• 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.




2019 February 15

18:05 Noble Corporation announces purchase of a second newbuild jackup rig from PaxOcean
16:57 Port of Goole powered by £1 million solar installation
16:26 ABP continues support of Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service
15:30 Sea Cup 2019 preliminaries kick off in Kamchatka
15:04 CNIIMF authorized to confirm conformity of dangerous cargo containers
13:59 Nevsky Shipyard starts cutting metal for cargo-passenger ship of PV22 project
13:32 Murmansk Sea Fishing Port handled 5,500 tonnes fish in Jan’2019, down 48% Y-o-Y
13:08 Fincantieri and Princess Cruises celebrate three construction milestones of three “Royal” class ships at the Monfalcone shipyard
12:45 Dredging under Sea Port Sukhodol project to exceed 7 mln cbm – details to be covered at the Congress
12:08 Port of Oakland import volume increased 9 percent January 2019
11:46 8 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 14-15
11:27 Okskaya Sudoverf lays down seventh dry cargo carrier of Project RSD32M
11:08 DNV GL and Metalships & Docks ink class agreement for luxury sailing vessel
10:53 Throughput of Ukraine’s seaports in Jan’19 grew by 3.4% Y-o-Y to 11.19 million tonnes
10:29 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.63% to $64.98, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.57% to $54.72
10:08 EFIP welcomes the adoption of the European Parliament resolution on NAIADES II
09:41 Bunker prices are going up at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:16 Baltic Dry Index up down to 628 points
09:07 ICTSI inaugurates the expansion of its Batumi International Container Terminal
08:07 MAN Energy Solutions wins contract to supply the engines for a new harbour tug in Spain
07:41 Inmarsat announces new initiatives to support maritime, ports and logistics start-ups with Rainmaking and Bluetech

2019 February 14

18:03 Austal's LCS 20 completes acceptance trials
17:44 Royal Navy to discuss the future of unmanned and autonomous naval warfare at SMi's 3rd annual Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology 2019
17:22 Freight turnover of Neva-Metal (Saint-Petersburg) in January 2019 fell by 26% Y-o-Y to about 190,000 tonnes
17:03 MOL Techno-Trade takes part in marine environmental protection program
16:25 VTB acquires 100% of Novorossiysk Grain Terminal from NSCP Group
16:03 Port of Virginia container volume up 8.9% to 134,638 TEU in January 2019
16:03 Expert expects uncertainty on global fuel market next week
15:49 “K” Line’s LNGC makes maiden call from Ichthys LNG Project to Naoetsu LNG Terminal in Japan
15:40 BSTDB to finance construction of Lavna coal terminal under agreement with STLC
15:21 2nd Conference “Dangerous cargoes: new transportation requirements” to be held under the auspices of RF Chamber of Commerce and Industry
15:03 ONE renewes own loading record exceeding 19000TEUs
14:33 Maersk and PBF Logistics LP announce agreement for production and storage of 0.5% sulphur fuel on the U.S. East Coast
14:02 Port of Long Beach volumes decrease 0.1 percent to 657,286 TEU in Jan 2019
13:50 Multipurpose Transshipment Complex to be built in Primorsk
13:32 Port of Los Angeles volumes up 5.4 percent to 852,449 TEUs in January 2019
13:02 Port of Rotterdam throughput volume up to 469.0 million tonnes in 2018
12:46 Supply vessel OCEAN COOPER 2 sinks in Singapore waters
12:25 Baltic Sea Region cruise ports commit to reducing negative ecological impacts
11:27 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:09 Port of Marseille-Fos to deliver the first phase of the subsea cable landing infrastructure by Q3 2019
10:31 9 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 13-14
10:09 GTT receives an order from Samsung Heavy Industries for the tank design of a new LNG Carrier for Minerva Gas
09:44 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.66% to $64.03, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.58% to $54.21
09:25 Baltic Dry Index is up to 608 points
09:08 ABB to power Iceland’s first electric ferry ABB to power Iceland’s first electric ferry

2019 February 13

18:10 Shell and partners start deep-water production at Lula North in Brazil
17:46 OLT Offshore LNG Toscana Regasification Terminal works at almost full capacity
17:23 Excelerate’s Northeast Gateway Deepwater Terminal reached a peak send-out flow rate
16:58 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in Jan’2019 fell by 8.9% Y-o-Y to 4.12 million tonnes
16:29 II HES and Dredging Forum to address deep-water routes to Sabetta and Novoportovsky terminal
15:57 Port of Singapore throughput in Jan’2019 fell by 2.4% Y-o-Y to 51.93 million tonnes
15:32 Throughput of Russian seaports in Jan'2019 grew by 5.6% Y-o-Y to 67.6 million tonnes of cargo (detalization)
15:05 Bank VTB acquired 50 percent minus one share in United Grain Company
15:04 NYK conducts crisis-response drill with ONE
14:56 DNV GL and Metalships & Docks ink class agreement for luxury sailing vessel
14:03 WMU and Japan cooperate on advancing BBNJ discussions
13:37 New Freeport of Riga Development Programme provides for expanded port operations
13:14 MOL Chemical Tankers and Den Hartogh Logistics form strategic alliance
12:51 7 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 12-13