• 2018 May 28 18:06

    BPO sewage reception workshop in Helsinki

    On May 24th, the Baltic Ports Organization (BPO) held a workshop dedicated to sewage reception, which took place in Helsinki, Finland. The workshop has been hosted by the Port of Helsinki and accompanied by a meeting of the BPO Environmental Working Group. The workshop featured a discussion focusing on Baltic ports’ input to the Best Practice Guidebook among a variety of other topics, BPO said in its press release.

    The workshop opened with an overview to recent amendments to the MARPOL Annex IV, which designates the Baltic Sea as a Special Area for sewage, presented by Jorma Kämäräinen, representing the Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Trafi). The restrictions, which foresee the obligatory discharge of sewage from passenger ships, will come into force on June 1st, 2019, for newly built vessels and June 1st, 2021, for existing ships.

    A practical example for the challenges linked to the topic of discharge of wastewater from ships has been given based on experiences gathered by the Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority HSY, introduced in a speech by Heli Lindberg. There are a number of factors that need to be considered when receiving wastewater, including risks related to occupational safety and health, odor emission or corrosion in concrete sewers due to high hydrogen sulphide contents released into the sewer and pumping stations.

    There is a broad range of treatment technologies being applied to newly built cruise vessels and one of the questions being currently raised is what portion of the black waters (sewage) will be treated onboard and discharged into the sea and how much will be delivered to PRF’s in ports. Dr. Wei Chan of Wärtsilä, mentioned in her presentation that shipowners would rather prepare to have both options for greater flexibility.

    Participants of the workshop also discussed ways for Baltic ports to contribute their experience and standards for handling of wastewater in ports to the Best Practice Guidebook. The Guidebook, prepared and showcased by Markus Joswig from the Testing and Development Institute for Wastewater based at the RWTH Unviersity in Aachen, is set to be published in October, 2018.

    The Baltic Sea region is home to a variety of different environmental regulations, resulting in a vast amount of knowledge amassed by the stakeholders active in the area. Therefore, Baltic ports and other members of the maritime sector in the region traditionally have a lot to share with their peers, which can benefit maritime communities all around the world.

    Bogdan Ołdakowski, BPO Secretary General, said: “The workshop gave an update on developments in Baltic ports when it comes to meeting the IMO regulation for sewage from passenger ships, especially when it comes to providing port reception facilities. We are glad that the Best Practice Guidebook is being prepared, as it will help the port industry to meet these PRF requirements. The topic of obligatory delivery of sewage from passenger ships remains one of BPO's main priorities as Baltic ports need to be adequately prepared for the upcoming deadlines and costs linked to the development of necessary infrastructure”.

    The discussion has also touched upon a couple different matters related to the topic of waste reception and waste treatment. Questions surrounding the future of Port Reception Facilities (PFR) after 2019/2021, fee system for sewage reception to recover the costs, changes to volumes and treatment of sewage from new big cruise ships, as well as actions to be taken by ports with a very low number of cruise calls throughout the year and no capacity to receive waste were also considered by the workshop participants. The impact of the revised EU Directive on PRF has been also discussed.

2020 September 24

18:37 Kongsberg Digital develops cloud-based simulators for maritime industry, with funds from Innovation Norway
18:07 Wärtsilä ranked first in UN challenge to fight climate change with big data
17:45 Alco Bio Fuel, Messer Benelux and IJsfabriek Strombeek once again invest in recycling CO2 in North Sea Port
17:20 World’s first subsea compression system passes five years in operation
17:12 Esben Poulsson reappointed as ICS Chairman for a new term
16:48 Okskaya Shipyard launches first multipurpose dry cargo carrier of Project RSD59 for Astrol
16:24 Severnaya Verf starts cutting steel for seventh trawler of Project 170701 for NOREBO Group
15:50 ASCO's vessel “Razul Rza” sent to outer waters after repairs
15:26 Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to invest in Sovcomflot, says RDIF CEO
15:02 Diana Shipping announces the sale of a Capesize Dry bulk vessel
14:39 Russian Railways launches regular multimodal service from China to Europe via the ports of Kaliningrad and Hamburg
14:17 MABUX releases its weekly review of bunker market
14:02 Fincantieri starts dry dock works for experimental vessel Zeus
13:40 Freeport of Riga Authority signs Declaration of Cooperation with Port of Shenzhen
13:21 IMO celebrates World Maritime Day 2020
13:08 Total and MOL officially name the world’s largest LNG bunker vessel
12:48 Bunker prices decrease in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:25 ZIM launches new China-Australia Express Line
12:11 Inmarsat Fleet Lte service coverage extended to Gulf of Mexico following successful trials with V.Ships Offshore
11:32 Ships of RF Navy’s Black Sea Fleet take part in "Kavkaz-2020" maneuvers
11:14 Port of Trelleborg offers their shipping customers reliable and fast internet with Nowhere Networks
11:13 "Tatarstan" missile ship of RF Navy’s Caspian Flotilla involved in "Kavkaz-2020" maneuvers
10:09 CTI-Maritec receives DNV GL approval for ballast water testing
09:57 Muuga freight station of Rail Baltica is to be designed by SWECO Projekt AS
09:36 MPC Container Ships ASA announces appointment of new CFO
09:29 Oil prices decrease amid concern over demand/supply imbalance
09:11 Baltic Dry Index as of September 23
08:40 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Sept 24

2020 September 23

18:15 HMM opens Fleet Control Centre
17:35 Stena develops a solution to use recycled batteries in charging stations at port
17:05 Philippine Ports Authority COVID-19 Molecular Testing Center for seafarers now operational
16:42 British Ports responds to reasonable worst-case scenario Brexit assumptions
16:17 Vestdavit wins contract to supply six Australian Navy patrol boats
16:03 ABB powers P&O super-ferries towards new sustainable transport era
15:43 Royal Niestern Sander orders SCHOTTEL thrusters for world’s first shallow-draught ice-breaking walk-to-work vessel
15:25 FESCO’s Board of Directors elected new Management Board
15:03 Kalmar’s fuel-efficient terminal tractor solutions selected by Yilport for fleet expansion at Puerto Bolívar and Gävle container terminals
14:47 RF Government to revise comprehensive plan for upgrading and expanding core infrastructure
14:30 U.S. Coast Guard awards four more fast response cutters to Bollinger Shipyards
14:01 ESPO expresses commitment of European ports to play their part in helping shipping sector decarbonise
13:28 Travelling by ferry between Finland and Sweden is now permitted without restrictions
13:19 Damen delivers ASD Tug 2810 to Thomas Service Maritimes
13:02 Van Oord’s Deep Dig-It trencher buries cables to 5,5 metres depth for offshore grid connection
12:44 Nakhodka Shipyard launched two self-propelled freight/passenger barges ordered by Kamchatka Transport Ministry
12:15 Construction of LNG transshipment facility in Kamchatka put under special control of RF Government
12:01 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Africa and to the Mediterranean
11:53 Maersk partners with IB Cargo to offer tailored logistics solutions for IKEA Supply AG in Romania
11:09 Konecranes wins Automation Service Contract in Indonesia
10:51 Bunker prices increase in the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
10:32 IAA PortNews offers photos from farewell ceremony for Project 22220 icebreaker Arktika leaving for Murmansk
10:13 BlueWater Reporting: Asia-South America trades sees high demand, equipment shortages
10:00 RF Government approves new NSR navigation rules
09:41 Oil prices decrease amid information about growing US reserves
09:29 Maritime Safety Committee adopts resolution on Recommended action to facilitate ship crew change
09:26 Baltic Dry Index as of September 22
09:12 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Sept 23
08:48 MPA and SMI launched a joint call for proposals on the electrification of harbourcraft in the port of Singapore

2020 September 22

18:24 FESCO launches new maritime service from ports of China and USA to Chukotka
18:06 Aker Solutions wins electrification work for Lundin Energy Norway
17:49 Onezhsky Shipyard launches yet another self-propelled hopper barge of Project NV-600