• 2017 July 14 17:53

    First version of the HELCOM ‘State of the Baltic Sea’ report is now available

    The comprehensive HELCOM overview of the state of the Baltic Sea follows up on the status of the Baltic Sea environment, saying that management is improving but that the environmental objectives of the Baltic Sea Action Plan will not be reached in time.

    The 'State of the Baltic Sea' assessment, now made available as a first version for consideration, is an outcome of a large scale collaboration among Baltic Sea countries. It provides a scientific evaluation of the environmental status of the Baltic Sea during 2011-2015, and assesses pressures and impacts from human activities, as well as social and economic dimensions, in the entire Baltic Sea.

    The summary report, and its underlying material, can be accessed via its dedicated website. The next step will be to subject it to a regional consultation carried out by HELCOM. The final report will be published by June 2018, and will include one additional year of monitoring data.

    The assessment is based on an extensive set of materials, including the HELCOM core indicators and Baltic-wide maps, covering aspects such as eutrophication, contamination, marine litter, underwater noise, fishing, hunting, and effects of habitat loss. The assessment of benthic and pelagic habitats, fish, marine mammals, and birds indicate that biodiversity status is inadequate for most assessed species, and that continued efforts to support biodiversity are of key importance.

    The results are made available for use in analysing progress in relation to the goals of the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan, namely: to achieve a good environmental status in the Baltic Sea. They will also provide background for negotiations in the next HELCOM Ministerial Meeting to take place on 6 March 2018 in Brussels under the European Union chairmanship of HELCOM.

    Additionally, the assessment results are available for national consultation in EU Member states, forming a regional umbrella report for reporting under the EU Marine Strategy Framework directive. The assessment can also provide a baseline for future work to reach UN Sustainable Development Goals.

    The 'State of the Baltic Sea' is a regionally coordinated assessment and a major undertaking of all Baltic Sea countries as well as the European Union. The results are the outcome of the committed work of HELCOM experts and national representatives, whom have developed and worked to improve a regionally agreed on monitoring and assessment system, used as a shared knowledge base for developing Baltic Sea environmental management.

    The State of the Baltic Sea assessment is carried out by the HOLAS II project (2014–18). The project develops common concepts and methods for the status assessment based on core indicators, creates and tests the tools for aggregated results, and performs assessments at a regional scale. The development of the assessment methods is supported by other projects, including a number of EU-co-financed projects.

    HELCOM is an intergovernmental organization made up of the nine Baltic Sea coastal countries and the European Union. Founded in 1974, its primary aims as a governing body are to protect the marine environment of the Baltic Sea from all sources of pollution, as well as to ensure safe maritime navigation. The official name of HELCOM is the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission; it is the governing body of the Helsinki Convention.

    HELCOM Heads of Delegation, nominated by the Contracting Parties to the Helsinki Convention, which are the nine Baltic coastal states as well as the EU, usually meet twice a year. The highest decision-making body of HELCOM, the Annual Meeting, convenes usually in March. Approximately every three years the Commission meets at ministerial level.




2019 July 23

19:02 Diana Shipping announces continuation of time charter contract for m/v Myrto with Cargill
18:04 Port of Southampton welcomes growing numbers of 'green' vessels
17:43 ASCO ships continue to work on Absheron gas condensate field
17:13 HII successfully completes builder’s trials for LHA 7
17:09 Arrival of bridges for Theemswegtracé, Port of Rotterdam
16:51 Nakhodka Trade Sea Port invests RUB 1 billion in construction of water treatment facilities
16:30 Bunker prices go up at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
16:29 SGRE conditionally awarded largest U.S. offshore wind power order to date: 1.7 GW from Ørsted and Eversource
16:06 Zvezda to save RUB 200 million with its innovating welding technology
15:35 SUR recommends seafarers avoid employment on ships bound for Middle East
15:14 Siemens Gamesa will supply the SG 4.5-145 for its first nearshore project in Vietnam
14:07 Marine Recruiting Agency took part in event dedicated to compliance with labour legislation
13:43 LUKOIL produces over 15 million tons of oil at Vladimir Filanovsky field
13:20 ACO Marine completes the installation and commissioning of a Clarimar MF-10 wastewater treatment plant
12:56 Ferry Tõll reconstruction into hybrid ship
12:24 Muscat, Oman to host 2nd Gas & LNG Middle East Summit on 2-3 December 2019
12:00 Hapag-Lloyd announces rates from Indian Subcontinent & Pakistan to North Europe
11:58 GTT receives two new orders from Hyundai Heavy Industries and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries
11:40 Barcelona to host European LNG Infrastructure Development Summit on 21-21 October 2019
11:22 Rotterdam to host 4th International Green & Smart Shipping Summit on 8-9 October 2019
10:58 Pella launched lead medium refrigerator trawler SKORPION of project 1701
10:25 RS: follow-up to the conference on the rules for fishing vessels
09:57 AEC at the 8th Symposium on The Impacts of an Ice-Diminishing Arctic on Naval and Maritime Operations
09:34 Baltic Dry Index is up to 2,191 points
09:33 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, July 23
09:19 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.17% to $63.37, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.11% to $56.28
08:01 Nexans qualifies high voltage cable to world record water depth to create power connection across a Norwegian Fjord

2019 July 22

18:06 Dorset’s Intermarine UK lands steel fabrication deal to increase capacity at Portland Port
17:58 Port of Zeebrugge volumes grow by 12.5 % in first semester of 2019
17:48 MS VASCO DA GAMA welcomed at Ostseekai for maiden call
17:19 Port of Kiel welcomed cruise ship “Marella Explorer”
16:55 ‘A British first’ cruise call for Port of Southampton
16:29 Damen to prepare Stad Amsterdam for ‘green ambassador’ role
15:47 Akademik Pashin tanker arrived at the port of Murmansk
15:14 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 8.1% to 9.06 million TEUs in Jan-June’2019
14:51 Port of Singapore throughput in Jan-June’2019 climbed by 0.6% to 315.17 million tonnes
14:28 JAXPORT sets container and auto records through first three quarters of fiscal year 2019
13:53 Throughput of port Helsinki (Finland) in Jan-June’19 fell by 6.1% to 7.14 million tonnes (table)
13:29 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in Jan-June’2019 fell by 6.5% Y-o-Y to 23.7 million tonnes
12:56 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 17,248 in RF spot market
12:32 London to host 19th Vessel Efficiency & Fuel Management Summit on November 27-28
12:10 Turbine assembly begins for the WindFloat Atlantic project
11:55 Hamburg to host ACI’s Digitalisation in Shipping: Europe 2019 on October 9-10
11:24 NOVATEK closes Arctic LNG 2 transaction
11:10 APM Terminals Maasvlakte II increases rail service to major inland logistics hub
11:04 Seadrill secures contract for the West Polaris in Southern Asia
10:30 ASCO ships continue working on Absheron gas condensate field
10:08 Port of Oakland freight hauler testing two more electric big rigs
09:55 International Finance Corporation visited NIBULON’s facilities
09:36 Brent Crude futures price is up 1.63% to $63.48, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.08% to $56.23
09:32 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, July 22
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is up to 2,170 points
09:07 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Middle East Gulf
08:00 SCANEX Group offers video presentation of geoinformation services for maritime industry
07:42 Parkwind and Jan De Nul start works for the 219 MW offshore wind farm off the Belgian coast

2019 July 21

16:31 USCG begins investigation into three tugboats sinking
15:18 Tolent kicks off construction of Triton Knoll’s new base on Grimsby’s Royal Dock
14:48 ONE launches new direct service between South East India, Mediterranean, and North Europe
14:37 Major milestone met on Moray East Offshore Windfarm project
13:04 Odfjell SE sells its ownership share of terminal in Jiangyin, China