• 2019 December 10 15:52

    Baltic States aim to implement Rail Baltica project in rapid and coordinated way

    The Baltic States aim to implement the “Rail Baltica” project in a rapid and coordinated way. The Ministers of Transport and Communications of the Baltic States discuss the progress of the project and its implementation management at the meeting being held today in Riga.

    “We are pleased Lithuania is already able to present the results of the “Rail Baltica” project to the public and business. It is important for us, the three Baltic States, to coordinate actions and strengthen joint management of the project so as to avoid delays. It is important to achieve the goal of establishing the “Rail Baltica” line of common technical parameters and implementing an interoperable railway project”, – Jaroslav Narkevič, the Minister of Transport and Communications, says.

    The Ministers of the Baltic States name insured insufficient investments of the European Union funds in the “Rail Baltica” as one of the biggest threats to keep up with the planned work schedule.

    “We are dependent on funding from the European Union, and ensuring maximum funding for the project in the coming EU financial perspective is critical. We are worried about the interim results of the negotiations of the long-term EU budget of 2021-2027. According to the estimates, up to € 1.1 billion could be allocated to “Rail Baltica”, but another EUR 2 billion is needed. Discussions with the EU institutions on how we will implement this priority EU project are necessary at the highest level”, – Jaroslav Narkevič, the Minister, points out.

    In order to ensure the smooth implementation of the “Rail Baltica”, Lithuania also proposes to strengthen the project management. It is proposed to depoliticize the “RB Rail” and create a high-level format of the responsible ministries solving political issues of the project implementation.

    Despite discussions on coordination of further implementation of the project, Lithuania is successfully implementing the planned works and has made the most significant progress in the implementation of the “Rail Baltica” project among the Baltic States. The procedures of land acquisition for public use – the “Rail Baltica” railway line from Kaunas to the Lithuanian-Latvian border have already been completed. Over 1.700 deeds of acquisition of lands for public use have been signed, and the total land area formed for public use amounts to 1.245 ha. In its scope and terms of performance, this is the first such case in Lithuania.

    The government initiated four spatial planning processes for the “Rail Baltica” project, on which basis the route of the “Rail Baltica” project will be established throughout Lithuania, including the Vilnius-Kaunas connection, until 2021.

    Currently, the design of the road sector from Kaunas to the Lithuanian-Latvian border is being drawn up. Already next year it is planned to procure “Rail Baltica” infrastructure construction works for the road section from Kaunas towards the Latvian border.

    Active contract works are being carried out in Kaunas transport network. When the European railway line reaches Kaunas intermodal terminal, it will open the way for business to use the opportunities of the “Rail Baltica”.

    In cooperation with the Ministry of National Defence, a dialogue is being held with NATO partners on the use of the “Rail Baltica” infrastructure for military mobility and the possibilities of military equipment movement to Kaunas are being evaluated.

    In order to accelerate the implementation of the “Rail Baltica” in all three Baltic States, it is envisaged to agree on clear progress criteria that can be assessed at the meeting of the Baltic Prime Ministers at the end of each year.

2020 January 22

18:37 BunkerTrace secures first commercial partnership with Marfin Management
18:07 MAN Cryo to supply icebreaking RoRos with fuel gas supply system
17:45 Throughput of Chinese sea and river ports in 2019 grew by 5.7% YoY to 13.95 billion tonnes
17:20 Ships of RF Navy’s Northern Fleet approached the Strait of Tunis
17:06 Boluda Towage Europe introduces 1st retrofit of conventional tug complying with IMO TIER III Standards in Zeebrugge
16:56 Russian-Japanese anti-piracy exercise successfully completed in the Arabian sea
16:05 European shipping industry urges the revival of Operation Sophia
15:38 Marubeni and Klaveness join forces to create the world’s leading dry bulk Panamax pool
15:23 IMO Secretary-General calls for renewed cooperation at Davos forum
14:57 Positive steps for Somalia’s maritime sector
13:40 Medium sized sea tanker Akademik Pashin entered service with the Baltic Fleet
12:52 Bunker prices are slightly down at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
12:29 Nonius Engineering supports 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
11:44 NIBULON’s fleet transported a record number of cargoes by Ukrainian rivers in 2019
11:19 DNV GL’s Technology Outlook 2030: Digital acceleration and climate change
11:01 IMO Secretary-General assesses progress on sulphur limit implementation
10:58 NIBULON’s non-self-propelled B1500 Project vessel made its first cargo trip
10:36 Nibulon achieved record export results in 2019
10:13 Representatives of Russian and Japanese Navies held briefing on board Baltic Fleet’s guard ship
10:10 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Jan 22
09:51 Ministers of the Government of the Russian Federation appointed
09:32 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.4% to $64.33, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.48% to $58.1
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is down to 689 points

2020 January 21

18:27 ABS and Hyundai Heavy Industries complete landmark smart functions JDP
18:07 Mystic orders four more Explorer Class Polar expedition vessels
17:43 Outer Port is among main topics of Polish-Japanese economic cooperation
17:19 Wärtsilä LNG Bunkering & Fuel Supply System Simulator launched to raise training levels
17:18 BCT ends 2019 with highest every cargo handling of 500 000 TEU
16:55 Letter of Intent signed between Port of Gdynia Authority S.A. and Pelixar S.A.
16:14 New ASCO vessel to be named after Academician Khoshbakht Yusifzadeh
15:30 Port of Singapore throughput in 2019 declined by 0.6% to 626.18 million tonnes
15:01 Freight turnover of Neva-Metal (Saint-Petersburg) in 2019 remained flat Y-o-Y at 3.2 million tonnes
14:39 18,880 ships with total tonnage of 1.2 billion tonnes passed Suez Canal in 2019
14:06 BIMCO issues update on Persian Gulf tensions and sanctions clauses
13:42 Rosmorport reports on icebreaker support in Russian seaports as of mid-January 2020
13:17 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in 2019 fell by 21% Y-o-Y to 11.06 million tonnes
12:53 Eesti Gaas becomes one of the largest LNG suppliers in the region
12:28 Throughput of port Vyborg in 2019 fell by 37% Y-o-Y to 1.21 million tonnes
12:05 German Naval Yards Kiel takes legal actions against MKS 180 procurement
11:54 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in 2019 fell by 4.6% Y-o-Y to 47.5 million tonnes
11:29 Throughput of port Vysotsk in 2019 climbed by 3% Y-o-Y to 19.40 million tonnes
11:05 Fincantieri enters the green cutting-edge project “ITER”
10:52 Throughput of port Primorsk in 2019 grew by 14% Y-o-Y to 61.02 million tonnes
10:37 Software for ship agents supported with digitalisation grant
10:21 Baltic Dry Index is down to 729 points
10:05 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.55% to $64.84, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.32% to $58.39
09:53 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Jan 21
09:47 MOL Logistics (Thailand) strengthens total logistics services
09:30 Port of Ust-Luga handled 103.85 million tonnes in 2019, up 5% Y-o-Y
09:13 Throughput of Port St. Petersburg in 2019 grew by 1% to 59.87 million tonnes
08:44 Maersk Drilling awarded two-well contract extension for low-emission rig Maersk Integrator under Aker BP alliance
07:41 Kuehne + Nagel to accelerate development in Asia Pacific

2020 January 20

18:37 Semi-submersible installation vessel ‘Alfa Lift’ nominated for Offshore Renewables Award 2020
18:06 Freeport LNG achieves start of commercial operations for second liquefaction train
17:55 Russia and Japan to conduct joint exercise in the Arabian sea
17:39 Kawasaki Heavy Industries announces delivery of bulk carrier NAVIOS FELICITY Ⅰ
17:34 Corvette "Gremyaschiy" completed a series of tests in the Barents sea
17:06 MSC Cruises and Chantiers de l’Atlantique sign contracts for construction of third and fourth LNG-powered MSC World Class ships
16:52 Cryostar and KC LNG awarded contract for building LNG facility in port of Antwerp
16:33 London, UK to host Digitalised Smart Ports Conference on 20-21 May 2020