• 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.


2019 April 26

18:03 Maersk Supply Service awarded major FPSO mooring project
17:42 Bronka Port rolls out new bulk handling capabilities of KOTTA container for bulk cargo owners
17:32 DFDS invests in biofuel start-up
17:06 Concerns remain for global marine underwriting, says IUMI
16:04 Lloyd’s Register announces new range of online training courses for ISO 45001
16:01 New research into glycol freezing enables further savings with the Alfa Laval DuroShell heat exchanger in LNG fuel systems
15:47 Damen’s InvaSave mobile ballast water treatment system goes on tour ahead of IMO deadline
15:04 Port of Antwerp cargo turnover down by 3% in Q1 2019
14:36 Keppel delivers fourth enhanced KFELS Super A Class unit to EnscoRowan
14:11 Yakutia, Russia officials host groundbreaking ceremony at the site of future Zhatai Shipyard
13:38 Zvezda Shipyard hosts keel-laying ceremony for second Aframax tanker for Rosnefteflot
12:03 DEME Offshore and Equinor join hands to study floating concrete substructures for Hywind Tampen floating wind farm
11:54 Marine Façade Port to become a base for a single St. Petersburg public cruise / ferry operator
10:24 Russia’s MARINET OKs the autonomous concept of IQBoat
10:11 Brent Crude, WTI futures close lower at $ 74,19 and $ 64,89, repectively
10:08 Grimaldi starts construction of GG5G Class hybrid freighter
09:41 Baltic Dry Index rises 2.24% pts to 869 points
09:27 Bunker Market this morning, April 26
09:00 IMO launches website for Marine Environment Protection of the South-East Asian Seas project
08:13 MOL recorded ¥6.1 billion in extraordinary loss for FY2018 on its Non-consolidated Financial Statements

2019 April 25

18:06 St. Petersburg port Marine Façade revamped Pier 7 to accommodate two longer cruise ships from 2021
18:05 Bodrum Cruise Port welcomes the First call of the Year
17:05 MOL announces naming ceremony for two newbuilding LNG carriers
16:08 Bumi Armada refinances corporate debt
15:37 Volga Shipping Company starts 2019 cargo shipping season on the Upper Volga
15:08 Bibby HydroMap hold DriX demonstration day at Catapult in Blyth
15:08 NUTEP takes delivery of handling equipment from ZPMC for new Berth No. 38
14:30 Jan De Nul Group extends its fleet with three water injection dredgers
14:08 KCA Deutag awarded a four-year drilling contract extension on North Sea platform
13:52 CMA CGM unveils its vision for a digital customer journey and launches CMA CGM eSolutions
13:52 Bunker prices at Far Eastern ports end week nearly flat
13:08 CNOOC China Limited signs a petroleum contract with PetroChina
12:08 HullWiper signs hull cleaning frame agreement with Equinor ASA
11:08 ONE announces delivery of 14,000-TEU containership “ONE APUS”
10:49 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Apr.25.
10:24 Brent Crude futures price edges up to $ 74,6, WTI - down to $ 65,79
10:08 Seagull Maritime acquires software company Tero Marine
10:08 Zelenodolsk Shipyard hosts keel-laying ceremony for 10th Grachonok-class special purpose boat
09:49 NCSP and VTB close the Novorossiysk Grain Terminal shares sale deal
09:07 UK’s leading port operator, ABP, appoints new Chief Commercial Officer
09:05 Baltic Dry Index continues to gain, settles at 850 points
08:07 Delta Mariner first to use deepened Nieuwe Waterweg at the Port of Rotterdam
07:23 LNG vessel completes 6,000th Neopanamax transit at the Panama Canal
07:12 MOL announces delivery of VLCC "PHOENIX JAMNAGAR"

2019 April 24

18:15 Cryogas-Vysotsk kicks off full-scale LNG production
18:11 Jiangsu Zhenjiang Shipyard holds steel-cutting for four ASD tugs ordered for Liaoning Longyun Shunze Tug Ltd.
18:07 COSCO SHIPPING Heavy Industry in Yangzhou holds naming ceremony for 400K DWT VLOC
17:30 Final caisson installed for Tuas Terminal Phase 1
17:07 Klaveness Combination Carriers ASA concludes the first contract of affreightment for its CLEANBU fleet
17:05 Oceaneering takes delivery of the advanced subsea construction support vessel
16:37 COSCO SHIPPING signs a strategic cooperation agreement with Yangzhou
16:34 MOL co-own world 6 largest Liquified Ethan Carrier with Reliance
16:26 Port of Vysotsk three-month cargo throughput rose 12% to 5 million tonnes
16:05 Tanjung Bruas Port expands its services to container ships
15:46 HMM to expand cooperation with FESCO
14:41 Primorsk oil port’s throughput rose 5% in Jan-Mar to 14 million tonnes
14:29 Rosmorport picks Oil Terminal Lavna to provide berths for its ships docking in Murmansk
13:42 Ust-Luga Port’s three-month volume up 8% to more than 26 million tonnes
13:35 Port of St.-Petersburg Q1 cargo volumes rise 3% to 14.26 million tonnes
13:22 FPU Akademik Lomonosov completed trials of nuclear power plant