• 2017 December 17 07:04

    HELCOM and BONUS tighten collaboration for the good of environmental protection action in the Baltic Sea

    The 53rd Meeting of the Head of Delegations (HOD) of HELCOM, which concluded earlier this week in Helsinki, has taken note of recent policy-related results from a number of BONUS projects related to topics of biodiversity protection and marine protected areas, nutrients, social and economic analysis, and climate change. These policy messages stem from discussions at a HELCOM-BONUS workshop held on 6 November 2017 (workshop's conclusion document available on the 53rd HOD meeting site).

    Besides welcoming the HELCOM-BONUS workshop, the representatives of the Baltic Sea countries and EU also acknowledged the crucial contribution of the BONUS research programme to the recent work of HELCOM and to solid scientific basis for policy measures. As to the future, the meeting highlighted a need for research support regarding cumulative impact of multiple stressors on species and habitats and on the entire ecosystem of the Baltic Sea.

    One of the overarching conclusions of the joint workshop based on the results of various BONUS projects was the profound effect of climate change on all parts of the Baltic ecosystem, in particular on the distribution of species and genetic diversity in the Baltic Sea. Hence, the workshop considered it to be of key importance to include climate change as an integrated aspect of measures for biodiversity as well as for nutrient reduction, and in this way ensure that measures are in place to mitigate impacts from climate change.

    Further results of the BONUS projects will be presented at the next BONUS Symposium "Sustainable ecosystem governance under changing climate and land use in the Baltic Sea region", planned to take place 14–16 March 2018 in Gdansk, Poland.

    The 2018 HELCOM Ministerial Meeting will be held on 6 March in Brussels, Belgium, under the EU chairmanship of HELCOM. The Ministers of the Environment of the nine Baltic coastal states and the EU Environment Commissioner will gather to discuss the status and the future of the Baltic Sea marine environment. The outcome of the 2018 Ministerial Meeting is expected to revolve around new actions to meet the Sustainable Development Goals in the Baltic Sea, strengthening implementation of the Baltic Sea Action Plan by 2021, and adjusting the Baltic Sea Action Plan based on new knowledge and future challenges. More information on the Meeting web page.

    The Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission, usually referred to as HELCOM, is an intergovernmental organization of the nine Baltic Sea coastal countries and the European Union. HELCOM has worked since 1974 to protect the marine environment of the Baltic Sea from all sources of pollution and to ensure safety of navigation in the region. HELCOM is the governing body of the "Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area," more usually known as the Helsinki Convention.

    BONUS is a joint Baltic Sea research and development programme producing knowledge to support development and implementation of regulations, policies and management practices specifically tailored for the Baltic Sea region. It issues calls for competitive proposals and funds projects of high excellence and relevance based on its BONUS strategic research agenda 2011-2020. Half of the funding of the EUR 100 million to BONUS is covered by the national research funding agencies in the eight EU member states around the Baltic Sea and the other half by the EU.




2018 January 20

10:28 Sanmar's tug arrives in Naples to enter service with Rimochitori Napolitani
09:55 World’s second largest ship registry prepares for continued success in 2018
07:43 Golden Ocean announces issuance of new shares in connection with delivery of vessel
06:41 Cheniere and Trafigura sign 15-year LNG sale and purchase agreement

2018 January 19

18:20 Name giving ceremony held in Novorossiysk for three Damen tugboats of Delo Service Company (photo)
18:06 British Ports Association responds to UK Government announcement on extra funding for border security in the Channel
17:56 ABP South Wales Ports see strong growth in 2017
17:33 Taganrog Commercial Seaport plans allocation of $4.2 mln for implementation of its 2018 development programme
17:06 BPO lunch debate in European Parliament
16:50 Nevsky Shipyard congratulates North-Western Shipping Company on its 95th anniversary!
16:32 LSC Shipmanagement increases its fleet with bitumen tanker
16:27 Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company undertakes measures to prevent environmental pollution
16:04 Rolls-Royce supplies MTU engines to equipment manufacturer Terex Cranes for two new Demag models
15:34 Northwest Seaport Alliance international container volumes up 4 percent in 2017
15:03 MSC adds new RO-RO service from NWC to West Africa
14:55 Russian Maritime Register of Shipping reviewes the Rules and Guidelines
14:33 “K” Line announces delivery of ‘Corona’ series coal carrier “CORONA WISDOM”
14:17 Jan De Nul supports V Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
14:03 Maersk Line announces FAK rates from Asia to West Coast of Central and South America, Mexico, Panama and Caribbean
13:32 Gulf Navigation adds “Gulf Mishref” and “Gulf Mirdif” to its fleet
13:16 CMA CGM announces THC in Kaliningrad, Russia
12:51 Second Vroon W2W vessel completes modifications and outfitting at Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf
12:45 Port of Antwerp scores 5th record year in a row
12:14 NIBULON starts the second stage of the Southern Buh river dredging
11:51 Bunker prices show no significant changes at the port of Novorossiysk, Russia (graph)
11:28 Nine vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on Jan 18-19
11:03 Freeport of Riga Authority set to enter new markets in 2018
10:40 Russian seaports of the Azov Sea handled 87.8 mln t of cargo in 2017, up 24.7% Y-o-Y
10:17 Brent Crude futures price down 1.01% to $68.61, Light Sweet Crude – down 1.22% to $63.17
09:56 Bunker prices are flat at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:32 Royal IHC supports Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging Congress as its Sponsor
09:15 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,139 points

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