• 2018 November 6 12:43

    Construction of Balticconnector’s onshore part starts

    The construction of the onshore part of the Balticconnector Estonian-Finnish gas interconnection, which will cost 43.4 million euros and is to be completed in October next year, officially commenced on 2 November, Eesti Gaas says in a press release. 

    Before the symbolic first weld, speeches were made by Kadri Simson, the Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure; Taavi Veskimägi, chairman of the board of Elering; Ants Noot, chairman of the board of Eesti Gaas; and Roland Vaikmäe, the project director for the construction consortium of EG Ehitus, Scanweld and Alvora.  The beginning of the construction of the onshore interconnection was celebrated in the place where the offshore and the onshore pipeline join the compressor station on the Pakri Peninsula.

    According to Kadri Simson, the Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure, Balticconnector will unite the gas markets of Estonia and Finland. “Gas is said to be the bridge to fuels of the future. In addition to the economic impact, Balticconnector will undoubtedly have an environmental impact when biomethane produced in both countries will be mowing through the pipelines in the future. Good connections and local production facilities have given Estonia the status of one of the most energy-independent countries in Europe, and we will continue working for energy efficiency.”

    Ants Noot, chairman of the board of Eesti Gaas, expressed hope for Balticconnector to contribute to the development of Estonia’s gas market and create opportunities for wider use of environmentally cleaner energy.  “Natural gas is one of the fuels with the smallest environmental footprint.  Considerable investments have been made in energy security, and the broader natural gas user base is, the easier it will be to cover the investment costs and maintain gas price at the level affordable for consumers,” Noot said, adding that the interconnection will also create a feasible opportunity for connecting the urban areas of Keila and Paldiski to the gas network as well.

    EG Ehitus, a subsidiary company of Eesti Gaas, is acting as the main construction contractor for the project. The onshore pipeline of Balticconnector will pass through Kiili, Saku and Saue rural municipalities, Keila town and Lääne-Harju rural municipality. The length of the onshore part of the interconnection in Estonia will be 55 kilometers. The pipeline will be assembled from 12-meter-long sections, each weighing 1.8-2.6 tones, and the assembly will require nearly 6,000 welded joints. The onshore part of the pipeline will be completed by the end of October 2019.

    “This is the largest pipeline construction project since Estonia regained independence; it is highly demanding from the engineering and technical perspective while the timeframe for completion is exceptionally short, under one year,” commented Ahto Aruväli, head of EG Ehitus, the leader of the construction consortium. “To perform this work, we have assembled a highly motivated and capable international team, consolidating various competencies of three companies from two countries: EG Ehitus and Scanweld from Estonia and Alvora from Lithuania.”

    In some sections of the pipeline, preparation and construction works started in September, and installation will be going on along the entire length of the pipe since the beginning of November. The pipeline will have around 45 crossings with roads, railways and rivers. “One of the most complicated sections, placing the heaviest responsibility on us, is the approximately 15-meter-wide and 4-meter-deep crossing of the pipeline with Keila River in Lääne-Harju rural municipality, which will be completed by means of horizontal directional drilling,” Ahto Aruväli explained.

    Elering concluded a contract for the construction of the onshore part of Balticconnector with the construction consortium consisting of AS EG Ehitus, AS Scanweld and UAB Alvora in April. Balticconnector will allow the gas market uniting the Baltic States and Finland to be created and gas supply security to be increased.

    The cost of the construction of the Balticconnector onshore part is 43.4 million euros. The total cost of the project is 300 million euros, of which 206 million will be covered by the European Union.

2019 June 16

17:13 DC area agencies to conduct mass rescue exercise off National Harbor
16:05 Boskalis appointed as salvor for both damaged tankers in the Gulf of Oman
15:53 Fincantieri and Naval Group sign a joint venture agreement
13:47 Diana Shipping Inc. announces the sale of a Panamax dry bulk vessel, the MV Thetis
12:47 WSC unveils its hybrid patrol vessel at Seawork 2019
11:41 GasLog Partners LP announces new multi-year charter agreement with Gunvor

2019 June 15

15:44 Wight Shipyard rolls out its new windfarm support vessel concept at Seawork Int'l 2019
13:17 Malta Freeport hosts its first LNG-powered container ship
12:53 Petrobras closes the sale of TAG
11:41 USCG, local partners respond to sailing vessel aground off Magic Island
08:43 Vessel training simulation underway at Tema Port’s new Terminal 3

2019 June 14

18:05 Ole Martin Grimsrud appointed CFO of Aker Solutions
17:44 USCG Cordova FOL crew saves man stranded for three days on Montague Island
17:05 Knud E. Hansen wins two separate contracts for innovative large RoRo vessels
16:41 Hapag-Lloyd to increase rates from North East Asia to Australia
16:26 Murmansk Sea Fishing Port handled 90,300 tonnes of cargo in Jan-May’2019, down 38.7% Y-o-Y
16:05 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to South Africa
15:14 “K” Line receives recognition for vessel speed reduction programs in the West Coast of North America
15:00 UK maritime industry leaders debate decarbonization, digital technologies and the future of safety at the annual ABS UK National Committee meeting
14:00 China Railway Container Transport signs strategic cooperation agreement with SITC International Holdings
13:38 Container throughput of Vladivostok Sea Fishing Port in 5M’2019 up 39% YoY to 89,649 TEUs
13:09 Algoma increases its interest in in the CSL International Pool
12:41 Port of Klaipeda (Lithuania) handled 19.77 million tonnes of cargo in 5M’2019, up 8.5% Y-o-Y
12:09 Global Ship Lease announces new charter agreements
11:32 Bunker prices continue going down at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
11:09 ECSA issues statement on suspected attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman
10:51 France signs up to fishing vessel training treaty
10:30 Zhatai Shipyard to let build up to 10 river ships and scrap at least two ships per year
10:07 Jan De Nul plans to reduce CO₂ emissions by 15% a year
09:49 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.64% to $61.69, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.36% to $52.47
09:30 MacGregor automated mooring solution specified for the world's first autonomous and zero-emission container ship, Yara Birkeland
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,062 points
09:07 GTT receives an order from HHI to design the tanks of two new LNG carriers
08:53 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, June 14
08:00 Long Beach cargo volumes down 16.6% to 573,623 TEUs in May 2019
07:01 Port of Los Angeles volumes up 7.8 percent to 828,662 TEUs in May 2019
06:58 MPA publishes second edition of guides on IMO 2020

2019 June 13

18:26 Maritime Technology Framework strengthens ties between DSME and DNV GL
18:05 J-ENG presents the latest technologies about MGO mono-fuel engine (UEC-LSJ), together with UEC42LSH and LP-EGR at 29th CIMAC World Congress
17:49 Port of Gdansk delegation takes part in IAPH conference, Guangzhou
17:28 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-May’2019 fell by 18% Y-o-Y to 4.98 million tonnes
17:04 Throughput of port Vyborg in Jan-May’2019 fell by 39% Y-o-Y to 373,000 tonnes
16:45 MarineTraffic partners with exactEarth to deliver most comprehensive vessel tracking yet
16:23 Throughput of port Primorsk in Jan-May’2019 grew by 8% Y-o-Y to 24.43 million tonnes
16:04 MarineTraffic partners with satellite AIS data provider exactEarth
15:39 Freight turnover of Neva-Metal (Saint-Petersburg) in 5M’19 fell by 10% Y-o-Y to 1.18 million tonnes
14:42 Viking Line announces additional departures on Helsinki-Tallinn routes during summer season
14:21 Throughput of port Vysotsk in Jan-May'2019 climbed by 8% Y-o-Y to 8.06 million tonnes
14:03 Hunter Group chooses OSM for technical management of newbuild VLCC fleet
13:49 Palau is approved by IMO as STCW White List member state
13:48 Jotun signs agreement with Hyundai Heavy Industries for a new type of marine paint
13:32 Bunker prices continue going down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
13:14 J-ENG rolls out its latest engine technologies at 29th CIMAC World Congress
12:39 Port of Ust-Luga handled 45.24 million tonnes in 5M’19, up 9% Y-o-Y
12:04 Jumbo awarded transportation & installation contract for Yunlin WTG foundations offshore Taiwan
11:03 Damen Marine Components acquires WK Hydraulics
10:50 Throughput of Port St. Petersburg in Jan-May'2019 climbed by 1% Y-o-Y to 25.01 million tonnes
10:36 Oshima Shipbuilding and DNV GL sign strategic cooperation
10:26 Damen Anchor & Chain Factory inks agreement with Fendercare at Seawork
10:11 Throughput of port Helsinki (Finland) in Jan-May’19 fell by 6.5% to 6 million tonnes (table)