• 2019 July 16 13:46

    Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg puts into operation new ecological equipment

    As part of environmental programme of Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg JSC (SP SPb, a company of UCL Holding), a specialized vacuum cleaning machine with water system of dust suppression was put into operation in July 2019, the company says in a press release. That equipment is intended for cleaning of berths involved in handling of loose cargo.

    The machine is equipped with two cleaning systems. Special brushes with water sprayer and suction units are applied for cleaning of even surfaces: storage yards and berths. For cleaning of hard-to-reach places there is a 5-meter long hose sucking sweepings into a dedicated reservoir. Watering is supposed to minimize dust production.

    The process is controlled from the cabin. An operator can regulate water spraying, brushes contact with the surface and their rotation speed, launch and stop the machine. The visual inspection system turns on the monitor and the rear-view camera to ensure high quality of cleaning as well as indicators and sound signalling to ensure work safety.

    “To protect the atmosphere during transshipment of loose cargo, we apply the berth spraying system, apart from the new equipment. If necessary, we can use a mobile dust suppression unit creating a protective water cloud in any sector of transshipment with a 70-meter radius. A special canvas cover is placed between a ship and a berth to protect water bodies in the course of transshipment”, Dmitry Shelkunov, head of the company’s Industry Ecology Department, describes transshipment of loose cargo.

    “In August the port will put into operation one more dust suppression system that can be placed above the holds in the area of unloading. By the end of the year, we expect the delivery of new environmentally safe bunker with an inbuilt dust suppression system”, Kirill Yakimenko, Technical Director of the company shares its plans.

    Apart from the long-term programme on the purchase of mobile ecological equipment which has been under implementation from 2017, SP SPb environmental activities include renovation of fixed ecological facilities and monitoring of water and air quality.

    Last year, investments in modernization of the port’s water protection facilities surged by 50% to RUB 21.6 million. Specific discharge volume per tonne of handled cargo decreased by 24%, total volume — by 15%. Expenses for air quality control tripled to RUB 224,000. That let increase the frequency of measuring air samples taken at the border of the sanitary protection zone 1.5 times. In 2018, the company decreased specific emissions per tonne of handled cargo by 4%.

    For air quality monitoring, the port attracts government-accredited ecological laboratories. Besides, it is under control of regulatory and supervisory bodies including the Federal Service on Surveillance in the Sphere of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor). The adjacent territory is under independent monitoring by the Federal Budget Healthcare Institution “Sanitary and Epidemiological Center in Saint-Petersburg”.

    As of today, all the research findings supported by documents confirm that the content of pollutants in the air of adjacent territories is far below the limits and does not exceed the average level in the city.

    Moreover, in 2018, the company decreased the environmental footprint in terms of all key ecological parameters with allocations for implementation of environmental activities having exceeded RUB 44.5 million, three times as much as in 2017.

    Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg JSC (a company of UCL Port – stevedoring division of the International Transportation Group UCL Holding) is the largest operator, rendering services on handling of all types of dry cargoes at Big Port St. Petersburg. It operates modern multipurpose specialized terminals for handling of general and bulk cargoes and specialized terminals for ro-ro cargoes and containers. In 2018, the company handled 7.7 million tonnes of cargo.

2019 August 18

16:51 USCG responds to ferry aground in Boston Harbor
15:09 NOAA awards $2.7 million in grants for marine debris removal and research
13:02 BAE Systems cuts steel for UK Royal Navy's HMS Cardiff
12:46 Kongsberg Digital simulation and software selected to fast-track R&D at new autonomous ship centre in Korea
11:05 NYK sponsors endangered Sea Turtle Research
10:56 Coast Guard cites passenger vessel for operating illegally, terminates voyage

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