• 2020 September 24 09:57

    Muuga freight station of Rail Baltica is to be designed by SWECO Projekt AS

    A contract with SWECO Projekt AS for the design of Rail Baltica’s largest and only port-connected freight station was concluded yesterday, its construction due to begin in early 2022, the Port of Tallinn says in a press release.

    “By signing the contract for design, we took a major step forward both in the development of Rail Baltica and the cargo harbour of Muuga. Reaching this agreement was a lengthy process preceded by a number of analyses and consideration of a variety of scenarios in cooperation with the Port of Tallinn, national railway Eesti Raudtee, and the operators working in Muuga Harbour,” stated Tõnu Grünberg, CEO of Rail Baltic Estonia.

    Grünberg says Muuga freight station will be one of the key sites of Rail Baltica: the unique combination of infrastructures which is to emerge there will allow goods to be transhipped from marine transport or road transport to railway means of transport of varying width and vice versa. “This condition will also contribute to a smoother transhipment of goods from roads to the railroad, especially for medium and long-distance transportation in providing services for the exchange of goods between Central Europe and Southern Europe,” Grünberg added.

    Five tenders were received for the design procurement announced in May this year. SWECO Projekt AS was awarded the contract for the tender it had submitted.

    “Designing a freight station with railways 1435 mm and 1520 mm in width, which are to be functioning simultaneously, is an interesting challenge that we will gladly accept,” said Keijo Vaher, CEO of SWECO Projekt AS. “Our cooperation with experts from Sweco Infra&Rail Oy, Finland, ensures the availability of extensive and the best attainable know-how for the completion of a design solution which would meet the most modern requirements. The design of the Rail Baltica freight station will become an excellent addition to the portfolio of works carried out by Sweco for Muuga Harbour over several decades,” Vaher added.

    In addition to the representatives of RB Estonia and SWECO Projekt AS, other parties to have attended today’s ceremonial contract signing event were Ando Leppiman, chancellor of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications; Valdo Kalm, chairman of the board at the Port of Tallinn; and Andrus Kimber, member of the board at AS Eesti Raudtee.

    “The Rail Baltica connection will create an entirely new dimension in the logistics chain of Estonia and the whole Baltic Sea region as well as potential for the growth of the amount of goods exchange and passenger transportation”, Valdo Kalm said. “The initial stage of the construction of Muuga freight station in the form of design works is a positive signal to international logistics groups which will already be able to include the emergence of Rail Baltica in their plans for the future.”

    Within the Rail Baltica project, around 35 km of new 1435 mm gauge railways will be designed for Muuga Harbour; in addition, approximately 11 km of 1520 mm gauge railways will be relocated and constructed. The designer of Muuga freight station will also be responsible for the design of the freight station buildings, connections between the terminals, and the related infrastructure (railway tunnels, overhead lines, traffic management systems, control centre, rolling stock maintenance depot).

    The designing process is to last from September 2020 to the 2nd quarter of 2022 while the beginning of the first stage of the construction has been planned for early 2022. The entire construction of the Muuga freight station of Rail Baltica is to be completed by the end of 2025. Today, Muuga Harbour houses nearly thirty operators of terminals that will be to a different extent affected by the solutions being designed.

    Within the first years after the completion of Rail Baltica, 4–5 million tonnes of goods per year are estimated to pass through the multimodal freight terminal in Muuga. The analysis performed by Civitta Eesti AS and Deutsche Bahn Engineering & Consulting GmbH in 2018 shows that the said amounts might even double in 20 years, and then 8–10 million tonnes of goods per year will be handled in the most important cargo harbour of Estonia.

    The cost of the design works is 2.175 million euros (+ VAT), which will be financed from the funds of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF I).

    Rail Baltica is an environmentally friendly and convenient railway connection which will link Estonia to its southern neighbours and Central Europe. The infrastructure under construction will allow passengers to get from Tallinn to Pärnu in 40 minutes, and to Riga, in 2 hours.


2020 October 20

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18:00 Okskaya Shipyard launches second multipurpose dry cargo carrier of Project RSD59 for Astrol
17:36 Equinor signs contract with Skanska for building site preparation and the construction of jetty facilities for the CO2 receiving terminal
17:03 Van Oord becomes the shareholder in Saare Wind Energy
16:38 Wan Hai Lines to launch China – India Service VI (CI6) Service
16:28 Tiksi port expansion is expected as new fields can be discovered in the region
16:03 Jotun offers Superyachts unique lifecycle support with launch of JotunCare
15:44 Rosmorport collects applications for debut bonds in amount of RUB 4 billion
15:30 DCSA publishes standard data definitions to enable just-in-time port calls
15:12 ESPO congratulates Port of Valencia for renewing PERS certification
14:23 Samsung Heavy Industries again chooses Wärtsilä cargo handling system design for new VLEC vessels
13:41 Modernization of port Tiksi to build up throughput to 300,000 tonnes
13:25 Port of Antwerp participates in developing and testing a private 5G network
13:20 Bunker prices are slightly up in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
13:02 Port Houston container volumes up 1% to 251,524 TEUs in September 2020
12:33 RF Ministry of Economic Development to allocate RUB 2.8 billion for creation of port SEZ in Astrakhan Region
12:19 DNG Energy receives a licence for LNG bunkering in Coega
11:00 KSS Line signs with Hyundai Global Services for smart ship solution powered by Inmarsat and Intellian
10:58 ASW ship Vice-Admiral Kulakov and support vessels of RF Navy’s Northern Fleet enter Greece
10:37 Admiral Makarov frigate of RF Navy’s Black Sea Fleet passes Black Sea straits
10:12 LUKOIL and Rostec sign cooperation agreement
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09:49 Shipbuilding Corporation “Ak Bars” to tell about passenger ship Chaika at 4th “LNG Fleet, LNG Bunkering and Alternatives” conference
09:26 Oil prices decrease amid second COVID-19 wave concerns
09:14 Baltic Dry Index as of October 19

2020 October 19

18:11 CMA CGM to launch the East Med - Black Sea Express
18:01 Taganrog coastal station of NAVTEX service obtains certificate of conformity
17:48 BPA to host 5G workshop
17:27 FESCO to supply India's research stations in Antarctica for the third year in a row
17:06 Valenciaport registers the record with 477,194 containers handled in September 2020
16:46 4th “LNG Fleet, LNG Bunkering and Alternatives” conference to be held online on 28 October 2020
16:05 Milaha obtains “ISO 27001” certification for Information Security Management System
15:49 Rosmorport's sailing ship “Mir” to sail around the world in 2022-2023
15:12 Mitsubishi Shipbuilding receives approval in principle for LNG fuel gas supply system from Bureau Veritas
15:04 A.P. Moller - Maersk integrates the European customs services specialist KGH Customs Services
14:35 Harvey Gulf orders Wärtsilä Energy Storage for another four LNG-powered Supply Vessels
14:30 Average spot market price for Russian M100 product rose to RUB 11,894 pmt
14:11 GTT announces the acquisition of Areva H2Gen
13:58 Project on construction of fish terminal “Udarnik” registered as second resident of Arctic Capital PDA
13:17 Ukraine's January-September 2020 coal imports down 15%
13:11 ZIM and Alibaba.com sign strategic cooperation agreement
12:52 Port of Riga sets itself new goal to become region's leader in grain handling
12:33 TransContainer increased container transportation volumes by 15.1% YoY
12:04 Port of Oakland names Acting Communications Director
11:47 Blagoverf shipyard lays down buoy tender of project 3052 for Rechvodput
11:06 EPS collaborates with GoodFuels for marine biofuel bunker trial
10:42 Ocean Yield ASA acquires two suezmax newbuildings with long-term charters
10:40 First sections for ice-resistant platform LSP “A” shipped to outfitting yard
09:58 North Carolina Ports awarded $16 million grant for infrastructure improvements
09:39 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, October 19
09:25 Week beginning is marked by oil prices decrease
09:12 Baltic Dry Index as of October 16

2020 October 18

16:05 Inmarsat and Cobham SATCOM enable Maldives fisheries sustainability with Fleet One
15:58 JAXPORT now offers expanded service to the West Coast of South America through ONE
14:11 Nordic American Tankers says full financing of Suezmax duo is in place
13:14 Bright outlook at Gibdock as bookings remain solid
12:27 Supply contracts signed for main equipment for Squadron 2020 project
11:09 Port of Gdansk inks LoI with Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority

2020 October 17

12:54 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from West Med, Adriatic, Black Sea & East Med to Far East