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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Finland News

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Wallenius, SOL Join Forces to Launch New Firm

Two Swedish shipping companies - Wallenius and Swedish Orient Line (SOL) - have formed a shipowning joint venture that will sail from ports in Sweden and Finland.The company has five ships so far and plans to order four LNG-powered newbuilds to operate ice-class vessels for the forestry product trades in the Gulf of Bothnia and Baltic Sea area.The new Nordic joint venture, named WALLENIUS SOL,  is to strengthen the infrastructure for the needs of Finnish and Swedish industry.

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Alaskaborg Completes Special Voyage

Netherlands-based maritime transport solutions provider Royal Wagenborg said that its vessel m.v. Alaskaborg completed a special voyage from the Baltic to the Far East.The 15,750 DWT geared vessel from the Wagenborg fleet combined a bulk cargo and project cargo in both box-shaped holds. With this voyage, the m.v. Alaskaborg again demonstrates the flexibility and possibilities of the Wagenborg fleet.First in Tornio, Finland, the ice-classed Alaskaborg loaded 13.000 tonnes of ferrochrome.

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New COSCO Service Between UK, Europe, Russia

Chinese state-owned shipping and logistics services supplier company COSCO Shipping Lines announced a new COSCO feeder service from St Petersburg, Russia will begin calling at DP World Southampton."COSCO is to introduce a new weekly call at DP World Southampton, as part of a rotation including St Petersburg, Russia; Kotka, Finland; Southampton, UK; and Rotterdam, Netherlands," said a press release.The news comes after COSCO confirmed in February that DP World Southampton will be a permanent call on its feeder service.

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Meyer Turku Floats LNG-Powered Costa Smeralda

Finnish Shipbuilder Meyer Turku has floated out Costa Smeralda, the first LNG-powered ship in the Costa Cruises fleet."The float-out of LNG powered 180 000 GT cruise ship, marks the beginning of the final stage of construction for this Italian style beauty engineered and constructed in Finland," said a press release from the shipbuilding company located in Turku.She will be finalized at the outfitting pier of Meyer Turku and be ready for delivery for Costa Cruises in October 2019…

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Peter Döhle Sells Hammonia Reederei

Hamburg-based provider of shipping services Peter Döhle and Ernst Russ are selling ship management company Hammonia Reederei  to  Scandinavian investors, Ness Risan and Partners (NRP), a Norwegian investment fund and former owners of Containerships Group, Finland.With the transaction, Ernst Russ follows its strategy and further focuses on activities in asset investment and asset management in shipping and real estate, said a release from Ernst Russ AG, a listed asset and investment management company in Germany with a focus on maritime business.Prospectively…

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Alfons Håkans Orders Two Ice Class Tugs

Alfons Hakans AS, a provider of tugboat services, has signed a contract about two ice class 67-ton bollard pull ASD tugs with Sanmar shipyard in Turkey.Technical specifications with drawings are done in co-operation with Canadian Robert Allan Ltd, said a press release from the towage operator with decades of regional expertise in Northern Baltic Sea region.These new-buildings are the first icebreaking escort tugs made for a private actor to arrive in Finland. The design project combines Alfons Håkans’ and Robert Allan Ltd.’s experience of icebreaking…

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Costa Cruise Gets Her Funnel

Costa Smeralda will enter service in October 2019 and will be the first cruise ship for the world market fuelled by LNG, the “cleanest” fossil fuel in the world.Construction of the Costa Smeralda, the new flagship of the Costa Cruises fleet, is inching closer to completion ahead of her October delivery from Meyer Turku in Finland.The characteristic yellow funnel with the blue “C”, which has identified all the Italian company’s ships for the last 70 years, has now been installed.The…

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Scenic Eclipse Launch Delayed, Again

The launch of Scenic Eclipse, which is touted as world's most luxurious cruise ship and  the world’s first “discovery yacht”,  has been pushed back to 15 August 2019.Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours announced last July a five-month delay until January 2019, although that date was later amended to 13 April.The 228-guest Scenic Eclipse will now be a year late as the company announced it would take delivery of the new luxury vessel in August 2019.It is reported the shipyard has faced financial troubles…

The One Sea ecosystem aims to enable autonomous maritime transport by 2025 
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One Sea Gets Funding Boost

One Sea, the alliance that brings together leading exponents of autonomous ship technology, has secured new funding to support its role as business ecosystem, at the same time adding Shipbrokers Finland as a new partner.An injection of public funds via Business Finland will contribute to the ecosystem’s work for the next three years, as technology partners push forward with further sea trials and One Sea rolls out a far-reaching autonomous shipping standards initiative.The One Sea ecosystem aims to enable autonomous maritime transport by 2025…

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ABP, Thor Shipping Sign New Port of Hull Contract

Associated British Ports (ABP) announced a major new agreement which sees Dutch shortsea specialist Thor Shipping & Transport commit 10 years to The Port of Hull.In addition, ABP has invested GBP6 million into Thor’s 10-acre leased terminal, allowing substantial infrastructure improvement works and an additional 2.5 acres of container storage space. As part of this key investment, in March 2019, a hybrid £3.5 million Liebherr harbour crane will arrive, to bolster eco-friendly…

Workers from RUSH Marine begin removal of existing berth at site of new Cruise Terminal 3
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Canaveral Port Authority: $108.5M Contracts Awarded for New Cruise Terminal

At a special meeting on Tuesday, the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners unanimously approved awarding Merritt Island-based Ivey’s Construction Inc. a $78.98 million contract for the Port’s Cruise Terminal 3 project and a $29.53 million contract for the adjacent 1,800-vehicle parking garage.Ivey’s was the low bidder to build a two-story, 188,000-square-foot terminal as part of the Port’s largest single construction project in its 65-year history – a $163 million complex that will become the homeport for Carnival Cruise Line’s biggest and largest cruise ship…

Arctia's converted polar icebreaker Otso assisting a vessel in the Bothnian Bay in March 2018 (Credit: Flying Focus and Arctia Ltd.)

Season’s First Icebreaker Deployed in Finland

The Finnish icebreaking season officially kicked off on Tuesday evening with the first icebreaker deployment.Arctia’s converted polar icebreaker Otso departed the icebreaker base in Helsinki at 6 p.m. local time toward its initial operation area to keep open the fairways to Tornio, Kemi and Oulu. The vessel is expected to reach the area before noon on Thursday.According to the latest ice report by the Finnish Meteorological Institute, ice in the Bay of Bothnia is drifting toward northeast. In the northern Bay of Bothnia's inner archipelago there is 10-20 cm thick fast ice.

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SOL Adds Finnish Port of Pietarsaari

Swedish shipping company Swedish Orient Lines (SOL) announced  that it will add the port of Pietarsaari/Jakobstad (Finland) to its liner network with one weekly call using its vessels Thuleland and Tundraland.The service will offer direct port calls to Lübeck (Germany), Zeebrugge (Belgium) and Tilbury (UK). With its new route SOL supports BillerudKorsnäs export of paper products from its mill in Pietarsaari as well as other import and export cargo to the region.BillerudKorsnäs…

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Skangas Becomes Gasum

Skangas, the leading Scandinavian distributor and producer of small-scale LNG, said it is changing its name to that of its owner, Gasum.The Finland-based integrated gas company Gasum increased its shareholding in the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) company Skangas from 70% to 100% in October 2018. The acquisition is part of the Gasum strategy, a core element of which is to develop the Nordic gas market and the LNG infrastructure.The name change will strengthen the Gasum brand in the Nordic countries and the position of Gasum as the leading provider of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the region.

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Posti to Use LNG Vehicles

Finland's leading postal and logistics service company Posti has taken into service two full trailer combinations powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).Posti will be using the LNG vehicles for demanding transport operations. Posti's target is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in proportion to net sales by 30% by 2020.Posti will be using the LNG-powered vehicle combinations for demanding transport operations on routes including Vantaa–Oulu, Vantaa–Lappeenranta and Vantaa–Turku.The vehicles will cover a daily distance of around 900 km…

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LNG Bulk Carrier Viikki Starts Baltic Sea Ops

The world's most eco-friendly bulk carrier m/s Viikki, owned by ESL Shipping, a subsidiary of the Aspo Plc, has started operating on the Baltic Sea.The 25,600-dwt vessel, 160 metres long and fuelled by liquefied natural gas, produces less than half of the carbon dioxide of previous vessel generation, thanks to LNG and many advanced technologies.M/s Viikki was built in China, and after completion first sailed to Japan to load a cargo of raw materials. From there, she arrived to the Baltic Sea through the Northeast Passage…

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Nokia, ABB and Kalmar Trial 5G Technology for Harbor Automation

Nokia, ABB and Kalmar, part of Cargotec,  have successfully conducted industrial trials that leverage the low latency capabilities of 5G to support time-critical applications and enhance protection and efficiency in a smart electricity grid and in harbor automation.In a joint press release the companies said that the trials, conducted as part of the Wireless for Verticals (WIVE) research project, represent one of the first real-world applications of time-critical 5G applications…

The conceptual NYK EcoShip (CREDIT: NYK)

NYK Pushes Decarbonization via NYK Super Eco Ship Design

As a part of the NYK Group’s medium-term management plan “Staying Ahead 2022 with Digitalization and Green,” a new future concept ship has been designed by incorporating innovative technologies that will result in an emission-free vessel — the “NYK Super Eco Ship 2050.”BackgroundThe NYK Group’s mission of “Bringing value to life” and the company’s basic philosophy of “contributing to the betterment of societies” has inspired the group to positively address the tough issues that challenge our society.In fact…

Forchem plant in Rauma, Finland CREDIT: MAN

MAN Cryo to Design, Deliver LNG Regasification Terminal

MAN Energy Solutions Takes Next Step in Developing Presence in Finland.MAN Energy Solutions has won the contract to design and deliver an LNG regasification terminal for the Forchem company in Rauma. Forchem, an innovative and industry-leading company producing chemical and Animal feed products from tall oil, has chosen to convert the boiler for generating steam for the refinery processin to natural gas/ bio-gas. MAN Energy Solution will deliver a tailor-made installation, including offloading skid for LNG trailers…

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Port of Helsinki Launches Separate Company for Ship Services

Finland's main port Port of Helsinki Ltd is preparing for the implementation of the requirements of the EU’s Port Services Regulation by transferring ship services covered by the regulation to a subsidiary company.From 1 January 2019 onwards, the new company South Finland Port Service Ltd, owned by the Port of Helsinki Ltd, will be responsible for vessel mooring and unmooring. Some sixty employees will be transferred to the new company.Kari Noroviita, technical director at Port of Helsinki Ltd…

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EU Okays CMA CGM’s takeover of Containerships

European Commission’s competition regulators has approved CMA CGM acquisition of Container Finance, the holding company that controls regional container operator Containerships.CMA CGM, the world’s fourth largest carrier by capacity, agreed in June to acquire Finland-based Containerships and its logistics operations."A combination agreement between Container Finance Ltd Oy and CMA CGM, signed on 20th June 2018, has been accepted unconditionally by all relevant competition authorities meaning CMA CGM is free to take over short sea carrier Containerships…

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Tilbury Port to Capitalise on Opportunities to Boost Trade

Tilbury Port and the people that work there will play a major role in helping the UK to increase international trade after we leave the European Union.International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox visited Tilbury Port  to meet with port workers and management, as well as members of the Tilbury on the Thames Trust.Tilbury is the fastest growing port in the UK and a £1 billion investment programme will see the port employing 9,000 people by 2020, 3 times more than it did in 2012. One…

Axel Mattern, Joint CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing, and Egidijus Lazauskas, Deputy Director-General and Director Freight Traffic for Lithuanian Railways, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Vilnius to strengthen cooperation on the routes to and from the Port of Hamburg. Photo: Hafen Hamburg Marketing

Port of Hamburg, Metrans Group Join for Intermodal

The Port of Hamburg and Metrans Group are intensifying their links with Lithuanian Railways. Axel Mattern, Joint CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing, and Egidijus Lazauskas, Deputy Director-General and Director Freight Traffic for Lithuanian Railways, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Vilnius to strengthen cooperation on the routes to and from the Port of Hamburg.In addition, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG - HHLA’s intermodal subsidiary Metrans, and Lithuanian Railways signed a Letter of Intent to promote and improve cross-border freight flows.For years…

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Ship Owners Are Scrambling to Install Scrubbers

Ship owners accelerated installations of engine emissions cleaning systems this year ahead of stringent new rules in 2020 which sharply reduce the amount of sulphur ships can emit from the 3.5 percent in current bunker fuel to 0.5 percent, according to a report.Vessel operators can either switch to cleaner, but more expensive, marine gasoil or install scrubbers to filter sulphur from dirtier fuel oil.The looming change in International Maritime Organization (IMO) rules has impacted…

Interferry chairman John Steen-Mikkelsen (Photo: Interferry)

Interferry Names New Chairman and Board Members

Interferry, the trade association representing the worldwide ferry industry, has announced that the new chairman of its board of directors is John Steen-Mikkelsen, CEO of Danish ferry operator Danske Faerger.Steen-Mikkelsen was elected together with three new board members at the annual general meeting held last week in Cancun, Mexico, during the association’s 43rd annual conference.The Interferry board is drawn from all types of large and small ferry operations - including ro-pax, ro-ro, cruise ferries, fast ferries and passenger-only ferries - as well as industry suppliers.

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Students Aim to Improve Stevedore Working Conditions

A Finland-Singapore Maritime Innovation camp was held September 23 to 28 in Singapore, where corporate partners MacGregor and PSA Corporation asked student to find a way to reduce the stress level of stevedores while working on board.The students from Turku School of Economics at the University of Turku, National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore worked on the challenge during an intensive one-week camp, with the team presentations and results announced during the closing gala.