• 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 July 24

10:12 Huntington Ingalls secures U.S. Navy contract to install and support C4ISR systems
09:57 Bunker prices go down at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:43 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, July 24
09:40 Baltic Dry Index is down to 2,165 points
09:23 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.25% to $64.00, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.32% to $56.95
09:12 Two more Damen FCS 3307 Patrol vessels delivered to Homeland Integrated Offshore Services Limited of Nigeria

2019 July 23

19:02 Diana Shipping announces continuation of time charter contract for m/v Myrto with Cargill
18:04 Port of Southampton welcomes growing numbers of 'green' vessels
17:43 ASCO ships continue to work on Absheron gas condensate field
17:13 HII successfully completes builder’s trials for LHA 7
17:09 Arrival of bridges for Theemswegtracé, Port of Rotterdam
16:51 Nakhodka Trade Sea Port invests RUB 1 billion in construction of water treatment facilities
16:30 Bunker prices go up at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
16:29 SGRE conditionally awarded largest U.S. offshore wind power order to date: 1.7 GW from Ørsted and Eversource
16:06 Zvezda to save RUB 200 million with its innovating welding technology
15:35 SUR recommends seafarers avoid employment on ships bound for Middle East
15:14 Siemens Gamesa will supply the SG 4.5-145 for its first nearshore project in Vietnam
14:07 Marine Recruiting Agency took part in event dedicated to compliance with labour legislation
13:43 LUKOIL produces over 15 million tons of oil at Vladimir Filanovsky field
13:20 ACO Marine completes the installation and commissioning of a Clarimar MF-10 wastewater treatment plant
12:56 Ferry Tõll reconstruction into hybrid ship
12:24 Muscat, Oman to host 2nd Gas & LNG Middle East Summit on 2-3 December 2019
12:00 Hapag-Lloyd announces rates from Indian Subcontinent & Pakistan to North Europe
11:58 GTT receives two new orders from Hyundai Heavy Industries and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries
11:40 Barcelona to host European LNG Infrastructure Development Summit on 21-21 October 2019
11:22 Rotterdam to host 4th International Green & Smart Shipping Summit on 8-9 October 2019
10:58 Pella launched lead medium refrigerator trawler SKORPION of project 1701
10:25 RS: follow-up to the conference on the rules for fishing vessels
09:57 AEC at the 8th Symposium on The Impacts of an Ice-Diminishing Arctic on Naval and Maritime Operations
09:34 Baltic Dry Index is up to 2,191 points
09:33 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, July 23
09:19 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.17% to $63.37, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.11% to $56.28
08:01 Nexans qualifies high voltage cable to world record water depth to create power connection across a Norwegian Fjord

2019 July 22

18:06 Dorset’s Intermarine UK lands steel fabrication deal to increase capacity at Portland Port
17:58 Port of Zeebrugge volumes grow by 12.5 % in first semester of 2019
17:48 MS VASCO DA GAMA welcomed at Ostseekai for maiden call
17:19 Port of Kiel welcomed cruise ship “Marella Explorer”
16:55 ‘A British first’ cruise call for Port of Southampton
16:29 Damen to prepare Stad Amsterdam for ‘green ambassador’ role
15:47 Akademik Pashin tanker arrived at the port of Murmansk
15:14 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 8.1% to 9.06 million TEUs in Jan-June’2019
14:51 Port of Singapore throughput in Jan-June’2019 climbed by 0.6% to 315.17 million tonnes
14:28 JAXPORT sets container and auto records through first three quarters of fiscal year 2019
13:53 Throughput of port Helsinki (Finland) in Jan-June’19 fell by 6.1% to 7.14 million tonnes (table)
13:29 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in Jan-June’2019 fell by 6.5% Y-o-Y to 23.7 million tonnes
12:56 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 17,248 in RF spot market
12:32 London to host 19th Vessel Efficiency & Fuel Management Summit on November 27-28
12:10 Turbine assembly begins for the WindFloat Atlantic project
11:55 Hamburg to host ACI’s Digitalisation in Shipping: Europe 2019 on October 9-10
11:24 NOVATEK closes Arctic LNG 2 transaction
11:10 APM Terminals Maasvlakte II increases rail service to major inland logistics hub
11:04 Seadrill secures contract for the West Polaris in Southern Asia
10:30 ASCO ships continue working on Absheron gas condensate field
10:08 Port of Oakland freight hauler testing two more electric big rigs
09:55 International Finance Corporation visited NIBULON’s facilities
09:36 Brent Crude futures price is up 1.63% to $63.48, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.08% to $56.23
09:32 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, July 22
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is up to 2,170 points
09:07 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Middle East Gulf
08:00 SCANEX Group offers video presentation of geoinformation services for maritime industry