• 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 June 19

11:37 Damen and Saab announce partnership to participate on the tender for the Tamandaré Class Corvette
11:34 Saturnus, first vessel in the Evolution series, launched at AVIC
11:09 Marine Technics and Alexeev’s Hydrofoil Design Bureau extend joint projects
10:45 Arctia appoints Senior Vice President for Offshore and Marine Services
10:23 Brent Crude futures price down 0.64% to $74.86, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.62% to $65.28
10:01 Small missile ships of RF Navy’s Caspian Flotilla sail from Sevastopol to Mediterranean Sea
09:40 Rescuers of RF Navy’s Northern Fleet train in rendering assistance to submarine in Kola Bay
09:16 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,442 points

2018 June 18

18:12 Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company takes part in TransCaspian/Translogistica 2018
17:57 Legislative amendment promotes automatisation tests in maritime transport with regard to manning and watchkeeping
17:35 First major forum on the new Silk Road organised by the Port of Marseille Fos
17:05 Aker Solutions teams up with SAP for next steps in digitalizing its business
16:45 HMM signs Letter of Intent for its mega containership orders
16:24 Victor Olersky handed in his resignation notice
16:18 European Council extends sanctions on Crimea and Sevastopol for another year
16:05 DryShips announces agreements to sell two older Panamaxes
15:40 Tuapse Commercial Seaport elected seven BoD members
15:33 Poland holds World Maritime Day Parallel Event
15:13 IMO member states must progress on key sulphur cap issues at critical meeting in July
14:59 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 17,923 in RF spot market
14:13 Navios Maritime Containers announces acquisition of five containerships and options to acquire four additional containerships
13:35 Maersk launches a new line to the Middle East from Fos
13:00 Aker Arctic demonstrates autonomous vessel in model tests
12:36 ABB to improve Edda Fides floating hotel safety with leading digital technology
11:47 Freeport of Riga Authority and Port of Rotterdam Authority sign cooperation agreement
11:24 Port of Tallinn signs MoU with the City of Tallinn for development of the Old City Harbour area
11:01 Dorian LPG Board declines BW LPG'S unsolicited proposal
10:25 Brent Crude futures price down 0.76% to $72.88, Light Sweet Crude – down 1.73% to $63.73
10:12 Capital Product Partners L.P. announces new period charters for four of its product tankers
10:03 Port of Silloth invests £250,000 in new solar farm on Marshall Dock
09:41 Fishers fatalities give impetus to fishing vessel safety work
09:18 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,445 points

2018 June 17

18:40 Port of Oakland's largest terminal operator OK new lease to 2027
18:38 GoodBulk Ltd. announces delivery of Capesize vessel
18:32 Navios Maritime Partners announces sale of containership and options to sell four additional containerships

2018 June 15

18:35 Hapag-Lloyd implements Peak Season Surcharge from Mediterranean to USA
18:05 Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean adds Adelaide on the Australia service
17:54 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in 5M’18 up 12% Y-o-Y to 6.05 million tonnes
17:35 GTT conducts two FEED studies on two types of Gravity Based System
17:20 Throughput of port Vyborg in 5M’18 up 22% Y-o-Y to 610,900 tonnes
17:05 Port of Koper officially part of the New Silk Road
16:40 Yantar Shipyard launches yet another trawler of Project SK-3101R
16:35 Port of Long Beach volume up to 687,427 TEU in May 2018
16:05 Royal IHC joins PortXL
15:45 Throughput of port Vysotsk in 5M’18 declined by 3% Y-o-Y to 7.49 million tonnes
15:22 Main phase of Nizhegorodsky hydrosystem project obtains state expert approval
15:21 VTG FastTrack makes ad hoc transportation from the Port of Hamburg possible
15:00 Vopak opens new rail infrastructure in the port of Antwerp
14:21 Royal IHC and IHC IQIP sign memorandum of agreement with SOIC
14:09 DNV GL issues first type approval for aluminium cables onboard ships
13:16 Throughput of port Primorsk in 5M’18 down 18% Y-o-Y to 22.63 million tonnes
12:48 Bunker prices are down at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
12:27 Innovative solution for lowering of ship emissions tested in the port of Rotterdam
12:23 LUKOIL commissions third well at Filanovsky field second stage
11:59 Throughput of port Ust-Luga in 5M’18 down 1% to 41.48 million tonnes
11:31 Throughput of Big Port St. Petersburg up 16% to 24.73 million tonnes in 5M’18
11:02 Lloyd’s Register and TWI launch Fullagar Technologies
10:30 Kotug Smit Towage performs naming ceremony for Damen tugs Rotterdam & Beagle
10:24 Brent Crude futures price down 0.14% to $75.83, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.09% to $66.83
10:02 Seaports of Ukraine handled 54.3 million tonnes of cargo in 5M’18, down 2.1% Y-o-Y