• 2017 November 12 16:52

    COMPLETE – A new project on ballast water and biofouling in the Baltic Sea region

    An ambitious project is starting its activity with a two-day kick-off meeting in Helsinki, Finland on 9–10 November. The COMPLETE project – short for "Completing management options in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) to reduce risk of invasive species introduction by shipping" – is a three-year (2017-2020) EU Interreg Baltic Sea Region project, HELCOM said in its press release.

    COMPLETE is aimed at minimizing the introduction and spread of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens because of shipping. It will do so by developing consistent and adaptive management strategies and tools for the Baltic Sea region, addressing both major pathways of introductions via ships: ballast water and biofouling. As such, it directly addresses the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan objective "No introductions of alien species from ships" as well as the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive's (MSFD) Descriptor 2: "NIS introduced as a result of human activities are at levels that do not adversely alter the ecosystem". With respect to biofouling, the project will consider not only the risk of species introduction, but also the risk of release of hazardous substances from antifouling.

    COMPLETE will deliver knowledge and tools to carry out HELCOM's new roadmap for regional implementation of the outstanding issues on the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) in the Baltic Sea (Outcome of HOD 51-2016, para.6.103). It will also assist relevant authorities in implementing Regulation (EU) No 1143/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council, which aims to protect native biodiversity and ecosystem services. By addressing key challenges of the Baltic Sea Region, the ultimate goal of the project is to develop operational frameworks and provide user-oriented tools, in close cooperation with relevant stakeholders, in order to make shipping more environmentally friendly.

    The Kick-off meeting of the project, held 9-10 November in Helsinki, gathers project partners to start implementing this project. Anna-Liisa Perttilä, Environmental Co-ordinator at Finnlines Plc, provides an invited key note address.

    Coordination of the project is conducted by Kotka Maritime Research Association (KMRA/FI). Project partnership is formed by the following:
     Klaipėda University (KU/LT)
     Helsinki Commission (HELCOM)
     Finnish Environment Institute
     Marine Research Centre (SYKE/FI)
     University of Gdansk (UG/PL)
     University of Helsinki, Department of Environmental Sciences (UH/FI)
     Chalmers University of Technology (CHALMERS/SE)
     Environmental Development Association (EDA/LV)
     Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH/DE)
     South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (XAMK/FI)
     University of Tartu (UTARTU/EE)
     Keep the Archipelago Tidy Association (KAT/FI)

    Associated organizations represent shipping companies, port authorities, governmental bodies, NGOs, and research institutions from all Baltic Sea countries. Project partners have long-term expertise and know-how in innovative solutions for shipping, risk assessment and management systems, surveillance, and monitoring. The participation of HELCOM as a full project partner will ensure involvement of relevant institutions from all Baltic Sea countries, harmonizing implementation of the Ballast Water Management Convention and elaboration of the Baltic Sea Region biofouling management strategy. Further dialogue between science and managers as well as industry and other stakeholders will be established through an Advisory Board.




2017 November 22

08:30 INEOS to deliver first ever US ethane from shale gas to China in 2019 using world’s largest ethane carrier
08:07 Further SharpEye™ order for Pakistan Navy Submarine upgrade
07:30 Ekofish Group builds twin-rigger at Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam

2017 November 21

18:24 Navios Maritime Holdings reports 3Q, 9 months financial results
18:19 Philly Shipyard delivers fourth and final product tanker to Kinder Morgan
17:59 Major ASW ship Vice Admiral Kulakov enters Norwegian Sea
17:37 Sokhna World Zone project presented to investors in Dubai
17:23 Mathilde Maersk rescues stranded fishermen
17:12 Tuco and Sea Machines unveil remote controlled prozero workboats
16:51 Sea Port of St.Peterburg completed another stage of machinery modernization
16:34 Hapag-Lloyd announces vessel delay and port omission on WAN service
16:27 MOL and joint PBCF developers attend 2017 Nikkei Global Environmental Technology Award ceremony
16:17 MMT starts offshore geophysical survey for AQUIND Interconnector
15:54 Gazprom and Shell discuss LNG projects and Nord Stream 2
15:35 IMO’s technical cooperation activities have received a boost of US$1.0 million
15:11 Kleven signs MoU with De Beers Marine Namibia
14:52 Djibouti Regional Training Centre equipped with modern computer-based training simulator
14:33 FESCO delivered equipment from Shanghai to Moscow for Chinese CRCC to construct the Moscow metro stations
14:14 Great Lakes takes delivery of Ellis Island, largest hopper dredge in the USA
13:42 State-of-the-art dredger launched with Wärtsilä propulsion system
13:28 Cummins to feature EPA Tier 4 QSK38 clean diesel engine at International Workboat Show
13:05 Russia’s General Board of State Expert Review approves Kola Yard project (photo)
12:23 EU NAVFOR confirms the names of the attacked vessels as Galerna III and MV Ever Dynamic
11:58 Assembling of Crimea Bridge’s motor vehicle part completed at one of the four sea sections (photo)
11:25 Lisbon, Portugal will host LPG Europe Summit in March 2018
11:00 RF Navy's Pacific Fleet warship detachment leaves Thailand
10:37 RadiantFleet announces agreement with Clearwater Ship Management
10:14 Brent Crude futures price up 0.13% to $62.30, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.12% to $56.49
09:53 Gazprom and Mitsubishi discuss cooperation prospects in LNG sector
09:30 NIBULON shipyard put into operation its new assembly and fabrication workshop
09:12 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,385 points

2017 November 20

18:06 Shipping must be economically sustainable if it is to deliver on environmental sustainability, ICS tells OECD
17:51 Port of Goole supports region’s green future
17:29 Government of Germany сontinues support to WMU
17:06 Sokhna World Zone project presented to investors in Dubai
16:44 Sovcomflot posts operating profit over 9M’17 rising by 50.5% to USD 131.2 million
16:18 New sugar terminal to be constructed at the Port of Gdansk
16:00 Wärtsilä to deliver high efficiency and low emissions for new Viking Line ferry
15:55 Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company expands its activities in foreign waters
15:30 IMO takes part in Green Ship Technology North America Conference
15:04 Cammell Laird issues EU worker statement
14:46 Port of Klaipeda (Lithuania) handled 35.12 mln t of cargo in 10M’17, up 5.5% Y-o-Y
14:29 National Fish Resources to invest RUB 3-4 bln in creation of a fishery cluster in the Kaliningrad Region
14:08 RS class: gas carriers “BORIS VILKITSKY” and “FEDOR LITKE” delivered to the customer
13:37 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 12,821 in RF spot market
13:14 Damen launches cutting-edge Fishery Research Vessel for Angolan Fisheries Ministry
13:01 Optimarin shakes up BWT sector with unique promise for shipowners
12:43 IMO’s Jan De Boer participated at the LNG Ship/Shore Interface Conference in London
12:22 International seminar on mutual cooperation between IMO, WMU and KMOU held in Busan, Republic of Korea
12:01 Maersk Line and Damco deliver a block train solution for Decathlon
11:36 JMSDF’s destroyer Hamagiri arrives in Vladivostok
11:12 Onezhsky Shipyard launches floating bridges built for a residential area in Petrozavodsk (photo)
10:50 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) up 7.7% to 17.26 mln TEUs in 10M’17
10:24 Brent Crude futures price down 2.09% to $45.08, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.16% to $56.62
10:05 Nonius Engineering supports “Hydraulic Engineering Structures of Water Transport” Congress as its Sponsor
09:43 Commercial Sea Port of Ust-Luga performs unique unloading operation (photo)
09:20 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,371 points
09:08 EU NAVFOR’s Italian ship Virginio Fasan chases and captures suspected pirates
08:18 First shipload of liquefied natural gas to Northern Finland delivered to Manga LNG terminal

2017 November 19

17:31 Wison signs MOU with Shanghai Electric for medium large floating LNG power solution