• 2018 May 28 18:06

    BPO sewage reception workshop in Helsinki

    On May 24th, the Baltic Ports Organization (BPO) held a workshop dedicated to sewage reception, which took place in Helsinki, Finland. The workshop has been hosted by the Port of Helsinki and accompanied by a meeting of the BPO Environmental Working Group. The workshop featured a discussion focusing on Baltic ports’ input to the Best Practice Guidebook among a variety of other topics, BPO said in its press release.

    The workshop opened with an overview to recent amendments to the MARPOL Annex IV, which designates the Baltic Sea as a Special Area for sewage, presented by Jorma Kämäräinen, representing the Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Trafi). The restrictions, which foresee the obligatory discharge of sewage from passenger ships, will come into force on June 1st, 2019, for newly built vessels and June 1st, 2021, for existing ships.

    A practical example for the challenges linked to the topic of discharge of wastewater from ships has been given based on experiences gathered by the Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority HSY, introduced in a speech by Heli Lindberg. There are a number of factors that need to be considered when receiving wastewater, including risks related to occupational safety and health, odor emission or corrosion in concrete sewers due to high hydrogen sulphide contents released into the sewer and pumping stations.

    There is a broad range of treatment technologies being applied to newly built cruise vessels and one of the questions being currently raised is what portion of the black waters (sewage) will be treated onboard and discharged into the sea and how much will be delivered to PRF’s in ports. Dr. Wei Chan of Wärtsilä, mentioned in her presentation that shipowners would rather prepare to have both options for greater flexibility.

    Participants of the workshop also discussed ways for Baltic ports to contribute their experience and standards for handling of wastewater in ports to the Best Practice Guidebook. The Guidebook, prepared and showcased by Markus Joswig from the Testing and Development Institute for Wastewater based at the RWTH Unviersity in Aachen, is set to be published in October, 2018.

    The Baltic Sea region is home to a variety of different environmental regulations, resulting in a vast amount of knowledge amassed by the stakeholders active in the area. Therefore, Baltic ports and other members of the maritime sector in the region traditionally have a lot to share with their peers, which can benefit maritime communities all around the world.

    Bogdan Ołdakowski, BPO Secretary General, said: “The workshop gave an update on developments in Baltic ports when it comes to meeting the IMO regulation for sewage from passenger ships, especially when it comes to providing port reception facilities. We are glad that the Best Practice Guidebook is being prepared, as it will help the port industry to meet these PRF requirements. The topic of obligatory delivery of sewage from passenger ships remains one of BPO's main priorities as Baltic ports need to be adequately prepared for the upcoming deadlines and costs linked to the development of necessary infrastructure”.

    The discussion has also touched upon a couple different matters related to the topic of waste reception and waste treatment. Questions surrounding the future of Port Reception Facilities (PFR) after 2019/2021, fee system for sewage reception to recover the costs, changes to volumes and treatment of sewage from new big cruise ships, as well as actions to be taken by ports with a very low number of cruise calls throughout the year and no capacity to receive waste were also considered by the workshop participants. The impact of the revised EU Directive on PRF has been also discussed.

2019 December 5

18:05 ABS, MAN & SDARI join forces to develop ammonia-fueled feeder vessel
17:46 Throughput of Rostov-on-Don port in 11M’19 fell by 7% Y-o-Y to 21.1 million tonnes
17:21 Extraordinary general shareholders meeting of LUKOIL approves interim dividend
17:05 NORDEN enters new biofuel collaboration with Kvasir Technologies
16:28 Cargo traffic on Northern Sea Route can grow to 160 million tonnes by 2035 – Aleksandr Krutikov
16:05 ABS and CATL sign battery research agreement
15:54 Port of HaminaKotka published its statistics for November 2019
15:30 Ministry for Development of Russian Far East and Arctic expects special economic regime to come into force in Arctic in 2020
15:03 DNV GL and Huangpu-Wenchong sign JDP on 5,000 TEU LNG dual-fuel containership
14:49 Global project launched to tackle plastic litter from ships and fisheries
14:33 IMO Assembly approved renewal of Kitack Lim’s appointment as secretary-general of UN body
14:06 Torqeedo powers all-electric harbour water clean-up boat
13:06 YILPORT Puerto Bolívar now operates with four mobile harbor cranes
12:44 Bunker prices increase at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:25 Norfolk, Virginia to host Port & Terminal Technology USA on 21-22 April 2020
12:17 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Dec 05
12:08 Inmarsat launches Fleet LTE service in the North Sea
11:50 Forum «Arctic: Today and the Future» kicked off in Saint-Petersburg
11:29 “K” Line completes additional development (Phase-2) of “Kawasaki Integrated Maritime Solutions”
11:05 PIL upgrades Redsea Gulf Service and Intra-Redsea Feeder 5
10:37 DNV GL and GSI cooperate on AI-based solution to improve welding NDT efficiency
10:01 Bunker sales at port Vladivostok in 11M’19 grew by 53.2% to 1.58 million tonnes
09:36 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.1% to $62.94, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.38% to $58.2
09:18 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,599 points
09:03 CMA CGM and Total sign a major agreement
06:49 Ocean Yield ASA announces delivery of three LR2 product tankers with long-term charters

2019 December 4

18:30 North Carolina Ports Chief Commercial Officer retires
18:09 Diana Shipping announces time charter contracts for m/v Myrsini with Ausca and m/v Artemis with Koch
17:47 DNV GL and GSI cooperate on AI-based solution to improve welding NDT efficiency
17:26 Freight turnover of Neva-Metal (Saint-Petersburg) in 11M’19 fell by 1% Y-o-Y to 2.93 million tonnes
17:09 ABS presents its innovative work at the annual meeting of the ABS South East Asia Regional Committee
16:48 Traficom: new study published on indicative analysis methods used in the control of ships’ ballast water treatment
16:32 Port of Gdynia increased container handling by 13% to 750.439 thousand tons in 10M’2019
16:09 Nexans, Eversource and Ørsted sign Framework Agreement for North American Offshore Wind Farm development with the opportunity to provide up to 1,000 kilometers of export cable for multiple Ørsted projects till 2027 in United States
15:52 Jotun A/S and COSCO Shipping International HK renew JV agreement
15:31 Cargo traffic within Azov-Don Basin of Russia’s IWWs down 9% to 9.57 million tonnes in 11M’19
15:10 The opening of Port Said tunnel under the Suez Canal provides faster access to SCCT
14:47 Port of Gdynia completed modernization and redevelopment of its video surveillance system
14:30 Port of Ipswich celebrates new partnership milestone with Metsä Wood UK
14:09 Maersk launches new visibility tool “Captain Peter”
13:51 ABP appointed new Head of Operations for Humber International Terminal
13:28 Moscow Canal completed project on digital mapping of Russia’s inland water ways
13:09 Georgia Ports Authority set to exceed 4.6M TEUs for the first time in a calendar year
12:47 Russian Maritime Register of Shipping takes part in Marintec China 2019
12:30 Crew of IBSV Gennadiy Nevelskoy rescued three men in Sea of Okhotsk
12:08 GTT and WISON sign a Technical Assistance and License Agreement for the construction of membrane tank systems
11:53 AS Tallink Grupp reports increase of passenger and cargo turnover in November 2019
11:26 Russian Railways: Loading of export cargo bound for domestic ports up 3.4% to 281.4 million tonnes in 11M’19
11:08 LR collaborates with DSIC and Man Energy Solutions for first ammonia-fuelled ULCS in China
10:47 Bunker market at the port of Saint-Petersburg sees mixed price movements, Russia (graph)
10:30 Hapag-Lloyd to revise the Currency Adjustment Factor for North Europe as of January 1, 2020
10:08 HEP to build the first hydrogen station at the Port of Amsterdam
10:03 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Dec 04
09:56 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,606 points
09:38 Lloyd’s Register grants AiP to CMES, CNOOC, DSIC and GTT for LNG dual-fuelled VLCC design
09:20 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.74% to $61.27, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.68% to $56.48
09:08 Odfjell SE reaches an agreement with Navig8 Chemical Tankers to expands stainless steel chemical tanker pool
08:53 Port of Hamburg anticipates positive impact from the EU-Singapore trade agreement
08:06 P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of the Russian Academy of Sciences development is declared the best innovative product at Seoul Fair
07:06 CMA CGM chooses the port of Marseille-Fos for the bunkering of its future 15,000-TEU vessels