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Off the Radar's Port & Maritime Updates - WEEK 19, 2019

A round up of Global Port & Maritime News 

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European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has voiced its support for EU proposal to discuss a harmonized approach on scrubbers at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) level

IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 74), which is commencing next week in London, will discuss an EU proposal on the exhaust gas cleaning systems. The proposal, which has been submitted by the EU 28 Member States and the European Commission, aims to start the discussion at international level on the discharges from scrubbers into the water, especially in sensitive areas such as ports. To protect the water quality and to respect the EU standards imposed by the Water Framework Directive, some EU Member States have taken initiatives to limit discharges from scrubbers in port areas.

Environmental experts from nine African countries met in Tanzania to discuss issues related to Indian Ocean governance

The experts are from countries who are implementing the Western Indian Ocean Large Marine Ecosystem Strategic Action Programme Policy Harmonization and Institutional Reforms, which was derived from a previous project funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF). Countries, which are implementing the project, include Tanzania, Kenya, Madagascar and Mozambique. In implementing the project the National Environmental Management Council (NEMC) is the focal point in Tanzania.
Esnati Chaggu, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the NEMC, revealed this when speaking in the country’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam during a one-day workshop on sustainable ocean resources management in and beyond eastern Africa.
Chaggu called on African nations to ensure delivery of best practices and upholding past lessons in ocean governance. He said the project was an expression of joint commitment to see that addressing environmental concerns such as pollution, over-exploitation of coastal and marine resources and coastal habitat alteration is effectively and efficiently managed. “We all contribute towards realization of the sustainable development goals,” Chaggu told participants The current work is implemented by the Nairobi Convention Secretariat under the United Nations Environment Programme, the United Nations Development Programme and GEF. Chaggu said the overall objective of the project is to achieve effective long-term ecosystem management and that particular attention will be paid to supporting policy harmonization and management reforms toward improved ocean governance.

August cut-off point for Egyptian Red Sea license bids

According to the company, the Egyptian Red Sea may contain 5 Bbbl of undiscovered but recoverable oil and 112 tcf of natural gas (based on findings from a 2010 report by the US Geological Survey). Since 1976, more than 27,000 km (16,777 sq mi) of 2D and 4,000 sq km (1,544 sq mi) of 3D seismic have been acquired across the region, while 12 test wells have been drilled on several concessions. These surveys have been either calibrated or reprocessed ahead of the licensing round. TGS added that activity in the Gulf of Suez has proven the effectiveness of pre- and syn-rift petroleum systems, while offshore Saudi Arabia exploration has confirmed the presence of post-salt plays.

Port of Baku begins cooperation with leading European logistics hub

The leading companies operating in the city of Venlo in the Dutch province of Limburg, which is one of the largest logistics and transport hubs in Europe, have started cooperation with "Baku International Sea Trade Port" CJSC, the port of Baku says in a press release. The city of Venlo, located on the border with Germany, has distribution offices of the world's largest companies, covering a wide range of agribusiness, fresh park, well-known brands of clothing, electronics and other industries. Most of the cargo, mainly from major ports such as Rotterdam, Antwerp and Amsterdam, is delivered here and sent to Europe. It is gratifying that the Dutch companies in the logistics chain between Asia and Europe pay special attention to the new Port of Baku located in Alat settlement, and seek to involve various services and production in our country. After the initial selection in Azerbaijan, specialists are expected to participate in training and practical experience for six months in Venlo.

Spanish Navy Rescues Heavy Lift Ship from Pirates

On Sunday, 6th of May, the heavy lift ship Blue Marlin was hijacked off the coast of Equatorial Guinea. The Spanish Navy and forces from Equatorial Guinea boarded the vessel and secured it early on Monday morning. After unloading her cargo in the waters of Equatorial Guinea, the Blue Marlin departed Sunday, bound for Malta. On Sunday afternoon, the ship was approached by a zodiac and forcibly boarded by seven armed pirates. All twenty of the Marlin's crew members were able to secure themselves in the ship's citadel, which is equipped with communications gear and emergency rations. After the crew alerted the authorities in Equatorial Guinea and at the NATO-led organization Maritime Domain Awareness for Trade - Gulf of Guinea, two helicopters were mobilized from Equatorial Guinea. The authorities also dispatched the Serviola, a Spanish Navy vessel assigned to patrol the region, and an unnamed frigate from Equatorial Guinea. At daylight Monday, a team of seven Spanish marines boarded the Marlin and secured the vessel, according to Spain's defense ministry. A larger team of Spanish and Equatorial Guinea forces followed shortly after. No pirates were found, and the crew were unharmed. However, the attackers had fired off weapons during their boarding, and they badly damaged the Marlin's bridge, rendering her unsuitable for navigation until repairs are completed.


Royal Navy and Marines help Kenya security forces fight triple threat

43 Commando shares its expertise on combating piracy, illegal fishing and drugs trafficking. Royal Navy specialists and Marines and have been training security forces in Kenya to fight a triple threat. Specialists from 1 Assault Group Royal Marines’ Board and Search School and landing craftsmen from 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group travelled to Mombasa – Kenya’s second-largest city and one of Africa’s biggest trading hubs – to deliver training and share expertise on how to fight piracy, illegal fishing and drugs trafficking. The contingent, made up of Royal Marines and Royal Navy ranks, were part of the Tri-Service British Peace Support Team, an organisation that aims to aid United Nations and African Union Peace Support Operations. The training group sought to understand the current situation that is impacting Kenya’s economy and create a coherent strategy for the future as they look to shore up security in the Indian Ocean port. The training aimed to help Kenyan security forces become better equipped to deal with the threats they face and develop a clear plan to continue protecting their waters.

Port of Rotterdam Authority launches ‘Rotterdam Food Hub’

Rotterdam is expanding its position as Western Europe’s biggest transit port for agricultural, horticultural and fishery sector products. Part of this strategy is the establishment of the Rotterdam Food Hub at Calandkanaal, at the entrance to Maasvlakte. According to the pot’s press release, the 60-hectare industrial site is being prepared to offer optimal facilities for ‘agri food’ sector companies. The Rotterdam Food Hub offers excellent opportunities: not only are Maasvlakte large deep-sea container terminals just a stone’s throw away, but the Rotterdam Food hub will also have access to multiple berths for sea-going vessels especially equipped for refrigerated cargo. Berths for inland vessels will also be available and warehouses will be located immediately adjacent to the quays to enable refrigerated and frozen cargo to be stored, processed or transported quickly. Another advantage of the Rotterdam Food Hub is that various shared facilities can be used on the site. Preparatory works such as soil surveys already took place this spring and the construction of a temporary road and utilities for the building work will start from June. The development of the site, which will be known as ‘Kop van de Beer’ (Head of the Bear), will start in July with construction work for the site’s first client. The first companies will be operational there by the end of 2020. Rotterdam is by far the biggest agrofood import and export port in Western Europe. As far as imports are concerned, the top 3 are successively citrus fruits, bananas and grapes. A lot of fruit juices also find their way to the consumer via Rotterdam. Vegetables, onions and potatoes are the biggest exports, followed by pork, poultry products, cheese, outdoor plants and herring. The country to which most agro foods are exported from Rotterdam is China, while most imported products come from South Africa, Brazil and Costa Rica.


Norwegenkai shore-based ship power plant inaugurated – Kiel enables emission-free power to ships in port

The Port of Kiel’s first shore-based power supply plant for shipping was officially inaugurated at the Norwegenkai on May 9th. With immediate effect, the Color Line’s big cruise-ferries can now be supplied with emission-free electric power from on shore. Schwedenkai Terminal and the cruise shipping terminal at Ostseekai will follow the Norwegenkai example and are to get shore-based power supply capability for ships in the coming year. Dirk Claus commented: “In future we want to be in a position to use shore-based electricity to cover 60% of the power requirements of ships calling at Kiel. That will mean we will be able to count ourselves among the most eco-friendly ports in Europe.” The building contractor for the shore-based power plant, which was built by Siemens, is the PORT OF KIEL. The ships of Norway’s Color Line – “Color Fantasy” and “Color Magic” – link Kiel with Oslo on a daily basis. They arrive at the Norwegenkai in the morning at 10 a.m. and leave again at 2 p.m.. Their annual power requirement for the time they spend in Kiel is about four million kilowatt hours.

Russian Federal Fisheries Agency to have 10 scientific research ships built by 2024

Rosrybolovstvo (Russian Federal Fisheries Agency) is to have 10 scientific research ships built by 2024 including three vessels of about 120 meters in length, five 70-meter long ships and two ships of up to 40 meters, Peotr Savchuk, deputy head of the Agency told IAA PortNews.

Saudi Arabia
Rights group tries to block Saudi vessel loading French arms

A French human rights group on Thursday sought to block the loading of weapons onto a Saudi Arabian vessel that is due to dock in northern France later in the day, its lawyers said, arguing the cargo contravened an international arms treaty. The move comes weeks after an online investigative site published leaked French military intelligence that showed weapons sold to the kingdom, including tanks and laser-guided missile systems, were being used against civilians in Yemen’s war. France is one of Saudi Arabia’s main arms’ suppliers, but Paris has faced increasing pressure to review its sales because the four-year-old conflict has shattered Yemen’s economy and created one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. Speaking on behalf of rights group ACAT, lawyer Joseph Brehem told Reuters he had filed a legal suit to prevent the weapons being loaded aboard the Bahri-Yanbu, a cargo ship operating for Saudi Arabia’s defence and interior ministries, on the basis of an article of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty. “The article says that one country cannot authorise the transfer of weapons if at the time of the authorisation, the country knew that weapons could be used to commit war crimes,” he said. France’s Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly on Wednesday confirmed the vessel would take delivery of French arms relating to an order dating back several years. The French government declined to give details on the contents of the arms order.

Saudi Arabia
Oil exports to stay below 7 million bpd in June

Saudi Arabia is expected to keep its crude exports below 7 million barrels per day in June, while output will stay under its production quota under a global deal to cut oil supply, a Gulf source familiar with Saudi oil plans said on Wednesday. This shows how Riyadh is reluctant to boost oil supply too quickly and risk a price crash and a build-up in inventories, despite pressure from Washington to reduce oil prices. U.S. President Donald Trump has said he had called Saudi
Arabia and OPEC told them to lower oil prices, but he did not say whom he spoke to or when the conversations took place.

13 Rescued from Burning Vessel in Sharjah

On Wednesday, 8 of May, the first responders rescued 13 crew members from a burning vessel in Sharjah, UAE. The vessel, a small cargo ship, was carrying about 6,000 gallons of diesel, plus 300 tires and 120 vehicles, according to Sharjah's civil defense agency. The fire broke out at about 0645 hours and firefighters arrived on scene at 0725. 13 Indian nationals were rescued from the vessel and were given medical attention. They were unharmed and none required hospitalization, Major Hani Al Naqbi of Sharjah Civil Defence told The National. The cargo is believed to be unsalvageable, and images from the scene show rows of burned cars on the vessel's deck. After visible flames and smoke were extinguished, photos taken by The National indicate that the vessel settled low in the water and listed to starboard as firefighting tugs continued to cool it with fire monitors; the water's surface can be seen overtopping the starboard rail.

South Korea
Intellian launches world's first 1.5m Ku to Ka convertible VSAT terminal

Intellian, the global leader of mobile satellite communication antenna systems, is introducing the new 1.5m Ku to Ka convertible VSAT terminal, the Company said in a press release. The world’s first and only 1.5m Ku to Ka convertible VSAT, v150NX, is a future-proof system supporting 2.5GHz Wide Ka-band networks as well as GEO (Geostationary Earth Orbit), MEO (Medium Earth Orbit) and LEO (Low Earth Orbit) constellations. Its highly efficient design delivers the best RF performance of any 1.5m system on the market today for ship owners, operators and network providers. It is easily converted to Ka-band by changing the RF Assembly and Feed, as the reflector and radome are optimized for operation across both frequency bands.

Taiwanese fishermen land a rare Megamouth Shark

It is an unusual catch: a megamouth shark, a reclusive species that is reported no more than a few times per year worldwide. Though it is uncommon, the megamouth is not protected by Taiwanese law; the take must be reported to the authorities, and each shark must be inspected and sampled for study, but the species may still be caught and sold. According to Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration, the fishing vessel's operator said that the 612-kilo shark was dead before it came on board. After it was brought ashore at the port of Hualien, it was purchased by a restaurant owner for roughly $2,000, or about $1.50 per pound. The Taiwanese environmental group Kuroshio Ocean Education Foundation has called for the government to list the megamouth as a protected species. However, legal protection may not halt the catch: in many of the occasions that the species has been found and reported, the shark has been caught unintentionally in trawl nets and is already dead upon its arrival on board.
The megamouth is a filter feeder, like the whale shark, and it subsists primarily on plankton. The species has been found in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, but the majority of sightings have occurred in the western Pacific.

Ukraine has changed the ballast water regulations in its ports as it cancelled the control of segregated ballast.

Namely, ecological inspectors are no longer permitted to inspect vessels for the purpose of ecological control, including taking and analyzing samples of ballast water, Gard cited a resolution from the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated March 27, 2019. Prior to these rules, when visible traces of pollution were noticed during de-ballasting, ecologists were permitted to sample and analyse ship’s ballast water and compare results with the limits of polluted materials concentration. The resolution states that the mentioned cancellation is not permanent, but will remain in force until new protocols for sampling and testing of ballast water have been adopted. Until such time, ecologists are prohibited from sampling and/or testing vessel’s ballast water. Gard’s local correspondents, Legat Odessa LLC, said that it is likely the ecologists will continue to inspect the ballast systems, log books and ballast water exchange logs, to look for evidence of documentary non-compliance. Furthermore, the ecologists may also look at evidence in the form of visible pollution due to improper cleaning of the vessel’s grey water.

Four Qatari sailors released after one week in UAE custody

The United Arab Emirates has released a Qatari naval vessel and four sailors who were on board when Qatari forces detained it last week. According to a statement from the UAE's foreign ministry, the Qatari vessel entered UAE territorial waters and was seized. The four sailors held in connection with the incident. Qatar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the boat was conducting routine operations in Qatari territorial waters when it suffered an unspecified "technical fault." It then drifted unintentionally into Emirati waters, where it was seized, the ministry said. Qatar said that it has been talking with the UAE through diplomatic channels and through "friendly and sister countries" to ensure that the sailors were safe and unharmed. It confirmed that all four personnel and the boat have safely returned.
Ongoing embargo In June 2017, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt imposed a boycott on Qatar in retaliation for Doha's alleged support for terrorism - a charge that the Qatari government denies. In February, the UAE eased the ban on Qatari shipping: Qatari-origin cargoes can now enter the UAE's ports and vice versa. However, Qatari-owned or -flagged vessels are still banned from the Emirates, and the UAE's foreign ministry is still officially committed to the embargo.

Port of Seattle announces shortlisted firms for new cruise facility

Port Seattle announced shortlisted companies to proceed in the process to select a partner in the development and operation of a brand new cruise ship facility at the north end of Terminal 46. The firms include: Cruise Industry Leaders Group, which is a partnership between Royal Caribbean, MSC Cruises, Carnival Corporation and SSA Marine, a subsidiary of Carrix, Inc., Global Ports Holding Plc and Civil & Building North America, Inc., Ports America, which is teaming with Jacobs Engineering Group. The teams responded to the Request for Qualifications of the Port issued in March 2019 and will be invited to respond to the Request for Proposals, due to be released next month. The Port of Seattle is targeting delivery of the new terminal for 2022 cruise season.

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The world’s biggest offshore oil supermarket is stocking up for anti-pollution rules that Goldman Sachs Group Inc. predicts will upend energy markets.

The Strait of Malacca off Singapore and Malaysia is not only a waterway linking supply from the Middle East, Africa and the U.S. to Asia, but has also been used in the past decade to store millions of barrels of oil for future sales. Now, with new ship-emission regulations taking effect in 2020, traders are using the channel to hoard fuels for which demand will boom. Some of the top trading houses are beginning to gather a fleet of tankers to receive, store and resell products such as low-sulfur fuel oil, diesel and light-cycle oil in what would effectively be a mini supply and distribution hub out at sea. That’s ahead of Jan. 1, when International Maritime Organization rules will require ships worldwide to stop burning dirty fuel and use relatively cleaner supply. At least five vessels are currently anchored near Singapore with low-sulfur fuel oil and other blending components as of April 19, according to data intelligence firm Kpler SAS. They consist of long-range tankers, very large crude carriers and floating storage and offloading vessels that can each hold about 700,000 to 2 million barrels. To meet demand, some vessels that were previously used by traders for supplying ships or power plants will now probably be used to store low-sulfur blending components.

Half of a group of 120 Sri Lankan migrants who arrived on the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion two weeks were deported early on Monday, officials said.

The group of 60, including three women and three children, were flown back to Sri Lanka in a special flight, the island's prefecture said in a statement. The group of 120 migrants arrived at Reunion on April 13, having made the 4,000-kilometre in a fishing boat. They each paid 2,000-5,000 euros ($2,230-$5,580) for the crossing. The fishing boat's three Indonesian crew members have been charged with assisting illegal immigration. Remanded in custody, they are scheduled to appear in court on May 15. Since March 2018, 273 Sri Lankans have arrived on Reunion Island, of whom 130 are still there. They are waiting for OFPRA (the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons) to rule on their asylum applications. All the others have been sent back to Sri Lanka. "There are clearly illegal immigration networks in operation," said Frederic Joram, secretary general of Reunion Island's prefecture.

Le Havre's Terminal 12 Expanded to 2,400 m2

Terminal 12 at Le Havre's Pierre Caillet quay is being expanded from 600 to 2,400m2, providing more room for cruise ship activity. In this terminal (6 lines) and in R Meunier terminal (4 lines), metal detecting archways for onshore control of hand luggage are due to be available. A greenway/voie verte is now being created between the city and the terminal. Cars will benefit from separate lanes. The port waterfront is also undergoing total renovation in order to link the beach promenade to the port area. Shore power and water terminals are being set up on river cruise Quai de Marseille. Ocean-going visits increased from 129 in 2017 to a total of 145 in 2018 and decreasing to 135 in 2019. According to Valerie Conan, director, cruise department, Le Havre Etretat Tourism, 2018 was “exceptional because MSC did a lot of calls." In 2019, there will be 31 turnaround/homeport calls including one from Cunard Line's RMS Queen Mary 2 on a transatlantic crossing. River cruising numbers are going up as Le Havre is “pushing it hard”.
The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) carried out a rescue mission last week along the maritime boundary with Pakistan to save a vulnerable and endangered Olive Ridley Turtle.

It had got entangled in a net and was saved by officials who released her later into the Arabian Sea. ICG posted the rescue video on Twitter showing the coast guard sailors using an inflatable boat to save the turtle by cutting off the net strings that had tangled the turtle. An ICGS vessel can be seen in the background. Over 4 Lakh Endangered Olive Ridley Turtles Spotted at Gahirmatha Beach in Odisha. ICG tweeted the rescue video with the caption, "In a unique Rescue Operation #CoastGuard Ship rescued a worldwide Vulnerable & Endangered #OliveRidleyTurtle entangled in a net at sea off Indo-Pak #MaritimeBoundaryLine & released her into the sea." Olive Ridley turtles are sea turtles which are found in warm and tropical waters. They often swim to the beaches of Indian coast where they have nesting grounds in Gujarat and near Rann of Kutch, close to the maritime boundary with Pakistan. Olive Ridley Sea Turtles Nests in Mumbai: Know More About the Species and Other Turtle Nesting Spots in India.
Violent winds that suddenly fell on Doanibe caused the sinking of a boat. Four people died and two went missing.

Sinking of a boat in Analalava, Sofia region. The boat involved in this tragic maritime accident made commercial connections between Analalava and Befotaka-North. The tragedy occurred when she weighed anchor at the port of Analalava to begin the crossing. It was the 28th of April in the early evening in Doanibe. The balance sheet reports four dead and two missing. Made of a wooden hull, this boat is powered by an outboard engine. Ensuring the connection between agglomerations of the North-East coast as well as commercial goods. She also supplied them with basic necessities and others. All members of the sinking boat showed no disturbing signs before it started to go under the water. Crew are also regulars of the journey in this coastal zone. Moreover, the skipper and his companions knew very well the sensitive points where caution is required during the crossing. However the drama did indeed take place. It should be noted that the many comings and goings on the coast went smoothly for the crew during all the years they operated. The conditions of a crossing showed no indication to not to proceed and all seemed to be well before the boat docked the night of the accident. Thirty minutes after it took off, a strong gust of wind came down, having got the better of the frail monohull. After capsizing, it sank in the deep sea. The boat had just left Analalava with about fifteen people and goods on board. The draft on the side of the hull was normal and the total weight of the onboard cargo did not exceed the authorized limit. In a rescue, nearly half of the people trapped in the boat in distress have come close to death. They clung to containers or floating objects that served as makeshift lifebuoys. In the panic, the castaways did not have time to organize the evacuation of the boat to pour in each one for oneself. Four bodies have already been recovered and two people were still missing. The results of the investigation of the Maritime and Fluvial Port Agency (APMF) are expected.

Global energy company Shell has partnered with major port in Oman to set up several solar power projects to replace gas power for local businesses.

SOHAR deep-sea port and free-zone has signed a 600-hectare lease agreement with Shell Development Oman (SDO) for land to set up industrial and commercial solar panels. The port is managed in a joint-venture between the Port of Rotterdam and the Sultanate of Oman. An initial 25MW project will directly supply Al Tamman Indsil Ferrochrome LLC. The region is a major exporter of Chromite ore. Mark Geilenkirchen, CEO of SOHAR Port and Freezone said: “Sustainability is one of our key values in driving development at SOHAR and this partnership with Shell will create solar-powered solutions that are the first-of-its-kind in the country. This also marks an incredible milestone and the first step in our proactive long-term programme, that we have already begun implementing, to transform our 4,500-hectare development into a ‘green Freezone’. We hope that the changes we are implementing today will encourage current clients and future investors to adopt cleaner technologies and sustainable practices tomorrow.” Chris Breeze, Shell Oman country chairman, added: “These solar PV projects will free up natural gas resources for better economic use, support the green agenda of the Sohar freezone and enable further economic development in Sohar, by unlocking large-scale solar opportunities.” Recent Shell activity has included the acquisition of German energy storage firm sonnen, the re-branding of its UK consumer-facing renewables-only energy supplier First Utility to Shell Energy.


Police arrest a dozen expats for diesel smuggling

The Royal Oman Police arrested 12 expats on board a ship after they were caught trying to smuggle 30,000 litres of diesel in Musandam Governorate. ROP said in a statement online: "Police boats seized a launch (ship) and two boats used in a diesel smuggling operation at the east of Ras Qabar Hindi in Musandam Governorate, carrying 12 people of Asian nationality with 30 thousand litres of diesel and 32 containers loaded with diesel fuel." "Legal proceedings are underway," ROP added.

After pirate attack off Somalia, judge orders that 5 suspects are held in Seychelles

Three out of five suspected pirates from Somalia who were transferred to Seychelles by EU NAVFOR last week were remanded until May 13 by the Supreme Court on Monday. According to the EU NAVFOR, the incident began on 19 April when five suspected pirates captured a Yemeni dhow off the coast of Somalia. Two days later the pirates attacked the Korean fishing vessel Adria with the dhow acting as a mothership in the Indian Ocean some 280 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia. On April 23, the EU NAVFOR’s flagship ESPS NAVARRA successfully intercepted and boarded the captured dhow vessel and apprehended the five suspected pirates. The EU NAVFOR Somalia Operation Atalanta transferred the five suspects to Seychellois authorities after responding to piracy attacks on 21 April 2019. Only three out of the five Somali suspects appeared in court on Monday while the other two are receiving medical assistance after they were injured in the piracy attacks. For humanitarian reasons, Operation Atalanta requested medical assistance from the Seychelles authorities for two of the suspects likely to have been wounded during the piracy attempts. During the court session on Monday, a request was made for appropriate clothes for the detainees and a place for prayer as they are all Muslims. The forces said that this is the first notable piracy incident event since October of last year. “This incident clearly demonstrates that piracy and armed robbery at sea, off the coast of Somalia, has not been eradicated,” said operation commander Rear Admiral Antonio Martorell. He added that “the need for a strong maritime security presence in the High-Risk Area remains critical for the deterrence and prevention of future incidents and attacks.”

South Africa
Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) at the Port of Durban has commenced a major cleanup to remove the large volume of waste and vegetation from the port after the recent heavy rains and flooding in the province.

The adverse weather caused the usual deluge of plastic and other debris to flow into the port, leaving behind an unsightly scene just days after World Earth Day was observed globally on April 22. Acting Durban port manager, Nokuzola Nkowane, said all Transnet operating divisions were carrying out assessments to establish the full extent of damage caused by the storm. “Our thoughts are with all those affected by the recent heavy rains and flooding. We would also like to appeal to the public to please help curb plastic pollution as this causes huge problems when the debris flows into the harbour,” she said. She said the port’s pollution control teams were at the site tackling the debris within port waters, aided by clean-up teams from SpillTech, Drizit and ZMK Enterprises. Progress is slow due to the sheer volume of material that still continues to wash in. The debris included large logs that posed a threat to the safe navigation of the harbour craft, which are used to guide vessels safely in and around the port. The port has been fully operational, however, the ingress of waste impacted on vessel movements and as of midday on Wednesday, three vessels were unable to berth or sail in the Maydon Wharf precinct, Nkowane confirmed. TNPA has been in regular engagements with the eThekwini Municipality regarding the interventions required to address the ingress of waste and effluent into the port from the municipal stormwater network which drains a significant portion of the Durban metropolitan area. The port’s pollution control department shared the tips for the public to help in tackling the massive plastic problem.

South Africa
The South African Navy’s minesweeper SAS Umzimkulu carried out exercises with the French frigate LA FAYETTE and landing helicopter dock Le Tonnerre as they sailed out of Cape Town earlier this month.

The French ministry of defence said that the Tonnerre and LA FAYETTE departed Cape Town on 19 April after taking on supplies, and on departure were joined by the Umzimkulu. All three vessels carried out exercises that included navigation at sea. “These actions at sea complemented the exchanges between the two navies during the stopover which made it possible to share the experience of the Tonnerre in operations in Mozambique, which the South African Navy will visit in a few weeks,” the French defence ministry stated. “This exercise reinforces cooperation between the two navies. It is also an opportunity for student officers, then on the bridge, to continue their training and develop their skills in the field of group navigation.”

South Africa
The International Maritime Organization’s intentions to delist over 80 countries, including South Africa, from its STCW Whitelist has major implications for the country’s maritime sector.

Sobantu Tilayi, the CEO of the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), confirmed that the agency was extremely concerned by IMO’s planned action. SAMSA explained that the planned response action plan involves three broad activities; securing of IMO assistance with compilation of the report required in terms of the convention, hastening of a SAMSA process setting in place a relevant quality management system, and constant engagement with stakeholders. The organization also released a list showing that as many as 87 countries would be affected by the move. The 1978 STCW Convention stipulates standards of training, certification and watch-keeping for seafarers. “The main purpose of the convention is to promote safety of life and property at sea and the protection of the marine environment by establishing in common agreement international standards of training, certification and watchkeeping for seafarers,” according to the IMO.


TANGA Port is experiencing rise in revenue collection as a result of its efforts to control some unjustified related ports put up by some people to evade paying taxes and other remittances to the government.

Tanga is the longest serving port in East Africa and has a lighter age port with two shallow water berths. The visiting Ocean going vessels are anchored at stream buoys being a maritime safety requirement. A 354- km highway links it to sister port Dar es Salaam in the South. Generally, each port is unique in terms of its characteristics that in turn can have major influences on port performance and efficiency. The characteristics of Tanga Port are such that it is strategically located to serve the northern regions of Kilimanjaro, Arusha, Manyara and even the lake zone. It is a small Seaport in terms of land and volumes of cargo handled per annum. Ships anchor at the inner anchorage Tanga bay and movements of cargo to and from the mother vessel is performed by the use of cargo barges and lighters with the support of Tug boats towing the barges and, or lighters to and from the vessel. It has a wide and deep entrance channel that can accommodate vessel of any size, draft and draught. It has no tide restrictions for vessel entering or leaving the port and navigation of vessel is limited to day time. It has a natural and sheltered bay for shipping services and discharging and loading of cargo at stream is entirely dependent on the use of ship cranes.

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As of January 2020, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), in line with the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) will set new limits on the sulphur content in fuel oils on board vessels

Even though ships are known to be some of the largest and most reliable machines on the planet, they emit around 1000 million tonnes of C02 annually and are responsible for approximately 2.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. One of the main and most harmful chemical pollutants in this field is Sulphur Dioxide (SO2), which is regularly emitted into the atmosphere as a result of the combustion of fuels containing sulphur. Between 2007 and 2012, the IMO reported that approximately 11.3 million tonnes of Sulphur dioxide were generated annually by the maritime transport industry. As of the 1st of January 2020, the limit of sulphur present in fuel oil used on board ships operating outside designated emission control areas will be reduced to 0.50% m/m from the 3.50% limit previously imposed. This change will effectively impose an obligation on all ships, irrespective of size, to use fuel oils which are inherently low in sulphur, in order to meet the newly revised IMO standards. In certain circumstances, a number of exemptions are provided, for instance a) when the safety of the ship is at risk b) when there is a rescue operation underway, or c) if a ship or its equipment is damaged. Another exemption allows for a ship to conduct trials for the development of ship emission reduction and control technologies and engine design programmes. This would require a special permit from the respective Flag State of the vessel.

The multipurpose and heavy lift shipping sector will see strengthening rates through 2019 fuelled by rising project cargo traffic, but prospects thereafter are muted by an anticipated slowdown in world trade

Drewry’s forecast acknowledges that the uncertainty surrounding trade demand is receding slightly as the US and China appear to be moving toward some kind of a truce, although it has taken longer than might have been anticipated at the start of the year. However, at the same time the global economic outlook has deteriorated and continued uncertainty in Europe due to Brexit suggests that multipurpose shipping is not out of the woods yet. Drewry’s latest expectation for the addressable demand for the multipurpose vessel (MPV) fleet is for average annual growth of 1.2% to 2023. This is, however, much stronger in the short term, at 3.8% in 2019 and 1.4% in 2020. This is because as the global economy is expected to slow down after 2020, increased competition for cargo will eat into market share.

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has unveiled what it says is a pioneering US$1.6 billion scheme to scale up global ocean conservation efforts through “blue bonds”

The bonds will refinance and restructure debt for coastal and island countries in exchange for a commitment to protect at least 30% of their near-shore ocean areas, including coral reefs, mangroves and other important habitats. The scheme would help ensure the protection of an additional four million square kilometres of the world’s most biodiverse ocean habitat – a 15% increase on current coverage. It also aims to save 13% of the world’s coral reefs and could benefit 43 million people living within 100 kilometres of a coastline. The international not-for-profit group’s Blue Bonds for Conservation Initiative, announced on Wednesday at a TED talk in Vancouver, Canada, aims to deliver blue bonds in up to 20 countries over the next five years, though it cannot yet reveal the participating nations.

A Chilean car shipping company has been referred to the Competition Tribunal of South Africa for prosecution for collusive tendering, price fixing and market division

Compania Sud Americana De Vapores S.A (CSAV) has allegedly breached the Competition Act in respect of tenders issued by Ford Motor Company, according to a statement issued by the Competition Commission South Africa. As informed, CSAV is accused of colluding with Japanese Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) in the shipment of Ford motor vehicles from South Africa to Europe and the Mediterranean (including North Africa). MOL was granted leniency for its involvement in the cartel conduct in exchange for information and full cooperation in the matter.

French Ports Seek More Cruise Traffic

French ports are expecting more than 841,000 cruise passengers for a total of some 5.5 million passenger movements on 4,172 ship calls in 2019. Several of the ports made presentations at a recent function in Miami, starting with Le Havre, being the gateway to Paris. Other French Atlantic ports participating included Honfleur, Rouen, Caen, Cherbourg, Saint-Malo, Brest, Lorient, Nantes St-Nazaire, La Rochelle, Bordeaux and Bayonne. Last year, French Atlantic ports hosted 424 calls and 662,000 passengers. That is expected to go up in 2019 with 109 different ships from 42 cruise lines calling.

Turkish freighter disabled, drifting in Greek waters

General cargo ship ENKO HASLAMAN was disabled after mechanical failure at around 1200 UTC Apr 24 in eastern Aegean sea near Agathonisi island, Greece. Greek Coast Guard ships were sent to monitor drifting freighter. As of 1730 UTC, the ship was still adrift. She’s en route from Iskenderun to Canakkale, with cargo of aluminum sheets.

On Sunday, 21st April, NSRI Mykonos responded to 3 incidents of boats in distress, no one was injured in all of the 3 incidents, and private boats and bystanders helped out in all 3 cases.

At 14h17, NSRI Mykonos duty crew and Law Enforcement officers responded to investigate a 4 meter boat capsized at Schaapen Island. On arrival on the scene all persons had been helped ashore and their boat had been recovered with the help of bystanders.

Tanjung Bruas Port expands its services to container ships

Tanjung Bruas Port Sdn Bhd (TBP), a member of MMC Group, now offers container ships services at its terminal, Tanjung Bruas Port, the company said in its release. TBP recently welcomed the MV West Scent, the first container vessel to ever call its terminal at Tanjung Bruas Port. The 145.68 meters long MV West Scent came alongside on 18 April 2019 with an exchange of 1,150 move counts. The specially chartered Container vessel by manufacturer Xinyi Glass Manufacturing Sdn Bhd, is currently at TBP berth and will depart to Humen Port, China after completing its cargo operations.This is the first ever project undertaken by TBP in handling Containerised shipment. Strategically located along one of the world's busiest trade routes, TBP which already handles conventional cargo, has a huge potential to be developed as a gateway to handle containerised cargoes to serve the growing industries in Melaka and the central region of Peninsular Malaysia as well as its neighbouring countries. TBP recently welcomed the MV West Scent, the first container vessel to ever call its terminal at Tanjung Bruas Port.

Landing craft SALUANG capsized and sank alongside pier in Belitang, Kapuas river, Sekadau Regency, West Kalimantan, at around midnight LT Apr 22

Ferry capsized after loaded vehicles shifted. There were 14 passengers, 8 crew and 6 trucks on board, people managed to disembark without casualties or injures, 6 trucks sank together with ferry.

Fincantieri acquires control of Insis

As part of the enhancement of its activities in high technological content sectors, Fincantieri has acquired a majority stake of Insis, a company headquartered in Follo (La Spezia) operating in the sectors of information technology and electronics. Insis is positioned as solution provider in the defense and civil sector and ranks upon its expertise the development of products and services in the field of optronic, telecommunications, information technology and cybersecurity. In 2018, the company recorded revenues of 51.7 million euros with strong growth forecasts for 2019. Overall, it employs a total of 100 people, 70% of whom engineers, system engineering specialists and skilled technicians, namely a pool of expertise difficult to find on the market or which can be developed internally over a long period of time. Hence, this operation allows Fincantieri to have direct access to a pool of highly skilled human resources, thus creating an excellence center with very high technological content dedicated to defence systems engineering. At the same time it further guarantees the development of Insis' industrial plan, allowing the company to undertake important growth paths and further increasing its turnover.

Two Civilian Vessels Join Search for Downed Japanese F-35

The U.S. government has chartered a privately-owned deep-sea search vessel to help locate the Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-35A fighter jet that went down April 9 during a night exercise off Honshu. The ship, the dive support vessel Van Gogh, will join the Japanese research vessel Kaimei to cover the search area. The fighter is the most advanced aircraft of its kind in the U.S. arsenal, and the wreckage could give near-peer adversaries like China and Russia an intelligence windfall.

Registration of the shipping lines with the industry regulator by June 1

Kenya has ordered all the shipping lines that ply its waters to register with the industry regulator by June 1 in an effort to boost collection of fees and rid its maritime space of illegal activities. Ships that operate solely on the Kenyan territorial waters must register by May 20 while the foreign-flagged vessels have been ordered to furnish the Registrar of Kenyan Ships with their details by June 1, the Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA) says.

At least 30 boats are still missing in the central Mozambican city of Beira, following the devastation caused by cyclone Idai, which hit the city on 14 March.

These were small boats used to carry passengers and cargo in the Beira area, and to districts such as Buzi and Muchanga, and were owned by members of the Praia Nova Transporters' Association, reports Monday's issue of the Maputo daily "Noticias". The boats were torn from their moorings by the cyclonic winds and, over a month later, their owners still have no idea where they are.

Gwadar Port will take 20-25 years to develop

In order to make the Gwadar seaport functional, there are a number of projects being worked on, at the moment. A key project is the Gwadar International Airport. Then, there is the East-Bay Expressway, a Free Zone to spur economic growth, dredging of berthing areas and channels, coal-based power plants, a Pak-China technical and vocational institute, projects for portable water, a China-Pakistan Friendship Hospital, a project called ‘Clean and Green Gwadar’ for the local environment and the Gwadar Smart port city master plan. All these projects are at different stages of completion. Now, the development of ports is a technical and strenuous job. It demands patience and time. Since the Gwadar port will be a world-class facility it requires high-tech coastal engineering, state-of-the-art dredging and modern craftsmanship. According to our master plan, it will take almost 20 to 25 years to develop the port.

Port of St. Petersburg joins the city-wide subbontik

The port employees cleaned the Putilovskaya Embankment opposite the berths of the Cargo Area 2 of the Big Port St. Petersburg picking up litter, fallen leaves, etc. The subbotnik participants have collected about 100 bags of household waste, plastics, plastic bags and other garbage so that locals could enjoy taking a walk along the embankment. Environmental stewardship is an important part of corporate social responsibility policy of Sea Port of St. Petersburg JSC. The company regularly transfers funds for the Gulf of Finland port basin and air protection, to ensure safety in handling waste and smooth operation of environmental facilities of the port. Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg JSC is the largest terminal operator, providing handling of all types of dry cargo at Big Port St. Petersburg. The company operates modern multipurpose dedicated break-bulk, dry bulk, Ro-Ro and container terminals. In 2018, the Sea Port of St. Petersburg handled 7.7 million tonnes.

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Aramco to acquire Shell’s share of the SASREF refining joint venture

The Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) is to acquire Shell Saudi Arabia Refining Limited’s (Shell) 50% share of the SASREF joint venture in Jubail Industrial City, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for $631 million, the company said in its release. The acquisition supports Saudi Aramco’s plan to increase the complexity and capacity of its refineries, as part of its long-term Downstream growth strategy. For Shell, the sale is part of an ongoing effort to focus its refining portfolio, integrating with Shell Trading hubs and Chemicals. The sale is expected to complete later this year, subject to regulatory approval. The refinery has a capacity of 305,000 barrels per day. The main products are liquefied petroleum gas, naphtha, kerosene, diesel, fuel oil and sulphur.

Seychelles Air Force pilots have received initial training in the use of drones that will be used to monitor illegal fishing activities in the island nation's waters

Improved monitoring and reduced costs could result from the new initiative. Monitoring of fishing activities will be carried out under the FishGuard project with the cooperation of the Seychelles Fishing Authority, the Seychelles Air Force and the Seychelles Coast Guard.

United Kingdom
The UK Chamber is helping its members prepare for the IMO’s global sulphur cap in 2020, a new regulation that could be highly disruptive without the right guidance

Time is running short and just months remain before the IMO’s global limit on the sulphur content of marine fuel comes into force on 1st January 2020. The global sulphur cap will enforce a limit of 0.50% m/m in marine fuel used by vessels trading internationally. IMO 2020 is being called a once-in-a-generation disruptor to shipping’s commercial environment.

United States
Long Beach Harbor Commission approves new Strategic Plan

As one of the most successful seaports in the world, the Port of Long Beach aims to continue its leadership in customer service, environmental stewardship, security and community partnership. The Harbor Department periodically updates the Port’s Strategic Plan under the guidance of the Harbor Commission. Six strategic goals set the foundation of the updated plan:
  • Strengthen the Port’s competitive position through secure and efficient movement of cargo while providing outstanding customer service
  • Maintain financial strength and security of assets
  • Develop and maintain state-of-the-art infrastructure that enhances productivity and efficiency in goods movement
  • Improve the environment through sustainable practices and the reduction of environmental impacts from Port operations and development
  • Broaden community access to Port-related opportunities and economic benefits
  • Attract, develop and retain a diverse, high-performing workforce
United States
White House considering Jones Act waiver for LNG
President Donald Trump and top White House aides are discussing the possibility of issuing a Jones Act waiver for coastwise transportation of LNG, according to Bloomberg. The president is said to favor granting the waiver, which would allow the use of foreign-flag vessels for this purpose. Presidential waivers are typically used for temporary national security purposes, like disaster relief.

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European shipbuilders are launching a new initiative to develop and demonstrate a connected vessel platform under a project named Code Kilo.
The project is undertaken by EUROYARDS members Chantiers de l’Atlantique, Damen Shipyards Group, Fincantieri, Lürssen, Meyer Werft, Naval Group and Navantia. An overarching aim is to harmonize data management solutions and standards in order to meet the digitization challenges. As explained, this project will seek full cooperation and engagement of all maritime stakeholders, including shipowners, shipbuilders, suppliers and classification societies, and is supported by SEA Europe, the shipyards’ and maritime equipment association. Ship systems currently provide large amounts of data related to equipment status, ship operations and performance. Code Kilo is envisioned as increasing the opportunities to reuse, combine and gain values and insights from data. This will allow the operator, the yard and equipment suppliers to optimize their respective activities. European shipbuilders added they would look at ways of establishing a base for future business opportunities with IoT, Big Data and AI. The announcement of the Code Kilo project coincided with the launch of the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA), which will see shipping giants, Maersk, MSC, Hapag-Lloyd and Ocean Network Express create common information technology standards to make the industry more efficient for both customers and shipping lines.

Hapag-Lloyd announces structural service changes of its North Europe West Coast Express Service (EWX)

For operational reasons, a revised rotation will be performed in North Europe and becomes effective as of M/V “MSC NITYA B.” Voyage 912R / 916A as follows: Rotterdam, Antwerp, Le Havre. First port of call in the Caribbean southbound leg remains Caucedo, Dominican Republic. The port calls at Hamburg, Germany and Sines, Portugal have been cancelled, whilst Le Havre, France has been added. In respect of Hamburg coverage Hapag-Lloyd will continue to offer alternative services on SWX and SW3 to and from all destinations/origins in the Caribbean and South America West Coast. For cargoes from and to Portugal Hapag-Lloyd will offer an alternative option on its DEX Service which calls at Leixões (for export cargoes) and Lisbon (for import cargoes), connecting to SWX and EWX Services via Antwerp to all destinations/origins to and from Caribbean and South America West Coast - supported by attractive transit times. On the export side, Lisbon cargoes are routed by rail to Leixões terminal.

Maritime charity Sailors’ Society is petitioning the International Labour Organization (ILO) to make wellness training for seafarers mandatory in the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC)

The petition is a key part of the charity’s Not On My Watch campaign to combat suicide and depression at sea. The campaign is also calling on maritime companies to donate to the charity’s work with seafarers struggling with depression and to run wellness training for their staff. The Sailors’ Society new website, helps provide companies with the tools to combat fatigue, poor mental health, stress and other issues that affect seafarers in their daily lives. More than 4,000 seafarers have undertaken the training, which explores five different aspects of a seafarer’s life.

16 April the Brisbane Breaks Ground on New Cruise Ship Terminal

Brisbane has launched the construction of the new International Cruise Terminal, heralding the start of a new era for Queensland’s economy. The AUD 158 million (USD 112.9 milion) project, which would be capable of welcoming bigger ships, is scheduled to open in October next year. It has the potential to more than double Brisbane’s cruise industry. It will cater for the largest cruise ships in the world supercharging the growth in our tourism industry. Within its first five years the terminal is expected to handle over 1,100 vessel calls and around 1.8 million passengers. Over 180 bookings have already been confirmed for the 2020/21 cruising season. Wharf construction will be undertaken by Brady Marine & Civil, a specialist marine infrastructure and engineering contractor headquartered in Brisbane, while civil works and terminal building will be delivered by Hindmarsh, an Australian construction company.

Ship recycling activity picks up ahead of upcoming Monsoon Season in the Southeast Asian peninsula.

In its latest weekly report, shipbroker Clarkson Platou Hellas said that “the latest spike in price levels appears to stem from an incentive from the end users in Bangladesh to place tonnage on their yards prior to their budget announcement in the first week of June. The rumors from the waterfront suggest that heavy import tax increases will be imposed which is preempting the local recyclers to continue their aggressive stance to ensure they have tonnage on their yards in case these rumors bear fruition. This position currently being experienced is also not just buying the vessel, but having a unit delivered to a recycling yard prior to the budget date. With Ramadan due to commence early May and the budget timing in Bangladesh clearly in everybody’s minds, the next two weeks could become vital for any Owner wishing to take advantage of these impressively firm rates as, thereafter, the general feeling is that the market may see a decrease in levels back down to those on offer from Indian and Pakistan.

The General Administration of China Customs has seized 7.48 tons of elephant ivory potentially the second biggest ivory seizure worldwide since detailed records were first compiled in 1989

The seizure was made by the Huangpu Branch of China Customs in Guangdong Province and took place on March 30, just five days after Vietnam reported the seizure of 9.12 tons of ivory in Tien Sa Port in Da Nang. Both seizures, if officially confirmed, are currently the biggest on record. 20 suspects have been detained from cities around the country. The tusks were shipped from African countries labeled as wood. Last year, China's General Administration of Customs introduced advanced detection equipment to improve the efficiency of its anti-smuggling work. People caught entering China with wildlife products face up to 10 years in prison. The ban has had significant positive effects, with fewer people purchasing ivory, according to a report jointly released last year by the World Wildlife Fund and TRAFFIC, an NGO that tracks the global trade in wild animals.

RPAS drones now monitoring ship emissions in Danish waters

EMSA says its service of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) is now being used by the Danish authorities to monitor ship emissions around the area of the Great Belt where many large tankers transit on their way to and from the Baltic Sea. The RPAS will specifically measure the ships’ sulphur emissions to check compliance with EU rules governing the sulphur content of marine fuel. The RPAS is fitted with a gas sensor, known as a sniffer, which is capable of measuring individual ship’s sulphur emissions. By flying in the plume of the ship, the RPAS can estimate the amount of sulphur in the fuel. This data is transferred immediately to the Danish authorities for follow-up, and reporting in THETIS-EU in the event that the ship may not be complying with the legal requirements of the European Emission Control Area (ECA). These kinds of RPAS operations are expected to contribute to a more efficient enforcement of the Sulphur Directive, thereby reducing air pollution from ships while ensuring a level playing field for the companies involved. EMSA’s RPAS services have been developed to assist in maritime surveillance and monitoring operations to support national authorities involved in coast guard functions. This includes: maritime pollution and emissions monitoring; detection of illegal fishing, anti-drug trafficking, and illegal immigration; border surveillance; and, search and rescue operations.

India and Denmark
India and Denmark will cooperate in the field of renewable energy, with special focus on offshore wind projects, under a strategic sector cooperation agreement signed between the two countries

A meeting of the union cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 16 Apr gave its approval for a cooperation agreement between the ministry of new and renewable energy and Demark’s ministry for energy, utilities and climate.The two countries also signed a letter of intent to establish an Indo-Danish Centre of Excellence for renewable energy in India. The cooperation agreement, signed last month, aims to promote cooperation between the two countries in the field
of renewable energy with special focus on offshore wind.

A new port on Antsiranana

Collaboration between the Malagasy state and Chinese companies: to build a new port on Antsiranana, as well as marine companies. It will be beneficial for the people because they will also create jobs and promote business and Local tourism.

OCEAN-Esquimalt-based HMCS Regina seizes 3 tonnes of hashish in second drug bust

An Esquimalt-based ship made its second drug bust this month after seizing more than three tonnes of hashish in the Indian Ocean. On Monday, HMCS Regina crews spotted a suspicious fishing vessel, known as a “dhow,” off the coast of Oman. It was in an area known as the hash highway. The ship deployed its Naval Tactical Operations Group (NTOG) team, a dedicated Royal Canadian Navy unit that specializes in advanced boarding operations at sea. The NTOG team found 150 bags of hashish — over three tonnes worth — on the dhow and the narcotics were transferred to HMCS Regina and subsequently destroyed.

World Maritime University (WMU) signed an enhanced Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), to cooperate on global maritime leadership training and capacity building for the international maritime community

The agreement provides for cooperation between the two partners on the education of maritime leaders, leadership development programmes, as well as exchange of faculty members. The MPA Academy is the training arm of MPA which was repositioned in 2014 to be a full-fledged academy with a dedicated premise and focus on global maritime leadership training. This year marks the 16th year of the collaboration between MPA and WMU. To date, the MPA has hosted more than 240 students from WMU.

The project to expand and develop Bosaso port during the meeting in Dubai 16 Apr

The president of Somalia's northeastern Puntland State, Said Abdullahi Deni held meeting With the Dubai state-owned port operator DP World heads in UAE, Garowe Online reports. The Presidency said in a statement, Deni and DP World chairman Sultan Bin Sulayem discussed the project to expand and develop Bosaso port during the meeting in Dubai in the presence of Puntland ministers. In 2017, the Puntland government signed "a multi-million dollar deal" With DP World Ports that has won a 30-year.

United Kingdom
Protestors gather outside Carnival Corporation AGM in London as company’s continued criminal conduct in U.S. fuels controversy
On the 16 April, a gas-mask wearing protesters welcomed shareholders with the sombre message “Carnival pollutes” and called on the world’s largest cruise operator to switch from using ultra-dirty heavy fuel oil to cleaner fuels to power its global fleet. Environmental violations occurred across several Carnival Corporation brands, including those that frequent European waters — AIDA, Costa, Holland America, and P&O Cruises UK.

United Kingdom
Bulk carrier GREAT ASPIRATION suffered an explosion on board, which left three crew with serious burns, requiring medical assistance, in Celtic sea off Lizard, UK.

Coastguard was alerted at 1515 UTC Apr 17, but explosion could occur some 2-3 ho
urs earlier, when bulk carrier changed her course and speed. At around 2030 UTC bulk carrier turned to Mount’s Bay, Cornwall, interrupting her voyage from Baltimore USA to IJmuiden Netherlands. Three injured crew were airlifted by helicopter and transferred to hospital in Plymouth. GREAT ASPIRATION was anchored at Mount’s Bay shortly after midnight Apr 18, she resumed sailing at around 0930 UTC Apr 18, heading for Falmouth, apparently under own power. Most likely, explosion took place in engine room, but there’s no confirmed information yet. Bulk carrier GREAT ASPIRATION, IMO 9458767, dwt 93412, built 2010, flag HK, manager SINOTRANS SHIP MANAGEMENT LTD (EQUASIS).

United States
Container explodes outside Port of Los Angeles
On 15 April morning, a container exploded and burned during drayage outside the Port of Los Angeles, breaking nearby windows and sending up a plume of smoke. The blast occurred near a warehouse at the west end of the Vincent Thomas Bridge, which carries traffic to the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. It broke windows at the adjacent apartment complex, and several bystanders reported the forceful explosion on social media. The container at the source of the blast was loaded with four vehicles, which were bound for export. A preliminary investigation by the Los Angeles Fire Department determined that the blast was an accidental explosion caused by a "flammable fuel/air mixture associated with the vehicles being transported inside the large cargo container." When the tractor-trailer towing the container drove over a speed bump, the movement created an ignition source and the vapor inside the box ignited, causing the blast. Last October, a container filled with scrap exploded at the Evergreen Container Terminal at the Port of Los Angeles, on the opposite side of the bridge. The authorities determined that the blast was likely an industrial accident caused by substances mixed in with the scrap.

United States
Container volumes at Port of Oakland continued rising in the first quarter of 2019 following shippers’ attempts to stay ahead of new tariffs affecting the U.S.-China trade.

The port reported a positive first quarter in cargo volume as it handled 612,151 TEUs for the period through the end of March 2019, marking a rise of 4.2 percent compared to 587,356 TEUs recorded during the same period in 2018. In March alone, the port reported a volume of 213,972 TEUs compared to 193,341 TEUs seen in the same month in 2018, representing a 10.7 percent increase. Loaded exports also grew 7.6 percent in March compared to the same month a year earlier.

Another four shipping companies and nine vessels that operate in the oil sector of the Venezuelan economy have been blacklisted

According to the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the most hit was Italy-based PB Tankers as OFAC blacklisted almost its entire fleet, namely the vessels Silver Point, Alba Marina, Gold Point, Ice Point, Indian Point, and Iron Point. Data provided by OFAC noted that the company’s chemical and oil tanker Silver Point delivered oil products from Venezuela to Cuba during March 2019. Additionally, sanctions were imposed on the crude oil tanker Nedas, owned by Liberia-based Jennifer Navigation, for delivering crude oil from Venezuela to Cuba during January and March of 2019. Lima Shipping Corporation’s crude oil tanker New Hellas was blacklisted for delivering crude oil from Venezuela to Cuba during February and March 2019. The blacklist now also includes oil products tanker S-Trotter, owned by Large Range Limited, that delivered oil products from Venezuela to Cuba during February and March 2019.“We continue to target companies that transport Venezuelan oil to Cuba, as they are profiting while the Maduro regime pillages natural resources. Venezuela’s oil belongs to the Venezuelan people, and should not be used as a bargaining tool to prop up dictators and prolong oppression,” Steven T. Mnuchin, Treasury Secretary, said.

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IMO’s new rule on electronic information exchange between ships and ports comes into force
A new global rule mandated by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) for national governments to introduce electronic information exchange between ships and ports took effect from Monday. The rule seeks to make cross-border trade simpler and the logistics chain more efficient, for the more than 10 billion tonnes of goods which are traded by sea annually across the globe. The requirement, mandatory under IMO’s Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL Convention), is part of a package of amendments under the revised Annex to the FAL Convention, adopted in 2016. “The new FAL Convention requirement for all public authorities to establish systems for the electronic exchange of information related to maritime transport marks a significant move in the maritime industry and ports towards a digital maritime world, reducing the administrative burden and increasing the efficiency of maritime trade and transport,” IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim, said in a statement. The FAL Convention, which has 121 contracting governments, contains standards and recommended practices and rules for simplifying formalities, documentary requirements and procedures on ships’ arrival, stay and departure. The Facilitation Convention (Standard 2.1) lists the documents which public authorities can demand of a ship and recommends the maximum information and number of copies which should be required. IMO has developed standardised forms for documents such as the IMO General Declaration, Cargo Declaration, Ship’s Stores Declaration, Crew’s Effects Declaration, Crew List, Passenger List and Dangerous Goods. Five other documents are required, on security, on wastes from ships, on advance electronic cargo information for customs risk assessment purposes, and two additional ones under the Universal Postal Convention and the International Health Regulations. Under the requirement for electronic data exchange, all national authorities should now have provision for electronic exchange of this information.

GTT to collaborate with DSEC on the Membrane CCS Services for Shell’s Prelude FLNG facility
GTT has selected DSEC to collaborate on the GTT Support Services related to the Membrane Cargo Containment System (CCS) of the Shell – operated Prelude FLNG facility. This agreement associating GTT and DSEC’s capabilities for maintenance and related services will bring the best expertise to the client. Moreover, DSEC is already recognised for its ability to implement CHS (Cargo Handling System) systems and support shipyards as a GTT qualified licensee for CCS. 

GTT is establishing key partnerships in order to adapt its offer to the industry requirements. The Company, which pursues a strategy of constant innovation in terms of Research & Development to continually upgrade its range of technologies & services to be able to offer shipyards and ship-owners high added value solutions.Prelude is located 475km North-North East of Broome in Western Australia where, once operating, it will produce 5.3 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of liquids: 3.6 mtpa of LNG, 1.3 mtpa of condensate and 0.4 mtpa of liquefied petroleum gas. GTT’s membrane containment system Mark III was selected for the design of the tanks.

China is trying to avoid “debt traps” for the countries that signed up for its Belt and Road initiative
A senior Chinese official at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa on the 9th April remarks came on the back of criticism of the Belt and Road initiative (BRI) by some in the US and Europe, and ahead of the second Belt and Road forum, hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping later this month in Beijing. “China is trying to find mechanisms to avoid the ‘debt trap’,” said Li Chengwen, Ambassador for China-Arab States Cooperation Forum Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China. He added that no country to date has complained of falling in the “trap” of unsustainable Chinese loans. “The Belt and Road initiative aims to increase the economic prosperity of a country. It does not aim at expanding the political and geographical authority of China in the world.”

A strategic port in the Horn of Africa is at the center of a $500 million lawsuit
The Court of International Arbitration, which helps to resolve international commercial disputes, has ruled that Djibouti breached the rights of Dubai port operator DP World to manage the Doraleh Container Terminal when it ended a 30-year concession agreement, signed in 2006, with the port operator last February, and took control of the terminal’s operations. The company called the move by the tiny coastal nation an illegal seizure, kick-starting a trans-continental legal battle. The tribunal ordered Djibouti to pay $385 million plus interest for breaking the deal, $148 million in unpaid royalties, and legal costs. The fight over who manages the harbor comes as Djibouti seeks to become one of the biggest trading ports in Africa. With a population of less than a million people, the port is an important gateway to the Gulf of Aden, and a crucial route for global shipping operations.

Offshore drilling at Kekra-I project achieves major success
The ARY News quoting the sources reported that the offshore drilling of Kekra-I project has made key progress and the work has entered in its final phase. The drilling work has reached to 5000 meters depth and nearing end to its target of 5800 meters, sources said. Recently international energy research agency Rystad Energy in a report said that the Eni’s Kekra project for oil and gas reserves in Pakistani waters is among three highly prospective wells in the world. The research agency in its report on the prospective new discoveries of energy resources said that Kekra well in Pakistan have pre-drill prospective resource estimates of 1.5 billion barrels of oil or equivalent. A group of multinational companies had started offshore drilling in January at a distance of 230 kilometers from Karachi for exploration of oil and gas. A major drilling ship, “Mother of All Rigs” along with three supply vessels started the drilling at the site.

RF Government approves amendments to Decree on criteria to define ships of Russian origin
RF Government has approved amendments to the Governmental Decree No 719 dated 17 July 2015, IAA PortNews correspondent cites Nikolay Shablikov, Deputy Head of the Department of Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, RF Ministry of Industry and Trade, as saying at the 5th International Arctic Forum ‘Arctic: Territory of Dialogue’. According to him, the document sets forth criteria to define ships as of Russian origin which does not rule out possible cooperation with foreign manufacturers during the construction process.

Russia's Arctic fleet to number 13 linear icebreakers by 2035
By 2035, Russia's Arctic fleet will operate at least 13 heavy-duty linear icebreakers, including nine nuclear icebreakers, IAA PortNews correspondent cites RF President Vladimir Putin as saying at the ‘Arctic: Territory of Dialogue’ 5th International Arctic Forum. “Our goal is to make the Northern Sea Route safe and lucrative for shippers, and appealing both in terms of the quality of services and price. In particular, the icebreaker escort fee must be competitive and reasonable. The state invests in this operation in order to minimise the tariff burden on carriers and other businesses”, said the President. ‘Arctic: Territory of Dialogue’ forum is a key platform for discussing current issues relating to the socioeconomic development of Arctic regions and for developing multi-level, multilateral mechanisms for joint discovery and effective exploitation of the Arctic’s rich natural resource potential.

Peru’s largest fishing company first to order flexible new Sounder USV from KONGSBERG
Unveiled at Ocean Business this week, Kongsberg Maritime has already signed a contract for delivery of a state-of-the-art Sounder USV System, for TASA, the largest fishing company in Peru. Suitably equipped for deployment in fishery applications, KONGSBERG’s new multipurpose USV system will become a crucial resource in TASA’s plans to overhaul and optimise operations throughout its 48-vessel fleet, the company said in its release. The fully integrated and calibrated USV solution offers a high definition fishery sonar combined with a wideband echosounder from Simrad, operable from a laptop PC or radio control with data telemetry for remote operations. The Sounder USV provides TASA with an unmanned platform for conducting fish searches and highly-detailed research, and will help the company to meet its goal of becoming a world-leading company in the sphere of sustainable fishery. Following the initial delivery, KONGSBERG and TASA will continue to collaborate in the operation of USVs for fishery applications.

On the 10 April Pakistan released a first group of 360 Indian fishermen in what it calls a "goodwill gesture" toward its rival neighbor
Pakistan is holding Indian fisherman captive and will release the others later this month, Pakistani media reported. The second group of 100 will be released on April 15, another 100 on April 22, and the fourth release one week later will be for the remaining 60 fishermen, the Foreign Ministry said. The fishermen were all detained for trespassing into Pakistan's territorial waters and violating international maritime borders. Pakistani prison official Munir Ahmed said on April 7 that the first batch of 100 prisoners will travel by train under police guard to the eastern city of Lahore and given to Indian officials on the Wahga border crossing on April 8. Pakistani and Indian marine patrols frequently arrest each other's fishermen for illegal fishing. Tensions between the two countries have been high since a suicide bombing in the disputed territory of Kashmir which is controlled by India- killed more than 40 Indian troops in February.

Port of Singapore to focus on digitalisation and present the Singapore Maritime R&D Roadmap 2030
Over the next three years, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will focus on digitalisation to help companies innovate and improve productivity, MPA said in its release. The Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) will also present the Singapore Maritime R&D Roadmap 2030 to optimise R&D efforts and resources for greater value co-creation within the maritime industry. These were announced by Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport & Ministry of Health, at the 4th Singapore Maritime Technology Conference (SMTC). Ms Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of MPA, said, “Innovation and digitalisation are key areas for Maritime Singapore to sharpen our competitive edge. We recognise that some companies need help to kick-start their digitalisation journey. With this in mind, we have formed the Circle of Digital InnOvators (CDO) network to champion the adoption of technology and innovation. We will also roll out the Sea Transport Industry Digital Plan to help SMEs in their digitalisation journey. 

Plans Approved for New Isle of Man Ferry Terminal
Construction of Isle of Man Ferry Terminal in Liverpool UK can start in the summer of 2019 after planning approval was confirmed today, April 9. Chief Minister Howard Quayle MHK, welcomed the news saying they looked forward to seeing the new terminal take shape. He expressed his thanks to everyone who had been involved in enabling the project to reach that stage, with the promenade project currently well underway and Steam Packet purchased, that administration was proving it was getting things done for the long-term benefit of Isle of Man. Quayle added that was the first time that the Isle of Man Government had owned property in the United Kingdom so it really was "a major step forward."The ferry terminal will be built at Princes Half-Tide Dock, about 700 metres downriver of Pier Head facility. It will sit within Property’s Liverpool Waters and Peel Land.

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Maintenance dredging commences at the Port of Hay Point
Essential maintenance dredging at the Port of Hay Point is scheduled to commence this weekend. The works will be undertaken by specialist vessel the TSHD Brisbane, on behalf of North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) and the port’s terminal operators. NQBP Chief Executive Officer Nicolas Fertin said the Port of Hay Point primarily exports metallurgical coal, a key resource in steel-making. Mr Fertin said the maintenance dredging involves relocating sediment natural material made up of sands, silt and clay that has travelled along the coast and accumulated in shipping navigational areas. The sediment will be relocated in the sea, 6km away from shipping operations. Relocated material will not be placed on any coral reefs. Maintenance dredging ensures vessels can safely and reliably access ports and marinas, reducing the risk of accidents or grounding impacts. It differs from capital dredging, which involves excavating previously undisturbed seabed to expand or create new shipping channels, berths or swing basins. The maintenance dredging project will take about 40 days.

European Ports welcome agreement on CEF II

The European Seaports Organisation (ESPO) welcomes the Common Understanding between the European Parliament and the Council on the future Connecting Europe Facility (CEF II). With its vote on 25 March, the European Parliament’s Transport and Industry Committees confirmed the partial agreement, which sets out the EU’s funding priorities and modalities in the transport sector for the period 2021-2027. The precise budget, as well as horizontal provisions such as Cohesion funding and the way third countries can participate in the programme will be negotiated under the new Parliament.

Transnet looks to Kenya for deal to operate Lamu port

Kenya is in talks with Transnet SOC Ltd. of South Africa to operate a seaport that the East African nation is developing to partly use for planned exports of oil. The state-owned South African logistics company is leading a group of companies that are pitching to provide the equipment for the initial three of 32 berths planned at Lamu port, and to operate the facility, Kenya Ports Authority Managing Director Daniel Manduku said.

Port of Riga acknowledged as essential logistics link for e-commerce development with China

The forum “Cross-border E-commerce with China”, held under the international conference eCOM360, paved the way for a new partnership platform that will promote the progress of e-commerce between China, Latvia and other Eastern European countries. The Freeport of Riga Authority and the port company TFS Trans, which is the most advanced high-bay warehouse centre in the Baltics, also became the members of the Central and Eastern European E-commerce Centre Development Association, FRA says in press release.

Helicopter Carrier Tonnerre carries 25 tonnes of aid for Mozambique

The helicopter landing at the bow looks tiny next to the 199m long Mistral class ship. The multi-purpose ship Thunder, used to fight piracy as part of the European operation Atalanta, was diverted to Mayotte in response to a call for help from the Mozambican authorities after Cyclone Idai. The Red Cross has already mobilized nearly 80 tonnes of humanitarian aid in Reunion Island. From its stocks stored in Mayotte, 25 tonnes were mobilized for Mozambique. Camp beds, shelter construction kits or kitchen kits were loaded on Monday on board the large ship. As well as mosquito nets and gas bottles. Almost everything but food aid for the immediate future. The French Navy has made stocks of medicines available. This deployment will be a valuable help in the field. Thunder has already been mobilized in Sint Maarten after Hurricane Irma. "The amphibious means of the Thunder will make it possible to bring aid as close as possible to the affected areas, freeing itself from port infrastructures if necessary," explains Captain Frédéric Poitou in particular

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Reunion Island
Assistance to a boat with clutch failure

The boat and its 2 occupants were towed by SNS 459 when it arrived on site at 1722 hours. The convoy then arrived at the quay without difficulty at 18:15.

Dar port expansion now halfway

Expansion of the Dar es Salaam Port under the Dar es Salaam Maritime Gateway Project (DMGP) has reached 50% The project is aimed at improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the port for the benefit of private and public stakeholders, raising the flow of cargo from around 20 million tonnes to 28 million tonnes annually. In a 2014 report by the World Bank, inefficiencies at the port were costing Tanzania and its neighbors up to Tshs.5.9 trillion ($2.6 billion) a year. The project involves two components, including improving the physical infrastructure and institutional strengthening and implementation assistance.

South Africa
The cyclone that hit Mozambique is depriving South Africa of electricity

The crisis is to be found in rising costs, falling incomes, poor infrastructure, corruption and mismanagement," the BBC said. With the end of the apartheid regime in 1994, the supply of electricity, previously limited to the white minority, was extended to the black population. But production did not follow. And from 2008 onwards, Eskom found itself managing a chronic deficit by repeatedly cutting off power. The construction programme for two new power plants, in Kusile and Medupi, launched in the mid-2000s, has not yet been completed. To this were added the economic problems. The country's long period of drought has emptied dams and affected power generation. There are also repeated breakdowns in coal-fired power plants and fuel delivery disruptions. The rupture of high voltage lines in Mozambique, coming from the Cahora Bassa dam.

UK - Arabian Sea
The Royal Navy warship from Portsmouth, HMS Dragon, makes a record eighth drugs
A ROYAL Navy warship from Portsmouth, who is single-handedly helping to cripple the drug smuggling trade in the Middle East, has scored a record eighth haul. HMS Dragon seized an enormous 2,540kg haul of hash stashed by smugglers in a fishing vessel in the Arabian Sea yesterday. Days after sailing into the record books for delivering the most successful Royal Naval counter narcotics patrol in Op Kipion history, HMS Dragon strikes again with her eighth drugs bust. This haul alone saw Dragon seize and destroy 2,540Kg of hash. The mega bust came just two days after the £1bn destroyer clinched the record for the highest number of successful riads and the total weight of drugs seized by a Royal Navy ship in the Middle East. Since leaving Portsmouth in September Dragon has racked up 17,786 kg of hash, 455 kg of heroin, and 9kg of crystal meth totalling more than £145m. Defence secretary Gavin Williamson said was full of praise for the Portsmouth ship and her 280-strong crew. He said: ‘The work of HMS Dragon and her crew in combating this evil trade over the last few weeks has been outstanding and they fully deserve their place in the record books. Dragon's boarding party approaches the fishing vessel packed with 2,540Kg of hash.

Season of luxury cruise liners keep Kochi Port busy

Kochi Port is bustling with activity due to a steady arrival of cruise liners from all over the world. Since the beginning of the year, around 16 cruise liners have docked at Kochi Port with March contributing the most to the total figure. According to Port authorities, since the beginning of March, 5 cruise liners have already visited the port.
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