• 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 December 10

09:19 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,372 points
09:07 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Middle East Gulf
08:07 Torqeedo displays 2019’s new electric boating products at Salon Nautique International de Paris
07:34 chainPORT concludes its 4th Annual Meeting at the Port of Barcelona

2018 December 9

17:01 Jan De Nul starts beach protection project in Benin
16:06 MOL to participate in construction, ownership, operation of FSRU for Jawa 1 Gas-Fired IPP Project in Indonesia
14:40 Coast Guard continues search for survivors of capsized migrant vessel off Dominican Republic
13:38 CMA CGM announces FAK rates for Asia-Middle East Gulf trade
11:39 MHI Vestas clinches largest MW turbine order for Scotland's Moray Firth

2018 December 8

17:15 Huntington Ingalls Industries names Herman Shelanski as new VP, Business Development at it's shipbuilding division
16:07 Gladding-Hearn built pilot boat delivered to Southwest Alaska Pilots Association
13:12 EGCSA blasts MPA's ban on open-loop scrubbers in Singapore
10:28 Torqeedo displays 2019’s new electric boating products at Salon Nautique International de Paris.

2018 December 7

18:01 Naming ceremony for Arctic condensate tanker Boris Sokolov held at Guangzhou Shipyard International
17:38 Tellurian and Vitol sign MOU for 15-year LNG sale on JKM
17:14 Port of Tallinn rewards emission-reducing ships with a discount of up to 8% on tonnage fees
16:50 Vladimir Putin presents Captain Zybko with Distinguished Maritime Service Order
16:26 BSAP updates move forward at HELCOM key meeting
16:02 Orange Business Services keeps Arctic Shipping Company fleet connected along the Northern Sea Route
15:37 EU NAVFOR promotes maritime security dialogue in Somalia
14:59 Protection structures to be built at the port of Sochi
14:25 Northern Fleet's frigate Admiral Gorshkov takes part in training in the Barents Sea
14:08 ABS signs MOU with KOMERI to create a new facility dedicated to improving the safety of LNG as fuel
13:08 Crowley adds 400 new refrigerated containers to its fleet
12:26 Freight turnover of Neva-Metal (Saint-Petersburg) in 11M’18 climbed by 3% Y-o-Y to about 2.9 million tonnes
11:57 Montreal, Canada to host 14th Arctic Shipping Summit on 13-14 March 2019
11:24 Vladivostok Sea Fishing Port handled 284,000 tonnes of fish in 11M’18, up 25.8% Y-o-Y
11:08 SEA Europe and ECSA pleased with EU’s actions on trade-distortive South Korean measures in shipping and shipbuilding
10:45 Extraordinary General Shareholders Meeting of LUKOIL approves interim dividends
10:21 Brent Crude futures price down 0.62% to $59.69, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.41% to $51.28
10:06 Barcelona City Council supports reducing pollution in the Mediterranean with a low emissions zone
09:42 Bunker prices are slightly down at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,339 points
09:03 Fincantieri launches new ship “Carnival Panorama” for Carnival Cruise Line
08:07 NYK concludes long-term charter agreement for two LNG carriers with Total
07:24 ‘Breakbulk carrousel’ gives breakbulk and heavy cargo companies space for further growth in Rotterdam’s Waalhaven

2018 December 6

18:05 ONE Thailand receives 2018 Best Container Liner Award from Thai National Shippers’ Council
17:54 IAPH LNG bunkering audit tool already used to license operations at Port of Rotterdam
17:35 IMO highlights key elements of the Initial IMO Strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships
17:17 2019 port tariff increases at North Sea Port stay below inflation level
17:05 Chinese group Lingang signs 5 MOU’s for the realisation of the Lingang Overseas Modern Industrial Park in Zeebrugge
16:40 RF Navy's Northern Fleet to protection Russia’s national interests in the Arctic
16:15 Nexans strengthens its focus on Inspection, Maintenance and Repair (IMR) services with a dedicated team of IMR experts
16:01 MABUX: Big chance for bunker prices to turn into firm upward evolution again
15:38 Samskip's investments secure supply chain against Brexit
15:26 Russian Railways: Loading of export cargo bound for domestic ports up 4.9% to 279.8 million tonnes in 11M’18
15:01 Höegh LNG announces delivery of FSRU number nine, "Höegh Gannet"
14:47 Shipboard equipment localization center encourages shipbuilders to scale up their activities in info-field
14:12 MV S’hail al Wajbah is the newest addition to the Baumarine Pool
13:49 Throughput of port Taganrog in 11M'18 up 3% to 2.78 million tonnes
13:33 FESCO transported 24,000 tonnes to Chukotka under northern delivery of cargoes-2018
13:12 Jan De Nul signs 25 year concession agreement to dredge Guayaquil Port Access Channel
12:50 Modernization of FESCO terminal in Novosibirsk to halve the time of container handling
12:28 Bunker prices continue going down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:09 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to Red Sea
11:54 BashVolgotanker carried 1.8 million tonnes of oil products in navigation season of 2018, flat Y-o-Y
11:22 Ukraine accedes to load lines convention
11:00 Bunker sales at port Vladivostok in 11M’2018 grew by 64% to 1.034 million tonnes
10:37 Work on Freeport of Riga Development Programme for 2019-2028 nears completion
10:15 Brent Crude futures price down 0.83% to $61.05, Light Sweet Crude – down 1.04% to $52.34