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Added: 18 Mar 2018
Safety aspects of shore-side power
The IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE)

Plugging a ship into shore-side power – and turning off onboard generators – is one solution to reducing air pollution from ships, as well as limiting local noise.

IMO in week commencing 12 March has begun to look at the safety aspects of onshore power supply to ships, also known as ‘cold ironing’, ‘alternative maritime power’ and ‘shore-side electricity’.

The IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE) meeting from 12-16 March, has been instructed to develop guidelines on the safe operation of cold ironing and to consider developing any necessary draft amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention.

Totally enclosed lifeboats
On other matters, the Sub-Committee is expected to finalize draft new requirements for ventilation of totally enclosed lifeboats. This important work is aimed at ensuring that a habitable environment is maintained in such survival craft. The meeting will also consider specific conditions and performance criteria for life-saving appliances and arrangements intended for use in polar waters, following the entry into force of IMO’s Polar Code.

Fire protection
Fire protection issues on the agenda include the ongoing review of current SOLAS regulations and associated codes to minimize the incidence and consequences of fires on new and existing ro-ro passenger ships, specifically in the ro-ro spaces and special category spaces.

Lifting appliances / anchor handling winches
Mandatory requirements for onboard lifting appliances and anchor handling winches are also on the agenda. The Sub-Committee is expected to identify where draft requirements should be included in the SOLAS treaty and further develop draft related guidelines.

The SSE 5 meeting was opened by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim and is being chaired by Dr Susumu Ota (Japan).
Added: 14 Mar 2018
In the UK the ports sector is an essential part of the national economy, ensuring that goods and people can move smoothly and efficient in and out of the country, so facilitating trade, and tourism and economic growth. The ports sector is estimated to directly employ 24,000 people and generate value added of some £1.7bn.

Including indirect, induced and wider activities undertaken in ports increases this to 101,000 jobs and £7.6bn value added.

The maritime sector in total generated £14.5bn direct value added contribution to the UK economy in 2016.

Shipping and ports are critical to supplying the UK’s daily needs. 95% of exports and imports come by sea, including 40% of our food and at least a quarter of our energy. Overall, UK ports handled nearly 490 million tonnes of cargo in 2016, almost all of which passed through the 100 main commercial ports.

There are over 300 ports and harbours in England and Wales. These range from ports which play a vital role as international gateways such as Felixstowe, Humber and Milford Haven, to medium and smaller sized ports serving regional and local interests.

There is a wide range of business models and markets served by ports. These include ro-ro and passenger ferry services, containerised traffic, dry bulk cargoes (such as aggregates), liquid bulk (including oil and liquefied natural gas), the cruise industry, fishing fleets and general cargo. Some ports are also bases for vessels constructing or servicing offshore energy facilities. Certain Statutory Harbour Authorities (SHAs) are purely concerned with conservancy and navigational safety.

In addition to their national importance, ports also play an important role in local
communities and economies in terms of leisure activities and fishing, as well as a source of employment and location for businesses. In some places ports are the central focus of a community.

The great majority of ports operate on a commercial basis without public support, in competition with each other (both domestically and abroad) and in some cases with other modes of transport. Sources of revenue include harbour dues, other charges for the use of the harbour and income from property. SHAs raise substantial funds from the markets, banks and other institutions to invest in new and improved facilities.

In early March the (UK) Department for Transport (DfT) issued Ports Good Governance Guidance: Moving Britain Ahead and a copy may be downloaded here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/good-governance-guidance-for-ports
Added: 13 Mar 2018
At 0026 on 6 August 2017, the 5.64m recreational motor cruiser James 2 and the 26.24m commercial fishing vessel Vertrouwen collided in Sussex Bay, 1.6 miles south-east of Shoreham harbour, on the south coast of England (English Channel).

James 2 was drifting with the wind and tide while the four men on board were rod fishing for mackerel; Vertrouwen had just left port and was on passage to Grimsby.

Neither vessel was damaged by the impact but James 2 was swamped by Vertrouwen’s wash and sank. Three of the men on board the motor cruiser drowned; a fourth was rescued from the water five hours later by a passing fishing vessel.

In its report, the (UK) Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) pointed out Safety Lessons:

• An effective lookout was not being kept on either vessel

• None of the sea anglers on James 2 were wearing lifejackets

• James 2 was not showing the correct navigation lights for a vessel of its size

• The watchkeeper on Vertrouwen was distracted by social media on his phone and vessel administration on a laptop in the wheelhouse.

Further, the MAIB made safety recommendations to the owners of Vertrouwen to include references within their safety management system to keeping a lookout and when to complete vessel departure reports.

On 7 March the MAIB issued a Safety Flyer to the Fishing Industry.
Attached File: James2-Vertrouwen_FishingIndFlyer.pdf
Added: 11 Mar 2018
OceanWise’s latest product launch indicates its commitment to continually support the development of environmental data monitoring services in ports and harbours. This was reported on 9 March.

Port-Log* Connect delivers reliable data direct from source to system. This resolves current limitations such as requiring a direct line of sight between the tide gauge and survey vessel and the increasingly unreliable, over-saturated UHF frequencies.

OceanWise’s Port-Log Connect, coupled with portable tide gauges use General Packet Radio Service (GPRS), providing a cost-effective solution which eliminates the shortcomings and ensures bi-directional, reliable, accessible telemetry.

Connection is made from a tide sensor to an ip. buffer running special scripts and the newly launched Port-Log Connect. Manufacturers report that the system is shipped in a Peli-Case for ease of installation and can be powered either by solar panels or using a mains charger. Internal batteries enable it to run for from five to ten days, depending on the sampling rate.

OceanWise has been a pioneer of the concept of a port, when considered more widely, as being a maritime information infrastructure embracing geospatial, environmental and operational data sources.

OceanWise Ltd is an independent company specialising in all aspects of marine environmental data acquisition, data and knowledge management, and GIS. It provides customers with comprehensive and cost-effective end-to-end marine and coastal data management and decision-support including:

• Intelligent marine mapping (Raster Charts, Raster Charts XL, Marine Themes and Marine Themes DEM).

• Marine data management policy and strategy advice and training.

• Enterprise GIS and productivity tools (Maritime toolbar and Workflow extensions).

• Environmental data sharing and publishing (Ocean Database and Port-Log.net).

*Port-Log is a quick and easy storage and publishing provision for environmental data acquired by different monitoring techniques and sensors. It can be provided as a pure cloud-based subscription service, or as an in-house installed system.

For more details on Port-Log readers are invited to visit the OceanWise website at www.oceanwise.eu/software/port-log/
Added: 07 Mar 2018
Seventy years to the day since the treaty establishing the United Nations International Maritime Organization was adopted, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II marked the occasion at IMO Headquarters in London on 6 March.

Accompanied by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim, Her Majesty unveiled a commemorative plaque and cut an anniversary cake. Her Majesty also met some of the guests attending the event, including representatives of IMO Member States, inter-governmental and international non-governmental organizations, and IMO Secretariat staff.

In the words of IMO Secretary-General Lim: ‘We are celebrating 70 years of achievement, in which the truly vital industry of shipping has become safer, cleaner and greener, thanks to the work of IMO. We are also looking ahead to the exciting new challenges on the horizon.

‘Billions of ordinary people, all over the world, rely on shipping every day of their lives – even if they don’t realise it or understand it. It is our role to ensure shipping can continue to make this vital contribution to global well-being.’

The Convention on the International Maritime Organization (IMO) was adopted on 6 March 1948 at the United Nations Maritime Conference held in Geneva, Switzerland. The convention entered into force 10 years later, on 17 March 1958, when the 21st State ratified the treaty. IMO’s first meeting was held in London on 6 January 1959, at Church House in central London.

Since then, IMO Member States have pursued their mission to develop the global regulatory framework for international shipping.

Photo reproduced by kind courtesy of IMO ©.
Added: 01 Mar 2018
IMO Sub-Committee: Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR 5)

19-23 February

GMDSS modernization progressed

The meeting continued its ongoing work to modernize the Global Maritime Distress and Safety system (GMDSS).

The first draft of relevant amendments to chapters III and IV of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) were prepared and a work plan for the development of related and consequential amendments to IMO instruments other than the SOLAS Convention was agreed.

The GMDSS was adopted in 1988 to ensure full integration of maritime radio and satellite communications so that distress alerts can be generated from anywhere on the world’s oceans. The modernization plan aims to update the provisions, including allowing for the incorporation of new satellite communication services.

A Correspondence Group was re-established to continue the work intersessionally.

Recognition of Inmarsat Fleet Safety service
The Sub-Committee agreed a draft MSC resolution on Recognition of Maritime Satellite Services provided by Inmarsat Global Ltd., for adoption by the Committee.

The draft resolution recognizes maritime mobile satellite services provided by the Inmarsat Fleet Safety service, in the coverage area under the Inmarsat-4 Middle East and Asia (MEAS) region satellite, for use in the GMDSS.

E-navigation matters
The Sub-Committee continued its work on matters related to e-navigation.

Draft Interim Guidelines for the harmonized display of navigation information received via communications equipment were agreed for submission to the MSC for approval. These Interim guidelines aim to ensure that information received from communications equipment displayed on ECDIS, radar and INS is displayed in an efficient, reliable and consistent format to support decision-making. The interim status of the guidelines indicates that they are intended to be revisited once interrelated e-navigation items have been completed.

The Sub-Committee also agreed to the updated IMO e-navigation Strategy Implementation Plan (SIP), for approval by the Committee. The SIP was approved in 2014 and the update reflects the work that has been completed until now. Newly included in the updated SIP is a table with prioritized tasks.

The Sub-Committee also agreed to recommend to MSC the holding of a second meeting of the IMO-IHO Harmonization Group on Data Modelling (HGDM) to continue and finalize the Guidance on definition and harmonization of the format and structure of Maritime Services within a Maritime Service Portfolio (MSP). The list of Maritime Services is set out in the SIP and the HGDM is tasked to provide solutions for the provision of harmonized digitalized maritime information services to ships.

IAMSAR manual updated
The Sub-Committee approved updates to The International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (IAMSAR) Manual*, which contains detailed guidance for a common aviation and maritime approach to organizing and providing search and rescue services.

Draft amendments prepared by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)/IMO Joint Working Group on the Harmonization of Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue include a new section related to search and rescue operations in areas remote from search and rescue facilities; and updates to the section on mass rescue operations.

The draft amendments will be forwarded to the MSC for approval for inclusion in the 2019 edition of the Manual.

Photo: IMO ©.
Added: 28 Feb 2018
In response to increased Arctic shipping traffic, the United States and the Russian Federation have proposed a system of two-way routes for vessels to follow in the Bering Strait and Bering Sea.

This was reported from US Coast Guard HQ in Washington at the end of January.

To view or download the routes readers are invited to see the document here: https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/IMO/NCSR_5_3_7.pdf

The two nations jointly developed and submitted the proposal to the IMO to establish six two-way routes and six precautionary areas.

Located in US and Russian Federation territorial waters off the coasts of Alaska and the Chukotskiy Peninsula, the routes are being recommended to help ships avoid the numerous shoals, reefs and islands outside the routes and to reduce the potential for marine casualties and environmental disasters.

The proposed two-way routes will be voluntary for all domestic and international ships.

No additional aids to navigation are being proposed to mark the recommended two-way routes and the routeing measures do not limit commercial fishing or subsistence activities, it is understood.

In the words of Mike Sollosi, Chief of the US Coast Guard Navigation Standards Division: ‘Over the past decade, the US and Russia have both observed a steady increase in Arctic shipping activity.’

Increased commercial and recreational traffic bring the increased risk of maritime casualties, said Sollosi, and the bilateral proposal for routing measures is designed to reduce that risk.

He concluded with: ‘The U.S. Coast Guard is engaging international and interagency partners across borders in developing joint proposals for ship routes in waterways that we share.’

Chart extract kindly provided by NOAA ©
Added: 27 Feb 2018
The IMO NCSR* Sub-Committee has approved the Danish Maritime Authority’s proposal for new ships’ routeing measures, thereby bringing new routes in the Skagerrak and the Kattegat one step closer and enhancing safety of navigation.

Because of developments in shipping, the vessels transiting these waters today are larger than those for which the routes were originally designed. Approximately 7,000 ships transit the Kattegat each year, the majority of which are deep-draught ships heading for or coming from the Baltic Sea. Consequently, there is a need to extend existing ships’ routes, thereby making it easier to keep the traffic separate in accordance with the largest water depths.

Therefore, the Danish Maritime Authority has – in cooperation with the Swedish Transport Agency and the agencies responsible for nautical charts in both countries – developed proposals for new ships’ routeing measures in the Skagerrak and the Kattegat.

Director Per Sønderstrup from the Danish Maritime Authority commented: ‘Danish shipping is characterised by quality shipping as regards ships, seafarers and the maritime infrastructure. And therefore, we must also have the very best routeing systems in Danish waters that support safety of navigation. I am pleased that our hard work on ships’ routes has now reached a milestone. Thereby, we have taken a major step towards the introduction of the new ships’ routeing measures.

Now, the ships’ routeing measures are to be approved by the IMO Maritime Safety Committee this May with a view to being implemented in July 2020.
The new ships’ routeing measures consist of the following:

• Two recommended routes between Hanstholm and the Skaw, referred to as Route A and Route B

• A traffic separation system at the Skaw

• Deep-water routes between Læsø and Anholt and east of Grenå

• A new precautionary area north-east of Læsø

• A new Route S along the Swedish coast

• Three new traffic separation systems along Route S. One of them in the northern part of the Sound

*The Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue.
Added: 18 Feb 2018
DP World Reports Record Volume of 70 million TEU
10.1% Volume Growth in 2017

It was reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on 6 February that DP World Limited handled 70.1 million TEU across its global portfolio of container terminals in the full year of 2017, with gross container volumes growing by 10.1% year-on-year on a reported basis and 9.7% on a like-for-like1 basis, ahead of Drewry Maritime’s global container throughput growth estimate2 of 6.0% for 2017.

In the fourth quarter, the global portfolio grew 10.3% year-on-year on a reported basis and 9.9% on a like-for-like3 basis with consistent performance across all three DP World regions and particularly strong contributions from our terminals in Europe, Americas and Middle East & Africa. The UAE handled 15.4 million TEU in 2017 up by 4.0% year-on-year.

At a consolidated4 level, DPW’s terminals handled 36.5 million TEU in 2017, a 24.7% improvement in performance on a reported basis and up 6.2% year-on-year on a likefor-like5 basis. Reported consolidated volume in the Asia Pacific & Indian Subcontinent region was boosted by the consolidation of Pusan (Republic of Korea) in December 2016.

Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem commented: ‘Benefitting from the improved trading environment and market share gains, our global portfolio once again delivered ahead - of - market growth in 2017 and has seen strong perform ance across all three regions. Over the years, we have deployed the relevant deep - water capacity in key markets, focusing on a diversified portfolio which continues to benefit from the recovery in global trade. We are also pleased to see stable performance in the UAE as volumes continue to grow in the fourth quarter of 2017 amidst uncertainty in the region and tougher year over-year comparables. The performance across our other terminals in the Middle East & Africa remains strong in addition to Europe and the Americas.’
1 Like for like gross container volume does not include volumes at Yarimca (Turkey) for 2017 Q1 only, Saint John (Canada), Limassol (Cyprus) and Berbera (Somaliland).
2 Drewry Maritime’s 4Q Forecaster & Annual Review (December 2017) upgraded full-year 2017 global container volume growth forecast to 6.0%.
3 Like for like gross container volume does not include volumes at Saint John (Canada), Limassol (Cyprus) and Berbera (Somaliland).
4 Consolidated terminals are those where DPW have control as defined under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
5 Like for like consolidated container volume does not include volumes at Yarimca (Turkey) for 2017 Q1 only, Saint John (Canada), Limassol (Cyprus), Berbera (Somaliland) and normalizes for the consolidations of PNC (Republic of Korea) and Embraport (Brazil).

He continued: ‘As we look ahead into 2018 we expect to continue to grow ahead of the market and see increased contributions from our new developments . We continue to seek opportunities in complementary sectors in the global supply chain and will maintain capital expenditure discipline by bringing on capacity in line with demand. Given the strong volume performance of our portfolio, we are well placed to meet full year 2017 market expectations.’
Added: 15 Feb 2018
Organisers have confirmed that one of the main events on the dredging industry calendar, the popular two-day CEDA Dredging Days Conference, will again take place alongside Europort, firmly established amongst the world’s leading maritime exhibitions, in 2019.

An agreement between Rotterdam Ahoy, which runs Europort on a biennial basis in the Dutch port city, and the Central Dredging Association (CEDA), has recently been signed to continue the long-standing relationship between the two organisations. As a result, CEDA Dredging Days will be held on the final two days of Europort 2019 in Rotterdam, on 7-8th November, next year.

Raymond Siliakus, Exhibition Manager, Europort, said: ‘Dredging technology has always been one of the strong assets of Europort, as many of the world’s leading dredging contractors, as well as specialist dredging shipbuilders and suppliers, come from this region. We are naturally delighted to have reached agreement with CEDA to again host the world’s foremost dredging conference alongside Europort in 2019. This will be the seventh time that CEDA Dredging Days have been staged at Rotterdam Ahoy and the longstanding relationship we have forged with CEDA shows clearly the mutual benefits that exist from holding these events jointly.’

First organised in 1980, CEDA Dredging Days has established a position as the premier international dredging conference in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. It is widely considered to be the primary forum for leading researchers and industry experts to share ideas, discuss challenges and consider potential solutions. It also provides a welcome chance for delegates to visit the exhibition, where all the leading specialist equipment suppliers showcase latest advances in technology.

Polite Laboyrie, CEDA President, added: ‘The partnership between CEDA and Europort is a long and successful one, going back almost 40 years. Since we moved with Europort to Rotterdam Ahoy in 2005, Dredging Days has gone from strength to strength and we are looking forward to building further on that track record by returning here in 2019.’

Preparations are already well underway for the forthcoming presentation of Europort, which will be held in Rotterdam 5-8 November 2019.

Rotterdam Ahoy aims to build on the achievements of the 2017 event, which was one of the most popular in the series to date, it is understood. Almost 27,000 visitors attended Europort 2017, which hosted 1,100 exhibitors from over 40 countries, including 14 different national pavilions, within the 10 exhibition halls.

About Europort
Tom be held between 5 and 8 November 2019 in Rotterdam, Europort 2019 will be the international maritime meeting place for innovative technology and complex shipbuilding. Europort has a strong focus on special purpose ships including those for offshore work, dredging, construction, naval vessels, workboats, inland waterway vessels, those in fisheries and super yachts. With almost 27,000 professional visitors and 1,100 exhibiting companies Europort is one of the world’s leading maritime meeting places. (see www.europort.nl )

About CEDA
CEDA is an established authority and the leading independent forum for the professional dredging community, and associated industries, in Europe, Africa and the Middle-East. It represents dredging professionals and organizations, from government, academia and business, in the region and fosters and promotes the understanding and advancement of dredging to the wider community. It is a recognized reference point for high-quality specialist knowledge on all aspects of dredging and provides a multidisciplinary network for professional contacts. CEDA members are representatives of consultancies, research and educational institutions, port authorities, government agencies, dredging contractors, designers and builders of dredgers, suppliers of ancillary equipment, and organizations providing a whole range of related services. (see als: www.dredging.org )
Added: 13 Feb 2018
Following an extensive and rigorous selection procedure, the Board of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has announced the appointment of Guy Platten to the role of Secretary General in succession to Peter Hinchliffe.

Esben Poulsson, ICS Chairman commented: ‘This proved a difficult decision for us, as we interviewed several strong candidates. However, the decision to appoint Guy was taken unanimously by the Board. He will bring with him a broad range of skills including time at sea, demonstrable commercial success, and association work illustrated by his current successful tenure at the UK Chamber of Shipping.

‘In a fast changing world, ICS, like any successful association, needs to be more aware than ever of the needs and demands of its members and to truly add value, be it on the regulatory front or in respect of the numerous other challenges facing the industry. ICS is the industry’s leading voice, with the important remit of highlighting the great improvements the industry has made and will continue to make as a key contributor to world trade.’

On the news of his appointment, Guy Platten said: ‘Peter Hinchliffe has done an incredible job as Secretary General and is a hard act to follow. I am proud to be given the opportunity to take ICS forward at such an important time for shipping. The amount of ongoing legislation is considerable – CO2 reduction, ballast water management, sulphur emissions – and the shipping community is looking to ICS for leadership and support. Shipping is at the centre of the world stage and I am looking forward to contributing to that important work. It is going to be good to work with Peter to ensure a smooth transition and I acknowledge his outstanding stewardship of the ICS.’

It is understood that Guy Platten will be taking up the role in mid-2018 on a date to be confirmed later in the year.

In recognition of his long and invaluable contribution to the work of the ICS, Simon Bennett, currently Director Policy and External Relations, is promoted to a new position as Deputy Secretary General.

Picture caption.
Guy Platten to be ICS Secretary General.
Added: 09 Feb 2018
Intermodal message to the European Parliament
EU – US liaison

2018 The Year of Multimodality

UIRR1 teamed up with IANA2 to bring the message of intermodal freight transport to the European Parliamentarians in Brussels through an exhibition opened on 30 January.

Hosted by the Hon. Wim van de Camp, European People’s Party coordinator in the Transport and Tourism Committee, the exhibition was inaugurated by Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc and a delegation from the Belgian Ministry of Transport, conveying the message of Minister François Bellot, in the presence of several Members of the European Parliament, high level officials of the European Commission and representatives of the sector.

Wim van de Camp welcomed the inauguration audience of the European Parliament by declaring the institutions’ strong preference for more intermodality and his personal support to pass the proposed amendments to the Combined Transport Directive. Efficient insertion of non-road modes of transport, such as rail, inland waterways and short sea shipping, into land transport is strongly desired by the European Parliament as this can materially contribute to EU competitiveness3.

Commissioner Violeta Bulc in her opening speech highlighted the role collaboration of transport modes embodied in intermodal will have to play in the drive to decarbonise and to drastically reduce the pollution and congestion caused primarily by road transport. She underlined the need for regulatory solutions that make the joint functioning of a high number of diverse elements to fulfil a single transport assignment, which will focus on digitalisation and are expected to be part of the Third Mobility Package forecast to be unveiled in May. The exhibition was designated the first freight event of the Commissioner’s Multimodal Year 2018 initiative.

Dirk Verdickt, Senior Advisor to Belgian Transport Minister François Bellot, conveyed the firm support of his Government to intermodality as this is viewed as the solution to solving Belgium’s significant road congestion and transport-related air pollution problems. Intermodal transport is viewed as a major pillar of Belgium’s competitiveness and prosperity, while a significant contributor to the wellbeing of its people.

Phil Shook, the Leader of the IANA delegation, emphasised the need for intermodal actors on both sides of the Atlantic to exchange their best practice and thus learn from one another. The relentless pursuit of ever-improved services are the only guarantee for the continued success of intermodal in both North America and Europe. IANA is ready to strengthen the exchange with UIRR that started with the exhibition in the European Parliament, it was reported.

Ralf-Charley Schultze, UIRR’s President, stated that learning from each other in a globalized world must also be global. For this reason UIRR reached out to its American counterpart, IANA. It is the responsibility of every sector of the economy to do its best and improve its productivity and competitiveness. In European transport, however, regulation and the states continue to play an accentuated role.

Shulttze said: ‘Until the dismantling of government involvement in the daily affairs of transport does not happen, we must resort to what is second best: to inform politicians as thoroughly as we can about what goes on, so as to get the most rational decisions from them. The exhibition that we put on sets exactly this aim, besides attesting to the desire to learn from each other.’

After the official opening, the participants continued discussing multimodal transport and intermodality at a debate organised by the European Logistics Platform4.

1 The International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport / Union International des sociétés de transport combiné Rail-Route.

2 The Intermodal Association of North America.

3 Multimodality in the transport sector, or multimodal transport refers to the use of different modes (or means) of transport on the same journey.

The concept applies to both freight and passenger transport and in both cases can now be driven on by the growing trend towards digitalisation. Multimodality takes advantage of the strengths of the different modes, such as convenience, speed, cost, reliability, predictability, and so forth and in combination, can offer more efficient transport solutions for people and goods which will help ease the pressure on congested roads, and make the whole sector more environmentally friendly, safer, and cost efficient.

In this respect multimodality will help bring about a truly sustainable and integrated transport system, it is reported. During the Year of Multimodality, multimodality will be supported by a search for better infrastructure, connections, incentives and digital solutions for the entire EU transport network.

Throughout the year the European Commission will put together a series of legislative and policy initiatives and events aiming at promoting the functioning of the transport sector as a fully integrated system.

The Commission is committed to reducing CO2 emissions, congestion and air pollution to improve the quality of life of European citizens and to reach the goals set by the Paris Agreement. At the same time, it will strive to ensure that European transport is safe and the industry remains competitive on the global market.

To support these aims EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc has called for 2018 to be the Year of Multimodality– a year during which the Commission will raise the importance of multimodality for the EU transport system.

4 The European Logistics Platform (ELP) has been created to gather policy makers and industry stakeholders to collectively tackle the challenges of the logistics sector. See: www.european-logistics-platform.eu

Illustration kindly provided by UIRR ©.
Added: 07 Feb 2018
More than 400 extra cadets will be trained in maritime roles every year thanks to a £15 million funding boost announced by the new (UK) Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani on 2 February.

This investment, which will double the support for young people to £30 million a year, will be offered through Support for Maritime Training (SMarT), enabling the annual intake of cadets to rise from 750 to 1,200.

Multinational shipping companies, including Carnival UK, BP, Shell, Maersk and Stena Line, have also pledged to create an extra 450 training positions on board their vessels.

These positions will give SMarT cadets the experience at sea that will help them gain internationally-recognised qualifications, setting them in good stead for future careers both within and outside the maritime sector, it is reported.

This commitment comes shortly after the launch of the Year of Engineering, a campaign to show young people from all backgrounds the variety and opportunities an engineering career can bring.

Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani said: ‘We are building the maritime workforce of tomorrow and I want to encourage more young people to consider an exciting and rewarding career at sea.

‘By doubling the funding for cadet training, we will help make sure that our engineers and captains of the future can access the right opportunities to reach their full potential.’

‘It will also strengthen the UK maritime sector’s position as a world leader and ensure people have the skills they need to help the industry flourish after we leave the EU.’

Shipping and ports are critical to supplying the UK’s daily needs, with around 95% of imports and exports coming by sea, including 40% of our food and at least a quarter of our energy.

By supporting young people wanting to get into maritime, the nation will boost a growing sector, ensuring that the UK remains the first port of call for shipping companies seeking highly skilled officers.

UK Chamber of Shipping Chief Executive Guy Platten said: ‘Nothing will prove that the UK is open for business quite like seeing more British seafarers arrive in the world’s ports. We already recruit people from all backgrounds and all corners of the country, and with this new investment we will be able to create thousands of new opportunities in the years ahead.

‘The taxpayer sees a £5 return on every £1 it invests in seafarer training, so this funding will see the economy and the workforce, as well as the industry better off.

‘Seafarers are highly skilled and well paid, and have the opportunity to build a successful long-term career. We know this funding will help us to unlock the talents of more young people, and it goes to show what can be achieved when government and industry work together.’

Training places are open to anyone across the UK who has an interest in becoming a navigating officer, engineer or an electro-technical officer.

Places will be available at training colleges including: Warsash Maritime Academy in Southampton; City of Glasgow College; Lairdside Maritime Centre in Liverpool; South Shields Marine School and the Fleetwood Nautical Campus.

Emma Jordan, 27, is taking a foundation degree in marine engineering at Warsash Maritime Academy. She said: ‘I was a motorbike mechanic before but I discovered a more challenging role with BP Maritime Services. I’d really like to be a chief engineer and the guys on board are really good as they’re really interested in your training because if they do it right then you’re going to be useful.’

The funding will increase annually over seven years to fulfil demand for seafarer training.

The maritime industry has a crucial role to play in inspiring the next generation of engineers throughout 2018. The (UK) government’s Year of Engineering is being supported by organisations from across the industry, including: the Royal Navy, UK Nest, Seafarers UK, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Land Rover BAR and Associated British Ports.
Added: 06 Feb 2018
The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) are examining how online control of certificates could make PSC inspections more efficient. This happens in the wake of the DMA’s implementation of digital certificates on Danish ships and was announced by the DMA on 2 February.

PSC inspections are time-consuming as they include scrutiny of a ship’s certificates as well as inspection of its compliance with operational and safety regulations. There was seen a need to make PSC inspections more efficient without compromising safety.

EMSA and the DMA will, initially, demonstrate that certificate data from the DMA’s database can be made available to users of EMSA’s database, THETIS.

In the words of Anette Dybdal Fenger, Director of Business Intelligence and Development at the DMA: ‘First, we want to test the possibility of making our data available in THETIS. After that, we want to demonstrate that other maritime Administrations can make their PSC inspections of Danish ships more efficient due to online control of certificates.’

Martin John, Director of Ship Survey, Certification and Manning at the DMA added: ‘When authorities share their certificate data, it means that ship surveyors and port state authorities can control ships’ certificates online before even going on board. This saves time, which allows for a bigger focus on conditions on board the ships and a focus on ships where the certificates are not in order.’

The project will ultimately benefit ship owners, ships and crews, it is understood. They will be positively affected due to fewer sources of error, a reduced number of imposed burdens and less time spent preparing and getting through PSC inspections.

For the ship owners’ view Executive Director Maria Skipper Schwenn of Danish Shipping said: ‘The pilot project enjoys the full support of Danish Shipping. The scrutiny of certificates on board ships in PSC inspections is relatively time-consuming and, therefore, more efficient PSC inspections will benefit shipowners and ensure smoother procedures.’

(continued on page 2)

There will be three phases of the project:

Phase 1 – Demonstrating that Danish data can be made available in the EMSA database THETIS.

Phase 2 – Demonstrating that other maritime Administrations’ PSC inspections of Danish ships can be made faster and more efficient due to certificate data being available online in THETIS.

Phase 3 – International spread of the concept and standardisation, if relevant.

Photo: DMA ©.
Added: 05 Feb 2018
Almarin navigation buoys are being installed in a growing number of markets in Europe and further afield, proving effectiveness by simple reliable design with the use of high quality materials manufactured in Europe.

In Léman lake (Lake Geneva), on the border between France and Switzerland, buoys (illustrated) have been installed to mark a floating containment boom in the estuary of the Rhône river, near Port Valais. The Balizamar buoys used in this project were adapted by the customer for this application.

Further east, in an estuary in Beirut (Lebanon), several buoys have been supplied complete with moorings and self-contained lanterns to provide safe navigation.

Almarin has also supplied buoys in other parts of Lebanon, for example, Balizamar buoys were Veolia’s choice to mark the sea outfall at Ras Nabi Younis Wastewater Treatment Plant. Here buoys were provided complete with a monitoring system linked to an online platform that allows the customer to know the status and position of the buoy and lantern at any time as well as a series of pre-determined alarms.

Algeria, on the North African Mediterranean coast, has also been a destination for Almarin buoys to mark subsea infrastructure related to a water desalination plant.

All Almarin’s products are designed to meet current IALA recommendations. This year IALA, of which Almarin has been an industrial member for a decade, celebrates its quadrennial congress, the 19th IALA Conference in Incheon, Republic of Korea, from 22nd May to 2nd June and at which Almarin will be exhibiting.

About Grupo Lindley
Grupo Lindley is formed by these privately owned companies established in 1930:

Ahlers Lindley: Marina and harbour infrastructure

Almovi: Lifting systems and cargo handling equipment

Salt Technologies: Analysis and design of marine structures

Grupo Lindley has more than 85 years’ experience in the supply and manufacture of equipment and infrastructure for harbour and industrial areas.

Photograph kindly provided by Grupo Lindley ©.
Website: http://grupolindley.com
Added: 02 Feb 2018
The chemical and product tanker Stena Impero (illustrated) was named on 31 January in a chilly and drizzly Guangzhou, SE China. She is the last in a series of thirteen sister ships ordered by Stena Bulk at the shipyard GSI (Guangzhou Shipbuilding International) in 2012 and represents an investment of SEK 4 billion.

Many guests, customers, partners, employees and representatives of the shipyard and corporate management, gathered at the shipyard to attend the solemn ceremony. The naming began with traditional Chinese dancing and music after which godmother Jean Mulholland swung the bottle of champagne against the newbuilding’s bow. Stena Impero’s captain, Vinay Singh, then gave guests a guided tour of the tanker. After her delivery on 7 February she will sail on her maiden voyage with a cargo of vegetable oils from Asia to Europe.

In the words of Erik Hånell, President and CEO of Stena Bulk: ‘It was exactly three years ago that we took delivery of our first vessel in the IMOIIMAX series and the vessels have performed beyond our expectations. Both the technical and the commercial concepts have proved to be very successful and have set a new standard for cargo efficiency and bunker consumption. With the delivery of the Stena Impero, the IMOIIMAX fleet is now complete, in line with the order, and is a significant and competitive addition to our high-quality fleet. At the same time, it is an important step forward and a development of our existing sophisticated trading system.

‘With the last vessel now delivered, I would like to take the opportunity to thank the shipyard GSI for fantastic collaboration with Stena Teknik during the development of the technology and during the three long years of production,’

A traditional donation

In conjunction with the naming ceremony the shipowner by tradition makes a donation to a suitable project at the yard or, alternatively, to a locally important project or organisation. In this case, US$15,000 was donated to The Guangzhou Children’s Social Welfare Home, which was founded in 1957. This facility can accommodate about 1,000 children and has access to medical care, rehabilitation, education and other forms of caregiving for, among others, children with disabilities and orphans.

About Stena Impero

Stena Impero is owned by Stena Bulk and will, together with her twelve sisters delivered earlier, sail in one of Stena Bulk’s global logistic systems which focus on refined petroleum products, vegetable oils and chemicals. The fleet consists of 60 vessels for carriage of products and chemicals and is operated from Stena Bulk’s recently opened office in Copenhagen with support from the company’s offices in Singapore, Houston and Dubai and its head office in Gothenburg.

The IMOIIMAX concept

IMOIIMAX is a vessel concept with focus on flexibility and is a further development of an already well-established concept. The innovative technical design was developed by Stena Bulk and Stena Teknik together with the Chinese shipyard GSI. It offers several advantages such as extra large cargo flexibility, a high level of safety and economical fuel consumption.

An IMOIIMAX tanker has 18 separate tanks (3,000 m3/tank), which provides for large freedom of choice as regards combinations of cargoes. The tanks have a Jotun Flexline coating so that they can be easily cleansed and thus used for other cargoes to quickly switch between different markets and thus maximise capacity utilisation.

Technical data: length: 183 metres, beam: 32 metres, deadweight: 50,000 tons.

IMOIIMAX fleet list

Name, delivery date and owner

Stena Impression, 2015, Golden Stena Bulk*

Stena Image, 2015, Concordia Maritime

Stena Imperial, 2015, Golden Stena Bulk

Stena Important, 2015, Concordia Maritime

Stena Imperative, 2016, Stena Bulk

StenaWeco Impulse, 2016, Stena Weco

Stena Imagination, 2016, Golden Stena Bulk

Stena Immortal, 2016, Golden Stena Bulk

Stena Immaculate, 2017, Stena Bulk

Stena Impeccable, 2017, Stena Bulk

Stena Imperator, 2017, Stena Bulk

Stena Imprimis, 2017, Stena Bulk

Stena Impero, 2018, Stena Bulk

* Golden Stena Bulk (formerly Golden Stena Weco) is a joint venture between Stena Bulk (formerly Stena Weco) and Golden Agri-Resources (GAR).

Some of the technical solutions that result in more efficient energy consumption and greater logistic flexibility incorporated in the vessel are:

· Main engine auto-tuning

· More efficient boiler with recovery from multiple heat sources

· Recovery of propeller energy loss

· Aerodynamic design of accommodation and bridge

· Flexible cargo handling

· Nitrogen as inert gas

An effective tank-cleansing system

Added: 29 Jan 2018
The eighth in a series of conferences known as e-Navigation Underway, co-hosted by the Danish Maritime Authority and IALA, has just closed.

150 participants from five continents joined the hosts on a conference cruise steaming Copenhagen-Oslo-Copenhagen from 24 to 26 January.

Debate at the conference was lively with a strong focus on applying digitalization to real world uses, it was reported.

President and CEO at ship owner DFDS, Niels Smedegaard, said during his speech to the conference: ‘We have to speed up on understanding and applying the new possibilities that new technology provides. The development is too rapid for the human mind to keep up. This can cause concern about the consequences of new technology, and we have to be quicker at adapting, which will require both education and new ways of cooperating.’

In a communiqué issued by the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) at the closure of the event it was learnt that some of the specific discussions on digitalization centred on topics such as digital port reporting, cyber security, and how Coastal States can apply new technology to become better at their job. Harmonization and data standardization were other topics attracting interest. Different standards hinder effective digitalization across the maritime sector leading to more, not less, human effort. There is need for the industry to strive for global standards.

Director General of the DMA Andreas Nordseth, emphasised that he is ready to support the development: ‘A lot of stakeholders are ready to accelerate the process of digital harmonization, discussions of cyber security standards and so forth in the various international bodies. The technology is here. The industry is ready. It is time for all of us to deliver actual results that make a real world of difference.’

It is understood that many countries are developing digital tools for the maritime world, but they tend to be stand-alone solutions rather than internationally integrated systems. Such an approach keeps the full potential of digitalization from being realised.

The event was supported by CIRM, The Nautical Institute, BIMCO and IHO.
Added: 25 Jan 2018
In response to the threats arising from the conflict in Yemen, BIMCO, ICS and INTERTANKO have published interim guidance on maritime security in the southern Red Sea and Bab al-Mandeb. Shipowners and operators should be aware of new threat patterns in the area. This was announced on 24 January. The publication is supported by the International Group of Protection & Indemnity Clubs (IGP&I).

EUNAVFOR, the European Union Naval Force, and the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) have advised that a range of threats other than piracy, such as sea mines and water borne improvised explosive devices (WBIEDs), are potential risks in the area.

In the words of Angus Frew, BIMCO Secretary General and CEO: ‘We have been advised that these threats are real, and therefore decided to provide guidance for ships operating in the area. We have seen two incidents in January, and we want to make sure owners and operators are aware and advise their crews accordingly.’

It is important that company security officers and Masters are informed of these new threats, as the threat patterns and mitigating measures differ from the more familiar regional threat of piracy.

This guidance stresses the importance of using the Maritime Security Transit Corridor, registration with Maritime Security Centre Horn of Africa (MSCHOA) and reporting to the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO), as well as reviewing and updating risk assessments and plans to include these new threats. The guidance also includes advice specific to identified threat types, including WBIEDs and complements the guidance provided in BMP 4.

ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe added: ‘This guidance supports the activity of military forces in the region, and adds a further layer to the awareness and preparedness of ships in the region. That trade continues through these waters demonstrates shipping’s resilience in the face of such threats. The ability of the industry to successfully risk assess dynamic situations in cooperation with State resources and naval operations ensures the continued safety and security of maritime trade.’

Dr Phillip Belcher, INTERTANKO’s Marine Director, reflected: ‘In response to the urgent need, we have produced this practical guide for Masters and seafarers. This will become a valuable planning tool and should provide some reassurance to our industry.’

Interim Guidance on Maritime Security in the Southern Red Sea and Bab al-Mandeb is available on the BIMCO, ICS and INTERTANKO websites.

See: http://www.ics-shipping.org/docs/default-source/Piracy-Docs/1---interim-guidance-on-maritime-security-in-the-southern-red-sea-and-bab-al-mandeb.pdf

Attached File: BIMCO Red SEA advice.pdf
Added: 21 Jan 2018
Almost a dozen officials from the Port of Buenos Aires completed an UNCTAD management programme in December 2017 as part of an overall strategy to boost competitiveness. This was reported from UNCTAD in mid-January.

Eleven mid-level managers working in the Port of Buenos Aires graduated last month from a two-year UNCTAD port management programme, marking a successful end to the first cycle of training in Argentina.

During a ceremony on 6 December, Gonzalo Mórtola, head of the country’s port authority (Interventor de la Administración General de Puertos), awarded United Nations certificates to managers working in different areas of the port including terminal operations, customs, human resources, legal affairs, and security and environment.

In the words of the port authority’s chief of staff, Mariano Saúl: ‘One of the great things about this programme is how it brings together workers from all areas of operations. Each participant learns more not only about how the different parts of the port work but also about the challenges their colleagues face. The result has been a stronger sense of community in the Port of Buenos Aires’

TrainForTrade Port Management Programme
To earn the certificate, each participant had to complete a 240-hour course on port management and then conduct research on a challenge the port faced, devising a strategy for improvement. They presented their final reports to panels of senior port managers and UNCTAD officials.

The report that scored the highest mark looked at why the port had lost a quarter of its transshipment traffic – containers shipped through Buenos Aires to or from smaller ports in the region – during the past decade and how it could win back some of the lost customers.

Sebastián Garcia determined that the drop in traffic coincided with a change in customs procedures that had made the clearance of transshipment containers slower and more costly.

Referring to neighbouring Uruguay’s main port, located on the other side of the Rio de la Plata river, which divides the two countries Garcia said: ‘The stricter clearance procedures were put in place to make sure goods in transshipment containers were not being illegally unloaded in Argentina. But they had also made Buenos Aires less attractive to Paraguayan exporters and importers, who were instead sending or bringing their goods through Montevideo.’

Participants improved competitiveness
For Saúl, the programme’s high added value lies in the quality of the participants’ final reports. He commented: ‘These reports show that the graduates have already been able to take what they’ve learned in the classroom and use it to improve port operations.’

The Port of Buenos Aires decided to join this UNCTAD programme in 2016 as part of its overall strategy to improve competitiveness – container traffic had slipped 12% from 1.6 million TEU in 2006 to 1.4 million in 2015.

A better managed port will benefit the millions of businesses and consumers who rely on Buenos Aires to trade with the rest of the world. More than 85% of the country’s container traffic is loaded and unloaded in the Argentine capital.

To quote Gonzalo Ayala, the UNCTAD official who manages the programme’s activities in Latin America and the Caribbean: ‘A more efficient port means more competitive exports and less expensive imports. In the case of Buenos Aires, this is true not just for people living in Argentina, but also for their landlocked neighbors in Paraguay and Bolivia.’

Call of duty
Started in 1996 in ports in Benin, Gabon and Senegal, the TrainForTrade Port Management Programme has since expanded to more than 200 ports in 34 African, Asian and Latin American nations, training more than 3,000 officials worldwide.

In the Latin American and Caribbean region, the programme is active in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Peru, in addition to newcomer Argentina.

UNCTAD works closely with Irish, French and Spanish ports, whose senior managers give their time and expertise as course instructors and mentors. Some European ports also provide funding. Support provided by the Spanish ports of Gijón and Valencia was key in the success of the first training cycle in Buenos Aires.

Helping developing countries improve their ports’ performance is a priority for UNCTAD, whose call of duty is to help such nations better integrate the global economy.

Because more than 80% of goods traded globally leave and enter countries by ship, the health of a nation’s economy depends greatly on the efficiency of its ports.

Students of the United Nations System are invited to take a look at:

Added: 15 Jan 2018
The latest edition of the newsletter from the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) reports on a number of topics
See here:

Marine casualties and incidents
The Annual Overviews of Marine Casualties and Incidents first published by EMSA on its website in 2014 have now been downloaded over 80,000 times, according to the combined figures.

The latest edition, made available in November 2017, has already been downloaded over 5,200 times.

This publication offers a comprehensive analysis of the nature of marine accidents, ranging from high level key figures on fatalities, injuries, ships involved, and so forth to detailed information on location, contributing factors and consequences analysed by ship type including cargo ships, fishing vessels and passenger ships.

Cyber crime
A workshop on cyber attack prevention in the maritime domain, co-organised by EMSA and the German Chairmanship of the European Coast Guard Functions Forum (ECGFF), was held at EMSA HQ in Lisbon on 12-13 December 2017.

Experts from the European Commission, maritime administrations, EU agencies, industry and ECGFF members shared their knowledge, best practices and experience on cyber management both from the IT and maritime-related perspectives.

Participation by member state authorities was strong with some 90 attending. The main objective was to raise awareness of the risk of cyber attacks in the maritime domain as well as to discover more on how to detect cyber attacks such as spoofing and jamming.
Website: http://www.emsa.europa.eu/news-a-press-centre/newsletters/item/3193-newsletter-january-2018.html
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