• 2018 October 19 16:48

    Finland’s Water Transport Act aims to improve safety and increases preparedness for the future

    The Government of Finland has proposed a new Water Transport Act, which would ensure that all water transport legislation is up to date and found in one place.  According to Finland’s Ministry of Transport and Communications, the aim of the reform is to facilitate automation as well as to increase the safety of water transport and responsible boating. The new law would also bring clarity to the roles and tasks of authorities.

    The Government proposed the enactment of the new Water Transport Act on 18 October 2018. At the same time, the current Water Transport Act and the Act on Watercraft Registration would be overturned and certain other acts would be amended.

    “The Water Transport Act is part of the Government’s deregulation project, which aims to streamline and simplify regulations in order to facilitate the everyday lives of citizens. When the currently scattered water transportation laws and regulations are put in one place as a clear entity, they will be easier to find and learn. The reform of regulation is one method for improving the safety of water transport. The Water Transport Act will also help us prepare for the future and for the wider spread of automation,” states Minister of Transport and Communications Anne Berner.

    The proposal includes new regulation concerning the master of a pleasure craft. This regulation would first and foremost affect recreational boating. It would correspond, in part, with regulations in the Maritime Act concerning commercial transport, but its requirements would be less strict.  Regulations concerning the master of the boat are needed to guarantee the safety of persons on board a boat, the easier monitoring of water traffic, and the facilitation of automation.

    According to the proposal, the master of a boat would be the driver, user or another person, who in practice steers or is in command of the boat. Boats could also be steered via remote control. The proposal does not include a requirement for the use of flotation devices, such as safety jackets, in all situations. The master of the boat would be responsible for seeing to it that the persons travelling in the boat are wearing flotation devices when conditions, such as the weather or waves, so require. 

    The proposal includes the suggestion that regulations related to rental boats be eased and the sanctions system be brought up to date. The objective of these changes would be to facilitate the renting of boats and a sharing economy. The proposal includes a suggestion that all inspection and equipment requirements for rental boats be dropped completely. In the future, rental boats would only include rental boats with crew on board, such as taxi boats.

    The proposed reform would see the sanctions system be brought up to date, and, in connection with this, a traffic penalty fee system, which has the same broad outlines as the system planned for implementation in road traffic, would be introduced. However, a traffic penalty fee could not be imposed without stopping the boat. A traffic penalty fee could be issued by the Police the Finnish Border Guard or Finnish Customs. The new system would replace the current system of fines for lesser offences. The reform would not include the revision of the drink driving limit.

    A preliminary debate will be held on the proposal now submitted by the Government to Parliament. The timetable for the debate will be listed on the Parliament’s website (upcoming plenary sessions).

    After the preliminary debate, the proposal will be taken to a Parliamentary Committee. After the Committee submits a report, the process will continue in a plenary session.

    The Act is scheduled to enter into force on 1 June 2020.


2018 November 17

18:29 Sanmar delivers Robert Allan-designed new tractor tug Svitzer Meridian
18:02 MSC launches train between Giengen and Trieste
17:51 BGC Partners acquires Poten & Partners
16:41 ABB wins significant asset management solution order in China
16:11 New Secretary-General appointed to the Paris MoU on PSC

2018 November 16

18:07 Ocean Network Express announces delivery of 14,000 - TEU containership “ONE COLUMBA”
18:02 Sovcomflot reported its results for Q3 and 9M ending 30 September 2018
18:01 Throughput of port Vyborg in 10M’18 up 23% Y-o-Y to 1.53 million tonnes
17:42 Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia approves amendments to railway transport tariffs
17:30 Keppel announces settlement agreement for termination of an integration project
17:17 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in 10M’18 grew by 5% Y-o-Y to 11.83 million tonnes
17:07 Van Oord and Ace Aquatec making FaunaGuard available for rest of the world
17:06 PaxOcean delivers largest FSRU to be built in China
16:55 Throughput of port Primorsk in 10M’18 fell by 10% Y-o-Y to 44.42 million tonnes
16:55 NYK develops advance water-in-oil alarm to prevent engine trouble
16:33 Throughput of port Vysotsk in 10M’18 climbed by 6% Y-o-Y to 15.34 million tonnes
16:28 Maersk Line receives Service Innovation Award for its Remote Container Management product
16:10 Bureau Veritas Chongqing Liansheng wins Global Project Excellence Award of IPMA 2018
15:48 Port of Ust-Luga handled 81.50 million tonnes in 10M’18, down 4% Y-o-Y
15:29 Port of St. Petersburg handled 49.14 million tonnes in 10M’18, up 12% Y-o-Y
15:10 ZIM announces Q3 2018 results
14:45 Jan De Nul supports the 6th Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
14:24 Decision on construction of 4th and 5th nuclear-powered icebreakers expected before year end
14:10 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Thetis with Hudson
13:32 Entry fee for vessels to be changed at the Port of Ventspils in 2019
13:10 Global Ship Lease completes strategic combination with Poseidon Containers
12:55 Ship inspection to keep high standards
12:31 GoodBulk announces delivery of Supramax vessel to its new owners
12:04 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and the Mediterranean
11:30 GTT receives an order from HHI to design the tanks of two new LNG carriers
11:25 Multipurpose Reloading Complex (Ust-Luga) boosts allocations for its development programme
11:04 ForSea completes conversion of the world’s largest battery ferries, powered by ABB
10:44 Wärtsilä, LUT University and Nebraska Public Power District to develop business case for alternative fuels
10:41 Nor-Shipping looks to achieve industry first with ISO sustainable event standard
10:20 Brent Crude futures price up 0.84% to $67.17, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.74% to $56.88
10:02 Portmaster improves efficiency in the Port of Scheveningen
09:57 High level experts to present at Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference
09:35 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 5.4% to 16.3 million TEUs in Jan-Oct’18
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,020 points

2018 November 15

18:03 Costa Smeralda to call on Cruiseport Rotterdam
17:54 Polish LNG Conference 2018 concludes in Warsaw
17:25 Port of Singapore throughput in 10M’18 grew by 0.7% Y-o-Y to 523.73 million tonnes
17:03 Maersk Line announces rates from Mediterranean to West and Central Asia
16:52 Expert says downward trend in bunker prices may continue next week
16:30 Nevsky Shipyard launched dry cargo vessel of Project RSD59 «Pola Anfisa»
16:19 "K" Line takes delivery of coal carrier “SHONAI MARU” for JERA Trading
16:04 ICTSI names new APAC head
15:22 Meyer Turku starts construction of Carnival XL1
15:03 Port of Antwerp signs an agreement with Enabel
14:34 Throughput of Ukraine’s seaports in 10M’18 declined by 0.7% Y-o-Y to 108 million tonnes
14:03 Pavilion Energy and Novatek agree to strengthen their LNG partnership
14:00 Damen hands over four FCS 2610 vessels to Allianz during ADIPEC
13:36 ABS awards industry’s first offshore facility cyber security-ready notation to Sembcorp Marine
13:23 NOVATEK’s Board of Directors to be elected on 18 January 2019
13:00 Zvezda shipyard started serial manufacturing of Aframax-class tankers
12:39 Residents of Riga and the Port outline a common vision for the future
12:04 Singapore hosts 10th APEC Port Services Network (APSN) Port Connectivity Forum
11:48 Bunker prices are still high in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:22 Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg’s allocations for its development programme totaled RUB 413.5 million in 9M’2018
11:03 NYK promotes decarbonization through exploratory design of NYK Super Eco Ship 2050