• 2018 July 17 14:44

    Baltic Ports Conference 2018 will focus on financing, economy and energy supply

    On 6-7 September, 2018, policymakers, industry experts and various other stakeholders will meet in Szczecin, Poland, to take part in the annual Baltic Ports Conference. The event is a key item on Baltic Ports Organization’s agenda and has long served as a platform for exchanging knowledge and experience between the members of the European and Baltic maritime community.

    This year’s edition of the Baltic Ports Conference will tackle multiple issues currently relevant to the maritime sector in the Europe and the Baltic region. From a thorough market overview and its impact on maritime transport, through the examination of various financial instruments supporting the development of port infrastructure to the role of ports as energy hubs.

    The event will kick off with a session dedicated to economy and trade in Central Europe and the Baltic region. An overview of the current state of the market, along an analysis of its impact on the European maritime transport sector, will be delivered by Peter Heyman Andersen of Ramboll. His speech will be followed by a closer look at Brexit and its aftermath and all that it entails for the European port sector. The analysis will be presented by Mark Simmonds, representing the British Ports Association.

    Economy will remain one of the topics after the coffee break, especially as seen the point of view of port investments and how they correlate with the state of economy in the region. Considering this year’s location chosen for the conference, the impact of a country’s economical and industrial development on the port sector will be further examined with Poland as an example. An experts’ panel, including representatives from BCT Gdynia, DCT Gdańsk, as well as the Ports of Szczecin-Świnoujście, Tallinn and the Port Authority of Centre-North Tyrrhenian Sea will round-up the session.

    The day’s last session will cover one of the key topics for the transport sector in Europe – the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) II proposal for the period of 2021 – 2027. The EU budget for the upcoming period and the surrounding discussion is of great importance for many ports, as it presents an opportunity to start many projects essential to their continuous development. Other financing instruments will also be featured, with Mark Clintworth of the European Investment Bank exploring incentives for small scale port development. Representatives of the European Commission, ESPO, the Finnish Ports Association and the Ports of Turku, Trelleborg, Rostock and Riga will offer their insights before the end of the first day of the conference.

    After an exciting networking dinner, filled with live music and other attractions, the delegates will once again assemble in the conference hall at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Szczecin, for the second day of speeches and discussions. During the first session, the speaker will explore the idea of a port as a modern age energy hub and how it can act as a gate to the regional and global energy market. Additionally, the audience will be presented with an overview of financing opportunities available to ports for financing energy-based infrastructure projects.

    Energy will remain at the center of attention during the day’s second session, in particular its supply as an incentive for new investments in the ports. Energy transition is an important topic these days, not just for the maritime sector. We will try to find out how ports should approach the transition, especially considering EU’s energy policy. The session will end with a practical example, with Paweł Jakubowski of Polskie LNG explaining the LNG terminal in Świnoujście can become a door to the CEE gas market.

    The conference will conclude with a study tour to the LNG terminal in Świnoujście, offering a unique view into its inner workings.

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2018 October 18

10:55 Seafarers’ mental health is focus of new training programme offered free to mariners worldwide
10:51 RF Navy’s Pacific Fleet detachment to conduct exercise East China Sea
10:13 Ulstein secures contract for design of Jones Act compliant SOV vessel
09:58 Brent Crude futures price up 0.07% to $79.99, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.1% to $67.61
09:39 Myanmar officials trained in forming maritime transport policy
09:14 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,554 points

2018 October 17

18:03 PGNiG and Venture Global LNG announce LNG Sales and Purchase Agreements for 2 million tonnes per year
17:46 The Freeport of Riga Authority continues to develop cooperation with China
17:22 Port Manatee enjoys record fiscal year with diverse growth
17:00 North Sea Port and Titan LNG successfully supply sea-going vessel with LNG fuel
16:55 33 LNG carriers and 8 gas condensate carriers with export cargo left port Sabetta in April-June 2018
16:24 Baku International Sea Trade Port launches two new tugboats
16:02 Hapag-Lloyd announces General Rate Increase for East Asia to Mexico, Central America, West Coast of South America, Caribbean & Panama trade
15:46 New BIMCO & IBIA Bunkering Guide available
15:23 NOVATEK and Fluxys plan to build an LNG terminal in Rostock
15:02 NYK develops original software that diagnoses combustion chamber problems
14:40 RF Government allocates RUB 8.4 billion for the Far East development
14:21 Scorpio Bulkers announces time charter-out agreements
14:03 CMA CGM implements Empty Repositioning Surcharge for exports from all Turkish ports
13:32 Ørsted contracts Van Oord for cable installation Borssele I & II
13:21 Throughput of Ukraine’s seaports in 9M’18 fell by 1.7% Y-o-Y to 95.9 million tonnes
13:04 CMA CGM to introduce new BAF on Asia-Africa trade
12:30 GTT and Dongsung Finetec sign a Memorandum of Understanding
12:02 Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and partners sign MoU for 3D printing facility and applications in maritime sector
11:53 Identifying barriers to cutting emissions through just-in-time operations
11:27 Norddeutsche Reederei H. Schuldt joins V.Group
10:50 Brent Crude futures price down 0.09% to $81.34, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.06% to $71.88
10:42 CMA CGM to introduce new BAF on Europe-Africa trade
10:37 Damen Shipyards Galati hands over 74-metre fishery research vessel to Angolan government
10:27 Maritime Arctic Competence Center opens in Saint-Petersburg
09:42 KN invests in environmental protection measures
09:20 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,578 points

2018 October 16

18:33 Maersk Line announces new FAK rates from Mediterranean to West and Central Asia
18:03 ABS holds two seminars at the 58th Genoa International Boat Show
17:55 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in 9M’18 grew by 5% Y-o-Y to 10.65 million tonnes
17:36 Wärtsilä opens the first International Maritime Cyber Centre of Excellence in the world
17:03 CMA CGM announces Overweight Surcharge on Asia and India to Africa trades
16:56 Wärtsilä launches Acceleration Centre in Singapore and partners with MPA and PSA Marine to develop IntelliTug
16:40 Throughput of port Vyborg in 9M’18 up 22% Y-o-Y to 1.33 million tonnes
16:21 Throughput of port Primorsk in 9M’18 fell by 11% Y-o-Y to 39.80 million tonnes
16:03 Höegh LNG announces amendment of the Höegh Gallant time charter
15:44 LUKOIL starts construction of facilities at Rakushechnoye field
15:22 Throughput of port Vysotsk in 9M’18 climbed by 6% Y-o-Y to 13.69 million tonnes
15:03 Avatar Logistics initiates cooperation with Sand & Grus AB Jehander and buys the vessel MS Jehander
14:41 Throughput of port Ust-Luga in 9M’18 declined by 5% Y-o-Y to 72.38 million tonnes
14:20 CMA CGM announces GRR from Far East to West Africa
14:03 Lithuanian Railways, Metrans and the Port of Hamburg strengthen relations
13:52 Throughput of Port St. Petersburg up 12% to 44.22 million tonnes in 9M’18
13:06 Scorpio Bulkers announces update on scrubbers
12:39 Project 22800 small missile ship Burya to be floated out on 23 October
12:13 Rolls-Royce and Intel announce autonomous ship collaboration
11:55 The Port of Riga outlines a vision for future development of Spilve Meadows
11:31 Ørsted selects GeoSea for Borssele 1 & 2 foundation and turbine transport and installation
11:14 Jan De Nul will dredge access channel to Guayaquil Port
11:11 RF Navy’s Baltic Fleet detachment completed tasks in Mediterranean Sea
10:59 Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam celebrates 70 years and bids farewell to director Frits van Dongen
10:50 Detachment of RF Navy's Pacific Fleet completes visit to Republic of Korea
10:28 WMU holds needs assessment workshop in Jordan
10:02 Brent Crude futures price up 0.31% to $81.03, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.11% to $71.86
09:43 IMO ​pushing forward with tackling greenhouse gas emissions