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Off the Radar's Port & Maritime Updates - WEEK 29, 2019

A roundup of Global Port & Maritime News 

It may well be Off your Radar!

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Future expectations for MPS Terminal 3 in the port in Tema outlined with Government delegation

Following the launch of MPS Terminal 3 at Tema Port, Ghana on June 28, a high-level Government delegation sat with the terminal’s management team last week. Topics covered included safeguarding Government revenue generation, border security and how to effectively harness maximum economic gains from connecting Ghana’s Trade and Industry to Africa’s single market of 1.3 billion people with a combined GDP of $3 trillion. During the meeting, Mr Mohamed Samara, CEO of MPS Terminal 3, announced that shareholders had approved the immediate construction of Phase 2 with completion expected by the end of 2020, two years earlier than initially planned. With a depth of 18 meters, the new entrance channel to the Port is one of the deepest in Africa, allowing the worlds’ biggest vessels to enter both today and in the coming years. The harbour basin provides the space to dredge deeper and build additional wharves if required. It can currently accommodate up to 20 berths (depending on vessel size) with MPS operating on 4 berths. The new MPS Terminal 3 is expected to further improve port productivity and capacity. Anticipated trade-cost reduction will lead to an increase in trade volume and turnover for Ghana importers and exporters. This will in turn generate value to the economy along with the creation of new jobs. A hub port in Tema will connect Ghana to Africa’s consumer markets through direct services, shorter transit times and competitive sea freight rates. It is expected to attract further investment in facilities/factories around Tema Port. MPS has invested over 24 million dollars in Customs Inspection Infrastructure and Superstructure to facilitate the smooth movement of trade. MPS Terminal 3 uses a variety of connected gate technologies including License Plate Recognition (LPR) for reading a vehicle’s number plate, Optical Character Recognition (OCR) for recognizing container numbers, integrated weighbridges and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) which identifies trucks that utilize the terminal. Driver access to the terminal is controlled using Biometric Access Control and drive-through Smiths Detection scanning portals automatically inspect trucks, containers and other vehicles, for explosives, drugs and weapons. The Terminal uses a Truck Appointment System (TAS) that allows for freight forwarders to pre-book appointments before accessing the port. This is fully integrated with the Terminal Operating System (TOS) to provide process automation for drivers, eliminate congestion and maximize efficiency levels without compromising on security at the Port.

India & Europe
Hapag-Lloyd launches South-East India – Europe Express Service // IEX to start operations in October 2019

To further strengthen and optimize its market-leading position in South-east India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to and from North Europe, Hapag-Lloyd will be launching the new South-East India – Europe Express (IEX) service in October 2019, the company said in its release. The service will include direct connections between India, the Middle East (Jeddah and Damietta) and Europe (Piraeus, Le Havre, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Hamburg and London Gateway). The weekly IEX service, to be jointly operated with ONE, YML and COSCO, will be made up of nine 6,500 TEU vessels, with Hapag-Lloyd contributing four ships. The first departures are scheduled for 26 October with the following port rotation: Visakhapatnam – Krishnapatnam – Chennai – Tuticorin – Colombo – Cochin – Damietta – Piraeus – Rotterdam – London Gateway Port – Hamburg – Antwerp – Le Havre – Damietta – Jeddah – Colombo – Visakhapatnam.

Iran has seized a foreign oil tanker crew accused of smuggling oil in the Arabian Gulf, according to the country's state TV.

The seizure comes amid heightened tensions between the US and Iran over the unravelling nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, and days after an oil tanker based in the United Arab Emirates disappeared in Iranian national waters. The Panamanian-flagged oil tanker MT Riah stopped transmitting its location overnight on Sunday near Qeshm Island, which has a Revolutionary Guard base on it, while the seized oil tanker was reportedly intercepted on Sunday in south of Iran's Larak Island in the Strait of Hormuz. Iranian state TV had not identified the seized vessel at the time of writing, but the two locations are less than five nautical miles apart. The Iranian state TV report said the oil tanker had 12 foreign crew members on board and was involved in smuggling around one million litres of fuel from Iranian smugglers to foreign customers, which would suggest a vessel around the same size as MT Riah. Earlier this week, a US defence official said that the US government "has suspicions" that Iran seized the oil tanker when it turned off its tracker in the Strait of Hormuz, the Associated Press reported. An Emirati official said the small oil tanker made no distress call before switching off its tracker and that its owners and crew were not Emirati. The 58 metre (190ft) oil tanker typically made trips from Dubai and Sharjah on the UAE's west coast before going through the strait and heading towards Fujairah on the UAE's east coast.

A Turkish cargo ship was attacked by pirates off the coast of Nigeria and all 10 members of her crew have been taken hostage.

Kadıoğlu Maritime, the operator of the ship, said in a statement that the ship Paksoy-1 was sailing without freight from Cameroon's port city of Douala to Abidjan in the Ivory Coast when it was boarded by pirates. “No injuries or loss of lives occurred according to initial information. Our efforts continue for the safe and sound release of all of our personnel,” it said in a statement. According to Turkish maritime-related news website, the 114-meter-long and 17-meter-wide ship was brought to the territorial waters of neighboring Ghana. A ship from the Ghanaian Navy is sailing close to the abducted ship, the report said, citing Ghanaian officials who were trying to communicate with the pirates for the release of the personnel, including the captain and first mate. Ömer Çelik, a Turkish government spokesperson said the government was closely following the matter and both the Foreign Ministry and intelligence units were "working on it." The Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the pirates abandoned the ship, which was later towed to Tema Harbor in Ghana. The statement added that the ministry was in contact with Nigerian and Ghanaian authorities to secure the release of the kidnapped Turkish citizens. Kidnappings and piracy for ransom in Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea are common. Last week, the International Maritime Bureau described the Gulf of Guinea as the most dangerous area in the world for piracy. It said 73% of all sea kidnappings and 92% of hostage-takings took place in the Gulf of Guinea. The Nigerian Navy has been actively trying to combat the growing crisis in recent months.

IMO Council condemns tanker attacks in Strait of Hormuz and the Sea of Oman

​After debate, the IMO Council decided to condemn the attacks and expressed its concern over the grave danger to life and the serious risks to navigational safety and the environment to which such incidents may give rise. ​The Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has condemned the recent attacks on commercial shipping in the Strait of Hormuz and the Sea of Oman at its meeting in London held from 15-19 July. After debate, the IMO Council decided to condemn the attacks and expressed its concern over the grave danger to life and the serious risks to navigational safety and the environment to which such incidents may give rise. The Council also emphasised the need for flag States and shipowners and operators to review the maritime security plans for their ships and implement necessary measures to address the heightened security risk to ships operating in the Strait of Hormuz and the Sea of Oman. Addressing the IMO Council, Secretary-General Kitack Lim also emphasised his personal condemnation of the attacks, asserting that “threats to ships and their crews, peaceably going about their business in any part of the world, are intolerable.”

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia has acceded to two important IMO treaties – the 1988 Protocol to the International Convention on Load Lines and the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, IMO said in its release. 
The 1988 Load Lines protocol harmonizes the Load Lines Convention's survey and certification requirement with those contained in the SOLAS and MARPOL conventions and revises certain regulations in the technical Annexes to the convention. The Nairobi Convention provides the legal basis for States to remove, or have removed, shipwrecks that may have the potential to affect adversely the safety of lives, goods and property at sea, as well as the marine environment. A delegation from Saudi Arabia, led by HRH Prince Khaled bin Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud, deposited the instruments or accession with IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim during the 122nd meeting of the IMO Council in London this week (15-19 July).

Emirates Shipping Line reduces war risk surcharge for GCC cargoes

Dubai-based Emirates Shipping Line has climbed down from its original war risk surcharge, which Slash 247 described as “punchy”. The carrier was one of the first to implement war risk surcharges in the wake of rising insurance costs after six tankers were attacked in the past two months in and around the Strait of Hormuz. However, as other container lines have followed suit, Emirates’ $52 per teu surcharge has become the highest additional levy recorded by Splash to date – $10 more than the next highest and $16 higher than the lowest surcharge so far. On the 18th July, Emirates decided to reduce the surcharge to $40 per teu.

Fujairah port says ‘flexible approach’ needed for IMO 2020

The Middle East marine bunkering hub of Fujairah said a “flexible approach” will be required in the run-up to the International Maritime Organization’s new sulfur fuel cap as it allocated four berths to compliant fuels. The port’s initial step is dedicating berths 3A, 3B, 3E and 3W to load and discharge compliant fuels — with 0.5% and 0.1% sulfur content, the port’s managing director Mousa Murad said in a letter, dated July 11, to all general managers at the port. This means that berth 3 main will not be available for the “majority of the time,” he wrote. According to the letter, the changes at the port will happen “in due course”. The changes in the IMO rules, effective January 1, 2020, limit sulfur content in marine fuel to 0.5%, compared with 3.5% currently. Barges handling 3.5% fuel oil will be allowed on all other wing berths as is the current practice, Murad said in the letter. “Further changes to the infrastructure and berth configuration may be required as we progress through 2020,” Murad wrote. Leading up to IMO2020, there is a “lack of clarity surrounding market fundamentals such as supply, demand, product availability, pricing, etc., which means a flexible approach to the segregation of products is required.”

United States
Port of NY & NJ Unveils 30-Year Plan for Future Growth

The Port of New York & New Jersey has revealed a new development framework amid a record growth in cargo volume. The “Port Master Plan 2050” follows an extensive 2½ year review of more than 3,000 acres of port property. The 30-year plan will build on earlier planning work in the 1990s that ultimately led to the deepening of port channels to 50 feet, the raising of the Bayonne Bridge, container terminal expansions, realignment of and capacity enhancements to port roadways and the completion of the port’s USD 600 million ExpressRail network. Release of the master plan comes at a time when the Port of New York and New Jersey is experiencing record cargo growth, which has pushed it into the position of No. 2 in the nation for the first time in two decades, surpassing the Port of Long Beach. During the first five months of 2019, the port set a new all-time record for cargo during that period, handling 3.04 million TEUs. The primary objectives of the master plan are to provide opportunities for growth through stakeholder engagement; improve the port’s commercial value by investigating opportunities to maximize lease revenue; to continue to serve as an economic engine for the region; and to promote safe, resilient and environmentally sustainable operations in partnership with its tenants. With the completion of the plan, the Port Authority will now begin implementing the key findings and recommendations including a series of further studies, analysis and design work.
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Feeling relief ahead to IMO 2020

A world first is sending ripples of relief through an unnerved global shipping and bunkering market. UED completed the largest ever single shipment of low sulfur fuel oil (LSFO) on the 14th May – while celebrating just its third year of operations. So, why does this earn a spot in the history books? Because it marks the largest such shipment ahead of the biggest change in the shipping industry for more than a century: the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) sulfur limit of 0.5% from 3.5%, from January 1, 2020. The shipment does not just see UED leapfrog to the top of the hierarchy of competitiveness. In the vacuum of guesswork over how to comply to IMO 2020, it also represents a call of reassurance: ‘supply is there if you want it!’ The 154,411-ton cargo heading from the world’s second largest bunkering hub of the UAE emirate Fujairah to the world’s largest bunkering hub of Singapore, heralds a critical step in improving price discovery of LFSO, especially in an IMO 2020 landscape. Fuel costs already represent more than 50% of total operating expenses, and IMO 2020 poses an increase too significant for some carriers to absorb and stay operational, according to IHS Markit and The greater clarity over the price implications, the better. This is integral to spurring investors’ confidence and appetite to support the necessary infrastructure developments in the value chain. Refiners, storage operators, ports, shipping, trading capabilities and others are all rapidly reviewing their books to make fuel demand match infrastructure. The same applies to elevating the preference of LSFO as a compliance method against the other options: scrubbers and liquified natural gas (LNG) bunkering. IMO 2020 is a global event that offers a myriad of opportunities for the UAE and wider Gulf – if properly utilised. We are in the process of debottlenecking the units to increase crude flexibility and throughput. This will be a game changer in the lead up to the 1 January, when the importance of quality, sufficient volumes and speedy delivery of LSFO will reverberate worldwide. As a global marine fuels provider located in Dubai and Fujairah, UED is also leveraging its golden location at the crux of global trade routes, including China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative (OBOR). The modern take on the ancient Silk Road, first trodden more than two millennia ago, links China with 65 countries in Asia, North Africa and Europe. This encompasses 16 nations in the Middle East – 25% of the total. Therein lies an opportunity for UED (and Fujairah) to reinforce a maritime channel of commodities and trade with IMO 2020 compliant fuel. Ignore this opportunity at your peril; Morgan Stanley estimates that a total spend of the OBOR could reach $1.3 trillion worldwide by 2027. The bigger and more frequent LSFO shipments become, the calmer waters of compliance will be in six months. Tick tock.

Denmark starts developing the new digital Register of Shipping

By 2020, Denmark will have a digital register of shipping that will lower costs for business communities and provide easier access to data. ​The Danish Maritime Authority will now start developing the new digital Danish Register of Shipping. This specifically means that future reporting and registration of ships will occur digitally. Furthermore, it will be easier and faster to access data. Today's ship registration includes extensive processes for the industry and is economically heavy for the shipping companies. Original legal documents with records of the ship's ownership and value need to be circulated – often with a courier beyond countries' borders or through face-to-face meetings. The new Danish Register of Shipping is expected to be in service by the end of 2020.

Gulf of Guinea
The Gulf of Guinea is now the world’s worst piracy hotspot

Docked in the port of Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, floats a colossal oil tanker. Two layers of razor wire snake around its deck. Two life-sized human dummies in orange jumpsuits are perched on the ship’s bridge, posing as crew members keeping watch. Serving as a reminder that such precautions are prudent in Africa are the mangled steel and concrete remains of a jetty. It was blown up a decade ago by militants with a sideline in piracy. The Gulf of Guinea, on west Africa’s southern coast, is the world’s most pirate-infested sea. The International Maritime Bureau (imb) reports 72 attacks last year on vessels at sea between Ivory Coast and Cameroon—up from 28 in 2014. This year so far it has recorded 30. Although some of the rise may reflect more complete reporting, Max Williams of Africa Risk Compliance, a security consultancy, says piracy remains chronically under-recorded. Ship-owners fear their vessels will be held up at port during an investigation. His firm estimates the real number of attacks last year was double.

Titan LNG performs largest LNG bunkering in the world

Titan LNG successfully completed the largest LNG bunkering in the world, the company said in its release. HEEREMA’s new LNG fuelled crane ship ‘Sleipnir’ that was just completed in Singapore, was supplied with over 3000 metric tonnes of the chilled fuel. This is the largest quantity of LNG that has ever been bunkered and proves that this upcoming fuel is available anywhere now. Titan LNG chartered the Coral Fraseri for this delivery, the newest addition of the Anthony Veder small scale LNG pool of vessels. The ship loaded in Singapore at the SLNG terminal where Titan LNG sourced the fuel from Pavilion Gas, the Singaporean gas and LNG supplier. The Coral Fraseri followed the Sleipnir offshore and performed a ship-to-ship operation to cool down and fill the tanks. The business case for LNG-fuelled vessels remains very compelling and hurdles are coming down for the widespread adoption of this cleaner fuel. The economics have worked out well for early adopters of LNG as a marine fuel, using ECA and IMO 2020 compliant fuel compared with the price of heavy fuel oil currently.
Singapore & China
Singapore and China sign MoU to enhance maritime collaboration

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Waterborne Transport Research Institute (WTI), an agency under China’s Ministry of Transport during the 2019 Maritime Silk Road Port International Cooperation Forum (MPF). The MOU seeks to enhance cooperation in information exchange and research and development (R&D) between the two agencies, in areas such as smart port technology, maritime safety and environmental protection.

United Arab Emirates
Lauritzen Bulkers opens Dubai office calling GCC ‘vital business hub’

Lauritzen Bulkers, the dry bulk division of J. Lauritzen, will open a new office in Dubai in August 2019 in addition to its offices in Copenhagen, Singapore and Stamford. “The Middle East region is an important and growing area for us and the decision to open an office in Dubai means we will be closer to existing and new customers, enabling us to further grow our activity there,” said CEO of Lauritzen Bulkers, Niels Josefsen. “Dubai is a vital business hub and with substantial amounts of dry cargo, such as grain and steel products, moving in and out of the region, it is a destination where we want to be present,” he added. “Furthermore, the opening of an office in Dubai is part of our goal to double our overall short-term trading activity." Simon Fast will take up the position as general manager at the Dubai branch office as of 1 August 2019. He will be joined by chartering manager Christian Elbæk, transferring from Lauritzen Bulkers’ headquarters in Copenhagen.

United Kingdom
A British warship stops Iran seizing an oil tanker

Another naval incident in the Gulf heightens the military tensions between Iran and Western powers. For the third time in as many months, the crew of an oil tanker found themselves at the centre of an international incident. The British Heritage, a vessel owned by BP, a British oil firm, was sailing east through the Strait of Hormuz on July 10th when three Iranian gunboats allegedly tried to halt its passage. They soon backed down and allowed the tanker to continue—but only because it was trailed by the HMS Montrose, a British warship. Reports suggest that the frigate had trained its guns on the Iranian boats. The latter would have been manned not by Iran’s regular navy but by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which operates small attack craft in the Gulf. The Guards deny there was any “confrontation” with a tanker, British or otherwise. Such denials ring increasingly hollow—not least because, days earlier, a guards commander threatened to seize a British vessel. His threat was a response to the capture on July 4th of the Grace 1, a Panama-flagged tanker laden with Iranian crude that was raided by British marines as it passed off the coast of Gibraltar.

United Kingdom
UK publishes the clean maritime plan for Maritime 2050

In January 2019, government launched Maritime 2050, a landmark strategy setting out our vision for the future of the British maritime sector. The Clean maritime plan is the environment route map of Maritime 2050. It identifies ways to tackle air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions in parallel while securing clean growth opportunities for the UK. A cleaner shipping industry will help make the air we breathe cleaner and safer, and create a healthy environment for the future. The initial greenhouse strategy agreed by the International Maritime Organization in 2018, set a target to reduce GHGs from international shipping by at least 50% by 2050 and to phase them out completely as soon as possible in this century. By publishing the clean maritime plan, the UK becomes one of the first countries since the agreement of this initial strategy to publish a national action plan. The plan is also the first cohesive national strategy to reduce domestic shipping emissions. A global transition to clean shipping is taking place, presenting significant opportunities for economic growth. Research undertaken for the government suggests the global market for maritime emission reduction technologies could reach £11 billion per year by 2050, potentially resulting in economic benefits to the UK of £510 million per year. The plan also contains a number of zero-emission shipping ambitions, outlining the government’s vision for the future of zero-emission shipping and the milestones that will need to be achieved to reach it. A full review of the clean maritime plan’s implementation will take place in 2022.

United Arab Emirates
DP World launches new plan to attract more Indian investments to Dubai
DP World has launched The India-UAE Bridge initiative which aims to attract Indian trade and investments to its flagship Jebel Ali Port and Free Zone. A joint collaboration of DP World, Jafza and the Indian Business and Professional Council, the initiative will support investors through value propositions such as the integration of DP World’s assets in both countries, enhancing access to markets beyond the company’s network connectivity and global portfolio. Following the recent launch of the DP World Indian Traders' Incubation Centre, one of the primary purposes of the initiative is to serve as a platform for talented Indians looking to share their ideas and businesses to markets in the Middle East and further, state news agency WAM reported on Wednesday, 08th of July. The announcement was made at an event attended by Navdeep Suri, Ambassador of India to the UAE, Mohammed Al Muallem, CEO and managing director, DP World, UAE Region and CEO of Jafza, Nimish Makvana, president of the executive committee, IBPC. The launch comes as India continues to be one of the UAE’s largest trade partners, boasting over $60 billion with annual growth rate touching 11 percent, expected to exceed $100 billion by 2020. Suri said: "The India-UAE Bridge is a win-win for both sides. India is now the fifth largest economy in the world and one of the fastest growing major economies. During the current year, India is expected to add almost $200 billion to global economic growth. "DP World already has substantial investments in India and Indian companies account for a large share of total investments into Jafza. With their advanced infrastructure and logistics capabilities, DP World and Jafza are ideally positioned to become key partners in India's growth story. I expect that the proposed bridge could become a significant element in the India-UAE Comprehensive Strategic Partnership." Al Muallem added: "Under The India-UAE Bridge, synergies between DP World, UAE Region and India and the ports and logistics capabilities in both the countries, we will be able to offer integrated supply chain solutions to businesses through our unique end-to-end solutions."

Saudi Arabia
Bahri launches ‘iSupplier’ platform to streamline procurement

Further strengthening its commitment to enhancing the quality of its services and deepening business relationships with key partners, Bahri has announced the launch of its ‘iSupplier’ portal. The online platform will serve as a dedicated communication channel between Bahri’s Corporate Procurement and suppliers and contractors. A fast and convenient platform, ‘iSupplier’ will enable Bahri to have easy access to a larger segment of suppliers and contractors in Saudi Arabia’s private sector.

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A range of initiatives aimed at bringing the benefits of 5G to ports is underway in Asia and Europe.
5G is generally seen as the fifth-generation cellular network technology that provides broadband access. Its purpose is not solely about making bandwidths larger or speeds faster, 5G will play a role in emerging Internet of Things applications and can be used for many diverse applications with different speed, response time, security and capacity requirements because it can support up to a million devices per square kilometer, while 4G supports only up to 100,000 devices per square kilometer. China Mobile Limited Shenzhen Branch and Huawei Technologies established what they say is the first 5G intelligent innovation laboratory in the port industry at the Haixing container terminal, Shenzhen. Kalmar, part of Cargotec, and Long Term Evolution (LTE) network provider Ukkoverkot signed a two-year cooperation agreement with Nokia to design, build and operate a 5G-ready private LTE network reflecting an actual terminal environment which will be built for research and development purposes. M1, a subsidiary of Keppel Corporation, has joined Infocomm Media Development Authority and PSA to test 5G technologies in Singapore. Deutsche Telekom and Nokia announced that they have tested 5G for several different applications. Ericsson and China Unicom announced they are developing a 5G smart port system at the Port of Qingdao in China after completing a technical field trial. The companies anticipate a reduction of up to 70 percent in labor costs with the 5G automation upgrade. In collaboration with port machinery manufacturer ZPMC, they achieved an automated ship-to-shore crane lift of a container over a 5G connection operated from a control center.

Heavylift company AAL has introduced a new regular Europe-Far East multipurpose service with its 19,000-dwt S-Class heavy lift vessels.

The new service will offer regular sailings and flexible port calls between Northern Europe’s ARA range and the Baltic region, Middle East, Southeast Asia and over to the Far East. In addition to the deployment of the 19,000-dwt S-Class vessels with maximum lifting of 700 tonnes, the service will be complemented by ad-hoc sailings of AAL’s A-Class and W-Class MPV fleet, to provide customers the assurance of frequent sailings and tonnage options. “We have actually been operating S-Class and other vessel sizes on the trade between Europe and Asia since the start of the year and have built up the sustainable cargo flow and broad market interest to justify employing more S-Class vessels permanently on the trade,” said Eike Muentz, AAL Europe’s general manager. “With multiple cargo stowage configurations on deck and under (in secure holds) a key feature of the S-Class design – along with a significant 700 tonne maximum lift – is that we can accommodate a huge variety of cargo types from large and heavy project cargo, breakbulk, steel and dry bulk commodities and all at the same time,” Muentz said. He added that the default routing from Europe will be via the Mediterranean, but AAL can also sail via West Africa or PG/Middle East depending on cargo demand. The service aims to establish monthly calls from Antwerp, Rotterdam, Hamburg and one or two additional loading ports in the Mediterranean. “When called upon we can also draw upon any of the other vessel classes within our fleet, even the ‘mega size’ heavy lift A-Class (31,000 dwt) and W-Class (33,000 dwt),” Muentz said.

Biggest floating library in the world reportedly collided with bulk carrier

Local media reported collision between biggest in the world floating library LOGOS HOPE and bulk carrier DESERT OSPREY at 408 kilometer mark near Punta Alvear Cargill, Parana river, Argentina. It was a contact, ships brushed each other without inflicting serious damages. Local media dated accident Sat Jun 29, but it’s obviously, a mistake, it should happen earlier, on Jun 26 most probably. LOGOS HOPE reached next port of call after completing Parana cruise, Buenos Aires, in the evening Jun 28, DESERT OSPREY passed Parana river estuary and sailed into Rio de La Plata on Jun 28. Both ships were inspected after the accident.

Heavy lift world first for Boskalis vessel becomes drydock for Carnival Vista
In a world first Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has been awarded a contract by Carnival Cruise Line to lift cruise ship Carnival Vista out of the water onto the BOKA Vanguard and transport it to a shipyard facility for a drydocking operation. The first of its kind operation will take place in the coming weeks in Freeport, Bahamas, said Boskalis. Due to technical issues with Carnival Vista’s azipods, the ship’s main propulsion system, the vessel must be repaired in a dry dock which is currently not available in the region. Boskalis is offering a unique solution to facilitate this dry dock repair by deploying the world’s largest semi-submersible heavy lift vessel BOKA Vanguard. Carnival Vista will be loaded onto the BOKA Vanguard off the coast of Freeport, Bahamas. This loading and lifting operation is planned to take place between 12 and 14 July. The BOKA Vanguard will then transport Carnival Vista to a nearby shipyard facility where the repairs will take place whilst the cruise ship is resting on the BOKA Vanguard. Upon completion of the repairs, Carnival Vista will be offloaded in time for its next cruise voyage later this month. The BOKA Vanguard is the world’s largest semi-submersible ship uniquely positioned to lift and transport extremely heavy cargoes in a dry and safe manner. This creates an alternative for drydocking allowing inspections and repairs to be safely and efficiently conducted at a location where traditional drydock alternatives are not available.

Three Chinese container shipping terminals at Tianjin have entered into a consolidation agreement designed to reduce operating costs.
Tianjin Port Container Terminal will remain as the surviving entity of the merger, absorbing Tianjin Five Continents International Container Terminal and Tianjin Orient International Container Terminal. The shareholders will hold an equity interest in the new Tianjin Port Container company. COSCO Shipping Ports is a substantial shareholder of Tianjin Orient and Tianjin Five Continents, while China Shipping Terminal and China Merchants are substantial shareholders of Tianjin Five Continents. Upon completion of the merger, the group will hold a 76.68 percent equity interest in the new Tianjin Port Container entity. The group anticipates reduced the operating costs, coordinated operational resources, unification of the service standard and enhanced the usage efficiency of terminals and depots.

Former CSIC general manager Sun Bo jailed for 12 years
Sun Bo, former general manager of China Shipbuilding Industry Corp (CSIC),has been sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined for RMB800,000 for bribery and abuse his authority. The sentence was handed down by Shanghai No.1 Intermediate People's Court and Sun accepted the judgment. China’s Central Commission for Discipline opened the investigation on Sun in December 2018. Sun had been officially arrested in January this year. Shanghai No.1 Intermediate People's Court started the private trial on the case in March. Born in 1961, Sun worked at Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (DSIC) for 27 years and was named as general manager of CSIC in 2015.

Cyprus-Based Intership Navigation Replaces Aging VDRs and S-VDRs with State-of-the-Art Danelec Technology

Danelec Marine has announced the upgrade of the Intership Navigation fleet by replacing existing equipment with new Danelec Marine Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) technology. Under the agreement, a total of 40 vessels in the Intership fleet are being retrofitted with Danelec Marine DM100 VDR and simplified VDR (S-VDR) systems. The installations are being performed by Raytec Marine, a long-time service provider for Danelec products in Cyprus. The schedule calls for the entire upgrade program to be completed by the end of 2020.

Port automation may not always deliver results

Investment rating firm Moody's published a report questioning the value of container port automation in all applications, warning that the high capital investment, uncertain productivity gains, the potential disruption to ongoing operations and the concerns of labor unions all pose risks to automation projects. Labor-saving is a key feature for automated terminals, which may have between 40 and 70 percent lower labor requirements than traditional facilities. However, Moody's warns, a reduction in on-terminal jobs or hours means the potential for conflict with unions (as illustrated in the dispute at the Port of Los Angeles' Pier 400). This political risk also extends to port authorities, which are seen as job creators for their communities. In addition to labor savings, automation can increase terminal capacity on the same acreage by allowing the operator to expand vertically. Automated machines also bring predictability, consistency and uninterrupted operation - which can allow the addition of a third shift for 24/7 container handling. The cost, however, is significantly higher - and the assessment is still out on whether the benefits are big enough to pay it back, Moody's warns. In addition, automated systems are set up to work with a specific terminal configuration - and changing the port's operations to adapt to changing commercial circumstances (different cargo mixes, different shoreside transport modes, etc.) may be more challenging.

Container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd has decided to implement a vessel risk surcharge (VRS) following recent maritime incidents in the Gulf of Oman.

The company said that operating costs for its services have increased in the Middle East Gulf region as a result of tanker attacks that took place in the Strait of Hormuz. As of July 15, 2019, the surcharge of USD 42 per TEU will be introduced for cargo from/to and via Arabian Gulf — Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia Eastern Province Ports Dammam & Jubail and the UAE. Depending on risk situation, the company may add additional countries as well as consider increase or mitigation of above mentioned surcharge. In addition, for cargo from China, the surcharge will be valid as of August 1, 2019. For FMC related cargo to/from USA and Canada, the implementation date will be announced soon, according to Hapag-Lloyd. Earlier this week, another container shipping major, Swiss Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), announced plans to implement a war risk surcharge for all cargoes moving to/from the Arabian Gulf.

Maritime Anti-Corruption Network launches Landmark Port Integrity Campaign in Indian ports

With the support of the Government of India, the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN)—a global business network of over 110 companies working together to tackle corruption in the maritime industry—today announces the launch of a groundbreaking Port Integrity Campaign in India. The campaign, which aims to reduce and (in the long term) eliminate integrity issues and bottlenecks to trade during operations in Indian ports, is a collective action of MACN, the Government of India, international organizations, and local industry stakeholders. The pilot of the campaign will take place in Mumbai ports (MbPT and JNPT) and will run until October this year. Key activities of the campaign include the implementation of integrity training for port officials and the establishment of clear escalation and reporting processes. Following the pilot, MACN aims to expand the program to other Indian ports.

Why seizure of tanker in Gibraltar may be good for shipping

Crude oil tanker GRACE 1 loaded with Iranian crude was seized by British Mariners on Jul 4, in Gibraltar waters. Tanker was en route from Iran to Syria across Indian and Atlantic oceans via Gibraltar, with false cargo papers, identifying Iraq as country of cargo origin. US was involved in seizure, but while some (including Iran) believe, that seizure was inspired by US and carried out by UK, in pursuing of the US sanctions against Iran, others believe that it was UK initiative, in pursuing of EU sanctions imposed on Syria. Seizure of GRACE 1 may have two positive upshots for shipping. Iran, cornered by the US sanctions, is the main suspect in recent tankers attacks in Gulf of Oman. Iran decided to play it rough, and now Iran gets it rough. Iran, in all probability, will get the message, and waters of Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman will become more safe, as a result. With all its’ fiery “anti-imperialistic”, anti-USA and anti-Israel rhetoric, Iran knows where and when to stop and reverse to full astern. Second possible upshot may be even more positive in the near future, mitigating or disrupting such devastating “environmental” regulations, imposed on world shipping. US and UK seized tanker without consulting, let alone waiting for nod, either with the EU or with the UN. They broke the walls built by international bureaucracy, and demonstrated their independence in pursuing their interests (which accidentally or not, coincide with the interests of shipping). If lesson learned, other countries will follow the lead, breaking destructive for global shipping and trade regulations and bans, already imposed or pending, in order to secure their nations from irresponsible actions, practiced by unaccountable international bodies.

In a first for the Port of Rotterdam, a paperless, instantly financed and fully door-to-door tracked container has been shipped from South Korea to Tilburg in the Netherlands.

The Proof of Concept shipment provided end-to-end visibility for multi-modal cargo transport via ocean carrier, truck and inland barge. The shipment was handled on the blockchain platform DELIVER, and it reached the warehouse of Samsung SDS in Tilburg via Port of Rotterdam with Barge Terminal Tilburg hauling the container from the port to the warehouse in Tilburg. With the Proof of Concept phase complete, partners ABN AMRO, Port of Rotterdam and Samsung SDS have signed an extended collaboration agreement for the next phase of the DELIVER project. The goal of this new phase is to conduct pilot projects with multiple shippers from various industries operating in different trade lanes. The ultimate objective is an open, independent and global cargo shipping platform.

Oslo set to become Zero-Emission Port

Being one of the leading maritime centers in the world, Norwegian Port of Oslo is looking to expand further, meeting at the same time its ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Clear targets are set for 2030, with an 85 percent reduction in current GHG emissions, and after that efforts will continue so that Oslo can become a zero-emission port in the long term. In order to reach its goal of a future zero-emission port, increased sea transport is an important contribution to this green shift. Over the past years, the Port of Oslo recorded a growth in its container volumes, leading to an all-time record in 2018 when the port handled a total of 238,000 TEUs. As the port is growing very rapidly, the port needs to make sure it doesn’t become a bottleneck in this development. With more lines and more vessels calling in Oslo, the port is going to the south, moving out of the city to expand further. Currently, the Port of Oslo is finalizing its Master Plan for the South Port, a new cargo port in Sydhavna, Ingvar M. Mathisen, CEO/Port Director, said in an interview with World Maritime News on the sidelines of Nor-Shipping 2019 event. The overall aim is to make the South Port a large energy ecosystem — to use energy smarter but also to get smoother logistics between sea and land transport, as explained by Heidi Leander Neilson, Head of Environment at Oslo Port.

Panama says it cut Iran oil tanker from boat registry after terrorism alert
Panama’s Maritime Authority said that Grace 1, a giant Iranian oil tanker seized by British Royal Marines in Gibraltar, was no longer listed in Panama’s international boat registry as of May 29. The Panamanian authority added that Grace 1 had been de-listed after receiving an alert indicating that the ship had participated in or was linked to terrorism financing. Although the tanker flies a Panama flag, Iran claimed ownership and objected to the seizure of its ship.

Black Fleet ships continue monitoring NATO naval exercise Sea Breeze-2019

A group of Russian war ships began combat training in the Black Sea, says press center of RF Defence Ministry. About 10 ships of the fleet are involved in the operation. Among them there are major amphibious ships Caesar Kunikov and Azov , small-size missile ships Orekhovo-Zuevo and Miraj, missile boats Ivanovets, Naberezhny Chelny, R-60 and others. At the moment, ship crews continue to practice joint navigation and other elements of naval training. At the final stage of the exercise, Black Fleet ships will conduct missile and artillery firing.

Russian nuclear submarine explosion and fire, all on board reported dead

Russian North-West Region local media on Jul 2 reported explosion and fire on board of Russian Navy deepwater nuclear research station or submarine AS-12, known as LOSHARIK. Accident occurred on Jul 1. According to news, all staff on board, up to 14 people, died in the explosion and fire. Ministry of Defence didn’t reveal name of underwater vehicle, number of crew or any other details. According to official statement, fire was extinguished or put under control. Submarine or whatever it is, was “carrying out water biometric research in Russian territorial waters”, understood in the Barents sea. As of 1430 UTC Jul 2, news are sketchy and contradictory, initial news published by local newspaper Severomorsk Life were removed from newspaper website. Russian Navy Research nuclear submarine AS-12 (nicknamed LOSHARIK) – nuclear deepwater station of Project 10831. It is powered by a nuclear reactor and is believed to be able to operate at a depth down to 6,000 meters. Displacement 2000 tons submerged, length about 60 meters, complement 25 officers (no private ranks).

Port of Singapore to maintain the current security level 1

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has not received any information on immediate threats to ships transiting the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS) or to Singapore registered ships. The Port of Singapore will maintain the current security level 1 as per the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code and Singapore’s security agencies will continue to be vigilant. Regardless of the security level, all ships transiting the SOMS are advised to be vigilant and implement the relevant security measures as per ISPS ships security plan. MPA will closely monitor the situation and provide updates to ships traversing the SOMS and Singapore registered ships.

Quay crane waiting times reduced by 90% at APM Terminals Gothenburg

The implementation of new standard operational procedures for container lashing at APM Terminals Gothenburg has reduced quay crane waiting times by 90% and provides an enhanced customer experiencee. Using ‘Lean’ methodology, which is being adopted across all of the company’s terminals around the world, a Transformation Team at APM Terminals Gothenburg identified the root cause of the time delay – inaccurate information provided to the vessel crew. As a result, the team has implemented a revised process to ensure that the information sent out to each vessel call is clear, accurate and standardized. Vessel crews now commence unlashing in the order and sequence required to optimize the operation. The sequence is determined by a number of factors. Ensuring that the team start unlashing in the correct bay, with the right container, ensures that operators on the quay can start the discharge directly. As a result, quay crane waiting times have been reduced by 90 percent, from 38 minutes to just four. Completing the operation faster enables vessels to continue their onward journey much sooner, with associated cost savings. Located in the largest container port in Scandinavia, APM Terminals Gothenburg is the only terminal in Sweden capable of handling the world’s largest 19,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) vessels.

Taiwanese longliner on fire, abandoned in Indian ocean

Tuna fishing vessel FENG KUO 568 was reported on fire on Jul 3, twenty crew abandoned vessel in vicinity 33 27S 035 45E, Indian ocean, some 1,400 nm SW of Mauritius. Crew were rescued by nearby FENG KUO 669 and later transferred to another fishing vessel, which is heading for Mauritius. Abandoned FENG KUO 568 was reported adrift on Jul 4, understand vessel was still burning, left to her fate.

Arabian Gulf war risk surcharges spread to container shipping

CMA CGM, the world’s fourth largest containerline, will institute a war risk surcharge of $36 per teu for cargo heading to the Middle East, reports Splash 24/7. The French shipping giant said due to spiralling insurance costs in the wake of six tanker attacks near Iranian waters in the past two months, traffic to and from Oman, the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia (Dammam and Jubail), Kuwait and Iraq will be subject to the surcharge for all trade lanes from July 5 except the US and China which will be added from August 1. CMA CGM joins X-Press Feeders in warning clients of the extra costs for Middle Eastern shipments. In a note to clients last week, X-Press Feeders detailed its own war risk surcharge plans. Other liners are believed to be looking to following suit.

UAE-based, Grandweld Shipyards is taking advantage of being located in one of the world leading countries in the maritime industry.

From environmentally friendly and sustainable services, to closing new deals; the company is embedding its footprint in the maritime industry to make its presence known. Existing and new clients continue to seek Grandweld for its impeccable deliveries and designs, proving that the company is an invaluable port for all maritime related services.

ASGC to build New Dubai Cruise Terminal

The UAE-based (Emad Azmy-led) ASGC Group (Dubai's largest construction company) was contracted to build the first cruise port terminal of the region. The new real estate Meraas's Dubai Cruise Terminal will be located between Bluewaters and Palm Jumeirah (Dubai Harbour). The 186-hectares (1,86 km2 / 0,72 ml2) land development project was launched in January 2017 by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum - UAE's VP, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. As part of the new project, ASGC will conduct all building works for both main cruise terminal buildings with 1-km long quayside. Additionally, the construction company will implement the associated fit-out and external works, and will install buildings' fixtures, fittings and equipment, and will build project's central unit structure. Upon completion, the cruise ship terminal will feature a combined floor area of 2.7 hectares and daily passenger capacity 15,000.

United Kingdom
UK revamps Brexit Contingency Plan for Extra Ferries

Britain narrowly averted a "no-deal" exit from the EU on March 29, and it now expects to depart the European Union on October 31. In the event that the government cannot negotiate a free trade and customs agreement, British shippers can expect new inspections and paperwork at EU ports on the other side of the Channel. This is expected to strain ro/ro ferry capacity for shipping to and from the continent, and to offset any delays, the UK Department for Transport has once again issued a tender for vessel operators to provide contingency services. When Brexit was expected on March 29, the department signed binding contracts with three vessel operators for extra ferry capacity. The agreements ended up costing the government about $100 million in cancellation fees, litigation and settlements after the additional services proved unnecessary; one more lawsuit brought by P&O Ferries is still underway. The opposition called for the resignation of transport minister Christ Grayling over the debacle, but he remains in his post. His department is taking a different approach to the ferry contract tender this time: no upfront payments.

United States
Port of Oakland is sounding an alarm over the trade war with China.

Executive Director Chris Lytle, whose career includes running two major ports: Oakland and Long Beach, signed a letter – along with 600 other U.S. business leaders – addressed to President Donald Trump. It called for the Administration to resolve the dispute with China and eliminate tariffs imposed by both sides. He believes that trade barriers could dry up his customers’ access to a major export market and has also written a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. China accounts for more than a third of Oakland’s total trade volume, and the port ships large quantities of U.S. farm exports which are particularly vulnerable to Chinese tariffs. Lytle also called on the Trump Administration to avoid imposing tariffs on cargo-handling equipment produced in China.

United States
Port of Southampton signs sister port agreement with PortMiami

The Port of Southampton and PortMiami signed a sister port agreement during a visit from a delegation of officials from the Florida-based port and Miami-Dade County. During the visit, a city twinning agreement was also signed at the Mayor’s Parlour at the Civic center. The ‘twinning’ of the Port of Southampton, Europe’s leading cruise turn-around port and PortMiami, the world’s leading cruise port, demonstrates an allegiance between the two ports. To make the agreement official, Juan Kuryla, Port Director at PortMiami, and The Honorable Carlos Gimenez, Mayor at Miami-Dade County signed the official International Sister Seaports Agreement with Alastair Welch, Port of Southampton Director during the visit. The agreement officially links two of the world’s leading cruise ports and opens channels for cruise industry best practices in their respective areas. The Port of Southampton welcomed more than 2 million cruise passengers each year and brings £2 million into the economy with every cruise call.

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APM Terminals marks opening of the second terminal at MedPort Tangier

APM Terminals second terminal in Morocco, MedPort Tangier was inaugurated this week. Part of the Tanger Med Port complex, it has an annual capacity of 5 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalents). With this new capacity, Morocco is establishing itself as one of the most important transshipment locations in the world. Tanger Med Port is already ranked as the leading African port and is amongst the world’s top 50 container ports due to its prime location along key trade lanes and increasing cargo flows, to and from Africa. The new facility will support Tanger Med Port to increase its annual throughput capacity to nine million TEUs, helping to improve Moroccan connectivity and further support global trade. Morocco has seen GDP growth of 4.1% and has a positive outlook for containerized imports and exports with significant growth expected in the years to come. Approximately 200 cargo vessels pass through the Strait of Gibraltar daily, with major liner services linking Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Africa. With a quay length of 1,200 meters and a draft of 16 to 18 meters, APM Terminals MedPort Tangier is able to facilitate the largest vessels.

China / Switzerland
MacGregor works together with MSC to maximize performance and reduce emissions

Cargotec`s MacGregor, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company and Guangzhou Wenchong Dockyard have signed a contract to upgrade the cargo systems on 6 x 16,000 TEU containerships owned and operated by MSC. These Cargo Boost orders will be booked into MacGregor`s second quarter 2019 order intake and the upgrades will be implemented during drydocking in 2020. The parties have agreed not to disclose any further contractual details, the company said in its release. MacGregor and MSC have together defined and developed the cargo system solution for these vessels. "The objective was to determine the best solution for the operating profile and to deliver a modern, efficient and environmentally-friendly upgraded cargo system," says Magnus Sjöberg, Senior Vice President, Cargo Handling and RoRo, MacGregor. MacGregor is a leader in intelligent maritime cargo and load handling with a strong portfolio of MacGregor, Hatlapa, Porsgrunn, Pusnes, Rapp and Triplex products, services and solutions, all designed to perform with the sea. Shipbuilders, shipowners, and operators are able to optimize the lifetime profitability, safety, reliability and environmental sustainability of their operations by working in close cooperation with MacGregor. MacGregor is part of Cargotec. Cargotec's sales in 2018 totaled approximately EUR 3.3 billion and it employs around 12,000 people worldwide.

Hamburg Süd and Maersk to cooperate on the Europe–Central America, Caribbean, and South America West Coast services

The trade between Europe and Central America, Caribbean and South America West Coast have always been a key element in Hamburg Süd’s global network of liner services. In cooperation with Maersk, Hamburg Süd will be expanding and enhancing the services it offers on this core trade beginning, the company said in its release. The new stand-alone service covering Europe to/from Central America, Caribbean and South America West Coast (SAWC1) will provide operational integrity, high schedule reliability and additional features, such as Fast direct connection between the Chilean ports of San Vicente and San Antonio and North Europe. Improved links to the global network through the hub ports of Balboa, Cartagena, and Manzanillo; customers will have access to the market-leading global Maersk Group network including the US, Russian, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern ports. Increased South American port coverage with multiple services moving through the West Coast of South America; customers will now have services to/from an unparalleled number of ports in Chile, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia. Eight ships of the post Panamax class (4,500 TEU wide beam), will be deployed on SAWC1. With their 1,400 reefer plugs each, the vessels are ideally suited to cover the requirements of the trade. In addition, Hamburg Süd will continue to have access to the existing Eurosal service (SAWC2), providing coverage for ports in Colombia and the Dominican Republic, while also maintaining a direct connection to/from the French port of Le Havre.

Drones to help Sohar port in infrastructure analysis

For the first time in the history of Oman’s ports, Oman Logistics (Asyad) will use a remote-controlled drone to examine the Port of Sohar for maintenance and improvement, according to the Times of Oman. The aircraft will use aerial photography to detect damage to the port’s infrastructure, including seaports, marine docks, and ship-collision barriers and analysis will be carried out using artificial intelligence techniques. The experiment is aimed at measuring the possibility of conducting high speed and efficient maintenance without any human intervention.

Crab auctions result in a plan to build 31 crab catching ships including 15 ships to be built by Far East shipyards

Crab auctions result in a plan to build 31 crab catching ships, IAA PortNews correspondent cites Ilya Shestakov, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation - head of Rosrybolovstvo (Russian Federal Fisheries Agency), as saying at a meeting with journalists in Moscow. According to him, 15 ships are to be built by Far East shipyards. Initially, it was planned to have all crab catchers built by Far East shipyard but their capacity is not sufficient. Meanwhile, the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia is against such restrictions. Russian designing company Nordic Engineering founded by Nordic Yards Holding GmbH (Germany) has designed a unique crab catching ship that can be built for just $10-12 million.

RF Gov't approved a plan for implementation of Strategy on Development of Russian Seaports in Caspian Basin

RF Government has approved the plan for implementation of the Strategy on Development of Russian Seaports in the Caspian Basin. The Strategy is aimed at the integration of Russia’s Caspian ports into main international transport hubs and corridors comprising the transport hub of the Caspian Basin. In particular, the plan foresees the development of port facilities in the Caspian region, construction of a new port in Dagestan, development of road and railway approaches to ports and development of the tourism potential. Besides, it foresees the creation of some industrial clusters and favorable conditions for construction and repair of civil ships. The Strategy implementation will let ensure annual container throughput growth to 265,000 TEUs by 2030 as well as dry cargo flow to 14 million tonnes, the attraction of Russian tourists to the Caspian region – up to 30,000 people per year, and generation of new jobs.

EU NAVFOR and DG MARE work together to combat illegal fishing off the Somali coast

This week, a representative of EU NAVFOR Somalia Operation ATALANTA met with Mr. Julien Daudu, policy Officer for Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUU) of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE). More than 300 fishing-related observations that had been documented over the past three months were presented. This information sharing is crucial as it provides the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) with factual data on fishing activity with regard to illegal, unreported and unregulated fisheries. Furthermore, it allows the appropriate authorities to then take action against offenders who have violated the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Somalia. This collaboration is a great example of effective cooperation between the European Commission and EU NAVFOR Somalia.
EGA and Abu Dhabi Ports welcome largest bulk carrier ever at Khalifa Port

Emirates Global Aluminium EGA) has announced the arrival of the first fully-laden Capesize vessel to call at any GCC port at its quay at Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi, inaugurating the import of bauxite for EGA’s new Al Taweelah alumina refinery using these huge bulk cargo vessels. EGA imports bauxite ore from the Republic of Guinea to supply Al Taweelah alumina refinery, and using Capesize vessels reduces shipping costs per tonne. Abu Dhabi Ports has modified the approaches to Khalifa Port to accommodate Capesize vessels bound for EGA, making it the first port in the Gulf able to accommodate these fully-loaded ships.

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Safety management training takes centre stage

IMO says its training on the International Safety Management (ISM) Code is underway for nine countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania) in the eastern and southern Africa subregion. The code sets the international standard for safe ship management and operation. Thirty-two participants are taking part in the event, which is hosted by the Tanzania Shipping Agencies Corporation (TASAC) in Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania (17-21 June). The course is focused on how the code has evolved and its importance in efforts to improve safe ship operation and pollution prevention. Participants are senior maritime administrations personnel responsible for conducting shipboard and shore-based audits for verification of compliance with the code’s requirements. The training, which is supported by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, includes interactive country-specific presentations focusing on the administrations’ tonnage, type of vessels, knowledge and perspective on ISM code implementation.

Maritime Anti-Corruption Network to develop Global Port Integrity Index and Scale Up Collective Action in West Africa

The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN)—a global business network of over 110 companies working together to tackle corruption in the maritime industry—has announced a new partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (MOFA). The partnership will allow MACN to develop and launch the first ever Global Port Integrity Index and to scale up its collective action activities in West Africa. The Global Port Integrity Index will provide an overview and comparison of illicit demands in ports around the world. It will be based on the unique first-hand data gathered from captains calling port around the world through MACN’s Anonymous Incident Reporting Mechanism. To date, MACN has collected over 28,000 reports of corruption in ports. The partnership with MOFA will also allow MACN to expand its collective action program in West Africa and to deepen its current engagement in the region. The MOFA support for MACN is part of a global anti-corruption programme for 2019-2022, which extends support to civil society organisations, multilateral organisations/governments, and private sector-led initiatives.

A contract has been awarded for a new container terminal at the Port of Townsville in Queensland, Australia.

Townsville construction company Formset has been awarded a $10 million contract for the 1.6-hectare container terminal which is part of the Townsville Port’s A$30 million Crane and Cargo Terminal project at Berth 4. The $30 million project adds to major capacity-expansion projects at the port, including construction of the $48 million intermodal facility, $193 million port channel upgrade and the completion of the $40 million Berth 4 upgrade. The volume of freight moving across Queensland is expected to grow more than 20 percent, and the terminal is expected to boost trade through northern Australia’s largest cargo port. The port is Australia's largest exporter of zinc, copper, lead and fertilizer and its eight berths connect to over 130 ports around the world. The construction of the Berth 4 Cargo Terminal Area was expected to take up to 36 weeks to complete.

Port of Baku and OSCE launch “digital route” project in Caspian ports

The project aims to support Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan in strengthening green ports and connectivity in the Caspian Sea Region. Feasibility studies, expert workshops and delegation visits to leading international green ports will explore how to make best use of renewable energy, digitalization and trade and transport facilitation to promote sustainable connectivity. The project will be implemented in partnership with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, UNECE and leading private sector experts. Renewable energy and energy efficiency are part of the answer to reduce the environmental footprint of the way we produce and consume energy. It is the way to go,” he said. The OSCE’s work in this field is aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and contributes to a range of Sustainable Development Goals: SDG 7, “Affordable and Clean Energy”, SDG 9, “Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure”, and SDG 17, “Global Partnerships”. The project is financially supported by Azerbaijan, Germany, Italy and Iceland.
Standic expands with state-of-the-art chemical storage terminal in the Port of Antwerp

The Dutch tank storage company Standic, a member of the family-owned Hametha group, is to build a new chemical storage terminal in Antwerp, doubling its capacity, the Port of Antwerp says in a press release. In addition to its current terminal in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, Standic plans a new storage terminal in the 5th Harbor dock in the Port of Antwerp with an initial capacity of around 95,000 m³ and a potential total capacity of some 230,000 m³. The first completion is planned for the first quarter of 2021, in full compliance with the latest environmental requirements. The state-of-the-art facility will be fully automated, with built-in sustainability features such as onshore power for ships moored at the terminal, to meet the requirements of the customer. With 230,500 m³ of storage capacity and 163 tanks of nearly every type and size, Standic is the independent expert in the field of tank storage of liquids in the Netherlands. It facilitates the storage of chemical products, bio-fuels and raw materials for lubricants, in large and small quantities, in stainless steel and mild steel storage tanks.

TMC sets up office to support Chinese yards

As a result of increased demand for the company’s marine compressed air systems from Chinese yards, TMC Compressors of the Seas (TMC) has decided to set up an office in Shanghai, China. TMC’s new office will be located in Shanghai, China. It will handle everything from sales, spare parts supplies, solve service requirements and documentation. The set-up of the office in Shanghai will follow the successful blueprint that TMC has implemented in Busan, South-Korea, and in Singapore, where dedicated local set-ups support the countries’ yards as well as local shipowners and operators. Roger Chen has been appointed to head up TMC’s operation in Shanghai, China.

Abandoned tanker anchored off Indian coast

There is absolutely no information on DIAMOND HIGHWAY condition and status. The ship apparently, is not in a condition allowing towage. Car carrier DIAMOND HIGHWAY was reported abandoned on late Jun 15 in South China sea in the vicinity of Manila. The ship was en route from Singapore to Batangas, Philippines. The ship went NUC and started to drift at around 1530 UTC, AIS went off several hours later, most probably because there were major fire on board, spreading to bridge. Crew abandoned the ship and were picked up by nearby merchant ship, no injuries reported.

The crew of container ship STADT DRESDEN found 9 stowaways hidden in a container, they’ve surreptitiously boarded the ship at Casablanca, Morocco, intending to get to Europe.

STADT DRESDEN arrived at Piraeus Anchorage, Greece, on Jun 20, authorities were duly informed on presence of illegal persons on board. According to local news outlets, the Greek Coast Guard interrogated “migrants” and was quite satisfied with their plan – stowaways weren’t after Greece, they plan to disembark in another European country. Next port of call will be Zeebrugge, Belgium. CG made sure they are comfortably settled in cabins, and didn’t bother them any more. Understood, they were cleared to remain on board. What does it all mean? How can it be possible? 9 illegal persons are to continue their sea cruise, until they find a country which will benefit and please them most? What about crew? What about ship and cargo? What about ship owner? What about security and safety? What’s the use of ISPS, if any alien may sneak on board of the ship, declare himself a migrant, and stay on board for as long as he wants? Maybe there’s a mistake or some kind of misunderstanding? First and foremost obligation of any responsible State is to remove stowaways, i.e. illegal migrants, i.e. perpetrators, from a commercial ship, to ensure the safety of the crew, ship and cargo, and port.

Preparation is the key in ballast water management

Identifying organisms and microbes in ballast water, as well as monitoring port marine life where ballast water may be released, are key for countries preparing to enforce IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention. The treaty involves measures to counter the threat to marine ecosystems by potentially invasive species transported in ships’ ballast water. A regional workshop in Malé, Maldives trained the participants from four countries in compliance monitoring and enforcement of the Convention. The event also included training on how to conduct a relevant risk assessment for implementing and enforcing the BWM Convention and how to plan and conduct a port biological baseline survey using standardized protocols.

Novotrans acquired Ro-Ro ferry facility at the port of Ust-Luga

Holding Company “Novotrans” JSC has completed the transaction on acquisition of 100% in the authorized capital of stevedoring company Global Service LLC. Global Service LLC, a general agent of FSUE Rosmorport at Ro-Ro ferry facility at the port of Ust-Luga, provides loading/unloading and storing services. As of 21 June the two ferries, he Ambal and the Baltijsk, operate at the line. They can carry up to 1.5 million tonnes per year. The Ro-Ro ferry terminal in Ust-Luga is Russia’s only transport facility allowing for cargo transportation to the Kaliningrad Region without crossing the borders of other states. The terminal has facilities for loading automobiles and railcars as well as other processing areas. Total area of the facilities exceeds 30 hectares with more than 8 kilometers of railway approaches.

United Kingdom
Samskip fine tunes multimodal network for post-Brexit hard choices

Pan-European multimodal service provider Samskip says that is fully prepared for a North Sea container traffic surge, as attitudes harden in the run up to October's revised Brexit deadline. Europe's largest multimodal transport group by freight volume expects UK exporters and importers to start switching away from trailers and towards containerisation very soon, repeating a trend established in the run-up to the original deadline for Brexit. Samskip services to Rotterdam are supported by 70 trains a week to destinations throughout the EU and beyond, as well as by regular barge connections but Ghent opens up northern French and Belgian markets traditionally feeding ferries into Zeebrugge.

United States
U.S. authorities have seized over 16 tons of cocaine from an MSC container ship at the Packer Marine Terminal in Philadelphia, prosecutors said on June 18.

The drugs were seized from the 2018-built Neopanamax MSC Gayane and represent the largest drug interdiction in the history of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, according to officials. Mediterranean Shipping Company said it was aware of reports of the incident, adding that it takes this matter “very seriously and is grateful to the authorities for identifying any suspected abuse of its services.” As explained, the seized cargo of around 16 tons of cocaine has a street value of over USD 1 billion. Members of the ship’s crew have been arrested and charged, and the investigation is ongoing. At least two members of the ship’s crew were charged with helping load the cocaine onto the MSC Gayane while it was at sea, local media cited court documents. A total of 14 boats are said to have approached the vessel on two separate occasions, while the crew helped transfer bales of cocaine from the boats to the containership. Other crew members were also allegedly involved.

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Ports Australia launches interactive online Sustainability hub

With the launch of its online Australian Ports Sustainability hub, Ports Australia has published a comprehensive report outlining concrete projects led by its members in all WPSP main disciplines, namely Climate and Energy, Resilient Infrastructure, Safety and Security, Community Outreach and Governance & Ethics. The report, which can be downloaded from the Ports Australia website, is structured around the main WPSP themes, providing detailed information of each particular project, its targets and its achievements.

ICTSI Croatia invests in expansion of its terminal in Croatia

Adriatic Gate Container Terminal (AGCT), the Croatian subsidiary of International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) at the Port of Rijeka, is set to realize a comprehensive expansion plan in the period up to mid-2020. This will facilitate the berthing of vessels with a length overall (LOA) of up to 400 meters. The work will be completed by mid-2020, and will provide 438 meters of berth with a depth alongside of 15 meters. Financing for the infrastructure works has been provided by the EU and PRA, with ICTSI undertaking all the associated necessary investment in quayside and landside handling systems, as well as the increased coverage of the terminal’s state-of-the-art IT systems. The second phase foresees additional dredging alongside the 438m of quay to a depth of 16.5 meters. Once completed, this project will make AGCT the first terminal in the northern Adriatic able to berth vessels of up to 20,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) capacity, with an LOA of up to 400 meters and beam of 59 meters. Complementing these initiatives are new Super Post Panamax cranes with an outreach of at least 24 rows, as part of the berth upgrade; and new rubber tyred gantries (RTGs) and prime movers introduced on the landside. Total terminal yard capacity will be increased up to 600,000 TEUs per year in line with demand.

Finland opens largest Nordic LNG terminal after delay

Finland’s 110 million-euro ($124.5 million) Manga liquefied natural gas import terminal has fully opened after a year-long delay to the project, engineering firm Wartsila and part-owner Gasum said. Manga, the largest LNG terminal in the Nordic region with storage capacity of 50,000 cubic metres, began receiving some shipments in November 2017, but is only now ready for full commercial operations after an additional year of tests. A Wartsila executive told Reuters the testing period had been prolonged due to some adjustments that the facility needed, but declined to specify the nature of the extra work. The terminal includes facilities for LNG unloading, storage, pipeline distribution, regasification, truck loading, and ship bunkering, said Wartsila, which will also maintain the facility for 10 years. It will supply LNG to steel mills, ships and local industries in Finland and Sweden.

The Port of Gdansk announced partnership with Port of Rotterdam

During the 2019 transport logistic fair in Munich, June 4-7, Gdansk's port announced the cooperation with the Port of Rotterdam on a system for searching for transport connections for customers. Poland's largest port will launch the Navigate system for its business partners and customers transporting goods via Gdansk. Navigate is a shipping service comparison platform for the entire supply chain. The routes suggested by Navigate include connections between Gdansk and other ports of the world, as well as European inland terminals. 

DP World to operate ports along Russia’s northern sea route

DP World to run ports that Russia plans to build along the northern sea route in the Arctic to shorten shipping times between the east and west, the company said in its release. The Russian Direct Investment Fund - being an investment fund of the Russian Federation, investing together with foreign investors in Russian assets; ROSATOM - the infrastructure operator of the NSR; Norilsk Nickel - the world leader in the production of palladium and high-quality nickel, and DP World - one of the largest global port and logistics operators have agreed to jointly implement a project for the integrated development of the NSR. The quadrilateral agreement of intent was signed on June 6, 2019 during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. The key objective of the project is to increase the volume of freight traffic through the NSR and the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation.

Sharjah civil defense brought a yacht fire under control in the Al Liah area.

Firefighters from Al Mina and the headquarters reached the site in less than 5 minutes and put out the flames in one hour. No casualties have been reported but the yacht was completely gutted.

The beginning of twice-weekly sailings of a liner service from London Gateway and Southampton to all major ports in the Arabian Gulf
Global NVOCC (Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier) CargoGulf has responded to strong growth in the United Kingdom’s (UK) exports by extending its reach with the appointment of Kestrel Liner Agencies as its liner service agent for the country. This marks the beginning of twice-weekly sailings of a liner service from London Gateway and Southampton to all major ports in the Arabian Gulf, complementing CargoGulf’s liner service from Europe which started in April 2018 and has since seen steady growth from all ports of loading. Kestrel Liner Agencies is the UK’s largest liner agency. This partnership enables CargoGulf to draw on its core capabilities and in-depth experience to offer customers in the UK the efficiency of a single provider to meet all their container shipping needs to the Middle East. The two companies are known for their operational excellence, trustworthiness and dedication to providing consistent high-quality service.

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DP World Southampton plans to cut carbon emissions next year

The 12 new hybrid straddle carriers use 20% less fuel than standard machines and, according to DP World, are the most efficient on the market. DP World Southampton’s new hybrid equipment that will cut the port’s emissions and reduce its carbon footprint has begun operations. The 12 new hybrid straddle carriers use 20% less fuel than standard machines and, according to DP World, are the most efficient on the market. The company invested in the equipment as part of its aim to make global supply chains more sustainable and DP World Southampton has already placed an order for another 12 hybrid machines. These additional machines will be delivered by the end of 2019, meaning that more than a quarter of the company’s operational fleet will be hybrids. DP World Southampton will have reduced its Nitrogen Oxide emissions by more than 50% by 2020 through constantly renewing and upgrading its fleet.

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Coast Guard, U.S. Army rescues 2 people from submerged vessel in Chesapeake Bay

The U.S. Coast Guard and the Army rescued two people from the water 6.5 miles west of Fisherman Island, Virginia, Monday night. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads initially received the report from soldiers aboard the U.S. Army vessel New Orleans, who had just pulled two people from the water after their 16-foot vessel sank after being swamped by weather four hours earlier, the USCG said in a press release. Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders launched a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Coast Guard Station Cape Charles to respond. Once on-scene, the Coast Guard crew transferred the two survivors to the response boat and transported them back to Coast Guard Station Cape Charles.

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The Port of Corpus Christi is poised to eclipse the Port of Houston as the top U.S. crude oil export hub over the next 10 years, according to a new report from the global energy research firm Wood Mackenzie

Wood Mackenzie’s North America Crude Markets Service believes that major investments in shipping facilities and pipeline projects will route more than 2 million barrels of Permian Basin crude oil per day to the South Texas waterway within the next eight to 12 months. As a result, export volumes at the Port of Corpus Christi are expected to quadruple over the next five years. Crude oil production volumes are expected to rise across the Lower 48 by 4 million barrels per day over the next five years — with a significant portion coming from the Permian Basin of West Texas and southeastern New Mexico and headed to Corpus Christi. To facilitate those incoming volumes, the Port of Corpus Christi is undertaking a $380 million project to deepen and widen the Corpus Christi Ship Channel to accommodate the world’s largest crude supertankers.

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NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting that a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season is most likely this year.

The outlook forecasts a 40 percent chance of a near-normal season and a 30 percent chance of an above-normal season. The hurricane season officially extends from June 1 to November 30. For 2019, NOAA predicts a likely range of nine to 15 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which four to eight could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including two to four major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher). An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, of which six become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes. This outlook reflects competing climate factors. The ongoing El Nino is expected to persist and suppress the intensity of the hurricane season. Countering El Nino is the expected combination of warmer-than-average sea-surface temperatures in the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, and an enhanced west African monsoon, both of which favor increased hurricane activity. Also, this season, NOAA’s Hurricane Hunter aircraft will collect higher-resolution data from upgraded onboard radar systems. These enhanced observations will be transmitted in near-real time to hurricane specialists at the National Hurricane Center, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center and forecasters at NWS Weather Forecast Offices. In addition to the Atlantic hurricane season outlook, NOAA also issued seasonal hurricane outlooks for the eastern and central Pacific basins. A 70 percent chance of an above-normal season is predicted for both the eastern and central Pacific regions.

AIE: Construction Contract Granted for NSW’s 1st LNG Import Terminal

Australian Industrial Energy (AIE) has awarded a key wharf facility and pipeline construction contract for its Port Kembla Gas Terminal (PKGT). The contract was awarded to the SCSB joint venture which comprises Spiecapag and Soletanche Bachy. As explained, the companies are international specialists in the core construction works required to build the PKGT wharf facility and pipeline connection to the Cringila Eastern Gas Pipeline connection point just six kilometers from the wharf. AIE is spearheading action to help New South Wales businesses obtain reliable supplies of gas beyond 2020 by building a natural gas import terminal at Port Kembla near Wollongong. The PKGT will have the capacity to supply over 70% of NSW’s natural gas needs. The award of the contract follows the NSW State Government’s decision to grant development consent for the AUD 250m project in April 2019 and AIE welcoming its first customer, EnergyAustralia, which has committed to a five-year contract of at least 15PJs of gas per annum from 2021. Planning design is underway for the PKGT and construction will commence immediately after the AIE joint venture partners complete their Final Investment Decision which is expected later this year, according to AIE. Construction work will include dredging, a new wharf within the existing Port Kembla dock and the pipeline to connect the new facility to the east coast gas network at Cringila. The project will provide work and subcontracting opportunities, with an estimated AUD 76 million being sub-contracted to local businesses.

AltaGas has opened its Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal (RIPET), located in Prince Rupert, British Columbia – the first marine export facility for propane in Canada.

The facility began introducing propane feedstock in mid-April, and the first shipment departed the terminal on May 23, 2019 bound for Asia. The facility is expected to ship approximately 1.2 million tonnes of propane annually to customers in Asia. RIPET provides producers and customers with a significant locational advantage given comparatively short shipping distances to markets in Asia, says AtlaGas, notably a 10-day shipping time from Canada's West Coast compared to 25 days from the U.S. Gulf Coast. Asia is the world's largest importer of LPG, with as many as 24 million households using propane for heating and cooking in Japan alone. Propane is also an important feedstock for the petrochemical industry, and fuels nearly 25 million vehicles worldwide. RIPET is owned by a joint venture between AltaGas (70 percent) and a Canadian subsidiary of Royal Vopak (30 percent).

The Trump administration banned cruises to Cuba under new restrictions on U.S. travel to the Caribbean island imposed on 04 June to pressure its Communist government to reform and stop supporting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

The tightening of the decades-old U.S. embargo on Cuba will further wound its crippled economy, as well as hurt U.S. travel companies that had built up Cuban business during the brief 2014-2016 detente between the old Cold War foes. The State Department said the United States will no longer permit visits to Cuba via passenger and recreational vessels, including cruise ships and yachts, as well as private and corporate aircraft. The U.S. Commerce Department told Reuters the ban would be effective from Wednesday, giving cruise lines no grace period to change destinations and creating confusion among cruise passengers.

The world’s most powerful fully-electric ferry is close to entering passenger operations.
The Ellen E-ferry vessel is expected to become operational at the beginning of July 2019. Covering a 22-nautical mile crossing between the Danish islands of Ærø and Fynshav, she will travel seven times further than any other electric ferry currently in operation anywhere in the world. As well as having a capacity of 4.3MW, the largest battery pack currently installed for maritime use, she is also the first electric ferry to have no emergency backup generator on board. The Ellen is just under 60 meters (197 feet) long, has a breadth of approximately 13 meters (43 feet) and will travel at speeds between 13-15.5 knots. She is capable of carrying 198 passengers in summer months, with this capacity dropping to 147 during the winter. The ferry can also carry 31 cars or five trucks on her open deck. Danfoss Editron has supplied the full-electric drivetrain powering the ferry for operator Ærø Kommune. The company’s Editron system comprises two 750kW propulsion motors and two 250kW thruster motors, both of which run off synchronous reluctance assisted permanent magnet technology and are controlled by DC/AC inverters. Danfoss Editron also provided the vessel’s power management system for the complete on-board automated power and load control. Additionally, the company delivered the onshore charging station and charging arm for the ferry’s 4.3MW battery.

Three leading organizations have joined One Sea, the industry alliance bringing together leading exponents of autonomous ship technology.

Global satellite group Inmarsat and NYK Group research subsidiary Monohakobi Technology Institute (MTI) have joined One Sea as full members, while the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to become a One Sea associate member. One Sea members ABB, Kongsberg Maritime and Wärtsilä ran separate autonomous ship trials off the Finnish and Norwegian coasts at the end of 2018. Finnish regulators have authorized One Sea to oversee future trials in Jaakonmeri off western Finland - the first dedicated test zone worldwide. Members have complete freedom to innovate and develop their own cost-efficient autonomous ship solutions inside an alliance which is nonetheless committed to harmonizing technical standards.

Hapag-Lloyd is introducing its new real-time container monitoring program “Hapag-Lloyd LIVE.”

In an initial step, the company is equipping its entire reefer fleet of some 100,000 containers to offer real-time GPS location, temperature information and power-off alerts. Hapag-Lloyd intends to develop commercial products in close cooperation with its customers in order to adapt the solution even further, and features will be gradually released for use as the entire reefer fleet is being outfitted. The smart reefer solution, which leverages the latest loT technology, has been developed by Globe Tracker, a supplier of supply-chain visibility solutions. The telecommunications experts T-Mobile Austria as part of Deutsche Telekom Group and Ericsson will also be supporting the project by providing global connectivity and IoT infrastructure for seamless integration into existing Hapag-Lloyd software and services. “Hapag-Lloyd LIVE” features may also be made available upon request to dry container customers.

Large shipping losses are now at their lowest level this century having declined by over 50 percent year-on-year, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE’s (AGCS) Safety & Shipping Review 2019.
The annual study analyzes reported shipping losses over 100 gross tons (GT), and in 2018, 46 total losses of vessels were reported around the shipping world, down from 98 losses 12 months earlier, driven by a significant decline in activity in the global loss hotspot, South East Asia, and weather-related losses (10) halving after quieter hurricane and typhoon seasons. However, the number of reported shipping incidents overall (2,698 in 2018) shows little decline – less than one percent year-on-year. The most accident-prone vessels of the last year are three Greek Island ferries, all of which were involved in eight different incidents. Machinery damage is the major cause, accounting for more than a third of the 26,000+ incidents over the past decade – twice as many as the next highest cause, collision. Machinery damage is one of the most expensive causes of marine insurance claims, accounting for over $1 billion in five years. Improved ship design, technology, tighter regulation and more robust safety management systems on vessels have helped to prevent breakdowns and accidents from turning into major losses. “However, the lack of an overall fall in shipping incidents, heightened political risks to vessel security, complying with 2020 emissions rules and the growing number of fires on board bring challenges,” says Baptiste Ossena, Global Product Leader Hull & Marine Liabilities, AGCS.

IMO Secretary-General commits to Sustainability Goals

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim delivered a strong reminder about the vital importance of balanced and sustainable development to delegates at the Ocean Leadership conference at the Nor-Shipping 2019 conference in Oslo on June 4. In a keynote address, Lim spoke of the Sustainable Development Goals as a unifying factor in global efforts to improve the lives of people everywhere. He confirmed IMO’s strong commitment to the 2030 Sustainability Agenda and reminded delegates that IMO's environment regulations were driving many of the technology innovations being showcased at the Nor-Shipping exhibition. He highlighted moves to cut greenhouse gas emissions, reducing the sulfur content of ships' fuel oil, requiring strict ballast water management and adopting the Polar Code as recent examples of IMO's own sustainability agenda. IMO also plays a leadership role in major environmental projects like GloMEEP, GloFouling, the MTCC network initiative, MEPSEAS, the newly announced GreenVoyage 2050 project and many more, all established to enhance the environmental soundness and efficiency of shipping and contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping.

Cancellation of Cagliari call – Update

Further developments regarding the disruption of container service in Cagliari as noted below.
For import cargo to Cagliari already en route or at transshipment terminal, end of voyage is declared in Livorno and Genoa. Following options are available:
-Full units can be picked up in Livorno or Genoa / empty units returned in Livorno or Genoa
Delivery to Cagliari can be offered by Hapag-Lloyd via ferry/Ro-Ro vessels at an additional cost of Euro 500/20’ and Euro 750/40’
-For import cargo to Cagliari already delivered to first loading terminal, you can unstuff the units and return the empty containers to Hapag-Lloyd at your expense or still decide to load units and choose between one of the above-mentioned options.
-For export cargo from Cagliari, you can pick up empty units in Cagliari and deliver on Merchant Haulage basis the full box in Livorno, Genoa or La Spezia depending on the trades concerned.

Gagarin Prospect, the world’s first Aframax tanker designed to run on LNG, has been crowned as the winner of the Nor-Shipping 2019 Next Generation Ship Award.

The accolade, awarded by Norwegian Minister of Trade Torbjørn Røe Isaksen at the Nor-Shipping Opening Ceremony in Oslo on Monday night, saw the Sovcomflot vessel defeat a competitive shortlist that featured Yara Birkeland, alongside innovative shuttle tanker concepts from AET and Teekay. The Next Generation Ship Award is a celebration of innovation in ship design and technology. It has become an integral part of Nor-Shipping since its launch in 2011. This year the award has been combined with the Energy Efficiency Award and opened to existing ships built since the last Nor-Shipping exhibition in 2017, to older ships which have undergone retrofit or conversion, and to newbuildings scheduled to debut over the next five years. The world’s largest plug-in hybrid vessel, Color Hybrid, was appointed Ship of the Year 2019 at Nor-Shipping on June 4, 2019. The Color Line vessel is under construction at Ulstein Verft. Yard number 311 has been designed by Fosen Yard, and will be put to service between Sandefjord, Norway and Strömstad, Sweden this summer.

Interferry project identifies ‘paramount’ lessons from Philippines safety boost

The FERRYSAFE project team formed by global trade association Interferry to study pronounced safety advances in Philippines ferry operations has completed the second of two visits to the country and is now developing best practice guidance to assist the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and other developing nations. Week-long visits were made to political capital Manila in March and ferry capital Cebu in late May. Lessons learned suggest there is no ‘silver bullet’ solution to explain how ferry fatalities in the Philippines have gradually fallen from highest in the world over the past 50 years to being much closer to the global average during the current decade. However, industry-wide discussions consistently identified some paramount factors, notably: government willingness to facilitate change; the development of reasonably stringent regulations; weather-dependent prohibition of sailing permits (no-sail policy); the presence of local enforcement personnel; the importance of insurance and insurance surveys. In Manila, 44 informal interviews were held spanning shipowners, operators, regulators, naval architects, shipyards, classification societies, surveyors, insurers, the coastguard authority, tourism agencies, customers and media commentators. The follow-up Cebu visit involved a further 22 interviews, including meetings with top national and regional officials from the maritime authority MARINA and the Cebu Port Authority. The team also visited shipyards, observed several Philippines Coast Guard pre-departure inspections and undertook seven ferry crossings on vessels of wide-ranging type, age and size. Additional insights came from a three-hour session with highly engaged members of the regional Passenger Ship Spotting Society – one of whom survived a ferry capsize in 2005. Conceived by Interferry’s domestic safety committee, the FERRYSAFE initiative is supported by a grant from UK charity the Lloyd’s Register Foundation covering direct expenses, while man-hours are being contributed by the four team members. The FERRYSAFE team will draft its report to be presented at Interferry’s 44th annual conference and the Lloyd’s Register Foundation conference, both taking place in London in October. Dissemination to other developing nations – particularly in SE Asia and Africa – will follow mainly via Interferry’s ongoing participation in the ASEAN regional ferry safety forum and through its involvement with the IMO’s Safety Committee and Technical Cooperation programme.

The attacks on four commercial vessels off Fujairah on May 12 were part of a sophisticated and coordinated operation carried out by an actor with significant operational capacity, according to the United Arab Emirates.

Representatives to the United Nations of the UAE , Norway, and Saudi Arabia told the United Nations Security Council that, based on the preliminary findings of the investigation, a state actor is most likely responsible for the coordinated attacks on the four oil tankers. The assessment of the damage to the four vessels and the chemical analysis of the debris recovered revealed it was highly likely that limpet mines were used in the attacks on the Saudi Arabia-flagged tankers Amjad and Al Marzoqah, Norway’s crude oil tanker Andrea Victory and the UAE-flagged tanker A Michel. While investigations are still ongoing, the conclusions are supported by the facts that the attacks required intelligence capabilities for the deliberate selection of four oil tankers from among almost 200 vessels of all types that lay at anchor off Fujairah at the time of the attacks. Furthermore, the attacks required a high degree of coordination among what most likely were several teams of operatives. The attacks also required the expert navigation of fast boats, with understanding of the geographic area, that were able to intrude into UAE territorial waters and to exfiltrate the operatives after delivering the explosive charges, the preliminary findings showed.

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How to forecast, prepare for and deal with the weather is the theme for the 21st issue of The Navigator, the free publication aimed at maritime navigators and seafaring colleagues from The Nautical Institute.
The issue contains information about modern weather monitoring techniques, as well as shore-based weather services and advice from an experienced master in dealing with both adverse and calm weather at sea. In addition, there are discussions about a recent cruise ship that hit the headlines when bad weather struck, and an interview with a serving Chief Mate about her experiences working off-shore in the North Sea. David Patraiko, Director of Projects for The Nautical Institute, added: “Weather at sea is deadly serious and always relevant. The weather can make the difference between a prosperous or loss-making voyage, can cause injury to crew and passengers and can even lead to the loss of a ship. Awareness of the weather and accurate predictions are both vitally important.” The Navigator is produced by The Nautical Institute with support from the Royal Institute of Navigation. Sponsored by IFAN and Trinity House, it is available free in printed format or as a pdf, digital magazine or App via The Nautical Institute website.

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The Québec Port Authority (QPA) has signed a long-term commercial agreement with Hutchison Ports and CN (Canadian National Railway) to build and operate the new container terminal.

The $775 million project will be financed primarily through the joint investment of the three partners. The QPA also has ongoing discussions with the federal and provincial governments to complete the financing. Hutchison Ports was selected after a competitive process.

The government of Hong Kong has rejected a warning from the U.S. Department of State that it could be penalized if it does business with a specific tanker, the Pacific Bravo, which is believed to be under way for China. 
Until the Trump administration imposed strict American sanctions on Iran last August, China and India were Iran's largest overseas customers for oil. While they have halted shipments, there are signs that the trade could resume. A tanker with a transshipped cargo of Iranian oil offloaded at a terminal in Zhoushan, China earlier this month. In India, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi - who just won reelection - is expected to begin talks with Iran to buy its oil using rupees rather than dollars for payment. By using rupee-denominated payment, India would bypass restrictions on the use of the American financial system for trade with Iran.

Two crew members are dead and two remain missing after two cargo vessels collided off the eastern coast of Japan on 28 May, according to the Japan Coast Guard.
The 499-ton coastal freighters Sumiho Maru and Sensho Maru collided about eight nm off the town of Inubosaki on Sunday, and the Sensho Maru sank following the collision, coming to rest on her port side in about 100 feet of water. The Sensho Maru's captain survived the sinking and was rescued, but the vessel's four remaining crewmembers were missing. Divers have since located two victims within the submerged hull, identified as chief officer Kazufumi Kamimura, 60, and Akira Yano, 72.Seafarers Saigo Umakoshi, 67 and Hiroshi Seno, 69, remained missing as of Tuesday, and the search continues. On Monday, a diver reported faint sounds of knocking on the ship's hull, raising the prospect that survivors might still be found. The four crewmembers of the Sumiho Maru were unharmed, and images taken after the accident appeared to show damage to her bulbous bow. 


Malaysia's environment ministry plans to ship about 3,000 tonnes of unusable, contaminated recyclables back to the countries of origin, marking the nation's latest move in a long-running fight against unwanted plastic waste imports. 

Ever since China clamped down on imports of recyclables last year, Malaysia has seen a sharp uptick in illegal recycling operations and an influx of poorly-sorted garbage at its seaports, and it is now the world's leading importer of waste plastic. Malaysia's fly-by-night recyclers source their feedstock abroad, and they often dispose of the unusable portion of the material by burning it or dumping it illegally, creating serious environmental hazards. Malaysian law enforcement agencies are pushing back, and the government has closed upwards of 150 illegal recycling facilities over the past year. 


International Tribunal orders Russia to release Ukrainian sailors

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea has ordered Russian authorities to release two dozen Ukrainian Navy service members who were captured by Russia's border patrol during a skirmish near the Kerch Strait last year. The order has no enforcement mechanisms, and Russia has indicated that it will not comply. Russian authorities are holding all 24 members of the vessels' crews at a jail near Moscow. While the sailors are foreign military service members, they are not being treated as prisoners of war; instead, they face civilian criminal charges of "violating the Russian border." Western leaders have called for Russia to return the captured vessels, release the sailors and respect international law regarding freedom of navigation. Russia's government boycotted the tribunal's proceedings, asserting that the court has no jurisdiction over a maritime region that Moscow claims as its own. 


Some Indian seafarers, who remain abandoned at sea in the UAE, have allegedly been offered only 50 percent of the wages they are due.

The U.K.-based charity Human Rights at Sea says that most of the seafarers on two arrested vessels were in such a desperate situation that they accepted the offer without further negotiation. Human Rights at Sea has issued a statement saying the ongoing some for over 28 months issue of abandoned Indian seafarers off the UAE must now be brought to a swift end. The charity has consistently stated that such poor management behavior by maritime companies and owners towards their employees is entirely unacceptable in today’s society in a multi-billion dollar industry.

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The award-winning superyacht My Song partially sank after falling off the deck of a freighter during transport, according to yacht logistics company Peters & May. 

The yacht went over the side at about 0400 hours local time on Sunday, 26th June during a transit to Genoa, Italy. Peters & May asked the master of the freighter, the 12,500 dwt Brattingsborg, to attempt a salvage while professional salvors were contracted. The Brattingsborg stood by until other assets were on scene, then returned to her commercial voyage. Salvage attempts were still ongoing as of Tuesday; photos leaked from the scene showed the My Song partially submerged. No other yachts on the Brattingsborg were affected by the incident, and Peters & May CEO David Holley took the unusual step of issuing a public statement about the circumstances of the casualty.

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The IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), 101st session, will take place June 5-14, 2019, and some of the highlights include amendments to SOLAS.

Adoption of amendments
Regulatory scoping exercise on Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships
Goal-based standards and safety level approach
Safety of ships in polar waters
Development of further measures to enhance the safety of ships relating to the use of fuel oil
Domestic ferry safety
Approval/adoption of other draft amendments, guidance and guidelines

United States

The U.S. Coast Guard warns that unidentified hackers have recently attempted to gain access to ship electronic systems in order to steal sensitive business information and disrupt shipboard computer systems. 

According to the Coast Guard, cyber adversaries are attempting to gain sensitive information from shipboard systems, including the contents of an official Notice of Arrival, using email addresses that pose as an official Port State Control authority (for example, port @ These so-called "phishing" attacks have been documented before in the maritime sector, especially in business-to-business transactions between shoreside stakeholders. The Coast Guards urges vessel operators to verify the validity of the email sender prior to responding to unsolicited email messages. If there is uncertainty regarding the legitimacy of the email request, the vessel or its representatives should try contacting the PSC authority directly by using verified contact information. Additionally, the Coast Guard has received reports of malicious software designed to disrupt shipboard computer systems. 

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Sempra LNG and Aramco Services Company sign heads of agreement for Port Arthur LNG
Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) and Saudi Aramco announced their respective subsidiaries, Sempra LNG and Aramco Services Company, have signed a heads of agreement (HOA). The HOA anticipates the negotiation and finalization of a definitive 20-year liquefied natural gas (LNG) sale-and-purchase agreement (SPA) for five million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of LNG offtake from Phase 1 of the Port Arthur LNG export-project under development. It also includes the negotiation and finalization of a 25% equity investment in Phase 1 of Port Arthur LNG.

Port of Antwerp aims for more efficient road transport with night-time opening hours on Right bank of Scheldt

The container terminals on the Right bank of the Scheldt in the Port of Antwerp will also be open at night as of Monday 3 June. This means that the PSA Europa and Noordzee terminals will be open 24 hours per day on weekdays. In addition the MedRepair empty container depot on the Right bank will open one hour earlier, at 5 a.m. Both initiatives are the result of structural collaboration between various partners in the port: Antwerp Port Authority, Alfaport Voka, the terminals, representatives from the transport sector, forwarders, shippers and professional associations. Together they aim to work more efficiently, with distributed flows of transport. The ambition in the next phase is to involve the entire supply chain in this initiative along with Multimodaal.Vlaanderen (Multimodal Flanders).

Port of Antwerp 1st port of call for reefer service from Peru, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Panama Hamburg Sud and Maersk launch a joint stand-alone service connecting Europe and the key perishables markets of Central America, the Caribbean and the western coast of South America. 
In northern Europe, Antwerp is the first port of call. The service provides a fast direct connection between the Chilean ports of San Vincente and San Antonio, and northern Europe. In addition an extensive regional feeder network will link the main ports of Peru, Ecuador and Colombia via transshipment hubs in Panama.

Royal IHC signs contract with Cameroon’s Port Authority of Douala

Royal IHC has signed a contract with Cameroon’s Port Authority of Douala (PAD) for the delivery of an IHC Beaver® 50 cutter suction dredger and Delta Multi Craft 1450 work boat, the company said in its release. An important aspect of the contract is the transfer of knowledge by on-site assistance, training and consultancy. With this cooperation, IHC will assist PAD in creating local dredging capacity, which will result in reduced dredging costs as well as improved operational flexibility for the port. The provision of project financing has further optimised the business case. PAD aims to be a high-performance port and a key player in the positioning of Cameroon as a logistics platform for the Gulf of Guinea. By assisting PAD, IHC will help it to achieve its goal, both now and in the long-term future. IHC’s dredging consultants have access to the company’s unrivalled knowledge and dredging expertise. This knowledge and experience enables IHC to provide customers with support in the preparation, operational use and optimisation of dredging equipment and projects.

Two new LNG-Hybrid vessels to join Seaspan Ferries fleet

Seaspan Ferries announced that it will be adding two new Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) – Battery hybrid ferries to its fleet in 2021. The vessels will be constructed by Damen Shipyards Gorinchem B.V. at their Mangalia Shipyard in Romania. Construction scheduled to begin in 2019, the vessels are expected to go into operation in 2021. They will join the Seaspan Swift and the Seaspan Reliant, the company’s first hybrid ferries, commissioned just over two years ago. Since introducing these vessels to their fleet, Seaspan Ferries has been able to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while maintaining a high level of performance and reliability for its drop-trailer service between its Mainland terminals and Vancouver Island. Damen Shipyards won the bid to build the new ferries thanks to their excellent reputation, commitment to quality, and proven infrastructure at the Mangalia Shipyard.

Port of Tallinn got acknowledged as socially responsible company

On May 22th, the Responsible Business Forum in Estonia acknowledged 11th year in a row those companies that consider the wider impact of their business activities. Among 78 companies that won the recognition, Port of Tallinn was given the silver quality label based on the Estonian Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility (CSR) Index questionnaire. The subsidiary TS Laevad participated in the questionnaire for the first time and got the CSR bronze quality label, press center of the Port of Tallinn says in a press release. According to Port of Tallinn head of marketing and communication Sirle Arro Port of Tallinn is honoured to receive the CSR silver label already third year in a row. „One of the priorities of Port of Tallinn is to implement corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies in its everyday activities. Being a member of the Responsible Business Forum in Estonia since 2015 and participating in the CSR index questionnaire for the fifth time we have been doing it systematically and consistently. This year we also motivated our subsidiary TS Laevad to participate separately and we’re happy to note that the new comer got acknowledged with the CSR bronze quality label.“ The Estonian CSR Index is based on a comprehensive questionnaire that takes into account the following business activities: governance and ethics, good employer, market environment and natural environment. Port of Tallinn participated in the category of medium and large enterprises. This year many companies participated in the CSR Index questionnaire and 78 bronze, silver and gold quality labels were given out. Among the medium and large enterprises who won the gold label were for example Tallinn Airport, Estonian Railways, Estonian Energy, DPD Estonia, Telia Estonia and Ericsson.

Guinea - Bissau
CMA CGM to resume the Bijagos Shuttle service

As every year, to respond to the needs of its customers during the seasonal export of cashews from Bissau, and in addition to its broaden coverage of 30 services Sub-Saharan Africa, CMA CGM to resume the Bijagos Shuttle service, the personalized and unique product well-known in Bissau to serve cashew exports, the company said in its release. Starting Mid-June 2019, Bijagos Shuttle service fully operated by CMA CGM deploys two vessels of 1,700 TEU nominal capacity: m/v Georgia Trader and m/v Milan Trader. Bissau port is served on fortnightly frequency during the cashew season from June 2019 to early September 2019.

Port of Rotterdam sees significant progress in development HES Hartel Tank Terminal
In recent months significant progress has been made in the development of the HES Hartel Tank Terminal, a project of HES International, Port of Rotterdam said in its release. Environmental, construction and discharge permits to develop a 1.3 million cbm tank terminal for the storage and transhipment of clean petroleum products and biofuels in the Port of Rotterdam are irrevocable. The awarding of these required permits represent a major step forward in the development of this state of the art liquid bulk storage terminal. Subsequently contracts with constructors have been signed, construction works have started and a comprehensive funding package of limited recourse project financing and equity commitments have successfully been secured. The new tank terminal will be the first terminal in the Netherlands that will be built according to the latest PGS 29 regulations for tank storage, meaning that the terminal will meet very high safety and environmental standards. On top of legal health and safety requirements HES International decided to invest in an automated system to fight a tank bund fire, a project to provide shore side electricity for barges and monitoring equipment to detect the release of odorous substances at an early stage.

FESCO and Russian Railways launch transit service for delivery of goods from Japan to Europe through Russia
FESCO Transportation Group and JSC RZD Logistics, subsidiary of JSC Russian Railways, launch the “Trans-Siberian Landbridge”, a joint transit service for express delivery of goods from Japan to Europe through the Russian Far East by the Trans-Siberian railway. According to FESCO’s press release, on May 23, 2019, the test container was dispatched from the port of Yokohama in the presence of Alexander Misharin, First Deputy CEO of JSC Russian Railways. The intermodal chain of the “Trans-Siberian Landbridge” covers Japanese ports – the Commercial Port of Vladivostok – the Trans-Siberian railway – Brest – points of destination in Europe. The total delivery time is from 19 days depending on port of dispatch, while the sea transportation through the Suez Canal takes about 45 days. The test container with non-hazardous chemical products shipped from the port of Yokohama to Wroclaw, Poland, is to arrive in mid-June.

United Kingdom
New digital solution from Rolls-Royce and ZF improves availability and CO2 emissions of ships

Rolls-Royce is developing a new electronic monitoring system together with ZF to achieve maximum availability for ships, while keeping fuel consumption and CO2 emissions to a minimum, the company said in its release. It will be tested by the Förde Reederei Seetouristik (FRS). The Equipment Health Management System (EHMS) collects and analyses data from the MTU engines, ZF transmission systems and other key components on a vessel, taking into account additional factors, such as wind, waves and currents. As of 2021, the system will ensure that fleet managers are able to operate their fleets as efficiently and as environmentally friendly as possible, and will allow them to monitor and align that in real time. As a result, the shipping group is very interested in participating in the development of the new electronic monitoring system from Rolls-Royce and ZF to meet its own specific requirements. FRS attributes significant priority to the availability of vessels and their efficient and environmentally friendly operation. The international business group has a total of 58 vessels operating ferry services and crew transfer services for offshore wind farms in Europe, North Africa, the Near East and North America, and currently has 40 MTU engines in service. FRS has put its trust in MTU engines since 1997. “The large number of vessels, the variety of vessel types operated and their areas of operation make the FRS fleet particularly interesting for the development project, as it enables us to develop a product designed specifically to meet the demands of a large fleet operator,” explains Bartosz Kowalinski, project manager at the Power Systems business unit of Rolls-Royce. The next steps will be to set up an interface from the ZF transmission systems to the Equipment Health Management System, collect data from the various components of the powertrain on the Halunder Jet and then to analyse the data obtained. With the aid of agile working methods, interim results are repeatedly examined by the customer in order to determine to what extent they meet requirements. On the basis of this collaborative arrangement, Rolls-Royce and ZF hope to be able to offer maritime customers optimised and integrated propulsion solutions. To date, 70 percent of MTU’s marine engines have been delivered with ZF transmission systems.

United States
America Celebrated National Maritime Day

National Maritime Day is an annual opportunity to recognize the contributions of all segments of the American maritime industry to the nation's security and its economic growth. The U.S. celebrates its mariners, shipping companies, shipbuilders and ports every May 22 - the date of the first transatlantic steamship voyage, which was completed by the SS Savannah in 1819. This year, National Maritime Day coincides with the 200th anniversary of the Savannah's historic achievement. Ports and shipping associations around the country are holding celebrations to commemorate National Maritime Day. The Port of Baltimore, Maryland held a ceremony on Sunday aboard the second record-setting vessel named Savannah - the NS Savannah, the world's first nuclear-powered merchant ship. NS Savannah sailed in merchant service between 1962 and 1971, carrying passengers and cargo on long-distance routes to demonstrate the potential of nuclear energy.

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Effective January 1, 2020, in accordance with a mandate from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the allowable percentage of sulfur in marine fuel will fall substantially, from 3.5% to 0.5%. 
This looming change, known informally as IMO 2020, could pose a major disruption to the markets and business practices of oil refiners, shipping companies, and other stakeholders. Risks notwithstanding, most stakeholders, including oil refiners and shipping companies, have opportunities to make smart moves and improve how they fare individually. Understanding the nature of the disruption, and what signposts to look for to gauge its potential length and progression, can help.

BC Ferries to implement fuel surcharge of 1.5 per cent on June 1 2019. 
BC Ferries closely monitors the cost of fuel and applies a rebate or surcharge, or neither, under a regulatory process that is independent of fares. Here is an example of what a 1.5 per cent fuel surcharge will be: 25 cents for an adult and 85 cents for a vehicle on the Metro Vancouver –Vancouver Island routes, and 15 cents for an adult and 45 cents for a vehicle on a variety of inter-island routes. The fuel surcharge will be 1.5 per cent on average on all routes with the exception of the Port Hardy –Prince Rupert, Prince Rupert –Haida Gwaii and Port Hardy –Central Coast routes. These routes have a separate mechanism pertaining to the cost of fuel and there will not be a fuel surcharge added at this time. Caring for the environment, coupled with travel affordability are top priorities for BC Ferries.

Prince Rupert Port Confirms Container Terminal Expansion Plans
Canada's Prince Rupert Port Authority has completed a master plan that identifies the long-term potential to develop six to seven million TEUs of capacity through the development of multiple terminals. The master plan highlights the potential for further expansion of Fairview Terminal and the development of a second container terminal at the Port of Prince Rupert’s South Kaien Island site. This second terminal features a capacity of 2.5 million TEUs and was identified as the next phase of terminal expansion.

Maersk Integrates Logistics Offerings
APM Terminals Inland Services will be integrated into Maersk Logistics & Services from August 1 2019 as a next step in A.P. Moller - Maersk's strategy to offer end-to-end solutions. The Inland Services portfolio is a network of inland terminals around the globe consisting of 36 business units with over 100 locations. "APM Terminals can fully focus on becoming a world-class port operator, while Maersk, with the integration of Inland Services, will continue to focus on ocean transportation as well.

Secretary General of IMO to outline future of ocean regulations at Nor-Shipping 2019
Kitack Lim, Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), will be taking the stage at Nor-Shipping 2019’s Ocean Leadership Conference on 4 June to talk about the future of maritime regulations. Kim will join an elite group of global thought leaders at the Thon Hotel Arena Lillestrøm, adding to a programme designed to deliver insights on issues ranging from cyber security, to economic strategy, sustainable development, geopolitical forces, future energy demands, and much more. Nor-Shipping has refined its traditional opening conference this year to create a new format. The event week, which runs from 04 to 07 June 2019 across a series of venues in Oslo and Lillestrøm, is bringing together high profile individuals from diverse spheres of influence to give attendees a ‘bigger picture’ perspective of maritime and ocean industry development. Nor-Shipping has now sold around 75% of the available Ocean Leadership Conference tickets, while its entire 21,000m2 exhibition space is booked up. In total over 30,000 key decision makers are expected to attend the international event week, with around 1000 exhibiting companies showcasing the very latest products, services and innovations.

ECSA marks the European Maritime Day 2019
The Maritime Day was established in 2008 by the Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission as part of the EU Maritime Policy to raise the awareness of the seas and their importance. This year, the annual event were held over two days, 16-17 May, at the Lisbon Congress Centre in Portugal. The theme of the event was "blue entrepreneurship, innovation and investment to transform traditional maritime sectors and boost emerging technologies and value chains". The European Maritime Day is also the occasion for ECSA to celebrate its memberships' efforts in using innovation and investment to encourage blue growth, through its six strategic priority areas: trade, competitiveness, climate, digitalisation, internal market and human resources.

Leningrad Region presented layout of multimodal transport and logistics center at Bronka port
The Leningrad Region has suggested creation of a multimodal transport and logistics center (TLC) in the Lomonosov District to handle all cargoes of the North-Western region of Russia, say press center of the regional government. Industrial enterprises can be placed within the TLC while its territory not limited by the boundaries of а metropolis will be able to accommodate cargo trains with more than 71 railcars. Multipurpose Sea Cargo Complex "Bronka" (MSCC Bronka) is being built on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland, where the Dam and the Ring Road border the territory of Lomonosov. The Bronka complex will comprise three dedicated facilities: a container terminal encompassing 107 hectares, the Ro-Ro terminal of 57 ha and a logistics center of 42 ha. Container terminal will have a 1,220 m-long quay wall (including 5 berths). The length of Ro-Ro terminal's dock line will be 710 meters (3 berths). After completion of Bronka Phase 1 its capacity will reach 1.45 million TEUs and 260,000 units of Ro-Ro cargoes. In future the MSCC Bronka expansion will help increase the facility's container throughput to 1.9 million TEUs. MSCC Bronka is accessible for Post-Panamax containerships and the ferries of Finnstar class. Bronka project will help generate 2,300 jobs at its marine terminals alone. The first liner vessel called to Bronka terminal on September 8, 2015.

Evergreen Container Ship makes a record transit through Panama Canal
The Panama Canal completed a trial transit of Evergreen’s Triton, the largest vessel in dimension and container cargo capacity to pass through the Expanded Canal on Wednesday, 15 May. The Neopanamax container ship has a total TEU Allowance (TTA) of 15,313, a 20-row beam of 51.2 meters (168 feet) and a length of 369 meters (1,211 feet), and she transited northbound from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. The transit surpassed the 15,000-TEU vessel threshold, establishing a new record in terms of total TEU capacity and exceeding the waterway's established maximum vessel length of 366 meters (1,201 feet). Similar to the milestone Q-Flex transit completed on May 12, the transit was made possible by an increase to the maximum allowable beam for vessels transiting the Neopanamax Locks. Beginning in June 2018, the Canal increased the allowable beam from 49 meters (161 feet) to 51.25 meters (168 feet) due to the team’s experience gained from successfully operating the Expanded Canal for almost three years. The record for largest container ship to transit the Canal by capacity was set on August 22, 2017 by the CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt, which measures 365.96 meters (1,201 feet) in length and 48.252 meters (158 feet) in beam and had a 14,863 TTA. Of the 6,000 Neopanamax vessels that have transited to date, nearly 50 percent have been from the container segment.

Port Authority Opens New Cybersecurity Center
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has opened a new cybersecurity operations center, which will be housed and operated by private contractor ST Engineering. The objective of the new center is to strengthen Singapore’s cybersecurity readiness through early detection, monitoring, analysis and response. According to the MPA, the center will conduct 24/7 monitoring and correlate data activity across all of the port's critical information infrastructure. It will have the capability to detect anomalies and cyberattacks by analyzing activities.

Sri Lanka
Welcome to the Chinese-funded US$1.4 billion Port City Colombo in Sri Lanka
When the sun goes down, Galle Face Green – the seaside urban park south of the financial district of Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital – fills up with life. As makeshift stalls selling everything from tropical fruit to cheap clothes line the seafront, daytrippers, teenagers, and lovers throng the site next to the Indian Ocean. Soon, the scenery they face will be quite different. Port City Colombo, an ambitious Chinese-funded project to build a new metropolis on a 665-acre island reclaimed from the sea, is set to rise just off the popular spot in a couple of decades. Rising in tandem, however, are concerns about the amount Beijing is lending Colombo, and the circumstances of those loans – with the controversial China-backed Hambantota Port looming large in Sri Lankans’ memory. Port City, part of China’s expansive Belt and Road Initiative, is the biggest foreign direct investment in Sri Lankan history. It is financed by a US$1.4 billion loan issued by China Communications Construction Company, the mammoth state-owned engineering firm that is also the belt and road plan’s biggest builder. Land reclamation for Port City was completed last January, and developers are confident the first buildings will appear within a few years. But as investors line up and land sales are set to begin next month, concerns are growing about China’s involvement and the project’s adverse impact on the environment and local economy.

Grimaldi Ro/Ro Catches Fire off Mallorca
On Wednesday, 15 May, 15 crewmembers were evacuated from the Grimaldi Lines ro/ro Grande Europa by helicopter after a fire broke out on board. Ten remained behind to assist with the response and towing effort due to the fire that broke out aboard the Grande Europa while she was about 25 miles off the coast of Palma de Mallorca. The Salvamento Maritimo response vessels Salvamar Acrux, Guardamar Calíope and Marta Mata came to her assistance and helped her crew bring the fire under control. The Europa was taken in tow and brought to Palma, and her AIS signal showed her arriving at the entrance to Palma's harbor at about 2100 hours UTC. Spanish media report that Grimaldi has hired Ardent as its salvage contractor for the incident. The fire aboard the Europa is the second on a Grimaldi vessel this year. On March 10, the Grimaldi con/ro Grande America experienced a container fire at a position about 140 nm off Finistère. It quickly grew out of control, forcing all 27 members of her crew to abandon ship. Over the following days, Grande America took on a heavy starboard list and eventually sank, prompting an extensive pollution control effort to minimize the effects of a bunker spill.

Togolese Republic
Eight pirates arrested after tanker hijacking off Togo
On Monday, 13 May, the government of Togo announced that its forces had thwarted a maritime hijacking in progress in the Gulf of Guinea. On Sunday night, 12 May, eight armed pirates used a rented canoe to board the Togolese-flagged product tanker Djetona 1 at anchorage off the port of Lome, according to reports from the IMB ICC and the Togolese government. The attackers hijacked the vessel and took her crew hostage. Shortly afterwards the Togo Navy received a call from the ship's owners, who reported that their tanker had been attacked. The navy responded by dispatching its patrol boats to investigate. The tanker was intercepted 25 nm from the anchorage area and forced to return to Lome. The crew were reported safe, and the suspects - two Togolese nationals and six Nigerians - were handed over to the authorities.

United States
One worker has died and another has been seriously injured in an industrial accident at the Port of Los Angeles.

The incident occurred on 15 May, at approximately 7:25 a.m. at Fenix Marine Services at Pier 300. According to initial reports, an equipment accident involving a top loader container handler caused the death of one worker and injured the other. The injured worker was transported to Harbor UCLA Medical Center. The names of those involved in the accident are not yet available. The workers were members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). Los Angeles Port Police along with California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal-OSHA) and the U.S. Coast Guard have begun an investigation into the accident. The Fenix Marine Services container terminal is currently closed. Fenix Marine Services was previously known as Global Gateway South and is one of the largest in North America, spanning nearly 300 acres. It handles about two million TEUs annually.

Houthi Forces Withdraw from Port of Hodeidah

The United Nations monitoring mission in Yemen has confirmed that Houthi rebel forces have finally withdrawn from the ports of Hodeidah, Salif and Ras Issa, in accordance with the terms of a peace agreement signed in December. It is the first step in a larger plan for military redeployments in the city of Hodeidah and surrounding areas.

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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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