• 2019 August 20 11:49

    KN Klaipėda oil terminal berths to undergo reconstruction

    Together with the Klaipėda State Seaport Authority (KSSA), oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal operator KN has signed a tripartite agreement on reconstruction of KN berth No 1 with the winners of the public tender. KN says the winners of the public tender, which was valued at EUR 22.5 million (excl. VAT), were joint venture partners UAB Tilsta and UAB Fegda. It is planned that the partners will carry out construction and dredging work over the course of almost two years.
     
    On the basis of the tripartite construction agreement signed this week, it is planned to adapt the currently unused 235-metre section of Berth No 1 for stevedoring and to dredge the adjacent ship channel to a depth of 17 metres. Once the three planned stages of reconstruction are completed, KN will be able to receive and load three tankers at a time at the Klaipėda oil terminal – currently, it can only receive two tankers.

    “The market has been dictating the need for these changes for some time now – the amount of cargo is growing, new types of cargo are emerging, and customer expectations are changing. The new KN oil product storage tank park that is currently operating in pilot mode demonstrates this need – we are already loading a greater variety of products and testing a wider range of loading schemes. This dictates the need to develop and adapt the existing infrastructure, which will give us a competitive edge over other terminals in the region, and also allow us to retain existing customers and attract new ones. The berth reconstruction project will bring added value not only to KN, but also to the entire logistics chain consisting of the Port of Klaipėda, the railway, shipping companies, and Lithuanian and international business partners,” said Darius Šilenskis, KN Oil Business Director and acting CEO.

    Under the tripartite agreement signed, KN undertakes to invest in installation of the superstructure for the works planned to be carried out, and the Port Authority undertakes to invest in the quay infrastructure.

    “These are extremely significant jobs that will increase the competitiveness of the Port of Klaipėda even more. Once the berths are reconstructed and a maximum depth of 17 metres is ensured next to them, KN will be able to receive more and larger vessels.  Reconstruction of the berths is planned to be carried out in several stages, doing the work in such a way that throughput is not disturbed. In the first phase, the Port Authority will invest EUR 22.52 million. In parallel with this project, the Port Authority is also implementing other public infrastructure improvement projects, such as pier reconstruction and dredging of the canal. All this will create even better conditions for KN to accept the largest tankers that can enter the Baltic Sea,” said Vidmantas Paukštė, Klaipėda State Seaport Authority Infrastructure Director and acting Director General. 

    After completion of the first stage, two more berth reconstruction stages are planned, each with an estimated duration of about two years. During Stages II and III, there are plans to reconstruct the berth infrastructure currently being used by installing Bolverk-type (anchored sheet pile) berth walls. Reconstruction of the breakwaters (port gates) and dredging of the ship canal to a depth of 17 metres are planned in parallel. Once the project is complete, KN will be able to receive vessels with a draught of up to 17 metres and increase throughput. 

    The new infrastructure project will be subject to the highest safety and environmental standards and will incorporate progressive technologies that will make the process even more efficient and expeditious without interfering with the stevedoring process during the reconstruction.
    “Reconstruction of the KN-managed berths is being planned in close coordination with the KSSA and other parties – we are striving to ensure that the work being done has no impact on the services we provide to our customers and that we are able to receive tankers at two berths throughout the duration of the project,” emphasises Mr Šilenskis. 

    The cost of the Stage I works assigned to KN comes to just over EUR 1.7 million. Stage I reconstruction work is scheduled to begin within a month.




2019 September 21

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15:14 Eastern Shipbuilding launches the C.D WHITE for E.N. Bisso & Son
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2019 September 20

18:41 Vostochny Port joins Coordinating Council on Trans-Siberian Transportation as its permanent member
18:22 IAA PortNews offers photo release from 'Development of Icebreaking and Support Fleet' conference held on NEVA 2019 zero-day
18:05 Global Ship Lease announces new five-year $268 mln credit facility for debt refinancing
17:24 Vostochny Port’s harbour services fleet presented at dedicated conference in Saint-Petersburg
17:05 F. A. Vinnen places entire fleet with Verifavia Shipping & Rina for IHM services
16:50 Helsinki Shipyard (Finland) to build two liners for polar cruises
16:35 COSCO SHIPPING Ports announces disposal of interest in various port assets and possible disposal of Taicang Terminal and Jiangsu Petrochemical Terminal
16:21 ABB presents electric power and propulsion solutions for icebreaking vessels at NEVA 2019
16:05 Port of Los Angeles protects overall clean air gains
15:19 Port of Riga rapidly increases volume of handled wood pellets
14:53 South Korean port to slash passenger vessel emissions with ABB shore power
14:15 Krasnoye Sormovo launches Pola Pelagia, dry cargo carrier of Project RSD59З, for Pola Rise
13:30 Damen Shipyards Group is ready to ensure construction of electric water buses for rivers and canals of Saint-Petersburg and Russia
13:12 MSC Cruises and Fincantieri unveil further details of MSC Seashore at coin ceremony
12:24 Victor Olersky sees promising future of electric river passenger ships in Saint-Petersburg and in Russia
12:09 Algoma Central Corporation announces agreement to acquire Croatian-built vessel
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11:09 GTT obtains Approval in Principle from Bureau Veritas for the Mark III Flex technology on ice-breaking LNG carriers
10:52 IBIA and S&P Global Platts collaborate to help shipping industry comply with IMO 2020
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10:09 Van Oord and Shell test the use of biofuel on trailing suction hopper dredger HAM 316
09:50 State Duma ratifies Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea
09:33 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.20% to $63.73, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.98% to $58.7
09:25 Lloyd’s Register, China Merchants, GTT, CNOOC, DSIC form jv to design LNG-fuelled VLCC
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is down to 2,192 points
08:58 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, Sept 20

2019 September 19

18:04 Bibby Marine Services takes the next step to optimize walk-to-work operations
17:56 Marinet approves Poseidon maritime cyber security project
17:37 American Ethane reveals plans to order 17 VLECs
17:34 Wärtsilä’s Board of Directors decided on the distribution of the second dividend instalment
17:22 Marinet approves T2OT project for high accuracy positioning of seagoing vessels
17:04 VARD secures advanced stern trawler contract with Luntos
16:50 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 14,328 in RF spot market
16:34 Zeebrugge port authority invests in new 1,071 meter quay wall
16:04 RINA to classify Swedish Maritime Administration fleet
15:53 Marinet set to establish exports support center in Finland in 2020
15:34 MacGregor secures orders worth more than EUR 20 million for projects in Europe and Asia
15:05 Wärtsilä foresees a lower result for 2019
14:31 North Pole ice-resistant platform presented by Admiralteiskie Verfi at NEVA 2019
14:09 ABS announces LNG Cargo Ready notation for ethane carriers at Gastech 2019
13:46 Hyundai Heavy Industries receives AIP for new LPG carrier design
13:03 Bunker prices go up at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:40 ABS and AEC сollaborate on newbuild VLEC fleet
12:17 Murmansk Sea Fishing Port handled 171,200 tonnes of cargo in 8M’2019, down 28.5% Y-o-Y
11:58 PortNews-TV offers video on naming ceremony for PortNews tanker
11:36 International symposium on Anthropogenic Underwater Noise held in Hamburg on 10 September
11:09 LR awards DSME AiP for 98,000 m3 VLEC design with High MnA steel tank
10:42 Ships of RF Navy’s Caspian flotilla take part in Tsentr 2019 maneuvers
10:09 Singapore and Panama ink MoU to strengthen maritime relations
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09:49 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Sept 19
09:33 Baltic Dry Index is down to 2,266 points
09:18 ABS grants AIP for two next generation gas carrier designs

2019 September 18

18:26 SGRE confirmed member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices in 2019
18:03 MOL repays existing loans through issuance of project bond for FPSO charter project