• 2020 January 15 12:50

    Preparation for Finland’s first National Transport System Plan continues

    The preparation for Finland’s first National Transport System Plan continues. The Ministry of Transport and Communications says it presented the draft objectives for the Plan at a seminar on 10 January 2020.

    “The planning process is at an important stage. The end result depends very much on the guidelines for the objectives, and the action plan for the National Transport System Plan will be based on the set objectives,” says Minister of Transport and Communications Timo Harakka.  He chairs the parliamentary group steering the preparation of the Transport System Plan.

    During the planning process, the Finnish transport system will be examined from transport networks to services, and a shared vision will be established on how the system is to be developed and financed over the next 12 years. With the National Transport System Plan, a long-term perspective can be adopted to transport policy. 

    “So far the needs regarding the transport system have been reviewed by government terms. This is the first time we will create a National Transport System Plan for a period of 12 years. That is a way to promote well-being throughout Finland in a long-term and predictable manner,” Minister Harakka says.

    The Ministry of Transport and Communications will collect views from different actors on the draft objectives for the Plan. The feedback will be submitted to the parliamentary steering group, which will set the objectives in February.

    As the basis for discussion, the steering group has drafted the following objectives for the National Transport System Plan:
    1. The functioning of the labour market areas will be further developed by improving accessibility between urban areas.
    2. The international accessibility of Finnish regions will improve.
    3. The efficiency and reliability of transport will be improved.
    4. The accessibility of workplaces and services by means of sustainable transport modes will improve and the growth of the passenger vehicle kilometrage will level off in urban regions.
    5. The level of road safety will improve and approach the safety level of other modes of transport and the EU’s zero scenario.
    6. The socio-economic efficiency of the transport system will improve.
    7. The share of sustainable modes of transport will increase and greenhouse gas emissions from transport are moving towards the national transport emission reduction target.
    8. The transport system enables the full utilisation of essential information and new technologies.

    During the current year, the action plan for the National Transport System Plan will be prepared interactively with various actors. On 10 March, regional events will take place in Helsinki, Lappeenranta, Rovaniemi and Vaasa. At the events, the Ministry of Transport and Communications will request views for the preparation of the action plan. Participants invited to the events by the Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment will include representatives of companies, organisations and municipalities
    In autumn 2020, the draft Plan will be finalised and its effects will be assessed. The Plan will be submitted as a report to Parliament in early 2021, after which the Government will decide on the matter.

    In addition, the Ministry of Transport and Communications is currently requesting comments on how the impacts of the transport system plan should be assessed. The deadline for comments is 24 January 2020.

    The transport system comprises the transport network and services; support functions for the transport system, such as data and traffic control; and all transport modes: road, railway, water and air transport.

    The National Transport System Plan, on the other hand, includes an action plan on how the transport network will be planned, constructed and maintained, and what kind of transport and mobility services will be purchased. The Plan will include a twelve-year government funding programme.

    The first National Transport System Plan will be drafted for 2021–2032, and it should be ready by spring 2021.

2020 September 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
17:36 DNV GL – Maritime releases the fourth edition of its Maritime Forecast to 2050
17:15 KNUD E. HANSEN introduces new design of icebreaking expedition cruise vessel
16:56 Vyborg Shipyard lays down processing trawler of KMT02.03 design
16:35 "NextGEN" shipping decarbonization concept mooted for green and efficient navigation
16:19 USC and KOMEA create Russia-Korea shipbuilding and ship equipment cluster
16:05 Hopper Dredger First to Sail 2,000 Hours on 100% Sustainable Marine Biofuel
15:34 Boudewijn Siemons appointed as new Port Authority COO
15:10 The largest LNG-powered container ship joins CMA CGM Group's fleet
14:58 Lead nuclear-powered icebreaker of Project 22220, the Arktika, heads out for Murmansk
14:23 Release of containers at Port of Antwerp will be digitalized
14:17 Gazprombank to loan EUR 522 for construction of floating LNG storage units
13:22 Konecranes to start cooperation negotiations in Germany and Finland in its Industrial Equipment business area
13:00 Ships of RF Navy’s Black Sea Fleet participated in Kavkaz-2020
12:38 Bunker market sees mixed price movements in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:15 Dogger Bank wind farm places record-breaking turbine order boosting local jobs
11:49 BIMCO adopts the industry’s first ship sale and leaseback standard
11:46 Operation of Novosibirsk gateway completed in navigation season of 2020
11:20 Rosmorport prepares tender documentation to continue construction of international marine terminal in Pionersky
10:33 IAA PortNews’ webinar “All Ferries. Caspian Basin” scheduled for 30 September 2020
10:09 Port Houston container volumes down 4% to 248,630 TEUs in August 2020
09:55 New gas tanker form paves the way for revision of ASBATANKVOY
09:31 Oil prices are recovering
09:22 Keppel O&M secures two contracts worth approximately $200 million
09:14 Baltic Dry Index as of September 21
08:38 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Sept 22

2020 September 21

18:27 CMA CGM announces new PSS, FAK and GRR from Asia to North Europe
18:07 IUMI reports that marine cargo insurance market is “improving amid significant change”
17:43 BIMCO adopts the industry’s first ship sale and leaseback standard
17:21 CMA CGM Group launches “A Humanitarian Ship for Lebanon” campaign to ship emergency humanitarian aid
17:21 USCG prepares for storm, coastal flooding along Texas coast
16:37 Fire on fast rescue craft onboard the M/V Siem Diamond
16:14 LR and the NPL partner on marine autonomy assurance
15:56 FESCO’s container train links Saint-Petersburg and Vladivostok
14:45 Point system developed in Russia for estimation of local content in shipbuilding
14:10 Nakilat transitions LNG Al Rekayyat to in-house management
13:33 Average spot market price for Russian M100 product fell to RUB 12,512 pmt
13:04 Work commences on Phase-2 wharf revetment and land reclamation at Port of Kaohsiung's 7th Container Terminal
12:59 Algeciras, Amsterdam, Lisbon and Puertos del Estado shortlisted for 12th ESPO Award
12:22 Towing of seagoing tugboat Andrey Stepanov along Northern Sea Route completed
12:01 Fincantieri launches the first patrol vessel for Qatar
11:00 BeHydro dual-fuel hydrogen engine awarded Approval in Principle by LR
10:39 Remote audits discussed to avoid further disruption to audit schedule
10:02 Philippine Ports Authority launches COVID-19 contact tracing system for all port users, community
09:41 Oil prices are slightly up
09:23 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Sep 21
09:08 Baltic Dry Index as of September 18

2020 September 20

16:27 Innovative vacuum cleaner removes plastic from nature reserve in the port of Antwerp
15:33 Master and chief engineer plead guilty in MV Funing case
14:07 World’s largest LNG bunkering vessel arrives in Rotterdam
12:38 Austal Australia delivers 7th GCPB
11:14 ABS to class another four VLEC for Zhejiang Satellite Petrochemical
10:49 MBZ and Boluda Towage Europe ink the 5-year concession agreement for providing sustainable towage service in the Port of Zeebrugge

2020 September 19

15:04 Vroon to recycle three PSVs
14:11 Limited openings at Erasmus Bridge for tall vessels
13:46 The construction of Finnnline's second hybrid ro-ro vessel started
12:33 USCG offloads estimated $216 million of cocaine, marijuana at Port Everglades