Baltic Sea News

14 Nov 2019

DHL Intros Fastest China-Germany Intermodal

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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…

10 Nov 2019

Poland Preps Offshore Wind Bill

Image: Polish Offshore Wind Energy Society in Gdansk

Polish Ministry of Energy has finished internal work on draft 'offshore wind act'. The draft is to be further proceeded now by Government on the legislative path through public consultations.Dedicated offshore wind act is one of the most awaited key drivers for opening and boosting of Polish offshore wind energy sector development.The ministry said that the draft is the result of “intensive work and consultations with many partners” and is now ready for “further legislative work”.Minister…

08 Nov 2019

Small Scale LNG Market to Grow by 6.81%

Cryogas-Vysotsk is Novatek's first small-scale LNG production project. Photo: Novatek

Global small-scale LNG market is expected to rise from its initial estimated value of USD 29.31 billion in 2018 to an estimated value of USD 49.66 billion by 2026, registering a CAGR of 6.81% in the forecast period of 2019-2026.Increasing demand for the LNG is the major factor for the growth of this market, said Data Bridge Market Research.The small scale LNG is especially used for the places where there is less production of LNG and they also don’t require large plants. They usually use tanker…

06 Nov 2019

Terntank Orders 2 Hybrid Tankers in China

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Swedish shipping company Terntank has placed orders for two hybrid tankers, which  run on liquefied biogas (LBG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG),  at China’s AVIC Dingheng Shipbuilding with an option for two more vessels.The 15,000 dwt new-builds with hybrid battery system and on-shore power are designed by Kongsberg (ex Rolls-Royce) and they will be in operation in the Baltic Sea and the North Sea in 2021.The close cooperation with the customers and with the crew at shore and onboard…

30 Oct 2019

Denmark OKs Nord Stream 2 Project

Connecting pipe sections above water. Photo:  © Nord Stream 2 / Axel Schmidt.

Denmark has granted permission for the Russian Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline to be constructed across Danish seabed in the Baltic Sea, leading to Germany.The Danish decision puts greater pressure on U.S. Congress to quickly pass a sanctions bill to halt the project before it is completed.The pipeline being constructed under the Baltic Sea by Russia's Gazprom energy giant is nearly complete, but had not previously been granted permission to cross Denmark's exclusive economic…

28 Oct 2019

Tallink Grupp Names New Vessel MySTAR

Pic: Tallink Grupp

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…

20 Oct 2019

Neptun Werft Lays Keel for AIDAcosma

 Photos: AIDA Cruises

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…

08 Oct 2019

Ports of Stockholm Finalist for Climate Action Award

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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.

26 Sep 2019

Authorities Gather to Discuss Enforcement of Sulphur Limits

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

This week, the Danish Maritime Authority is hosting the 6th annual meeting for international sulphur experts who will combine forces to cooperate on further developing effective enforcement.The purpose of the meeting is to exchange knowledge and best practice for surveillance and enforcement. Many of the experts have experience from enforcing local sulphur regulations, particularly the Sulphur Emission Control Areas (SECA). The discussions will further develop these learnings…

25 Sep 2019

BSR Access Project Platform in Spotlight

Members of the BSR Access Partnership. Photo: © BSR Access Partnership

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.

24 Sep 2019

Nauticor Undertakes 1st SIMPOS LNG Bunkering

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Hamburg-based Nauticor, a unit of Linde, together with the logistics company Unifeeder completed a simultaneous  operations (SIMOPS) ship-to-ship bunkering of the liquefied natural gas (LNG)-retrofit Wes Amelie at the port of Helsinki, Finland.The world’s largest bunker supply vessel for liquefied natural gas (LNG) Kairos supplied the chilled fuel to the Wes Amelie at the Vuosaari Harbour container terminal through a SIMOPS (simultaneous operations), Nauticor saidThe transfer of LNG between the two vessels marks an important step in several aspects…

23 Sep 2019

Germany Calls for Improved Marine Com

Ralf Nagel. Photo: German Shipowners’ Association

Extension of broadband communication of key importance to digital change in maritime shipping, said shipowners and pilots in Germany’s coastline.Against the backdrop of the extension of mobile communications networks planned in Germany, the German Shipowners’ Association (Verband Deutscher Reeder – VDR) and the German Federal Chamber of Pilots (Bundeslotsenkammer – BLK) issued a joint communiqué calling for urgent improvement of mobile network coverage in German coastal waters.Maritime…

17 Sep 2019

NEOT Gets First LNG Bunkering from Kairos

Image: Nauticor

Nauticor-operated LNG bunker supply vessel Kairos completed the first LNG bunkering operation in the port of Södertälje, Sweden, delivering 150 tons of LNG.Finnish North European Oil Trade (NEOT)  was the first company to bunker LNG from the Kairos vessel.During the operation, 150 tons of LNG were bunkered from “Kairos” to “Ternsund” at the port’s oil terminal.Åsa Boström, Controller at the Port of Södertälje, stated, “The first LNG bunker operation was a huge success and the cooperation between the terminal and port operators…

14 Aug 2019

Iberdrola Sells Stake in East Anglia One to GIG

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Spanish public multinational electric utility company Iberdrola has entered into an agreement with Green Investment Group (GIG), part of Macquarie Group, to sell a 40% share in the East Anglia One offshore wind farm.The group will continue to be the majority shareholder, with 60% of this offshore wind farm, which will be one of the largest in the world when it enters into operation.According to transaction terms and conditions the entire value of EAO amounts to £4.1 billion and when the wind farm is operational in 2020…

06 Sep 2019

Eesti Begins LNG Bunkering in Hanko Port

Image: Eesti Gaas

Estonian energy company Eesti Gaas began providing liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering services to LNG-powered vessels in the port of Hanko, Finland, for the first time in addition to Tallinn and Helsinki.For the port of Hanko, this means scheduled LNG bunkering on its premises, and Eesti Gaas will be providing the service to two new ships in addition to Tallink’s Megastar.The two ships bunkered by Eesti Gaas in the port of Hanko are the largest dual fuel LNG vehicle carriers in the world.

12 Aug 2019

Global Trade Center Stage at Poland’s Maritime Conference

Photo courtesy of Maritime Forum Gdynia

The biggest annual gathering of Poland’s maritime industry leaders, the Maritime Economy Forum Gdynia is unveiling its program.The day-long event, now in its 19th year, takes place on October 11 in Gdynia, featuring 30 speakers with 600 senior figures from Poland’s maritime sector and around the world expected to attend.Forum chairman Slawomir Kalicki said the conference will see a morning session examine some of the biggest issues facing the international maritime sector, worth an estimated $3-$6 trillion a year, from an EU, Baltic Sea and Polish perspective.

17 Sep 2019

Langh Ship Going Green

Pic: Langh Ship

Finnish shipping company Langh Ship said that it takes environmental matters into account in their day-to-day operations, and efforts to improve the state of the world’s seas are important to all Langh companies."The environmental perspective has been at the core of the Langh companies’ operations for some time now, and the companies are a partner of the John Nurminen Foundation and a supporter of the Foundation’s Clean Baltic Sea projects," said a press release from the owner…

19 Aug 2019

Baltic Ports Join Sustainability Program

BPO's Secretary General: Bogdan Oldakowski. Photo: World Ports Sustainability Program

The Baltic Ports Organization (BPO) has been welcomed into the World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP) following the signing of the WPSP declaration by Bogdan Ołdakowski, BPO Secretary General.Guided by the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the Program aims to enhance and coordinate future sustainability efforts of ports worldwide, fostering international cooperation with partners in the supply chain.BPO was established on October 10, 1991, in Copenhagen, with an aim to…

28 Aug 2019

Nord Stream 2 is 75% Complete

Image: Nord Stream 2

The Nord Stream 2, export gas pipeline running from Russia to Europe across the Baltic Sea, is 75% complete, the project's operator, Nord Stream 2 AG, said in a statement.A total of 1,855 kilometers of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline were built along the bottom of the Baltic Sea in the waters of Russia, Finland, Sweden and Germany. That's about 75 percent of the total length of the pipeline, the release said.Both strings have already been completed in German territorial waters and Finnish waters. Pipelay is currently ongoing in Russian territorial waters.

01 Sep 2019

ESL Shipping Buys Alppilan from SEB Leasing

Pic: ESL Shipping

Finland-based shipping company ESL Shipping, part of the ASPO Group, has acquired bulk carrier Alppila from SEB Leasing.The acquisition was made in accordance with the terms and conditions of the lease agreement signed in 2011, said the carrier of dry bulk cargoes in the Baltic region.Designed to meet the needs of ESL Shipping's customers, m/s Alppila is a self-unloading bulk carrier specially built for Baltic Sea operations.The bulk carrier is equipped for Finnish winter conditions…

08 Sep 2019

Tallink Enters Singapore

Pic: Tallink Grupp

Estonian shipping company Tallink Grupp has announced establishing a subsidiary in Singapore this week – Tallink Asia Pte Ltd – which is the group’s first subsidiary in Asia. The operator of cruise ferries and ropax ships said that the purpose of founding a subsidiary in Singapore is to simplify the development and expansion of the group’s activities in Asia."We have always been open about the fact that Tallink Grupp is continuously looking for opportunities to develop our activities and expand into new markets," Paavo Nõgene, CEO of Tallink Grupp said.

01 Aug 2019

Finnlines Cuts CO2 Emissions by 30%

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European ferry operator said that between 2008 and 2018 it reduced its CO2 emissions by approximately 30 per cent and confirmed that it is looking beyond IMO requirements to drive down its carbon footprint further."Passenger-specific carbon-dioxide figures for 2018 have been calculated on Finnlines’ passenger routes," the shipping operator of ro-ro and passenger services in the Baltic Sea and the North Sea.The EU regulation on the monitoring, reporting and verification of CO2 emissions (MRV, EU 2015/757, EN 16258) became fully effective in 2018.

02 Aug 2019

Tallink Seeking Name for New Ferry

Pic: Tallink Grupp

Estonian shipping company Tallink Grupp has  launched an international name search for its new shuttle vessel, the construction of which is due to kick off at the Rauma shipyard in Finland early next year (2020).According to the largest passenger and cargo shipping company in the Baltic Sea region, the shuttle vessel, which will be similar to the group’s newest vessel Megastar, operating on the Tallinn-Helsinki route since January 2017, will be completed by the end of 2021 and delivered to Tallink Grupp in January 2022.The new vessel will then start operating on the Tallinn-Helsinki route…

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