• 2018 September 7 14:52

    Kimmo Naski elected as the new Chairman of the Baltic Ports Organization

    Dr Kimmo Naski, the CEO of the Port of HaminaKotka, has been elected as the new Chairman of theBaltic Ports Organization (BPO). The vote took place during the annual event organized by theBPO, the Baltic Ports Conference, held on 6 – 7 September in Szczecin, Poland, say the event organizers.

    The current CEO of the Port of HaminaKotka, Dr Naski has been at the helm of the port’s operations since 2011. Prior to this, he led the Ports of Kotka and Pori, respectively as Managing Director in years 2002 – 2011 and Port Director in years 1998 – 2002. His vast experience reaches as far as 1988, when he was active as Viking Line Finnlandverkehr’s vice managing director for continental Europe, Baltic States and Russia until 1998. He rises to the role of Chairman of the BPO after a successful tenure as Vice Chairman.

    Dr Naski also performs his duties as the Chairman of the Logistics Committee of the German-Finnish Chamber of Commerce, Board Member of the Finnish Central Chamber of Commerce and British Honorary Consul.

    BPO’s new Chairman offered the following comment: ”BPO was established in 1991. Since then it has been doing a great job in promoting and networking the Baltic Sea Ports. I strongly believe this is also the right way to meet the future”.

    Dr Naski succeeds Julian Skelnik, who remained a prominent figure not only in the BPO, but the whole Baltic maritime community, for over 11 years. Skelnik steps down as Chairman of the BPO, leaving an entity that matured throughout the years, becoming one of the most well-regarded and recognized voices in questions surrounding the decisions influencing the development of the Baltic ports.

    The new Chairman was voted in during the General Assembly, taking place during the second day of the annual Baltic Ports Conference. Dr Naski’s appointment was accompanied by the election of remaining Board Members, chosen from among the representatives of various Baltic ports. Dr Gernot Tesch (Port of Rostock) and Martynas Armonaitis (Port of Klaipeda) will assume the duties of Deputy Chairmen. Other Members of the Board include Jakob Flyvbjerg Christensen (Port of Aarhus), Ville Haapasaari (Port of Helsinki), Valdo Kalm (Port of Tallinn), Ansis Zeltiņš (Port of Riga), Piotr Nowak (Port of Gdynia) and Johan Castwall (Ports of Stokcholm).

    This year’s edition of the Baltic Ports Conference focused on 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 impact of LNG on the port sector.




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
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,584 points

2018 October 15

18:23 MOL joins hands with partners to launch FOCUS project
17:59 Moscow to host a conference on construction of LNG-powered and LNG bunker ships on October 24
17:46 Algoma announces cancellation of Croatian newbuilds contracts
17:05 Klaveness Combination Carriers AS registered on NOTC
16:56 Tall ships arrive at Port of Ipswich as part of 'Race of the Classics'
16:37 Coast Guard ends search after plane crash victims bodies are located
16:20 Krasnoye Sormovo shipyard delivers 8,140 DWT Pola Fiva, fifth dry cargo carrier of Project RSD59
16:04 DNV GL leads consortium to update Carbon Trust Floating LiDAR Roadmap
15:34 East Mediterranean projects take steps towards adoption of alternative fuels
15:04 NYK approves Japan Climate Action Summit declaration
14:51 Wärtsilä LNG solutions featured on environmentally advanced cruise ship
14:35 Coast Guard sets port condition X-ray in Georgia, South Carolina
14:17 Andrey Shunin appointed as General Director of Caspian Energy Management
13:28 Cooperation for sustainable shipping in the Mediterranean
12:41 ACL christens its newest G4 vessel, the Atlantic Sun
12:13 Kongsberg Digital and KPMG launch new complete cybersecurity partnership for the maritime industry
11:55 Nevsky Shipyard took part in Offshore Marintec Russia
11:19 ABS leads industry discussion on digitization, safety and compliance
11:12 New shipping route links Gdansk and Scandinavia
10:51 Port of Gdansk considered as transport hub for Slovakia
10:29 Brent Crude futures price up 1.21% to $81.4, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.04% to $72.08
10:10 Tuco Marine Group to build a multipurpose first responder boat for Hovedstadens Beredskab I/S
09:53 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,579 points
09:34 Gazprom and Shell discuss next steps in Baltic LNG project
09:15 Throughput of port Helsinki (Finland) in 9M'18 up 8.4% Y-o-Y to 11.38 million tonnes (table)
08:07 PIL terminates all calls to Iran due to US sanctions
07:06 ChainPORT hackathon held for the first time simultaneously in the ports of Antwerp and Los Angeles
06:16 Vinalines posts profit of US$900,000 in the first nine months of 2018

2018 October 14

09:19 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Africa
09:17 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Mediterranean
09:16 Port of Corpus Christi moves record tonnage in first nine months of 2018