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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Baltic Sea News

Adonis software Suite to Support Viking's European Ferry Fleet

Adonis AS (Adonis),providers of global maritime HR solutions, has announced that Viking Line AB (Viking Line) will implement the Adonis Personnel Suite for their offices in Mariehamn, Finland and onboard six of their ferries. The implementation will include Adonis Safety Module for six vessels, the Adonis Day2Day planning module and the full Adonis Payroll Module. All modules will be customized per Finnish agreements and government rules. Viking Line is a market-leading brand in passenger traffic on the northern Baltic Sea.

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Kalmar to Supply Customized RMGs at DCT Gdansk

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has signed an agreement with Deepwater Container Terminal (DCT) Gdansk to supply three electrically powered rail-mounted gantry cranes (RMGs) with DCT specific customization. The order, booked in Cargotec's 2018 third quarter order intake, follows a recent DCT order of five Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTGs) that took place in the first quarter of 2018. The RMG deliveries are scheduled to take place in the second half of 2019.DCT Gdansk is Poland's largest and fastest growing container facility…

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Ferry with 335 People on Board Powerless in Baltic Sea

A Lithuanian-flagged ferry carrying 335 people is powerless in the Baltic Sea but no one is reported injured, a spokesman for Danish ferry company DFDS told Reuters."There was vibration and there was smoke, but no fire was noticed," the spokesman said, contradicting earlier reports from the Lithuanian military of a fire on board the vessel.He could not say whether the passengers and crew were in any danger and said the ferry would have to be towed to port.The company said the ferry would be towed to the Lithuanian port town of Klaipeda, where it was heading from Kiel in Germany when it experie

El Coquí, one of the world’s first ConRos powered by LNG (Photo: Crowley)

New Fuel Rules Push Shipowners to Go Green with LNG

Tough new rules on marine fuel are forcing shipowners to explore liquefied natural gas as a cleaner alternative and ports such as Gibraltar are preparing to offer upgraded refueling facilities in the shipping industry's biggest shake-up in decades.From 2020, International Maritime Organization rules will ban ships from using fuels with a sulphur content above 0.5 percent, compared with 3.5 percent now, unless they are equipped to clean up sulphur emissions. This will be enforced…

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US Aims to Start LNG Deliveries to Germany in Four Years

U.S. companies expect to begin delivering liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Germany in four years at the latest and will challenge Russia which now accounts for 60 percent of German gas imports, the deputy U.S. energy secretary told a German newspaper."U.S. liquefied natural gas is coming to Germany. The question is not if, but when," Dan Brouillette told the mass circulation daily Bild in an interview published on Monday.U.S. President Donald Trump in July accused Germany of being a "captive" of Russia due to its energy reliance and urged it to halt work on the $11 billion…

Walk of Cruise Ships in Kiel. Photo: Port of Kiel

Port of Kiel, Costa Cruises Clebrate 40 Years of Partnership

Germany's Port of Kiel says goodbye to the  Italian cruise shipping company Costa Crociere cruise vessel Costa Pacifica for this year’s season on Sunday (September 02).To mark the over 40 years of partnership between the shipping company, the city and the port, Hans-Werner Tovar, City President, Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director Port of Kiel, Captain Paolo Viscafè and Dr Jörg Rudolph, General Manager Costa Germany, unveiled a bronze plate on Kiel’s Walk of Cruise Ships at the Ostseekai Terminal.City President Tovar: “With this plate on the Walk of Cruise Ships…

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Russian Watchdog to Check Grain Loading Points

Russia will inspect grain loading at ports due to complaints from major buyers about falling crop standards, the head of agriculture safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor was quoted as saying by the RIA news agency on Thursday.The agriculture safety watchdog has been stepping up pressure on traders in recent weeks to pay more attention to the quality of grain in their supplies."We will check everybody, and everybody, everywhere, will be subject to the same conditions," Rosselkhoznadzor boss Sergei Dankvert said.He said the watchdog will conduct checks in all regions, including in Kaliningrad, the R

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Konecranes to Install Container Cranes in Lithuania

JSSC Klaipedos Smelte in the Port of Klaipeda, Lithuania, has placed a large repeat order with Konecranes for ten Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes and two Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes.The delivery of the RTG cranes will be completed in November 2019 and the STS cranes in December 2019. The parties have agreed not to disclose the value of the order.In August 2018 Konecranes signed a contract with JSSC Klaipedos Smelte in the Port of Klaipeda, Lithuania, for the supply of ten Konecranes…

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Uniper Sees Merit in Building LNG Terminal at Wilhelmshaven

Germany's Uniper on Tuesday said it favors a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at the Wilhelmshaven deep sea port on the North Sea coast, less than a week after peer RWE said it secured access to capacity should a rival project at Brunsbuettel go ahead."Wilhelmshaven in particular can be a suitable location, there are many arguments in favour of it," spokesman Leif Erichsen said in a written statement.He cited the port's ability to offer infrastructure for LNG vessels of all sizes and its proximity to the German long-distance gas pipeline grids and underground storage caverns in the norther

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Russia's Q3 Oil Exports via Baltic Ports Seen Falling

Russian exports and transit of Urals oil through Baltic Sea ports are seen at 19.15 million tonnes in the third quarter, down from 19.8 million tonnes in the second quarter, industry sources said.Exports of Russian Urals and Siberian light oil from the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk are expected to rise to 8.5 million tonnes in the third quarter from 8.1 million tonnes in the second quarter, the sources said.(Reporting by Olga Yagova; writing by Maria Tsvetkova; editing by Jason Neely)

Algirdas Šakalys (left) and Thomas Erlandson. Photo: Port of Hamburg Marketing: Project EMMA

Call for Development of Holistic Corridor in Baltic

Development of transport corridors ensures smart and innovative cross-border transport and logistics services on the core transport network of the Baltic Sea Region. The ways to develop the smart North Sea–Baltic, Baltic–Adriatic and Scandinavian–Mediterranean Core Network Corridors in the new Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 were discussed in Tallinn earlier this week. The seminar “Delivering Smart and Innovative Strategic Transport Projects: post-2020 perspective” was organized as a part of the 9th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR).

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Stena Adds Vessel on Gdynia-Karlskrona Line

Stena Lines reports the number of units carried by its Baltic Sea South freight business increased significantly in the first eight months in 2017, following strong growth through 2016. This calls for increased capacity, and from Monday, August 28, a fourth ship, M/V Gute, has been taken into operation between Gdynia and Karlskrona. “Over these last few years we have experienced a very positive volume development and we believe this will continue and we are very happy to introduce a fourth ship since we are in need of extra capacity to be able to continue to grow.

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ESL Shipping Launches Viikki

Viikki, the new eco-friendly dry cargo vessel of ESL Shipping, part of Aspo Plc, was successfully launched today at the Jinling shipyard in Nanjing, China. “The longstanding work in this project becomes concrete today when we see the vessel floating for the first time. There is still a lot of work ahead before her delivery, but I’m confident that we will get a superb vessel tailored to our needs”, comments Captain Jussi Vaahtikari. Viikki is the first LNG-powered handyzise bulk carrier in the world and is a forerunner in energy efficiency and eco-friendliness.

Elisabeth Russ (Photo: Stena Line)

New Baltic Ferry Route for Stena Line

The demand for freight capacity in the Baltic Sea has been growing steadily over the last number of years and Stena Line is supporting this growth through investing in a new route from Poland to Sweden, Gdynia-Nynäshamn, which will commence operations from October 16th 2017 with six trips a week. Stena Line has been operating the route from Gdynia to Karlskrona for over 20 years. The new route will operate its first sailing on October 16th  and will be operated by the RoRo vessel Elisabeth Russ which is a freight only ferry carrying a mix of, trucks with drivers, trailers and containers.

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Gazprom, Shell Discuss LNG Projects

A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Maarten Wetselaar, Member of the Executive Committee of Royal Dutch Shell, took place in St. Petersburg. The meeting addressed relevant aspects of strategic cooperation. Particular attention was paid to joint efforts in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector. The parties discussed the construction project for the third train of the LNG plant on Sakhalin Island and the progress of the Joint Study Framework Agreement for the Baltic LNG project. The meeting also focused on the Nord Stream 2 project.

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Tallinn Port Annouces Discounts for LNG Ships

Starting in 2018, all ships that use liquefied natural gas (LNG) as their primary fuel can apply for a discount of four percent on tonnage fees when calling at harbours of the Port of Tallinn. The goal of the discount is to contribute to the adoption of environmentally friendlier technologies in the Baltic Sea shipping sector. “Similarly to other ports in the European Union and Norway, the Port of Tallinn has set a course toward environmentally differentiated port fees, with the aim of reducing the amount of air pollution and marine pollution from ships’ waste handling and gaseous emissions…

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Green Shipping: Cargo Carriers Clutch at Compliance

LNG looms as the bridge to a ‘zero emissions’ future for shipping. The advent of industry wide tightening of allowable sulfur emissions is getting nearer. Suddenly, with the deadline now just one year away, the countdown clock will very soon be ticking much louder. Simply stated, the cap on allowable sulfur content in marine fuels, presently at 3.5 percent in many geographical regions, will be reduced to 0.5 percent in January 2020. The 0.1 percent sulfur cap, already in effect since 2015 in coastal Emissions Control Areas (ECAs) in Europe and North America, will remain.

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Finnlines Continues to Add Capacity

Finnlines said it is continuing capacity expansion efforts in response to growing volumes. The Baltic Sea ro-ro and passenger vessels operator has purchased MS Europalink as reports further progress in its vessel lengthening program. Finnlines Plc’s fully owned Swedish subsidiary, Rederi Aktiebolaget Nordö-Link, has purchased a Star class passenger-freight vessel, MS Europalink, from the Grimaldi Group in accordance with an earlier signed purchase agreement. MS Europalink will be fitted with exhaust gas scrubbers in mid-March and will sail under Swedish flag…

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Nauticor Extends its LNG Supply Network

Nauticor has extended its liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply network for ships within the North Sea region and has now begun delivering to maritime customers in the Port of Rotterdam. The Dutch port is the latest location added to the firm’s LNG distribution network, adding to a growing portfolio of one of the leading suppliers of LNG as fuel for ships. The premier bunker operation by Nauticor in the Port of Rotterdam saw the containership Wes Amelie, owned by Wessels Reederei based in Haren/Ems, receive the chilled fuel.

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IBF secures the rights of dockers to do lashing

The International Transport Workers’ Federation's (ITF) expanded Fair Practices Committee Steering Group (FPC SG) met and approved the terms of the new International Bargaining Forum (IBF) on 23 February 2018 Agreement. In this it highlighted the new terms agreed in Article 4, Non-Seafarers Work or the “Dockers’ Clause”, as it is often referred to, as a significant development in securing work for dockers. The revised clause and the new implementation procedure clarifies the dockers’ right to carry out lashing and other cargo handling services in ports.

The Deltamarin design philosophy is about seeing the big picture, and making even the smallest details suit your operation.  Photo courtesy Deltamarin

Deltamarin Bags Ro-pax Design Contract

Deltamarin Ltd has signed a contract with Chinese Guangzhou Shipyard International Co, Ltd (GSI) for consultancy and engineering services for the DFDS ro-pax ferries. Deltamarin earlier carried out contract design of the ship concept for GSI in cooperation with the owner. Deltamarin will provide the yard with basic (approval) and detail design together with Safe Return to Port (SRtP) documentation. The contract covers all disciplines and all areas. The value of Deltamarin’s contract with GSI is about €5 million ($6.2 million).

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Aalto Shipping Company Begins Operations

Aalto Shipping Company, a new Finnish shipping company, is starting operations. The shipping company is owned by Taaleri and its customers together with the acting management. Aalto Shipping Company has acquired to its fleet two modern, ice-strengthened dry bulk carriers and has started operating them. The ships will be moved under the Finnish flag over the coming months. “The shipping company project restores tonnage to Finnish hands, since the vessels will operate under the leadership of Finnish officers.

U.N. Ro-Ro operates five major routes between Turkey and the EU Image courtesy DFDS

DFDS to Acquire Turkey's Largest RoRo Operator

Danish shipping and logistics group DFDS has acquired Turkey’s largest operator of Ro-Ro freight ships and will be a major player in the strong and continuously growing trade between the EU and Turkey. U.N. Ro-Ro operates five routes connecting Italy and France with Turkey, 12 ships and port terminals in Trieste and in Pendik, Istanbul. U.N. Ro-Ro employs 500 people. The deal is subject to approval by the authorities. ​Today, Danish shipping group DFDS signed an agreement to acquire 98.8 % of the shares in the shipping company U.N.

 Nor Lines vessel, MV Kvitbjorn (Photo Samskip)

Nor Lines Adds Calls at Rotterdam

Samskip subsidiary Nor Lines will include calls at Rotterdam for the first time in its weekly multipurpose liner service connecting to Western, Mid and Northern Norway, with effect from June 1. The service is provided by Nor Lines’ liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fuelled vessels MV Kvitnos and MV Kvitbjorn, which each offer 1,500 lane square meters (550 lane meter) of RoRo capacity, 122 TEU as container space, 1,500 tons of reefer space in the lower holds and come equipped with a heavylift crane.

Meit Fohlin, Mayor of Gotland and Barbara Scheel Agersnap, CEO Copenhagen Malmö Port during ceremony. (Photographer: Region Gotland)

New Cruise Quay Opened in Visby

The new cruise quay in Visby has opened in connection with the visit to the port of the ship AIDAdiva. The venture is a collaboration between Region Gotland and Copenhagen Malmö Port, CMP, with Region Gotland building the quay and CMP taking responsibility for the actual operation starting from now. At the same time, both parties are marketing Gotland as a destination together with Gotland Cruise Network.Work started in February 2016 on the new cruise quay in Visby, and it has now been opened for arrivals completely in accordance with the time schedule.

Jiang Fuhai (Executive Director & General Manager of CSC NANJING JINLING SHIPYARD CO.,LTD), Emanuele Grimaldi (Managing Director of Grimaldi Group), Ge Biao (Senior Advisor of China Changjiang National Shipping Group (CSC)), Gianluca Grimaldi (President of Grimaldi Group), Jiang Qinghua (Vice General Manager of China Changjiang National Shipping Group (CSC)) and Ding Jianliang (Vice General Manager of CSC NANJING JINLING SHIPYARD CO.,LTD). Photo: Hafen Hamburg Marketing e.V.

Grimaldi Group Orders New RoRo Vessels

In the framework of the expansion and modernisation programme of its owned fleet, as anticipated in the last months, the Grimaldi Group has signed yesterday an agreement for the construction of six ro/ro vessels, for a total investment worth over USD 400 million. The order has been awarded to the Chinese shipyard Jinling, thus consolidating an important partnership with the Neapolitan Group, the world's leading company in the ro-ro sector. The new vessels, whose delivery is expected as from 2020…