• 2019 December 10 15:52

    Baltic States aim to implement Rail Baltica project in rapid and coordinated way

    The Baltic States aim to implement the “Rail Baltica” project in a rapid and coordinated way. The Ministers of Transport and Communications of the Baltic States discuss the progress of the project and its implementation management at the meeting being held today in Riga.

    “We are pleased Lithuania is already able to present the results of the “Rail Baltica” project to the public and business. It is important for us, the three Baltic States, to coordinate actions and strengthen joint management of the project so as to avoid delays. It is important to achieve the goal of establishing the “Rail Baltica” line of common technical parameters and implementing an interoperable railway project”, – Jaroslav Narkevič, the Minister of Transport and Communications, says.

    The Ministers of the Baltic States name insured insufficient investments of the European Union funds in the “Rail Baltica” as one of the biggest threats to keep up with the planned work schedule.

    “We are dependent on funding from the European Union, and ensuring maximum funding for the project in the coming EU financial perspective is critical. We are worried about the interim results of the negotiations of the long-term EU budget of 2021-2027. According to the estimates, up to € 1.1 billion could be allocated to “Rail Baltica”, but another EUR 2 billion is needed. Discussions with the EU institutions on how we will implement this priority EU project are necessary at the highest level”, – Jaroslav Narkevič, the Minister, points out.

    In order to ensure the smooth implementation of the “Rail Baltica”, Lithuania also proposes to strengthen the project management. It is proposed to depoliticize the “RB Rail” and create a high-level format of the responsible ministries solving political issues of the project implementation.

    Despite discussions on coordination of further implementation of the project, Lithuania is successfully implementing the planned works and has made the most significant progress in the implementation of the “Rail Baltica” project among the Baltic States. The procedures of land acquisition for public use – the “Rail Baltica” railway line from Kaunas to the Lithuanian-Latvian border have already been completed. Over 1.700 deeds of acquisition of lands for public use have been signed, and the total land area formed for public use amounts to 1.245 ha. In its scope and terms of performance, this is the first such case in Lithuania.

    The government initiated four spatial planning processes for the “Rail Baltica” project, on which basis the route of the “Rail Baltica” project will be established throughout Lithuania, including the Vilnius-Kaunas connection, until 2021.

    Currently, the design of the road sector from Kaunas to the Lithuanian-Latvian border is being drawn up. Already next year it is planned to procure “Rail Baltica” infrastructure construction works for the road section from Kaunas towards the Latvian border.

    Active contract works are being carried out in Kaunas transport network. When the European railway line reaches Kaunas intermodal terminal, it will open the way for business to use the opportunities of the “Rail Baltica”.

    In cooperation with the Ministry of National Defence, a dialogue is being held with NATO partners on the use of the “Rail Baltica” infrastructure for military mobility and the possibilities of military equipment movement to Kaunas are being evaluated.

    In order to accelerate the implementation of the “Rail Baltica” in all three Baltic States, it is envisaged to agree on clear progress criteria that can be assessed at the meeting of the Baltic Prime Ministers at the end of each year.

2021 January 20

18:54 Galeon Yachts announce new outboard model
18:15 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Red Sea to North Europe & the Mediterranean
17:46 Håkan Agnevall assumes the position of CEO of Wärtsilä on 1 February 2021
17:16 SMM DIGITAL to stream conference programme online free of charge
17:01 GTNS supports 4th International Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” as its Sponsor
16:42 U.S. blacklists oil tankers for undermining Venezuela sanctions
16:00 Krasnoye Sormovo shipyard launches dry cargo carrier Vladimir Latyshev
15:24 Port Houston presents 2040 Plan
15:07 RF Navy’s patrol boat "Yaroslav Mudry" conducts exercises in the sea ranges of the Baltic Fleet
14:45 Amendments to increase safety proposed to Finland's Water Traffic Act
14:26 Polaris sets off for the Bay of Bothnia as the season’s third icebreaker
14:02 First vessel certified with Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard by LR
13:41 SMM DIGITAL: Leading international maritime trade fair to stream conference programme online free of charge
13:23 Port of Los Angeles to reward container terminals for higher truck productivity
13:02 Dublin Port throughput increases by +7.6% in Fourth Quarter of 2020
12:35 Seaports of Okhotsk Sea and Tatar Strait increased their throughput by 4.4% YoY
12:21 Port of Zeebrugge container volume up 10.3 percent in 2020
12:10 CMA CGM announces PSS for cargo from India to North Europe & the Mediterranean
11:43 Rosmorport’s icebreakers completed over 2,400 pilotage operations in freezing seaports of Russia this season
11:18 Global Ports’ consolidated marine container throughput for the full year 2020 increased by 6.6%
10:54 Damen signs with Svitzer for ASD Tug 3212
10:54 Capacity of Russian seaports in 2021 to be increased by 50 million tons
10:30 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Jan 20, 2021
10:12 Cryogas-Vysotsk reaches LNG milestone of one million tons
09:51 Crude oil prices rise on optimism driven by economy support
09:33 Bunker market sees mixed price movements at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:16 Baltic Dry Index as of January 19

2021 January 19

18:05 Wärtsilä signs a 5-year long-term service agreement with leading Chinese dredging company
17:44 Ventspils Universal Cargo Terminal maintains stable cargo turnover
17:25 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from the Middle East Gulf to North Europe and the Mediterranean
17:00 Annual German Maritime Forum to be held as a digital event on 28 January 2021
16:35 Austal launches VOLTA series of electric-powered high speed ferries
16:15 Market leader in bioplastics chooses port of Rotterdam
15:58 Zvezda starts building second LNG tanker of new ARC 7 class series
15:42 MES-S completes delivery of 87,000 dwt type bulk carrier to OCEAN JADE
15:11 ABS-Classed Suezmax is world’s first ammonia ready vessel
14:41 7th Port Planning & Development Asia Summit to be held live online on 2-5 March 2021
14:20 Alfa Laval joins forces with marine industry players to accelerate decarbonization
14:19 Throughput of port Kavkaz in 2020 rose by 13% Y-o-Y
13:56 Infocus International to hold online course on LNG business in 2021
13:18 Szczecin-Świnoujście Port complex reports on cargo handling in 2020
12:55 Russian Fishery Company demonstrated high results in 2020
12:23 RF Navy’s frigate "Admiral of the Fleet Kasatonov" makes business call at port city of Algeria
12:00 Samskip to start new container service between Amsterdam and Dublin
11:49 Beloomut hydrosystem to begin operation in April 2021
11:04 Over 10,000 frontline maritime personnel to receive COVID-19 vaccinations by end January
10:51 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Jan 19, 2021
10:46 Costa Toscana floated out at Meyer Turku shipyard
10:20 DP World Antwerp Gateway orders fleet of Automated Stacking Cranes from Konecranes
10:12 BPA: Vaccine prioritisation needed for the unsung heroes of the UK ports sector
09:34 GTT receives its first order of 2021, from a SHI for the tank design of a new LNG carrier
09:27 Oil market sees mixed price movements
09:09 Baltic Dry Index as of January 18

2021 January 18

18:56 CMA CGM applies Local Port Charges for USA imports/export
18:26 The Valencia Containerised Freight Index rises 4.19% in December 2020
18:06 71 vessels were repaired at the “Bibiheybat” Ship Repair Yard in 2020
17:45 Klaipeda State Seaport Authority signs contract for shipping canal dredging
17:26 Hanseaticsoft’s Cloud Fleet Manager endorsed by Singapore government to help shipping companies accelerate their digitisation
17:16 Busan Por secures logistics base in Indonesia
16:47 SCF’s LNG carrier Christophe de Margerie completed her eastbound voyage carrying cargo of LNG along NSR