• 2019 June 21 11:16

    HELCOM Hot Spots: two Kaliningrad pollution sites get wiped off the list at key HELCOM meeting

    Two former pollution sites located in the Kaliningrad region in Russia were approved for removal from the HELCOM Hot Spot list by the HELCOM Heads of Delegation, one of the decision-making instances, during their last meeting held in Helsinki from 18 to 19 June 2019 – the 56th Meeting of the HELCOM Heads of Delegation(HOD 56-2019).

    The first site to be removed from the list is the Kaliningrad wastewater treatment plant, or HELCOM Hot Spot No. 67. Newly constructed in December 2015, the upgraded wastewater treatment plant of Kaliningrad started to be fully operational by the end of 2016, with all of Kaliningrad's sewage water redirected to the new plant. 

    "The new treatment plant fully complies with the HELCOM recommendation on municipal wastewater," said Natalia Tretiakova, the Russian Head of Delegation to HELCOM. With its population of 574,000 people, the city of Kaliningrad was the biggest source of untreated wastewater input to the Baltic Sea in the Kaliningrad region until the launch of the new plant. 

    In the same meeting, the deletion of HELCOM Hot Spot No. 69, the Cepruss pulp and paper mill in Kaliningrad, Russia, was also approved. Cepruss was added to the list because of significant discharges of pollutants stemming from the processing of pulp and paper into the Pregolya river. The site ceased all production in 2011.  

    Since 1992, HELCOM maintains a list of significant pollution sites around the Baltic Sea – the HELCOM Hot Spots. Today, about three quarters of all hotspots have been cleaned up. The most notorious Hot Spots are point sources such as municipal facilities and industrial plants, but the programme also covers pollution from agricultural areas and rural settlements, and sensitive areas such as coastal lagoons and wetlands where special environmental measures are needed. 

    Furthermore, in Helsinki, the update of the Baltic Sea Action Plan(BSAP) featured prominently on the meeting's agenda, with the Heads of Delegation moving forward on the structure of the updated plan. Maintaining the same level of ambition for the updated BSAP was a particular point of emphasis.

    HOD 56-2019 also adopted the revised HELCOM Recommendation 28E/13 on Introducing Economic Incentives as a Complement to Existing Regulations to Reduce Emissions from Ships. Where implemented already, economic instruments have proven to increase environmentally friendly shipping practices beyond the existing legislation. Some of these methods include differentiated port fees and fairway dues, differentiated taxation of marine fuels and on-shore power supply. 

    The creation of an expert network on marine protected areas (MPAs) – HELCOM Network for Marine Protected Area Management (EN MPA MANET) – was also approved during the meeting in Helsinki. The new network will respond to the need for a concerted approach on the management of MPAs across the Baltic Sea region, especially for transboundary areas. It will provide expert input to HELCOM work related to MPA management, as well as conservation of habitats, biotopes and species in general, the relevant Ecological Objectives in the Baltic Sea Action Plan.

    Bidding farewell to the current HELCOM Executive Secretary, Ms Monika Stankiewicz, who is due to leave the organization in July 2019, the Heads of Delegation singled out her excellent performance and acknowledged her instrumental role in lifting HELCOM to where it is today.

    Stankiewicz has been at the HELCOM Secretariat since 2006 when she started as Professional Secretary for Maritime Affairs. She assumed the position of Executive Secretary in 2012 until 2019. She will be succeeded by Mr Rüdiger Strempel.




2019 October 17

14:11 VT Halter Marine launches first US-flagged offshore LNG bunker ATB barge for Q-LNG
13:25 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
13:01 Port of Oakland container volume up 3.1 percent in September 2019
12:41 Thordon to supply propeller shaft bearings for MSC Cruises' third Seaside class cruise ship
12:08 Oboronlogistics launched new shipping line linking ports of Novorossiysk, Tartus, Alexandria and Samsun
11:39 NIBULON MAX made her first cargo trip
11:00 Port of Long Beach posts cargo volume of 707,000 TEUs in September 2019
10:44 Air quality measures make impact at Port of Southampton
10:23 ABP held its annual oil spill exercise on the Humber
10:02 LUKOIL BoD recommends interim dividend amount
09:40 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.67% to $59.02, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.84% to $52.91
09:21 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Oct 17
09:18 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,897 points
09:04 BOA awarded contracts to charter two vessels for the state’s emergency response preparedness
08:39 LLOG Exploration orders subsea trees for the Shenandoah Project in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico

2019 October 16

18:37 Damen partners with TCS for increased vessel connectivity
18:07 AET christens two of the world's first LNG dual-fuel DPSTs to be chartered out to Norway's Equinor
17:35 PSA Marine signs frame agreement with Hydroniq Coolers
17:22 MODEC awarded Letter of Intent by Petrobras related to Marlim 1 FPSO
16:57 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-Sep’2019 fell by 21% Y-o-Y to 8.45 million tonnes
16:22 IBM boards the Mayflower Autonomous Ship project
16:22 Throughput of port Vysotsk in Jan-Sep'2019 climbed by 4% Y-o-Y to 14.27 million tonnes
15:58 Patrol ship of RF Navy’s Black Sea Fleet to take part in events dedicated to anniversary of Navarino battle
15:35 Navios Maritime Partners announces repayment of its Term Loan B
15:19 Throughput of port Primorsk in Jan-Sep’2019 grew by 18% Y-o-Y to 46.93 million tonnes
14:53 Port of Ust-Luga handled 77.49 million tonnes in 9M’19, up 7% Y-o-Y
14:34 NEPTUN WERFT holds keel laying ceremony for AIDAcosma
14:06 Throughput of Port St. Petersburg in Jan-Sep'2019 grew by 2% Y-o-Y to 44.97 million tonnes
13:45 Zvezda shipyard lays down fourth Aframax tanker for Rosnefteflot
13:20 Carnival Cruise Line to add fourth ship in Galveston
12:12 Hapag-Lloyd to apply a Peak Season Surcharge from North Europe to East Asia
11:51 WMU and AHHIC cooperate on marine insurance
11:33 Gazprom Neft establishes a Singapore subsidiary company to develop its international marine lubricants business
11:20 Intensive training on port management and efficiency held in France
10:57 IMO visited United Kingdom to assess country's implementation of special maritime security measures
10:14 LUKOIL enters Ghasha project for extraction of hydrocarbons in UAE
10:01 MPA of Singapore to strengthen collaboration on cyber resilience and response at the 5th Port Authorities Roundtable
09:59 APM Terminals Gothenburg to double rail volumes by 2022
09:52 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.19% to $58.85, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.13% to $52.88
09:36 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,898 points
09:18 Bunker prices are flat at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
08:43 Award-winning yachts honored at Cannes - Azimut, Benetti, and Galeon
08:35 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, Oct 16

2019 October 15

18:37 MOL conducts tabletop drill based on an incident simulation involving containership
18:07 Fincantieri announces delivery of the fourth Royal Princess class ship at the Monfalcone shipyard
17:55 Tatarstan and Gazprom sign action plan for implementation of pilot project on using LNG powered ships
17:36 Keppel delivers fourth jackup rig to Borr Drilling
17:06 Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore revokes Inter-Pacific Petroleum Pte Ltd’s bunker craft operator licence
16:49 Hudson Shipping Lines joins the Trident Alliance as a member
16:26 PGNiG: a new oil and gas discovery in the Norwegian Sea
15:32 Port of Kiel announces conclusion of cruise season with turnover of cruise passengers having grown by 33.6% YoY
15:04 TechnipFMC awarded subsea contract for PetroVietnam Gas’ Nam Con Son 2 Phase 2 Gas pipeline development in Vietnam
14:35 Deltamarin provides RMC with design services for the Tallink ferry project
14:31 Port of HaminaKotka and Steveco jointly constructed pulp terminal in Kotka’s Mussalo Harbour
13:57 Shore power to improve air quality and reduce noise in Port and City of Tallinn
13:20 “Wind Barriers at the Freeport of Riga” project receives Annual Riga Architecture Award
12:54 Krasnoye Sormovo delivers Pola Pelagia, yet another dry cargo carrier of Project RSD59
12:18 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:55 Khabarovsk Shipyard launched pontoon dock gate for city protection against floods
11:09 Amendments to IMO's Ballast Water Management Convention enter into force on 13 October 2019