• 2018 May 16 13:02

    HELCOM and VASAB validate efforts on maritime spatial planning in the Baltic Sea region, advance new concepts during key meeting in Helsinki

    Earlier in May, the joint HELCOM and VASAB Maritime Spatial Working Group met in Helsinki at the Ministry of the Environment of Finland to advance the agenda on maritime spatial planning (MSP) in the Baltic Sea region, HELCOM said in its press release.

    The major themes addressed were strengthening the ecosystem-based approach in MSP, evaluating the progress of the regional MSP roadmap by 2020, and coordinating regional policy in MSP in a wider context of maritime policies.

    Maritime spatial planning (MSP) seeks to optimize the use of the sea, addressing both the ecosystem and maritime activities such as shipping and fishing, and taking into account the needs of all Baltic Sea stakeholders.

    During the meeting, the group acknowledged that "MSP is a powerful tool assuring sustainable exploitation of marine resources." It also agreed to contribute to the update of the Baltic Sea Action plan (BSAP), as stated in the outcome document of the meeting.

    Participants recognized the significant progress in MSP achieved in the region. All countries signatories to the Helsinki Convention currently have maritime spatial plans in place, with some already revising their first generation schemes. Unlike terrestrial plans that have been around for quite a while, maritime plans are still a novelty worldwide.

    In the Baltic Sea region, national maritime spatial plans are elaborated in an open and transparent way. They are subject to regular international consultations based on guidelines developed by HELCOM-VASAB MSP group and the Espoo Convention.

    To strengthen this process even further and assure compatibility of spatial plans at the regional level, the group agreed during the meeting to elaborate guidelines for international consultations on MSP data output.

    Another key item on the meeting's agenda was the ecosystem approach in maritime spatial planning, integrating all aspects of the marine ecosystem into MSP.

    The group is currently advancing the concept of green infrastructure and blue corridors which integrates valuable components of the marine ecosystem into the planning such as fish spawning areas, migration routes, benthic biotopes and coastal zones.

    The aim is to foster sustainable use of marine resources and to protect the marine ecosystem, as well as to strengthen the connectivity between and coherence of marine protected areas (MPAs).

    This work will be done in close cooperation with representatives of fisheries and environmental authorities. The cooperation will follow a timetable and work plan to be elaborated by the HELCOM VASAB MSP group, to better coordinate regional activities and to elaborate a regional tool for practical use of the green infrastructure concept in MSP.

    Furthermore, the group agreed to update the HELCOM recommendation on coastal zones management, in particular to strengthening its linkage with maritime spatial planning.

    The 16th Meeting of the joint HELCOM-VASAB Maritime Spatial Planning Working Group (HELCOM-VASAB MSP WG 16-2018) was held in Helsinki, Finland, from 8 to 9 May 2018 in the Ministry of the Environment of Finland.

    The meeting was organized back-to-back with the first international consultations on maritime spatial plans which are being developed in Finland.




2019 January 17

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17:28 Global Ports sets up a common service call centre
17:09 EFIP welcomes and supports the European Parliament position on the Connecting Europe Facility for 2021-2027
17:05 North Sea Port monitoring the Brexit closely
16:44 ABP invests £700K to boost storage at Port of Ipswich
16:27 Global fuel market: still many uncertainties in both demand and supply
16:22 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and the Mediterranean
16:05 OCEAN Alliance extends duration of OCEAN Alliance to ten years
15:42 COSCO SHIPPING Ports signs agreement with PSA to add two new berths at the terminal in Boao, Hainan
15:31 Liebherr supports the 6th International Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
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14:02 SEACOR Marine enters agreement to acquire three additional platform supply vessels from affiliates of COSCO Shipping Group
13:49 Throughput of Chinese ports grew by 4.2% to 9.22 billion tonnes in 2018
13:32 Jensen Maritime provides design for Shaver Transportation’s new tugboat
13:14 OOCL rolls out third phase of Ocean Alliance product refinements
12:50 Baltic Ports Organization’s schedule for 2019 is set
12:38 Port of Los Angeles breaks all-time cargo record in 2018
12:26 Qatar accedes to load lines convention
12:01 Sunseeker International and Rolls-Royce to present first production yacht with MTU hybrid power in 2020
11:51 Bunker prices continue going down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
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11:25 Nor-Shipping reveals stellar line-up for Ocean Leadership Conference
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10:03 Brent Crude futures price down 0.34% to $61.11, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.54% to $52.03
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2019 January 16

18:36 Kongsberg Gruppen enters into an agreement with Rome AS to divest Kongsberg Evotec
18:06 Seaspan Corporation announces the closing of the second tranche of the $1 billion aggregate investment commitment by Fairfax
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17:36 Rolf A. Sandvik resigns as CEO of The Fjords
17:06 Digging begins in construction of new Antarctic wharf
16:52 Throughput of Russian seaports in 2018 grew by 3.8% Y-o-Y to 816.5 million tonnes (detalization)
16:31 IMO’s polar communication and navigation equipment guidance to be finalized
16:14 COSCO Shipping Lines launches Ocean Alliance 2019 service products
16:10 Ice restrictions at Passenger Port of Saint-Petersburg come into effect on January 25
16:05 Realogis publishes market report on the letting of logistics properties and industrial sites in the greater Hamburg area for 2018
15:46 Ice restrictions at Big Port of St. Petersburg come into effect on January 25
15:33 Verifavia Shipping cements leadership position for EU MRV and IMO DCS IT system certification
15:22 Throughput of Makhachkala Commercial Sea Port almost doubled in 2018 to 2.5 million tonnes
14:57 Houston, Texas will host the 3rd LNG USA Summit on 26-27 February 2019
14:31 Milan, Italy will host the 2nd Small-Scale LNG Summit on 12 February 2019
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13:25 Société Générale and MPA Singapore join SEA\LNG Board
12:58 Vladivostok Sea Fishing Port handled 4.54 million of cargo in 2018, up 14% Y-o-Y
12:33 VEB team got acquainted with Zvezda SBC production
12:09 ABS Advanced Solutions and Fleet Management Limited partner on cyber security
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10:52 3 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 15-16
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09:57 Brent Crude futures price down 0.02% to $60.57, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.03% to $51.97
09:41 CMA CGM OCEANIA LINES - PAD service to resume weekly rotations
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2019 January 15

18:18 WMU investigated how the global transport industry will change as a result of automation and advanced technologies
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