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MY Extra Time at Conrad Shipyard in Gdansk

Conrad Shipyard launches superyacht 'Extra Time’

The Port of Gdansk Eksploatacja S.A. has made a significant investment in modernizing its cargo handling equipment. The cranes the company ordered in 2023 have recently arrived in Gdansk. These cranes have a maximum lifting capacity of 84 tonnes and a radius of 40 meters. Together, they can handle loads weighing up to 100 tonnes. […]

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Romanian quay in OT Port In Gdynia

Romanian Quay in OT Port in Gdynia can accommodate Panamax size vessels.

The latest investment by the Management Board of Gdynia Maritime Port marks a significant milestone in the port’s development. By reconstructing the port entrance, deepening the channel and modernising the Romanian Quay, the port can now accommodate larger vessels of the Panamax class, with a draft of up to 14.5 metres and the capacity to carry up to 80,000 tonnes of agricultural products. This expansion has unlocked significant potential, allowing the terminal to handle three to four Panamax vessels per month, significantly increasing productivity with a daily loading rate of approximately 18,000 tonnes […]

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EU Commission published list of shipping companies associated with country administering authorities under EU ETS

As this list decides which administering authority each of the shipping companies must deliver their emission allowances to, the clarification is highly practical.

All shipping companies are now obligated to open a maritime operator holding account („MOHA”) used to deliver and trade emission allowances within 40 days, counting from the publishing date of the list.

For shipping companies not included in the list, the deadline is 65 working days of the first port of call falling within the scope of the EU ETS Directive.[…]

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Ship's cargo hold with coal residuals

Cargo holds washing in Polish ports and on the Baltic Sea

Preparing holds for the next cargo is a key operational aspect on all bulk carriers. If not properly planned and carried out, poor cleaning can be the cause of cargo claims such as shortages, contamination, or water damage. All that in addition to charterparty disputes arising from delays and/or berthing costs. 

The extent to which the hold needs to be cleaned depends on several factors, but the most important is the next cargo to be loaded. 

There are number of terms used to describe the cleanliness requirements, but there is no universal definition of these terms.

Standards such as 'hospital’, 'grain’, 'normal’ and 'shovel’ are all in common use and are often included in charterparties. However, even when one of these commonly used terms is used, disputes can arise over the required standard of cleaning. This is because what is acceptable as 'grain clean’ in one port may not be acceptable in another. 

A general guide to these commonly used terms is as follows: […]

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Cargo vessel at berth with scrubber being installed

Use of scrubbers on the Baltic Sea and in Polish ports

Scrubbers are exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) approved as an alternative to low sulphur fuel oil for seagoing ships. Seawater is sprayed into the exhaust gas to wash out the sulphur. In addition to the washed-out sulphur, other pollutants such as heavy metals, oil residues and also polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) get into the wastewater. This water mixture of partly long-lived and carcinogenic pollutants is often discharged into the sea almost unpurified and thus pollutes the marine environment.

International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations dictate strict limits on sulfur content in fuels carried by ships, with a ceiling of 0.50% and 0.10% m/m in Emission Control Areas (ECAs), including the Baltic Sea are, the North Sea area, the United States, Canada, and the United States Caribbean Sea area

Why the installation is called a „scrubber”? […]

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