• 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 February 16

14:42 Höegh’s RoRo solution chosen for 112MT Transformer shipment
13:28 Torqeedo wins Innovation Award at Miami International Boat Show for powerful new inboard electric propulsion system
12:13 Telford Offshore beefs up its fleet
10:26 Chevron inks new LNG agreement with GS Caltex

2019 February 15

18:05 Noble Corporation announces purchase of a second newbuild jackup rig from PaxOcean
16:57 Port of Goole powered by £1 million solar installation
16:26 ABP continues support of Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service
15:30 Sea Cup 2019 preliminaries kick off in Kamchatka
15:04 CNIIMF authorized to confirm conformity of dangerous cargo containers
13:59 Nevsky Shipyard starts cutting metal for cargo-passenger ship of PV22 project
13:32 Murmansk Sea Fishing Port handled 5,500 tonnes fish in Jan’2019, down 48% Y-o-Y
13:08 Fincantieri and Princess Cruises celebrate three construction milestones of three “Royal” class ships at the Monfalcone shipyard
12:45 Dredging under Sea Port Sukhodol project to exceed 7 mln cbm – details to be covered at the Congress
12:08 Port of Oakland import volume increased 9 percent January 2019
11:46 8 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 14-15
11:27 Okskaya Sudoverf lays down seventh dry cargo carrier of Project RSD32M
11:08 DNV GL and Metalships & Docks ink class agreement for luxury sailing vessel
10:53 Throughput of Ukraine’s seaports in Jan’19 grew by 3.4% Y-o-Y to 11.19 million tonnes
10:29 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.63% to $64.98, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.57% to $54.72
10:08 EFIP welcomes the adoption of the European Parliament resolution on NAIADES II
09:41 Bunker prices are going up at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:16 Baltic Dry Index up down to 628 points
09:07 ICTSI inaugurates the expansion of its Batumi International Container Terminal
08:07 MAN Energy Solutions wins contract to supply the engines for a new harbour tug in Spain
07:41 Inmarsat announces new initiatives to support maritime, ports and logistics start-ups with Rainmaking and Bluetech

2019 February 14

18:03 Austal's LCS 20 completes acceptance trials
17:44 Royal Navy to discuss the future of unmanned and autonomous naval warfare at SMi's 3rd annual Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology 2019
17:22 Freight turnover of Neva-Metal (Saint-Petersburg) in January 2019 fell by 26% Y-o-Y to about 190,000 tonnes
17:03 MOL Techno-Trade takes part in marine environmental protection program
16:25 VTB acquires 100% of Novorossiysk Grain Terminal from NSCP Group
16:03 Port of Virginia container volume up 8.9% to 134,638 TEU in January 2019
16:03 Expert expects uncertainty on global fuel market next week
15:49 “K” Line’s LNGC makes maiden call from Ichthys LNG Project to Naoetsu LNG Terminal in Japan
15:40 BSTDB to finance construction of Lavna coal terminal under agreement with STLC
15:21 2nd Conference “Dangerous cargoes: new transportation requirements” to be held under the auspices of RF Chamber of Commerce and Industry
15:03 ONE renewes own loading record exceeding 19000TEUs
14:33 Maersk and PBF Logistics LP announce agreement for production and storage of 0.5% sulphur fuel on the U.S. East Coast
14:02 Port of Long Beach volumes decrease 0.1 percent to 657,286 TEU in Jan 2019
13:50 Multipurpose Transshipment Complex to be built in Primorsk
13:32 Port of Los Angeles volumes up 5.4 percent to 852,449 TEUs in January 2019
13:02 Port of Rotterdam throughput volume up to 469.0 million tonnes in 2018
12:46 Supply vessel OCEAN COOPER 2 sinks in Singapore waters
12:25 Baltic Sea Region cruise ports commit to reducing negative ecological impacts
11:27 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:09 Port of Marseille-Fos to deliver the first phase of the subsea cable landing infrastructure by Q3 2019
10:31 9 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 13-14
10:09 GTT receives an order from Samsung Heavy Industries for the tank design of a new LNG Carrier for Minerva Gas
09:44 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.66% to $64.03, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.58% to $54.21
09:25 Baltic Dry Index is up to 608 points
09:08 ABB to power Iceland’s first electric ferry ABB to power Iceland’s first electric ferry

2019 February 13

18:10 Shell and partners start deep-water production at Lula North in Brazil
17:46 OLT Offshore LNG Toscana Regasification Terminal works at almost full capacity
17:23 Excelerate’s Northeast Gateway Deepwater Terminal reached a peak send-out flow rate
16:58 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in Jan’2019 fell by 8.9% Y-o-Y to 4.12 million tonnes
16:29 II HES and Dredging Forum to address deep-water routes to Sabetta and Novoportovsky terminal
15:57 Port of Singapore throughput in Jan’2019 fell by 2.4% Y-o-Y to 51.93 million tonnes
15:32 Throughput of Russian seaports in Jan'2019 grew by 5.6% Y-o-Y to 67.6 million tonnes of cargo (detalization)
15:05 Bank VTB acquired 50 percent minus one share in United Grain Company
15:04 NYK conducts crisis-response drill with ONE
14:56 DNV GL and Metalships & Docks ink class agreement for luxury sailing vessel