Brent Crude futures price down 0.25% to $52.38, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.28% to $49.66
09:40 Cruise liner Knyaz’ Vladimir set sail for test voyage (photo)
09:15 Baltic Dry Index down to 912 points

2017 May 28

08:59 Carnival Corporation to offer Alipay payment services onboard its fleet in Asia
05:57 Majestic Princess begins journey to China along the Silk Road sea route

2017 May 27

15:56 US Commission meets to discuss regulatory reform initiative & ocean carrier alliances
15:54 Seaspan accepts delivery of 14000 TEU SAVER Containership
07:48 DNV GL releases the new issue of MARITIME IMPACT magazine
07:45 Yilport starts investments in Ecuador’s Puerto Bolívar container terminal by installing two mobile harbor cranes

2017 May 26

18:07 OOCL enhances Intra-Asia service network by launching the ITS and VJS products
17:48 Biofouling was on the agenda at the latest in a series of IMO workshops
17:40 Wärtsilä’s hybrid system increases offshore supply vessel’s engine efficiency
17:24 IMO treaty supporting free flow of international maritime traffic is the subject of a regional seminar in Bangkok
16:52 JSC “Latvijas kuģniecība” posts net profit of USD 0.16 mln in Q1 2017
16:00 Shanghai Maritime Court representatives visit WMU
15:33 Europort Masterclasses shape industry thinking
15:09 Press-conference devoted to new cruise opportunities held onboard Princess Anastasia in St. Petersburg
14:45 Passenger Port of St. Petersburg hosted business meeting with Royal Caribbean Cruises and Arctur Travel
14:11 Passenger Port of St. Petersburg BoD held regular meeting on 24 May 2017
13:36 Hydrographic boat of Project К 1100 Meridian launched at the port of Kaliningrad (photo)
12:58 MOL launches R & D on autonomous ocean transport system
12:27 Pacific Regional Search and Rescue workshop held in Auckland, New Zealand on 22-26 May
12:10 London will host 8th Maritime Salvage & Casualty Response on 13-14 September 2017
11:39 IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim spoke at the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in Lisbon
11:04 Diana Shipping announces time charter contracts for m/v Astarte with Glencore and m/v Erato with Phaethon
10:43 Training with all-arms forces of RF Navy's Northern Fleet started in the Barents Sea
10:25 Brent Crude futures price down 0.60% to $51.13, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.78% to $48.52
10:06 Jacksonville harbor deepening awarded $17.5M in federal funding for construction
09:48 Indicative bunker prices continue going up at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:31 Navios Maritime Partners acquires five 4,250 TEU container vessels from Rickmers Maritime
09:14 Baltic Dry Index down to 918 points
08:06 BPA attracts SM Line to bolster cargo volume at Busan Port
06:26 NYK bulk carrier rescues fishermen off the coast of Peru

2017 May 25

18:30 Rostov Port Group partners with Donskoy Krepezh to acquire 80% of interest in construction company PROSPEKT
17:06 Panama Canal sets new record for largest-capacity vessel