Baltic Sea News

18 Feb 2019

Inside the World's Top Ferry Lines

Staten Island Ferries, NYC. Photo Credit: Greg Trauthwein

The ferry business, unlike more industrial parts of the shipping business, touches wide swaths of the world’s population across continents. The membership of Interferry, the leading trade group for the industry, with non-Governmental organization (NGO) status at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) includes 200+ members from all parts of the ferry spectrum. These include passenger ferries (including fast ferries), Ro/Pax and cruise ferries operating globally. In selecting “the best” we looked beyond the league tables of “the most” (passengers) and “the biggest” (fleet size).

15 Feb 2019

Cruise Industry Provides 12.5K Jobs in Baltic

Image: Silja Line

The cruise industry in the Baltic Sea does more than provide rest and unique excursions for thousands of cruise guests, it also supports over 12,500 jobs in the region, according to a new study.More people than ever before are cruising in the Baltic Sea, and that is showing on the positive economic impact in the region. According to a new Economic Impact Study, the cruise industry generated a total output of EUR 1.5 billion in 2018, which supported exactly 12,595 total jobs in the Baltic region.Of the EUR 1.5 billion…

14 Feb 2019

Eurogate Container Volumes Stable in 2018

Image: Eurogate

Despite the persistently challenging market environment, German terminal operator Eurogate managed to close the 2018 financial year with stable container handling volumes.In 2018, the Bremen-based group managed to handle a total of 14.1 million TEUs at its twelve locations in and around Europe.The volume of intermodal container transports increased by 2.8 per cent to around 1.05 million TEUs.At the Eurogate Group’s five German terminals, the previous year’s handling figures were confirmed.

07 Feb 2019

Polaris Refuels in Finland

Image: Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency

World’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) icebreaker Polaris refueled for the first time at the Nordic countries’ largest LNG terminal in Tornio in the icy Röyttä Harbour.As of yet, LNG is the world’s most environmentally friendly ship fuel. It does not contain sulphur, and its combustion generates approximately 87% less nitrogen oxides in comparison to regularly used Marine Diesel Oil (MDO). Furthermore, LNG’s particulate matter emissions are nearly non-existent.From the outset…

04 Feb 2019

Eesti Completes 1,500th LNG Bunkering

Pic: Eesti Gaas

Estonian energy company Eesti Gaas completed the 1,500th liquefied natural gas bunkering operation at the Tallinn old city harbor with the Megastar ferry operating between Tallinn and Helsinki.Megastar is serviced by eight Eesti Gaas’s trailer carriers which were purchased especially for this purpose.“LNG supply has been reliable, and no problems occurred in the thousand times the vessel was bunkered. Megastar’s lower fuel consumption and lower environmental pollution level than…

31 Jan 2019

Ice and Easy: The next level of hybridization

MS Viikki: the world’s first LNG-fueled bulk carrier (Photo: Yaskawa Environmental Energy / The Switch)

The demanding conditions of the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Bothnia are plain sailing for MS Viikki, the world’s first LNG-fueled bulk carrier. The solution, built around WE Tech’s variable frequency drive technology WE Drive and The Switch direct drive permanent magnet shaft generator, helps the vessel achieve Ice Class 1A propulsion, while still slashing fuel consumption, costs and emissions. It is a game-changer for ice-class operations.Demanding high standardsESL Shipping is…

28 Jan 2019

Meriaura Signs Five New TC Agreements

M/S Antonia is equipped with two heavy lift cranes and tweendecks. Pic: Meriaura.

Finnish shipping company Meriaura has signed new time charter-in agreements covering five vessels.The five vessels that will join the company’s fleet include a deck cargo carrier, two multipurpose-heavy lift dry cargo vessels and two traditional dry bulk carriers said a press note from Meriaura, specializing in the transport of industrial raw materials and project cargo on the Baltic Sea and in Europe.M/S Enough Talk is a deck cargo carrier of the same type and size as Meriaura’s deck cargo carriers Aura and Meri.

27 Jan 2019

Polskie LNG Gets Permits for Terminal Expansion

Image: Polskie LNG SA

Polish LNG terminal operator Polskie LNG has obtained a set of environmental and location decisions for all projects implemented under the LNG Terminal Expansion Program.The environmental permits are final, while the decisions issued by the Governor of West Pomerania are immediately enforceable (which stems directly from the provisions of the Special Act on the LNG Terminal).The Expansion Program of President Lech Kaczyński's LNG Terminal is implemented as scheduled."The environmental…

13 Jan 2019

Vilnia Maersk Delivered to Maersk

Pic: Shanghai NSE

Danish shipping conglomerate A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S has taken delivery of Vilnia Maersk, a 3,600 TEU containership, from COSCO Zhoushan Shipyard.According to a stock exchange annoucement, Shanghai NSE supplied main switchboard   for the vessel.The statement said that the 3600TEU Container Vessel (Hull No.: N693) was built by COSCO (Zhoushan) Shipyard Co., Ltd. for Maersk Line Ltd.The ship is the sixth in a series of a total of seven Baltic feeders Maersk’s brand Seago Line plans…

11 Jan 2019

Port of Riga Set to Double Number of Cruise Ships

Image: Freeport of Riga

Over almost half a century, the cruise industry has experienced dynamic growth, initially driven by the demand for cruise travels in North America and the recent demand in Europe and rest of the world, especially China and Australia.The demand for cruise ships in regions of the world has increased from 23.34 million passengers in 2014 to 26.76 million passengers in 2017. Market trends suggest that the number of cruise passengers world-wide may increase by another third by 2030…

10 Jan 2019

Russian President Commissions Kaliningrad LNG Terminal

Launch of a gas-receiving terminal and floating storage regasification platform in Kaliningrad Region. Photo: President of Russia Website

Russian President Vladimir Putin inaugurated a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal that will serve as a back-up gas supply solution for the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea. The facility includes floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) in Baltic Sea enclave.Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said: "The floating storage regasification platform is currently moored at the receiving terminal; that platform will convert LNG into gas to pump into the underground facility…

07 Jan 2019

Bunker One Expands to Germany

Image: Bunker One

Denmark-based marine fuel supplier Bunker One has announced the establishment of a new physical bunker entity, serving the German market.Bunker Holding subsidiary said that the business activities of the new entity Bunker One (Germany) GmbH will be concentrated on supplying marine fuel products and other related services to ferry- container- and other commercial vessels in all ports at the German North Sea and Baltic Sea regions with base in Rostock, Kiel and Hamburg.To benefit…

07 Jan 2019

Bunker Delivery Note Amendments Enter into Force

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Amendments to the bunker delivery note relating to the supply of marine fuel oil to ships which have fitted alternative mechanisms to address sulphur emission requirements entered into force on 1 January 2019.According to a press release from International Maritime Organization (IMO), the amendment enters into force as the shipping industry counts down to 1 January 2020, when the limit for sulphur in fuel oil will be reduced to 0.50% m/m outside emission control areas (ECAs),…

02 Jan 2019

Polskie LNG Begins LNG Terminal Expansion Program

Graphics: Polskie LNG

Polskie LNG, the owner and operator of LNG terminal in Poland published the contract notice that officially commences the tender procedure with the view to select the contractor for the expansion of LNG terminal in Poland, Świnoujście.These components include construction of the third LNG process storage tank, delivery of additional process installations increasing the regasification capacity, and the LNG transhipment installation together with a railway siding.The overall objective of the said projects is not only to increase Poland's energy security…

02 Jan 2019

Keppel Wins New Marine Contracts

Image: Keppel Offshore & Marine

Singaporean conglomerate  Keppel Offshore & Marine said that it has secured new marine contracts with a combined value of S$300 million (USD 220 mln) through its subsidiaries. According to a press release from the company, the first contract is by Keppel Singmarine with Shturman Koshelev LLC for the design and construction of an ice-class LNG bunker vessel. When completed in 4Q 2020, the vessel will be chartered to Gazpromneft Marine Bunker Ltd (Gazpromneft) for operations in the Baltic Sea.

21 Dec 2018

Van Oord Vessel Gets Baltic Project

Photo: Van Oord

Dutch maritime contracting company Royal Van Oord has signed a contract with the Swedish energy company Vattenfall for the transport and installation of the foundations for Kriegers Flak wind farm.Van Oord, international contractor specialising in dredging, marine engineering and offshore projects (oil, gas and wind) said that it will install the project’s 72 monopiles and transition pieces.With a production capacity of just over 600 MW Kriegers Flak will be Denmark’s largest…

21 Dec 2018

Vattenfall Okays 605MW Kriegers Flak offshore Wind Farm

Image: Vattenfall

Swedish state-owned power company Vattenfall has reached a final investment decision for the 605MW Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm in the Danish waters of the Baltic Sea.Vattenfall has made the final investment decisions for the offshore wind farm Kriegers Flak in Denmark. Further action for Vesterhav Syd & Nord is awaiting the result of the appeal process. The two projects amount to a total value of 1.7 billion euro (USD 1.95 bln)" said a statement from the Europe's generator of electricity and heat in Denmark…

14 Dec 2018

Kairos Begins Operations in Northwest Europe

Photo: Polish LNG Platform

The world’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel “Kairos” has started operations in Northwest Europe on December 11th, 2018, said a press note from the Polish LNG Platform.Chartered by Blue LNG, a joint venture of the Hamburg based leading LNG supplier “Nauticor” with a 90% share and the Lithuanian energy infrastructure provider KN with a 10% share, the ship was handed over by the owner Babcock Schulte Energy in the port of Klaipeda.Mahinde Abeynaike, CEO of Nauticor, underlined the…

09 Dec 2018

Estonian Port Offers Discounts to Green Ships

Image: Port of Tallinn

Estonian port authority Tallinna Sadam (Port of Tallinn) announced that starting from next year the ships that have joined the Environmental Ship Index (ESI) can apply for discount on tonnage fees of up to 8%.The Baltic Sea port said in a press release that the new port pricing system involving differentiated port fees is aimed at encouraging shipping companies to adopt environmentally friendlier technologies and thus also contribute to the health of Baltic Sea ecosystem.The head…

05 Dec 2018

120 LNG Newbuilds Currently Under Construction

The Dunkerque LNG terminal receives its first LNG cargo. Pic: EDF

Dunkerque LNG SAS, which constructs and operates liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, provided an overview of their port infrastructure to meet up to 13 BCM (billion cubic metres) of LNG import demand into France and Belgium as well as providing full LNG ship bunkering operations.Whilst most of the world’s 118 LNG-powered vessels currently operate in the Baltic Sea, Dunkerque LNG’s director of business development Cécile Grégoire-David predicted that the majority of the world’s…

18 Nov 2018

LNG Bulk Carrier Viikki Starts Baltic Sea Ops

Pic: ESL Shipping

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…

08 Nov 2018

New High Efficiency Propeller Introduced

Photo: Sharrow Engineering

Philadelphia design firm Sharrow Engineering, LLC  announced that the company’s propeller design has been awarded patents in the U.S., Japan, Canada, and European Union with further domestic and international patents pending. Additionally, the final phase of testing on its core propeller product has been completed.Over the past six years, Sharrow Engineering has analyzed extensive testing data collected at the University of Michigan’s Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratory and implemented a rigorous in-water test program using manned vessels in lakes, rivers, and bays.

08 Nov 2018

Poland Aims 8 GW of Offshore Wind

Image: @WindEurope

Poland has announced ambitious plans to develop 8 GW of offshore wind by 2035 and the country is working on laws that could support this project.Polish State Secretary for Energy Grzegorz Tobiszowski said the country has the potential to develop the capacity in the Baltic Sea up to 2035. "Poland will soon pass a law to this effect, spelling out the annual volumes up to this date," he said.A press release from WindEurope, an association for wind energy in Europe, quoted WindEurope Chief Policy Officer Pierre Tardieu as saying: “Things are now starting to look up for wind energy in Poland.

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