• 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 June 20

15:04 Busan Port Authority and Port of Rotterdam Authority sign contract for the issue of a five hectare site on Maasvlakte Distribution Park West
14:42 Composit participated in Dredging Summit & Expo 2019
14:25 UAE Shipping Association looks to branch out
14:03 MOL and GAIL sign charter contract for one LNG carrier
13:47 DNV GL: Building a marine supply infrastructure as part of a future hydrogen society
13:46 New generation trailing suction hopper dredger ‘Bonny River’ joins the DEME’s fleet
13:28 Helle Hammer awarded WISTA Norway’s LeaderShip Award 2019
12:50 Gazprom Management Committee reviews progress of Nord Stream 2 and TurkStream projects
12:24 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:01 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to West Africa
11:36 ReCAAP ISC and Indian Coast Guard co-hosting 12th Capacity Building Workshop for Maritime Law Enforcement and Regulatory Authorities
11:11 NCSP Group’s consolidated cargo turnover for Jan-Apr 2019 increased by 0.3% to 47.6 million tonnes
10:42 Amendments to be introduced to the Water Traffic Act
10:10 Tallink Grupp connects first two vessels to shore power at Port of Stockholm in a bid to reduce environmental impact
10:09 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Middle East Gulf
09:46 Brent Crude futures price is up 1.81% to $62.95, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.69% to $54.9
09:27 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, June 20
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,179 points

2019 June 19

18:14 Port of Southampton signs sister port agreement with PortMiami
18:05 Unique Wärtsilä fresh water production system offers one ton per day fuel savings
17:51 Continued rail investment at the Port of Southampton accelerates air quality improvements
17:28 PGNiG confirms production potential of Poland’s largest gas field
17:03 IMRF announces new Board of Trustees
16:40 Small-size missile ship Orekhovo-Zuyevo, Black Sea Fleet, completes tasks in the Mediterranean Sea
16:02 Hapag-Lloyd announces GRI from Asia to East Coast South America
15:39 Vympel Shipyard launched first Grachonok-class special purpose boat for Federal National Guard Troops Service
15:02 Black Sea Mediterranean Express (BMX Service) Additional Gemlik Call
14:43 Baltic Workboats announces delivery of 100m fully electric ferry
14:21 RS participates in Global Fishery Forum
14:02 MOL and Japanese shipyards design Next Generation Coal carrier 'EeneX'
13:45 Igor Sharkov appointed Director of FESCO Branch Office in Vladivostok
13:26 FESCO opens seasonal transportation to ports of Chukotka
13:02 Van Oord awarded large contract for Mozambique LNG project
12:34 NIBULON Shipbuilding and Repair Yard starts constructing vessels of new project
12:12 ICS meets in Faroe Islands
11:58 Frigate Admiral Gorhskov of RF Navy's Northern Fleet sails through Panama Canal
11:37 Ship inspection platform Idwal urges investors to carry out due diligence on asset condition as standards decline
11:19 WMU signed MOU with Higher Institute of Maritime Studies, Morocco
11:12 Damen signs Phase II contract with International Organization for Migration for nine additional SAR 1906 search and rescue boats
10:55 ABB wins system package with Keppel for dredging contractor Van Oord
10:33 Lavna coal terminal to reach design capacity of 18 million tonnes in 2022
10:00 Bunker market sees mixed price movements at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:38 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, June 19
09:32 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.03% to $62.16, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.22% to $54.23
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,135 points

2019 June 18

18:36 Spotlighting IMO's actions on climate change
18:31 Transborders Energy signs joint study agreement with Kyushu Electric Power for FLNG Solution
18:06 Kim Heng Offshore & Marine Holdings signs MoU with HHC and Thaitan
18:03 Container service boost at Bristol Port
17:53 IMO and UN Environment – working together to keep the Mediterranean clean
17:36 ZIM introduces myZIM Personal Notifications
17:21 Incat launches a new 111-metre ferry for Spain
17:06 Hapag-Lloyd announces General Rate increase from Japan to Middle East
16:42 Nor-Shipping 2019 sets new records
16:20 Fincantieri and CNR present the results of six multidisciplinary research projects
16:04 Atlantic Towing buys Havyard 833 WE – build no 126
15:25 Live stream of IWW passenger transportation meeting, part of SmartTRANSPORT, starts on IAA PortNews website at 10:00, June 21
15:04 Port of Oakland approves Seaport Air Quality 2020 and Beyond Plan
14:33 Carnival Mardi Gras cruise ship hull assembly begins at Meyer Turku shipyard
14:02 Hapag-Lloyd announces FAK from East Asia to Europe and Mediterranean