by Przemysław Myszka
Another year, another autumn, another Baltic Yearbook! Head over here for a glimpse into this 164-page-strong publication, including a PDF preview. A shipload of thanks goes to our invaluable Partners who made putting the latest release to bed possible!
Besides that, we have prepared a new round-up of the latest from across the transport & logistics world. The cover hints at the Report's topic, namely how the region's ports fared in handling bulk goods, dry and liquid, last year. Customarily, the newest versions of the Baltic Bulk Map accompany our journal's autumn issue. Regarding liquids, the Economy's piece drills through the particulars of reducing Europe's oil consumption, consequently, its dependency on the Kremlin.
The 5/22 edition also features a very, very special section: BTJ Trip 2022 \ Sweden. During the break of August and September, we had the chance to embark on a sustainability-focused journey over the Baltic Sea, visiting Ystad, Trelleborg, Oxelösund, Karlshamn, and Södertälje. In the issue, you will find the tour coverage, likewise interviews with the ports' representatives. Here also, our Partners deserve a huge shout-out!
The Maritime column is future-heavy, hosting two reads on liquefied natural gas (eliminating methane slip and the benefits of retrofitting in light of upcoming regulations), shipping decarbonisation (through data-led partnerships), and why it is pivotal to know one's vessel's ‘real' carbon footprint ahead of making any investments. The Technology section puts its pennyworth, too, with reads on various facets of digitalisation (not all of them necessarily moving the needle in the desired direction). There are also articles on LED lights making ports' future brighter resilience-wise, as well as using virtual and augmented realities in and around ships. Logistics tops it off by considering the various reasons for greening ferry ports by truck flow optimisation.
There is an extraordinary read in Heritage corner in which we commemorate the Port of Gdynia's 100th anniversary. It is a story of many twists & turns, resembling the tangled history that set the action scene for Poland and its rural fishing village-turned-bustling port. Against all odds, Gdynia is alive & kicking (unlike one of its sons, Ernst Stavro Blofeld; now, that's some port-party trivia!).
There is always Transport miscellany to get you relaxed after all those very much future-oriented pieces. In it, you will find entries on river-borne mail, the British saluting a Baltic ship with a coin, the Estonian postal service doing the same with a stamp for the country's first in-house-built steel ship, and that the Diesel engine didn't immediately revolutionise transportation.Download PDF