• 2018 August 14 17:47

    British Ports Association launch Sustainable Development Resolution

    The British Ports Association has published a sustainable development resolution, which commits to supporting the dual aims of a strong and healthy environment and a thriving economy.

    The BPA represents 350 ports, terminals and port facilities across the UK. UK Ports handle 95% of the UK’s international trade, keeping goods moving in an efficient manner that underpins the UK’s economy. The industry is also highly productive and employs over 101,000 people. Ports are often hubs of regional economic activity and support a wide range of industries including energy, fishing, automative, aggregates, agriculture and of course the entire maritime sector.

    Ports take their environmental responsibilities seriously. BPA Chairman Alec Don said:

    “The British Ports Association is committed to grasping the once in a generation opportunity that Brexit will provide to promote a sustainable development framework in the UK that preserves our incredible natural environment and habitats whilst giving ports greater certainty and the ability to grow sustainably.

    “Careful management of our seas and waters is key to a sustainable future and ports will continue to play a part in delivering it. As guardians of our maritime gateways, ports and harbours will continue to provide safe, secure and sustainable operations, independent of Government and at no cost to the Exchequer.

    “Ports build and maintain a significant amount of privately financed infrastructure within the principles of sustainable development. We are committed to working more closely with conservation bodies, Government, and our members to promote better stewardship of the marine environment”

    Mark Simmonds, Policy Manager at the BPA who is leading the initiative said:

    “This Charter underlines the BPA’s commitment to sustainable development and working constructively with industry, Government and environmental groups.

    “As part of this we are putting forward some policy proposals for improving the sustainable development framework in the UK. This builds on our input into the Government’s consultation on the UK’s future environmental principles. We are ready to work with other interested groups and Government to improve both the environment whilst at the same time giving responsible developers more certainty and clarity as they oversee significant and important infrastructure.

    “We will now consult with our members, the wider maritime industry, Government, and environmental groups on this Charter and examine steps we can take to improve it over time.”

    The Charter commits the BPA to:
        Encouraging our members to continue acting as responsible custodians of the marine environment by building and maintaining infrastructure within the principles of sustainable development
        Through industry groups, working with conservation bodies to promote sustainable development
        Supporting our members as they continue helping to reduce marine pollution and litter and promoting cleaner oceans by providing suitable waste reception facilities for vessels
        Where appropriate supporting the principles of ‘modal shift’ within the UK and encouraging more coastal shipping, helping to reduce road congestion and overall freight carbon dioxide emissions
        Supporting our major port members in the development of new air quality plans to reduce emissions within their Harbour Areas and sharing good practice amongst industry
        Through our membership of the European Sea Ports Organisation, continuing to promote and support the EcoPorts initiative in the UK
        Supporting our members operating in designated marine conservation and protection area by promoting sustainable development and working with ports on good practice
        Facilitating environmental good practice in areas from ballast water management to oil spill prevention by bringing together port managers and environment officers to share experiences, innovative ideas and good practice on a regular basis
        Working constructively with the UK, Scottish, Welsh, and Northern Irish Governments, as well as conservation bodies and regulators – pointing out issues where they arise and helping to disseminate advice and policy changes to industry
        Supporting regulators to positively drive innovative ideas on improved licensing and consenting arrangements
        Supporting the UK Government when promoting sustainability and coordinated action at a global level through the IMO and other forums
        Supporting sustainable fisheries that are economically and biologically viable for the next generation of our coastal communities
        Continuing to support the Seafish Industry Authority in the development of the Responsible Fishing Ports Scheme that is suitable for all ports and ensures unbroken transparency and accountability in the seafood supply chain
        Prioritising navigational safety across the industry and thereby continuing to support the industry’s excellent record in preventing and preparing for marine incidences and accidents that might lead to environmental
        impacts; and working with industry partners Port Skills & Safety in improving terrestrial safety as well
        Periodically reviewing industry’s environmental record and improving this resolution




2018 September 25

16:29 Kotug Smit Towage performs naming ceremony for tug Southampton
16:20 Portugal joins WISTA International
15:38 Volga Shipping Company named the best in terms of transport security
15:12 Mr. Birkir Hólm Guðnason hired as CEO of Samskip Iceland
14:11 CMA CGM to review sales policy regarding Low Sulphur IMO 2020 Regulation
13:49 NIBULON successfully completed its passenger transportation season
13:11 North Carolina Ports’ terminals resume full commercial operations following hurricane Florence
12:50 Fuel oil prices are going up in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:31 Havila Kystruten selects Havyard to deliver the ship design and extensive equipment package for four new vessels
12:14 European ports welcome Parliament’s explicit support to remove the tax barriers for shore-side electricity for ships
12:01 Long Beach Commission OKs budget for expanded rail yard
11:43 DHT Holdings announces $50 mln scrubber financing
11:32 Nevsky Shipyard takes part in «Marintec Offshore Russia» exhibition
11:00 GTT receives a new order from Samsung Heavy Industries for the tank design of two new LNG carriers
10:55 NYK announces delivery of new wood-chip carrier for Hokuetsu Corporation
10:24 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,434 points
10:01 Brent Crude futures price up 0.2% to $80.69, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.12% to $72.17
09:38 Yaroslavsky Shipyard lays down oil recovery vessel of Project Р2114 for Transneft
09:15 Audit summary report to be considered by Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments

2018 September 24

18:36 DNV GL unveils the complexity of ocean governance in report for the UN Global Compact
18:03 Klaveness Combination Carriers AS announces completion of USD 45.0 million private placement
17:52 Port of Southampton recognised in top 20 under 40 cruise award
17:36 CMA CGM announces GRR from India West Coast to Mozambique
17:03 Metropolitan Plan for Great Newcastle endorses Port of Newcastle vision
16:50 Ust-Luga Container Terminal handles cargo for Nord Stream 2
16:47 Wightlink names its new flagship
16:45 Bomin exits the bunker markets in Singapore and Antwerp
16:43 Hamburg and St. Petersburg strengthen cooperation at the Port Evening
16:33 DNV GL ends operations in Iran by 4th November
16:19 Vladimir Panchenko dredger built by Shipbuilding - Ship Repair Corporation features local content of 90%
16:03 IMO sadness over Nyerere casualty
15:47 Moby Dik terminal starts handling vessels of Sea Connect line
15:33 Wärtsilä inaugurates upgraded EGC test facilities in Norway
15:20 ESPO wants more ambition on harmonisation of data, while maintaining flexibility in reporting systems
15:03 Vinalines to build 2 terminals at $299 mln in Lach Huyen Port
14:46 Port of Antwerp presents smart port of the future at Supernova
14:33 DFDS Seaways raises capacity on route Zeebrugge - Norway
14:18 Feasibility study of concession of state stevedoring companies «Olvia» and «Kherson» presented for acquaintance to potential investors
14:03 Norway’s largest cruise port of Bergen to build Europe’s largest onshore power supply facility
13:59 Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg named one of the best transport infrastructure facilities
13:34 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 21,529 in RF spot market
13:11 Okskaya Sudoverf lays down fourth dry cargo carrier of Project RSD32M
12:45 NOVATEK shipped first LNG cargo to Brazil
12:23 Finalists for the Seatrade Maritime Awards in Dubai announced
12:00 Nor-Shipping 2019 takes place in Oslo and Lillestrøm, Norway, from 04 to 07 June 2019
11:16 Longline factory ship Marlin laid down by Severnaya Verf shipyard to feature 40% of local content
10:54 Damen performs float-out of Australian icebreaker
10:52 NOVATEK increases number of Management Board members
10:28 Smart shipping to be under the spotlight at Seatrade Maritime Middle East
10:05 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,413 points
09:43 Brent Crude futures price up 1.25% to $79.22, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.2% to $71.63
09:21 Freeport of Riga’s project on construction of Krievu Island Terminal enters its final phase
09:00 Vice Premier Han Zheng inspected COSCO-PSA terminal in Singapore
08:14 International maritime community reaffirms cooperation in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore

2018 September 23

10:47 DEME unveils innovative nodule collector pre-prototype ‘Patania II’
10:33 Global Ship Lease secures additional charter coverage and adds Maersk Line to charterer portfolio
10:30 Hapag-Lloyd announces rates from Latin America to North Europe and South Europe

2018 September 21

18:06 Forth Ports wins prestigious award for community work
17:44 NCSP Group's cargo turnover for January–July 2018 totaled 82,351 thousand tons
17:28 First ISO-container ever loaded with liquefied natural gas at the LNG terminal in Świnoujście