• 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 April 21

15:38 WheelHouse names Ian Morris as Vice President of Operations
14:34 CMA CGM to implement FAK rates from West Med, Adriatic, Black Sea and East Med to Far East, Middle East Gulf and Red Sea
12:37 USCG offloads 970 pounds of cocaine and 550 pounds of marijuana
11:31 CMA CGM hikes rates on Asia to Kenya, Tanzania service
11:07 Kinder Morgan raises dividend by 25%, announces Q1 2019 results

2019 April 20

16:31 CMA CGM announces FAK rates for Asia - the Middle East Gulf trade
15:02 MOL pledges support for Mozambique in wake of devastating cyclone
14:42 USCG Cutter Waesche crew returns home after 95-day counter-narcotics patrol
13:27 CMA CGM announces FAK rates for Asia to Pakistan / India / Sri Lanka trade
13:12 Carnival Cruise Line, CFVI unveil revitalized Griffith Park in St. Thomas for local children
12:26 BC Ferries celebrates Earth Day with the return of the Spirit of Vancouver Island
11:04 Certification of Arkona offshore wind farm by DNV GL confirms safe and reliable power supply
10:49 Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation announces $103.2 million sale and leaseback transaction
10:38 Boskalis acquires EUR 75M dredging contracts in Indonesia

2019 April 19

18:07 Keppel posts net profit of S$203M in 1Q 2019
17:28 Passenger Port of Saint-Petersburg to complete Phase 1 of Berth No7 reconstruction in summer 2019
17:04 Saudi Aramco partners with the Saudi Contractors Authority fostering collaboration at ‘Future Projects Forum’
16:57 BAE Systems Jacksonville secures Navy's conntract mod for DDG 117
15:04 Hyundai LNG Shipping announces order for one VLGC at HHI
14:55 Marina for 100 yachts to be built in Feodosia by Firm “TES” LLC
14:10 C-Fenna successfully completes Fugro 1200 jackup towing operations
13:32 ESPO congratulates Port of Huelva for renewing EcoPorts’ environmental management standard
13:07 Spirit of Vancouver Island vessel returns to service after mid-life upgrade including conversion to natural gas
12:44 New High Bay Container Storage system launched as “BOXBAY”
12:10 ABS teams with industry leaders to improve container vessel safety
11:39 Port Arthur LNG receives FERC authorization for export project in Texas
11:08 Dual-fuel AET tankers conduct maiden LNG bunkering
10:43 Largest barge of Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company undergone overhaul
10:19 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.04% to $71.95, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.38% to $64
09:56 Bunker prices are sable at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:35 TransContainer’s transportation volumes in Q1’2019 increased by 7.7% Y-o-Y to 492,000 TEUs
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is up to 790 points
07:42 GTT receives an order from DSME for the tank design of a new LNG carrier

2019 April 18

18:36 South Stream Transport B.V. and Saipem announce the amicable settlement of mutual differences
18:06 Seaway 7 selected as partner to develop Hollandse Kust Zuid Offshore Wind Farm
17:36 WinGD reports strong first quarter 2019
17:11 Launching ceremony held for eighth shallow-draft barge of Project ROB20
17:05 SOFEC completes engineering, supply and delivery of mooring system
16:26 Port of Murmansk to welcome eight cruise liners in summer season of 2019
16:05 Cooperation agreement between Eimskip and Royal Arctic line approved by the Icelandic Competition Authority
15:44 Navios Acquisition announces $103.2 million sale and leaseback transaction for three MR2 product tankers and two LR1 product tankers
15:12 Nefteflot laid down two barges of Project RDB12 ordered by STLC
15:10 MOL to acquire strategic stake in six group companies, each owning a Very Large Ethane Carrier
14:40 Port of Rotterdam freight throughput grows by 5.1% in first quarter of 2019
13:44 Bunker prices are slightly up at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
13:03 Biggest European shipbuilders collaborate on vessel connectivity in project Code Kilo
12:49 NOVATEK reports preliminary operating data for the first quarter 2019
12:13 Frontex, EMSA and EFCA open second annual European Coast Guard Event
11:51 RF Navy’s Northern Fleet takes part in combat training missions as part of final check for winter training season
11:27 ASCO took part in TransRussia-2019
11:00 ZIM joins to blockchain shipping solution TradeLens
10:44 Shareholders agreement on construction of Lavna terminal signed under Murmansk Transport Hub project
10:28 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.1% to $71.69, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.09% to $63.82
10:09 ABS teams with industry leaders to improve container vessel safety
09:53 Keppel secures integration and upgrading contracts worth around S$160 million
09:37 Tri-City ports take part in Seatrade Cruise Global
09:36 Bunker Market this morning, April 18
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is up to 767 points

2019 April 17

19:00 SMS Towage’s Humber fleet adds new tug
18:36 CMA CGM has announced FAK rates from Asia to North Africa