Posts tagged as Baltic

Excessive mercury concentrations found in Baltic fish – report

Thursday, October 29, 2020

The Curonian Lagoon and the Baltic Sea did not have “good chemical status” last year, according to a report published by Lithuania’s Environmental Protection Agency (AAD). The concentration of pollutants did not exceed environmental quality norms in the water, but it did in bottom sediments and living organisms. “Summarising the results of analyses of pollutants in 2019, the Baltic Sea failed to meet good chemical status due to the concentrations…

Baltic exports starting to pick up again

Monday, October 26, 2020

A new report from Swedbank suggests the exports of the Baltic states are starting to recover strongly following a hammering earlier in the year. “This year, all Baltic countries have faced a large drop in exports. In the second quarter, when the economies took the largest hit from the COVID-19 pandemic, exports decreased the most in Estonia. However, the decline in exports was the sharpest in a decade in all…

Is US about to finance a motorway linking the Baltic and Black Seas?

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Romania’s less-than-discerning press corps last week reported with barely-disguised joy that the United States had announced plans to finance – to the tune of seven billion US dollars – the construction of a motorway linking the Baltic and Black Seas. What’s more, a railway would be built alongside the motorway. It didn’t take long for maps of this as yet imaginary infrastructure bonanza to appear, optimistically showing potential routes linking…

DFDS to increase number of departures on Estonia-Sweden route

Thursday, October 1, 2020

From October 4, Danish international shipping and logistics company DFDS will increase the number of departures of the Paldiski-Kapellskär route to two per day and close the Paldiski-Hanko route due to insufficient custom. The Patria Seaways vessel serving the Paldiski-Hanko ship will be used on the Paldiski-Kapellskär route. The number of weekly departures on the freight and passenger route between the ports of Paldiski and Kapellskär in Sweden will increase…

Baltic states want to accelerate offshore development

Thursday, October 1, 2020

In Szczecin, the “Baltic Declaration for offshore wind energy” was signed by the European Commission and ministers from Poland, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Germany and Sweden. The Baltic Declaration for Offshore Wind Energy “inaugurates close cooperation between the countries of our region – emphasized Minister of Climate Michał Kurtyka during the Pomeranian Offshore Wind Conference. According to the head of the climate ministry, the dynamic development of offshore wind…

Belarus imposes sanctions on Baltic officials

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

On Tuesday, an official from the Belarusian Foreign Ministry said the country has imposed sanctions on 100 people in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. “We are also imposing symmetrical restrictive measures against each of these countries,” said Anatoly Glaz, spokesman at the Belarusian Foreign Ministry. According to the country’s state news agency BelTa, 100 officials form each of the three Baltic countries are now forbidden to enter Belarus. Last Friday, Estonia,…

Watch future of Baltic Sea being debated

Monday, September 28, 2020

The Baltic Sea is severely affected by general threats like biodiversity loss and climate change, and by specific local pressures such as eutrophication, overfishing, elevated levels of contaminants such as pharmaceuticals, and litter, in particular plastic waste. Concerned by the poor state of the Sea and its marine environment, EU Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius has organising a high-level conference on possible actions to redress the situation,…

Macron’s Russia dialogue to be tested on Baltic trip

Monday, September 28, 2020

When French President Emmanuel Macron flies to Lithuania on Monday for a three-day trip to the Baltics, he will be heading to the frontline of skepticism toward his Russia strategy. His trip, which will also include a visit to Latvia, comes at a particularly tense time between the EU and Moscow. Although the visit was scheduled long before protests erupted in neighboring Belarus, and before the poisoning of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny (which…

Baltic travel firms are fighting for survival

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Lithuanian travel firms say that restrictions aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus push them to bankruptcy. The government agrees that the pandemic hit the tourism sector hardest, but sees little room for change. This year’s travel season started in mid-July and ended sooner than usual. Travel firms can no longer offer any trips abroad that are normally the base of their business. “We cannot organise trips abroad. We…

Baltic index rises as rates improve for capesize vessels

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index rose on Tuesday, as higher rates for capesize vessels offset a fall in panamax and supramax segments. * The Baltic dry index, which tracks rates for ships ferrying dry bulk commodities and reflects rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels, was up 27 points, or 1.8%, at 1,518. * The capesize index rose 86 points, or 3.9%, to 2,293. * Average daily earnings…