• 2018 February 22 18:11

    Port of Gdansk expects multimilloin investments

    The Port of Gdansk will soon turn into a construction site. During a recent press conference, the Board of PGA SA summarised 2017 investments and presented the plan for 2018, the PGA said in a press release.

    In 2017, PGA carried out investments worth a total of over PLN 29 million. Thanks to these outlays, the fender line on the Wislane Quay was modernised and ulica Chodackiego and Przemyslowe Quay were redeveloped. The Port Master's Office at the Port Polnocny also underwent some changes.

    "2017 was a year of plans, concluding contracts, announcing tenders. Now, the work is about to begin, successive investments will gradually be launched," said Lukasz Greinke, President of the Board of the PGA SA.

    In 2018, the scale of the work will increase considerably. The largest investments are those co-financed (up to 85%) by the European Union within the framework of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). Thanks to the EU funds, substantial changes are to be expected within the areas of the Inner Port, among others. The fairway will be deepened and the following quays expanded: the Obroncow Poczty Polskiej and Mew Quays, the Oliwskie Quay, the Zbozowe Quay, the Wisloujscie Quay, and the Dworzec Drzewny Quay. The estimated value of the project is PLN 470 million. In the Outer Port, the PGA will expand and modernise the road and railway network for about PLN 180 million. All of the projects executed as part of the CEF programme are due to be completed by 2020.
    EU subsidies will also contribute to the construction of the new Polnocne Quay, thanks to which the Port of Gdansk will gain a terminal for Ro-Ro type cargo, among others. The total amount of EU funds for the PGA comes to about PLN 600 million.
    "We are happy that we can execute the largest investment programme in the history of the Port of Gdansk. On the one hand, it will help us considerably increase the attractiveness of the Port for contracting partners, and on the other, we will gain additional competences, which will help us complete our flagship investment, which is the Central Port. Contrary to some opinions, the PGA's plans are not an expression of megalomania, but an obvious response to the development plans of other ports around the world," said Marcin Osowski, Vice-President of the Board and Director of Infrastructure at the PGA.

    Work related to the construction of four new car parks has also been planned for this year. The first one to be commissioned - probably already this year - will be the buffer car park at the junction of ulica Sniezna and Handlowa, which will hold about 70 cars. Later will come a car park on ulica Budowniczych Portu Polnocnego, to hold about 80 vehicles, one by the Trasa Sucharskiego to a rest area standard - 300 parking spaces, and a car park on ulica Ku Ujsciu for about 100 vehicles. In total, the modernisation and construction of railways, roads, yards, and fences will amount to about PLN 16 million. The Port of Gdansk will also allot about PLN 8 million for investments in new buildings.

    "It is important to the Ministry of Infrastructure to provide good transport connections for the Polish ports. This is an objective in line with the Responsible Development Strategy. Numerous railway and road investments are being carried out, bringing us closer to accomplishing this objective," said Kazimierz Smolinski, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Infrastructure.

    As part of hydrotechnical investments, the Northern Coastal Breakwater will be modernised, among other things. The value of the entire investment comes to over PLN 6 million (PLN 3.5 million in 2018). The PGA will also modernise the fender line of the Ore Pier for about PLN 5 million (PLN 2.5 million in 2018). These are just some selected items of about 150 included in the investment and renovation plan for this year. In general, investments will eat up about PLN 170 million in 2018.
    "The [Polish] ports' successes prove that Poland is at the forefront of the maritime economy and is implementing ambitious plans related to its development. Extensive investments are necessary in order to make even better use of the huge potential of the Polish ports, in particular the Port of Gdansk," explained Jerzy Materna, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation.

2018 March 22

11:14 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
10:53 The Maritime Standard announces a special discount for the 2018 Awards
10:27 Brent Crude futures price up 0.01% to $69.48, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.09% to $65.23
10:05 Ukraine’s water transport carried 1,000 passengers in 2M’18, down 64.7%, Y-o-Y
09:41 Cargo transportation by Ukraine’s water transport grew by 41.2% to 0.3 million tonnes in 2M’18
09:19 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,117 points

2018 March 21

18:29 Wight Shipyard wins second order for fast ferry duo from Mexican ferry operator
18:16 Dorian LPG announces third Japanese financing
18:14 GasLog Partners LP announces acquisition of GasLog Gibraltar for $207 million and repayment of intercompany loan
18:04 ABP South Wales achieves new ISO 9001:2016 standard for bulk handling operations
17:42 Port of Gdansk to breathe new life into Dworzec Drzewny Quay
17:20 ABB wins contract to equip two next-generation shuttle tankers with future-proof solutions
17:13 Finnlines decides to exercise the options to lengthen two more ro-ro vessels
17:03 Throughput of Chinese ports up 4.7% to 1.45 billion tonnes in 2M’18
16:39 Pavel Bezmaternykh elected as Director of Eastern-Siberian Inland Navigation Company
16:18 Port of Gdansk overhauls its quays
16:00 Novikombank provides a $100 million loan to STLC
15:47 Huntington Ingalls names two vice presidents
15:21 Gulf Island Fabrication secures contracts for two specialized vessels
15:04 Seatrade Maritime Middle East 2018 to be held in Dubai on 29-31 October as part of UAE Maritime Week
14:42 LUKOIL’s profit in 2017 more than doubled YoY to RUB 418.8 bln
14:23 Wärtsilä and Crowley extend maintenance agreement for 11 articulated tug barges
13:56 IMO launches a video outlining how GMN initiative is uniting MTCCs into a global network
13:29 Ulstein built SOV Acta Auriga completes sea trials
13:11 Dubai will host MARACAD Maritime Innovation Awards on 3 October 2018
13:02 MARACAD 2018 will be held in Dubai on 2-3 October
12:30 17 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 20-21
12:09 Port of Quebec to cooperate with Port of Zeebrugge
11:47 Port of Immingham and partners hosted Driving Safety Forward forum
11:39 Vostochny Port JSC exported 5 million tonnes of coal YTD (photo)
10:50 Claimants and defendants in the case on allision of Delta Pioneer tanker with a pier at Primorsk port come to amicable agreement
10:31 Finnlines plans to lengthen two more Ro-Ro ships
10:15 Brent Crude futures price up 0.24% to $67.58, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.25% to $63.7
09:51 ABP's Port of Ayr took delivery of Liebherr crane
09:44 Bunker prices are going up at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:17 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,122 points
08:08 Scottish ports secure AEO status for Leith, Rosyth and Grangemouth
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