• 2020 March 30 14:28

    BPO and BTJ prepared overview of measures introduced in ports and shipping lines within Baltic Sea region

    The Baltic Ports Organization (BPO), in cooperation with the editorial team at the Baltic Transport Journal (BTJ), recently prepared an overview of measures introduced in the ports and shipping lines in the Baltic Sea region (BSR) since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, BPO says in a press release.

    One of the main takeaways from the report, is the fact that all ports in the region stay operational and were very quick in responding to the restrictions applied by governments and governmental agencies. Ports play an essential role in maintaining the uninterrupted flow of cargo, which is absolutely crucial in times of a worldwide crisis.

    In order to limit the possible impact on their operations, ports implemented a variety of measures, e.g. splitting their docker workforce into separate shift teams, isolated from each other and strict safety rules for other employees, including having as many as possible work from home.

    In terms of an economic impact and cargo traffic, majority of the Baltic seaports are yet to be highly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some ports are expecting a noticeable decrease across certain areas of their operations, such as vehicle logistics, due to manufacturing plants either shutting down or having difficulties sourcing materials or container traffic, following a general GDP contraction worldwide, leading to smaller import/export volumes.

    Up till now, passenger traffic suffered the most. Closure of national borders led to both ferry and cruise traffic evaporating virtually overnight. Despite the fact, that a number of ferry services have been put on hold, there hasn’t been an instance of sea trade being completely suspended between any two countries. While the final end-year outcome concerning freight traffic is hard to predict, the Baltic port passenger market will, in all probability, have to sustain a heavy blow in 2020.

    Bogdan Ołdakowski, Secretary General, BPO, said:
    “Baltic ports have proven during this extraordinary situation, that they are very flexible and are quickly adjusting to restrictions, thus securing smooth transshipment of freight across the sea borders. Continuous supply of goods, including medical products, food and other daily products is critical for our societies. BPO would like to thank the dockers and other port employees for their efforts in these difficult times. It is their hard work that allows the ports to stay open.”

    The report also features a rundown of the restrictions introduced by countries in the BSR. In order to keep the economies running and provide the citizens with necessary supplies, cargo traffic is being maintained all across the region. No lockdowns on freight movement have been introduced.

    European institutions are working on measures aimed at protecting the proper functioning of the EU single market, as well as schemes thanks to which companies, finding themselves in a tight spot because of the pandemic, may stay afloat.

    BPO will continue to follow the impact of COVID-19’s pandemic on the ports and shipping markets in the Baltic providing actual insight for BPO members and maritime industry.

2020 June 5

18:21 Mezhregiontruboprovodstroy appointed as sole contractor for construction of Utrenny terminal
18:05 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Europe to Indian Ocean Islands
17:35 Teesport welcomes largest containership
17:05 EUROGATE Intermodal appoints Christopher Beplat as a new managing director
16:50 Russian Railways: Loading of export cargo bound for domestic ports up 6.4% in May 2020
16:35 DNV GL performs over twenty remote wind turbine inspections globally in times of COVID-19 related-travel restrictions
16:05 Gasum performs first LNG bunkering to Heerema’s Sleipnir
15:28 Acquisition and recapitalisation of Royal IHC finalised
14:18 First of two Austal's 118 metre trimarans for Fred. Olsen completes sea trials in Australia
13:56 Rosmorrechflot announces new competition for construction of Bagayevsky hydrosystem
13:29 Zvezda Shipyard stars cutting steel for yet another Aframax tanker
13:01 Keppel enters into framework deed with Borr Drilling to defer scheduled delivery of rigs
12:01 Port of Rotterdam Authority decides to hold RFT for transport service along Container Exchange Route
11:47 Yevgeny Ditrikh takes helm of STLC Board of Directors
11:04 The second largest container vessels in the world, now has its “Socarrat”
10:41 Oil prices rise within $1
10:28 Marseille Maersk sets up new record for the port of Rotterdam
10:23 Training exercise held with rescuers of RF Navy’s Northern fleet to assist emergency ship in the Arctic
10:00 RF Navy's oceanographic research vessel Admiral Vladimirsky entered the North Sea
09:39 Bunker prices rise at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia
09:18 Baltic Dry Index on June 4
08:46 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, June 05

2020 June 4

18:20 Wärtsilä to supply Europe's most modern simulator for inland shipping training
18:02 Dutch innovative app trains 10,000 process industry workers in Singapore during Covid-19 lockdown
17:47 Singapore Maritime and Ports Authority issues guidelines for crew change
17:25 Gasum performs first LNG bunkering to Heerema’s Sleipnir
17:02 China Merchants Group's emergency working group of the prevention and control of COVID-19 holds 20th meeting
16:34 Throughput of port Vysotsk in 5M’2020 fell by 24.2% Y-o-Y
16:02 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v G. P. Zafirakis with Koch
15:41 NS Power's crew rescues two people in the Andaman Sea
15:23 RS Rules update: hybrid propulsion
15:02 Grimaldi boosts its Italy-Greece connections
14:32 DNV GL and ABB launch new MOU to advance marine digitalization with a remote signing ceremony
14:02 150 trapped eels rescued at the Port of Gothenburg
13:48 Bunker price are stable at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
13:31 MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company extends the seasonal blanking programme on its Asia–Europe network
13:01 Wärtsilä offers new remote service to overcome Covid-19 travel restrictions
12:31 DEME to build the Scheldt tunnel
12:03 Havyard presents new design concept for zero-emission sightseeing vessels
11:45 Annual throughput of Murmansk Transport Hub to be raised to 100 million tonnes
11:23 Construction of automated gate complex commences at APM Terminals Aarhus
11:10 Port of Zeebrugge joins the International Port Community Systems Association
10:58 Jiangnan Shipyard and Gabadi teams complete construction of the first LNG tank as part of an LNG-fuelled container ship project
10:57 AS Tallink Grupp Statistics for May 2020
10:33 More departures added for Helsinki-Tallinn route vessel Star from 4 June 2020
10:11 Oil prices go down by 1.48%-2.06%
10:00 CMA CGM cancels Low Sulphur Surcharge from July 1st, 2020
09:52 Russia’s leading shipping companies suggest development of ATB services by the USA example
09:40 PIER71 launches Smart Port Challenge 2020 with New Venture Capital Partners for maritime tech start-ups investments
09:36 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, June 04
09:14 Baltic Dry Index on June 3

2020 June 3

18:25 Russia's Main Department of State Expertise approves construction of operational water area under Obskiy LNG project
18:03 Cargotec’s Kalmar and MacGregor to help drive development of connected automated waterborne transport through participation in AEGIS project
17:46 Rosmorport announced tender to reconstruct coastal facilities of Vanino-Kholmsk ferry service
17:24 RF Government approved allocation of RUB 60.5 billion for Russian Railways’ BAM and Transsib projects in 2020
17:02 THE Alliance announces COVID-19 response measures for July, August and September 2020
16:35 Russian Railways CEO says railway link with Murmansk to be restored by June 23
16:11 Transport route to link Quy Nhon Port with Northeast Asia
15:49 Rosatomflot completed escorting Vladimir Voronin gas carrier along the Northern Sea Route
15:33 Fincantieri and ENI extend an agreement in the field of circular economy and decarbonisation