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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Sailing, Sailing, over the Grassy Waves

(Photo courtesy Polish Tourist Organisation)

It is a tram or a train? Neither, it's a boat. Pleasure craft using Poland's Elblag Canal can appear to be seen as sailing through grassy plains as they follow tracks on land in an unusual solution for dealing with elevation on the waterway. The canal, approximately 240km (150 miles) north of Warsaw, uses a system of five inclined planes between its lakes, which are too steep to be navigated using locks. Rail tracks run carriages to transport the boats. The difference in elevation between the lowest and highest level is almost 100 metres (330 feet).

Surge in Traffic Between Hamburg and Poland

Port of Hamburg

In the first half of 2011, seaborne container traffic between Hamburg and Poland experienced a particular surge by 38 per cent, to 114,000 TEU. In this context, imports and exports from/to Poland are very well balanced at 56,000 TEU and 58,000 TEU, respectively. With a volume of 2.6 million tons of seaborne cargo in the year 2010, Hamburg is one of the most significant North Range ports for Poland. The gratifying trend in container traffic in the first half of 2011 was the subject of a conference in Warsaw organised jointly by the Port of Hamburg Marketing Representative Office in Warsaw…

AVEVA Opens Office in Wroclaw, Poland

AVEVA announced it has opened a new office in Wroclaw, Poland. Serving the Polish market, the office will offer sales and support for all of AVEVA ’s solutions and consulting services. “Poland is a growing market with many chemical, petrochemical and power plants”, commented Helmut Sch uller, Senior Vice President- Central and North EMEA, AVEVA. “Poland has an excellent pool of highly skilled engineers and is very competitive so it’s no surprise that more engineering projects are coming into the market. EPCs are growing and asking for reliable 3D design and engineering solutions and owner operators are seeking strategies for plant lifecycle management. Hans van der Drift, Executive Vice President - Sales, AVEVA added, “We work with some of the biggest names in Poland.

IMO Maritime Labour Convention Closer – Poland Ratifies

Poland is the 26th ILO member State and the seventh EU member State to have ratified the Convention. Poland has a fleet of over 180 vessels and supplies over 22,000 seafarers to international shipping while in 2011 it was the world’s sixth largest ship-building country for cargo carrying ships. In welcoming the ratification of the MLC, 2006 by Poland, Ms. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, Director of the International Labour Standards Department, stated: “The ratification of the MLC, 2006 by Poland, a labour-supplying country with lengthy maritime tradition, is a major step toward bringing this landmark Convention into force. Poland joins today the group of those maritime nations whose commitment and leadership will permit the MLC…

Competitiveness of Polish Container Ports

Polish consumers could save money and the Polish Government earn billions of zloty in extra import duties if the bulk of container traffic from the Far East was directed through Polish ports rather than through German and Benelux ports, according to Boris Wenzel, CEO of the Deepwater Container Terminal in Gdansk. A switch to Gdansk would also create thousands of new jobs in the Tri-city and reduce the high Co2 emissions associated with trucking and railing containers to Poland from ports like Rotterdam and Hamburg, believes Mr. Wenzel. “Over the past decade Hamburg and Rotterdam have taken advantage of Poland’s rapid economic growth to develop into this country’s largest container gateways“ says Mr. Wenzel.

Poland Received Less Gas Than Requested from Gazprom

  Poland's gas pipeline operator Gaz-System said the country received about 20 million cubic metres of natural gas on Friday from the eastern direction, less than requested by the state-controlled importer PGNiG. "The increased requests of PGNiG are still not being met," Gaz-System's spokeswoman Malgorzata Polkowska said on Saturday. "But Poland is receiving from all import points more gas than its daily consumption." Gazprom is the sole supplier of natural gas from the eastern direction for Poland. (Reporting by Marcin Goettig; Editing by Michael Urquhart)  

Poland Seeks Cruise Missile for Submarines

Tomahawk Cruise Missile - Pic by Raytheon Company

Poland is planning to get advanced cruise missiles for its submarines, the country’s defense minister has said, implying that the NATO member state is taking precautionary measures against a rising Russian threat, says a report in AP. Tomasz Siemoniak said that he has asked the United States about the availability of Raytheon's Tomahawk cruise missiles, an advanced system which Poland needs to equip its submarines with by 2030. “Last year, I decided that Polish vessels should be able (to launch cruise missiles) and we are speaking to all those able to deliver this kind of weapon…

Poland's LNG Terminal - Unfinished Agenda for Saipem

Polish LNG terminal 87 percent complete: (Photo: Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Stockholm)

Poland's liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at the Baltic port of Świnoujście will be completed only if Italian firm Saipem receives further payment, reports Reuters. The terminal, under construction by a consortium including Italy's Saipem, is a key element of Poland's strategy to diversify energy sources for the country that now heavily relies on Russian supplies of gas and oil. Saipem's spokeswoman Camilla Palladino said that the LNG terminal will be ready to take the first loads in the summer…

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

File Image (CREDIT: AdobeStock / Fotmart)

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.

New Route for Container Trains in UTLC Services

Photo:  Hafen Hamburg Marketing e.V

In connection with the increased cargo transportation by accelerated container trains en route China/ Europe/ China, UTLC JSC jointly with Belintertrans-Germany LLC, with assistance of the Belorussian Railways Baranovichi Division, is introducing an additional container train route via Kuznitsa/ Bruzgi border crossing. On July 31, 2017, the first container train departed from the Lodz  to Chengdu Station in this route. The container train has 41 40” containers with assembled cargo.

DCT Gdansk Triggers New Ambitions For Poland

From the left: Jeff Gościniak, CEO Maersk Line Polska, Christian Pederson, Eivind Kolding, CEO Maersk Line, Peter Hildebrandt, AE10 String Manager, Maersk Line, Boris Wenzel, CEO DCT Gdansk, Lord MacDonald, Chairman Macquarie Europe, Lech Walesa, former President of Poland, Jedrzej Mierzewski, COO DCT Gdansk, Pawel Adamowicz, President of the City of Gdansk.

DCT Gdansk and Maersk Line have made a major step forward for the marine industry in Poland with the first regular E class vessels call to the Baltic Sea. In January 2010, Maersk and DCT started a revolution in the Baltic Sea by establishing a regular connection between the Far East and Gdansk served by 8,000 TEU vessels. With the upgrade to 15,500 TEU vessels - the largest in the world – the Baltic revolution is now in full swing. The maiden call of mv Maersk Elba gave cause for a two-day event during which many VIPs congratulated Maersk and DCT.

Marine Diesel Engine Builder to Manufacture in Poland

The Tognum Group is to erect a new plant in Poland to expand its European production and development capacity. The specialist for propulsion and power solutions is to invest over €90 million in the new site close to the City of Stargard Szczeciński in North-West Poland. The plant is to start producing the first components for Tognum’s MTU brand engines as of 2013. In addition to production, facilities will be set up for the development of mechanical and electronic engine components in Poland. Tognum is also to make investments of a similar magnitude in its lead plant in Friedrichshafen. From the middle of 2013, production output from the future plant in Stargard Szczeciński will primarily include crankcases…

LNG Port in Poland Opened

The LNG terminal in Świnoujście. Photo: Polskie LNG S.A

The Świnoujscie LNG terminal in northern Poland is ready to receive its first shipment of gas, with a tanker leaving Qatar on its way to Poland. The tanker carrying LNG left Qatar-based Ras Laffan port on last Friday and is heading to the LNG terminal. The vessel is to reach the Polish port on December 11. Over 200,000 cubic meters of fuel will be transpoerted to Poland by Qatargas. Just a few days ago, PAP reported that following an audit of the terminal in Świnoujście, the Qatar…

Poland Expects First LNG Delivery to Baltic Sea Terminal in Autumn

Poland's newly appointed treasury minister Andrzej Czerwinski said on Wednesday that first shipments of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the terminal at the Baltic Sea are most likely to come in autumn. "From the projects I looked at it seems obvious that the LNG terminal is the key thing. Things perhaps will significantly accelerate in the final months. The (first) ship is most likely to come in autumn," Czerwinski told private broadcaster TVN BiS. He added Poland will not agree to pay more than agreed for the terminal. The terminal is Poland's flagship project in its drive to diversify gas supplies and reduce dependence on Russia. Italian firm Saipem…

LNG Terminal in Poland Will be Ready This Year

Polish LNG Terminal. Photo: Polskie LNG

Świnoujście terminal which is designed to reduce Poland’s dependence on natural gas imported from Russia will be completed by the end of the year, Polskie LNG, a company designed to conduct the investment, informed in a press release. Poland's liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in Świnoujście will receive its first cargo of the chilled gas by the end of 2015. However, the terminal on the Baltic Sea will be ready for commercial exploitation in the second quarter of 2016.

Poland Expects First LNG Shipment Next Month

Image: Polskie LNG

As Świnoujście terminal which is designed to reduce Poland’s dependence on natural gas imported from Russia is at the final stage, Poland expects to receive its first cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG), reports Reuters. The terminal, being built in the Baltic city of Swinoujscie, is Poland's flagship project to diversify its gas supplies and reduce a dependence on Russia. Gaz-System’s unit Polskie LNG, which is building the import terminal, said it had reached an agreement with Italian company Saipem, the main contractor of the scheme, which was due to be carried out last year.

SpecTec Opens a New Office in Poland

SpecTec Group is proud to announce the new opening office of SpecTec Poland. SpecTec Poland is a Product Development office and it opened on 2nd November 2012. The SpecTec Poland team is working on AMOS2 development, IDEA development and on testing activities of AMOS2 EMS. "We opened there because of our experience with the high standard of programming personnel available and we have been able to build a team very able to provide the additional resources we need right now" - says Paul Ashton…

European Commission – Shipyard Aid

The European Commission has concluded, following four years of investigation, that state aid granted to Gdynia shipyard and Szczecin shipyard gives rise to disproportionate distortions of competition within the Single Market, in breach of EC Treaty state aid rules, and must be repaid. The Commission has simultaneously agreed to accept commitments from Poland for the implementation of the decisions in a way that will quickly create opportunities for viable and sustainable economic activities at the Gdynia and Szczecin sites and so maximize the number of sustainable jobs there. In particular, the Polish authorities have committed to sell the yards' assets through open…

Green Reefers Invests in Polish Terminal

Green Reefers ASA increased its share in the Polish terminal Euro Terminal Sp.z.o.o.; formerly Odraport. An agreement has been reached to acquire Frax AS' 6 percent shares in Odra Industries ASA, the holding company of Euro Terminal. Green Reefers will thereafter own 31 percent in the terminal. Euro Terminal owns and operates a port in the northwestern corner of Poland with a total cold store capacity of 30,000 tons. Euro Terminal is the main port for Green Reefers in Poland. The port is serving the markets in Poland, Central- and Eastern Europe.

Tognum Starts on Building MTU Poland Facility

Image courtesy of Tognum

Ground-breaking ceremony for MTU-facility in Poland The Tognum Group has begun building its new production facility in Stargard SzczeciĹ„ski in Poland, where in future Tognum’s subsidiary, MTU Polska, will manufacture components for MTU engines. The new plant is part of the Tognum Group’s global expansion strategy and is due to start production in the second half of 2013. When it becomes fully operational, it will have a workforce of over 200. The new plant is part of the Tognum Group’s global expansion strategy.    

Spirit Arrives from Poland

The 32m ferry Spirit of Portsmouth arrives in Portsmouth from Poland for fitout at VT Halmatic's Portchester Shipyard. The Camarc designed vessel will enter service in June 2005.

Poland: First LNG Shipment due in Nov-Dec

Poland expects to receive its first cargo of liquefied natural gas at its new LNG terminal at the end of November or early December, the treasury minister was quoted as saying on Sunday. The terminal, being built in the Baltic city of Swinoujscie, is Poland's flagship project to diversify its gas supplies and reduce a dependence on Russia. The terminal had originally been scheduled to open in 2014 but has been delayed several times. Built at a cost of almost 3.5 billion zlotys ($942 million), the terminal is expected to be ready for full commercial use next May and is likely to reach full capacity by 2018, its operator said last month. Its construction is to be officially completed on Monday. "The gas, which will arrive now, will not be burnt ...

Polish Shipyard Wins Contract with B.C. Ferries

Spirit of British Columbia. Photo: B.C. Ferries

A contract to renovate B.C. Ferries’ two largest vessels has been awarded to the largest shipyard in Poland for $140 million. BC Ferries awarded the conversion contrast to Remontowa Ship Repair in Gdansk, Poland. That’s the same company that earlier received the contract to build three new duel-fuel ferries that will be able to run on either liquefied natural gas (LNG) or diesel. The ferry corporation announced on Thursday that both Spirit-class ferries, the Spirit of Vancouver Island and Spirit of British Columbia, will undergo mid-life upgrades at Remontowa Ship Repair Yard S.A.

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