• 2019 January 17 17:09

    EFIP welcomes and supports the European Parliament position on the Connecting Europe Facility for 2021-2027

    On 12 December the European Parliament adopted its final position on the TRAN/ITRE report from Rapporteurs Marinescu, Telička and Virrkkunen on the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for the 2021-2027 period, the so-called "CEF II”, EFIP said in its press release. 

    The European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) wholeheartedly welcomes the expanded budget for transport by €7bn to a total of €33.51bn (in constant prices). This budgetary increase was the main objective of the Transport coalition “More EU budget for transport, the best investment plan for Europe” which EFIP spearheaded in early 2018. This was because European inland ports believe that without strong EU investment in transport, the EU plan to create well-working & zero-carbon transport across Europe will not materialise.

    EFIP appreciates as well the prioritisation of inland waterway projects through a higher co-funding rate of up to 50%. The potential of the inland waterway sector is currently largely untapped in Europe. As our roads and railways are operating at full or over-capacity, investments in inland waterways are essential to fluidify trade and passenger flows and to minimise external negativities.

    Additionally, the recognition of the cross-border effect of inland ports is welcomed and needed. Inland port projects, by their definition, have a profound cross-border impact as they support and enhance connectivity and trade flows between Member States. The Parliament position takes this into account in a holistic way.

    Finally, the Parliament has included a proposal to increase the transparency and predictability of the CEF calls. Under the first CEF period, it was often very unclear when a new call would be announced or what its priorities would be. As infrastructure projects have a long development process, this resulted in projects not reaching the maturity needed in time or even being too mature to be eligible for funding at the time of the relevant call. This is why EFIP supports the Parliament’s proposal to help address this issue of lack of anticipation and visibility for projects managers.

    EFIP Director Turi Fiorito said: “We would like to congratulate the three rapporteurs on their hard and diligent work in achieving this compromise that strengthens and expands the Commission’s proposal in both budget and priorities. The recognition of inland ports and inland waterways in general as priorities is very welcomed as under the current budget the sector only received 7% of the possible funding available since 2014. In order to create an effective, smart, multimodal, socially inclusive and sustainable European transport network, inland waterways development needs to be prioritised.”

    The European Parliament and the European Council are expected to enter into inter-institutional negotiations in early 2019 under the Romanian presidency of the Council. EFIP will closely monitor the debates and hopes that the current achievements of the text will be preserved.




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