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The European Commission published on the 30th of June for the first time information on the CO2 emitted by ships. This information covers around 10800 ships of various types, services and cargo carried, all over 5000 gross tonnage and calling ports in the European Economic Area (EEA). The CO2 emissions reported by these ships represent 135 million tonnes of CO2 emissions in 2018. International shipping worldwide is responsible for 2-3 % of all global GHG emissions.

The European Commission adopted recently a new Implementing Decision establishing the latest edition of the European List of ship recycling facilities (the 5th version of the List).

After several years the tonnage of ships registered in the register of sea-going vessels has slightly increased. In June 2019 two ro-ro vessels owned by DFDS Seaways (length - 183 m, width - 25 m, gross tonnage - 21005) and container vessel Hanse Fortune owned by Limarko Shipping Co. (length – 148 m., width – 25 m., gross tonnage - 9957) were registered under Lithuanian flag.

On 1st of July, 2019 The Lithuanian merchant fleet returns to the White Flag List of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding. In recent years, Lithuania has been listed in gray list. The presence of a country on a particular list reflects the specific standards of shipping management standards. Lithuania is a party to Paris memorandum from 2006. Since 2009 until 2013 the Lithuanian flag was on the White List, since 2014 until 2019 – on the Grey list. There are 73 rated countries - 41 belong to the White list, 18 – to the Gray and 14 – to the Black lists.

Directive (EU) 2019/883 dtd. 17th of April, 2019 of the European Parliament and of the Council on port reception facilities for ship-generated waste, amending Directive 2010/65 / EU and repealing Directive 2000/59 / EC entered in force. It aligns with the IMO Convention MARPOL 73/78 and aims to reduce pollution from the waste produced by ships. Member-states have to transpose the Directive into their national legislation untill 28th of June, 2021.

On 5th of June, 2019 Gintautas Kutka, Executive Director of the Lithuanian Shipowners' Association, was elected as Chairman of the Council of the Lithuanian Sea Museum. The Council is considering the museum's strategic and annual activity plans, making proposals for its significant projects, considering the organizational structure of the museum, the need and number of staff positions. The Board participates in the management of the museum with the right to an advisory vote.

TOWMAR BALTIC - A NEW ASSOCIATION MEMBER

Monday, 07 January 2019 09:37

Since 1st of January, 2019 JSC „Towmar Baltic“, Klaipeda became a member of Lithuanian Shipowners' Association. Towmar Baltic is a company registered in Lithuania that deals with towing and mooring of ships, rescue of ships in Klaipeda port and Baltic Sea region. The main objective of the Association remains to achieve common members’ objectives, the promotion of the shipping industry, liner shipping, to deal with other relevant issues.

On 25th of July, 2018 a meeting of members of the Lithuanian Shipowners' Association took place with the heads of the Lithuanian Transport Safety Administration – G. Lukoshius, Deputy Director J. Rashimavicius, and chief of Maritime department S.Šiaučiūnas. During the meeting, outcomes of the reorganization of the Lithuanian Transport Safety Administration was presented, the decisions taken by the previous meetings were discussed, certification of seafarers, state aid for maritime transport, and other issues.

25th of July 2018, the Lithuanian Government approved its official position to offer Member-states do not introduce a summer time and to avoid changing of time twice a year. Such Lithuanian response will be presented to a public consultation launched by the European Commission (EC) on the application of seasonal time in the Community. At the same time, the Government decided to propose that permanent summer time be applied in Lithuania.

Onwards 9 of June, 2018 TT-Line shipping company starts service between Klaipeda and Treleborg ports, the largest ro-ro ferry port in Sweden. The connection between these ports will be performed on weekends. The TT-Line route's network also allows to book cargoes from Rostock to Klaipeda and from Klaipeda to Travemünde. Two ro-pax ferries Tom Sawyer and Robin Hood will be deployed on the route. Each of the ships offers around 2,000 lane metres of cargo capacity. There are also up to 163 cabins that can accommodate over 300 passengers.

Lithuanian Shipowners Association participates in the Conference “The Baltic Sea – gateway or Cul de Sac” taking place in Klaipeda on 16-18 of May, 2018. Executive director Gintautas Kutka discussed main challenges for nowadays shipping companies: shipping connectivity vs. Cul de Sac; it’s importance for small scale economies and the future improvements. Situation in shipping market is briefly described according to the following indicators: year 2017 was generally a difficult year for shipping, though several segments noted signs of improvement; no many indicators that market fundamentals will improve significantly within the next year or two; shipbuilders' slim orderbooks; statutary requirements; outcomes of IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) 72nd session.

According to “Klaipedos Nafta” report on 11 April, the experts from the international company Pöyry Management Consulting presented a study on securing long-term import of liquefied natural gas (LNG). The study examines the need for LNG supply after 2024 and presents a cost-benefit analysis of the most economically advantageous alternatives of securing such supply. The study reveals that the LNG terminal will continue to bring economic benefits to Lithuania after 2024.

Danish shipping and logistics group DFDS has acquired Turkey’s largest operator of Ro-Ro freight ships and will be a major player in the strong and continuously growing trade between the EU and Turkey. U.N. Ro-Ro operates five routes connecting Italy and France with Turkey, 12 ships and port terminals in Trieste and in Pendik, Istanbul. U.N. Ro-Ro employs 500 people. The deal is subject to approval by the authorities.

The meeting of members of the Lithuanian Shipowners Association and the Lithuanian Seamen's Union will take place on April 18, 2018. During the meeting the proposals submitted by completed study "Detailed analysis of seamen's employment relations in Lithuania and other countries of the European Economic Area" will be discussed with the aim to define the position of the Association and the Union on issues of seafarers' taxation.

Today, a brief meeting was held between the members of the Association and Laurynas Naujokaitis, Head of the Transport Accident and Incident Division of the Ministry of Justice, and Mindaugas Česnauskis, Head of Research on Marine Casualty Accidents. During the meeting, opinions were exchanged on the research institution, aspirations to improve its activities. The association argues that the independence and impartiality of the accident investigation body must be ensured, the institution must be active both in the investigation of accidents and incidents, and in the provision of a practical pillow to reduce the number of accidents.

On 21st of March,2018 meeting with Mr.Donatas Lengvinas and Mr.Richardas Uba, heads of the Coast Guard, took place at the Klaipeda port authority. The meeting was attended by representatives of ship agents, ship owners, stevedoring companies and discussed issues related to the control of arriving/departing ships during inward/outward procedures. During the meeting, it was agreed that the inspection of crews and passengers should not interfere with the smooth operation of cargo handling operations on board, with particular emphasis on liner vessels.

NEW BOARD OF THE ASSOCIATION TAKING FORWARD

Thursday, 22 March 2018 10:51

A new board has been formed at the general meeting of Lithuanian Shipowners Association. Mr.Vytautas Lygnugaris took a helm as chairman of the Board.

On 7th of March, 2018 the Lithuanian Government approved amendments to the Government decision, which established more favorable conditions of Klaipeda port dues, which are applicable for ro-ro and ro-pax ships. Under the new regime, more favourable port dues will be counted for ro-ro and ro-pax ferries, which will have at least one call per week. So far, such system was applied for ferries, which had two calls per week.

Jsc „Civitta“ has won the tender published by the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania for the preparation of a research study (study) "Detailed analysis of seafarers‘ taxation in Lithuania and other countries of the European Economic Area". The aim of the study is to take into account the most economical, socially effective results and to draw up a Lithuanian seafarers‘ tax concept. Results and proposals of the study must be preparied and submitted by March, 2018. 

On 27th of September 2017, the ro-ro ferry Tulipa Seaways under bare-boat conditions was registered in the Register of Seagoing Ships of the Republic of Lithuania. The length of the ship is 209 m., beam 26 m., gross tonnage - 32000.

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