• 2019 March 15 15:46

    Finnpilot invests in safety work and the digitalisation of navigation

    Finnpilot says its cost-efficient operational model and the positive development in the number of pilotage assignments made it possible to retain the same pilotage prices during 2018. Numerous safety and digitalisation projects were implemented during the year. Customer and stakeholder satisfaction with the pilotage services remained at an excellent level.

    The calculated market share of piloted traffic, for all vessels visiting Finland’s coastal harbours, was 35.1% (2017: 32.5%). During 2018, Finnpilot handled a total of 25,616 pilot assignments covering 484,959 piloted nautical miles. In comparison to the previous year, the number of pilotage assignments increased by 5.6% and piloted nautical mileage by 5.5%. A total of 99.9% of all pilotage requests were fulfilled within the limits of the waiting times specified by service level objectives.

    According to the customer and stakeholder survey, satisfaction with the pilotage services has remained at a high level.  On a scale of 1–7 in the survey, Finnpilot’s operations received an overall rating of 5.9. In addition, the mPilot application enabled for the collection of direct customer feedback from the shipmasters of piloted vessels. On a scale of 1–7 in this application, the service of the pilot and the company’s activities received a rating of 6.8.

    As a result of the increased number of pilotage assignments and the cost-efficiency of its activities, Finnpilot Pilotage Ltd’s managed to achieve its best financial result since it became a limited liability company. Pilotage prices remained at the same level as the previous year. The turnover for this financial period was 40.3 million euro (2017: 38.1 million euro). The operating profit for the entire year was 3.6 million euro (2.6 million euro) and the net profit of the financial year was 3.0 million euro (2.2 million euro).

    Finnpilot’s tax footprint was a total of 13.2 million euro in 2018. At the end of 2018, the company had a personnel of 340 employees (2017: 330) and the personnel’s average full-time equivalent was 324 (2017: 315). The average age of the personnel is 51 years.

    Pilotage increases the efficiency and safety of maritime traffic along the challenging fairways of Finland’s coastline. The use of a pilot prevents exceptional situations that might, at worst, lead to serious accidents. During 2018, Finnpilot established a Safety group to process and manage all anomaly and safety observations.

    Following the pilot boat accident near Emäsalo in December 2017, all fast boats were fitted with emergency exits. During 2019, such exits will also be added to pilot cutters that are used in icy conditions. Our risk assessments, work guidelines and safety training for personnel were also developed. Finnpilot ordered the first self-righting pilot boat at the end of 2018. Finnpilot shares all information it gathers concerning the accident with other operators in the field for the purpose of increasing safety across the board.

    Finnpilot plays a strong role in developing the future of navigation and fairway manoeuvring as part of a broader ecosystem. An increasing amount of data will be collected from our activities and will be utilised to further the development of pilotage and other aspects of our activities. In accordance with its strategy, Finnpilot has continued the intense development of the ePilotage service concept. As part of the development of ePilotage, Finnpilot aims to implement the testing phase of remote pilotage during 2020.

2019 May 22

18:05 CMA CGM to resume the Bijagos Shuttle service
17:50 RF Government approves rules for collecting port investment dues from ship owners in Russian seaports
17:38 The University of Calabria and Finсantieri ink training agreement
17:05 CMA CGM PAD-Service delivers first Zespri kiwifruits to the port of Zeebrugge
16:44 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to South Africa
16:05 Jinling Shipyard in China orders 4 × MAN 51/60DF engines for Baltic RoPax newbuilding
15:31 Throughput of port Helsinki (Finland) in Jan-Apr’19 fell by 3.5% to 3.89 million tonnes (table)
15:09 Rob Grool appointed new CEO at ZEABORN Ship Management
14:45 CMA CGM to upgrade its EUROSAL XL service between North Europe, the Caribbean and South America West Coast
14:29 InterMoor wins 2 mooring installation contracts from COOEC
14:04 Comprehensive drill held at CPC Marine Terminal
13:28 Astrakhan branch of Ship Repair Center ‘Zvezdochka’ launches rescue towboat SB-427 for RF Defence Ministry
13:09 DOF, KONGSBERG, SINTEF Ocean and NORCE join forces to deliver ‘Intelligent Efficiency’ for offshore operations
12:52 Gazprom Neft develops partnerships with leading cruise operators
12:27 New standard Cyber Security Clause agreed by BIMCO’s Documentary Committee
12:09 PETRONAS floating LNG Satu achieves its first LNG drop post relocation
11:44 ESPS Navarra provides maritime security training in Seychelles
11:09 Hamburg Süd christens “Polar Ecuador” in Antwerp
10:51 Throughput of port Vyborg in Jan-Apr’2019 fell by 34% Y-o-Y to 275,500 tonnes
10:30 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-Apr’2019 fell by 16% Y-o-Y to 3.94 million tonnes
10:08 Austal partners with Fred. Olsen on next generation MARINELINK Smart technology rollout
09:53 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,049 points
09:37 Bunker market at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia sees mixed price movements (graph)
09:37 WesCom Signal and Rescue showcases its commitment to safety training at Nor-Shipping 2019
09:20 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.62% to $71.73, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.82% to $62.61
09:08 West Africa Container Terminal makes further investment in equipment
08:53 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, May 22
08:08 Ocean Yield takes delivery of two modern Ultramax dry bulk vessels with 11-year charters

2019 May 21

18:33 Maersk to charter 13 new feeder ships powered by conventional fuel from 2021
18:25 Long-term Wärtsilä service agreements support optimal performance for LNG Carriers
18:04 GTT notified by Samsung Heavy Industries for the tank design of a new LNG carrier for Nisshin Shipping
17:48 Throughput of port Vysotsk in Jan-Apr'2019 climbed by 7% Y-o-Y to 6.65 million tonnes
17:25 Bunker prices still show no considerable changes at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
17:19 ABB to enable world’s first hydrogen-powered river vessel
17:04 Port of Zeebrugge sets new record with maiden call of OOCL United Kingdom
16:42 Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard lays down Pioner-M, research ship of Project 25700
16:19 USCG host workshop to discuss safe operation of commercial passenger vessels
16:04 IMO issues additional guidance for sulphur 2020 implementation
15:33 UN agency pushes forward on shipping emissions reduction
15:19 Nevsky Shipyard delivers Nevsky Shipyard second vessel in a series of five dry cargo vessel of project RSD59
15:03 Panama Canal announces enhancements to its Green Connection Environmental Recognition Program
14:27 DSD sells its ferry and expressboat company Norled
14:06 Throughput of port Primorsk in Jan-Apr’2019 grew by 5% Y-o-Y to 18.95 million tonnes
14:03 MOL and Weathernews release of FOCUS Project part I 'Fleet Viewer' application
13:44 Port of Hamburg posts Q1 2019 results
13:41 Czech and Polish officials visit the Port of Gdansk to promote trade between the countries
13:14 Multipurpose Reloading Complex boosts investments in environment protection 15 times to RUB 8 million
12:49 Port of Ust-Luga handled 35.55 million tonnes in 4M’19, up 8% Y-o-Y
12:25 Throughput of Port St. Petersburg in Jan-Apr'2019 grew by 2% Y-o-Y to 19.67 million tonnes
12:02 IAPH Port Planning and Development Committee published a report “Autonomous Vehicles’ Impact on Port Infrastructure Requirements ”
11:28 Port of Kiel welcomes “Aidaprima” for its maiden call
11:00 Container Terminal Saint-Petersburg allocated RUB 2.9 million for implementation of its social programme in 1Q’2019
10:11 Swan Hunter completes modular offshore grid cable storage load-in
09:56 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.31% to $72.19, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.43% to $63.48
09:27 Debmarine Namibia to invest in world’s first custom-built diamond recovery vessel
09:13 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,041 points
08:05 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, May 21

2019 May 20

18:35 First MAN dual-fuel, diesel-mechanical propulsion package bound for LNG-powered ferry
18:24 Peel Ports expands logistics services with acquisition
18:06 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Africa