• 2019 February 11 11:43

    Baltic ports within the TEN-T policy on the agenda at the European Parliament

    Baltic Ports Organization’s annual Lunch Debate at the European Parliament, hosted once again by Merja Kyllönen, Member of the EP, was held on February 5th at the seat of the EP in Brussels, Belgium. BPO says this year the discussion covered the recent status of Baltic ports within the TEN-T policy and possible future outlook for the period of 2021 – 2027.

    The budget for CEF II was at the top of the list of items discussed at the meeting. Funding via the Connecting Europe Facility is crucial for many ports, as it presents them with a tangible source of money, allowing them to expand and keep developing, in turn, staying competitive in a very dynamic sector. The Baltic Ports Organization (BPO) has kept a close eye on the allocation process of CEF II funds since the distribution of funding available through CEF I raised some questions for the maritime industry in the region. This year’s debate helped to assess the current position of port-related projects within the budget and put forward recommendations aimed at a more even allocation of financial aids.

    The unique place of the ports as a part of the logistics chain and their importance to local and national economies has also been stressed. The policymakers expressed the need for the ports to better communicate their needs and pledged support in order to fully capitalize on their potential. Merja Kyllönen, host and Member of the EP, said after the meeting: 
    “Future CEF policy and the Baltic ports are an important issue. How can we deeply connect together energy policy, transport, and digitalization to a wide co-project? We have huge challenges with climate change, decarbonization, circular economy, multimodality needs, and connectivity. Ports can be the leaders and middle cross points in this development. Moreover, for that, we need to understand the importance and meaning of the ports in all our member states and in European policymaking. Ports are the core heart of our transport area and we need to put them on the top of our financing plans too in the world of projects”.  

    In order to help achieve all these goals, the BPO prepared a set of recommendations for CEF II, published as a report last year and available upon request. These touch upon the specific needs of Baltic ports, resulting in part from a variety of unique, regional conditions. The aforementioned needs may be linked to strict environmental restrictions, to which the maritime transport sector in the region must adhere or the comprehensive status of numerous Baltic ports and their importance for sustaining the efficiency of short sea shipping. Both aspects require careful consideration as neglecting them could lead to the Baltic ports becoming less competitive than their counterparts in other regions. 

    The constant and rapid growth of the Baltic ports cannot be denied, and the EU’s support is needed to maintain it. Kimmo Naski, Chairman of the BPO, referred to this aspect in his comment, also mentioning the importance of a well-developed network of hinterland connections: 
    “The BPO lunch debate was an excellent occasion to learn the latest developments when it comes to the EU budget for the period of 2021-2027. Baltic ports have been growing steadily over the last years. Some ports will invest in new port infrastructure in order to meet the expected demand. The Baltic ports form together a model port region in terms of sustainability, efficiency, and co-operation, but we also need to be well connected with land infrastructure and comply with high environmental standards. We hope that the future EU budget for transport infrastructure (CEF II) and the TEN-T Policy will facilitate investments in modern and smart port infrastructure”.

    Other topics broached during the meeting included the role of the EU Corridor Coordinators and their future plans, as well as the main challenges faced by the TEN-T policy in view of its expected revision.




2019 August 17

14:24 Kinder Morgan announces additional projects to enhance capabilities at Houston Ship Channel Facilities
13:31 Damen Shipyards Cape Town joins Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association
12:28 CMA CGM announces rate restoration for Asia to West Africa trade
11:32 APL informs on voil sailing on Asia-Indian Subcontinent Service in August
10:58 Pre-commissioned USCG's Cutter Midgett makes second cocaine seizure within five days

2019 August 16

18:16 Port of Vyborg volumes in Jan-Jul plummet 29% to 687,700 tons
18:06 Hapag-Lloyd announces rates from East Asia to North Europe and Mediterranean
17:36 Norwegian Encore leaves MEYER WERFT's building dock
17:06 Balltec secures North Sea decommissioning contract from Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland
16:35 Canada Infrastructure Bank signs MoU with the Port of Montreal on Contrecoeur port expansion project
16:05 Vår Energi AS awarded an EPCI contract to Rosenberg Worley AS
16:03 Low-sulphur marine fuel sales by Gazprom Neft in the first half of the year increased by 11% to 121,400 tonnes
15:48 Samsung Heavy to advance smart ship technology in cooperation with equipment producers
15:36 Throughout of oil port Primorsk in Jan-Jul 2019 increased 14% to 35.74 million tonnes
15:14 New mid-year record for container volumes through the Port of Vancouver
15:11 USCG repatriates 25 migrants to the Dominican Republic
14:27 Port of Vysotsk throughput in January-July rose 7% to 11.14 million tonnes
14:10 Austal signs A$126 mln contract to export two Cape Class Patrol Boats
13:14 Seven-month cargo volumes of Port of Ust-Luga increase 10% to 62 million tonnes (update)
13:05 NORDEN signs multiple long-term global contracts
12:05 APM Terminals Poti to implement uninterrupted 24/7 operations
11:39 Port of St. Petersburg seven-month volumes rise 2% to 35 million tonnes (update)
11:05 Steel cutting ceremony for the next AIDA LNG cruise ship at MEYER WERFT
10:48 Tekmar Energy selected for Formosa 1 Phase 2
10:44 Port of Hamburg seaborne cargo throughput up 4.1 percent to 69.4 million tons in H1 2019
09:55 Crude futures prices tend upward again: Brent Crude rises to $ 58,88, WTI – to $ 55,16
09:34 Baltic Dry Index leaps 97pts to 2047 points
09:27 Bunker prices show mixed movements at Port of St. Petersburg
08:41 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Aug 16

2019 August 15

18:48 Seven-month box throughput of Ukraine’s seaports leaps 20% to 545.800 TEUs
18:05 Huntington Ingalls Industries announces leadership changes at shipyards
17:05 Scandlines installs Norsepower’s Rotor Sail solution on board hybrid ferry
16:43 Kinder Morgan announces additional projects to enhance capabilities at Houston Ship Channel facilities
16:35 Kalmar service expertise to enhance safety, performance and productivity at OPCSA’s Las Palmas terminal
16:33 Global Dredging Forum in London to address all current aspects of capital and maintenance dredging as expansion opportunity
16:05 Wilhelmsen Ship Management awarded two supramaxes from Stove Shipping AS
15:47 Neste introduces a new IMO2020-compliant low-sulphur marine fuel
15:43 Stena Bulk's CEO appeals directly to the Leaders of India, Russia, Latvia & the Philippines
14:33 Rotterdam Polymer Hub construction starts
14:20 A.P. Moller - Maersk reports strong improvements in earnings in Q2
14:01 Tuapse Sea Commercial Port JSC 1H net profit drops 3.3 times to RUB 1bn
13:52 Port of Oslo speaker to join Int'l Baltic Transport Forum, Sept. 11
13:05 RS supports PortNews сonference on icebreaking and service fleet, to be held prior to NEVA-2019 trade fair
13:02 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Africa
12:06 LUGAPORT terminal construction kicks off at Port of Ust-Luga
12:03 MOL transports fire engines to Paraguay
11:03 Jan De Nul bags 600MW Kriegers Flak contract
10:17 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Mediterranean
10:01 Crude futures prices continue to decline: Brent Crude – to $ 59,09, WTI – to $ 54,92
09:57 Latest frigate Admiral Kasatonov enters shipbuilder’s trials final phase
09:12 Baltic Dry Index leaps by 4.61% to hit 1950-pts mark
08:42 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Aug 15

2019 August 14

23:00 Sergey Mazokhin takes helm at Nordic Engineering JSC
18:09 Icebreaker Novorossiysk escorts Silver Explorer along the Northern Sea Route
18:05 OOCL revises Trans-Pacific service
17:23 Moscord to add Schneider Electric Marine Product Line
16:35 Wärtsilä turns to startups to help solve some of the biggest problems in the maritime industry
16:05 Round table on import substitution in Russian shipbuilding sector slated to be held on August 29 in St. Petersburg
16:04 HHLA H1 2019 performance report: growth with sustainable success
15:33 Wilhelmsen Ship Management awarded two supramaxes from Stove Shipping AS