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Monday, April 12, 2021

Baltic Sea News

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Stena Livia Joins the Baltic Sea Fleet

The 186-meter Visentini RoPax vessel Stena Livia will initially join sister vessel Stena Flavia on the Nynäshamn-Ventspils route from mid-April, Stena Line announced. Later this year the pair will replace the existing tonnage on the ferry route between Travemünde and Liepaja, adding 40% freight capacity and shorten the crossing time substantially.During 2021 Stena Line is expanding its Baltic Sea operations with modern and large RoPax vessels being added to the two ferry routes from Latvia to Sweden and Germany.

(Photo: Port of Gdansk Authority)

Gdansk: One of Europe’s Fastest Growing Ports

The Port of Gdansk has overtaken Russia’s Port of Primorsk to become the third-busiest port for cargo shipments in the Baltic Sea.Figures show the port handled a total of 4.6 million tons of cargo in January 2021, up 8.8% year-on-year, moving the Port of Gdansk Authority into third place on the Baltic Sea podium.Russia’s Port of Ust Luga and Port of St. Petersburg held onto the top two spots, handling 9.4 million tons (+3.6% Y-O-Y) and 4.7 million tons (-0.8%) respectively. The Port of Primorsk dropped to fourth in the rankings with 4.4 million tons (-26.3%)…

Image courtesy: The Port of Gdynia Authority S.A.

VIDEO: Port of Gdynia Construction Project Moving Forward

Treasury bonds are issued for the Port of Gdynia Authority S.A. (PGA) to secure funds for the Outer Port Gdynia construction project, funding to be invested in building the access infrastructure in the form of breakwaters.The Port of Gdynia Authority S.A. formally launched a procedure to select a private partner for the “Construction of the Outer Port in the Port of Gdynia” project. The deadline for submitting applications for admission to the qualification procedure is scheduled for January 15…

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Port of Gdynia Seeking Partner for Outer Port Development Project

The Port of Gdynia Authority (PGA) in Poland has recently launched a formal procedure to select a private partner for the construction of the outer port in the Port of Gdynia.The project is a strategic investment of the Port of Gdynia Authority S.A., and is enlisted in the Polish government’s Seaports Development Program. The outer port development project, which is being prepared as a public-private partnership, consists of the construction of a new deep-water container terminal with an annual transshipment capacity of 2.5 million TEU.

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Wallenius Bets on Wind-powered Cargo Ships

Two centuries after the first coal-powered steamships crossed the Atlantic Ocean, a Swedish company is designing a futuristic throwback: a huge, wind-driven cargo ship that could help end the fossil fuel era and limit climate change.Shipping accounted for 2.9% of man-made greenhouse gas in 2018, and the industry’s share of planet-heating emissions has been rising in recent years, according to the U.N.’s International Maritime Organization.One solution may be to turn the clock back to pre-industrial times and again hoist sails to carry cargo around the world.Sweden’s Wallenius Marine AB…

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More Ecospeed Protection for Eckerö RoRo Ferry

In 2019 Finnish shipping company Eckerö coated the open cargo deck of their roro passenger ferry Finbo Cargo with Ecospeed. This was done to protect the deck against damage from cars and cargo. One year later the deck was still in excellent condition, in strong contrast to previous years. As a result, Eckerö decided to coat the ice belt and most of the hull with Ecospeed to offer it the same lasting protection.“We coated the weather deck with good result,” said Daniel Olsén, Technical Manager with Eckerö Group.

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Germany Offered to Build LNG Terminals to Avert US Pipeline Sanctions

Berlin offered to spend 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) to build two liquid natural gas terminals in a bid to dissuade the United States from imposing sanctions over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, due to bring gas directly from Russia to Germany, Die Zeit reported on Wednesday.The weekly paper said Finance Minister Olaf Scholz made the proposal in an Aug. 7 letter before Washington imposed sanctions on companies involved in building the Baltic Sea pipeline, effectively freezing its…

Mont Mandara (Photo: Royal IHC)

IHC Delivers New Dredge to Cameroon's Port of Douala

Royal IHC said it handed over the 3,000m³ trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Mont Mandara to Cameroon’s Port Authority of Douala (PAD) on August 20. The delivery completes the PAD fleet, following its acquisition of an IHC Beaver 50 cutter suction dredger and a DMC workboat in 2019.The new TSHD is an IHC Easydredge from IHC’s standardized range of dredging vessels suited for common maintenance and land reclamation projects. The Mont Mandara offers flexibility to PAD as it can be customized to adapt to its dedicated working environment.

Stena Gothica is one of the vessels operating Liepaja-Karlskrona-Travemünde. Photographer: Stena Line/Ann-Charlotte Ytterberg

Stena Rederi Opens New Baltic Route

From August 13, 2020, Stena Line will start a new freight focused connection between Latvia, Sweden and Germany by adding a port-call in Karlskrona on the existing ferry route between Liepaja and Travemünde.Stena Line today offers seven routes in the Baltic Sea for freight and passenger transportation. The additional service to freight customers a port-call in Karlskrona on the existing route between Liepaja and Travemünde, enabling more effective trade and transport opportunities…

Future Propulsion & Setting the Course to Low-Carbon Shipping

The pace at which the maritime industry transitions to low- and zero-carbon fuels will have the single biggest impact on its global carbon footprint, more than predictable shifts in commodity demand, advances in ship technology and operating practices, or new designs.That is a key finding of a comprehensive new report, Setting the Course to Low-Carbon Shipping, from the American Bureau of ShippingThe report looks at the decarbonization of shipping via two distinct scenarios: a ‘standard’ scenario…

Graphical rendering of the new hybrid RoRo (picture courtesy Finnlines/ Knud E. Hansen)

Finnlines Orders MAN Propulsion Package for New RoRos

MAN Energy Solutions has won the order to supply six MAN B&W 9S50ME-C9.6 Tier II-compliant main engines for three 238-meter roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) vessels intended for operation in the Baltic Sea. The customer is Finnlines PLC., the Finnish shipping company and part of the Grimaldi Group. MAN Energy Solutions’ two-stroke licensee – Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (Engine & Machinery Business Unit) – will build the engines in Korea, while Nanjing Jinling shipyard in China will construct the vessels.

Tallink to Repair Silja Europa at Turku Yard

Estonian shipping company Tallink Grupp said that its vessel Silja Europa has set sail to Turku Repair Yard in Naantali, Finland for scheduled maintenance and planned renewal works that would make the ship more environmentally friendly.The 1993-built vessel will stay in Turku Repair Yard for two weeks, returning to the Tallinn-Helsinki route on February 9, said a press note from the provider of mini-cruise and passenger transport services in the northern Baltic Sea region.During the scheduled docking, the vessel will undergo considerable renovation of several key passenger areas.

Stockholm Expects 290 Cruise Liners in 2020

Ports of Stockholm said that 2020 cruise season is expected to be another record year in terms of passenger numbers and almost 290 cruise calls, with as many as 13 maiden visits.The  Baltic Sea cruise port said that the list of the 2020 season’s cruise ship calls has been published and presents no fewer than 13 vessels calling at Ports of Stockholm for the first time.The international cruise ship season begins on 17th April at the Port of Nynäshamn with the arrival of the vessel Magellan, and on 26th April in Stockholm with the arrival of the Viking Star.

YIT Eesti to Build Tallinn Cruise Terminal

Estonian port authority Port of Tallinn (Tallinna Sadam) has signed an agreement with compatriot construction company YIT Eesti AS for the construction of new cruise terminal in Tallinn Old City Harbour.The value of the contract is EUR 13.7 million. New cruise terminal will be completed in July 2021.The contract includes a 3-storey terminal building with a net area around 4000 m2, pedestrian promenade area at the pier, children’s playground and parking spaces.The multifunctional…

Finnlines Orders 2 RoPax Vessels in China

Finnlines signed an order for two RoPax vessels with China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Weihai), previously known as AVIC Weihai.In 2018, Finnlines ordered three hybrid StoRo ultra large green vessels at Jinling Shipyard, which is also now part of China Merchants Group.The two new "Superstar" 5,100 lm RoPax vessels ordered are expected to be delivered by 2023, informed Grimaldi’s roro and passenger company. They will be larger than the existing Star class vessels and will be Finnlines’ flagships both in terms of size and technology.With a length of about 230 meters…

CSEIP Buys 25% Stake in Arkona OWF

Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners (CSEIP) acquired 25% stake in the Arkona offshore wind farm (OWF) from Norwegian energy company Equinor.Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has advised CSEIP on the EUR 340 million financing of the acquisition. The financing was arranged by Goldman Sachs.The 385 MW offshore wind farm, which is located in the German Exclusive Economic Zone in the Baltic Sea and comprises of 60 Siemens Gamesa 6MW turbines, was opened in April 2019. Following the transaction…

Jan De Nul Completes Liepaja Port Dredging

Luxembourg-headquartered dredging and construction engineering company Jan De Nul Group completed the capital dredging works for the improvement of Liepaja Port in Latvia ahead of schedule.In order to allow larger vessels to enter and leave the port of Liepaja fully loaded, the access channel to the port needed to be adapted. As part of the Liepaja Port Water Infrastructure Works, Jan De Nul Group was awarded the dredging works.The scope for Jan De Nul Group entailed the removal of 2.7 million m³ of sediments to deepen the port access channel from 12.5 m to 14.5 m…

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First LNG Bunker License for Kairos

In December Nauticor's “Kairos” received the first license to conduct LNG ship-to-ship bunkering operations in the port of Rostock. The long-term permit was issued by the port authority of Rostock.The permit to conduct ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operations in the largest German Baltic Sea port was awarded in a timely manner and will be the basis for the supply of LNG to a variety of customers. The preparations for the supply of LNG to their vessels are already ongoing and the first operations will be conducted within the next weeks.

Equinor Acquires 50% Stake in Polish OWP

The Norwegian oil and gas major Equinor ASA said it has completed the purchase of a 50% stake in the Baltyk I offshore wind project (OWP) in Poland from Polenergia.The Bałtyk 1 offshore location license allows for a development of a wind farm with a capacity up to 1560MW. Equinor will own up to 780MW.Norwegian company now has an interest in all three Bałtyk offshore wind development projects (MFW Bałtyk III, MFW Bałtyk II i MFW Bałtyk I.).The acquisition of Baltyk I strengthens our presence in the Baltic Sea area.

Scanship Wins AWP Retrofit Gig from NCLH

Scanship, a Norwegian company that produces wastewater purification and waste management systems for vessels, has been awarded an advanced wastewater purification system (AWP) retrofit contract by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH).The contract is to deliver and install a Scanship AWP system on their Nautica vessel operated under their Oceania Cruises brand.The system will process all grey wastewater sources and black water to the industry highest environmental standard. This…

Representatives from Lindø port of Odense and Liebherr Rostock From left to right: Roman Chopyk (Sales Manager, Liebherr Rostock); Andreas Müller (Sales Director, Liebherr Mobile Harbour Cranes); Christian Kruse Trillingsgaard (Technical Manager, Lindø port of Odense); Carsten Aa (CEO, Lindø port of Odense); Leopold Berthold (Managing Director, Liebherr Rostock); Aron Boysen (Sales Manager, Liebherr Denmark), Sara Glasewald (Project Manager, Liebherr Rostock). Photo: Liebherr

Offshore Wind: Lindø port of Odense Invests in Cranes

The growth of offshore wind renewable power continues to push investment in marine, port and infrastructure project, the latest an announcement ffrom the Lindø port of Odense which placed an order for an LHM 800 heavy lift unit, a machine with a lifting capacity of up to 308 tonnes at a height of 96.7 meters above quay to cope with the huge offshore wind turbines of the future.“With the purchase of the new mega crane, LINDØ port of ODENSE is cementing its key role as one of the…

DHL Intros Fastest China-Germany Intermodal

DHL Global Forwarding, the ocean freight specialist of Deutsche Post DHL Group, is introducing the fastest rail freight connection between China and Germany in response to growing demand for rail freight services between Europe and Asia.The new rail service, operating between Xi’an in China and Hamburg and Neuss in Germany, has been set up in cooperation with Xi’an International Inland Port Investment & Development Group Co. Ltd. and is cutting transit time from 17 days to between…

Tallink Grupp Names New Vessel MySTAR

Estonian shipping company Tallink Grupp announced that the name of the new Tallinn-Helsinki route shuttle vessel MySTAR.The new dual-fuel vessel  will be built at Rauma shipyard in Finland and is due to be completed by the end of 2021.The name for the vessel was proposed as an entry in the vessel naming competition by a Finnish national.The shipping company ran a naming competition for the new vessel this summer and the final decision regarding the name was made by the company’s…

Neptun Werft Lays Keel for AIDAcosma

The first building-block for AIDA Cruises’ second LNG-fueled cruise ship was put in place at the Neptun Werft shipyard in Rostock, Germany.The two trainees, Charleen Hoffmann (AIDA Cruises) and Kenny Schaft (Meyer Werft shipyard) placed the traditional lucky coin beneath the first of a total of 90 blocks.On the occasion of the keel-laying, the name of the new ship and its first routing were announced: the ship will be named AIDAcosma, and will be cruising from Kiel to the Norwegian…

Ports of Stockholm Finalist for Climate Action Award

Ports of Stockholm has been nominated as a finalist for the 2019 C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Award. The prize is awarded in seven categories to provide global recognition for cities demonstrating climate action leadership.Ports of Stockholm has reached the final for the power installations at the Värtahamnen port as one of three nominees in the Air quality category.“It is really great that we have reached the final, as our power installations have been a focus area this year.

BSR Access Project Platform in Spotlight

Port of Hamburg Marketing successfully takes part in tenders for EU- and nationally funded projects, together with members and partners from science, business and administration.Focus is put on current issues of transport policy, transport and process optimization as well as modal shift actions towards more environmentally friendly modes. One of the on-going projects is the project platform BSR Access funded by the Intereg Baltic Sea Region (BSR) Program.Project platforms support cooperation among partners of existing projects and aim to increase impacts of EU-funded projects in the area.