• 2019 January 17 12:50

    Baltic Ports Organization’s schedule for 2019 is set

    Baltic Ports Organization says its schedule for 2019 is set. The work plan includes, among other points, focusing on lobbying related to the CEF II budget for the time span of 2021-28 and issues linked to discharge of sewage from passenger ships.

    The schedule for the upcoming year is already filled with multiple activities supporting BPO’s mission to be actively involved in the further development of the Baltic and European maritime sector. Retaining the high level of involvement in liaising with European legislative bodies and the organization of events focused on the most pressing matters impacting the industry remain a priority.

    PBO event calendar will kick off with the annual BPO Lunch Debate, held at the seat of the European Parliament. The debate, organized in cooperation with Merja Kyllönen, Member of the EP, will focus on the recent status and future outlook (2021-2027) for the Baltic ports within the TEN-T policy. A key topic considering the policy’s upcoming revision.

    BPO will switch to another important area of its activities, namely environmental issues, during a seminar organized as a part of the Transport Week 2019 conference, which will be held on 5-7 March in Gdynia. The seminar will focus on the challenge of monitoring of air pollution in ports. This topic corresponds with the current focus of BPO’s Environmental Working Group. Sustainability and environmental consciousness will remain at the center of our attention during a seminar further exploring the topic of LNG bunkering in Baltic ports. The event is part of BPO’s work within the Go LNG Project and set for the spring of 2019.

    As is already custom, in September all roads will lead to the Baltic Ports Conference. BPO’s annual event, gathering its members and other experts from all over the industry, will take place on 4-6 September 2019 in Sweden. This year the conference will be hosted by the Ports of Stockholm and delve into the future of the port sector, examining the challenges ahead and innovations that will help drive the sector onward.

    CEF II and the budget allocation for the time span of 2021-2018 remains one of BPO’s strongest areas of interest. While the benefits of CEF cannot be denied, the BPO will continue its lobbying work with the European legislative bodies in order to assure that the Baltic port industry gains sufficient access to the funding and therefore continue its continuous development.

    An overview of BPO’s recommendations related to the CEF II can be found in the report „TEN-T policy and CEF projects in the Baltic - Experience from the past and recommendation for CEF2 (2021-28)”, available to members and selected industry experts. A further report, the „Best Practice Guidebook for Handling of Wastewaters in Ports”, prepared in cooperation with the Prüf- und Entwicklungsinstitut für Abwassertechnik at the RWTH Aachen e.V., is awaiting publication in Q1 2019. Sewage from passenger ships is a particularly important topic and will be further discussed during HELCOM’s meeting in Lisbon later this year. The Baltic Ports Organization is actively involved in the discussion, as it retains its observer status within HELCOM’s Maritime Group.

    “We would also like you to continue following the BPO newsletter. The BPO started a new initiative, the „Green Fridays with BPO”, a bi-monthly online publication exploring the environmental practices that characterize Baltic ports as leaders in green solutions. It will be packed with interesting information and insider facts”, says the statement.

2019 August 18

16:51 USCG responds to ferry aground in Boston Harbor
15:09 NOAA awards $2.7 million in grants for marine debris removal and research
13:02 BAE Systems cuts steel for UK Royal Navy's HMS Cardiff
12:46 Kongsberg Digital simulation and software selected to fast-track R&D at new autonomous ship centre in Korea
11:05 NYK sponsors endangered Sea Turtle Research
10:56 Coast Guard cites passenger vessel for operating illegally, terminates voyage

2019 August 17

14:24 Kinder Morgan announces additional projects to enhance capabilities at Houston Ship Channel Facilities
13:31 Damen Shipyards Cape Town joins Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association
12:28 CMA CGM announces rate restoration for Asia to West Africa trade
11:32 APL informs on voil sailing on Asia-Indian Subcontinent Service in August
10:58 Pre-commissioned USCG's Cutter Midgett makes second cocaine seizure within five days

2019 August 16

18:16 Port of Vyborg volumes in Jan-Jul plummet 29% to 687,700 tons
18:06 Hapag-Lloyd announces rates from East Asia to North Europe and Mediterranean
17:36 Norwegian Encore leaves MEYER WERFT's building dock
17:06 Balltec secures North Sea decommissioning contract from Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland
16:35 Canada Infrastructure Bank signs MoU with the Port of Montreal on Contrecoeur port expansion project
16:05 Vår Energi AS awarded an EPCI contract to Rosenberg Worley AS
16:03 Low-sulphur marine fuel sales by Gazprom Neft in the first half of the year increased by 11% to 121,400 tonnes
15:48 Samsung Heavy to advance smart ship technology in cooperation with equipment producers
15:36 Throughout of oil port Primorsk in Jan-Jul 2019 increased 14% to 35.74 million tonnes
15:14 New mid-year record for container volumes through the Port of Vancouver
15:11 USCG repatriates 25 migrants to the Dominican Republic
14:27 Port of Vysotsk throughput in January-July rose 7% to 11.14 million tonnes
14:10 Austal signs A$126 mln contract to export two Cape Class Patrol Boats
13:14 Seven-month cargo volumes of Port of Ust-Luga increase 10% to 62 million tonnes (update)
13:05 NORDEN signs multiple long-term global contracts
12:05 APM Terminals Poti to implement uninterrupted 24/7 operations
11:39 Port of St. Petersburg seven-month volumes rise 2% to 35 million tonnes (update)
11:05 Steel cutting ceremony for the next AIDA LNG cruise ship at MEYER WERFT
10:48 Tekmar Energy selected for Formosa 1 Phase 2
10:44 Port of Hamburg seaborne cargo throughput up 4.1 percent to 69.4 million tons in H1 2019
09:55 Crude futures prices tend upward again: Brent Crude rises to $ 58,88, WTI – to $ 55,16
09:34 Baltic Dry Index leaps 97pts to 2047 points
09:27 Bunker prices show mixed movements at Port of St. Petersburg
08:41 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Aug 16

2019 August 15

18:48 Seven-month box throughput of Ukraine’s seaports leaps 20% to 545.800 TEUs
18:05 Huntington Ingalls Industries announces leadership changes at shipyards
17:05 Scandlines installs Norsepower’s Rotor Sail solution on board hybrid ferry
16:43 Kinder Morgan announces additional projects to enhance capabilities at Houston Ship Channel facilities
16:35 Kalmar service expertise to enhance safety, performance and productivity at OPCSA’s Las Palmas terminal
16:33 Global Dredging Forum in London to address all current aspects of capital and maintenance dredging as expansion opportunity
16:05 Wilhelmsen Ship Management awarded two supramaxes from Stove Shipping AS
15:47 Neste introduces a new IMO2020-compliant low-sulphur marine fuel
15:43 Stena Bulk's CEO appeals directly to the Leaders of India, Russia, Latvia & the Philippines
14:33 Rotterdam Polymer Hub construction starts
14:20 A.P. Moller - Maersk reports strong improvements in earnings in Q2
14:01 Tuapse Sea Commercial Port JSC 1H net profit drops 3.3 times to RUB 1bn
13:52 Port of Oslo speaker to join Int'l Baltic Transport Forum, Sept. 11
13:05 RS supports PortNews сonference on icebreaking and service fleet, to be held prior to NEVA-2019 trade fair
13:02 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Africa
12:06 LUGAPORT terminal construction kicks off at Port of Ust-Luga
12:03 MOL transports fire engines to Paraguay
11:03 Jan De Nul bags 600MW Kriegers Flak contract
10:17 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Mediterranean
10:01 Crude futures prices continue to decline: Brent Crude – to $ 59,09, WTI – to $ 54,92
09:57 Latest frigate Admiral Kasatonov enters shipbuilder’s trials final phase
09:12 Baltic Dry Index leaps by 4.61% to hit 1950-pts mark
08:42 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Aug 15

2019 August 14

23:00 Sergey Mazokhin takes helm at Nordic Engineering JSC
18:09 Icebreaker Novorossiysk escorts Silver Explorer along the Northern Sea Route