• 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 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