• 2018 March 14 11:39

    Port of Gdansk Authority takes another step towards ensuring navigability of the Wisła River

    The Port of Gdansk Authority says it took on the preparation of a feasibility study for the modernisation of the Wisła River. The task will be commissioned to a suitable contractor. Four bids were submitted for the tender.

    At the end of 2017, the PGA issued a call for tenders for the preparation of a feasibility study for the comprehensive development of international waterways. The waterways in question are the E-40 from Gdansk to Warsaw and further to the Polish-Belarusian border in Brest, and the E-70 over a section between the Wisła and Elblag). The bids, submitted by four entities - two enterprises (DHV Hydroprojekt and Halcrow Group Limited, ELMS HOUSE) and two consortia (TRACTEBEL ENGINEERING S.A., WYG International, WTU along with "PROJMORS" Biuro Projektow Budownictwa Morskiego, as well as ARCADIS with Ernst &Young) - have just been opened.

    "The preparation of the study is a complex process, requiring extensive knowledge and experience. The project of the modernisation of the Wisła River will impact the entire country, its hydrological safety, economy, agriculture, and tourism. We want the Ministry of Maritime Economy to receive a documentwhich will answer the questions about the manner of implementing the plan of clearing the Wisła in detail,"said Lukasz Greinke, President of the Board of the PGA.

    The study will include detailed analyses which will make it possible to check whether there are any technical, financial, organisational, legal or other limitations that could impede the implementation of the project of modernising the Wisła. The document is also supposed to contain an assessment of whether the undertaking is justified from the socio-economic point of view. At each stage of preparing the study, the contractor has to give particular consideration to the environmental conditions, and documents concerning environmental protection, including the Water Framework Directive, the Birds Directive, the Habitats Directive, and the set of directives making up the NATURA 2000 network of nature protection areas.

    "There are many aspects that the contractor will have to discuss in the study. It has to specify the scope of the entire undertaking and the technical parameters, estimate the capital expenditure, prepare an expense schedule, and determine the sources of funding. Only a comprehensive study will let us answer the questions on how to modernise the Wisła, to what extent, for what money, and over what time," explained Marcin Osowski, Vice-President of the Board and Director of Infrastructure at the PGA.

    Having signed the ratification act of the "European Agreement on Main Inland Waterways of International Importance" (AGN), Poland committed itself to bringing the main waterways to at least class IV navigability. After achieving the standard specified in the AGN, Polish waterways will have the chance to ultimately become part of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).
    The "White Paper" of the European Commission sets out the transport development strategy in Europe. The aim of the strategy is to transfer - by 2030 - 30% of road transport to rail and inland water transport. By 2050, this should increase to 50%.
    The contractor - soon to be selected by the PGA - will have 18 months to prepare the feasibility study.




2018 December 13

18:43 Coal exports via Rosterminalugol hit 19-millionth tonne mark
18:28 Port of Kaliningrad throughput in Jan-Nov rose 4% to nearly 13 million tonnes
18:25 Tideway completes installation of longest AC offshore wind export cable at Hornsea One in the UK
17:49 Hapag-Lloyd to cancel calls at Port of Bremerhaven
17:25 Building of Johan Sverdrup Phase II begins
17:19 Port of Vyborg 11-month cargo volumes soar 24% to 1.72 million tonnes
17:13 Seabridge first in Belgium to receive the SCA certificate
17:08 Jan De Nul cleans up polluted beaches along the coast in southern France
17:07 Bunker fuel prices at Far Eastern ports close the week lower
16:47 Port of Vysotsk cargo volume in Jan-Nov rises 6% to 16.86 million tonnes
16:36 Maersk Broker Bulk Chartering and NAODAN Chartering
16:26 YILPORT Holding wins Port Operator Award at Lloyd’s List Global Awards
16:03 Rosmorport releases RFPs for design of an DF 12/14MW icebreaker
15:49 Jotun and Kansai Paint build relationship to meet marine and protective demand
15:46 Baltic Sea Ports Authority icebreakers assist merchant vessels in the Gulf of Finland
15:21 Containerships receives its first LNG-powered container vessel
14:44 Uncertainty lingers in fuel markets despite OPEC cuts
14:17 Maersk Line receives Containership Operator of the Year award
14:13 Iran-Indonesia to develop port cooperation
13:22 NOIA: U.S. territories need the Offshore Wind for Territories Act
13:12 QPS inks first "Green Loan" with BNP Paribas
12:48 Panama Canal signs agreement with Brazil's Port of Itaqui
12:32 Port of Ust-Luga throughput in Jan-Nov drops 4% to 90.27 million tonnes (updates)
11:34 Port of St. Petersburg eleven-month volume rises 11% to 54.15 million tonnes (updated)
11:06 Nonius Engineering to join the 6th International Forum of Dredging Companies as its sponsor and speaker
10:16 Crude oil futures gain to $ 60,44 (Brent) and $ 51,32 (WTI)
09:07 Baltic Dry Index down 0.81% to 1353 points
08:34 CMA CGM receives the Environment Award at the Lloyd’s List Global Awards

2018 December 12

19:08 Hapag-Lloyd announces General Rate Increase from East Asia to USA and Canada
18:30 MEYER WERFT handed over AIDAnova to AIDA Cruises
18:21 IMO led panel discussion on wreck removal challenges at Salvage & Wreck Removal Conference in London
18:00 Newbuilding methanol carrier for Proman Shipping named CASTARA
18:00 Rosneft develops innovations for Russian Zvezda super-shipyard
17:46 Damen signs with Port Nelson for ASD Tug 2411
17:37 Almaz shipyard lays down icebreaker of Project 21180М, Yevpaty Kolovrat, for RF Navy
17:14 Comprehensive plan for NSR development to be ready by February 2019 – Yevgeny Ditrikh
16:49 Investments in the Arctic by 2024 estimated at RUB 5.5 trillion - Dmity Kobylkin
16:23 Vladimir Putin orders to look into creation of port SEZ at Olya port in Arkhangelsk Region
15:50 Throughput of Russian seaports in 11M’18 grew by 4.2% Y-o-Y to 746.8 million tonnes (detalization)
15:26 Okskaya Sudoverf launches first dry cargo carrier of Project RSD32M
15:02 American Petroleum Institute (API) awards bolt fatigue testing program contract to DNV GL
14:25 Giant Octopus added to the CPC’s stock of ER equipment
14:01 London hosts global port environment experts
13:20 Pola Anatolia, dry cargo ship of RSD59 design, successfully passed sea trials
13:01 Newcastle Container Terminal to deliver savings for regional NSW
12:36 Sovcomflot BoD considered the Group’s financial plan for 2019 and a forecast for 2020-2021
12:01 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Ismene with Koch
11:49 Yury Trutnev appointed as head of revised State Commission for Arctic Development
11:22 Three icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on December 11-12
11:00 COSCO SHIPPING Ports partners with Abu Dhabi Ports to create regional trading hub and Middle East gateway for Belt and Road
10:47 Throughput of Rostov-on-Don port in 11M’18 up 15% Y-o-Y to 22.9 million tonnes
10:20 Brent Crude futures price up 1.16% to $60.9, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.67% to $52.3
10:11 Full bonded area is opened in Port Bronka
10:01 WMU welcomes ITF General Secretary and President
09:59 GTT receives an order for the tank design of two new LNG carriers
09:44 Bunker prices continue going down at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,364 points
09:15 LNG carrier Christophe de Margerie loads first cargo from Yamal LNG third train
08:28 Boskalis Ndurance’ cable trencher successfully tested at Alexiahaven
08:05 Maritime Blockchain Labs announces new consortium to improve crew management