• 2017 April 21 13:02

    EIB and ABN AMRO provide EUR 150 million to finance green shipping

    The European Investment Bank and ABN AMRO sign an agreement today to support investments for greening the European shipping fleet. This framework is the first with a financial institution in the Netherlands.

    The framework guarantee agreement will make that sure promoters of green projects in the maritime transport sector can benefit from favourable financial terms as a result of the EIB's AAA rating. The facility is open for both retrofitting of existing shipping as well as for projects that envisage the construction of new vessels with a green innovation aspect and applies to both inland shipping and seagoing operators.

    “The Bank received a clear signal from the market that there was a financing gap for the greening of shipping fleets.” said EIB vice-president Pim van Ballekom. “By allowing the EIB to take more risk, the Investment Plan for Europe enabled us to create a new instrument to support shipping companies in complying with the European sustainability standards. This is the second agreement under a EUR 750 million EFSI Green Shipping Guarantee Programme, which was set up after numerous discussions with Dutch counterparts from the public and private sector. We are really looking to ship owners to make use of it so that we can implement it in other countries as well.”

    The programme is meant for projects that will improve the environmental performance of transport vessels in terms of diminishing the emission of pollutants as well as increasing fuel efficiency. Projects should be proposed to ABN AMRO and will be subject to the eligibility and risk acceptance criteria.

    The agreement is supported by the Connecting Europe Facility and was made possible by the European Fund for Strategic Investments, central pillar of the Juncker Commission’s Investment Plan for Europe.

    The European Investment Bank is the long-term lending institution of the European Union owned by its Member States. It makes long-term finance available for sound investment in order to contribute towards EU policy goals. Transport projects accounted for EUR 12.5 Bln of the EIB’s investments over 2016.

    The Investment Plan for Europe, the so-called Juncker Plan, is one of the European Commission's top priorities. It focuses on boosting investments to create jobs and growth by making smarter use of new and existing financial resources, removing obstacles to investment and providing visibility and technical assistance to investment projects.

    The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) is the central pillar of the Juncker Plan. It provides a first loss guarantee, allowing the EIB to invest in more, often riskier, projects. The EFSI is already showing concrete results. The projects and agreements approved for financing under the EFSI so far are expected to mobilise more than EUR 183 billion in investments and support over 425,000 SMEs across all 28 Member States.

    Under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), EUR 24.05 billion is made available from the EU's 2014-2020 budget to co-fund priority transport projects in the EU Member States.


2017 August 24

11:06 Shell’s FLNG facility Prelude officially enters into Lloyd’s Register class
10:25 Port of San Francisco seeks a new partner for shipyard lease
10:14 Brent Crude futures price up 0.04% to $52.59, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.08% to $48.37
09:59 Victor Olersky congratulates UCL Holding on the 10th anniversary!
09:18 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,222 points
09:04 DOF Subsea secures utilisation for several vessels in the Subsea IMR Projects segment
08:00 Seaspan accepts delivery of first 11000 TEU SAVER containership, enters into time charters for two 10000 TEU newbuilds and agrees to sell four 4250 TEU vessels
07:59 Alphaliner: Global container Volumes on the rise in H1

2017 August 23

18:36 U-Ming Marine Transport has become the constituent of the FTSE4Good Index
18:27 HMM’s cargo processing at Busan Port hit new record
18:06 IHC America wins a new contract with Weeks Marine
17:54 Steel cutting ceremony of Sirius Shipping’s newbuilding held at AVIC Dingheng shipyard in China
17:36 UK operator SMS Towage buys new tug from Sanmar Shipyards
17:19 Indian Navy commissions second landing craft utility ship MK-IV 'IN LCU L52'
17:06 TOTE Maritime prepares for next phase of LNG operations
17:00 Northwest Seaport Alliance July container volumes show 5 percent increase year to date
16:58 Ukraine’s water transport carried 0.3 mln passengers in Jan-Jul'17, up 37.6%, Y-o-Y
16:57 Panama Canal welcomes largest capacity container vessel to-date through expanded locks
16:55 Konecranes signs contract with Shenzhen Energy Group Environmental Protection Company for thirteen fully automated WtE cranes
16:42 Port of Virginia orders four new cranes
16:36 Cargo transportation by Ukraine’s water transport down 2.1% to 3 mln t in 7M’17
16:17 Van Oord awarded contract to construct Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm
16:13 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Europe
16:00 Rustam Khalitov appointed as Director General of KNRG Upravleniye, management company of Caspian Energy Group (photo)
15:40 7th Fleet Commander relieved due to loss of confidence
15:14 Russia’s General Board of State Expert Review approved stages of Zvezda Shipyard project (Far East)
14:59 Russia develops digital platform for testing unmanned ship navigation
14:18 CMA CGM invests in the NYSHEX market and accelerates its digital transformation
13:15 KFTC announces decision concerning the violation of south Korean antitrust law by car carriers
12:43 Dmitry Medvedev signed amendments into regulations on delivery of caught and processed aquatic bioresources (document)
12:12 SaR operations continue in Singapore to find missing sailors of USS John McCain
12:00 LNG carrier Christophe de Margerie passed the Northern Sea Route for 6.5 days without assistance of icebreakers (photo)
11:23 MPA and IBM complete pilot trial on new cognitive-based system to improve maritime and port operations
11:04 Sovershenny, newest corvette of RF Navy's Pacific Fleet is open for visitors of the Army 2017 Forum
10:46 USC congratulates UCL Holding on the tenth anniversary!
10:25 Russian Chamber of Shipping congratulates UCL Holding on the first round number anniversary – 10 years in the market!
10:02 Brent Crude futures price down 0.35% to $51.69, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.33% to $47.67
09:44 TOTE Maritime’s LNG supplier gets the green light for LNG facility and barge-to-ship bunkering
09:33 Bunker prices go up at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:14 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,249 points

2017 August 22

17:57 Gazprom Export LLC congratulates UCL Holding with a decade of fruitful activities!
17:28 Gazprom Neft resumes regular bunkering of vessels with marine lubricants at the port of Ust-Luga (photo)
17:05 OOCL celebrated the christening of hull of OOCL Germany
16:36 Reconstruction of Beringovsky Port will let boost coal exports to 2 mln t per year – Beringpromugol
16:05 MAN Diesel & Turbo and AKA win order from federal Russian agency
15:50 Cuxport handles crane parts weighing several tonnes for the NYK Bulk & Projects shipping company
15:34 SGS Group opts for Aqua-tools ballast water test kits
15:04 CMA CGM announces GRI from Asia to Panama, the Caribbean and Cuba on PEX2 service
14:35 First of ten Stan Tug 1907 ICE completed by Great Lakes Shipyard for The Great Lakes Towing Company
14:25 Baker McKenzie and COBALT selected the legal advisers of the IPO of the Port of Tallinn
14:02 ABP’s Scottish ports raise funds for RNLI and Fisherman’s Mission
13:38 IMO and Liberia looking to enhance maritime security
13:14 Bunker prices are still high at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:47 Dredging at two berths of Vladivostok will let the port accommodate large cruise liners from 2018 (photo)
12:23 Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg has increased financing of labour safety actions by 23%
12:15 Port of Los Angeles and GE Transportation build on early success of pilot with commerical agreements worth up to $12 million
11:59 Maritime security code under review
11:36 ABB’s Onboard DC Grid enables integration of energy storage on specialized hybrid wind farm vessel
11:24 Stealth Maritime Corp. comments on collision of Navy vessel and its Liberia flagged tanker
11:12 FESCO launches its first transit train between China and Europe via Mongolia