• 2018 July 17 14:44

    Baltic Ports Conference 2018 will focus on financing, economy and energy supply

    On 6-7 September, 2018, policymakers, industry experts and various other stakeholders will meet in Szczecin, Poland, to take part in the annual Baltic Ports Conference. The event is a key item on Baltic Ports Organization’s agenda and has long served as a platform for exchanging knowledge and experience between the members of the European and Baltic maritime community.

    This year’s edition of the Baltic Ports Conference will tackle multiple issues currently relevant to the maritime sector in the Europe and the Baltic region. From a thorough market overview and its impact on maritime transport, through the examination of various financial instruments supporting the development of port infrastructure to the role of ports as energy hubs.

    The event will kick off with a session dedicated to economy and trade in Central Europe and the Baltic region. An overview of the current state of the market, along an analysis of its impact on the European maritime transport sector, will be delivered by Peter Heyman Andersen of Ramboll. His speech will be followed by a closer look at Brexit and its aftermath and all that it entails for the European port sector. The analysis will be presented by Mark Simmonds, representing the British Ports Association.

    Economy will remain one of the topics after the coffee break, especially as seen the point of view of port investments and how they correlate with the state of economy in the region. Considering this year’s location chosen for the conference, the impact of a country’s economical and industrial development on the port sector will be further examined with Poland as an example. An experts’ panel, including representatives from BCT Gdynia, DCT Gdańsk, as well as the Ports of Szczecin-Świnoujście, Tallinn and the Port Authority of Centre-North Tyrrhenian Sea will round-up the session.

    The day’s last session will cover one of the key topics for the transport sector in Europe – the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) II proposal for the period of 2021 – 2027. The EU budget for the upcoming period and the surrounding discussion is of great importance for many ports, as it presents an opportunity to start many projects essential to their continuous development. Other financing instruments will also be featured, with Mark Clintworth of the European Investment Bank exploring incentives for small scale port development. Representatives of the European Commission, ESPO, the Finnish Ports Association and the Ports of Turku, Trelleborg, Rostock and Riga will offer their insights before the end of the first day of the conference.

    After an exciting networking dinner, filled with live music and other attractions, the delegates will once again assemble in the conference hall at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Szczecin, for the second day of speeches and discussions. During the first session, the speaker will explore the idea of a port as a modern age energy hub and how it can act as a gate to the regional and global energy market. Additionally, the audience will be presented with an overview of financing opportunities available to ports for financing energy-based infrastructure projects.

    Energy will remain at the center of attention during the day’s second session, in particular its supply as an incentive for new investments in the ports. Energy transition is an important topic these days, not just for the maritime sector. We will try to find out how ports should approach the transition, especially considering EU’s energy policy. The session will end with a practical example, with Paweł Jakubowski of Polskie LNG explaining the LNG terminal in Świnoujście can become a door to the CEE gas market.

    The conference will conclude with a study tour to the LNG terminal in Świnoujście, offering a unique view into its inner workings.

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2018 October 16

15:44 LUKOIL starts construction of facilities at Rakushechnoye field
15:22 Throughput of port Vysotsk in 9M’18 climbed by 6% Y-o-Y to 13.69 million tonnes
15:03 Avatar Logistics initiates cooperation with Sand & Grus AB Jehander and buys the vessel MS Jehander
14:41 Throughput of port Ust-Luga in 9M’18 declined by 5% Y-o-Y to 72.38 million tonnes
14:20 CMA CGM announces GRR from Far East to West Africa
14:03 Lithuanian Railways, Metrans and the Port of Hamburg strengthen relations
13:52 Throughput of Port St. Petersburg up 12% to 44.22 million tonnes in 9M’18
13:06 Scorpio Bulkers announces update on scrubbers
12:39 Project 22800 small missile ship Burya to be floated out on 23 October
12:13 Rolls-Royce and Intel announce autonomous ship collaboration
11:55 The Port of Riga outlines a vision for future development of Spilve Meadows
11:31 Ørsted selects GeoSea for Borssele 1 & 2 foundation and turbine transport and installation
11:14 Jan De Nul will dredge access channel to Guayaquil Port
11:11 RF Navy’s Baltic Fleet detachment completed tasks in Mediterranean Sea
10:59 Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam celebrates 70 years and bids farewell to director Frits van Dongen
10:50 Detachment of RF Navy's Pacific Fleet completes visit to Republic of Korea
10:28 WMU holds needs assessment workshop in Jordan
10:02 Brent Crude futures price up 0.31% to $81.03, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.11% to $71.86
09:43 IMO ​pushing forward with tackling greenhouse gas emissions
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,584 points

2018 October 15

18:23 MOL joins hands with partners to launch FOCUS project
17:59 Moscow to host a conference on construction of LNG-powered and LNG bunker ships on October 24
17:46 Algoma announces cancellation of Croatian newbuilds contracts
17:05 Klaveness Combination Carriers AS registered on NOTC
16:56 Tall ships arrive at Port of Ipswich as part of 'Race of the Classics'
16:37 Coast Guard ends search after plane crash victims bodies are located
16:20 Krasnoye Sormovo shipyard delivers 8,140 DWT Pola Fiva, fifth dry cargo carrier of Project RSD59
16:04 DNV GL leads consortium to update Carbon Trust Floating LiDAR Roadmap
15:34 East Mediterranean projects take steps towards adoption of alternative fuels
15:04 NYK approves Japan Climate Action Summit declaration
14:51 Wärtsilä LNG solutions featured on environmentally advanced cruise ship
14:35 Coast Guard sets port condition X-ray in Georgia, South Carolina
14:17 Andrey Shunin appointed as General Director of Caspian Energy Management
13:28 Cooperation for sustainable shipping in the Mediterranean
12:41 ACL christens its newest G4 vessel, the Atlantic Sun
12:13 Kongsberg Digital and KPMG launch new complete cybersecurity partnership for the maritime industry
11:55 Nevsky Shipyard took part in Offshore Marintec Russia
11:19 ABS leads industry discussion on digitization, safety and compliance
11:12 New shipping route links Gdansk and Scandinavia
10:51 Port of Gdansk considered as transport hub for Slovakia
10:29 Brent Crude futures price up 1.21% to $81.4, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.04% to $72.08
10:10 Tuco Marine Group to build a multipurpose first responder boat for Hovedstadens Beredskab I/S
09:53 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,579 points
09:34 Gazprom and Shell discuss next steps in Baltic LNG project
09:15 Throughput of port Helsinki (Finland) in 9M'18 up 8.4% Y-o-Y to 11.38 million tonnes (table)
08:07 PIL terminates all calls to Iran due to US sanctions
07:06 ChainPORT hackathon held for the first time simultaneously in the ports of Antwerp and Los Angeles
06:16 Vinalines posts profit of US$900,000 in the first nine months of 2018

2018 October 14

09:19 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Africa
09:17 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Mediterranean
09:16 Port of Corpus Christi moves record tonnage in first nine months of 2018
09:12 Port of New Orleans receives Excellence Award for Master Plan

2018 October 13

09:06 OOCL fleet moves forward to meet IMO 2020 regulation
09:04 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Europe
08:56 Algoma announces cancellation of Croatian new build contracts
08:54 Panama Canal sets record annual cargo tonnage in fiscal year 2018

2018 October 12

18:07 Port of Antwerp on track for sixth record year
17:36 Strengthening of Kaliningrad seaway canal's embankment included in Russia’s territorial development strategy through 2025
17:08 Stena Bulk in partnership with Bay Crest Management for expansion in Asia
16:04 Groundbreaking ceremony marks start of work at DP World Berbera in Somaliland