• 2018 November 15 17:54

    Polish LNG Conference 2018 concludes in Warsaw

    Over 120 participants gathered on 14-15 November, 2018, at the Novotel Hotel in Warsaw, Poland, to explore the latest trends and discuss the current market state of the LNG industry in Europe and Poland. It was the second edition of the event, designed to bring together stakeholders from all the corners of the LNG sector to exchange their knowledge and experiences.

    The event kicked off with a look at the main drivers for the development of the LNG market in Poland and Europe. The keynote speech, delivered by Tommy Mattila, Marketing & Sales Director at Skangas, set the field for the discussion. Talking about Poland, Mattila mentioned the country’s high rate of LNG utilization, leading to high growth potential for its small-scale LNG sector. The session continued with Marcin Płocharski, Indirect Channel Marketing Advisor at Shell, focusing on the development of LNG as fuel for road transportation in Poland. Cost competitiveness and positive environmental impact, combined with already available and reliable engine technology and a secure supply chain were among the listed benefits. 

    The attention of the participants was then switched to the topic of energy independence and the role LNG plays with regard to that issue. During an in-depth analysis of the importance of the partnership between the US and Poland, prepared by the Center for Industrial Development, it has been stated that further regulatory work on both sides is required in order to create better market conditions, enabling trade between the involved parties to flourish. Zooming in on the situation in the Baltic region, the audience was then given the chance to follow the Baltic Connector project from its inception to the beginning of construction works. The ambitious initiative, enjoying significant financial support by the EU, presents an opportunity for the region to create a common gas market for the Baltic states. The session concluded with a closer look at the state of natural gas infrastructure development in the Baltic and CEE region, with special attention given to Gaz-System’s Baltic Pipe project.

    After getting a taste for large-scale projects, the focus shifted to the small-scale market, with Ernst & Young kicking the session off with an examination of the sector. As of now, small-scale is still a niche market, but one should not forget the opportunities it presents for capturing segments that historically comprised low proportion of natural gas mix due to the lack of access to pipelines or historic reliance on fuels such as fuel and diesel. This view was shared by Chart, presenting their take on LNG Intermodal transportation and mobile & relocatable systems for energy supply, also underscoring the constant and rapid development of the small-scale sector. The day concluded with Wärtsilä taking the stage to further explore the various immediate benefits offered by LNG usage, emphasizing the need for the industry to embrace them in order to prepare for broad-scale implementation. 

    The evening cocktail saw some intensive networking, accompanied by lovely live music. Some of the participants even decided to share their piano skills with their colleagues.

    Returning to the conference hall on the second day, GIE kicked things off with an insightful LNG market forecast, paying special attention to global trends currently influencing the situation in Europe. NGVA was up next, with a natural gas HDV outlook 2030 and some policy recommendations. The presentation came on the heels of European Parliament’s vote on its final position on the heavy-duty CO2 regulation, pushing for an emission reduction of 20% by 2025, going up to 35% in 2030. The EP also called upon the European Commission to develop a methodology by the end of 2020, set to include CO2 emission reduction effect from bioCNG and bioLNG in the computation of the average fleet emissions.




2018 December 17

11:42 Milaha unveils large plans to upgrade its shipyard in Mesaieed
11:01 IBIA welcomes decision by IMO’s MSC to add new item to its agenda to address concerns about fuel safety
10:43 SENER to design passenger vessel for Tanzanian ferry operator
10:17 Brent Crude futures price down 0.02% to $60.27, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.21% to $51.58
09:58 Port of Singapore throughput in 11M’18 grew by 0.4% Y-o-Y to 575.44 million tonnes
09:40 Floating regasification plant “Marshal Vasilevsky” arrives in Kaliningrad
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,401 points

2018 December 16

16:09 Navios Acquisition completes acquisition of Navios Midstream
15:23 Thun Tankers names environmentally adapted tanker Thun Evolve
13:21 Traxens trials IoT network in port environment for first time, at MSC Terminal Valencia
12:32 Executives must watch both sea and air amid trade war tensions, warns Xeneta
10:55 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and the Mediterranean
10:11 PGNiG receives third spot delivery of US-sourced LNG at Świnoujście

2018 December 15

16:23 MOL Passenger Line receives award for outstanding performance in 'Cruise of the Year 2018'
14:53 CMA CGM to implement GRR for India East Coast-West Africa trade
13:51 CMA CGM announces LSS on services from / to China, Hong Kong and Taiwan
12:44 NYK Cruises receives Grand Prix Award for 2018 World Cruise
11:27 TT-Line places order for RoPax "green" ferry with China's Jiangsu Jinling Shipyard

2018 December 14

18:17 Hapag-Lloyd to increase rates from East Asia to Mexico, Central America, West Coast of South America, Caribbean & Panama
17:48 Petersburg Oil Terminal puts into operation its emergency response team
17:33 Vinalines to open container shipping centre next week
17:30 Fairway adjustment will simplify Elbe traffic control already next year
17:27 Final cruise ship for the year calls to the Port of Gothenburg
17:23 The MV Magda joins the Klaveness Bulkhandling pool
17:16 India’s containerised export up 10% in the third quarter of 2018
17:13 FSL Trust announces newbuilding agreement for the construction of two LR2 product tankers
17:13 Havyard project with Havila Kystruten on hydrogen-powered coastal route operations to receive over NOK 100 million in funding from Pilot-E
16:24 World Fuel Services expands bunker operations in US leading up to 2020
15:57 IMO held training workshops in Cameroon Single Window for Foreign Trade Transactions
14:49 Onezhsky Shipyard lays down self-propelled hopper barge of Project HB600
14:08 Irish Continental Group plc takes delivery of cruise ferry W.B.Yeats
13:55 WMU takes part in Ocean Literacy Conference
13:31 First in industry ADNOC co-loads LPG and propylene onto same vessel in Ruwais
13:10 WMU hosted round table discussion regarding key challenges facing IMO
12:53 Bunker market at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia shows mixed price movements (graph)
12:32 Nordic American Offshore secures contract for its PSV NAO Viking
12:11 Rosrybolovstvo supports 2nd Dredging and Hydraulic Engineering Structures Congress
11:50 Association of Commercial Sea Ports celebrates its 30th anniversary
11:24 Gazprom and Itochu sign MoU under Baltic LNG project
11:06 Scorpio Bulkers announces time charter-out agreement
10:48 Domestic ferry safety exercise conducted in Indonesia
10:25 IMO holds training for managing insecurity in west Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden
10:06 EC adds six new yards to its ‘European List of ship recycling facilities’
09:47 Brent Crude futures price down 0.61% to $61.05, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.4% to $52.37
09:25 GTT notified by HSHI for the tank design of two new LNG carriers for CMM
09:18 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,365 points
08:06 Fincantieri publishes its Sustainability Plan 2018-2022
07:14 Port of Long Beach cargo volume up to 621,835 TEU in November 2018
06:09 Mitsubishi Shipbuilding holds christening ceremony for LPG carrier "LAUREL PRIME"

2018 December 13

18:43 Coal exports via Rosterminalugol hit 19-millionth tonne mark
18:28 Port of Kaliningrad throughput in Jan-Nov rose 4% to nearly 13 million tonnes
18:25 Tideway completes installation of longest AC offshore wind export cable at Hornsea One in the UK
17:49 Hapag-Lloyd to cancel calls at Port of Bremerhaven
17:25 Building of Johan Sverdrup Phase II begins
17:19 Port of Vyborg 11-month cargo volumes soar 24% to 1.72 million tonnes
17:13 Seabridge first in Belgium to receive the SCA certificate
17:08 Jan De Nul cleans up polluted beaches along the coast in southern France
17:07 Bunker fuel prices at Far Eastern ports close the week lower
17:00 Murmansk Region will improve water safety regulations – Marina Kovtun
16:47 Port of Vysotsk cargo volume in Jan-Nov rises 6% to 16.86 million tonnes