• 2019 June 20 10:42

    Amendments to be introduced to the Water Traffic Act

    The new Water Traffic Act will update and bring together the traffic rules and signs used in water transport, the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Finland says in a press release. The aim of the reform is to improve maritime safety and responsible boating and to provide a favourable environment for water transport automation.

    The reform will also clarify the roles and responsibilities of the authorities in water transport and the relation between the Water Traffic Act and the Maritime Act. Primarily, the water traffic rules apply to both merchant shipping and pleasure boating, but the Maritime Act mainly lays down provisions on merchant shipping.

    Since the international regulations on people engaged in water transport are very detailed, they also form the basis for the new act. In the reform, special consideration has been paid to the provisions required by canal traffic, including the traffic on the Saimaa Canal.

    The new Water Traffic Act will enter into force on 1 June 2020.

    The reform includes a significant revision concerning the provisions on boatmasters of recreational craft.  In part, it corresponds with the provisions in the Maritime Act on professional transport but the requirements are lighter.

    In future, recreational watercraft must have a boatmaster who is responsible for the transport of the vessel and the safety of its passengers. The boatmaster is the person who in fact steers or controls the craft. So the boatmaster does not have to be the person transporting the craft.  

    If in the event of an accident, it is unclear as to who the boatmaster is, at the end the responsibilities of the master lie with the owner or registered holder of the watercraft, if they have, in fact, been able to influence the steering of the vessel. 

    The boatmaster of the watercraft is responsible for seeing to it that the passengers are wearing flotation devices whenever conditions, such as the weather or waves, so require. As a rule, the provisions on boatmaster mainly apply to all watercraft that do no fall within the sphere of the stricter provisions of the Maritime Act.

    The Act will lighten the regulation on rental boats and the sanction system will be updated. The goal of these changes is to facilitate the renting of boats and, at the same time, the sharing economy.

    The current technical and inspection requirements concerning rental boats will be waived. The rental boats with no crew will be classified as ordinary recreational craft and they will be subject to the provisions on the boatmaster of recreational craft.

    In future, only rental boats with crew on board, such as taxi boats, are categorised as professional rental boating. The stricter provisions of merchant shipping concerning boatmasters are applied to professional rental boating.

    In connection with the reform of the sanctions system, a traffic violation fee system will be introduced along the same lines as the system referred to in the new Road Traffic Act.

    However, a fee for a water traffic violation cannot be imposed, if the watercraft has not been stopped. A traffic violation fee can be issued by the Police, Border Guard or Customs. The system will replace the current fixed fine system for lesser violations, but the level of payments will remain at the present level. The reform will not change the drink driving limit.

    The new Act also includes provisions on the use of watercraft equipment, registration of watercraft, and qualification requirements for the boatmaster of a recreational vessel bigger than a recreational craft.

    The Government submitted the Water Traffic Act and certain related acts for approval and the President of the Republic approved the bill on 19 June 2019.


2019 October 23

18:36 GTMaritime protects onboard cyber security in record numbers
18:02 Tokyo MOU accepted Panama as the 21st member authority
17:35 Rosmorrechflot suggests providing subsidies and privileges to ship owners using LNG
17:02 Teekay and Teekay LNG announce resolution to China LNG joint venture issues
16:52 Damen signs contract with Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works for third ASD Tug 2009
16:43 Side event on Women in Fisheries held at Torremolinos Ministerial Conference
16:21 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 11,770 in RF spot market
16:02 Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean and Government of St. Lucia sign MoU
15:37 Yxney Maritime and Grieg Connect team up with the NOx Fund to build digital emissions infrastructure
15:02 Qatar Petroleum announces commencement of supply of Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil at Ras Laffan Industrial City Port
14:56 Ships of RF Navy’s Caspian Flotilla participated in strategic command post exercise
14:14 Port of Zeebrugge posts results for Q3 2019
13:13 Abu Dhabi Ports breaks ground on new waterfront destination
12:40 Association of Legal Entities of “Trans-Caspian International Transport Route” project held General Meeting in Tbilisi
12:12 Aker Solutions targets growth in low carbon and renewable energy
11:48 Yaroslavsky Shipbuilding Plant delivered survey ship of Project 3330 built for Volga Basin
11:26 Technological infrastructure of Vostochny Port's Phase 3 highly appraised by Indian delegation
11:04 Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding deliveres a 66,000 dwt type bulk carrier to Tomaros Navigation, Liberia
10:32 ASCO held meeting with representatives of Australian and Chinese companies
10:09 The world’s largest offshore wind farm welcomes Jan De Nul’s Voltaire to the project
09:50 Russian Maritime Register of Shipping introduced a new edition of the Container Rules set
09:31 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,806 points
09:15 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.49% to $59.41, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.83% to $54.03
09:08 CMA CGM implements Winter Surcharge on imports into St Petersburg, Ust-Luga & Bronka (Russia)
08:53 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Oct 23
08:42 Europort 2019 launch led by shipowner summit

2019 October 22

18:09 Alfa Laval Aalborg boiler technology offers an easier path to LNG propulsion
17:53 NOVATEK issues update on Arc7 LNG tankers
17:30 Yxney Maritime and Grieg Connect team up with the NOx Fund to build digital emissions infrastructure
17:02 Total and Zhejiang Energy Group join forces to develop the growing low sulfur marine fuel market
16:48 North-Western Shipping Company carried 3.7 million tonnes of cargo in 9M’2019
16:25 Wärtsilä retrofit to reduce environmental impact of ferry operating in ecologically sensitive waters
16:02 McDermott International enters into agreement for up to $1.7 bln of new financing
15:41 Latest Damen FCS 3307 Patrol vessels for Homeland Integrated Offshore Services Limited arrive in Nigeria
15:27 Victor Chernomyrdin icebreaker successfully completed sea trials
15:02 Deltamarin signs design contracts with Merima
14:44 Pella shipyard started mooring trials for lead crab catching vessel of Project 03070
14:10 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Middle East Gulf
13:49 Patrol ship of RF Navy’s Black Sea Fleet left Greek port of Pylos
13:02 A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S upgrades EBITDA expectation for 2019
12:50 Marine Recruiting Agency trained 1,344 specialists for port and construction segments in 9M’19, up 14% YoY
12:28 DP World reports 1.1% gross like-for-like volume growth in 3Q 2019
12:26 ESPO congratulates port of Barcelona, Vigo and Baku for getting EcoPorts’ environmental management standard
12:01 Cook Islands, Sao Tome and Principe accede to Cape Town Agreement, 46 declare support
11:45 MPSV12 project vessel "Bahtemir" took part in emergency response exercises in the Gulf of Finland
11:22 3rd “LNG Fleet and LNG Bunkering in Russia” conference kicks off in Moscow
11:13 Bio-based welding-gas production facility to open in the port of Amsterdam
10:44 CMA CGM announces PSS for cargo from Europe and the Mediterranean to Australia and New Zealand
10:20 BLRT Grupp’s Noblessner Homeport project wins in “Best Development Project of 2019” nomination
09:56 Poland's first training centre for port staff opened at the Port of Gdansk
09:33 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.22% to $58.83, Light Sweet Crude – fell by 0.26% to $53.37
09:18 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,846 points
08:31 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, Oct 22

2019 October 21

18:25 Navios Acquisition announces $15 mln offering of common stock
18:02 Temasek subsidiary plans to acquire 30.55% of shares in Keppel
17:50 Two LNG-powered Sovcomflot tankers successfully completed voyages along Northern Sea Route
17:36 Anglo-Eastern signs Cyber MOU with Naval Dome
17:13 Guard ship "Yaroslav Mudry" of RF Navy’s Baltic Fleet made business call in Limassol
17:05 Blockchain and DNA-based marine fuels tracking solution BunkerTrace goes live
17:02 Castor Maritime announces vessel acquisition