• 2018 October 16 14:03

    Lithuanian Railways, Metrans and the Port of Hamburg strengthen relations

    The Port of Hamburg and Metrans Group are intensifying their links with Lithuanian Railways. Axel Mattern, Joint CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing, and Egidijus Lazauskas, Deputy Director-General and Director Freight Traffic for Lithuanian Railways, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Vilnius to strengthen cooperation on the routes to and from the Port of Hamburg. In addition, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG - HHLA’s intermodal subsidiary Metrans, and Lithuanian Railways signed a Letter of Intent to promote and improve cross-border freight flows.

    For years, the Lithuanian economy has been experiencing a tremendous upswing. In the first quarter of 2018, the Confidence Index maintained by the Lithuanian Statistics Office reached its highest level for ten years. With extremely full order books and capacity utilization already at a high level, Lithuania’s companies will be steeply increasing their investments in new machinery, plant and buildings. In addition, there are the subsidies from the European Union (EU). The Lithuanian Ministry of Finance sees these as doubling in 2018 on last year.

    Seaborne freight transport between the Port of Hamburg and Lithuania set a fresh record last year, with around 128,000 standard containers setting a fresh record and producing a 7.8 percent upswing on the previous year. However, rail also plays a big part in freight services between Hamburg and Lithuania. The partners in the new cooperation attach special importance to implementation of the Rail Baltica and East-West Transport Corridor infrastructure development projects.

    Rail Baltica is a rail link planned to run from Warsaw via Kaunas and Riga to Tallinn – with a ferry or tunnel connection to Helsinki. EU member states Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland are involved. Only in June this year, HHLA acquired the largest Estonian container/multi-functional terminal, Transiidikeskuse AS in Muuga, near Tallinn. Against this background, HHLA’s Metrans subsidiary is especially interested in the Rail Baltica rail corridor for boosting links between its new Baltic terminal in Estonia and the Metrans network. Rail Baltica will be built using the normal 1,435 mm gauge customary in Western Europe rather than the Russian broad gauge of 1,520 mm; it will extend at least 950 kms. “With its important role and its location on the new Rail Baltica, Lithuania offers tremendous potential for closer cooperation with the Port of Hamburg,” says Marina Basso Michael, Port of Hamburg Marketing’s Head of Market Development for the Baltic Region and Eastern Europe.

    Lithuanian Railways transports freight along tracks with gauges of both 1,520 mm and 1,435 mm in various directions. Freight traffic is mainly with Byelorussia, Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Poland, Kazakhstan, China, Turkey, Germany, Scandinavia and Italy. The company runs modern intermodal terminals in Vilnius, Kaunas and Šeštokai, where it not only loads containers and semi-trailers, but also offers additional services such as issuing transport/Customs documents and container storage. “We are constantly pursuing new business opportunities abroad and Germany is one of our most important foreign markets. We see great potential there. We hope that cooperation with the Port of Hamburg and Metrans will open up fresh opportunities for the Lithuanian economy, which requires rapid, efficient and environment-friendly freight traffic through the East-West transport corridor,” said Egidijus Lazauskas of Lithuanian Railways.

    In future the Port of Hamburg and Lithuanian Railways will exchange market-related data, promote inter-market deals with joint marketing activities, and cooperate in developing and implementing logistics projects. “Lithuania is a constantly growing partner in the Port of Hamburg’s hinterland. So a partner-like relationship is of great importance,” added Axel Mattern, Joint CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing.

    HHLA’s wholly-owned subsidiary Metrans and Lithuanian Railways will be stepping up cooperation in future at operational level. Metrans Group owns and operates 14 transhipment terminals in the main regions of Europe. Joint intermodal projects will aim to boost the efficiency of rail freight services.

    “Through this cooperation with Lithuanian Railways, we aim to further expand our European intermodal network and promote the link between Lithuanian handling facilities and our own. Especially in Eastern regions with broad-gauge networks, we see great potential still. Here the focus of our activities is on opening up new transport corridors and expansion of rail transport between China and Europe,” said Metrans CEO Peter Kiss when the Letter of Intent was signed in Vilnius.




2018 November 14

18:37 Savannah achieves all-time record in October 2018
18:20 Sovcomflot concludes USD 149 million project credit facility with leading European banks
18:06 NYK and YLK jointly hold training program for staff from around the world
17:57 Organizers of “Dangerous cargoes: new transportation requirements” conference determined subjects to be discussed
17:36 Northwest Seaport Alliance adopts budget for 2019
17:07 DEME’s cutter suction dredger ‘Spartacus’ launched at the Royal IHC shipyard
17:06 Port of Rotterdam Authority wins 2018 ESPO Award
16:40 NIBULON’s fleet masters transportation of bulky cargo
16:38 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Maia with Glencore
16:18 A.P. Moller - Maersk reports Q3 2018 results
15:48 1.348 million cbm to be dredged in Azov-Don River Basin this year
15:20 Stolt-Nielsen, Golar LNG and Höegh LNG announce joint $182 mln investment in Avenir LNG
14:56 World's most eco-friendly bulk carriers Viikki & Haaga operate in Baltic Sea
14:20 CHI Zhoushan is ready for LNG carrier repairs
13:37 DeloPorts published its operating results for Q3'2018
13:29 Damen Shiprepair Curaçao floating dock operational
13:15 Global Ship Lease announces new charter at increased rate
12:59 LUKOIL drilled second well in Eastern part of Yury Korchagin field
12:33 USC: aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov to be out of repair on time
12:01 NYK introduces its initiatives of green bond
11:55 Clean water projects receive $3 mln from Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners
11:28 Navigation on Neva arms in Saint-Petersburg to close on November 15
10:45 IMO holds training for OSR officials in Myanmar
10:21 Brent Crude futures price down 0.29% to $65.28, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.45% to $55.44
10:02 GTT notified by Hyundai Heavy Industries for the tank design of a new LNG Carrier
09:59 STX receives AiP from LR for LNG-fuelled 50k dwt MR tanker
09:40 Bunker prices at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia returned to September level (graph)
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,064 points

2018 November 13

18:06 Navios Containers seeks to list on a U.S. stock exchange
17:53 BIMCO adopts 2020 bunker clauses
17:34 CMA CGM to revamp its CIMEX 2K2 service
17:11 Nevsky Shipyard takes part in «Transport of Russia» exhibition
16:56 NOVATEK shipped first LNG cargo to CNOOC
16:34 KOTUG and Petroconsult join forces to establish KOTUG PETRO Maritime (KPM)
16:20 Training on oil spill preparedness and response held for countries in eastern Africa
16:04 Diana Shipping announces the sale of a Panamax dry bulk vessel
15:55 Throughput of port Kavkaz in 10M’18 grew by 19% Y-o-Y to 42.6 million tonnes
15:34 Royal IHC wins KNVTS Ship of the Year for SCHELDT RIVER
15:03 Damco launches a dedicated warehouse for Barry Callebaut and inaugurates a new facility in the heart of Poland
14:41 MAN Cryo to design and deliver LNG regasification terminal
14:25 LUKOIL reports preliminary operating data for Q3 and 9M’2018
14:03 COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry and GTT sign agreement for LNG carrier repairs
13:42 Alfa Laval wins two orders to supply Framo pumping systems to oil platforms in the North Sea
13:13 HH Ferries Group officially inaugurates two battery-powered passenger ferries
12:48 BIMCO launches survey to highlight biofouling management
12:24 HHLA container throughput up by 1.0 percent in the first nine months of 2018
12:07 Torqeedo reveals new products for electric mobility on the water
11:51 Bunker prices are still high in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:22 Throughput of port Riga (Latvia) in 10M’18 climbed by 6.5% Y-o-Y to 29.9 million tonnes
10:53 RF Navy's training ship Perekop returns from distant cruise
10:29 Brent Crude futures price down 1.04% to $69.39, Light Sweet Crude – down 1.33% to $59.13
10:10 ABP invests £1 million in Port of Lowestoft as part of energy hub vision
09:44 National maritime transport policy training held for Mexican officials
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,125 points
09:07 Valencia Containerised Freight Index rises 2.57% and stands at 1,105.61 points
08:07 ERMA FIRST obtains USCG type approval for ballast water treatment system using FILTREX filters
07:18 Long Beach cargo volumes up 5.4 percent in October 2018

2018 November 12

18:01 Major ASW ship Severomorsk of RF Navy's Northern Fleet participates in Russian-Japanese exericse in the Gulf of Aden
17:42 Maritime Administration of Ukraine announced selection of 13 seaport captains
17:04 Maersk Line announces FAK rates from Northern Europe to Middle East and ISC