• 2017 December 13 18:32

    The European Ports Forum assembles in Brussels

    The inaugural meeting of the Commission Expert Group European Ports Forum took place on 11 December, 2017, in Brussels. The role of the group, as stated by the European Commission (EC) and consisting of Member States’ authorities, EEA Member States representatives and officials from fourteen observer organizations, is to provide advice and expertise to the Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport. The Baltic Ports Organization is among the associations invited to the Forum.

    The role of ports in the development of an efficient and sustainable trans-European network, based mainly on their beneficial impact on multimodal transport, cannot be denied. Recognizing this, the European Commission launched in 2013 the strategy “Ports: An engine of growth”, as a means of supporting the ports in their contribution to economic recovery. As a result, the Port Services Regulation, aimed at ensuring transparency of financial relations between public and port authorities, has been proposed.

    Fast forward to 2017 and the creation of the European Ports Forum, which should act as an exchange platform for information, progress and best practices surrounding the process of implementation of the Port Services Regulation, adopted earlier this year.

    The EC expects the Forum to act as a supporting body for the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) in issues involving port matters. There is a selection of tasks set to be addressed by the Forum in the run-up to the Port Services Regulation’s application, scheduled for March 24th, 2019. Tasks at hand include the exchange of information on policies and initiatives essential for the maritime transport sector, advisory duties surrounding initiatives aimed at promoting and support of the implementation of the Port Services Regulation as well as assisting in coordinating the dialogue between various Member States’ authorities on questions arising in relation to said process.

    The group is composed of Members States’ authorities, EEA Member States’ representatives and a broad range of associations and organizations representing the maritime transport sector. Their input should assure that the interests of the port and shipping sectors are taken into account at every step of the Port Services Regulation’s implementation process. The Baltic Ports Organization (BPO) is among the bodies invited to the Forum.

    One of the key elements of BPO’s mission, is to contribute to economic, social and environmental sustainable development of maritime transport and the port industry in the Baltic Sea region. In doing so, the organization is able to strengthen the region’s global competitiveness. For that very reason it is important that the BPO remains a strong voice among the members of the European Ports Forum.

    Apart from the BPO, the list, totaling 14 organizations, includes among others the European Sea Ports Association (ESPO), the European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP), the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH), the Association of Mediterranean Cruise Ports (MEDCRUISE) and the Community of European Railways (CER). A new call for applications for additional members might be considered in the future. The Forum is set to convene at least twice per year.

2018 March 21

00:32 Ontario Government accepts Damen proposal for full ferry electrification

2018 March 20

18:20 Sirius Petroleum announces delivery of compact well head systems for Ororo-4 and Ororo-5
18:02 Leningrad Region Governor visits Vyborg Shipyard
17:56 PSA’s Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals enhances Nhava Sheva connectivity with first barge and train volumes
17:40 Van Oord posts results for 2017
17:25 Nevsky Shipyard designed a unique test stand
16:58 Multi-Link Terminals Ltd Oy orders Konecranes ship-to-shore crane for its Helsinki terminal
16:40 SMM 2018: green shipping makes headway
16:01 Transit shipments of containers on Russian Railways' network increased by 40% in January-February 2018
15:36 Rotterdam, the Netherlands will host 21st Ballast Water Management Conference on 7-8 November, 2018
15:13 NWSA container volumes grow 6 percent in February 2018
14:50 IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim spoke at International Shipping Summit in Istanbul
14:24 More than half of spaces at icebreaker Arktika being built by Baltiysky Zavod are ready for outfitting (photo)
14:12 Maersk Line increases FAK rates from Far East to North Europe
13:35 Dredging works to be performed at seaport of Vladivostok
13:13 BP charters Safe Caledonia for West of Shetland
12:47 Traffic of passenger cars and buses through Crimea Bridge to be launched in May 2018 – RF Transport Ministry (photo)
12:01 Wan Hai Lines to launch new China to Vietnam service
11:51 40 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 19-20
11:28 Bunker prices level up at the Far East ports of Russia following last week’s fall (graph)
11:19 Maersk Line stops Winter Fee from world to St Petersburg FCT, RU, St Petersburg, RU, St Petersburg FP, RU, Ust Luga, RU and Kronshtadt
11:03 Skangas celebrates milestone with 1,000 LNG bunkering operations in 2017
10:40 Experts say Wärtsilä – Transas transaction is a step towards Wartsila localization in Russia
10:14 Brent Crude futures price up 0.3% to $66.25, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.34% to $62.34
09:37 Rosneft produced 225.5 mmtoe of liquid hydrocarbons in 2017, up 7.3% YoY
09:15 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,136 points

2018 March 19

18:06 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to East Africa
18:00 NIBULON awarded first advanced training certificates of state standard to shipbuilders
17:39 Vladivostok Sea Fishing Port handled 618,500 tonnes of fish in 2M’18, up 19.8% Y-o-Y
17:22 Gross revenue of Sovcomflot in 2017 grew by 3.4% to $1.43 billion
16:58 VSC terminal launches train services to Ramenskoye Station
16:41 Wagenborg carries out inspections in Russian Far East
16:30 ClassNK releases Guidelines for Direct Load Analysis and Strength Assessment of hull structure
16:06 Port of Rotterdam Authority: solid financial results in 2017 create new scope for ambitious investment programme
15:49 Maersk Line relaunches Asia-Europe Network to increase schedule reliability
15:43 Port of Rotterdam could increase its market share in certain regions in South-West Germany by up to 23%
15:17 North Rhine-Westphalia and Port of Rotterdam make start on port agreement
14:54 Exercise on maritime security held in Nigeria on 14-16 March
14:29 Rosneft posts growth of its net income in 2017, by 40.7% to USD 3.8 billion
13:55 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 11,944 in RF spot market
13:32 Workshop on how to design and conduct drills and maritime security exercises held in Jamaica
13:10 DP World and NIIF joint venture Hindustan Infralog to acquire 90% of Continental Warehousing Corporation in India
12:48 52 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 18-19
12:21 Wärtsilä acquires Transas to accelerate its Smart Marine Ecosystem vision
12:05 ULSTEIN holds steel cutting for SunStone's X-BOW expedition cruise vessel
11:49 Aker Arctic and ICEYE to provide satellite ice information
11:30 13th Arctic Passion Seminar held in Helsinki
11:08 Bibby Offshore announces merger with Rever Offshore
10:45 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) up 2.2% to 3.22 million TEUs in Jan-Feb’18
10:23 Brent Crude futures price down 0.48% to $65.89, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.46% to $62.12
10:08 MSC launches new freight rail service between Seville, Spain, and the Atlantic
09:42 Singapore will host 17th Vessel Efficiency and Fuel Management Summit on 29-30 August 2018
09:17 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,143 points
09:08 Ulstein celebrates keel laying of Lindblad’s first polar new build
08:04 DP World acquires fully integrated logistics services provider in Peru

2018 March 17

06:48 Seatrade convicted for trafficking toxic ships

2018 March 16

18:06 Rijkswaterstaat awards Afsluitdijk project to Levvel consortium
17:36 HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai handles new record ship
17:05 ICS publishes latest Flag State Performance Table
16:51 Vladimir Putin inspected the completed new road section of the Crimean Bridge