• 2019 June 21 13:12

    HELCOM’s Executive Secretary to step down in August 2019

    The current Executive Secretary of HELCOM, Ms Monika Stankiewicz, will step down from her position and hand over to her successor, Mr Rüdiger Strempel, on 1 August 2019. Strempel was appointed during the HELCOM Annual Meeting held in March 2019. 

    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, for three terms. 

    Under her tenure, HELCOM not only consolidated itself as a champion of the environmental protection of the Baltic Sea but also as a heard and sought-after voice in the international debate on oceans and seas.

    Already involved in the making and implementation of the Baltic Sea Action Plan, she was instrumental in setting off the update process of the plan beyond 2021, its initial due date. The mandate for the update was given by the HELCOM Ministers during their meeting in Brussels in 2018.

    With the Second Holistic Assessment of the Baltic Sea(HOLAS II), Stankiewicz also oversaw the largest assessment of the Baltic Sea so far. Providing the most comprehensive insight of the Baltic Sea, the results are expected to underpin HELCOM work for a substantial period of time. 

    More recently, among other work, she introduced social and economic analysis to HELCOM, to closer link the state of the Baltic Sea's environment with human wellbeing. This ecosystem-based approach acknowledges that we humans are an intrinsic part of the Baltic Sea environment and seeks to correlate our activities with the impacts they may have on the environment.

    Her successor, Mr Rüdiger Strempel, a German national, currently heads the Common Wadden Sea Secretariat(CWSS) as its Executive Secretary. The CWSS was established in 1987 to service the Trilateral Wadden Sea Cooperation(TWSC) between the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark on the protection of the Wadden Sea.

    Strempel is a lawyer by training, specialising in international law. He has extensive experience on environmental matters including in the Baltic Sea, having also headed the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas(ASCOBANS) from 1999 to 2006, as well as chaired the ASCOBANS Baltic Sea Steering Group (Jastarnia Group) from 2009 to 2017. 

    Stankiewicz' tenure and achievements were acknowledged during the recently held HELCOM Head of Delegation meeting, where Strempel, who was also present, was warmly welcomed.




2019 November 21

09:51 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 6.2% to 15.27 million TEUs in Jan-Oct’2019
09:39 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Nov 21
09:33 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.32% to $62.2, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.25% to $56.87
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,260 points
08:29 Port of Hamburg cargo throughput grows 3.2 percent to 104 million tons in first three quarters of 2019

2019 November 20

18:10 FESCO provided transportation of nuclear submarines’ blocks and tanker from Kamchatka Territory to decommissioning site in Primorye
17:48 Cruise ship Mustay Karim returns from successful sea trials
17:06 ECOsubsea gets permission to start offering hull cleaning services to vessels at all Dutch Ports
16:56 Tallinn Shipyard wins prestigious 2019 Safety4sea Europort Awards
16:19 Wärtsilä solutions chosen to upgrade efficiency and environmental performance of Norwegian fishing vessel
16:03 Oboronlogistics completed the delivery of inert materials and special equipment to the Novaya Zemlya
15:00 ESPO: TEN-T policy review must bring maritime links on equal footing with land links
14:09 RF Govt Transport Commission approved inclusion of 57 projects into comprehensive plan for upgrading and expanding core infrastructure
13:35 Ecosystem-based management and maritime spatial planning are furthered at HELCOM-VASAB meeting in St Petersburg
12:57 RS takes part in Transport of Russia 2019
12:02 The world’s largest wind turbine tested on Maasvlakte
11:44 WMU signs MoU with International Maritime Academy, Lebanon
11:23 Tariffs for LNG services provided by KN approved for 2020
11:02 Bureau Veritas certifies Ørsted's Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind farm
10:28 Hydraulic engineering structures of Volga-Don Canal underwent reconstruction
10:25 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Nov 20
10:05 Bunker prices are stable at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
10:02 Yang Ming to launch new Southeast Asia Services
09:46 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.11% to $60.84, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.04% to $55.37
09:41 Foreship launches Hamburg business to grow in Germany
09:29 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,304 points
09:14 CMA CGM reviewes Low Sulphur Surcharge for RoRo Med Lines

2019 November 19

18:03 Port of Piraeus throughput reaches 5 million TEU this year
17:50 BPO joins the “More EU budget for transport” coalition
17:22 Throughput of Russia’s seaports expected to grow by 3% to 850 million tonnes in 2019
17:03 Expro awarded contract extension with INPEX, offshore Australia
16:45 Gasum expands their maritime fuel supply by new Swedegas’ facility in the port of Gothenburg
16:24 IMO helps train future leaders in maritime policy
16:03 CSV Bourbon Oceanteam 101 extends charter contract with client for works in Angola
15:03 MSC appoints Soren Toft as CEO for container shipping & logistics
14:21 Shipment of half a billionth tonne of coal from Vostochny Port kicked off by Sergey Ivanov and Yevgeny Ditrikh
14:02 ICTSI proposal to develop Iloilo ports complete
13:23 Med Marine orders MAN 175D for Svitzer ice-breaking tugs
13:00 Havyard Ship Technology AS announces new general manager
12:38 Bunker prices are stable at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:02 ABP’s Port of Ipswich welcomes floating storytelling museum
11:44 Registration for the 16th International Transport Forum YugTrans 2020 is open
11:37 Port of Southampton investing in quayside to continue welcoming largest ships
10:59 Navigation season of 2019 closed in Baikal-Angara Basin of Russia’s IWW
10:31 EEC postponed consideration of amendments into Technical Regulation of the Customs Union in the part of sulphur content in bunker
10:05 Ports of Los Angeles and Copenhagen Malmö sign collaborative agreement on sustainability, environment
10:03 Multipurpose Reloading Complex spent over RUB 1 million under its social programme in 9M’19
09:40 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.14% to $62.35, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.21% to $57.02
09:25 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,338 points
09:22 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Nov 19
09:08 Nexans secures a 5-year contract extension with Chantiers de l’Atlantique to supply cables and services
08:12 Shell Marine secures contract for Cosco Shipping Specialized Carriers

2019 November 18

18:30 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from North Europe to ISC
18:07 2020 Bulkers extends time charters for Bulk Santiago and Bulk Seoul
17:54 Rosmorport supports 3rd Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging Congress as its General Sponsor
17:35 Columbia Threadneedle Investments and Brittany Ferries reach agreement to acquire Condor Ferries from Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets
17:21 Moscow, Saint-Petersburg and Murmansk to host PORA discussion “Development of Water Transport Infrastructure in the Arctic” on Nov'26
17:05 ​Shearwater GeoServices awarded largest-ever 4D campaign in the Asia Pacific region by Woodside
16:35 HYUNDAI Merchant Marine joins “Getting to Zero Coalition”
16:20 Gazprom Neft reports 4.1-pct growth of bunker fuel production to 2.04 million tonnes in 9M’19