• 2019 December 23 10:37

    Port of Riga and Port of Amsterdam CEOs discussed issues important for European ports

    Last week, the Port of Riga was visited by Gert Jan Nieuwenhuizen, the CEO of the Port of Amsterdam, to meet Ansis Zeltiņš, the CEO of the Port of Riga, says press center of the Port of Riga Authorities. Current challenges faced by the European ports are related not only to rapid changes in the global cargo flows, but also to increasing introduction of smart port solutions, as well as environmental considerations. Some of the topics discussed by both parties include digitization of ports, smaller environmental impact and cooperation with residents of neighboring districts. As these issues are important both for the large Western European ports, as well as the Baltic ports, Amsterdam’s experience could be of use to plan development at the Port of Riga.

    As to cargo turnover, Amsterdam is the fourth largest port in Europe and is considered to be one of the most digitally advanced. “We have incorporated all services provided by the Port of Amsterdam in one management system. This system ensures that such services as tugging, mooring and many others are efficiently provided. As everything happens in the same place, the complicated information transfer system is not any more needed,” explains Gert Jan Nieuwenhuizen, the CEO of the Port of Amsterdam.

    Amsterdam can boast outstanding performance as a smart port. For example, parking of trucks in the facilities of the port is coordinated digitally. The same applies to planning barge movement through locks, or booking a berth or a mooring place. As a result, all customers can plan their operations better and protect their fleet from water traffic jams that tend to develop in such busy ports as Amsterdam. Customers can also pay for port services via a mobile app. Even Amsterdam’s taxi drivers can log into the port’s information system to find out at which birth cruise ships will arrive. The port has also launched a programme for developing floating drones. Comprehensive digitization also offers new opportunities that allow to solve environmental problems that are related to port operations.

    “We are one of the environmental leaders and do everything possible to reduce the environmental impact of the port. In this regard, we face the same challenges as the Port of Riga. Our ports are located in an urban environment, where you always have to try to find the right balance between business and people. In this respect, we have to cooperate and jointly find solutions,” claims the CEO of the Port of Amsterdam.

    Amsterdam has already implemented a range of projects to reduce pollution and noise from port’s operations. Use of more environmentally friendly fuels like natural gas and hydrogen is encourage both in road and maritime transport. At the end of November, the Port of Amsterdam received the first barges fully powered by electricity. The representative of the Port of Amsterdam continued about introduction of environmentally friendly solutions, “Many years ago we introduced a tariff policy to facilitate more environmentally friendly transport. We prefer to support, not punish. Operators that power their fleet with electricity, hydrogen or natural gas, can enjoy lower port tariffs.”

    The CEO of the Port of Amsterdam also believes that the decision to discontinue handling the coal by 2030 made two years ago is another important step towards better environment. “It was quite an unusual Board decision, which made a lot of noise,” remembers the CEO. As to the volume of handled coal, the Port of Amsterdam is the second largest port in Europe. Its share of the total cargo turnover amounts to one third. However, the management of the port is convinced that 10 years would be enough to replace the coal with alternative goods.

2020 May 27

18:36 Nexans wins major subsea HVDC cable contract from Greece's Ariadne Interconnection S.P.S.A
18:06 The lock gate of the Pierre Vandammelock at the port of Port of Zeebrugge gets decoupled and transported to the inner harbour for renovation works
17:36 Sales of “Honesty” - device to measure the level of liquid in tanks - exceeds 1,000 units
17:06 ZIM posts Q1 2020 results
16:58 NOVATEK-Murmansk obtains resident status at Advanced Special Economic Zone
16:31 Transport Ministry addressed with proposal to introduce criteria for coal ports to be acknowledged as dedicated ones
16:04 UN agencies call for urgent action on crew changes and keyworker designation for sea and air workers
15:59 Cai Mep International Terminal welcomes maiden call of TP17 service
15:13 Traficom extends validity of certain seafarers’ competency and proficiency certificates
14:37 Krasnoye Sormovo shipyard launches Pola Agata of Project RSD59
14:02 First global standard for ship hull cleaning essential for marine ecosystems
13:44 Experts consider development of autonomous shipping as advantage for seafarers
13:29 Introduction of autonomous cargo carriers en masse expected within five-ten years
13:02 DEME Offshore successfully completes the inter-array cable laying works at the SeaMade offshore wind farm
12:45 Industry experts discussed trial project on unmanned navigation in Russia
12:30 Multipurpose Reloading Complex in Ust-Luga: environmental performance conforms with standards
12:01 Payment term for sea port dues remains 30 days for the time being in the Port of Rotterdam
11:03 Wärtsilä upgrades the SCANTS Simulation Complex to provide advanced training at the United States Coast Guard Academy
10:32 Alexeev’s Hydrofoil Design Bureau launches fifth Valdai 45R hydrofoil for Nizhny Novgorod Region
10:05 Oil prices decrease by 0.17%-0.32%
10:03 HMM Algeciras, the largest container ship worldwide, on its way to Rotterdam
09:44 Baltic Dry Index on May 26
09:18 Bunker prices continue going up at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia
09:11 CMA CGM announces Overweight Surcharge (OWS) from Asia to the Mediterranean & Black Sea
09:02 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, May 27
08:19 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Crystalia with Glencore

2020 May 26

18:32 Diana Shipping signs a term loan facility with ABN AMRO Bank to refinance two separate existing loans with the bank
18:06 Jotun hull skating solutions tested by Wallenius Wilhelmsen
17:31 Bunker prices are going up at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
17:05 CMA CGM ends PSS for exports from West Med, North Europe, Scandinavia & Poland, Baltic, Italy Adriatic & Black Sea to Mayotte, Seychelles, Comoros & Madagascar outports
16:30 Damen announces Electric Cutter Suction Dredger 650
16:05 Aker Solutions starts CCS test program at Preem refinery in Sweden
15:35 Norsepower Rotor Sail installation completed on Scandlines ferry in just hours
15:01 Baltiysky Zavod lays down forth 60-MW icebreaker of Project 22220
13:59 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and LNG Terminal Wilhelmshaven sign a contract to build and charter an LNG terminal ship
13:42 RF Government approves Customs Service Development Strategy till 2030
13:15 Rospotrebnadzor issues guidelines on prevention of COVID-19 spread for sea and river passenger ports and terminals
12:37 Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard starts cutting steel for construction of first passenger ship of Project А45-90.2
11:58 Vostochny Port invests RUB 850 million in completion of wind and dust protection facilities
10:40 A.P. Moller - Maersk, DSV Panalpina, DFDS, SAS and Ørsted join forces on an ambitious sustainable fuel project
10:04 Oil prices rise by 1.97%-3.43%
09:49 Cai Mep International Terminal welcomes the first maiden call of TP17 service deployed by 2M alliance
09:43 4 Caspian Ports discussed joint measures to combat COVID-19 pandemic
09:21 LUKOIL installs accommodation platform jacket at v.i. Grayfer field
08:47 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, May 26

2020 May 25

17:46 Transit cargo flow by Primorye 2 ITC to Zarubino port surged by 64.8%
17:20 Wilson ASA enters into agreement with Arkon Shipping to strengthen European presence
16:42 Oboronlogistics took part in RF Transport Ministry’s meeting
16:18 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO rose to RUB 6,405 in RF spot market
15:55 RF Government bans imports of diesel and marine fuel
15:30 Second shallow-draft dry cargo barge of Project RDB20, Belmax 10, floated out
15:04 Upgrading of Wärtsilä FuelFlex Injection Control Unit enables reliable operation with low-sulphur fuels
14:14 UN must persuade governments to adopt crew change protocols or risk ‘humanitarian disaster’ - ICS
13:14 Port of Melbourne appoints Shaun Mooney to lead commercial operations
12:13 APM Terminals Algeciras connects to the national 66KV energy network
11:51 Global Ports handles first batch of BMWs in Saint Petersburg under its contract with ROLF SCS
11:33 Russia's Main Department of State Expertise approves construction of MSCC Bronka terminal
11:00 Drone delivers package to vessel in the port of Rotterdam for the first time
10:55 Austal Vietnam launches first vessel - 94 metre catamaran ferry for Trinidad and Tobago
10:12 C&C Marine and Repair increases its production capacity