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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

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Riga, Qingdao Sign Port Cooperation Pact

The Freeport of Riga in Latvia has announced that it has signed a cooperation agreement with the Port of Qingdao in China, one of the ten busiest ports in the world.According to a statement, the goal of the agreement is to facilitate trading, logistics and business partnerships between Latvia and China, boosting the exchange of information and expertise in the fields of port planning and development, port management and information technologies.“Last autumn, we transported cargo by rail directly from the City of Xi'an to the Port of Riga.

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Lithuania Plans to Buy an FSRU

Lithuania has given the go ahead to state-owned Klaipedos Nafta to purchase a liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage vessel by late 2024, as it shores up energy supplies and reduces its reliance on Russian natural gas.Klaipedos Nafta is currently leasing a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU), called Independence, from Norway's Hoegh LNG.The use of the vessel has allowed Lithuania to import LNG since 2014, breaking the monopoly Russia's Gazprom had on natural gas supply to the country as well as neighboring Latvia and Estonia."This will keep us able…

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China Strengthens Maritime Cooperation with Lativa

The the third largest container port in the world Port of Shenzhen Lativa's Freeport of Riga have a common goal - to become internationally important and strong ports through cooperation.Recently, Port of Riga welcomed a delegation from the Port of Shenzhen, including representatives of the city municipality and management of the port authority, as well as port entrepreneurs — representatives of all four container terminals of the Port of Shenzhen.Since the Port of Shenzhen is a cooperation port for Riga…

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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Latvia’s Economy Growing via German Ports Too

Latvia recorded the strongest real growth among European states in the first quarter of 2018, posting a seasonally adjusted rise of 5.1 percent on strong domestic demand, driven by EU funded major projects, and greatly consuming private households. Goods flows in the Baltic States move not least of all via the Ports of Lübeck and Hamburg. Just how closely the German economy is linked to this Baltic state was showcased at an event in Liepaja, Latvia initiated by Port of Hamburg Marketing jointly with the Ports of Lübeck and Liepaja…

Daniel Sundberg (Photo: Yanmar)

Yanmar Hires Nordics Regional Manager

Yanmar Marine International has appointed Daniel Sundberg as its new Nordics Regional Manager to oversee sales, after-sales and marketing related to the manufacturer’s commercial and leisure marine engines and other Yanmar Group brands in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Latvia.Sundberg's position encompasses the roles of Nordics Regional Manager, General Manager of Yanmar Norway and General Manager of Yanmar Sweden.According to Yanmar, the addition of a focused Nordics Manager…

IRClass pic on RO from Netherlands Photo courtesy IRClass PR

IRClass is Authorized RO for Netherlands

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) classification society has received authorization as a Recognised Organisation (RO) from Netherlands’ flag administration. The authorization comes just months after IRClass received authorization from Europe’s largest flag Malta in December last year. Netherlands ranks fourth according to performance ranking released by Paris MOU. To date, IRClass has secured authorization from four European flags including Latvia and Bulgaria – all within the past year or so.

Arun Sharma, Executive Chairman, IRClass. Photo: IRClass

Indian Register of Shipping Cautiously Optimistic for 2018

Continuing its growth trajectory, Indian Register of Shipping has concluded 2017 on a successful note with increased class fleet, growing global recognition, improved geographical presence and strengthened its capabilities through several new initiatives. In line with its performance year after year, the classed fleet has grown 5.3% in numbers and 4.8% in tonnage terms. In the last three years IRClass’ classed fleet has grown from 10.89 to 12.70 Million GT. Given the prevailing stressed maritime environment, this consistent growth is heartening, said a press release.

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IRClass Gets Authorisation from Malta

In yet another demonstration of its growing global recognition, Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), a leading classification society, has received authorisation as a Recognised Organisation (RO) from Merchant Shipping Directorate of Transport, Malta. Malta is the sixth largest flag in the world and largest in Europe with a tonnage of 72.1 Million GT. This year, IRClass has earned a spate of authorisations from various flags worldwide, including US Coast Guard, Latvia, Antigua & Barbuda, Thailand and Bangladesh. Moreover, IRClass has set up its offices in Malta & Istanbul.

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JNPT Records Growth of 5.76% in Container Handling

Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), handled 3.9 lakh TEUs in the month of November 2017, while recording a growth of 5.76% in container handling for the period Apr-Nov2017 as compared to same period last year. Of the four terminals at JNPT, JNPCT handled 1.18 lakh TEUs, APM Terminal’s total stood at 1.66 lakh TEUs, DP World (comprising NSICT and NSIGT) together handled 1.06 lakh TEUs in the month of November 2017. The Direct Port Delivery initiative under ‘Ease of Doing Business’ has been steadily going up and in the month of November…

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Port of Hamburg’s 2017 Volumes on Pace with 2016

At 70 million tons, first-half seaborne cargo throughput in Hamburg in 2017, including the general and bulk cargo segments, all but matched the previous year’s, being one-fifth of one percent (0.2 percent) lower. In the first six months of 2017 containerized general cargo throughput at 4.45 million TEU (20-ft standard containers) was at the previous year’s level. Up by one percent at 23.5 million tons, bulk cargo throughput in Germany’s largest universal port continued to grow.

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European Dockworkers to Hold Two-hour Strike

The International Dockworkers Council (IDC) has called a Europe-wide port stoppage in support of the conflict faced by Spanish dockers and in opposition to the policies of the European Commission (EC). Once the conflict in Spain has been resolved, the IDC said it expects the EC to reconvene the European Commission Sectorial Social Dialogue Committee, which the IDC will re-join in order to promote new changes. The IDC said it demands that International Labour Organization (ILO) Conventions 137 and 152 be ratified and complied with by all member states of the European Union.

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Stena Line Says Sustainability Goals Paying Off

“Our belief is that a reduced environmental impact is also essential for long-term profitability,” said Stena Line's CEO, Niclas Mårtensson. Stena Line, a ferry operator serving Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden and the U.K., said its increased strategic focus on sustainability and environmental improvements over recent years is paying off. Through the years Stena Line’s experience in investing in energy efficiency transport has been extensive. An example: the launch of the world's first methanol-powered ferry, Stena Germanica, in 2015.

Adm. Robert E. Kramek, 20th Commandant of the Coast Guard (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

Former USCG Commandant Kramek Passes Away

Adm. Robert E. Kramek, former Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, has died October 20, 2016. Kramek served as the Coast Guard's 20th commandant from 1994 through 1998, during which time he significantly expanded the Coast Guard's global reach and influence as commandant, including directing active participation in the combined service/international anti-narcotic smuggling operations Frontier Shield and Gulf Shield, along with other law enforcement operations. He led the Coast…

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Lifeboat Crew Exchange Hits Fifth Year

For the fifth consecutive year, rescue volunteers from European nations are to participate next week in a seven day Lifeboat Crew Exchange Program organized by the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF). The well-established program will include representatives from 13 countries and nine will host a full exchange seven days in their respective locations with each country able to send seven crew members each going to a different country. They will share experiences and…

Russia to Halt Oil Products Export via Foreign Baltic Ports

Russia plans to fully halt exports of oil products from other than Russian ports on the Baltic Sea by 2018, the head of oil pipeline monopoly Nikolai Tokarev told President Vladimir Putin on Monday. Russia will increase the shipments via its own ports instead, Tokarev said, according to a transcript of the meeting published on the Kremlin website. Russia has been gradually cutting oil and oil products exports via foreign ports on the Baltic Sea, such as Latvia's Ventspils as it has built its own shipments facilities in the ports of Primorsk and Ust-Luga.

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Monjasa Named Exclusive Bunker Supplier at Tongue Anchor

Global oil and shipping group Monjasa said it has consolidated its physical operations in North Western Europe and in particular in the world’s second busiest waterway, the English Channel. Over the past year, Monjasa has established exclusive oil terminal operations and bunkering facilities in Portland Port, Tongue Anchorage, and set up an office in London. The bunkering operations at Tongue Anchorage further tightens the Monjasa Group’s European physical supply operations, which stretch from the Baltic Sea to the English Channel.

A few representatives of the Ports of Liepaja, Riga, Ventspils, Lübeck, Kiel and Hamburg Photo Port of Hamburg

First German-Latvian Maritime Forum in Riga

On 19 May, Ziemelblazma Culture Palace in Riga, the Latvian capital was the venue for a meeting between numerous representatives of the Ports of Liepaja, Riga, Ventspils, Lübeck, Kiel and Hamburg. This was hosted by the three Latvian ports and Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM). For Marina Basso Michael, Head of Market Development for the Baltic Region and Eastern Europe for HHM, and Axel Mattern, CEO of HHM, Riga was an excellent place to hold the first “German-Latvian Maritime Forum”.

Capt. Aleksandrs Goridjko (Photo: Norbulk Shipping)

Norbulk Shipping: 25 Years of Recruiting Seafarers

Norbulk Shipping is celebrating 25 years of training and recruiting seafarers from its management offices in Riga, Latvia. The crewing and training center run by Hanza Marine Management, a partner company to Norbulk Shipping, supplies 4,000 seafarers to 150 vessels and supplies a wide range of crewing recruitment and training services to its clients. This year, it is celebrating 25 years in business after the manning agency was set up in the early ’90s, shortly after Latvia regained independence.

Baltic FORAN Day

SENER to Exhibit FORAN V80 Version at 1st Baltic FORAN Day

The SENER engineering and technology group organizes the 1st Baltic FORAN Day, which will take place in the Hilton Gdansk Hotel, Targ Rybny 1, Gdansk, 80-838, Poland, on the 28th of April. This Baltic FORAN Day is focused to Baltic Region countries, like Poland, Sweden, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Deutschland, Norway, Sweden and Germany. The aim of this open and free event, organized by SENER, is to present the advantages of its FORAN CAD/CAM System to fulfil the shipbuilding challenges and to share experiences between professionals, from ship design offices, shipyards and universities.

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Maersk Announces Rate Increase

The world’s largest container shipping company Maersk Line said that it will increase the rate from north Europe to west central Asia by US$100 per TEU, $150 per FEU and 40-foot high cube from March 1. This will apply to shipments from Finland, Russia, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia to Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Yemen, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Maersk Line would also change the way it announces price changes to its customers, following the European Union’s antitrust investigation into price collusion.

Unmanned Ships: How Close is the Autonomous Ferry?

The first remote-controlled ferry demonstrator could hit the water within four to five years thanks to a new wave of research into operational efficiency based on ship intelligence solutions. The prediction from Oskar Levander, VP for innovation, engineering & technology at Rolls-Royce Marine in Finland, will be explored at next month’s 40th annual Interferry conference in Copenhagen, where technical innovations will be a central theme of the trade association’s agenda. Levander…

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Latvia Spots Russian Submarine

The National Armed Forces of Latvia said they found a submarine on Sunday and a group of Russian warships in the exclusive economic zone of Latvia. The Sputnik reports that the Armed Forces saw Russian Kilo-class sub and a Tarantul-class corvette between four and six nautical miles off the country's maritime border. It is reported that several courts of the Russian armed forces identified a short distance from the boundary of the territorial waters of Latvia. Earlier it was reported that the armed forces of Latvia counted nine Russian military aircraft on its border for days.

Baltic Operations 2014. Photo credit: U.S. NAVY

NATO Begins Maritime Exercises in Baltic Region

Forces from 17 NATO and non-member partner countries will carry out joint maritime exercises in the Baltic region over the next two weeks. “Seventeen NATO and partner nations will participate in the 43rd iteration of the multinational maritime exercise BALTOPS 2015 in Poland, Sweden, Germany, and throughout the Baltic Sea, June 5-20,” the US Navy said in a statement. The annual BALTOPS exercise will focus on interoperability among maritime forces on tasks such as air defense, maritime interdiction and anti-submarine warfare, according to the Navy.

BALTOPS 2015

BALTOPS 2015 to Kick Off on Friday

Seventeen NATO and partner nations will participate in the 43rd iteration of the multinational maritime exercise BALTOPS 2015 in Poland, Sweden, Germany, and throughout the Baltic Sea, June 5-20, 2015. BALTOPS is an annually reoccurring multinational exercise designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability, as well as demonstrate resolve of allied and partner forces to defend the Baltic region. Vice Adm. James Foggo III, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet and commander, Striking and Support Forces NATO stated…

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Paris MoU Reports 113 MLC Detentions in First Year

August 20, 2014 marked the first anniversary of the entry into force of the Maritime Labor Convention (MLC, 2006). During the first 12 months, 113 ships were detained by one of the Paris MoU Authorities for MLC-related deficiencies, representing 17.4% of the total number of detentions (649) in the Paris MoU during this period. During the first year, 7.4% (3,447) of the total number of 46,798 deficiencies recorded was linked to the MLC, while 160 (4.6%) were marked as a ground for detention resulting in 113 detained ships.