• 2019 February 11 11:43

    Baltic ports within the TEN-T policy on the agenda at the European Parliament

    Baltic Ports Organization’s annual Lunch Debate at the European Parliament, hosted once again by Merja Kyllönen, Member of the EP, was held on February 5th at the seat of the EP in Brussels, Belgium. BPO says this year the discussion covered the recent status of Baltic ports within the TEN-T policy and possible future outlook for the period of 2021 – 2027.

    The budget for CEF II was at the top of the list of items discussed at the meeting. Funding via the Connecting Europe Facility is crucial for many ports, as it presents them with a tangible source of money, allowing them to expand and keep developing, in turn, staying competitive in a very dynamic sector. The Baltic Ports Organization (BPO) has kept a close eye on the allocation process of CEF II funds since the distribution of funding available through CEF I raised some questions for the maritime industry in the region. This year’s debate helped to assess the current position of port-related projects within the budget and put forward recommendations aimed at a more even allocation of financial aids.

    The unique place of the ports as a part of the logistics chain and their importance to local and national economies has also been stressed. The policymakers expressed the need for the ports to better communicate their needs and pledged support in order to fully capitalize on their potential. Merja Kyllönen, host and Member of the EP, said after the meeting: 
    “Future CEF policy and the Baltic ports are an important issue. How can we deeply connect together energy policy, transport, and digitalization to a wide co-project? We have huge challenges with climate change, decarbonization, circular economy, multimodality needs, and connectivity. Ports can be the leaders and middle cross points in this development. Moreover, for that, we need to understand the importance and meaning of the ports in all our member states and in European policymaking. Ports are the core heart of our transport area and we need to put them on the top of our financing plans too in the world of projects”.  

    In order to help achieve all these goals, the BPO prepared a set of recommendations for CEF II, published as a report last year and available upon request. These touch upon the specific needs of Baltic ports, resulting in part from a variety of unique, regional conditions. The aforementioned needs may be linked to strict environmental restrictions, to which the maritime transport sector in the region must adhere or the comprehensive status of numerous Baltic ports and their importance for sustaining the efficiency of short sea shipping. Both aspects require careful consideration as neglecting them could lead to the Baltic ports becoming less competitive than their counterparts in other regions. 

    The constant and rapid growth of the Baltic ports cannot be denied, and the EU’s support is needed to maintain it. Kimmo Naski, Chairman of the BPO, referred to this aspect in his comment, also mentioning the importance of a well-developed network of hinterland connections: 
    “The BPO lunch debate was an excellent occasion to learn the latest developments when it comes to the EU budget for the period of 2021-2027. Baltic ports have been growing steadily over the last years. Some ports will invest in new port infrastructure in order to meet the expected demand. The Baltic ports form together a model port region in terms of sustainability, efficiency, and co-operation, but we also need to be well connected with land infrastructure and comply with high environmental standards. We hope that the future EU budget for transport infrastructure (CEF II) and the TEN-T Policy will facilitate investments in modern and smart port infrastructure”.

    Other topics broached during the meeting included the role of the EU Corridor Coordinators and their future plans, as well as the main challenges faced by the TEN-T policy in view of its expected revision.




2019 July 15

17:58 IAPH welcomes new Associate Member from Switzerland
17:33 NIBULON transported 3.5 million tonnes of cargoes by water transport
17:06 Hapag-Lloyd to introduce new Middle East-India-Africa Express Service
16:07 Desktop Just-In-Time trial yields positive results in cutting emissions
15:44 Prevention of marine pollution in South Asia discussed at regional workshop
15:15 Cargotec’s MacGregor receives clearance from the Chinese competition regulator for the acquisition of the marine and offshore businesses of TTS Group
14:56 Murmansk Sea Fishing Port handled 116,000 tonnes of cargo in 6M’2019, down 35.5% Y-o-Y
14:39 RS issues revised Rules for Classification and Construction of ships carrying liquefied gas
14:15 SEACOR Marine announces departure of Chief Operating Officer
13:53 Sever Bay Port terminal on Taimyr included into RF area planning scheme
13:32 MAN Energy Solutions, DSME and HSD Engine sign strategic agreement on engine digitization
13:01 CargoSmart announces GSBN Service Agreements with CMA CGM, COSCO SHIPPING LINES, COSCO SHIPPING Ports, Hapag-Lloyd, Hutchison Ports, OOCL, Port of Qingdao, PSA International and Shanghai International Port Group
12:48 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 16,149 in RF spot market
12:30 ABS and MOL sign MOU to build up to 14 next generation gas carriers
12:14 DSME Smart Ship Solution approved by LR
11:52 Atomenergomash JSC and Aker Arctic Technology Inc sign memorandum of understanding
11:43 MEYER intensifies partnership with Stengel
11:27 SailGP partners with Port of Southampton to deliver Cowes SailGP Tech Area
11:01 Rashid Sharipov elected as Chairman of NCSP BoD
10:25 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, July 15
10:18 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.01% to $66.73, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.15% to $60.12
09:54 KN enhances portfolio of loaded oil products and rendered services
09:30 Throughput of port Shanghai (China) in Jan-June’19 declined by 2.1% to 272.29 million tonnes
09:13 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,865 points

2019 July 14

16:09 USCG coordinates rescue of fishermen 1300 miles southwest of San Diego
15:22 Sanmar Shipyards strengthens its executive team
13:21 MOL sets conditions for issue of 'sustainability' bonds
12:11 SCHOTTEL and ULSTEIN with new cooperation to optimise ship operations with digital services
11:56 Navios Containers promotes Erifili Tsironi as CFO
10:55 2020 Bulkers Ltd. inks chartering agreements with Koch for three Newcastlemax dry bulk carriers

2019 July 13

15:19 Japanese fishing company convicted of obstruction of justice and falsifying records to cover up illegal oil and garbage pollution
13:52 HII completes flight deck on aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy
12:28 SHI wins orders for eco-friendly and highly efficient S-Max tankers
11:23 VT Halter Marine bags $2.9 million contract for U.S. Navy CMAMP program study

2019 July 12

18:19 Shantou China Merchants Port Group takes delivery of eight Kalmar empty container handlers
18:01 Safety of ships and fishing gets a boost in Ghana
17:44 IMO and FAO join efforts to reduce marine plastic litter from fishing vessels
17:26 Throughput of Russian seaports in 6M'2019 grew by 2.8% to 409.0 million tonnes of cargo (detalization)
17:03 SEA\LNG releases study showing benefits of LNG
16:42 North-Western Shipping Company carried 2.3 million tonnes of cargo in H1’19
16:25 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-June’2019 fell by 19% Y-o-Y to 5.82 million tonnes
16:03 Diana Shipping announces increase of purchase price and extension of tender offer for shares of common stock
15:24 Throughput of port Vysotsk in Jan-June'2019 climbed by 5% Y-o-Y to 9.44 million tonnes
15:03 Port of Long Beach cargo volume tops 677,000 TEUs in June 2019
14:31 Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard lays down yet another minesweeper of Project 12700
14:03 MOL schedules a major renovation of its operated cruise ship, the Nippon Maru
13:02 Höegh LNG executes 18 month interim LNGC timecharter with Cheniere for Höegh Galleon
12:52 NOVATEK’s hydrocarbon production totaled 296.1 million boe in H1’2019
12:00 Throughput of port Primorsk in Jan-June’2019 grew by 11% Y-o-Y to 29.83 million tonnes
11:23 Damen signs maintenance contract with Netherlands Ministry of Defence
11:01 Port of Ust-Luga handled 54.334 million tonnes in 6M’19, up 11% Y-o-Y
10:40 Throughput of Port St. Petersburg in 6M'2019 climbed by 1% Y-o-Y to 30.07 million tonnes
10:36 Belships to expand its fleet with 20th Ultramax newbuilding in 2021
09:54 Bunker prices are going up at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:38 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, July 12
09:35 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.59% to $66.91, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.53% to $60.52
09:18 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,816 points

2019 July 11

18:36 Denmark starts developing the new digital Register of Shipping
18:13 Naval Energies and Hitachi Zosen Corporation in floating wind energy agreement
18:06 Northwest Seaport Alliance breaks ground on $500M Terminal 5 modernization