• 2018 February 15 10:53

    18 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 14-15

    18 vessels were escorted by icebreakers in the eastern part of the Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 14-15, says Ice Operations Headquarters of the Baltic Sea Ports Administration.

    Since the beginning of this winter navigation season icebreakers performed 335 operations including 201 operations at Big Port St. Petersburg, 68 operations at the port of Vyborg and Vysotsk, 34 operations at the port of Primorsk and 32 operations at the port of Ust-Luga.

    Seven icebreakers are in operation.

    According to Ice Operations Headquarters, the convoy meeting point is at buoy No 4 of the Big Ship Channel (60 degrees 11.5 minutes north latitude; 27 degrees 46.1 minutes east longitude).

    Floating ice of 5-15 cm thick and concentration of 5/10ths to 7/10ths is observed between the entrance buoy and the Dock-Gate Building C-1; floating ice of up to 10-15 cm thick and concentration of 7/10ths to 9/10ths is observed between the Dock-Gate Building C-1 and buoys No 23, No 24. Between buoys No 23, No 24 and closed part of St. Petersburg Seaway Channel ice concentration is 9/10ths to 10/10ths, ice thickness is 10-20 cm. In the water area of Big Port St. Petersburg: brash ice of 10-25 cm thick and concentration of 9/10ths to 10/10ths. Between the port of Vyborg and Vysotsk: consolidated ice of 10-15 cm thick, no navigation on the canal. Southwards of port Vysotsk to the Rondo island: 10-20 cm thick ice, ice compression is observed. At port Primorsk: ice thickness of up to 20 cm, ice concentration of 10/10ths.

    In the Big Ship Channel: floating ice of up 15-20 cm thick is observed between buoys No 4 and No 8, ice compression is observed. From buoy No 10 to the entrance buoy of Big Port St. Petersburg – ice-free water.
    Ice navigation restrictions at the port of Vyborg and at the approaches to it come into effect from February 21. Navigation of ATB units and non-ice class ships will not be allowed. Ice-class ships will be only allowed to sail in ice waters with the assistance of icebreakers. Ships of Ice1 class and higher ice classes will be allowed to sail with the assistance of icebreakers, vessels of Ice2 class will be allowed to sail independently or with the assistance of icebreakers.

    Ice navigation restrictions at the port of Vysotsk and at the approaches to it come into effect from February 22 (when ice thickness reaches 15-30 cm). Navigation of ATB units and non-ice class ships will not be allowed. Ships of Ice1 class will be allowed to sail with the assistance of icebreakers, vessels of Ice2 class will be allowed to sail with the assistance of icebreakers or independently upon obtaining icebreaker’s permit and recommendations.

    Ice navigation restrictions at Big Port St. Petersburg and at the approaches to it come into effect from February 24 Non-ice class ships will be only allowed to sail in ice waters with the assistance of icebreakers. Ships of Ice1 class and higher ice classes will be allowed to sail with the assistance of icebreakers or independently upon obtaining icebreaker’s permit and recommendations.

    Ice navigation restrictions at Passenger Port of St. Petersburg and at the approaches to it come into effect from February 27 Non-ice class ships will be only allowed to sail in ice waters with the assistance of icebreakers. Ships of Ice1 class and higher ice classes will be allowed to sail with the assistance of icebreakers or independently upon obtaining icebreaker’s permit and recommendations.


2018 December 19

18:21 MHI Vestas and ESVAGT enter into another SOV contract
17:35 Alliance of ENGIE, EDPR, Sumitomo Corp. to develop offshore wind projects in Yeu-Noirmoutier and Dieppe-Le Tréport
17:33 Austal USA secures two LCS contract for U.S. Navy
17:25 Eni announces Merakes East Gas discovery in the Indonesian offshore
17:18 ScanOcean to resell Neste’s low-sulfur bunker fuel on the East Coast of Sweden
17:06 Port of Rotterdam Authority makes greener sea-going shipping more accessible
16:48 Dredging on IWW of Russia in 2018 fell by 14.6% Y-o-Y to 22.9 million cbm
16:26 NOVATEK signed Memorandum on Strategic Cooperation with SACE
16:03 Non-containerised cargo shows steady increase at Jebel Ali Port
15:42 V.F. Tanker merges into Volga Shipping Company
15:20 Cargo traffic via IWW of Russia forecasted to fall by 3% to 115 million tonnes in 2019
15:16 ESVAGT and Wind Power LAB developed new service concept improving wind turbine inspections
15:03 Royal Caribbean returns to Port of New Orleans
14:33 Maersk announces new rotation on Asia-Europe network
14:08 Concordia Maritime sells positions in chartered-in Suezmax vessels
13:33 SFL enters into lease financing agreement for 3 x 10,600-teu boxships and delivery of Front Falcon
12:58 Maersk joins the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative
12:55 7 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on December 18-19
12:23 Damen signs with Gerd Stensen for Stan Tug 1606
12:21 Havyard announces its eight windfarm service vessel
11:56 Simulation exercises to improve port security held in Panama
11:31 Port of Newcastle continues modernization of its bulk terminal
11:09 RF Government gives instructions to address the issue on construction of four gas-powered icebreakers
10:50 Regional workshop to address barriers for effective implementation of MARPOL Annex VI held at REMPEC
10:32 Brent Crude futures price down up 0.20% to $56.37, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.04% to $46.64
10:14 THE Alliance unveils enhanced service network for 2019
09:57 Finnish Transport Safety Agency set to contribute to automation of maritime navigation
09:35 FESCO BoD approved new composition of Executive Board
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,395 points

2018 December 18

18:21 Uniper SE and MOL enter into agreement on FSRU project in Germany, and one additional LNG transportation agreement
18:00 Throughput of Chinese ports grew by 4.3% to 8.47 billion tonnes in 11M’18
17:46 Rolls-Royce to deliver advanced ship technology to two more expedition cruise vessels for Mystic Cruises
17:43 Aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth enters LR class
17:27 SOL adds Finnish port of Pietarsaari/Jakobstad to the Zeebrugge route network
17:04 Finnpilot Pilotage BoD decided for no increase in the pilotage fees for 2019
16:42 GTT bags yet another tank design order for LNGC duo
16:38 PRA starts construction of new plastics recycling facility at the Port of Amsterdam
16:25 Arctia and Meritaito join forces to expand their range of services
16:09 Crowley integrates DFTS management into government solutions group to unify supply chain services
15:42 KN enhances its relations with American LNG giants
15:18 BW Group Limited purchased 137,000 shares
14:53 Icebreakers of FSUE Rosmorport assisted 680 ships in navigation season 2018-2019
14:28 Shell Oman and Port of Duqm ink agreement to develop fuel bunkering facilities
14:11 Golar LNG receives LNTP for an FLNG vessel for Greater Tortue / Ahmeyim Project P1, West Africa
13:47 WEG and Praxis sign MoU to support Damen Saab bid for the Brazilian Navy
13:41 Eni gets approval of the investment plan for Merakes Development Project in Indonesia
13:22 Sovcomflot closes USD 264 million long-term revolving credit facility
12:58 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:40 Antwerp, Belgium will host the 3rd European Environmental Ports Conference on 12-13 June 2019
12:19 Keppel receives limited notice to proceed for GIMI FLNG
11:57 3 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on December 17-18
11:35 Terna’s MONITA HVDC Project: Nexans reaches key milestone with successful completion of submarine power cable
11:10 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 5.4% to 17.96 million TEUs in Jan-Nov’18
10:46 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in 11M’18 down 1.8% Y-o-Y to 45.49 million tonnes
10:23 Maersk announces rate increase for Far East to North Europe trade
10:05 Brent Crude futures price down 1.53% to $58.72, Light Sweet Crude – down 1.61% to $49.39
09:47 Austal export opportunity supported by Australian Government financing
09:31 Rosatom drafted Rules for providing navigational and hydrographic support in NSR waters
09:14 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,406 points

2018 December 17

18:23 Sembcorp Marine retains its position as Asia’s top cruise ship repair and upgrade solutions provider with newbuilds projects delivered in 2018