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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.

AB „Limarko Shipping Company“ completed the acquisition of the ship's „Kantata“ in September, 2017. The vessel is the largest container vessel registered in the Register of Seagoing Ships of the Republic of Lithuania. It is suitable for the carriage of 1118 standard 20-foot containers. The big advantage of the acquired vessel is the possibility to transport 220 refrigerated containers. On 20th of July, 2017 The Lithuanian Maritime Safety Administration has registered a new AB DFDS Seaways ro-ro cargo vessel under bare-boat charter conditions, giving it the name of Gardenia Seaways. The capacity of this vessel is 4.1 thousand linear meters, gross tonnage - 32336. The largest ro-pax vessels, the DFDS Seaways ferries deploy on Klaipeda route, have only 2.5 thousand linear meters of cargo.

In the coming days, it is planned to register another ro-ro ferry Tulipa Seaways in the Lithuanian Seagoing Ships Register.

On 25th of April, 2017 Lithuanian Tonnage tax scheme (state aid- SA.45764 (2016/N) – Lithuania – State aid in favour of maritime transport. Prolongation and modification of the tonnage tax scheme) was approved by the European Commission. Accordingly on 9th of June, 2017 the provisions of the scheme have been incorporated into the national law and enforced by the Lithuanian Parliament.

On 25th of April, 2017 Lithuanian Tonnage tax scheme (state aid- SA.45764 (2016/N) – Lithuania – State aid in favour of maritime transport. Prolongation and modification of the tonnage tax scheme) was approved by the European Commission. 

The Lithuanian Government is about to apply to ILO to inform that MLC 2014 amendments will be enforced 1 year later – on 18th of January, 2018.

So far only Italy has indicated that the amendments will only enter into force one year later.

On 21st of October, 2016 members of Lithuanian Shipowners Association met with the Ministry of Transport Maritime and railway transport department head Andrius Šniuolis, deputy director Arturas Kungys and the Lithuanian Maritime Safety Administration top management - Mr.Robertinas Tarasevičius, Mr.Linas Kasparavičius, Mr.Mindaugas Česnauskis. Participants of the meeting discussed on the situation in the shipping industry, ships flying the Lithuanian flag inspection statistics, forthcoming ILO MEPC 70 conference, shipping competitiveness and other issues.

Accession by Finland has triggered the entry into force of a key international measure for environmental protection that aims to stop the spread of potentially invasive aquatic species in ships’ ballast water. The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) will enter into force on 8 September 2017, marking a landmark step towards halting the spread of invasive aquatic species, which can cause havoc for local ecosystems, affect biodiversity and lead to substantial economic loss.

MEPC 70 CONFERENCE COMING UP

Monday, 12 September 2016 11:14

The next meeting of the International Maritime Organisation's (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 70) will take place in London from 24 until 28 October 2016.

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