• 2018 March 14 11:39

    Port of Gdansk Authority takes another step towards ensuring navigability of the Wisła River

    The Port of Gdansk Authority says it took on the preparation of a feasibility study for the modernisation of the Wisła River. The task will be commissioned to a suitable contractor. Four bids were submitted for the tender.

    At the end of 2017, the PGA issued a call for tenders for the preparation of a feasibility study for the comprehensive development of international waterways. The waterways in question are the E-40 from Gdansk to Warsaw and further to the Polish-Belarusian border in Brest, and the E-70 over a section between the Wisła and Elblag). The bids, submitted by four entities - two enterprises (DHV Hydroprojekt and Halcrow Group Limited, ELMS HOUSE) and two consortia (TRACTEBEL ENGINEERING S.A., WYG International, WTU along with "PROJMORS" Biuro Projektow Budownictwa Morskiego, as well as ARCADIS with Ernst &Young) - have just been opened.

    "The preparation of the study is a complex process, requiring extensive knowledge and experience. The project of the modernisation of the Wisła River will impact the entire country, its hydrological safety, economy, agriculture, and tourism. We want the Ministry of Maritime Economy to receive a documentwhich will answer the questions about the manner of implementing the plan of clearing the Wisła in detail,"said Lukasz Greinke, President of the Board of the PGA.

    The study will include detailed analyses which will make it possible to check whether there are any technical, financial, organisational, legal or other limitations that could impede the implementation of the project of modernising the Wisła. The document is also supposed to contain an assessment of whether the undertaking is justified from the socio-economic point of view. At each stage of preparing the study, the contractor has to give particular consideration to the environmental conditions, and documents concerning environmental protection, including the Water Framework Directive, the Birds Directive, the Habitats Directive, and the set of directives making up the NATURA 2000 network of nature protection areas.

    "There are many aspects that the contractor will have to discuss in the study. It has to specify the scope of the entire undertaking and the technical parameters, estimate the capital expenditure, prepare an expense schedule, and determine the sources of funding. Only a comprehensive study will let us answer the questions on how to modernise the Wisła, to what extent, for what money, and over what time," explained Marcin Osowski, Vice-President of the Board and Director of Infrastructure at the PGA.

    Having signed the ratification act of the "European Agreement on Main Inland Waterways of International Importance" (AGN), Poland committed itself to bringing the main waterways to at least class IV navigability. After achieving the standard specified in the AGN, Polish waterways will have the chance to ultimately become part of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).
    The "White Paper" of the European Commission sets out the transport development strategy in Europe. The aim of the strategy is to transfer - by 2030 - 30% of road transport to rail and inland water transport. By 2050, this should increase to 50%.
    The contractor - soon to be selected by the PGA - will have 18 months to prepare the feasibility study.

2018 March 23

12:10 BMT teams with BAE SYSTEMS and CAMMELL LAIRD to deliver additional Type 45 Power Generation
11:49 29 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 22-23
11:30 TechnipFMC and Magma Global to enter into a strategic collaboration agreement for hybrid flexible pipe
10:55 BMT and ARES to deliver a further 9 vessels for the Qatari Coastguard
10:44 Port of Rotterdam Authority invests in Port railway line capacity expansion
10:20 Brent Crude futures price up 0.93% to $69.55, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.09% to $65
09:59 Port of Rotterdam Authority starts construction of Container Exchange Route
09:37 Bunker prices continue surging at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is flat at 1,117 points

2018 March 22

18:18 Global fuel market to remain relatively stable next week, expert says
18:03 Port of Klaipeda (Lithuania) handled 7.25 million tonnes of cargo in 2M'18, up 6% Y-o-Y
17:45 Transas to return all funds received under state support programme in 2016-18
17:12 Germany based firm offers AIS vessel management tracking systems preventing IUU fishing
16:51 Investments of Tuapse Sea Commercial Port in production development totaled RUB 343 million in 2017
16:30 Rolls-Royce completes the £1.3 million MAXCMAS research project
15:59 Nitrogen deposition in the oceans needs further study
15:30 Acta Marine newbuild successfully completed sea trials
14:30 APL starts new India Pakistan Express 2 Service
14:04 RF Transport Ministry defines procedure for approval of widespread minerals production at Russia’s IWWs
13:33 Open simulation platform launches with new partners
13:12 Volga Shipping Company named “Industry Leader” in “Cargo Shipping Company” nomination
12:58 Wärtsilä Seals & Bearings joins the Green Award scheme in support of clean environment
12:48 WMU Board of Governors meets in Turkey
12:25 MAN Diesel & Turbo partners with Hyundai to build new test-engine facility in Ulsan
12:00 Workshop on prevention and control of shipping and port air emissions being developed as part of GloMEEP-IAPH partnership
11:36 19 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 21-22
11:21 Russian Trade and Economic Development Council sign MoU to further strengthen commercial ties with Abu Dhabi Ports
11:14 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
10:53 The Maritime Standard announces a special discount for the 2018 Awards
10:27 Brent Crude futures price up 0.01% to $69.48, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.09% to $65.23
10:05 Ukraine’s water transport carried 1,000 passengers in 2M’18, down 64.7%, Y-o-Y
09:41 Cargo transportation by Ukraine’s water transport grew by 41.2% to 0.3 million tonnes in 2M’18
09:19 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,117 points

2018 March 21

18:29 Wight Shipyard wins second order for fast ferry duo from Mexican ferry operator
18:16 Dorian LPG announces third Japanese financing
18:14 GasLog Partners LP announces acquisition of GasLog Gibraltar for $207 million and repayment of intercompany loan
18:04 ABP South Wales achieves new ISO 9001:2016 standard for bulk handling operations
17:42 Port of Gdansk to breathe new life into Dworzec Drzewny Quay
17:20 ABB wins contract to equip two next-generation shuttle tankers with future-proof solutions
17:13 Finnlines decides to exercise the options to lengthen two more ro-ro vessels
17:03 Throughput of Chinese ports up 4.7% to 1.45 billion tonnes in 2M’18
16:39 Pavel Bezmaternykh elected as Director of Eastern-Siberian Inland Navigation Company
16:18 Port of Gdansk overhauls its quays
16:00 Novikombank provides a $100 million loan to STLC
15:47 Huntington Ingalls names two vice presidents
15:21 Gulf Island Fabrication secures contracts for two specialized vessels
15:04 Seatrade Maritime Middle East 2018 to be held in Dubai on 29-31 October as part of UAE Maritime Week
14:42 LUKOIL’s profit in 2017 more than doubled YoY to RUB 418.8 bln
14:23 Wärtsilä and Crowley extend maintenance agreement for 11 articulated tug barges
13:56 IMO launches a video outlining how GMN initiative is uniting MTCCs into a global network
13:29 Ulstein built SOV Acta Auriga completes sea trials
13:11 Dubai will host MARACAD Maritime Innovation Awards on 3 October 2018
13:02 MARACAD 2018 will be held in Dubai on 2-3 October
12:30 17 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 20-21
12:09 Port of Quebec to cooperate with Port of Zeebrugge
11:47 Port of Immingham and partners hosted Driving Safety Forward forum
11:39 Vostochny Port JSC exported 5 million tonnes of coal YTD (photo)
10:50 Claimants and defendants in the case on allision of Delta Pioneer tanker with a pier at Primorsk port come to amicable agreement
10:31 Finnlines plans to lengthen two more Ro-Ro ships
10:15 Brent Crude futures price up 0.24% to $67.58, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.25% to $63.7