• 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 January 18

18:01 ABP South Wales ports see strong growth in 2017
17:39 Russian Union of Water Transport Workers congratulates North-Western Shipping Company on its 95th anniversary!
16:24 Fincantieri signs cooperation protocol with the autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia and the trade unions
16:02 MABUX: Bunker prices wait for the new market catalysts
15:33 Port of Marseille Fos and HAROPA launch new rail shuttle
15:02 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Africa and from Asia to the Mediterranean
14:32 Unifeeder adds Vlissingen to its service
14:19 Three vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on Jan 17-18
14:02 Ocean Network Express receives all necessary merger approvals
13:50 RPK-Vysotsk-LUKOIL-II terminal received 10.06 mln t of export oil products in 2017
13:32 Part-load optimisation delivers significant fuel savings for MAN auxiliary engines
13:28 Van Oord supports V Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
13:12 Rolls-Royce announces strategic review of Commercial Marine operation
12:50 Kerch ferry line carried 5.71 mln passengers in 2017, down 4% Y-o-Y
12:31 Wan Hai Lines to launch Japan Express Service to Singapore Malaysia
12:08 Port of Amsterdam receives LME certification
11:59 Vroon awarded multi-year charter for two PX-121 platform-supply vessels
11:36 Chevron Shipping awards global oil and LNG contract to GAC
11:05 German LNG Terminal launches Open Season
10:27 Brent Crude futures price up 0.14% to $69.48, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.34% to $64.19
10:04 FSUE Morsviazsputnik congratulates North-Western Shipping Company on its 95th anniversary!
09:42 Port of Klaipeda (Lithuania) handled 43.17 mln t of cargo in 2017, up 7.5% Y-o-Y
09:19 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,164 points

2018 January 17

18:00 Federal Agency for Water Resources supports Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging Congress
17:03 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Phaidra with Uniper
16:48 Sweden's Minister of Infrastructure visited World Maritime University
16:34 DNV GL launches certification framework and recommended practice for Carbon Capture and Storage
16:03 JAXPORT hires new Container Accounts Director
15:50 Lotos shipyard lays down paddle cruiser of Golden Ring design (photo)
15:42 Norwegian Central Bank excludes Evergreen Marine, Precious Shipping, Korea Line and Thorensen Thai Agencies from the Government Pension Fund Global
15:21 Three vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on Jan 16-17
15:04 DNV GL launches new JDP to test biodegradable lubricants
14:49 Beginning of icebreaker assistance period announced at port Primorsk (Leningrad Region)
14:33 “K” Line Group announces name change of two ship management subsidiaries
14:11 Throughput of port Helsinki (Finland) up 14.2% to 14.27 mln t in 2017 (table)
14:03 SBM Offshore completes Turritella handover and transaction
13:25 Throughput of port Kavkaz up 40% to 44.293 mln t in 2017
13:08 OOCL christens the last in latest series of ‘G-Class’ containerships
12:54 Yevgeny Zagorodny steps down as Vice-President of United Shipbuilding Corporation
12:26 Coal exports via Rosterminalugol terminal hit 1 mln t milestone this year (photo)
12:01 The Port of Helsinki takes the top spot among European passenger ports
11:22 De Boer/Dutch Dredging and Iskes Towage take delivery of ASD 2310 SD at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld
10:43 Port of Gdansk throughput up 9% to 40.6 mln t in 2017
10:19 Brent Crude futures price down 0.1% to $69.08, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.11% to $63.66
10:00 NOVATEK’s hydrocarbons production in 2017 totaled 513.3 mln boe, down 6.2% Y-o-Y
09:37 Bunker prices are flat at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:15 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,221 points
09:08 Hamburg Süd honored twice for sustainability
08:14 COSCO's container ship to receive cyber enabled ship descriptive note ‘Cyber AL3 SECURE PERFORM (Energy Management System)’

2018 January 16

18:21 Kommer Damen opens Damen Area Support China
18:08 DNV GL approves latest Kongsberg Digital Engine Room Simulators
17:49 Russian Railways: Loading of Russia’s export cargo bound for domestic ports up 6.4% Y-o-Y to 293.4 mln t in 2017
17:26 State stevedores of Ukraine handled 34.73 mln t of cargo in 2017, down 9.6% Y-o-Y
17:00 Andrey Lavrishchev’s report at Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging Congress will focus on promising port projects
16:35 Installation of Belgian topside for offshore substation marks milestone in further construction of Merkur Offshore Wind Farm
16:04 Maersk Line announces increase in FAK rates from Northern Europe to Middle East and ISC and from Mediterranean to Far East
15:52 Jotun Paints congratulates North-Western Shipping Company on its 95th anniversary!
15:34 DNV GL launches new JDP to test biodegradable lubricants
15:04 TTS Group ASA secures contract with Cosco (Dalian) Shipyard for TTS cranes
14:45 New Delhi will host 5th edition of Oil Spill India Conference on 5-6 July 2018