• 2018 June 7 11:52

    EUSBSR annual forum in Tallinn addressed Baltic Sea environmental challenges

    Marine environmental issues were a high priority at the 9th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) held in Tallinn, Estonia from 4 to 5 June 2018. HELCOM participated in the plenary session on safeguarding the ecosystems of the Baltic Sea, as well as in other events, notably a seminar on updating the Baltic Sea Action Plan beyond 2021.

    HELCOM says the overall consensus at the forum was that despite good progress on marine environmental matters in the Baltic Sea region, more needs to be done to achieve good environmental status for the Baltic Sea in a foreseeable future.

    "We have to step up our efforts for the Baltic Sea. Following the recent [HELCOM] assessments, the Baltic Sea is not in a good shape. We need to reduce [our] impacts on the sea," said the Prime Minister of Estonia Juri Ratas during the opening session.

    His comments resonated with the video greetings by Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner on Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries on the occasion of the opening of the third plenary session about the EUSBSR and marine environment. 

    The major pressure on the Baltic Sea remains eutrophication caused by excessive nutrient discharge into the sea from agriculture and other land-based sources. 

    New threats to the marine ecosystem were also mentioned during the event, especially stemming from hazardous substances such as micro-plastics and pharmaceutical residues, and underwater noise.

    At the EUSBSR Annual Forum, HELCOM Executive Secretary Monika Stankiewicz presented the State of the Baltic Sea report, stressing that good environmental status for the Baltic Sea hasn't been achieved yet, and that the current reduction of pressures on the sea aren't enough.

    The HELCOM State of the Baltic Sea report assesses the state of the Baltic Sea and the pressures it is affected by. The first results were published in 2017 and the assessment will be finalized by the end of June 2018.

    Stankiewicz also indicated that the Baltic Sea Action Plan, the main strategic tool to achieve a healthy Baltic Sea, will not end after its initially set deadline of 2021. 

    "Based on outcomes of the Brussels HELCOM Ministerial meeting and analysis of measures and results, the Baltic Sea Action Plan will be updated past 2021," she said, paving the way for future actions. 

    The update of the Baltic Sea Action Plan coincides with the update of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region Action Plan which gives opportunity to find further synergies between the work of HELCOM and EUSBSR.

    The Forum was hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia together with the Baltic Development Forum in close cooperation with the European Commission, Ministry of Environment and other partners. 

    About 770 participants from governments, international organisations, NGOs, universities, local and regional administrations and businesses came together to discuss developments and challenges in the Baltic Sea Region. The Annual Forum was co-financed from the programme of Interreg Baltic Sea Region.




2019 May 21

18:33 Maersk to charter 13 new feeder ships powered by conventional fuel from 2021
18:25 Long-term Wärtsilä service agreements support optimal performance for LNG Carriers
18:04 GTT notified by Samsung Heavy Industries for the tank design of a new LNG carrier for Nisshin Shipping
17:48 Throughput of port Vysotsk in Jan-Apr'2019 climbed by 7% Y-o-Y to 6.65 million tonnes
17:25 Bunker prices still show no considerable changes at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
17:19 ABB to enable world’s first hydrogen-powered river vessel
17:04 Port of Zeebrugge sets new record with maiden call of OOCL United Kingdom
16:42 Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard lays down Pioner-M, research ship of Project 25700
16:19 USCG host workshop to discuss safe operation of commercial passenger vessels
16:04 IMO issues additional guidance for sulphur 2020 implementation
15:33 UN agency pushes forward on shipping emissions reduction
15:19 Nevsky Shipyard delivers Nevsky Shipyard second vessel in a series of five dry cargo vessel of project RSD59
15:03 Panama Canal announces enhancements to its Green Connection Environmental Recognition Program
14:27 DSD sells its ferry and expressboat company Norled
14:06 Throughput of port Primorsk in Jan-Apr’2019 grew by 5% Y-o-Y to 18.95 million tonnes
14:03 MOL and Weathernews release of FOCUS Project part I 'Fleet Viewer' application
13:44 Port of Hamburg posts Q1 2019 results
13:41 Czech and Polish officials visit the Port of Gdansk to promote trade between the countries
13:14 Multipurpose Reloading Complex boosts investments in environment protection 15 times to RUB 8 million
12:49 Port of Ust-Luga handled 35.55 million tonnes in 4M’19, up 8% Y-o-Y
12:25 Throughput of Port St. Petersburg in Jan-Apr'2019 grew by 2% Y-o-Y to 19.67 million tonnes
12:02 IAPH Port Planning and Development Committee published a report “Autonomous Vehicles’ Impact on Port Infrastructure Requirements ”
11:28 Port of Kiel welcomes “Aidaprima” for its maiden call
11:00 Container Terminal Saint-Petersburg allocated RUB 2.9 million for implementation of its social programme in 1Q’2019
10:11 Swan Hunter completes modular offshore grid cable storage load-in
09:56 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.31% to $72.19, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.43% to $63.48
09:27 Debmarine Namibia to invest in world’s first custom-built diamond recovery vessel
09:13 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,041 points
08:05 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, May 21

2019 May 20

18:35 First MAN dual-fuel, diesel-mechanical propulsion package bound for LNG-powered ferry
18:24 Peel Ports expands logistics services with acquisition
18:06 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Africa
17:28 Less storm damage in the port of Rotterdam because of Windbreakers
17:14 HMM to launch new Corporate Identity
17:06 Access World Terminals expands premises and activities in North Sea Port
16:54 Arctic LNG 2 and TechnipFMC sign EPC Contract for LNG plant
16:31 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Mediterranean
16:05 Damen Shiprepair Brest completes rapid repairs to LNG Carrier Methane Princess
15:38 Scrubber washwater to be investigated
15:15 MEPC agrees on scrubber guidance
14:51 Finnlines’ Tapani Voionmaa elected to the BIMCO Board of Directors
14:26 Gazpromneft Marine Bunker’s sales in 1Q’19 grew by 25% YoY to 800,000 tonnes
14:02 Zeaborn places 100 ships with Verifavia Shipping & Korean Register for Inventory of Hazardous Material services
13:44 Ministry of Transport and Communication of Finland: Reforms related to ship safety nearing completion
13:23 IMO organized workshop for getting audit-ready in Cameroon
13:02 Wärtsilä and LUT University to collaborate on research for 100% renewable energy systems
12:37 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 19,363 in RF spot market
12:01 International shipping on track to meet 2030 CO2 reduction target following critical UN IMO meeting
11:45 SMS Towage calls on Damen for two ASD 2411 Tugs
11:34 Annual capacity of Russia’s Baltic ports can be increased by 32.5% to 478.9 million tonnes by 2025
11:12 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in Jan-Apr’2019 fell by 8% Y-o-Y to 15.78 million tonnes
10:50 Port of Singapore throughput in Jan-Apr’2019 fell by 1.1% Y-o-Y to 205.72 million tonnes
10:27 Throughput of port Shanghai (China) in Jan-Apr’19 remained flat at 178.59 million tonnes
10:05 Brent Crude futures price is up 1.27% to $73.13, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.18% to $63.66
09:46 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 7.6% to 5.99 million TEUs in Jan-Apr’2019
09:24 CLIA Conference and trade fair held in Southampton
09:13 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,040 points
08:59 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, May 20

2019 May 19

16:51 Hamburg Süd strengthens its product portfolio on the Europe–Central America, Caribbean and South America West Coast trade
15:47 CMA CGM to implement FAK rates for Asia to the Middle East Gulf, Asia to Pakistan / India / Sri Lanka trades