• 2017 June 19 11:03

    5th International Maritime Congress held in Szczecin with Port of Gdansk as a partner

    On 8-9 June, the International Maritime Congress was held in Szczecin for the fifth time. The Port of Gdansk Authority SA, a partner of the event, says it is an event which provides a platform for discussion and meeting for representatives of the broadly defined maritime economy sector, including representatives of the world of industry, science, and politics.

    During the two days of meetings, representatives of the maritime sector discussed topics such as inland navigation in the European Union's transport corridor development policy, the significance of rivers in the development of cross-border regions, and the economic benefits from their navigability. A lot of space was also dedicated to maritime education, the development of the shipbuilding industry and navigation project financing.

    On the second day of the congress, during the discussion panel dedicated directly to ports, issues such as investments in the so-called green infrastructure at the Baltic ports, and their influence on enhancing the competitiveness of the ports in the global market were raised. The issue of the Silk Road and its predicted economic and geopolitical consequences, especially important to Europe, was also brought up.

    The panel entitled "The Baltic on the global sea shipping map" enjoyed particular interest. It was initiated by Lukasz Greinke, President of the Board of the Port of Gdansk Authority SA, who presented the current situation of the Baltic Sea in the context of the development of sea logistics routes in Europe.

    In his presentation, President Greinke emphasised the great dynamics of the Baltic Sea's development within the last dozen or so years. As he stressed during his speech, since the beginning of the 21st century, an over 50% increase in commodity turnover was recorded within the basin, and as a consequence, a considerable increase in the Baltic's share in Europe's maritime turnover. Significant changes also took place in terms of the distribution of powers among the Baltic countries, whereby - as L. Greinke emphasised - Poland advanced from fifth to second position within the past 20 years, outdistancing the Scandinavian ports.

    Further on during the panel, port authority Presidents discussed important changes which have taken in the Baltic Sea, above all the tremendous surge of the Polish ports and their significance in the continent's shipping market. The participants sought answers to questions on how to maintain this positive trend in the Polish maritime economy and further enhance its significance on the global sea shipping map. The development of deepwater port infrastructure and expansion of the Polish ports' impact on its base, including countries such as the Czech Republic and Slovakia, were recognised as the most important factors. The significance of further development of road and railway access infrastructure in the country, expansion of the network of shipping connections from the Polish ports, and providing legislative solutions compliant with Western standards were also highlighted.

    Moreover, the two-day event offered an opportunity to enter into discussion about planned and ongoing infrastructure investments at ports, in which the greatest chance for the further dynamic development of the Polish maritime economy was seen.




2017 June 23

12:01 DP World and Masdar to explore clean energy solutions
11:48 MOL-MES to jointly develop "Next-generation Vessel Monitoring and Support System"
11:10 GTT receives an order from Hyundai Heavy Industries to equip a new LNG carrier
10:37 Vostochny Port purchased VIKHR vacuum cleaner for Nakhodka streets
10:12 Passenger Port of Saint-Petersburg welcomes innaugural call of Seven Seas Explorer
09:48 Brent Crude futures price up 0.42% to $45.41, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.42% to $42.92
09:15 Baltic Dry Index up to 855 points

2017 June 22

18:04 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from United Arab Emirates to East Africa
17:55 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-May'17 grew by 3% to 5.41 mln t
17:33 Throughput of port Vyborg up 10% to 501,400 t in 5M’17
17:16 Rudiger Grube named as new Chairman of HHLA’s Supervisory Board
17:04 Kalmar wins an order of six RTGs from Ports America Chesapeake in Baltimore, USA
16:37 Increase in cruise calls as sector grows at ABP South Wales
16:05 HHLA holds AGM, OKs distribution of € 46.7M to shareholders for the 2016FY
16:04 The world’s largest container ship makes its maiden call at Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe
15:45 Throughput of port Primorsk in 5M’17 is flat, year-on-year, at 27.46 mln t
15:44 MABUX: No upward drivers on global bunker market so far
15:24 Gasum increase its shareholding in Skangas
15:03 BIMCO, INTERCARGO, ICS and INTERTANKO unite to propose ambitious Co2 reduction objectives to IMO
14:33 TTS Group signs historical contract for Syncrolift® and transfer system
14:03 CMA CGM announces Overweight Surcharge from Italian ports to all Eastbound trades
13:38 IMO treaty covering removal of wrecks was under discussion at dedicated seminar in London
13:31 Kieler Woche draws cruise ships
13:15 Throughput of port Vysotsk up 15% to 7.73 mln t in Jan-May'17
13:11 Sweden’s Port of Kapellskär gets five modern quay-berths and a larger port area
12:53 Throughput of port Ust-Luga up 12% to 42.05 mln t in 5M’17
12:16 Throughput of Big Port St. Petersburg up 7% to 21.47 mln t in 5M’17
12:01 Sanmar constructs the world’s first remotely operated commercial vessel
11:24 Northwest Seaport Alliance handles record May international container volume
11:19 Africa Maritime cooperation centre holds first workshop
10:47 Maximum number of ships received by Passenger Port of Saint-Petersburg
10:20 SBM Offshore awarded turnkey and lease and operate contracts for the ExxonMobil Liza FPSO
10:11 Brent Crude futures price down 0.09% to $44.78, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.05% to $42.51
09:45 Port of Gdansk participates in Polish Days of the Sea in Slovakia
09:36 New car-and-passenger ferry deployed at Kerch Strait ferry line (photo)
09:18 Baltic Dry Index down to 844 points

2017 June 21

20:10 Combi Lift calls on Damen with 19 vessel order
20:05 Damen’s UK Sales Manager receives Lifetime Achievement Award
18:12 Icebreaker pier in Katajanokka (Helsinki) reinforced and extended for IB Polaris
17:51 ABP donates £1,500 to Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service
17:30 Russian-Greek joint commission for maritime navigation held its first session
17:06 Eighty-seven Crowley vessels honored with Jones F. Devlin Awards recognizing 670 combined years of safe operations
16:47 GMN maritime technology project seeks stakeholder participation
16:25 Ha Noi will host Vietship 2018 on January 24-26
16:04 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Protefs with Hudson
15:46 IMO’s Chris Trelawny was speaking at the Port Security Technology conference in London
15:34 Ulstein Verft earns ISO9001 certificate
15:04 14,000 TEU Tampa Triumph vessel makes maiden call at Gulftainer’s Northern Container Terminal in Saudi Arabia
14:52 Ukraine’s water transport carried 0.1 mln passengers in Jan-May'17, up 4.9%, Y-o-Y
14:33 Port of Grangemouth orders new Liebherr ship-to-shore crane
14:15 Sergei Khramagin re-elected as Director General of State Transport Leasing Company (photo)
14:03 Evergreen rolls out sea freight services for Alibaba.com members
13:51 Siem Offshore's subsidiary signs 2-year contract for anchor handling tug supply vessels
13:10 IAA PortNews offers a photo release from the ceremony for awarding of Ust-Luga Cup winners
13:02 Hapag-Lloyd to increase rates from East Asia to South America EC
12:52 Pacific Bulk Terminal will build state-of-the-art transshipment facility in Primorye
12:31 Incheon Port’s America Sea Route PS1 to commence the call at Tacoma Port
12:01 Teekay’s first LNG newbuilding carrier built in China completes sea trials
11:49 KOTUG expands fleet with 5th infield support vessel
11:25 Rosmorport long-term development program approved