• 2017 March 14 11:32

    HELCOM adopts new recommendation to promote sustainable sewage sludge handling

    The new HELCOM Recommendation on sewage sludge handling outlines the basic principles for sewage sludge handling and the use of its valuable compounds in the Baltic Sea coastal countries. The Recommendation is a first step to promoting sustainable sludge handling. It paves the way for a regional dialog to create regionally agreed parameters assuring maximum utilization of the valuable components in the sludge while minimising potential negative effects, HELCOM said in its press release.

    Already in 2007, HELCOM adopted a Recommendation on municipal wastewater treatment which implementation has successfully reduced inputs of nitrogen and phosphorus to the Baltic Sea. In the largest waste water treatment plants at least 90 % of phosphorus and 70-80 % of nitrogen should be removed. Improving waste water treatment has resulted in generation of vast amount of phosphorus containing sludge. The new sewage sludge recommendation compliments the municipal waste water treatment recommendation by giving guidance on sustainable handing and utilization of sludge taking also into account the principles of circular economy and energy efficiency.

    The sewage sludge recommendation guides the safe handling of sewage sludge to prevent leaching of nutrients as well as hazardous substances and pathogens to the environment. It recommends reuse of the valuable components contained in the sludge, phosphorus in particular, and maximum utilization of its energetic potential through variable technological processes. The document also identifies basic principles for application of treated sewage sludge and products containing it in agriculture, land reclamation, green areas etc. to minimize negative impacts on the environment. The Recommendation encourages research and development of cost effectives solution as well as exchange of knowledge across the region.

    The Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission, usually referred to as HELCOM, is an intergovernmental organization of the nine Baltic Sea coastal countries and the European Union working to protect the marine environment of the Baltic Sea from all sources of pollution and to ensure safety of navigation in the region. Since 1974, HELCOM has been the governing body of the 'Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area', more commonly known as the Helsinki Convention.




2017 April 23

08:23 Freeport of Riga CEO position to be announced this week
08:20 MPI Offshore and Vroon Offshore Services collaborate to provide offshore services for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm
08:17 Christening of EasyMax vessel Egbert Wagenborg takes place
08:16 HRADF announces three improved binding financial offers for Thessaloniki Port Authority SA
08:11 Ocean Rig announces extension of Drill Rigs Holdings early consent deadline

2017 April 22

08:25 Norway is first to ratify 2010 compensation regime for Hazardous and Noxious Cargoes
08:03 Polarcus Amani delivered to Sovcomflot
08:01 Concordia Maritime charters two ECO MR tankers
07:59 DEME acquires new dredging contracts in Germany, France, UK and Spain
07:54 Two Damen companies to combine their specific skill sets
07:49 Ireland’s port traffic remains strong in 2016 despite challenging trading environment

2017 April 21

18:01 President of the Philippines visited RF Navy’s Varyag missile cruiser in the port of Manila
17:40 Shipbuilding cluster to be created in the Astrakhan Region
17:15 Bill on transit cargo transportation supported by RF Government with some comments and proposals
16:52 Commander of Varyag cruiser of RF Navy's Pacific Fleet had a meeting with Philippine Navy Commander
16:31 Gates on the Upper Volga can be opened ahead of schedule as requested by ship owners – Rosmorrechflot
16:06 Active search of crewmembers of dry cargo ship Geroi Arsenala is over in the Black Sea
15:48 Superficial structure of the Ice-Resistant Platform-2 escorted along the Volga-Caspian Marine Shipping Canal
15:24 CMA CGM announces GRI from Asia to Panama, the Caribbean and Cuba on PEX2 service
15:09 World's bunker market still in waiting mood, expert says
14:55 Indicative bunker prices are flat at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
14:23 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Africa trades
14:02 Navios Maritime Partners agrees to acquire 14-vessel container fleet from Rickmers Maritime
13:41 Moscow will host Midstream & Downstream Russia & CIS on 22-23 June, 2017
13:23 Siem Offshore announces charter contracts
13:02 EIB and ABN AMRO provide EUR 150 million to finance green shipping
12:57 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in QI’2017 up 1% to 3.14 mln t
12:31 ICTSI, DOTr launch the Philippine´s first container barge terminal
12:02 Throughput of port Vyborg up 9% to 251,800 t in QI’2017
11:44 Houston, USA will host 16th Vessel Efficiency and Fuel Management summit on 21-22 June, 2017
11:26 Court rejects Frontline's attempt to stop DHT's acquisition of VLCC fleet
11:26 Passenger Port of Saint-Petersburg signed about 120 agreements with tour operators by navigation season of 2017
11:07 Wagenborg's vessel Vlieborg receives innovative hull cleaning in the Port of Rotterdam
10:55 Baltic Fleet ships have passed the English Channel
10:42 Bollinger delivers the 23rd FRC to USCG
10:21 Brent Crude futures price up 0.21% to $53.10, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.24% to $50.82
10:00 The second new crane arrives to the Port of Koper
09:38 Bunker prices are flat at the port of Novorossiysk, Russia (graph)
09:19 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,243 points
09:07 DP World wins multiple categories at Golden Peacock Awards 2017
08:07 DHT Holdings, Inc. announces delivery of first VLCC from BW Group
07:13 Rolls-Royce to provide mooring system for Statoil’s oil platform Njord A

2017 April 20

18:26 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to Mediterranean
18:06 “K”Line provides ocean transportation of fire engines and ambulances donated to the Republic of El Salvador 
17:50 Throughput of port Primorsk up 6% to 16.45 mln t in Jan-March'17
17:36 Epic Gas announces acquisition of a vessel
17:12 Lotus shipyard lays down yet another dry cargo ship of Project RSD49 for Anship LLC
17:06 THE Alliance makes its first call to the Port of Philadelphia
16:53 Kalmar and Dublin Ferryport Terminals to enter ground-breaking cooperation in RTG automation
16:51 Organi integrates with inttra
16:49 Samskip Logistics acquires the activities of New Jersey-based freight forwarder Rimar Consultants
16:39 Sakhalin Energy offloaded the 500th crude oil cargo from the Prigorodniye Production Complex (photo)
16:34 Fincantieri delivers the frigate “Rizzo” to the Italian Navy
16:25 Damen orders its 110th crane from Liebherr and celebrates their 30-year relationship
16:16 The Court extends confinement of Valery Izraylit, Chairman of Ust-Luga Company BoD, till 21 July 2017
15:43 Photo release about the shipyard of DAMEN Shipyards Group (Netherlands) is available at IAA PortNews' Photo/Video page
15:18 In QI’2017 TransContainer transported 424,000 TEUs, up 23.7% Y-o-Y
14:54 Throughput of port Ust-Luga up 9% to 24.36 mln t in QI’2017
14:27 Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard lays down yet another ocean minesweeper of Project 12700 for RF Navy
14:02 MAN Cryo to supply fuel gas supply systems for LNG-powered Norwegian ferries