It is possible to reduce the cost of icebreaking

The fairway responsibility model would increase the responsibility of ports in icebreaking on access and archipelago routes. HELSINGIN SANOMAT reported (2.6.) that Finland achieved its goal in the EU climate package by considering the special conditions of winter shipping. Finland's foreign trade is almost entirely dependent on shipping, and the rise in the cost of … Continue reading It is possible to reduce the cost of icebreaking

Finnish and Estonian maritime clusters should be developed together

There is a need to introduce common economic incentives to support the development of environmentally friendly maritime transport both in and between Finland and Estonia. Finland and Estonia both have a small but lively and nationally significant maritime clusters. They are different but are linked each other through skills, manpower and development projects. Many Estonian … Continue reading Finnish and Estonian maritime clusters should be developed together

Stricter environmental norms are coming – how can shipping companies cope?

Martin Stopford, the world’s best known maritime economist wrote in April 2020: “In the next 20 years the maritime industry must rebuild its cargo fleet. If this is done with the radical technologies now available, it will lead to the biggest change in ship design since steam replaced sail in the 19th century.” Shipping has … Continue reading Stricter environmental norms are coming – how can shipping companies cope?

Expert opinion on maritime security of supply

Supporting tonnage under the Finnish flag has long been an inadequate and ineffective measure from a security of supply point of view, as potential disruptions are increasingly occurring far from our sea areas and affect only a small proportion of products. Tonnage management will not help if the product is not available. Expert opinion Parliamentary … Continue reading Expert opinion on maritime security of supply

Expert opinion Fit for 55

Already in 2008 the international shipping has achieved the so-called decoupling. Since 2008, emissions from maritime transport in relation to tonne-kilometers transported have decreased slightly, although tonne-kilometers have continued to increase (IMO 2020). This has largely been done through operational solutions, such as slowing down at sea while streamlining port operations. Expert opinion 6.4.2022 Finnish … Continue reading Expert opinion Fit for 55

Security of supply chains has been an illusion – how will war affect global transport chains?

The peaceful and balanced period in world transport over the last 10 years has been abnormal. We are moving from just-in-time production to just-in-case production. We live in exceptional times. Product delivery times extended throughout last year -  there was discussion of a container crisis and sea freight prices are at their peak. Just as … Continue reading Security of supply chains has been an illusion – how will war affect global transport chains?

The Estonian maritime cluster can grow with IT – start-ups

The concept of maritime cluster varies a lot in different countries. In most countries in Europe, the largest sector of the maritime cluster is coastal tourism – in particular in Mediterranean counties. Thereafter comes shipping and port operations and marine equipment.  The next biggest sectors of European maritime clusters are fisheries and navy followed by … Continue reading The Estonian maritime cluster can grow with IT – start-ups