• 2019 February 14 12:25

    Baltic Sea Region cruise ports commit to reducing negative ecological impacts

    Last Thursday, the representatives of ports and cruise companies of the Baltic Sea and North Sea meeting in Tallinn handed over to the public and all stakeholders the Green Cruise Port Action Plan 2030, that sets out an overall vision to decouple growth from negative sustainability of the cruise industry, the port of Tallinn says in a press release. 

    The Action Plan 2030 was presented during the closing conference of the BSR Interreg Project “Green Cruise Port – Smart Cruise Port Developments in the Baltic Sea Region” on 7 February 2019.

    “Estonia, which welcomes ever-increasing numbers of cruise tourists, is facing the same challenges as other European destinations: a very heavy concentration of visitors at the local sights during the high season, traffic jams caused by tourist transportation and demands on the tourist service infrastructure,” Kadri Simson, the Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure, described the challenges posed to the relevant states and ports in her opening address of the conference. “And because the Baltic Sea is one of the seas with the most vulnerable ecosystems in the world, a joint effort of all he countries, cruise destinations, ports and operators is necessary to ensure sustainable development.”

    According Valdo Kalm, chairman of the board of Port of Tallinn, cruise tourists greatly impact destinations and the ports providing services to cruise ships alike, which significantly contributes to the local economy.

    “For instance, in Tallinn alone, one tourist leaves more than 80 euros per visit, which adds up to an average of 51 million euros per year,” he noted. “In addition, cruise tourism motivates people to return to the destination, which, in turn, is beneficial for its tourism sector.”

    The number of cruise tourists visiting the ports of the Baltic Sea Region has increased more than five-fold since year 2000 and amounted to 5.5 million tourists last year. According to operators’ forecasts recounted by Kalm, the growth trend will continue in the coming years, and the number of tourists visiting local destinations will reach nearly 7.6 million by 2025.

    One of the major contributors to the above growth is the fact that larger and larger vessels are being taken into use on the Baltic sea and in the global cruise industry alike; more frequent ship visits are another factor.

    “On the one hand, larger ships and the ever-increasing numbers of visitors arriving at destinations simultaneously demand that ports pay more attention to the creation of appropriate and sustainable infrastructures for the provision of services to ships and passengers. On the other hand, the situation certainly requires that we take a critical look at measures for the mitigation of environmental impacts,” Kalm noted.

    The “Green Cruise Port Action Plan 2030” declaration establishes two major goals by which the representatives of the cruise industry commit to establish their own plans of action, including more specific objectives and measurable results. 

    “The first major goal is to ensure that we meet growing sustainability requirements and reduce negative externalities caused by port and vessel operations in cruise ports,” Valdo Kalm elaborated. “The other considerable challenge is to accommodate the projected growth in the number of cruise passengers as well as the steady increase in vessel size in the long term and strengthen sustainable economic effects.”

    According to the CEO of Port of Tallinn, the ports of the Baltic Sea and North Sea have already implemented and are planning initiatives for the sustainable development of cruise tourism.

    “For example, in the new cruise terminal in Tallinn, which is to be completed in 2021, we are using numerous environmentally friendly and smart solutions for heating and cooling, energy use and lighting,” he said. “The action plan consolidating all the ports aims to establish a clear common framework for our joint contribution to a cleaner environment in the Baltic Sea.




2019 February 18

16:26 VSC receives positive conclusion of state environmental expertise
16:02 Herbert-ABS releases HECSTAB Offshore
15:31 PPR 6 preview: IBIA working for sensible 2020 solutions at IMO meeting
15:02 Suez Canal extends its dry bulk vessels tolls reduction
14:43 Gazprom and Almaz-Antey Corporation sign contract for batch manufacturing of subsea production equipment
14:20 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 15,842 in RF spot market
14:02 MOL Chemical Tankers acquires 20% share of Dutch tank container company Den Hartogh
13:39 2nd Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging Congress to gather over 200 Russian and foreign participants
13:15 ONE unveils enhanced intra-Asia Japan service network for 2019
12:51 Nakhodka Trade Sea Port and Damen sign contract on delivery of tug by summer 2019
12:18 33 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 17-18
11:53 World Maritime University signs MoU with Jordan Academy for Maritime Studies
11:30 Coastal fish assessments to continue in Baltic Sea with renewed HELCOM project
11:07 Fincantieri starts dry dock works on ultra-luxury cruise ship "Silver Moon"
10:55 Finnpilot Pilotage amendments its service terms during validity of winter assistance restrictions
10:26 ASCO is interested in cooperation with prominent shipping companies
10:07 Diana Shipping announces the sale of two Panamax dry bulk vessels and time charter contracts for m/v Crystalia and m/v Maera with Glencore
09:40 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.17% to $66.36, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.45% to $56.23
09:21 Baltic Dry Index is up to 639 points
09:07 Panama Canal Board of Directors appoints new Canal Administrator and Deputy Administrator
08:07 IMO conducts training course to enhance maritime security in Kenya
07:32 Valencia hosts first internal technical meeting of European project “H2PORTS - Implementing Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technologies in Ports”

2019 February 17

16:59 Coast Guard responds to vessel fire near Rockport, Texas
15:09 Kleven Shipyard delivers to Maersk the AHTS Maersk Maker
14:33 Danube high-speed low-wash ferry offers new level of efficiency and reliability
13:21 Interorient Marine Services Ltd. convicted and sentenced for oil discharge
12:39 USCG assists in rescue of five people from sunken vessel near Dutch Harbor
11:01 European ports welcome agreement on the European Maritime Single Window environment

2019 February 16

16:15 Ribbon-cutting kicks off ICTSI´s Batumi terminal expansion project
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