New LNG Terminal in Klaipeda port and requirements for the port workers training

Transportation by ship is constantly growing, and therefore the scope of transporting oil products, crude oil liquid natural gas (LNG) and other dangerous goods by sea increases every year. For this purpose, terminals for storing dangerous goods are frequently built in very complex navigation areas and create potential risk to navigation. A number of storehouses for oil and other poisonous materials undergo very rapid development. Thus, almost annually, new oil terminals appear across Europe etc.

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Partial liberalization of port services in European ports

The Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council of the EU established last October 8th a general guidance on the new rules for market access to port services in the EU and the financial transparency of ports.

It is the first time the Transport Council of the EU has decided to partially open port services of the territory, excluding market access to the cargo handling sector, i.e. the stevedoring sector, and the passenger service. Thus, countries elude to open a dispute with stevedores, with a great collective strength.

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The new EU strategy for ports and the role of EU-PORTRAItS project

In 2013, the European Commission put the European seaports on the political agenda of the European Union and proposed a strategy to develop their competitiveness together with an action plan combining legislative and non-legislative measures. The communication of Commission COM(2013) 295 highlights that, after a long consultation process, the Commission itself has come to the conclusion that the review of port policy should pursue the following actions to address specific and relevant issues.

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Sea freight leads to higher revenues

The forwarding industry has to deal with increasingly complex solutions for the organization of transportations and supply chains. A few years ago east-west traffic and quantities within the Western Hemisphere, had to be controlled. Nowadays winning the emerging markets becomes important within the global networks. This is the conclusion "Transport Intelligence (TI)" made.

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Achieving a common and safe port

Occupational safety is a part of everyday work in a port area. It is also a common issue that every individual should take responsibility for. Together it is possible to create and maintain continuous development and increase safety and efficiency.

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New SOLAS rules for industry

New requirements under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) entered into force on 1 July 2014.

The new requirements include all ships to have plans, procedures and equipment to recover persons from the water.

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