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Added: 22 May 2017
Port authority launches new safe boating guide for Fraser River

2017 National Safe Boating Awareness Week 20-26 May

Currently running to 26 May is North American Safe Boating Awareness Week and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is reminding boaters to stay safe this boating season and to keep clear of port operations and commercial activity areas.

This includes activities in waterways around English Bay, First Narrows, Second Narrows, the Vancouver inner harbour, and the Fraser River.

As part of its safe boating awareness campaign, the port authority is offering a safe boating guide for recreational boaters navigating the Fraser River. The guide is similar to the safe boating guide released last year for the Burrard Inlet, but has a few key reminders that are unique to the Fraser River waters, including:

Tow operations: take extreme caution when passing, especially in narrow channels. Keep wake to a minimum and never cross between a tugboat and its tow.
Log booms: watch for log booms along the riverbank – they are not marked, are low in the water and difficult to see in low light.
Seaplane operations – Middle Arm: keep clear of aircraft landing and take-off area.

In the words of Chris Wellstood, Harbour Master and Director of Marine Operations and Security at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority: ‘Promoting safety on the water is something we take very seriously, which is why we created the new Fraser River safe boating guide, which highlights precautions that are unique to the river waters. It is important to know that a larger vessel cannot deviate from its course or come to a full stop in a short distance. Knowledge of safe boating practices and understanding your responsibilities on the water are key to ensuring your outing is enjoyable and safe.’

North American Safe Boating Awareness Week (SBAW) takes place across Canada from 20-26 May 2017. The purpose of Safe Boating Awareness Week is to promote safe boating practices to the estimated 16 million recreational boaters in Canada who head out in canoes and kayaks, sailboards and sailboats, fishing boats, personal watercraft and powerboats each season.

All vessels operating within Canada’s waterways are governed by the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 and are subject to collision regulations. In addition, Canada’s Criminal Code also applies to boating. These laws ensure the waterways remain safe for all users.

The message is Help keep our waterways safe for yourself and others by ensuring you know the Rules of the Road before heading out on the water.

For more information readers are invited to visit:

There is also a Safe Boating Guide on pdf for the Port of Vancouver showing a map of the Fraser River and hazards with a Port Information Guide for localized practices and procedures at the Port of Vancouver.
Added: 01 May 2017
Don’t miss the report of the Navigating a Changing Climate conference held in Brussels, March 27-28.

A report of the conference ‘key messages’ on climate change mitigation and adaptation for ports and inland waterways can be found at https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7BzhazI9p3-ZTdtZ1NzWURkSkk

This includes links to all the available abstracts, PowerPoint presentations, and video recordings from the conference.

IHMA President Capt Kevin Richardson (pictured) was conference co-chair.
Added: 19 Apr 2017
After an intensive ten-month review and upgrade of operating processes across the company, Gibdock has made the transition from ISO 9001:2008 to the new ISO 9001:2015 quality management standard, and from ISO 14001:2008 to the ISO 14001:2015 environmental standard. The Gibraltar yard has completed both transitions long in advance of the mandatory date of September 2018 set by ISO.

A Lloyds Register (LR) assessment team visited Gibdock in early April to carry out the external audit and verify compliance, shortly after receiving confirmation that the yard had achieved both the ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 standards and that its internal processes are fully integrated with the new guidelines.

Francis Mauro, Quality, health, safety and environment manager at Gibdock said: ‘As soon as the new standards were issued, we started work to ensure that we were compliant as early as possible. We were delighted to receive certification from LR and to hear that of all the businesses they have audited to date, Gibdock was considered one of the highest performing in quality management and environmental protection.’

The new standards bring significant changes and Mauro added: ‘In ISO 9001:2015 there is much greater emphasis on corporate responsibility in internal processes, rather than delegation, while on the environmental side the focus is to ensure that procedures and documentation span product lifecycle. That makes us responsible for ensuring traceability from the moment a product is sourced until its disposal.’

UK-based environmental, health and safety and sustainability consultant, Mabbett, assisted Gibdock in making the transition to the new regime. A seven-strong in-house team of auditors was also set up, three of whom were directors, to verify that changes were being made in accordance with the revised guidelines.

Furthermore, Mauro added: ‘We looked at all of the processes we carry out at Gibdock and assessed our suppliers and subcontractors comprehensively. Wherever we could, we have taken the opportunity to strengthen our quality control systems and introduced environmental improvements, ranging from LED lighting to solar panels, and enhanced waste segregation.

Gibdock believes that adhering to the new standards will have benefits for customers.

In conclusion Mauro said: ‘We now have better control and traceability within our procedures, which are documented throughout the chain of command. Many of our customers, especially those in the offshore sector, are especially demanding on documentation and traceability, but now we are ahead of the game and ready for any pre-project audits customers may require. We will be ready to go as soon as the new standards are issued. We expect this will be later in the year.’

It is understood that Gibdock is now turning its attention to adopting the new, but as yet unpublished ISO 45001 Health and Safety Management standard, to transition from the existing OHSAS* 18001 guidelines.

*Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series

Photo: Gibdock©.
Port of Felixstowe welcomes new North Europe Turkey Express servicePort of Felixstowe welcomes new North Europe Turkey Express service
Added: 11 Apr 2017
On England’s East Coast the Port of Felixstowe has welcomed the first call of a new service connecting North Europe and Turkey. Known as the North Europe Turkey Express (NET), the new weekly service is jointly operated by Cosco Shipping and OOCL.

First call for the new service was made at the UK’s largest container port on 8 April by the 1,924 TEU Delphis Finland.

Commenting on the inaugural call, Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Felixstowe and Managing Director of Hutchison Ports Europe, said:
‘This brand new service will further strengthen the comprehensive network of sailings available to shippers through the Port of Felixstowe. The port has provided important connections for trade with the Eastern Mediterranean region for many years and we are delighted to welcome the NET service as the newest addition to the route. The new NET container service provides UK importers and exporters with greater choice and frequency to an important and growing market.’

As well as calls at Felixstowe, the new service also calls at Hamburg, Antwerp, Piraeus, Istanbul-Ambarli (Kumport), Gebze (Yilport), Izmir and Salerno.

Cosco Shipping and OOCL are both members of the new Ocean Alliance which has chosen the Port of Felixstowe as the main UK hub for its main Europe to Asia services. The other members of the Ocean Alliance are Evergreen and CMA-CGM.

About the Port of Felixstowe
Port of Felixstowe (PFL) is strategically located on the UK’s east coast and within easy reach of major ports in North West continental Europe. As the UK’s first purpose-built container-handling facility, PFL is also the largest and busiest container port in the country. With three rail terminals, it also has the busiest and biggest intermodal rail freight facility in the UK. The latest phase of development, Berths 8&9, provides additional deep-water capacity for the world’s largest container ships.

About Hutchison Ports
PFL is a member of Hutchison Ports, the port and related services division of CK Hutchison Holdings Limited (CK Hutchison). Hutchison Ports is the world’s leading port investor, developer and operator with a network of port operations in 48 ports spanning 25 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. Over the years, Hutchison Ports has expanded into other logistics and transportation-related businesses, including cruise ship terminals, airport operations, distribution centres, rail services and ship repair facilities.

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Delphis Finland making the first call at the Port of Felixstowe for the North Europe Turkey Express service of Cosco Shipping and OOCL.
Added: 06 Apr 2017
On 6 April the Port of Felixstowe reported that it has hosted a visit by the Department for International Trade’s Export Hub as part of the Exporting is GREAT campaign.

This vehicle-mounted Export Hub brings together advice and practical guidance for all businesses on how they can find customers overseas for their products and services.

Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Felixstowe and Managing Director of Hutchison Ports Europe, said: ‘The Port of Felixstowe has more connections to more overseas destinations than any other UK port. As the country’s largest container port it is a key gateway allowing UK exporters to get their goods to a large number of overseas markets. The port has already featured as part of the (UK) Government’s GREAT campaign and we are delighted to extend the association through this latest initiative.’

Alan Pain, Regional Director for The Department for International Trade in the East of England, added: ‘We were delighted to bring the Export Hub to the Port of Felixstowe, the gateway to UK exporting. This is an excellent way to show businesses just how much demand there is out there for goods and services from this region, something from which many companies are already benefitting.

‘With hundreds of live opportunities available via www.great.gov.uk and the launch of a find-a-buyer service to match companies with worldwide demand, doing business overseas has also never been more straightforward.’

A range of exporters and potential importers were invited to the Hub where they received presentations on practical assistance for exporters from the Department for International Trade, Barclays Bank, Prettys Solicitors and the ETK Group which specialises in business support for Africa.

The Export Hub, which provides a flexible space for seminars and meetings, is touring England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as part of the Government’s effort to encourage UK companies to export their products and services.

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The Department for International Trade’s Export Hub at the Port of Felixstowe.
Added: 05 Apr 2017
Figures 2017 Q1
For the first quarter of 2017, the port of Ghent recorded a total cargo traffic of almost 14 million tonnes. That is by a large margin the best quarter ever, according to a report received on 5 April. With this, Ghent Port Company has seen its cargo traffic continue with the same fervour as in 2016, which was the best year ever.

With a total cargo traffic by seagoing and inland navigation of almost 14 million tonnes, Ghent registered nearly 10% more than in the first quarter of last year or an increase by 1.2 million tonnes. This is the best quarter ever for the overall transhipment by seagoing and inland navigation, it is reported.

In the first trimester, the port received 8% more seagoing vessels (a total of 775) than in the same period in 2016. For inland navigation, there was an increase of over 4% in the number of vessels (a total of 3,680) with a total tonnage that was 10% higher.

A record for seaborne cargo
In the first three months of 2017, with a total of 8.2 million tonnes, seaborne cargo traffic has improved by no less than 20% as compared to the same period of last year.

Inland navigation reached 5.6 million tonnes of cargo traffic. This is a decrease by 160,000 tonnes or by 2.7% as against the first quarter of last year.

Cargo categories by seagoing and inland navigation

For seaborne cargo traffic, iron ore, coal, scrap, rapeseed and dry fertilizers are the goods that are increasing in volumes shipped. Petroleum products are less.

Expressed in lane metres, ro-ro traffic experienced a growth by 20% to 530,000 lane metres. Conventional general cargo crosses the threshold of 1 million tonnes (+20%), mainly because of the increasing supplies of steel slabs.

The decrease in inland navigation is caused by the reduced transhipment of iron ore. This is however compensated by the increasing traffic of iron ore by sea. Maize, wheat, crude minerals and building materials on the other hand are doing very well, it is understood. This has delivered a good start to the year for container traffic by inland navigation: +20%, the third best quarter ever. This is the result of the further development of new inland navigation connections with Lille, Rotterdam, Zeeland Seaports and Antwerp.

Added: 29 Mar 2017
The IRIS ONEbox is launched in the UK to port and harbour authorities needing a cost effective turnkey solution that provides a feature rich VTMS system straight out the box

Marlan Maritime Technologies Ltd. announces the launch of their IRIS ONEbox, which provides a cost-effective turnkey solution that allows ports of all levels to have access to the right tools for enhancing safety, security and risk mitigation capabilities.

For £30,000, port and harbour authorities are now able to implement a reliable, easy to use, feature rich, low maintenance turnkey VTMS solution. The system is efficiently installed by Marlan’s experienced team and includes a radar, camera, AIS, VTMS software, professional charts and an operator workstation.

“We’ve been selling similar systems to this for a long-time and realised that a significant amount of cost is attributable to the semi-bespoke nature of VTMS projects. Through market research and ongoing discussions with our customers, we have identified a gap in the market for a feature rich, cost effective turnkey VTMS solution that gives peace of mind to small and medium sized ports and harbours, hence our IRIS ONEbox solution” says Alex Sinclair, Managing Director. “We’ve worked with many ports and harbours in the UK and with this launch look forward to making our products accessible to those who previously thought that VTMS was too expensive.”
IRIS ONEbox is based on Marlan’s successful IRIS Traffic Manager VTS system, which has been installed in ports, harbours and maritime surveillance applications within the UK by our in house technical team and internationally through a network of overseas representatives.

About Marlan Maritime Technologies Ltd:

Marlan Maritime Technologies creates high performance, cost-effective vessel traffic monitoring and management systems designed to help those responsible for port and harbours, coastal surveillance and offshore asset protection to achieve the safety, security and efficiency they need. Privately held and based in Liverpool, Marlan provides situational awareness solutions for maritime and marine-related industries. With their IRIS Radar and Vision platform at the heart of each system, their solutions are modular and scalable, and built for the long term.

To find out more about the IRIS ONEbox please visit: https://marlan-tech.co.uk
Added: 13 Mar 2017
In a joint effort with Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA), OMC International’s real-time DUKC® e-Navigation technology helped enable the largest ever iron ore shipment to leave Port Hedland (illustrated) at a record sailing draft of 19.95 metres, Executive Director Dr Terry O’Brien AM said on 7 March.

Dr O’Brien said: ‘Under DUKC® advice a record 270,006 tonnes of iron ore left Port Hedland – the world’s largest bulk export port – on the Fortescue Metals Group loaded ship HL Tubarao on 1 March.

‘Our technology, which has been operating at Port Hedland for more than 20 years, safely allowed an increased draft of 0.70m over the traditionally conservative static rule, which meant an extra 12,000 tonnes of iron ore could be loaded.’

DUKC® technology, which is supported around the clock from OMCI’s Melbourne headquarters, has also assisted in enabling PPA to ship record iron ore bulk cargoes from Port Hedland in previous years. The largest ever single shipment of 270,006 tonnes of iron ore referred to exceeds the previous record set by the ship CSB Years in April 2015 which loaded a total cargo of 264,858 tonnes under DUKC® advice. It also beats the previous maximum sailing draft of 19.67 metres set by Abigail N in February 2015.

Dr O’Brien concluded by saying: ‘OMC is proud of this very productive working relationship with PPA and our joint efforts to find innovative working solutions to safely deliver economic and efficiency benefits when favourable conditions allow deeper drafts and/or extended tidal windows at Port Hedland.’
Added: 21 Feb 2017
Captain Allan Gray, IHMA Vice President and Harbour Master, Port of Fremantle, gave a keynote presentation at the opening of a Workshop on Common Phraseology and Procedures for VTS Communications held by the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) in association with the Directorate General of Sea Transportation of the Ministry of Transportation, Indonesia.

Capt Gray explained that VTS is a primary risk mitigation for the Harbourmaster, it provides more than a conduit for simple information messages and forms the core of situational awareness within the port environment. It must engage with all port users to ensure a clear picture is shared by all. This shared picture requires clear unambiguous open air communications. Common phraseology may deal with simple information but can it deal with the transfer of technical information in an emergency situation? It must therefore go beyond just the VTS and be applicable to all port users.

Captain Gray also visited the Port of Benoa, Bali, where he met the port team as shown.
Added: 09 Jan 2017
Special summit: The Harbour Master of Germany’s largest seaport discusses future prospects on the river Elbe with one of his most important customers

In this joint interview, Jörg Pollmann, Harbour Master of the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA), and Gerd Rohden, Director Marine Operations at Hapag-Lloyd, discuss the challenges currently faced by the Port of Hamburg. Both are unanimous in arguing for the next fairway adjustment and explaining what it would mean for the shipping industry: Making the fairway a metre deeper could result in saving up to 12 hours in time, handling 10,000 more tonnes of cargo and better adherence to schedules.

What is your assessment of the traffic situation in the Port of Hamburg?


The time frame in which large ships with a lot of draught can call at and leave Hamburg currently stands at 1.5 hours. As a result of the fairway adjustment, the time frame will be bigger for these ships, and even bigger draughts will be possible. So, for us, it’s very important that we are finally able to start with the adjustment of the fairway on the Elbe. This would allow for a much better economic use of the Port of Hamburg. In addition to making the channel deeper, it is also about widening it by 20 metres to create more room on the Elbe. Plans also call for an additional “meeting box,” with a width of 385 metres, to be created on the state border of Hamburg, where ships of every size could safely pass though. With it, we could handle the traffic much more fluidly – and shipping on the Elbe would become even safer, too.


Hapag-Lloyd wholeheartedly agrees with this appraisal. At the moment, we’re in a situation in which we have to hit this time frame very precisely. Even a single minor delay in the outer harbour can already have serious consequences. Then we have to wait about 12 hours for the next high tide. You can hardly make up for this kind of delay. For us, one more metre of depth would also mean that we could transport a lot more cargo. On a ship of the 13,000 TEU class, that is easily 10,000 tonnes or more that we could carry in addition. That’s a massive cost factor.

Before the dredging can begin, Germany’s Federal Administrative Court (BVerwG) has to decide on the legal complaints of the environmental associations. How optimistic are you that the court will give the “green light”?


I’m a seaman and, as such, a born optimist. But seafarers are also pragmatists. For several years, the HPA has been preparing the fairway expansion in close cooperation with the Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration. We have done all of the planning in an extremely thorough manner. In addition to traffic interests, we have always focused on the unconditional maintenance of flood protection and the widespread avoidance of environmental damage. For this reason alone, we have submitted one of the most comprehensive environmental impact assessments that has ever been carried out for a major infrastructure project in Germany. We are very well prepared. For this reason, there are strong indications, in my opinion, that the BVerwG will decide in our favour at the end of 2016, and that we’ll then be able to get started.

Are there any alternatives to making the Elbe deeper? For example, why not use two smaller ships instead of a very big one?


Because a big ship is much cheaper than two small ones. That’s just a simple calculation. If Hamburg wants to keep up, the port and its infrastructure will also have to continue growing. However, at Hapag-Lloyd, we also believe that the massive growth in ships has probably slowly exhausted itself by now. If the ships get any bigger, we will reduce the number of ports we can still call at. But we want to directly service as many ports as we can in order to save time and reloading costs.

If you’re already sailing with such large ships, why not just call at a port right on the coast rather than at Hamburg? In nautical terms, that would be a lot easier than taking the roughly 100-kilometre trip up the Elbe.


It’s not enough that a port is easy to reach from the sea. Getting things to and from it on land have to be right, too. In any case, a large part of the cargo in Hamburg remains in the metropolitan region. And the onward connections are very good. We are Europe’s largest railway port. By train, we get the goods very quickly into the distribution centres in southern Germany, Poland, Austria and elsewhere. What is most important is that the loading in the port is in time and that it gets back out of the port in time.


Hamburg simply has an unbeatably favourable location. With our big ships, we bring huge amounts of cargo here and then deep into the hinterland. For example, with a single large ship, we can carry 6,000 containers from Cuxhaven to Hamburg in seven hours. As an alternative, we could transship this cargo in Cuxhaven or elsewhere onto smaller ships, trains or trucks. But the reloading alone would take two hours. And then the containers would have to be transported onward. Apart from the fact that the infrastructure might not even exist, depending on weight, you might get 50 containers on one train.

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Captain Jörg Pollmann (background) is Harbour Master of the Port of Hamburg. This interview took place in his office at the Hamburg Port Authority
Added: 21 Dec 2016
The Port Authority of New South Wales has awarded Saab a contract to implement a new KleinPilot pilot dispatch application for Sydney Harbour and Port Botany.

The new KleinPilot system will be used by Port staff to more efficiently manage the dispatch of the pilots in the two ports and streamline communications with the pilots.

KleinPilot is based on Saab’s state-of-the-art N-Tier management information system platform and will include the following features and functionality:
- Web-based interface to facilitate easy user access and deployment;
- KleinMobile iPhone application to allow pilots to receive assignments, record job information and submit time cards on their mobile device.

The system will be hosted and maintained by Saab and is scheduled to commence use in live production by May 2017.

Port Authority of New South Wales works to ensure the consistent, reliable and safe movement of cargo and passenger vessels through Sydney Harbour, Botany Bay and the ports of Newcastle, Port Kembla, Yamba and Eden, while providing immediate and appropriate responses to safety and environmental incidents.

KleinPilot is a product of the Maritime Traffic Management product area of Saab, a leading provider of Maritime Enterprise Software and Commercial member of IHMA. Contact Charles Paterson for more information cpaterson@kleinsystems.com saab.com/maritime
Added: 20 Dec 2016
Think Climate Coalition: international climate change conference

The PIANC-led Think Climate Coalition announced on 20 December a major international climate change conference dedicated to the interests of waterborne transport infrastructure owners, operators and users.

The event will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Brussels, Belgium on 27/28 March, 2017.

Registration for the Navigating a Changing Climate Conference is now open and the link is to be found at: http://www.pianc.org/edits/climatechangeconference.htm where registration can be achieved.

More information can be found in the flyer available nearby in pdf form.

Climate change is an important and growing focus of attention. The Paris Agreement on climate change, which came into force on 4 November 2016, is an ambitious international agreement that aims to combat climate change and adapt to its effects. Coming years are likely to see massive efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and move to low carbon solutions across all sectors: navigation infrastructure is no exception. Notwithstanding the Paris Agreement, however, it is also widely agreed that continuing change in certain climate parameters is now unavoidable. Resilience will need to be strengthened and waterborne transport infrastructure will need to adapt.
Attached File: CC CONF REG FLYER PIANC.pdf
Added: 25 Nov 2016
On England’s East Coast Harwich International Port (illustrated) has been awarded Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). The port’s authorisation recognises the high standards achieved and maintained in relation to the movement of goods and the application of Customs procedures.

AEO status is an internationally recognised quality mark indicating that an operator’s role in the international supply chain is secure, and that its customs controls and procedures are efficient and compliant.

Commenting on the designation, Daren Taylor, General Manager of Harwich International Port, said: ‘The AEO application procedure is extremely thorough and this certification provides an assurance to shippers that procedures at Harwich are of the highest standard. AEO accreditation can help simplify administrative procedures for goods being moved internationally and helps remove risk from supply chains.’

The AEO regime operates under the EU’s Union Customs Code and is administered in the UK by HMRC. AEO status gives quicker access to certain simplified customs procedures and in some cases the right to fast-track shipments through some customs procedures.

The achievement by Harwich International Port follows its sister port at Felixstowe which was the first UK port to receive full AEO status in September 2014.

About Harwich International Port

Harwich International Port (HWH) is one of the UK’s leading multi-purpose freight and passenger ports, with excellent road and rail links to the Midlands, London and the South East. It is ideally located for North Sea freight and passenger traffic to and from Scandinavia and the Benelux countries, offering first class ro-ro, ferry, cruise, container and bulk operations as well as support services for the offshore renewable energy industry.

HWH is a member of Hutchison Ports, the port and related services division of CK Hutchison Holdings Limited (CK Hutchison). Hutchison Ports is an investor, developer and operator with a network of operations in 48 ports spanning 25 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. Over the years, Hutchison Ports has expanded into other logistics and transportation-related businesses, including cruise ship terminals, airport operations, distribution centres, rail services and ship repair facilities.
Added: 21 Nov 2016

OMC International and its new alliance partner MetOcean Solutions announced on 21 November the launch of three new products to help ports and harbours manage under-keel clearance (UKC), the mooring of berthed ships, and weather-related risks.

OMC International’s CEO Peter O’Brien said: ‘These are products that we have had on the drawing board for a number of years in response to customer requests, and our alliance with MetOcean Solutions has helped provide the momentum and support to bring them to market.

‘We are offering these products alongside our flagship DUKC® to assist a wider range of ports and harbours, both in our home markets of Australia and New Zealand as well as internationally.’

The new products are:

• KeelCheck, a simple calculator which helps ports which have not made the step to DUKC® assess the safe clearance of their traditional UKC rules.

• PortWeather, an integrated environmental data management system which will attach to ports’ existing sensors and provide measurements and port-specific forecast data to displays in the port and internet-connected mobile devices.

• BerthAlert, a comprehensive forecasting and monitoring solution for berthed ships.

O’Brien added: ‘We are also providing a number of free online calculators which will help ports and mariners more critically evaluate their traditional UKC practices and make better-informed sailing decisions.

‘Our aim in releasing these new products is to introduce some of the technology and expertise we have built up over 23 years with DUKC® and Berth Warning Systems to a wider range of clients. We look forward to feedback from our customers to ensure the new products satisfy the needs of a wide range of ports.’

For more details of the expanded product range, or to sign up for a free account to trial KeelCheck and PortWeather, readers are invited to visit OMC’s website at http://omcinternational.com/

On 3 October 2016, Melbourne firm OMC International announced it had signed a strategic alliance agreement with New Zealand-based MetOcean Solutions to coordinate research and development efforts and offer an expanded level of maritime forecasting and hydrodynamic services to port and harbour clients.

Added: 18 Nov 2016
Defence and security company Saab has deployed its first Common Operating Picture (COP): an extension of Saab’s KleinPort port management information system (PMIS) that makes ports more efficient and competitive.

As of November 1st 2016, Flinders Ports in Australia began live utilization of the KleinPort COP. KleinPort COP gives all authorized port stakeholders an easily accessible, map-based overview of their port. The information is layered to allow users to select only the data relevant to their area of responsibility. Business staff get a high-level port overview and operations staff can execute routine tasks directly from the COP user interface. From a security and safety perspective, this data can be viewed in real-time by all
parties involved, allowing for response coordination through one common view in the event of an incident.

The Common Operating Picture couples the latest developments in Geographical Information System (GIS) technology with sophisticated KleinPort data to create its port overview interface. Data including detailed cargo information, vessel locations, vessel visit details, AIS transponder data, and emergency response vessel locations are just some examples of what can be shared and dynamically updated in COP.

The Common Operating Picture is an upgrade to the KleinPort port management information system that was previously deployed for Flinders Ports. Flinders are currently using KleinPort to manage and track vessel operations, property, and cargo as well as to generate billing and execute reporting at seven different ports. Flinders also uses KleinMobile, Saab’s mobile pilot application, to communicate pilot orders and receive completed job reports.

"The Common Operating Picture gives us a seamless view of both land and sea operations. The technology’s in-built efficiencies have already boosted productivity and support our safety focus", says Captain Carl Kavina, General Manager, Marine Operations, Flinders Ports.

Flinders Ports is South Australia’s leading port operator, and has been a KleinPort customer since 2004. In addition to the seven ports that they operate, Flinders owns and operates the container terminal in place at Port Adelaide. KleinPort Common Operating Picture is a product of the Maritime Traffic Management product area within Saab business area Surveillance, a leading provider of Maritime Enterprise Software.
Added: 12 Nov 2016
On 9 November Bremenports GmbH & Co was awarded the ESPO Award 2016 in recognition of its strategies in safeguarding and further upgrading the nature and ecosystem in the port area (on land and/or waterside). The ESPO Award was presented by the Director General of DG MOVE**, Henrik Hololei, during a ceremony at the Egmont Palace in Brussels.

Looking back at the selection process in this eighth in a series of the ESPO Awards, the Chairman of the Jury, Pat Cox, said: “All the projects are good examples of port development combined with an ecological consciousness. In the jury’s assessment process of the nature conservation and enhancement programmes of the competing ports we looked to law and regulation for guidance but beyond the law also for a deeper sense of conviction, values and commitment.”

Cox further commented that every port entry is a winner when a port commits to combining economic and operational activities with the protection of its natural environment and the opening up of that resource to its host society and users.

The theme of this year’s ESPO Award was Nature in Ports.

Bremenports GmbH & Co. KG won the 2016 Award for its project, Luneplate, which is the first project to implement large and varied tidal habitats behind the main dyke in connection with a special flood barrage. The project is an excellent example of an integrated approach combining economy and ecology, bringing world port development requests together with the needs of a very sensitive environment, that is to say the UNESCO World Heritage Area Wadden Sea.

On the basis of intensive stakeholder communications, a sustainable solution has been created that will also be successful under the conditions of climate change.

Intensive monitoring stated the effective implementation, it is understood. The comprehensive visitors’ concept opens the area to the public and provides transparent information. Last but not least, the Luneplate project is an example of organisational changes to a better societal integration of ports.

Reflecting more specifically on the Bremenports project, the Chairman of the Jury said: ‘The Luneplate project has managed to turn the negative environmental impact caused by several former port extensions and infrastructure projects in Bremerhaven into actions ensuring both environmental aspects and social needs. In the Port of Bremen, nature protection goes hand in hand with economic development.’

The ESPO Award 2016 saw eleven projects from ports from all over Europe compete for the prize.

Bremenports GmbH & Co. KG beat shortlisted projects from the ports of Cartagena, Dunkirk, Guadeloupe and Riga.

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Bremen’s Luneplate project stands for commitment to biodiversity, for active involvement of the interests of the local public, local farmers and nature protection NGOs in line with the economic interests of the port.

*European Sea Ports Organisation.
**The EU Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport.
Added: 06 Oct 2016
On 4 October it was reported from Barcelona that the Barcelona Europe South Terminal (BEST), a subsidiary of Hutchison Ports, and the Port of Barcelona and Merlin Properties’ intermodal logistics platform, Logistics Activity Zone (ZAL Port), had signed an agreement to optimise and reduce supply chain costs.

ZAL Ports is located adjacent to BEST, reportedly one of Southern Europe’s most advanced deep-sea ports, and offers the possibility of setting up logistic centres with easy access to an extensive network of highways that connect to the main Spanish cities and others elsewhere in Europe, to three freight railway stations, and situated just six kilometres from the cargo centre at Barcelona El Prat International Airport. This combination makes the area an essential logistic node for South and Central Europe.

Guillermo Belcastro, CEO of BEST, (pictured, left) said, ‘This cooperation agreement is a game-changer and will allow logistic operators to find the most cost effective, efficient and reliable supply chains. We believe that the combination of BEST and ZAL will bring real value to the market and enhance Barcelona’s position as the main gateway to Southern Europe for Far East traffic.’

Alfonso Martinez, CEO of ZAL Port, (pictured, right) said, ‘This cooperation will allow the logistics market to grow, bringing the port new clients with new freight, giving them a complete solution for their logistics chain, creating value through exclusive and unique logistics offerings.’

Barcelona Europe South Terminal (BEST) is the first semi-automated terminal of Hutchison Ports and the most technologically advanced port development project in Spain, it is claimed. It is capable of serving a number of large container vessels simultaneously and has an eight-track railway facility, said to be the biggest on-dock railway terminal of any port in the Mediterranean, connecting it to traffic coming from, and destined for, Southern Europe.

ZAL Port has been described as the most important logistics platform in the Mediterranean. Through promoting the integration of transport and distribution activities, it aims to attract maritime traffic with valuable logistic services.

BEST is a member of Hutchison Ports, the port and related services division of CK Hutchison Holdings Limited (CK Hutchison). Hutchison Ports is one of the world’s leading port investors, developers and operators with a network of port operations in 48 ports spanning 25 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. Over the years, Hutchison Ports has expanded into other logistics and transport-related businesses, including cruise ship terminals, airport operations, distribution centres, rail services and ship repair facilities.

About CILSA-ZAL in the Port of Barcelona

CILSA (Centro Intermodal de Logística, S.A) is the company that manages the port concession in the Logistics Activity Zone (ZAL Port) in the Port of Barcelona. CILSA is 63% owned by the Barcelona Port Authority, 32% by MERLIN Properties and 5% by SEPES, Entidad Pública Empresarial de Suelo (Public Enterprise for Land under the Ministry of Development).

Today, CILSA manages 212 hectares (ha) located in the municipalities of Barcelona (69 ha), in Prat de Llobregat (143 ha) plus 27 new hectares located in the CZFB, and has a total of 403,280 square metres of logistic warehouses built on-site in the ZAL Port including an office building of 11,254 square metres known as the Service Center. In addition, CILSA has granted leases to clients who have built industrial units on some 232.000 square metres, setting up a logistics park of 635,000 square metres, a pioneer in Spain in this type of development.

The ZAL Port, with this new surface leased to the CZF, makes 565,000 m2 of net land in total available on which more than 350.000 m2 of new logistic units can be built, which allows them to offer flexibility to the clients and meet any type of logistic requirement.
Added: 03 Oct 2016
Melbourne firm OMC International has signed a strategic alliance agreement with New Zealand-based MetOcean Solutions to coordinate research and development efforts and offer an expanded level of maritime forecasting and hydrodynamic services to port and harbour clients,

CEO Peter O’Brien said on 3 October: ‘We are very pleased to announce that we have agreed to align our ongoing research and development efforts to maximise the benefits of our respective technologies to our clients.

‘Over the years we have come to recognise MetOcean Solutions as a world-leader in providing port-specific environmental models and forecasts of waves, tides and currents, and these are already inputs into our DUKC® systems at several of our client ports.

‘Accurate weather forecasts and experience applying those forecasts to operational decision making in ports and harbours are critical components of OMC International’s unique reputation for safe and efficient Under Keel Clearance (UKC) management.

‘The recent successful implementation of a DUKC® system at the Port of Geelong is a good example of the value of the alliance in producing an optimum outcome for the client. OMC International and MetOcean Solutions provide their respective services and the port’s client, Viva Energy, benefits by saving around $3 million per year in reduced shipping costs. Aligning our research and development efforts will help OMC extract additional economic benefits for our clients.

‘At OMC we pride ourselves on the close and long-lasting relationships we have built with ports and harbours around the world and continuing to offer the highest levels of service to OMC International’s operational customers remains our top priority. However, we are pleased to be able to offer both our existing and new clients the additional services available through our strategic alliance with MetOcean Solutions.’

Combined, OMC International and MetOcean Solutions employ more than 80 staff, including engineers, naval architects, scientists and software developers. In addition, the alliance will receive support from MetraWeather, the international brand of the Meteorological Service of New Zealand, which is a 49% shareholder in MetOcean Solutions. MetraWeather have offices in Sydney, the UK, Southeast Asia and New Zealand and employs more than 240 staff.
Maritime engineering firm OMC International, founded in 1987 by Executive Director Dr Terry O’Brien AM, is the recognised world-leader in real-time UKC management technology. OMC’s innovative maritime technology, which enjoys an unblemished 23 year safety record, continues to win international accolades, including the prestigious IBJ ‘Safety in Bulk Handling’ (Marine) Award in 2015.

Picture caption:
A tanker with OMC engineers on board heading into the port of Geelong.

Photo: OMC©.
Added: 22 Sep 2016
Euroports, one of the largest port companies in Europe, is investing €10 million in a new hangar at the port of Ghent’s Sifferdok. As a result, by mid-2017 its storage capacity will increase twofold to 85,000 metric tonnes. The new hangars will be deeper and taller it is understood, and this increase in scale will allow Euroports to serve its customers faster and with greater flexibility. The new hangar will be built on the site of the prominently visible pink and blue-painted hangars (illustrated), which are due to be demolished in September marking the end of one of the port’s most iconic landmarks.

The land that Ghent Port Company is leasing to Euroports has been increased by two hectares to cover just over seven hectares. The Port Company not only aims to attract new businesses, it also wishes to support existing companies and encourage them to continue investing at the port of Ghent.

Colourful hangars as a landmark
The conspicuous blue and pink-painted hangars at the Sifferdok cannot possibly have escaped the notice of anyone who has ever taken a boat tour of the port of Ghent. In fact, the Euroports hangars were painted in these colours back in 1979, with the stylised waves creating a visual connection with the water.

This month the obsolete hangars – an art project initiated by André Reyniers – will be torn down. Reyniers, the head of what was then Reyniers Frères & Sogama (the current Euroports), hit upon the idea at the time. He had noticed how corporate buildings in the Port of Göteborg were being brightened up with various colours and motifs. His idea became a reality thanks to two art students in Ghent: Patrick Lefebure (now at Archipl Architects) and Pieter Claerhout (now at Claerhout Communicatiehuis) wanted to make the world more attractive, paint it in bright colours and combat greyness with imagination.

In addition to this, they wanted their design to serve as a landmark: ships approaching the port would be able to steer just as easily towards these orientation points as towards impersonal port numbers. Together with some of their fellow students, they spent the 1979 summer holidays providing the hangars with ‘colour and rhythm’ using 17,000 litres of paint. Their work was festively inaugurated on 28 September 1979.

Ghent as part of the European network
Although the port of Ghent can boast a rich mix of activities, it has traditionally always been a bulk port. In fact, Ghent has been Belgium’s largest dry bulk port for several years in a row. In 2015, for example, 16.7 million tonnes of dry bulk (including fertilisers and minerals) passed through the port, and in this connection dry bulk accounts for almost two thirds of the maritime shipping volume.

Ghent is a key player in Euroports’ European network of bulk terminals, and in 2015 it invested in a new crane at the port. The investment in the new bulk hangar is a logical next step for further growth in this sector. Moreover, the Port of Ghent has excellent connections to inland shipping routes, enabling customers to achieve considerable savings.

New hangars to become operational in mid-2017
Euroports also intends to store bulk goods, such as chemical fertilisers and minerals, in the new hangars. These will then be brought to their final destination by ship, train or heavy goods vehicle. In addition to storage, Euroports will now be offering sieving and bagging services. These new hangars will become operational in mid-2017.

About Euroports Belgium
Euroports is one of the largest port companies in Europe, handling approximately 50 million tonnes of dry bulk and cargo every year. Through a network of 22 port terminals in Europe and three in China, complemented by an extensive portfolio of logistics services such as transport, shipping and added-value activities,
Added: 21 Jun 2016
IHMA, the International Harbour Masters’ Association, celebrated its 20th anniversary at its congress in Vancouver where more than 100 delegates gathered from 30 May to 2 June 2016 to consider the theme of port expansion. This meeting was supported by an extensive industry exhibition.

Keynote presentations at the congress included the expanding role of VTS and the impact of e-Navigation from the Secretary-General of IALA-AISM, Mr Francis Zachariae, with the e-navigation theme also reflected by Captain Simon Pelletier, President of the International Maritime Pilots’ Association, who spoke about megaships and advanced pilot technology.

The origins of the International Harbour Masters’ Association can be traced back to the 1950s when harbour masters of the major ports of north west Europe began to meet regularly. Despite working in ports of diverse scale and operation, there was a strong thread of common purpose and a view that their shared interests could be developed for the benefit of all. The European Harbour Masters’ Association (EHMA) was established in 1985.

Agreement to work towards an international association led to the inauguration of the IHMA on 21 June 2006 with Captain H-J Roos, harbour master of the port of Bremen, elected as first President of IHMA.

Reflecting on the past 20 years, IHMA’s President, Captain Kevin Richardson (formerly Chief Harbour Master Dover), recognised a debt of gratitude to IHMA’s founding members and how the role of the harbour master has expanded and evolved.

Captain Richardson said: ‘The role of the harbour master is no longer a purely technical role, it much wider than that and today harbour masters must be commercially astute, strategically focused, business aware and risk averse.

‘At our tenth biennial congress in Vancouver as we tackled the theme of ‘port expansion; the challenges’, we considered models for port infrastructure development, port amalgamation, climate change considerations for port infrastructure, the latest on dynamic under-keel clearance and the recurring theme of social acceptance. Port expansion affects people and communities, and the efforts of ports and harbours to engage with and work with their local communities is high on the harbour master’s agenda. This was very well illustrated in Vancouver where case studies demonstrated just how important social acceptance has become when dealing with port expansion and how harbour masters and harbour authorities must now invest considerable time and money consulting with port and local communities affected or potentially affected by changes to port infrastructure or trade.

‘Many of the subjects under discussion at the IHMA’s inaugural meeting twenty years ago remain on our agenda today including the relentless advance of maritime technology and the availability and training of port marine personnel. We have made progress on the latter through the development of the International Diploma for Harbour Masters and the UK’s Harbour Master Certificate, with continuous professional development for harbour masters also discussed in Vancouver. But this is unfinished business. Our founding members resolved to develop and draft an International Standard on Training and Certification of Port Marine Personnel with the aim that it should be adopted at the International Maritime Organization. The international recognition of the role of the harbour master and their knowledge and skills is a challenge to which we should now return if the role and its contribution to the success of a port business is to be fully developed and recognised.’
Added: 28 May 2016
It was announced from Houston, Texas, on 26 May that Tideland Signal Corporation, now part of Xylem, had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets of Julius Signal, extending the company’s extensive portfolio of marine and offshore aids to navigation offerings.

Julius Signal originated from Pintsch Aben’s marine and aviation signalisation business, a company with a long heritage of expertise and innovation in aids to navigation aids traced back to the original founder Julius Pintsch over 150 years ago.

This acquisition adds a diverse product portfolio, expanded market access and a great team to Tideland Signal, it is reported. In addition to a strong market position in Julius Signal’s home market of Germany, the company has long enjoyed an extensive international presence.

Julius Signal’s product portfolio includes a wide array of marine aids to navigation products, highly complementary to Tideland Signal’s product list, and extends its capabilities with hazard warnings, marking of offshore wind installations and inland waterway aids to navigation including lock signalling and navigation signage.

Said Matt Scheuing, Tideland’s Managing Director: ‘We are pleased to have Julius Signal join the global Tideland Signal team. Following on the recent acquisition of IMT, and now with the global backing of Xylem, we are in a position to serve our ocean and coastal customers with a broader array of Aids to Navigation solutions.’

About Tideland
Founded in 1954, Tideland Signal delivers world leading aids to navigation products, services and customer care, with innovation, safety and compliance. This mission is accomplished with offices in the USA, UK, The Netherlands, Germany, Singapore, Dubai and Canada. Tideland’s customer base includes coast guards, navies, ports and harbours, offshore oil and gas companies, and marine authorities.

About Xylem Analytics
Xylem’s analytics businesses are leading manufacturers of premium field, portable, laboratory and online analytical instruments used in water and wastewater, environmental, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and life science applications. The company’s meters, sensors, analyzers and related consumables are used every day by thousands of end-users worldwide to analyze and control quality in countless applications where precise measurement is required.

The company does business in more than 150 countries through a number of product brands.

The name Xylem is derived from classical Greek and is the tissue that transports water in plants, highlighting its water-centric business.
Added: 14 Dec 2015
After announcement of potential acquisition of NOL by CMA CGM in week commencing 6 December it was reported by Hapag-Lloyd on 11 December that the current G6 Alliance service structure will remain stable. The G6 Alliance members are: APL, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui OSK Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Orient Overseas Container Line. (The accompanying illustration is of mv Antwerpen Express, one of the biggest Hapag-Lloyd ships and seen here on the Elbe outside Hamburg).

On 7 December 2015, Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), parent company of G6 Alliance member APL, announced the potential acquisition of NOL by CMA CGM. This transaction is subject to regulatory approvals. Until there is further development, the G6 Alliance assures that its current service structure will remain stable, and expects to operate as aligned through 2016.

Members of the G6 Alliance stay committed in offering reliable shipping services that meet the needs of customers. The G6 Alliance will make further announcements should there be any development.

Added: 14 Dec 2015
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), which has represented global ship operators throughout the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, has commented on the latest draft UNFCCC* text which – although still not finalised – currently contains no explicit reference to international shipping (or aviation). This is understood from a communiqué issued by ICS on 10 December, two working days before the final day of the conference.

ICS says it would be helpful for the new agreement to reiterate the vital role of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in the development of further measures to reduce shipping’s CO2 emissions. This would give extra encouragement to build on the global regulations IMO has already successfully adopted and which should reduce CO2 per tonne-km 50% by 2050. However, the absence of text is unlikely to inhibit the aspirations of governments – which are shared by the industry – for IMO to take further action.

Said ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe (pictured here): ‘While text on shipping could be useful, the negotiators are now having to focus on the really high level things like climate finance to ensure the overall agreement is a success, which is what everyone wants’.

Virtually all UNFCCC Parties and IMO Member States have made clear that they expect the industry to deliver more, and that work on CO2 reduction must continue at IMO, as set out in the original Kyoto Protocol.

In 2016, work will continue at IMO to finalise the adoption of global CO2 reporting systems for ships as the first step in a process that is expected to lead to additional actions that could include a Market Based Measure (MBM).

In addition, IMO has already agreed to have a discussion about CO2 targets for international shipping, as requested by the Marshall Islands and supported by the European Union. IMO, with its specialist expertise, is the best forum in which to have this important debate and ICS will participate constructively, it was announced on 10 December.

‘The message from Paris is clear,’ added Hinchliffe who continued: ‘Governments and society expect international shipping to play a full part in the reduction of CO2 and we accept our responsibility to do this. We already have ambitious CO2 reduction goals consistent with what is currently possible. As soon as our member national shipowners’ associations have digested the full implications of the final UNFCCC agreement, ICS will be proactive with ideas for debate at IMO next year.’

*United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

About the ICS
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is the global trade association for merchant shipowners. Its membership comprises national shipowners’ associations from 37 countries representing more than 80% of the world merchant fleet.
Added: 14 Dec 2015
IHMA was represented by Anne Carnegie, Secretary General, at the COP 21 Transport Day on 6 December at which the PIANC-led climate coalition was launched both in a break-out group and in a short statement to the plenary session, along with other initiatives. Much effort has been put into the development of a ‘Navigating a Changing Climate’ action plan.

This PIANC-led coalition is about adaptation, resilience and decarbonising port and inland water transport infrastructure.

At COP 21 in Paris a group of 400 participants from the public and private sectors gathered with a common interest to raise the profile of transport. Without doubt the event was an opportunity for delegates to learn and exchange views with other participants and speakers about the actions the sector needs to undertake on Transport and Climate Change.

As the COP 21 negotiations drew to a close it was noted that the draft text of the global climate agreement was anticipated as ambitious and will be able to empower the transport sector to actively contribute to the mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change in coming years.

The nearby pdf to this posting contains a report for Transport Day with a summary of what was shared in the plenary and breakout sessions. It is understood that most of the presentations made have been uploaded on www.transportday.org
Attached File: COP21 Transport Day Report.pdf
Added: 09 Dec 2015
It was announced simultaneously in Singapore and Marseille on 7 December that CMA CGM has made a pre-conditional voluntary general cash offer for Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), south east Asia’s largest container shipping company subject to the satisfaction of specified pre-conditions. It is understood that NOL’s majority shareholders (Temasek and its affiliates) have irrevocably undertaken to tender all of their shares in acceptance of the offer.

Commenting on this transaction, Rodolphe Saadé, Vice-Chairman of CMA CGM, said: ‘This transaction will represent a significant milestone in the development of CMA CGM. Leveraging the complementary strengths of both companies, CMA CGM will further reinforce its position as a leader in global shipping with combined revenue of US$ 22 billion and 563 vessels. By bringing together the knowhow of both teams, the enlarged group will be even better positioned to provide premium services to its customers across all markets. At a time when the shipping industry is facing strong headwinds, scale is more critical than ever to capitalize on synergies and capture growth opportunities wherever they arise. I firmly believe CMA CGM will enable NOL to address the industry’s new challenges. We recognise the strategic importance of Singapore as a key hub for the maritime industry and we are committed to reinforcing its regional leadership.’

Ng Yat Chung, CEO of NOL, commented: ‘The combined market presence delivered by the transaction would achieve the scale needed to enhance competitiveness for NOL’s operations and offer a clear and sustainable long term direction for the combined entity. The transaction would enable NOL to grow as part of a larger entity with the resources of the world’s third largest container shipping line.’

Tan Chong Lee, Head Portfolio Management at Temasek, added: ‘We are supportive of this transaction as it presents NOL with an opportunity to join a leading player with an extensive global presence and solid operational track record. The combination of NOL and CMA CGM will create a leading shipping company that delivers reliable and efficient service to its customers. Their complementary strengths will yield mutually beneficial results. We also note and welcome the commitment of CMA CGM to enhance Singapore’s position as a key maritime hub and grow Singapore’s container throughput volumes.’

Created in 1978 by Jacques Saadé, CMA CGM is the world’s third largest container shipping firm, with 469 vessels and a global market share of 8.8%. In 2014, the Group handled over 12 million TEU and generated US$ 16.74 billion in revenues. A founding member of the Ocean Three Alliance with UASC and CSCL, CMA CGM is present across 160 countries, with 22,000 employees in 655 offices, and has a fleet capacity of 1,781 thousand TEU.

NOL is a leading shipping company operating under the American President Lines (APL) brand. In 2014, the company’s revenues reached US$ 7.04 billion. Currently, NOL has more than 7,400 employees in 180 offices across more than 80 countries and operates 94 vessels, representing 618 thousand TEU in fleet capacity.

This acquisition if it proceeds would enable CMA CGM to reinforce its position in the container shipping industry, and achieve the following: capacity of 2,399 thousand TEU and combined fleet of 563 vessels with market share of approximately 11.5% (versus 8.8% for CMA CGM and 2.7% for NOL) combined turnover of circa US$ 22 billion.

CMA CGM has a leading position on the Asia-Europe, Asia-Mediterranean, Africa and Latin America routes, whilst APL is strong along the transpacific, intra-Asia and Indian subcontinent shipping routes. The enlarged entity will strengthen its position on strategic shipping routes, especially in key markets such as United States, intra-Asia and Japan, and will boast a balanced trade portfolio. Following the transaction, the combined group would hold market shares from 7% to 19% on the routes on which it operates.

Picture caption:
CMA CGM Marco Polo.
Added: 07 Dec 2015
It is understood that President Obama is expected to sign a five-year, $305 billion transportation reauthorization bill that Congress overwhelmingly passed on 3 December which includes $11 billion in new freight funding grants and programs and other top priorities among America’s seaports.

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (H.R. 22) is the first long-term transportation bill in ten years, and the first to make freight a priority and significantly focus on port eligibility throughout the US Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) funding and planning programs.

The following is a statement from Kurt Nagle, president and CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) – the unified and recognized voice of America’s seaports.

‘The FAST Act is a major achievement, and not just for seaports and the freight community. Passenger mobility will also be improved through congestion relief with the FAST Act provisions that fund and promote more efficient goods movement mobility. These provisions will enhance our international competitiveness in the global economy.

‘During the past 18 months, AAPA, its member ports and freight industry partners have worked diligently with federal lawmakers, the Obama Administration and USDOT officials to ensure key freight provisions were included in the final bill.

‘We are pleased to have played a role in getting this bill approved. It provides $6.3 billion for the new National Highway Freight Program (NHFP), which for the first time provides dedicated formula funding to states for freight projects, including the 1,400 miles of connections with ports and other intermodal facilities. It also funds $4.5 billion for the Nationally and Significant Freight and Highway Projects program, which includes $500 million for multi-modal freight projects and a $450 million (10 percent) ‘carve-out’ for projects ranging from $5 million to $100 million.

‘We also advocated for the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program in which lawmakers agreed to legislate port eligibility and include a section on port-related equipment and vehicles that are eligible for funding.

‘Furthermore, the bill reauthorizes the Export-Import Bank, requires states to file State Freight Plans to be eligible for NHFP formula funding, and establishes a working group comprised of a broad spectrum of freight interests, including ports, to develop appropriate port performance measures.

‘Finally, we are happy that lawmakers authorized more than $1.4 billion for TIFIA (Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act) to help finance major infrastructure projects, including those at ports like bridges, overpasses, tunnels and rail systems.

‘In short, this bill recognizes that ports and their connections are integral parts of our nation’s economy and surface transportation network. It provides resources and policy to help ensure America’s freight moves efficiently and safely on our evolving freight network.

‘We look forward to continuing to work with Congress and the Administration on implementing the new programs in the FAST Act – and to keep freight moving’

About AAPA
Founded in 1912, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) is the recognized and coordinated voice of seaports in the Americas. This trade association represents more than 150 public port authorities in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America. In addition, association members include more than 300 sustaining and associate firms and individuals with an interest in the seaports of the Western Hemisphere.

AAPA is dedicated to strengthening the ability of member ports to serve their global customers and create economic and social value for their communities. The association promotes the common interests of the port community, and provides leadership on trade, transportation, environmental and other issues related to port development and operations. Furthermore, AAPA also raises awareness among the public, media, and policy makers about the essential role ports play within the global transportation system.

HQ of AAPA is located in Alexandria, Virginia. Its annual budget is approximately $2.7 million and it is governed by its ten-member Executive Committee and 52-member Board of Directors. AAPA has 12 technical and three policy committees; there are 350 individual corporate and almost 200 individual associate members on the committees.
Added: 04 Dec 2015
On Sunday 6th December, Transport Day at the Paris #COP21, PIANC’s Think Climate coalition will formally launch its 2015-2020 Action Plan, entitled Navigating a Changing Climate. A copy of the Navigating a Changing Climate Action Plan can be found at http://www.pianc.org/thinkclimate.php

The international associations that are partners in the PIANC Think Climate coalition, including International Harbour Masters’ Association, have prepared this Action Plan jointly as an initiative under the Transport Focus of the Lima-Paris Action Agenda coordinated by the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate. The Navigating a Changing Climate initiative forms part of the COP21 #WeAreTransport campaign, which seeks to deliver urgent action: decarbonising the transport sector, improving the resilience of transport infrastructure, and adapting transport infrastructure to the effects of the changing climate.

The principle of stronger together underpins the work of the Think Climate coalition: broadening effort, scaling-up activity, and reaching out to an extended audience around the world. The Action Plan sets out the measures required to realise the coalition’s vision of ensuring the owners, operators and users of navigation infrastructure, globally:

- are aware of the issues associated with the changing climate, and of the need to act now
- have access to existing and new, sector-specific technical and institutional resources aimed at facilitating climate change mitigation and adaptation
- have developed the capacity to make timely and effective mitigation and adaptation decisions, and
- collaborate with others within and beyond the sector to identify and deliver integrated, resilient and sustainable solutions, with an emphasis on Working with Nature.

By providing a one-stop-shop for information and support, inter alia through the preparation of technical good practice guidance and the organisation of conferences, workshops and webinars, the Think Climate coalition will encourage the navigation infrastructure sector:
- to take measures to reduce or offset greenhouse gas emissions; to take decisions that avoid locking into fossil fuel futures; and to move to low carbon infrastructure
- to act to prepare for climate change, to strengthen resilience, and to adapt inland and maritime waterborne transport infrastructure to sea level rise, more frequent floods or droughts, more extreme wave, wind or flow conditions and other effects, and
- to seek integrated and sustainable solutions by Working with Nature and by engaging with others, both within and beyond the navigation sector.

Geoffroy Caude, President of PIANC, said “This is a vitally important initiative. Waterborne transport infrastructure has always been designed and operated taking into account extreme water levels, storms, waves and droughts but climate change is exacerbating these conditions and we are already seeing conditions rarely if ever seen before – for example the120 consecutive days of low water experienced this year on the River Rhine, Europe´s busiest waterway, or the severe water shortages in lake Gatun (the source of fresh water to the Panama canal locks) associated with the strongest El Nino event recorded since the opening of this canal in 1914.

Events of such significance require a commensurate response. PIANC’s new Think Climate coalition therefore brings together all the major international associations with interests in navigation infrastructure, with the objective of hastening mitigation action to reduce emissions from waterborne transport infrastructure; improving preparedness; and promoting the adaptation of infrastructure to the effects of the changing climate.

PIANC is proud to lead the Think Climate coalition and to be part of the #WeAreTransport campaign”.

Captain Kevin Richardson, President of the International Harbour Masters’ Association, added,

“Harbour masters keep the 90% of global trade that comes by shipping on the move. We’re at the front line when it comes to experiencing the threats of climate change from rising sea levels or changes in weather patterns. Whether it’s world ports with millions of tonnes throughput or harbours of small island developing states, we share innovative ideas to help ports stay open for business and adopt technology to reduce port infrastructure emissions. IHMA is delighted to be contributing to the Think Climate coalition through sharing good practice and educational initiatives.”
Added: 19 Jun 2015
Gibraltar-based ship repair company, Gibdock, has built up a close working relationship with Solstad Offshore, with a number of the Norwegian operator’s specialist offshore craft being repaired at the yard over the past few years. This partnership was recently rekindled when a Construction Support Vessel (CSV), the 5000dwt Normand Pacific, arrived in Gibraltar for its first special survey.

Gibdock managing director, Richard Beards, commented: ‘Solstad Offshore is a repeat customer that we hold in very high regard and we were delighted to welcome them back again. They are a quality operator and it is a positive reflection on our growing reputation within the offshore sector that they have chosen us to repair and maintain their vessels.’

Normand Pacific, 122metre loa, which was built at the Fosen shipyard in Norway in 2010, entered the Gibdock yard in mid-May for a three week programme of works, including two weeks in drydock and one week alongside. The vessel had been operating offshore West Africa, but was due to commence a new deployment offshore Mexico. Richard Beards added, ‘Gibdock was ideally located to carry out the required special survey and pre-contract repair and maintenance work. Solstad Offshore was able to redeploy this valuable asset with limited deviation, and hence lower costs.’

A key element of the drydocking works was the requirement to service Normand Pacific’s two Schottel propulsion thrusters which, in addition to three Brunvoll tunnel thrusters and a Brunvoll retractable azimuth thruster unit, were dismantled in the dock, and moved to the yard’s workshops for extensive overhaul work. Gibdock fitters assisted owner-arranged manufacturer technicians with the servicing of all six units.

In addition, Gibdock assisted MacGregor service engineers with the overhaul of the Normand Pacific’s 200 tonnes lift capacity offshore crane. Paul Cano, Gibdock ship repair manager, said: ‘This was in many ways the most demanding aspect of the project, as it involved removing three out of the four hydraulic boom cylinders, each of which weighed eight tonnes, and transporting them to the workshop, where they were stripped down and overhauled. We then returned them to the ship, lifted up the boom and refitted the cylinders in place, while other works on the crane and surrounding area were ongoing.’ When the crane was fully operational once more, Gibdock sub-contracted Water Weights to carry out a load test, to class requirements, using water bags.

The three-week stay of Normand Pacific at Gibdock also saw the yard carry out extensive pipework for various systems onboard, including the installation of 57metres of new piping for new ballast water treatment technology. Additionally Gibdock fabricated and installed pipelines for the cooling system, and carried out a range of standard drydocking works, including external hull coating and overhauling the sea valves. The vessel’s lifeboats and davits were also tested and serviced during Normand Pacific’s stay in Gibraltar.

Added Cano: ‘…We worked well with Solstad Offshore and the crew of Normand Pacific to undertake an extensive scope of works in what was quite a demanding time frame. In the event, Gibdock completed the job slightly ahead of schedule, ensuring the vessel was able to sail on to its next charter on time on 10 June.’

Established in 1964, Solstad Offshore has grown to become a leading global offshore services provider. It operates a fleet of around 50 fully- and partly-owned vessels, including Platform Support vessels (PSVs), Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) craft and Construction Support Vessels (CSV).

Pic caption
Normand Pacific at Gibdock.
Added: 15 Jun 2015
Customers benefit from several enhancements
CC2 service to include a permanent Busan call
SC1 service to be upgraded by Kaohsiung call

The G6 Alliance offers a variety of services between Asia and Europe, Asia and North America as well as on the Transatlantic covering all major port pairs with weekly sailings. Members are: APL, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Orient Overseas Container Line.

On 15 June it was reported from Hapag-Lloyd in Hamburg that in response to market demand, members of the G6 Alliance had announced the following service enhancements in the Asia – North America (Pacific Southwest) trade:

CC2 (Central China 2) Service – Additional Busan call
The CC2 service will be upgraded to include a permanent Busan call. Transit times from other origins will remain unchanged.

New port rotation: Ningbo – Shanghai – Busan – Long Beach – Ningbo
Effective voyage: OOCL Kuala Lumpur OKL 075E, ETA Ningbo 28 June 2015 and ETA Long Beach 16 July 2015

SC1 (South China 1) Service – Additional Kaohsiung call
The SC1 service will be upgraded to include an additional eastbound Kaohsiung call.

New port rotation: Xiamen – Chiwan – Yantian – Kaohsiung – Los Angeles – Oakland – Kaohsiung – Xiamen

Effective voyage: APL Houston AHT 008E, ETA Xiamen 1 July 2015 and ETA Los Angeles 20 July 2015

Picture caption
Cherry trees in blossom outside Ballin House, Hapag-Lloyd’s HQ in Hamburg.
Photo reproduced by kind permission of Hapag-Lloyd©.
Added: 15 Jun 2015
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the principal global trade association for merchant ship operators, held its Annual General Meeting in Rotterdam in week commencing 7 June, at the kind invitation of the Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners. The International Chamber is the global trade association for merchant shipowners. Its membership comprises national shipowners’ associations from 37 countries representing more than 80% of the world merchant fleet.

Membership of ICS, which now includes the newly admitted Russian Chamber of Shipping, reviewed a number of important regulatory and policy developments affecting global maritime trade. These included many of the issues set out in the 2015 ICS Annual Review published in conjunction with the AGM and available at:

In particular, ICS members focused on the following critical issues:

The migrant rescue at sea crisis
ICS members welcomed recent efforts by EU Member States to increase search and rescue resources for migrants in distress in the Mediterranean, and the subsequent decrease in the numbers of lives lost. However, ICS members agreed that the current level of state-backed search and rescue resources available to address the on-going crisis is still woefully insufficient and urgently needs to be dramatically increased.

Speaking after the meeting, ICS Chairman, Masamichi Morooka, said: ‘It is simply not acceptable that merchant ships are still being routinely called upon by rescue co-ordination centres to assist with the majority of rescue operations currently taking place, having already assisted with the rescue of more than 50,000 people since the crisis started to escalate last year. Apart from the fact that commercial ships are wholly unsuitable for rescuing hundreds of people at a time, the search and rescue obligations that exist under international law were never created with the current situation in mind.’

ICS members agreed that governments must urgently find a solution to the crisis. In the meantime, while it continues to be necessary for the international community to rescue tens of thousands of people, state-backed search and rescue resources must be increased immediately.

Continued Marooka: ‘It is unreasonable for governments to continue relying on merchant ships as a long term solution, placing civilian merchant seafarers at considerable risk. The current situation is neither sustainable nor tenable.”

United States ballast water problem
ICS members welcomed the recent progress made by the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee, in May 2015, towards solving many of the serious implementation problems associated with the IMO Ballast Water Convention. ICS members agreed that this will probably help to ensure that the Convention will now receive sufficient ratifications from governments to enter into force sooner rather than later.

However, ICS members also agreed that those flag states which have not yet ratified the IMO Convention may continue to be deterred from doing so because of the unilateral regime adopted by the United States with respect to the approval of the very expensive new treatment systems required. This currently means that shipowners who, in good faith, install equipment approved in accordance with IMO standards can have no confidence that they will be able to trade to the United States when the IMO Convention eventually enters into force, possibly by the end of 2016.

Masamichi Morooka commented: ‘ICS members are committed to the implementation of a ballast water treatment regime that will be fit for purpose worldwide. Frankly speaking, the United States is creating an impossible dilemma that can only be solved by the U.S. approving treatment systems immediately and finding a pragmatic approach to reconciling the conflicting timelines within the IMO regime and its own. Apart from the chaos that the United States is creating for international shipping, it is also holding back the ratification of an important IMO Convention that is intended to bring environmental benefits to the entire world, not just the needs of a single country.’

Masamichi Morooka (Japan) continues to serve as ICS Chairman having already been elected for a second two year term in 2014. The 2015 AGM re-elected the following Vice Chairmen: John C Lyras (Greece); Karin Orsel (The Netherlands); Gerardo Borromeo (Philippines); and Esben Poulsson (Singapore).

Princess Margriet of The Netherlands
Members of ICS were honoured by the presence of HH Princess Margriet of The Netherlands, patron of the Dutch Merchant Navy, at a gala dinner in the cruise vessel Jules Verne, held in conjunction with their AGM.
Added: 12 Jun 2015
IHMA Commercial Member OMC INTERNATIONAL is celebrating the announcement that its Executive Director Dr Terry O’Brien has been appointed a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for “significant service to maritime engineering, to the development of innovative marine navigation equipment and to education”. The announcement came in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List published 8 June 2015.

Melbourne engineer Dr O’Brien, who is the recognised global leader in Under Keel Clearance (UKC) management, said his AM was “an unexpected honour”. “I also see it as recognition of OMC’s dedicated and very talented staff who continue to ensure that DUKC® technology remains world’s best practice in safe and efficient navigation for the global shipping industry,” he said. “Their efforts have contributed to DUKC®’s unblemished 22-year safety record and I accept this AM on their behalf.”

In November last year, Dr O’Brien was inducted into the Lloyd’s List Australian Maritime Hall of Fame for having “a global impact” with the creation of his world-leading DUKC® e-Navigation technology. “Through the exercise of his own intellect, he has created a system that has already, and will in the future, save the resources, ports and shipping industries literally billions of dollars,” his citation said.

While lecturing in engineering at Melbourne University, Dr O’Brien’s fascination with waves, currents, ship motions and the challenge of creating a numerical method of modelling them led him to develop his ship motion model SPMS (Simulation Package for the Motion of Ships). Dr O’Brien first used this model after he was contacted by the then British Phosphate Commissioners to work on solutions for mooring the large phosphate ships in Nauru’s particularly deep port and also for Christmas Island moorings.

In 1987, he left a distinguished 22-year academic career to further commercialise his model and establish O’Brien Maritime Consultants, now known as OMC. By 1993, Dr O’Brien had developed his innovation into a working DUKC® system which promised to make commercial shipping more efficient and safer. In 1993, he moved to Brisbane to support the installation of the first DUKC® system at Queensland’s Hay Point coal terminal. Dr O’Brien’s intellectual property still provides the core ship motion computations in all DUKC® products, including the latest web-based DUKC® Series 5 which offers state of the art enhancements such as dynamic port capacity modelling.

DUKC® is the only dynamic e-Navigation system worldwide that has proven capacity to predict in real-time the critical vertical component of navigation (what you can’t see under the water) during the actual transit. In most cases, DUKC® allows large ships to go deeper than permitted by the traditionally conservative static rules, and therefore safely load more cargo and/or sail with wider tidal windows. DUKC® scientifically predicts how much UKC (the distance between the seabed and the bottom of the ship) these ships will have as they come down shallow port approach channels. It allows the shipping of more cargo, more safely, more often.

Under very favourable conditions, DUKC® can allow large ships to safely sail up to 1m deeper – allowing them to carry more than 15,000 extra tonnes of iron ore or coal. OMC’s customised DUKC® systems are already operating in most major Australian ports, and in New Zealand, Europe and North America. Almost all of the iron ore and most of the coal exported from Australia are shipped out under DUKC® advice. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) was the first client to use OMC’s web-based DUKC® Series 5 to ensure safer shipping through the ecologically sensitive international waters of Torres Strait and a customised web-based DUKC® Series 5 system is being deployed in Canada’s St Lawrence River (one of the world’s busiest inland waterways) from Montreal to Quebec City.

As further recognition of OMC’s maritime engineering expertise, OMC partnered with Melbourne’s Swinburne University of Technology in 2009 to teach DUKC® technology case studies and industry applications each year as part of a postgraduate port engineering unit.

“Students can learn about the limitations of traditional static UKC management and be introduced to the DUKC® paradigm shift in UKC management,” Dr O’Brien said. “Some of these students will eventually move on to work in ports around the world and will help shape the future of the maritime industry.”

Interestingly, Dr O’Brien, who has spent many years advising international working groups PIANC and IALA which set world standards for ship navigation and channel design, was himself mentored by industry leaders early on in his career, including during his time as a Doctoral student at Imperial College of Science and Technology in London.

After returning to an academic appointment in Australia, Dr O’Brien was then awarded a prestigious Harkness Fellowship of the Commonwealth Fund for potential leaders in their field, undertaking research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for two years. Other university sabbaticals were spent at the University of Arizona, the National Research Institute of Oceanography of the CSIR in South Africa and at the Danish Hydraulic Institute.

Due to the company’s strong focus on research, OMC continues to develop a specialist maritime engineering workforce and to bring new innovative products to market. Under the direction of Dr O’Brien and his CEO son Peter O’Brien, who is also an engineer, their family-owned business now employs more than 40 maritime and software engineers.

OMC continues to be the only specialist maritime firm in the world whose core focus is providing proven e- Navigation technology for determining and managing real-time UKC in depth-restricted waterways, typically approach channels to ports.

“I strongly believe that DUKC® will eventually become an industry standard in safely managing UKC,” Dr O’Brien said. “As ships continue getting larger, UKC limits are critical and this is why OMC’s proven real-time DUKC® technology – with its unblemished safety record - is increasingly becoming an essential decision support and risk mitigation tool for ports and waterways around the world.”
Added: 20 Apr 2015
Accounts for 2014, show a good performance in what was a challenging year for the local economy, and evidence that its diversification strategy is bearing fruit.

The Port of Milford Haven recorded an underlying operating profit for port operations of £3.4m compared to £3.5m in 2013. Turnover was up by around £0.5m on 2013, at just over £23m.

The ending of refining operations at Murco, and the consequent reduction of cargo volumes, the core source of revenues paid to the port of Milford Haven, was offset by increased LNG shipments.

During the year, the port completed a two year investment programme of approximately £14m which included the Milford Haven Dock Lock and the Liddeston Ridge Solar Array. The investment in renewable energy projects is reaping dividends with revenues from solar PV generation making a significant impact for the first time.

Said Alec Don, Chief Executive of the Port of Milford Haven: ‘We adjusted in good time, as all businesses have to, to the reduction that occurred in our core business in order to ensure that we finished the year with a strong balance sheet and good and improving levels of profitability and growth in other parts of our business.

‘Our Solar PV investment has resulted in the port becoming carbon neutral in relation to its own operations. This also symbolises a bridge between traditional energy related activities and exciting new opportunities presented by the emergence of the port as a key player in marine renewable energy fabrication and servicing.

‘We are investing in facilities and working with partners to help grow this sector. It is an exciting time for marine renewables, which promises to bring more jobs and investment over the coming years.’

Picture caption
Zarga, the one hundredth LNG vessel to call at Milford Haven.
Photo: ©Adrian Owens.
Added: 16 Apr 2015

12 to 16 October 2015 Chalmers University, Gothenburg, Sweden.

The International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA), in conjunction with the Chalmers University of Technology, NNVO (the Dutch VTS Operator Training Foundation) and the Port of London Authority, will host an IALA Workshop on Human Factors and Ergonomics in VTS, from 12 to 16 October 2015. The workshop will be held at Chalmers University, Gothenburg, Sweden.

The workshop is directed towards those involved in management and operation of VTS Centres, VTS Training Organisations and those with expertise/an interest in human factor management. The working language of the workshop will be English.

There is a limit of 60 delegates and registration will be on a first-come, first-served, basis.

Considering the increasing international awareness, public perception and expectation of VTS, the workshop will ensure that matters related to human factors and ergonomics are adequately addressed in both the training of VTS personnel and the day to day operation of VTS Centres.

Participants will benefit from:

• The exchange of views and ideas between experts from different countries in a critical and rapidly developing area of VTS operations;

• The opportunity to influence the direction of future IALA Guidance on Human Factors and Ergonomics in VTS;

• Access to world class simulators and laboratories focussed on furthering human factors research and knowledge.

Focussing on the key themes of human reliability, operational effectiveness and the working environment; the workshop will capitalise on the experience of delegates to provide and develop strategies, concepts and examples of best practice that will assist in the formulation of new IALA Guidance on Human Factors and Ergonomics in the VTS environment.

The workshop aims to:

• Explore strategies to enhance decision making processes, situational awareness and error management in the VTS environment whilst minimising the risk of stress and fatigue;

• Identify factors that should be considered when addressing staffing levels, working patterns and the health and wellbeing of VTS professionals;

• Describe the overarching principles of effective VTS Centre design and configuration to optimise human performance and operational efficiency;

• Identify and explore socio-technical factors in VTS that may enhance organisational and safety cultures.

Further details including for registration can be found on the attached pdf.

Attached File: IALA Human Factors Wksp flyer_v1_0.pdf
Added: 14 Apr 2015
The Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks provides a set of uniform international rules for the prompt and effective removal of wrecks located in a country’s exclusive economic zone or equivalent 200 nautical miles zone.

According to information issued by the IMO on 13 April the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks enters into force on 14 April. The Convention places strict liability on owners for locating, marking and removing wrecks deemed to be a hazard and makes State certification of insurance, or other form of financial security for such liability, compulsory for ships of 300 gt and above. It also provides States Parties with a right of direct action against insurers.

The Convention fills a gap in the existing international legal framework by providing a set of uniform international rules for the prompt and effective removal of wrecks located in a country’s exclusive economic zone or equivalent 200 nautical miles zone. The Convention also contains a clause that enables States Parties to “opt in” to apply certain provisions to their territory, including the territorial sea.

The Convention provides a legal basis for States Parties to remove, or have removed, wrecks that pose a danger or impediment to navigation or that may be expected to result in major harmful consequences to the marine environment, or damage to the coastline or related interests of one or more States. The Convention also applies to a ship that is about, or may reasonably be expected, to sink or to strand, where effective measures to assist the ship or any property in danger are not already being taken.

Provisions in the Convention include:

• a duty on the ship’s master or operator to report to the “Affected State” a maritime casualty resulting in a wreck and a duty on the Affected State to warn mariners and the States concerned of the nature and location of the wreck, as well as a duty on the Affected State that all practicable steps are taken to locate the wreck;

• criteria for determining the hazard posed by wrecks, including depth of water above the wreck, proximity of shipping routes, traffic density and frequency, type of traffic and vulnerability of port facilities. Environmental criteria such as damage likely to result from the release into the marine environment of cargo or oil are also included;

• measures to facilitate the removal of wrecks, including rights and obligations to remove hazardous wrecks, which set out when the shipowner is responsible for removing the wreck and when the Affected State may intervene;

• liability of the owner for the costs of locating, marking and removing wrecks – the registered shipowner is required to maintain compulsory insurance or other financial security to cover liability under the convention;

• settlement of disputes.

The Convention was adopted by a five-day International Conference at the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON), Kenya, in 2007.

The States Parties to the treaty as at 14 April 2015 are: Antigua and Barbuda, Bulgaria, Congo, Cook Islands, Denmark, Germany, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Liberia, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Morocco, Nigeria, Palau, and the United Kingdom.

The Convention will come into force for Malta on 18 April 2015 and for Tuvalu on 17 May 2015.
Added: 09 Apr 2015
Port of Ghent experiences light rise in first quarter owing to increased seaborne cargo traffic

According to news issued on 9 April, Ghent port registered a total cargo traffic of 11.8 million tonnes in the first quarter of 2015. In this way Ghent has experienced a light increase as compared to the same period for 2014. The seaborne cargo traffic is still on the rise and creates sound quarterly figures and it is understood that Ghent Port Company is delighted with this good first quarter.

With a total cargo traffic by sea and inland waterways of 11.8 million tonnes, Ghent registered 161,000 tonnes more than in the first quarter of 2014, or an increase by 1.4%.

Seaborne cargo traffic increases by 5.6%
For the first quarter, the seaborne cargo traffic registered a total of 6.7 million tonnes or a 5.6% increase in comparison with the same period in 2014. Over two years, this seaborne cargo traffic rose by more than 11%. For the maritime traffic in the first three months of 2015, Ghent records a monthly average of 2.2 million tonnes, that is 100,000 tonnes on average more than in the same period last year. Consequently, Ghent Port Company reflects upon a growth noticeable in its maritime traffic over the past two years.

Inland navigation registered 5.1 million tonnes of cargo traffic. This is a decrease by 200,000 tonnes or -3.7% as against the first quarter of 2014.

Cargo categories by sea and by inland navigation
For the seaborne cargo categories, ores and metal residues, fertilizers and chemical products are on the rise. Solid mineral fuels, crude minerals and building materials are declining.

In inland navigation, solid mineral fuels and chemical products are doing well. Foodstuffs and animal feed, and petroleum products experience a decrease.
Added: 09 Apr 2015
Concordia Maritime’s first chemical and product tanker based on the IMOIIMAX concept, Stena Image, was delivered from the Chinese shipyard GSI (Guangzhou Shipbuilding International) in Guangzhou on 8 April 2015. The vessel, a 50,000 dwt MR tanker, is equipped with eighteen tanks of the same size, each with a capacity of 3,000 m3, able to load vegetable oils and chemicals as well as petroleum products. The innovative technical design has enabled fuel consumption, when sailing at service speed, to be reduced by 10-20% compared with other vessels of the same size. Stena Image is part of a series of ten similar tankers, two of which will be owned by Concordia Maritime.
Said Kim Ullman, CEO of Concordia Maritime, in a comment: ‘We are very pleased to take delivery of Stena Image, which in many ways represents the new generation of chemical and product tankers, especially in terms of fuel efficiency, cargo capacity and safety. Stena Image, as part of the IMOIIMAX concept, is a leader when it comes to these three aspects and sets a new standard in both our customers’ and our own interests.’

The concept has been developed by Stena Teknik together with the Chinese shipyard GSI with which Stena Bulk placed an order for ten IMOIIMAX tankers in 2012. The first tanker – Stena Impression – was named at the beginning of February this year in Singapore and the last of the remaining eight tankers will be delivered in 2017. All ten IMOIIMAX tankers will sail in Stena Weco’s global logistics systems, which already employ some fifty vessels.

Stena Image is of 183 metres loa with a beam of 32 metres.
Added: 09 Apr 2015
On 8 April HE Paul William Lumbi, High Commissioner of the Republic of Zambia to the United Kingdom paid a courtesy visit to IMO HQ to mark Zambia’s status as the newest Member State of IMO, the 171st.

The Republic of Zambia became the latest Member of IMO, following the deposit, of an instrument of acceptance of the Convention on the International Maritime Organization with the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Welcoming HE Lumbi, IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu said that the Republic of Zambia is an important member of the international community. He said: ‘I’m sure our membership will really welcome you. We will support you.’

In turn, HE Lumbi expressed his happiness at Zambia’s having joined IMO, saying: ‘We look forward to benefiting from the experiences of other IMO Member States, particularly landlocked States.’

With the acceptance of the Convention by Zambia, the number of IMO Member States stands at 171, with a further three Associate Members.

Picture caption
IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu welcomes HE Paul William Lumbi, Zambia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom on Zambia’s accession as the 171st Member of IMO.
Added: 09 Apr 2015
On 8 April Tideland Signal Corporation introduced a new line in self-contained LED lanterns, the SolaMAX-3 unit, which contains features that have been designed to meet industry standards and deliver a three nautical mile range with an improved duty cycle, offering great flexibility.

The SolaMAX-3 is a compact lantern comprising a plastic body, polycarbonate lens and scratch resistant, tempered glass solar panels. Output is provided by a single LED. New features include programming and monitoring capable of downloading data to a personal computer. The standard unit is delivered with a 13Ah battery with options of 26Ah and 34Ah. A retractable carrying handle situated on the top provides ease of transport and allows for swift mounting at installation. A magnetic on/off switch for quick deployment and for storage maintenance check is also provided. An infrared controller is offered as an option. The controller may be used to programme the unit including: light character, light intensity, and sun-switch threshold.

Approved to ISO 9001:2008, Tideland specializes in the design and manufacture of aids to marine navigation.

Picture caption
Tideland’s SolaMAX-3 Class 3 self-contained lantern introduced on 8 April 2015.
Added: 08 Apr 2015
On 7 April as part of its ongoing investigation into a 2014 collision in the Houston Ship Channel involving a cargo ship and a tank barge being manoeuvered by a tugboat, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) opened its accident docket. Included in the docket, which contains more than 4,000 pages, is a summary of the accident, transcripts from interviews with crewmembers from both vessels and witnesses aboard nearby vessels, and investigative group chairman factual reports.

On 22 March, 2014, at 1235 (CDT), Summer Wind, a cargo ship travelling inbound and an outbound two-barge tow being led by Kirby 27706 and pushed by the tow boat Miss Susan collided. The accident occurred in the connecting waterways of the Bolivar Roads Precautionary Area where the Galveston Channel, the Texas City Channel, and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway intersect with the Houston Ship Channel.

Earlier in the day, deep draft vessel movement was suspended due to fog in the area; however, at the time of the accident, the port was open. As a result of the accident, the double hull on Kirby 27706 was punctured releasing approximately 4,000 barrels (168,000 gallons) of fuel oil into the waterway. Two crew members in Miss Susan suffered injuries from exposure to hydrocarbon vapour. The NTSB launched four investigators to the scene.

According to NTSB this is a document release only and no interviews will be conducted. The docket can be accessed at: http://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms/search/projList.cfm?ntsbnum=DCA14FM008

Additional materials may be added to the docket as they become available. The NTSB will release its final report with the probable cause of the accident this summer.
Added: 07 Apr 2015
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) reports it has has expanded its operations in Africa with the opening of new offices in Maputo, Mozambique to provide coverage across all the country’s main ports from Pemba in the north, down to Maputo.

On 23 March ISS Mozambique was declared open for business when it received its first agency nomination in the port of Maputo as port agent for a gasoil discharger. Services on offer include port agency, liner agency, vessel husbandry, customs clearance and freight forwarding, and project logistics to the offshore oil and gas sector.

As part of a strategic expansion programme, Africa offers significant immediate and long-term opportunities for the ISS Group. Mozambique, a country endowed with rich and extensive natural resources, is the latest opening on the sub-Saharan continent which brings the coverage of ISS Africa’s network up to nine countries, with further openings planned in the foreseeable future.

The team of eight will be headed up by General Manager, Raymond Prinsloo who reports directly into Kenya-based David Mackay, Executive Vice President ISS Africa, who has spearheaded the project to open ISS’s latest addition to the network.

Mackay explained: ‘We are very pleased to announce ISS Mozambique open for business and are confident about the opportunities in Mozambique and beyond, as we continue to develop the ISS network in line with our ambitious strategy for growth.

‘We have been working closely with existing and potential new customers to gain a deep understanding of their requirements in the region and ensure that this new start-up will cater to their exact needs. The whole team has been carefully selected for their professionalism and ability to deliver services to the internationally recognised standards of Ethics and Compliance, HSSE and Quality management our customers demand.’

About Inchcape Shipping Services
ISS is a major maritime services provider with some 300 proprietary offices in 67 countries, and a workforce of over 4,000. Its diverse global customer base includes owners and charterers in the oil, cruise, container and bulk commodity sectors as well as naval, government and inter-governmental organisations. Furthermore ISS provides landside commercial and humanitarian logistics, transit, offshore support, informational and other associated maritime services. The company also provides a growing range of outsourcing services including global crew and marine spares logistics; port hub agency management; and sophisticated Enterprise Resource Planning service provided through its subsidiary ShipNet.
Added: 02 Apr 2015
IHMA Commercial member, Klein Systems Group Ltd. is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with Port Saint John, New Brunswick, to install the KleinPort Port Management Information System. The Port will be using KleinPort to manage and track its operational activities and cargo data, invoice for services and perform in depth data analysis and reporting.

Pete Behrendt, Managing Director of Klein Systems stated: ’We are pleased to welcome Port Saint John to the Klein customer community and look forward to working with the Port to increase their efficiency.’

Jim Quinn, President and CEO of Port Saint John, said: ’Port Saint John saw a clear need for a new Port Management Information System to address the needs of the Port and its stakeholders. Klein impressed us as having the combination of a comprehensive, proven solution, industry experience and track record of successful projects to most effectively meet our requirements.’

Port Saint John is Eastern Canada’s largest port by tonnage and has a diverse cargo base, including dry and liquid bulk, break bulk, containers, and cruise.

KleinPort is one of the most advanced port management systems available today. Klein Systems Group Ltd. (KSG), is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Saab Group, and a leading provider of Maritime Enterprise Software.

Contact David Dagert for more information:


+1 604 689 7117 ext 736
Website: http://kleinsystems.com
Added: 31 Mar 2015
In a strengthening of ties between the UAE and the Maldives, global marine terminal operator DP World has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Maldivian government officials in Dubai for the development of the archipelago’s ports and logistics industry, it was reported from Dubai on 22 March.

This meeting, which was attended by a Maldivian government delegation including Minister of Tourism Ahmed Adeeb, Minister of Economic Development Mohamed Saeed and Minister of Youth and Sports Mohamed Maleeh Jamal, and DP World Chairman HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem with other key company officials, provided an opportunity to highlight DP World’s global portfolio and expertise in assisting partners with the development of their infrastructure and transport networks.

DP World Chairman HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem said: ‘The Maldives has been growing rapidly, driven largely by its tourism development. We are working with them to help diversify the economy through building infrastructure, logistics and transport links needed to make this happen. The UAE has much experience and expertise in this area thanks to the vision of our leaders to explore new growth strategies. We are proud to share our expertise with the Maldives as they develop their capabilities in the global supply chain industry.’

The signing of the MoU is a result of several meetings over the last few months between DP World and the Maldivian government. These include discussions between HE Bin Sulayem and the President of the Maldives HE Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom in July and September 2014.
Added: 27 Mar 2015
Company to develop new ship repair yard at Port of Spain

It was announced from Port of Spain, Trinidad on 26 March that the Trinidad Dry Dock Company Limited (TDDCL) is inviting companies to submit proposals to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment and Geotechnical Investigation for a major new ship repair yard development project at Port of Spain.

TDDCL has executed a Memorandum of Agreement with Invest Trinidad and Tobago (InvesTT), which is empowered by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to facilitate the future development and operation of the Port of Spain Dry Docks on the reclaimed 140-acre Sullivan Island. The project is located offshore in the Gulf of Paria, in the vicinity of Sealots, just north of the Caroni River outfall. It includes a 250-hectare dredged turning basin and a causeway connecting Sullivan Island to mainland Trinidad’s highway network.

TDDCL has procured the final terms of reference from the Environmental Management Authority of Trinidad and Tobago for the conduct of an Environmental Impact Assessment. As part of its engineering designs and as may be needed for the Environmental Impact Assessment, TDDCL will also conduct detailed geotechnical investigations with soils analysis and report over an area of seabed of some 300 hectares.

The Trinidad Dry Dock Company Limited (TDDCL), which has headquarters in Point Lisas, Trinidad, was established in 2006 to provide premium industrial and port development, with specific focus on facilitating the ship repair and construction industry, and providing related industry services to the energy and other downstream sectors of business.

Effectively, TDDCL will plan, build and develop what are claimed to be two of the largest graving dock facilities in the world – five graving docks each in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the Co-operative Republic of Guyana. The dry dock projects will cater to the growing international demands of the expanding global shipping fleet, with specific emphasis on meeting a critical need in the western hemisphere.

The firm’s project in Trinidad, the Sullivan Island, Port of Spain Dry Dock Facility will constitute world-class graving dock and bunkering facilities situated on the proposed Sullivan Island, along the Gulf of Paria. In Guyana, the New Amsterdam Dry Dock Industrial Port Complex will comprise graving dock and port facilities situated on the Berbice River estuary. The two projects will have a combined total dry docking area of 199,300 square meters.

In addition to the core dry docking facilities, TDDCL will maximize the potential of the projects by embarking on the development of a number of on-site, downstream projects including a marine and industrial park, and residential and commercial centers at both locations, resulting in facilities that cater to their own internal requirements for optimal operations.

Added: 26 Mar 2015
It was announced from IMO on 24 March that Secretary General Koji Sekimizu was continuing his central America tour with a visit to Guatemala, where he met the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Carlos Raúl Morales Moscoso (pictured). The two discussed the development of Guatemala’s national maritime policy and Guatemala’s intention to meet “White List” status in terms of the STCW seafarer training and certification convention. Mr. Sekimizu also spoke to foreign policy university students, and outlined the IMO Maritime Ambassador scheme.

During his stay in Guatemala, Mr. Sekimizu was expected to meet representatives from Guatemala’s Maritime Administration Commission, Maritime Authority, Port Authority, and other organizations involved with maritime activity in the country.
Added: 23 Mar 2015
It was reported from London in mid-March that the on-time percentage of liner services’ reliability improved slightly in February, but while a higher ratio of ships were hitting their schedules, for those that missed the berthing window the length of delay widened. This is according to Drewry’s enhanced product Carrier Performance Insight (http://cpi.drewry.co.uk) which is now delivered online and updated every month.

Some 55% of ships in the three key East-West trades arrived within +/- 24 hours from the advertised ETA, up by 6.6 percentage points against January’s historical low of 49%. The average deviation from the ETA to actual arrival extended from 1.9 days in January to 2.1 days.

The most reliable carrier in February was Maersk Line with an average on-time performance of 76%, the same as in January. Some 10 points adrift were Cosco on 66%, Evergreen on 65% and K Line with 63%. At the bottom of the rankings were Wan Hai (38%) and PIL (14%).

‘The monthly on-timer percentage improvement was the result of higher reliability in the Asia-Europe trade, which seems to have benefited from more settled services now that the new alliance structures are in full swing,’ said Simon Heaney, senior manager of supply chain research at Drewry. He added, ‘The Transpacific trade continued to suffer despite the mid-month resolution to the US West Coast (USWC) labour contract dispute and was largely responsible for the longer overall deviation.”

To highlight the impact of the USWC labour dispute on reliability, out of the 743 transpacific ships calling at either Los Angeles or Long Beach during February only 8% arrived as planned, with the average deviation a huge 10.7 days. In January the same figures were 17% and 4.2 days respectively.

To continue Heaney said, ‘The end of the USWC labour dispute and the bedding in of new alliance services should mean that reliability has hit the floor and will improve in the coming months, albeit slowly.’

Building on Drewry’s long established schedule reliability benchmarking that started back in 2005, the new Carrier Performance Insight (http://cpi.drewry.co.uk) provides the ability to benchmark the reliability performance of container carriers on a port-to-port, trade lane, service and industry-wide basis. This information is available via a user-friendly website powered by data from e-commerce platform CargoSmart, it is understood.

About Drewry
Drewry is an international firm of shipping consultants that provides advice and research to maritime industry stakeholders. It provides these services via four established business units: Drewry Maritime Advisors provides advice to shipping and financial institutions; Drewry Supply Chain Advisors provides advice to retailers and manufacturers; Drewry Maritime Research publishes research on shipping markets; and Drewry Maritime Equity Research provides equity research on selected shipping companies.

The firm has over 40 years’ experience in the maritime sector, employing over 100 specialists across an international network of offices in London, Delhi, Singapore and Shanghai. The data provided enables Drewry’s clients to make informed business decisions where clarity is needed in complex markets.

Captions for graph, above and below:

Drewry East-West ship reliability

Source: ©Drewry’s Carrier Performance Insight (http://cpi.drewry.co.uk)
Added: 19 Mar 2015
New ship routeing measures aimed at protecting sensitive areas in the south-west Coral Sea, off Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, have been agreed by the IMO Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR), meeting for its second session held from 9 to 13 March, it was reported by the organization.

The recommendatory area to be avoided and two-way shipping routes aim to reduce the risk of ship collisions and groundings by separating opposing traffic streams, whilst ensuring ships keep clear of reefs, shoals and islets in the sensitive marine environment in Australia’s Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve.

At the Sub-Committee Australia submitted the proposals as “Associated Protective Measures”, linked to a proposal to extend the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) eastwards, to parts of the Coral Sea. The PSSA extension proposal will be submitted by Australia to IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) in May this year for consideration.

The ship routeing measures are an “area to be avoided” and two new five nautical mile wide two-way routes, on either side of the area to be avoided. The proposed ship routeing measures will be submitted to IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 95) in June for adoption.

The Great Barrier Reef was the first Particularly Sensitive Sea Area to be designated by IMO, in 1990, and the extension of the existing Great Barrier Reef PSSA to include the Torres Strait (Australia and Papua New Guinea) was designated in 2005. They are two of the fourteen PSSAs designated by IMO to date.

Picture caption
Location of the proposed two-way routes and Area To Be Avoided in the Coral Sea.
Map courtesy Australian Maritime Safety Authority ©.
 SUSTAINABLE SAFE NAVIGATION The 13th International Symposium on Vessel Traffic Services
Added: 18 Mar 2015
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
8 – 12 August 2016

Readers are advised that 30 March 2015 is the closing date for submission of abstracts.

Details of the topics to be discussed are to be found on the attached Call for Presenters pdf.

Abstracts of presentations of no more than 200
words (in English) should be sent to:
Fax: +33 1 34 51 82 05
or to:
10 rue des Gaudines
78100 St Germain en Laye
by no later than 30 March 2015.
Attached File: VTS 2016 call_for_presenters_v0_4hd.pdf
Added: 16 Mar 2015
IHMA President Captain Kevin Richardson took an active role in the 3rd Annual Port Management Strategy Summit, held 9-11 March 2015, in Abu Dhabi. The Marasi news, UAE’s specialist maritime magazine, reported as follows:

’With strategic geographical location between East and West, the UAE is a place for global trade and acts as a gateway to the emerging markets. To explore technological advancements, solutions to the key challenges, maritime regulations and discuss about strategies to increase the efficiency and capacity of port terminals, the 3rd Annual Port Management Strategy Summit commenced on 9th March 2015 at Le Royal Meridien, Abu Dhabi.

The forum is held under the esteemed patronage of H.E. Salem Ali Al Zaabi, Director General of Federal Transport Authority – Land & Maritime. The key note was delivered by Ole Pugholm, CFO from Abu Dhabi Terminals on the latest regional update from Khalifa Port Container Terminal. Capt. Kevin Richardson, President, International Harbour Masters Association stated, ” the 3rd Annual Port Management Strategy Summit has been of real and tangible benefit to me personally. The summit presentations have been an interesting mix of the technical, commercial and operational challenges that face the global port industry. Equally of benefit has been the opportunity to network with a wide variety of port professionals and industry experts in a relaxed atmosphere and a great location.”

A leader’s panel moderated by Roger Johnston, CEO of Pilbara Ports Authority on exploring opportunities in the maritime industry provided the attendees with answers related to their queries on exploring the future in marine industry with the increase in demand & supply as the world economy grows. Panelists for the session were Martijn Van De Linde, CEO of Abu Dhabi Terminals, Rear Admiral Ayman Saleh Ibrahim, Chairman of Damietta Port Authority, Annelies De Jongh representing Port Of Antwerp and Paul Simpson, Vice President & General Manager Cargo Solutions at L-3 Security & Detection Systems.

First day of the forum concluded with a round table discussion on challenges & solutions in the maritime industry. In this session delegates were split into two teams to have independent discussions on their respective tracks, brainstorm and arrive at conclusions. Track A of the discussion was on marine operability vs sustainability followed by track B on process excellence for marine and terminals operations. Closing remarks was delivered by the Chairman for the day Roger Johnston.

Second day of the forum, began today with a speech from the conference chair Capt. Kevin Richardson of International Harbour Masters Association. He expanded on the the pivotal role of Harbour Master in port development. Following this, the day progressed with a case study from Damietta Port – International Logistic Center in Damietta Port for grains and food stuff handling by Rear Admiral, Ayman Saleh Ibrahim. A joint presentation by representatives from Kuwait Oil Company on new competency mapping system for port operations management was next in line.

Post luncheon, the gathering will hear from Yusuf Tambawala, Senior Manager – Product Development – Corporate Strategy & Development from Economic Zones World, UAE and Sarfraz Dairkee, General Manager at Emirates Geen Building Council Secretary to the Board & MAHY Khoory & Co. LLC, UAE. An open panel discussion will give each delegate an opportunity to share their experience at the summit, the top learnings they would like to implement back at their organisation and ask any questions which they are facing as a challenge at the organisation moderated by the chairperson is also a part of the program.’

Added: 16 Feb 2015
Sabik has signed a two-year exclusive distribution agreement with the Spanish company Almarin and from Portugal Ahlers Lindley covering sales of the Sabik range to Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar and Portuguese speaking Africa. Almarin and Ahlers Lindley have been distributing Carmanah products for more than fifteen years and now they are widening their product selection to cover Sabik’s comprehensive offering of high performance medium to long range LED signals.

Almarin and Ahlers Lindley are known in these regions as the suppliers of high quality buoys and beacons for use in aids to navigation and they have been supplying Carmanah self-contained lanterns for many years. Now they are strengthening their position further in the area by offering also Sabik’s wide range of LED lights.

Sabik has an over thirty years’ experience in manufacturing high quality LED signals and has gained worldwide recognition in the industry with their innovative products and services. Carmanah and Sabik products well complement each other and together the two companies can offer a wide selection of LED signals in the market, it is claimed. Almarin and Ahlers Lindley continue to offer Carmanah self-contained lanterns but are now also able to offer Sabik’s products and solutions. One of the latest development projects inside Sabik is Light Guard Monitor software which offers easy monitoring and control of lanterns.

Said Lars Mansner, Managing Director of Sabik: ‘We are very happy to announce this partnership with Almarin and Ahlers Lindley. It is important for us to stay in the cutting edge of technology in order to offer our customers the best possible products and services in all the regions. Almarin and Ahlers Lindley being the distributors for our co-operative partner Carmanah already was of course an advantage’.

About Sabik
Sabik is one of the leading manufacturers of visual signals to enhance safety on the roads, at sea as well as on the railways. Sabik’s headquarters are in Finland with companies in Germany, England, Singapore and a representative office in Russia.
Added: 16 Feb 2015
According to The Swedish Club, half of the costs of hull and machinery claims handled by the Club have arisen due to navigational claims such as collisions, contacts or groundings – a figure that has remained steady over recent years despite improved technology and the widespread implementation of Safety Management Systems.

The Swedish Club, in its latest Loss Prevention publication, Navigational Claims, revealed a number of interesting findings relating to claims made for hull and machinery damage between 2004 and 2013. This was reported from London on 12 February.

It seems that many navigational claims still occur due to procedures not being properly followed by crew members, and officers not communicating with each other properly. In addition poor communication between both vessels and bridge team members and a lack of situational awareness all play a part.

Navigational Claims details measures that can be adopted to help prevent these incidents occurring in the first place, such as having clear, meaningful procedures for officers and crew to adhere to and, more importantly, ensuring they understand the consequences of not following them properly.

Said Lars Malm, Director, Strategic Business Development & Client Relationship for The Swedish Club: “Being able to identify the reasons for navigational claims is invaluable for masters and shipowners. This report shows that most claims can be prevented by simply ensuring that all crew follow proper procedures and consult with each other before making major decisions.”

The Club also stresses in the report that the implementation of an effective training programme for officers is vital especially in relation to effective communication and risk assessment. Often risks increase when sailing in congested waters, dense traffic or close to land and this needs to be acknowledged and appropriate measures adopted.

The thirty-four page report uses case studies to demonstrate how navigational accidents can occur. These examples detail the cause of the accident and how it could have been prevented with proper planning and better lines of communication. As is so often the case, there is usually a chain of errors leading up to the accident and these case studies highlight the most common ones so Masters can review their own practices and eradicate any mistakes before a serious incident occurs.
A copy of Navigational Claims will be found as the adjacent PDF.

More on the Swedish Club
The Swedish Club was founded in 1872 and is today a leading and diversified mutual marine insurance company, owned and controlled by its members. The Club writes Protection & Indemnity, Freight, Demurrage & Defence, Hull & Machinery, Hull Interests, Loss of Hire, War Risks, and any additional insurances required by shipowners or charterers. It also writes Hull & Machinery, War risks and Loss of Hire for Mobile Offshore Units and FPSOs. Its head office is located in Gothenburg, Sweden, with branch offices in Piraeus, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Oslo.
Website: www.swedishclub.com
Attached File: Swedish Club navigational-claims-.pdf
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