• 2019 March 15 15:46

    Finnpilot invests in safety work and the digitalisation of navigation

    Finnpilot says its cost-efficient operational model and the positive development in the number of pilotage assignments made it possible to retain the same pilotage prices during 2018. Numerous safety and digitalisation projects were implemented during the year. Customer and stakeholder satisfaction with the pilotage services remained at an excellent level.

    The calculated market share of piloted traffic, for all vessels visiting Finland’s coastal harbours, was 35.1% (2017: 32.5%). During 2018, Finnpilot handled a total of 25,616 pilot assignments covering 484,959 piloted nautical miles. In comparison to the previous year, the number of pilotage assignments increased by 5.6% and piloted nautical mileage by 5.5%. A total of 99.9% of all pilotage requests were fulfilled within the limits of the waiting times specified by service level objectives.

    According to the customer and stakeholder survey, satisfaction with the pilotage services has remained at a high level.  On a scale of 1–7 in the survey, Finnpilot’s operations received an overall rating of 5.9. In addition, the mPilot application enabled for the collection of direct customer feedback from the shipmasters of piloted vessels. On a scale of 1–7 in this application, the service of the pilot and the company’s activities received a rating of 6.8.

    As a result of the increased number of pilotage assignments and the cost-efficiency of its activities, Finnpilot Pilotage Ltd’s managed to achieve its best financial result since it became a limited liability company. Pilotage prices remained at the same level as the previous year. The turnover for this financial period was 40.3 million euro (2017: 38.1 million euro). The operating profit for the entire year was 3.6 million euro (2.6 million euro) and the net profit of the financial year was 3.0 million euro (2.2 million euro).

    Finnpilot’s tax footprint was a total of 13.2 million euro in 2018. At the end of 2018, the company had a personnel of 340 employees (2017: 330) and the personnel’s average full-time equivalent was 324 (2017: 315). The average age of the personnel is 51 years.

    Pilotage increases the efficiency and safety of maritime traffic along the challenging fairways of Finland’s coastline. The use of a pilot prevents exceptional situations that might, at worst, lead to serious accidents. During 2018, Finnpilot established a Safety group to process and manage all anomaly and safety observations.

    Following the pilot boat accident near Emäsalo in December 2017, all fast boats were fitted with emergency exits. During 2019, such exits will also be added to pilot cutters that are used in icy conditions. Our risk assessments, work guidelines and safety training for personnel were also developed. Finnpilot ordered the first self-righting pilot boat at the end of 2018. Finnpilot shares all information it gathers concerning the accident with other operators in the field for the purpose of increasing safety across the board.

    Finnpilot plays a strong role in developing the future of navigation and fairway manoeuvring as part of a broader ecosystem. An increasing amount of data will be collected from our activities and will be utilised to further the development of pilotage and other aspects of our activities. In accordance with its strategy, Finnpilot has continued the intense development of the ePilotage service concept. As part of the development of ePilotage, Finnpilot aims to implement the testing phase of remote pilotage during 2020.

2019 March 22

16:05 Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition partners with Maersk in world's largest maritime biofuel pilot
15:30 Hapag-Lloyd announces 2018 results
14:03 ONE unveils enhanced intra-Asia –East India service network for 2019
13:54 Royal IHC to build second TSHD for National Marine Dredging Company
13:41 IMO expands collaborative efforts to promote maritime security
13:17 REMPEITC-Caribe training workshop funded by IMO held in Guyana
12:55 Workshop promoting good practice in spill preparedness and response held in Côte d'Ivoire
12:30 Bunker prices go up at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
12:03 18 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 21-22
11:42 Gazpromneft – Lubricants starts bunkering with marine oils in Primorsk
11:08 MSC Bellissima, MSC Cruises’ latest newbuild visits Valletta Cruise Port
10:50 Maritime Incubator to be established at the Port of Gdansk
10:49 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Mar.22
10:29 Baltic Dry Index is down to 695 points
10:08 ZIM net loss up to $119.9 million in 2018
09:51 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.21% to $67.72, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.23% to $59.84
09:23 Manufacturing at the Port of Riga beneficial for both businesses and the Port
09:08 DEME Offshore announces Moray East wind farm Tier One suppliers
08:32 Rhenus establishes its own network in South Africa by acquiring World Net Logistics

2019 March 21

18:05 Dublin Bay Biosphere to host international UNESCO EuroMAB Conference
17:53 Detachment of RF Navy’s Northern Fleet completed transfer through the Suez Canal
17:28 McDermott awarded ethylene contract in Russia
17:05 IMO and Saudi Arabia organize course for members of three key regional maritime security agreements to promote maritime security
16:35 Topaz secures contract extension with BP for 12 vessels in Azerbaijan
16:05 Incat announces construction of a 35m Catamaran Passenger Ferry for Samso Rederi
15:52 Kalmar's Eco Reachstackers and Empty Container Handlers to help Ter Haak Group Amsterdam improve the sustainability of its operations
15:31 Severnaya Verf lays down second processing trawler of Project 170701 for Norebo Holding
15:08 German shipyard Lürssen launches project Fiji yacht named Madsummer
14:39 GoodFuels and REINPLUS FIWADO Bunker fuel first inland vessel on 100% sustainable biofuel
14:13 Incat Crowther 35m ferry for Samso Rederi
13:55 Nuclear-powered container carrier Sevmorput on her first voyage under Arctic LNG 2 project
13:24 Andrei Chibis appointed Acting Governor of Murmansk Region
13:17 Coast Guard continues to break ice on Penobscot River to start on the Kennebec River
12:40 Murmansk Region Governor announces resignation
12:00 Steel cut for first short-sea LNG bunker vessel for Eesti Gaas at Damen Yichang Shipyard, China
11:39 15 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 20-21
11:13 Bunker prices go down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
10:50 Doha to host Ports & Maritime Evolution, Rail & Logistics Evolution, Road & Logistics Evolution Qatar Assembly & Expo in September’19
10:27 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.16% to $68.61, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.02% to $60.24
10:08 MAN receives an order for two-stroke engines from Eastern Pacific Shipping
10:05 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning March, 21
09:59 2018 revenues of FSUE Rosmorport grew by 7% Y-o-Y to over RUB 26 billion
09:22 Baltic Dry Index is down to 709 points
09:08 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and the Mediterranean
09:00 PSA, PFR and IFM investors partner to jointly acquire the deepwater container terminal Gdańsk from Macquarie infrastructure and Real Assets, MTAA SUPER, AustralianSuper and Statewide Super
08:36 Port Canaveral starts construction of new Cruise Terminal 3 complex
07:58 SeaKing Electrical completes DFDS ferry upgrades in France

2019 March 20

18:00 Insight Into Contemporary Seafaring workshop held at Azerbaijan State Maritime Academy
17:43 Damen Cruise inks first contract with SeaDream Yacht Club
17:34 Wärtsilä prepares solutions for new state-of-the-art Wasaline ferry
17:34 Fire on Costa Smeralda under construction at Meyer Turku Shipyard not to affect building schedule
17:08 NOVATEK BoD recommends payment of RR 16.81 per ordinary share as 2018 dividend
16:46 Ukrainian seaports increased cargo handling by 2.5 million tons in January-February
16:22 ABP’s Hull Dry Bulks Terminal marks milestone handling biggest shipment
16:03 IMSSEA hosted “Maritime training and research activities” workshop
15:40 EU NAVFOR supports Somali / Ugandan maritime leadership training exercise course
15:21 Port of Long Beach Survey Director named
14:59 Finland’s Ministry of Transport and Communications appoints steering group to support reform of Act on Transport of Dangerous Goods
14:35 11 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 19-20
14:12 Nauticor and Destination Gotland start LNG bunkering in the port of Visby for MS “Visborg” with the world’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel “Kairos”