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China Strengthens Maritime Cooperation with Lativa

Pic: Freeport of Riga

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…

Samskip Launches Netherlands-Italy Rail Service

Photo: Samskip Multimodal B.V

European multimodal company Samskip Multimodal has launched Netherlands-Italy rail service that would bring multimodal benefits to Amsterdam.Officially launched on October 17, the connection sees trains depart from Melzo east of Milan three times a week, to be ready for unloading along 750m intermodal rail tracks inside TMA Logistics' Holland Cargo Terminal (HCT), Amsterdam 24 hours later.As well as avoiding the driver delays increasingly affecting European road transport, arrivals in Amsterdam coincide with Samskip shortsea departures to Hull…

Thordon Bearings Strengthens European Presence

Photo: Thordon

Thordon Bearings, the provider of bearing solutions for marine, has signed sales and distribution agreements with St. Petersburg-based Industrial & Marine Projects (IMPRO) and Tallinn’s Marine Ecology Equipment (MEE), in a development that anticipates the introduction of more stringent pollution rules for European waterways.The appointment of new distributors for Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia and Azerbaijan coincides with concern that more should be done to reduce the impact…

CMA CGM to Buy Finland's Containerships

© CMA CGM

French-based CMA CGM, one of the world's largest container shipping firms, has agreed to acquire Finland's Containerships from Container Finance Ltd Oy.Terms of the deal, which is expected to close in three to six months, were not disclosed.Containerships, which recorded sales of 227 million euros ($263 million) last year, ships cargo between Finland, Russia, the Baltic States, continental Europe, the UK and Ireland as well as in the Mediterranean region between Turkey and North Africa, it said in a regulatory filing.The acquisition will add to CMA CGM's regional network in northern Europe and

MSC Grandiosa to be Named in Hamburg

MSC Grandiosa. Photo: MSC Cruises S.A.

MSC Meraviglia officially made her maiden call at the port of Hamburg today, marking the start of her new as well as the brand’s best and most accessible-ever season in Northern Europe. At the traditional exchange of crests attended by Senator Horch from the City of Hamburg as well as representatives from the Ports and other institutions, media and travel partners, MSC Cruises, the Swiss-based world’s largest privately owned cruise line and now for the third consecutive year brand market leader across the whole of Europe…

Containerships, Viasea Join Forces on New Route

Image: Containerships

Shortsea vessel operators Containerships and Viasea Shipping have partnered up on a new route to Norway. This partnership will enable the two shipping companies to offer, what they believe is, the market’s best shortsea solution between Norway, Poland and the Baltic countries. Containerships has invested to a strong growth path with new LNG-vessels and trucks. The other focus has been to open new services in its main market area in the Baltics. “Opening a new service in Norway…

Lithuania Receives First U.S. LNG Cargo

File Image: A typical LNG Carrier at Sea (CREDIT: QGTC))

Lithuania received its first spot shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States on Monday, the result of a deal aimed at reducing dependence on Russia and consolidating relations with Washington amid increased tension in the region. Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014 has spooked the Baltic states, once ruled from Moscow but now members of both NATO and the European Union. "This is crucially important for the whole region," said Lithuania's Foreign Affairs Minister Linas Linkevicius.

Lithuania Inks U.S. LNG Supply Deal

File Image: Credit QGTC

Lithuania's state-owned gas trader Lietuvos Duju Tiekimas (LDT) said on Monday it had signed a deal to buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) directly from the United States for the first time and expects to receive a delivery in the second half of August. The deal is with a unit of Cheniere Energy and is part Lithuania's efforts to diversify its gas suppliers and reduce its reliance on Russia's Gazprom. LDT, part of state-owned energy group Lietuvos Energija, signed a deal last year with Koch Supply & Trading for LNG supplies throughout 2017. Cheniere Energy was expected to supply LNG from a U.S.

Poland has Natgas Exports 'understanding' with U.S.

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Poland's desire to cut natural gas imports from Russia has led to an "understanding" with the United States to work toward a deal to export liquefied natural gas to its new Baltic Sea terminal, the country's deputy prime minister said on Wednesday. Mateusz Morawiecki, who is also the minister of economic development and finance, said in an interview that discussions with new U.S. "The word agreement is probably premature. Understanding? Absolutely," Morawiecki said as he wrapped up a three-day U.S. visit with stops in Washington, Boston and New York.

LNG Ferry Megastar Delivered to Tallink

Photo: Meyer Turku Shipyard

Finnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku Shipyard delivered the state-of-the-art LNG fast ferry Megastar to owner Tallink on January 24. The newly built ferry will begin plying the Helsinki-Tallinn route on January 29 as the most technologically advanced fast ferry in the Baltic Sea. The 212-meter-long Megastar uses liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel, but is also able to run on marine diesel. With LNG, the vessel will create no sulphur or soot particles and decreasing the nitrogen and CO2 emissions.

US Ships Tanks, Equipment for NATO Exercises in Europe

Hundreds of U.S. tanks, trucks and other military equipment arrived by ship in Germany on Friday to be transported by rail and road to eastern Europe as part of a NATO buildup that has drawn Russia's ire. Two shiploads arrived in the northern port of Bremerhaven and a third was due in a few days, bringing the fleets of tracked and wheeled vehicles for use by around 4,000 U.S. troops being deployed for exercises in NATO states near Russia. U.S. and Polish forces will participate in a large "massing" exercise in Poland at the end of January as part of a series of measures aimed at reassuring U.S. allies in Europe after Russia's 2014 annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine.

Bunkering First for Gazpromneft Marine Bunker

Photo: Gazpromneft Marine Bunker

Gazpromneft Marine Bunker Ltd performed its first delivery of marine oil to the vessel operated by Chevron in Ust-Luga port. The delivery was arranged with cooperation with Gazpromneft-Lubricants – the Gazprom neft’s oil and lubricants business operator – as a part of its agreement for integration into the Chevron’s global supply network. Gazpromneft West bunkering vessel delivered 13.5 tonnes of TARO 40 XL 40 X marine oil to Seamarlin crude oil tanker (DWT 40549 tonnes). The…

Port of Hamburg Seaborne Cargo Down Slightly in 2016

Containervessels at HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder (Photo: Port of Hamburg)

First-half seaborne cargo throughput of 70.2 million tons reflected stabilization of the trend for the Port of Hamburg. At the same time, a steep increase occurred in freight transport by rail to/from the Port of Hamburg. At 70.2 million tons, in the first half total seaborne cargo throughput, which includes the general and bulk cargo segments, was slightly – 0.9 percent – down on the previous year. In the first six months of 2016 containerized cargo handling totalled 4.5 million TEU – 20-ft standard containers – corresponding to a downturn of 1.2 percent.

Kapellskär Port All set to Receive Biggest Vessel

A new 245 metre-long pier has now been completed and is ready to handle the vessels and freight volumes of the future Photo Port of Kapellskär

The Port of Kapellskär, Sweden, is being rebuilt to be able to accommodate larger vessels and meet market demands for current and future freight volumes. Now that the new 245 metre-long pier is completed, the port has two new modern quay-berths. The new pier has been operational from yesterday (13th June). The entire port is expected to be completed before the end of 2016, following three years of construction work. “It feels really good now that the new pier is ready and we can see the results of what we have worked on for so many years…

First German-Latvian Maritime Forum in Riga

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

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”.

IMO Restricts Ship Sewage Discharges into Baltic Sea

Image: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreed this week that the Baltic Sea special area for sewage discharges from passenger ships under Annex IV or the MARPOL Convention will take effect by latest 2021 for IMO registered passenger vessels. If a passenger vessel has an approved sewage treatment plant, meeting all IMO standards, it may discharge its effluent in the Baltic after treatment. However, in certain cases of direct passages between St. Petersburg area and the North Sea there is a two-year extension to the deadline, until 2023.

UK to Double NATO Naval Deployments in 2016

NATO Defence Ministers. Photo: NATO

Britain is doubling its naval deployments to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in a move aimed a showing enemies that "we are ready to respond to any threat", the Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced. Britain will play a bigger role in NATO maritime exercises and activities in 2016, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said. The UK will reportedly send five extra ships to the Baltic and additional troops to be stationed on a rotational basis in six countries bordering Russia.

TUI Cruises Launches Mein Schiff 5

Courtesy  MEYER WERFT

Six months to the day ahead of the naming ceremony, Mein Schiff 5 was launched today at the Meyer Turku Oy shipyard. Following a construction period of 14 months, Ferdinand Strohmeier, Vice-President Operations TUI Cruises, was on hand for the so-called “floating” celebrations. Together with Dr. Jan Meyer, head of the shipyard, and other members of the Mein Schiff 5 project team, he opened the bulkheads to flood the dry dock. The water flowed despite the bitter cold of -12 degrees Celsius. In the next few hours, the dock will fill with up to 300 million liters of seawater.

Port of Hamburg Reports Cargo Downturn

(Photo: HHM / Peter Glaubitt)

Germany’s largest universal port reported the effects of weakened Chinese foreign trade plus the steep downturn in trade with Russia during the first nine months of the year. Totaling 104.6 million tons, seaborne cargo throughput in Hamburg was down 4.8 percent from last year, despite higher bulk cargo handling in the first three quarters of 34.3 million, up 8.7 percent. Meanwhile, container throughput in the first nine months totaled 6.7 million TEU, down by 9.2 percent. The downward trend in container traffic with Russia appears to have ceased and stability to be setting in.

US Navigation Moves in S.China Sea to Continue

U.S. Navy file photo of USS Lassen (DDG 82), Courtesy USN

The United States will conduct freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea again, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a speech on Saturday, although he gave no timeline for any such actions. Carter's comments, delivered at a defense forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California, came at the close of a trip to Asia, where he cruised on a U.S. aircraft carrier operating in the South China Sea and blamed Beijing's island-building for rising tensions in the region. In October, a U.S.

Meyer Turku Delivers First Ship Under New Owners

Photo courtesy of Meyer Turku

Meyer Turku handed over Mein Schiff 4 to TUI Cruises on Friday May 8, 2015, marking the first delivery from Turku Shipyard under Meyers’ ownership. The Meyer family, operators of the shipbuilding company Meyer Werft in Germany, became the 100 percent owner of Meyer Turku Oy just two days earlier on May 6. Mein Schiff 4 will be named in Kiel on June 5, before sailing on her maiden voyage to the Baltic States on June 6, 2015. The Mein Schiff 4 building project entered production at Meyer Turku two years ago.

Viking Orders 2 Liebherr Cranes

The owner of Viking Cranes, Erich Reimets, together with the financial director of Viking Cranes, Reet Reimets, and representatives of Liebherr

An LR 1300 with super lift equipment and an LR 1160 crawler crane will strengthen the fleet of Viking Cranes. The Tallinn-based company with branch offices throughout the Baltic States and Scandinavia has signed the contract at the occasion of the customer days of Liebherr Nenzing mid-April 2015. Both cranes will be delivered to the customer until the mid of June 2015. The 300-tonnes crawler crane LR 1300 will be delivered with super lift equipment and counterweight carrier. This machine is equipped with a main boom of 86 m and a luffing jib of 41 m.

CMA CGM's OPDR Acquisition Approved by EU

The CMA CGM Group announced that the European Commission has approved its acquisition of OPDR. In order to finalize the acquisition, which was announced on November 25, 2014 by Jacques R. Saadé, founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, the approval of Moroccan and European Union competition authorities was necessary. On June 29, the European Commission finalized the process by giving its approval without any conditions. OPDR is a sea carrier that was part of the Bernhard Schulte Group. It is specialized in short sea maritime services and door to door logistics solutions between North Europe, the Canary Islands, the Iberian Peninsula and Morocco. The company employs 200 persons in different agencies. North Europe and Morocco.

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