Christmas letter 2014
With seasons greetings and best wishes for the New Year to all our contacts all over the world.
The year has been a year of many changes which will have impact on many sides of Portof Oslo in coming years.
In January we submitted a tender for a new terminal operator for our new container terminal at Sjursøya. After thoroughly review of the fivecontenders, we chose the Turkish logistics and industrial company Yilport Holding. After awarding the the contract they established a new Norwegian company - Yilport Oslo – to be responsible for the operations in the terminal 1 February 2015. At the same time they will employ the crane operators in the port.
Picture: From the signing ceremony in October. From left: Sean Pierce, CEO, Yilport Holding, Robert Yuksel Yildirim, president and CEO, Yildirim Holding, Anne Sigrid Hamran, port director, Oslo Port Authority, Bernt Stilluf Karlsen, chairman, Oslo Port Authority. In the background: Per Ditlev Simonsen, member of board, Oslo Port Authority, and Esat Safak Göktürk, Ambassador of Turkey
Both Robert Yildirim, and Sean Pierce, CEO of Yilport Holding, was with along with several of his associates. The Turkish ambassador was present, and they met the mayor of Oslo, Fabian Stang.
We have during the year put in place a new management team.
Our management team:
This is the Board of Oslo Port Authority:
The new police boat "Vekteren” which can run twice as fast as the old police boat was christened with great fanfare in April. The Mayor and Port Director Anne Sigrid Hamran, the godmother, was present.
Picture: Port director Anne Sigrid Hamran was godmother of the new boat. The Mayor of Oslo was present.
Pupils from a primary school nearby the port charmed everyone with a theater about the port. Port of Oslo has for many years worked with the school as a close neighbour.
Picture: Advertising poster for the theatre
A pier just in front of the City Hall – one of the oldest piers of wood in Oslo - was opened after a extensive reconstruction by councilor of Communication and Environment Guri Melby in May. The old pier was almost eaten up by wood worms and we therefore built a brand new pier.
Picture: Councilor Guri Melby opens the pier
Oslo is a big cruise destination with about 150 calls, and 300 000 passengers from 144 different nations. Sometimes we have to rig a giant tent for turnaround calls. "Eurodam" was the first turnaround cruiseship in 2014 with 1800 passengers checking in.
Picture: Beautiful "Eurodam"
Picture: The giant tent at Filipstad quay had all the facilities like a normal cruise terminal
Thousands of people found their way to the open day event in the port, to get to know better the daily life along the water front in Oslo. Here they visited the many different boats, from police, rescue and fire boats, to old ships and saling boats. And the visited all the companies in the port.
Picture: Thousands of people visited the port in a sunny day of June.
In June the German president Joachim Gauch and his wife hosted the Norwegian royal family on board in the German sailing ship "Gorch Fock", in Oslo. Both HM King Harald, HM Queen Sonja, HRH Crown Prince Haakon, and HRH Princess Mette-Marit was present along with several other prominent guests.
Picture: The Norwegian royalty and the German presidential couple at Vippetangen in Oslo
No port without cranes, and this year we have both purchased and received new cranes to the port. Oslo Port has acquired two new container cranes from Konecranes Finland. The two cranes will be in place in late summer 2015. The cranes have a larger capacity than today.
Two of eight zero-emission electric RTG stacking cranes have already arrived in the port. They arrived by the boat M/V "Meri" from Gdynia in Poland November 16th. The cranes rolled ashore with their own engine.
Low-noise and environmentally friendly electrical spreaders for STS cranes were purchased this summer from the Swedish supplier Bromma. They use an average of 1/10 of the energy required by hydraulicoperated spreaders.
Picture: New RTG cranes arriving by boat from Polandmed med båt fra Polen
Picture: New low noise spreaders for STS cranes
Oslo is the largest passenger port in Norway. One day in the summer three cruise ships and three cruise ferries with nearly 17,000 passengers visited the port. At the quay of Filipstad “Royal Princess” arrived with 4200 passengers. At Southern Akershuskai “Adventure of the Seas” arrived with 3,800 passengers. This was also the scene of “Sea Cloud II” with 90 passengers. In addition, Stena Line, DFDS and Color Line totally had 9,000 passengers in and out of the capital that day.
Picture: The capital full of cruise ships and ferries.
Three old gantry was in August moved from Sjursøya. The cranes are three of 50 gantry cranes, manufactured in the period 1949-1961. Two of the cranes were moved over to Filipstad quay, while the third was moved to Grønlia. A huge floating crane was used to the special transport across the fjord.
Picture: After crossing from Sjursøya placed the old gantry crane at Filipstad Kaia
Former harbor sheds is transformed to city development purpuses. One of the sheds is now an Italian restaurant specializing in seafood.
Picture: The restaurant “Skur 33” become a popular restaurant
The new environmental requirements that come into force from 1 January 2015 poses many challenges for maritime transport. Port of Oslo helped to get a report that put the spotlight on the consequences of sulfur directive for industry and maritime transport. The report was presented during the conference Transport and logistics in October.
Picture: Chairman Bernt Stilluf Karlsen on Transport and Logistics Fair 2014
Minister of communications, Kjetil Solvik-Olsen, received a visit from the Port Director, Port Association and the shipping company Samskip in November. The purpose of the visit was to promote sea transportation, and put focus at the challenges for the industry.
Picture: Anne Sigrid Hamran, port director in Oslo, Arnt-Einar Litsheim, director of Norwegian Harbour Association, Bjorn Wagle, director of Samskip and Minister Ketil Solvik-Olsen.
The management team and all others of the Oslo Port Authority will wish Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!