• 2018 November 9 17:06

    Project EMMA organizes its final conference to discuss the future of inland shipping in the Baltic Sea Region

    A vision for inland waterway transport (IWT) in the Baltic Sea Region as well as means to strengthen inland shipping were highlighted in Brussels this week, when about 90 participants from around the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) gathered to discuss the future of inland waterway transport to the final conference of project EMMA. The three-year-long project has brought inland shipping and inland waterways such as Elbe, Oder or Vistula higher on the political agenda.

    Project EMMA, an Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme project aimed at enhancing inland navigation in the Baltic Sea Region, organized its final conference “Visions and Opportunities for the Transport Network – Inland Navigation and River-Sea Shipping in the Baltic Sea Region” in Brussels jointly with the Chambers’ Union Elbe/Oder.

    At the conference, a vision for IWT in the Baltic Sea Region was presented. According to the vision, inland waterway transport is a green and smart transport mode, which is well integrated in multimodal supply chains with a remarkable share of the modal split. Inland waterway transport represents currently 6 % of the total transport volume in the European Union, consisting mostly of the transport along the Rhein and the Danube. However, during the three years, project EMMA has promoted sustainable inland shipping across the Baltic Sea Region successfully, highlighting the potential of many BSR countries to contribute to a more sustainable transport system by enhancing inland navigation and increasing its modal share in the transport system. The project EMMA was approved as a flagship project in the Policy Area Transport of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, reflecting the importance of developing inland navigation in the Baltic Sea Region.

    “A lot of countries that want to push this transport mode further take this momentum. Project EMMA draws attention to these countries because there is potential which needs to be lifted by closer co-operation of all stakeholders involved”, said Stefan Breitenbach from the Port of Hamburg Marketing.

    According to the vision, IWT is well-considered in strategic transport network planning and legislation. The expert panels discussed the importance of extending the TEN-T inland waterway network and including more waterways in core network corridors. Integration of waterways into the TEN-T network advances investments on them, since a lot of financing is directed to core network corridors. National regulatory frameworks are clearly a challenge and there is a need for harmonised national rules and regulations. For instance, in Sweden inland navigation is heavily affected by pilot and fairway dues that decrease its competitiveness. Johan Lantz, CEO of Avatar Logistics, called for a same playground for the whole Europe and stressed that the price of pilotage is currently a deal-breaker in Sweden when it comes to inland navigation.

    The vision stated that a clear Intelligent Transport Systems’ (ITS) strategy enables smart shipping solutions. Arne Gehlhaar from the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics reminded that digitalization is needed to reach the competitiveness of inland navigation. River Information Services (RIS) are services designed to enhance safety and efficiency of inland waterway transport by optimizing traffic and transport processes. In Germany, EMMA pilot focused on improving transport management with the development of a digital map that combines RIS data with traffic flow relevant information, helping to achieve more efficient IWT in the Baltic Sea Region.

    On long distances, shipping is the most environmentally friendly way of transporting goods when carbon dioxide emissions between different modes of transport are compared. According to the vision, an alternative fuel network is in operation serving a modern, smart and green IWT fleet. Several speakers stressed promotion of alternative fuels as one way to get closer to zero emissions.

    According to the vision, transition points between different waterway classes and interlinks are established. Finally, the vision emphasized a strengthened voice of the sector. Therefore, stronger cooperation of stakeholders is needed.

    “Inland shipping will not become an alternative for long-haul transport without a strong voice and active sector asking for further legislative and regulatory improvements. Much more input is needed from the sector by its associations involved in the sector. This means strengthening of lobby networks by active memberships in national and European associations and organizations. Dominant transport modes, namely transport by rails and roads, are of course still needed, and road transport especially for the last-mile”, Stefan Breitenbach said, “but IWT still do not play the adequate role in the transport system to its potential. IWT supports sustainable transport aims and also as such should be better promoted!”

    A highlight of the conference was the hand-over of the EMMA policy paper “Strengthening Inland Waterway Transport in Europe and the Baltic Sea Region” by the EMMA lead partner, Port of Hamburg Marketing, together with the European IWT associations that co-authored and support the paper. The policy paper emphasizes a need for a clear strategy to lift IWT potentials in the Baltic Sea Region and brings forward means to strengthen inland navigation and river-sea shipping in Europe and especially in the Baltic Sea Region, providing input to future discussions.

    The final conference was jointly organised with the Chamber Union Elbe/Oder, which combines 34 regional chambers of commerce along the central European inland waterway network of rivers Elbe and Oder from German, Poland and Czech Republic.


2018 November 15

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
10:51 ABS and HHI pioneer Cyber Security standard for new vessels
10:25 Brent Crude futures price down 0.18% to $66, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.36% to $56.05
10:11 OOCL introduces new Asia – South Africa direct services
09:58 A.P. Moller – Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag - Lloyd, MSC and Ocean Network Express plan to establish container shipping association
09:38 ASW Severomorsk of RF Navy's Northern Fleet completed a call to the Republic of Djibouti
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,009 points

2018 November 14

18:37 Savannah achieves all-time record in October 2018
18:20 Sovcomflot concludes USD 149 million project credit facility with leading European banks
18:06 NYK and YLK jointly hold training program for staff from around the world
17:57 Organizers of “Dangerous cargoes: new transportation requirements” conference determined subjects to be discussed
17:36 Northwest Seaport Alliance adopts budget for 2019
17:07 DEME’s cutter suction dredger ‘Spartacus’ launched at the Royal IHC shipyard
17:06 Port of Rotterdam Authority wins 2018 ESPO Award
16:40 NIBULON’s fleet masters transportation of bulky cargo
16:38 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Maia with Glencore
16:18 A.P. Moller - Maersk reports Q3 2018 results
15:48 1.348 million cbm to be dredged in Azov-Don River Basin this year
15:20 Stolt-Nielsen, Golar LNG and Höegh LNG announce joint $182 mln investment in Avenir LNG
14:56 World's most eco-friendly bulk carriers Viikki & Haaga operate in Baltic Sea
14:20 CHI Zhoushan is ready for LNG carrier repairs
13:37 DeloPorts published its operating results for Q3'2018
13:29 Damen Shiprepair Curaçao floating dock operational
13:15 Global Ship Lease announces new charter at increased rate
12:59 LUKOIL drilled second well in Eastern part of Yury Korchagin field
12:33 USC: aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov to be out of repair on time
12:01 NYK introduces its initiatives of green bond
11:55 Clean water projects receive $3 mln from Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners
11:28 Navigation on Neva arms in Saint-Petersburg to close on November 15
10:45 IMO holds training for OSR officials in Myanmar
10:21 Brent Crude futures price down 0.29% to $65.28, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.45% to $55.44
10:02 GTT notified by Hyundai Heavy Industries for the tank design of a new LNG Carrier
09:59 STX receives AiP from LR for LNG-fuelled 50k dwt MR tanker
09:40 Bunker prices at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia returned to September level (graph)
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,064 points

2018 November 13

18:06 Navios Containers seeks to list on a U.S. stock exchange
17:53 BIMCO adopts 2020 bunker clauses
17:34 CMA CGM to revamp its CIMEX 2K2 service
17:11 Nevsky Shipyard takes part in «Transport of Russia» exhibition
16:56 NOVATEK shipped first LNG cargo to CNOOC
16:34 KOTUG and Petroconsult join forces to establish KOTUG PETRO Maritime (KPM)
16:20 Training on oil spill preparedness and response held for countries in eastern Africa
16:04 Diana Shipping announces the sale of a Panamax dry bulk vessel
15:55 Throughput of port Kavkaz in 10M’18 grew by 19% Y-o-Y to 42.6 million tonnes
15:34 Royal IHC wins KNVTS Ship of the Year for SCHELDT RIVER
15:03 Damco launches a dedicated warehouse for Barry Callebaut and inaugurates a new facility in the heart of Poland
14:41 MAN Cryo to design and deliver LNG regasification terminal
14:25 LUKOIL reports preliminary operating data for Q3 and 9M’2018
14:03 COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry and GTT sign agreement for LNG carrier repairs
13:42 Alfa Laval wins two orders to supply Framo pumping systems to oil platforms in the North Sea
13:13 HH Ferries Group officially inaugurates two battery-powered passenger ferries
12:48 BIMCO launches survey to highlight biofouling management
12:24 HHLA container throughput up by 1.0 percent in the first nine months of 2018
12:07 Torqeedo reveals new products for electric mobility on the water
11:51 Bunker prices are still high in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:22 Throughput of port Riga (Latvia) in 10M’18 climbed by 6.5% Y-o-Y to 29.9 million tonnes
10:53 RF Navy's training ship Perekop returns from distant cruise