• 2018 March 6 16:05

    The Baltic Sea countries and the EU come together at the 2018 HELCOM Ministerial Meeting in Brussels

    Today, at the 2018 HELCOM Ministerial Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, the Baltic Sea countries and the EU comes together to decide on renewed efforts to reach a healthy Baltic marine environment, HELCOM said in its press release.
     
    HELCOM – the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission – is the arena in which the nine Baltic coastal states and the European Union work together to protect and restore the marine environment of the Baltic Sea. At the HELCOM Ministerial Meeting in Brussels today, the responsible Ministers, the EU Commissioner, and other high-level representatives meet to assess the progress made towards reaching a good environmental status in the Baltic Sea.

    The outcome – the Ministerial Declaration – will form the framework for the following years' work for a healthier Baltic Sea, following the long tradition of regional HELCOM cooperation.

    The recent State of the Baltic Sea report shows that in spite of some positive signals, the efforts so far have not led to the recovery of the Baltic Sea. This is the first time that a comprehensive assessment of ecosystem health on this scale, based on a wide range of indicators and information on human activities and their impacts, is available as background information for a HELCOM Ministerial Meeting.

    One reason that the Baltic marine environment has not yet recovered is the long delay between cause and effect, due to the natural features of the Baltic Sea. Further, some actions agreed upon in the Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP) from 2007 – the concrete roadmap for restoring the ecological balance of the Baltic Sea – are yet to be completed. In addition, some aspects of the environment have so far not been addressed in Baltic-wide plans and policies.

    In light of this new information, an important part of the Ministerial Meeting today will be to decide both on stronger follow-through on the existing BSAP and on a blueprint and timeframe for updating the BSAP.

    The current Baltic Sea Action Plan aims for a healthy Baltic Sea by 2021, and rests on actions aimed at eutrophication, hazardous substances, biodiversity, and maritime activities. In the discussions leading up to the Ministerial Meeting, marine litter, underwater noise, and seabed damage and disturbance have been raised as possible additional issues for countries to follow up on more strongly, striving to limit adverse effects by increasing efforts and coordination at regional level.

    At the Meeting, the high-level representatives will decide on the next steps for these themes: e.g., whether action plans will be developed, whether indicators will be developed to measure these issues, and so on. The Meeting is also expected to follow up on the existing Regional Action Plan for marine litter.

    The high-level representatives at the Meeting are also set to finalize discussions on a possible future HELCOM strategy regarding nutrient recycling in the Baltic Sea area. This has been one of the goals of the EU chairmanship of HELCOM, as part of the target of promoting sustainable agricultural practices. Nutrient recycling is essential for reducing nutrient losses to the Baltic Sea and for efficiently using the limited nutrient resources.

    A common thread to the themes of the Meeting are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations Agenda 2030.

    The countries around the Baltic Sea have agreed to use HELCOM as the regional arena for coordinating work on those SDGs that relate to marine and water issues.

    The Meeting follows up on the United Nations Ocean Conference in New York in June 2017, where HELCOM made several voluntary commitments towards SDG 14 – "Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources".

    The Ministerial Meeting will be chaired by HELCOM Chair Marianne Wenning of the EU. Expected to participate on behalf of HELCOM members are Mr Karmenu Vella (Commissioner for the Environment, European Commission), Mr Esben Lunde Larsen (Minister for Environment and Food, Denmark), Mr Siim Kiisler (Minister of the Environment, Estonia), Mr Kimmo Tiilikainen (Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing, Finland), Dr Barbara Hendricks (Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany), Mr Kęstutis Navickas (Minister of Environment, Lithuania), Ms Karolina Skog (Minister for the Environment, Sweden), Mr Jānis Eglīts (Vice Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Latvia), Ms Anna Moskwa (Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation, Poland), and Mr Nuritdin Inamov (Director of the Department for International Cooperation and Board member of the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment, Russia).




2019 August 24

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13:26 Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale yields more than $159m in high bids, continues Upward Trend Under Trump Administration USDoI
11:38 Grieg Star takes delivery Supramax vessel the Star Damon
10:58 DNV GL launches renewables certification operations in U.S.

2019 August 23

18:36 Bridge parts transported for second Theemsweg route bridge
18:06 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to East and South Africa, Indian Ocean
17:55 Onezhsky Shipyard launches TSHD Yury Maslyukov
17:36 First CLEANBU wet-dry cargo switch with significant positive environmental impact
17:20 Atomflot and Baltiysky Zavod sign agreement on construction of fourth and fifth nuclear-powered icebreakers of Project 22220
17:05 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Middle East Gulf
16:45 MPI Resolution started blade repair campaign in offshore wind farm
16:35 PIL’s fleet attains Environmental Ship Index (ESI) certification
16:05 Botlek becomes Vopak's styrene hub
15:44 First-of-a-kind floating nuclear power unit Akademik Lomonosov leaves Murmansk for Pevek
15:23 CMA CGM will not use the Northern Sea Route
15:17 Vessel powered by ABB Azipod® propulsion reaches North Pole for the first time in history
15:13 NOVATEK’s Board recommends 1H 2019 dividend
14:47 PGNiG Group posts more than PLN 22.6bn in revenue for H1 2019
14:16 BC Ferries supports whale research at Galiano Island
13:52 Marsden Point, New Zealand tops BIMCO Terminal Vetting Report
13:29 Missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov entered Mediterranean Sea
13:08 Boskalis half year result 2019 tainted by offshore projects
12:34 Sevastopol Sea Port to be subsidized with RUB 54 million by municipal government
12:08 Bibby HydroMap commences second UXO survey for Vattenfall
11:40 Tests of unique replenishment system of Akademik Pashin tanker successfully completed
11:08 DP World Liège Container Terminal boosts eco-efficiency with Konecranes
10:55 Eesti Energia to use Klaipėda LNG terminal services
10:26 Hamburg, Germany to host 15th Arctic Shipping Summit on 4-5 December 2019
10:07 Bridge parts transported for second Theemsweg route bridge
09:53 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.1% to $55.98, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.01% to $55.35
09:34 Bunker market sees mixed price movements at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is up to 2,118 points
09:07 Damen wins UX Design Award for Human Machine Interface for Tugs
08:35 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning August, 23
08:07 World’s largest all-electric ferry completes its maiden trip

2019 August 22

18:04 Australian Maritime College and KONGSBERG eye potential for VR training with renewed support program
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16:47 Karelia proposed construction of deep-water freight and passenger port Kem’
16:25 Bunker prices go down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
16:04 Navios Acquisition reports results for H1 2019
15:53 PJSC TransContainer reports its Financial Results under IFRS for 6M'2019
15:12 ReCAAP ISC has released Guidance on Abduction of Crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and Waters off Eastern Sabah
15:04 Essar Ports expects to meet 60 MT target for FY20
14:31 Höegh LNG announces interim results for the quarter and half year ended 30 June 2019
14:14 Peel Ports takes important step towards being Brexit ready
13:56 Yamal LNG shipped twenty million tons
13:35 Arctic block of Far East Investment and Export Agency headed by Dmitry Fishkin
13:13 Sea Machines successfully deploys industry’s first autonomous spill-response vessel
12:28 Fire onboard MV Pyotr Tchaikovsky kills one in Saint-Petersburg
12:13 Frontera Offshore and DOF Subsea join forces for the Subsea Construction and IMR Mexican market
11:31 Kalmar to enhance STS crane capabilities at EUROGATE Tanger
11:21 HELCOM publishes report on noise sensitivity of animals in the Baltic Sea
10:59 HELCOM gets a new Executive Secretary
10:35 Caterpillar Eurasia and Admiral Makarov University agreed on establishing a brand new up-to-date training center
10:10 Steps towards new treaty to protect marine biodiversity
09:38 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.41% to $60.04, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.38% to $55.47
09:20 Hapag-Lloyd announces changes of North Europe Mediterranean Express Service
09:13 Baltic Dry Index is up to 2,061 points
08:44 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Aug 22