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Added: 15 May 2017
In less than two months, the Day of the Seafarer 2017 will be celebrated across the globe with a special focus on ports and seafarer centres. Under this year’s theme Seafarers Matter, the campaign aims to engage the people working in ports and seafarer centres to demonstrate how much seafarers matter to them.

IMO has also launching a new Day of the Seafarer logo. The Day of the Seafarer logo seeks to celebrate those people working in the industry, making it clear that seafaring is inclusive and a career at sea is suitable for both men and women. Alongside the logo’s new look, the Secretary-General’s video message is also being published online and is available to watch on IMO’s YouTube channel to be found at:https://www.youtube.com/user/IMOHQ

To encourage people to participate, IMO will launch an interactive world map which will feature the best port and seafarer centres from around the world, giving a chance to highlight best practices in seafarer support and welfare from around the world. IMO’s famous quiz will also be back this year, with some new questions, together with the organization’s virtual photowall (an earlier version is here: http://dayoftheseafarer2015.imo.org/ ).

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Added: 06 May 2017
Danish key issues on, inter alia, enforcement of the sulphur regulations and the Polar Code have been included in a Ministerial Declaration signed by 29 countries and reported by the Danish Maritime Administration on 5 May.

The 29 countries from the Paris MoU and the Tokyo MoU have signed a new Ministerial Declaration on Port State Control (PSC). This declaration, which has been under preparation for three years, stipulates new goals for PSC and for cooperation on it.

Director General of the Danish Maritime Authority, Andreas Nordseth, commented: ‘Port State Control is an important part of ensuring compliance with international regulation. That is why it is gratifying to see that Danish key issues on enforcement of the sulphur regulations and the Polar Code have been included in the declaration. It is important to Denmark that environmental considerations are taken worldwide.’

Mrs Birgit Sølling Olsen (illustrated), from The Danish Maritime Authority, represented Denmark at the Ministerial Conference held in Vancouver, Canada on 3 / 4 May. In addition to the 29 countries, the IMO Secretary General as well as a representative of the ILO attended the conference. Furthermore, inter alia the ISF, ITF and IACS* were present.

In addition to the sulphur regulations and the Polar Code, the declaration focuses on a number of other areas, such as the acceptance of electronic certificates, more transparency and reductions of the burdens imposed on the industry in connection with PSC inspections. Furthermore, the inspection regime must continuously be developed in order to optimise the use of the resources available.

Port State Control secures a level playing field
PSC inspections have proven to be an effective instrument for ensuring ships’ compliance with international regulations and, thus, a level playing field for the benefit of safety, the environment and the seafarers.

In conclusion PSC inspections have also resulted in marked results as regards the number of defects and non-conformities, which have been reduced. Furthermore, the number of detentions has stabilised at around 3.5% annually as more countries are now in compliance with the conditions for being included on the White List**.

* ISF, ITF and IACS: International Shipping Federation; International Transport Workers’ Federation and the International Association of Classification Societies.

** The White List represents quality flags with a consistently low detention record.
From Valetta to Tallinn:  ESPOís statement to mark the Maritime Year of the European UnionFrom Valetta to Tallinn: ESPOís statement to mark the Maritime Year of the European Union
Added: 05 May 2017
On 3 May the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) issued a statement to contribute to the Commission’s Maritime Year and to follow up on the Valletta Declaration, the ministerial declaration on maritime transport, adopted on 28 March focusing on competitiveness, digitalisation and decarbonisation.

In the words of ESPO’s Secretary General, Isabelle Ryckbost: ‘We welcome the Valletta Declaration as a first milestone of the Maritime Year. We hope that the Maritime Year will reinforce the support for modern, sustainable and well-connected European ports, will pave the way for maritime trade facilitation and simplification and, last but not least, will embrace the sustainable agenda of European ports’.

ESPO’s Chairman Eamonn O’Reilly said:‘We look forward to working further with the Commission and with the Maltese and Estonian Presidencies to make this Maritime Year a success in strengthening the European maritime and ports sectors.

In essence, ESPO’s statement reiterates the importance of well-connected and modern ports. Ports in Europe are facing several challenges that have a major impact on the requirements for infrastructure investment needs. For European ports it is important that Europe continues to increase its investments in the port sector. CEF grants* are and must remain the critical component of the funding mix. ESPO calls on European and national policymakers to consider ports as strategic assets. Investments in essential and/or critical European port infrastructure should be assessed from that perspective.

In view of facilitating maritime trade, European ports plead for administrative simplification and removal of customs obstacles to EU goods transported between European ports. The focus should lay on simplification (reduction of formalities) and harmonisation. The most innovative digitalisation technologies should be fully considered when developing a single window environment. Moreover, interfaces and platforms can only function if they have a governance dimension: they must receive the competences and responsibilities needed to pass the right information to the different authorities. If not, the single window will not result in trade facilitation and simplification, but will just shift the burden from the ship side to the competent authorities.

ESPO and its members express their concern about possible new trade barriers and their impact on the free flow of goods and just-in-time logistics. If new trade barriers are being introduced, these should be tackled in the most effective way. Every effort should be made to ensure that European ports can remain efficient and seamless entry and exit points for trade.

Last but not least, ESPO and its members put a strong emphasis on their sustainable agenda. As an essential part of the logistic chain, main gates to the world, nodes of energy and industry clusters, European ports must contribute to the global, European and national climate and decarbonisation agenda. In that respect, ESPO strongly believes that IMO would be by far the optimum forum in which to introduce CO2 target and measures to reduce emissions from shipping in line with the Paris Agreement. However, 2023 must be seen as a milestone. A six year period is sufficient time for the IMO to discuss and agree on the necessary target and measures.

Moreover, as nodes of energy and increasingly important clusters of industry and blue economy, ports in Europe are developing a low carbon strategy. The first aim is to cut emissions and improve energy efficiency. But, ports should also turn the path towards decarbonisation into a successful business case. Finally, ports in Europe will have to adapt the port infrastructure to the effects of the warming. They are at immediate risk as sea levels rise and extreme weather conditions occur.

The decarbonisation of the shipping industry as well as the overall greening of the shipping sector, imply additional investments and facilities in ports. Some of these investments will not be bankable in the short run. Additional grants and other financial instruments are essential for decarbonising the ports, for making ports more resilient to the consequences of climate change and for helping ports to contribute to decarbonising the economy.

As regards air quality, ESPO very much welcomes the decision of IMO to introduce a global 0.5% sulphur cap in 2020. This decision is expected to bring enormous environmental and public health benefits.

Finally, regarding the forthcoming review of the waste reception facilities directive, European ports are of the opinion that the current directive has been successful in substantially decreasing ship waste discharged at sea. ESPO supports the alignment of the directive with MARPOL. The review should however safeguard the flexibility of the different fee systems while addressing the problem of delivery of an unreasonable amount of waste in a given port.

For footnoted * and pic caption / credit please see next sheet

*Connecting Europe Facility. Under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), €26.25 billion will be made available from the EU’s 2014-2020 budget to co-fund TEN-T projects in the EU Member States. Of this amount, €11.305 billion will be available only for projects in Member States eligible for the Cohesion Fund. (See: www.europa.eu/transport )

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ESPO’s Secretary General, Isabelle Ryckbost.

Photo © www.espo.be
Added: 04 May 2017
IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has spoken about the importance of exploiting the full potential of electronic information and digital resources in continuing global efforts to improve the safety of maritime navigation and protect the marine environment. Addressing the Preparatory Diplomatic Conference of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) in Paris, France (18 April) Lim praised IALA’s contribution to IMO’s work, including the development of e-navigation.

‘E-Navigation’, Mr. Lim said: ‘is the future. But it has been ‘the future’ for a long time. The challenge now is to turn ‘the future’ into ‘the present’ so that all the benefits and advantages of e-navigation can be fully realized.’

To help achieve this aim, IMO, IALA and other stakeholders are working under the e-navigation Strategy Implementation Plan (SIP), approved at IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee in 2014. The Plan contains tasks to be conducted to address five prioritized e-navigation solutions, including for improved, harmonized and user-friendly bridge design, and means for standardized and automated reporting.

As part of his visit to France Secretary General Lim discussed protection of the marine environment with HE Ségolène Royal, French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy. He also spoke about climate change with French Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Jean-Marc Ayrault, and flew over the English Channel in a French Navy helicopter – accompanied by HE Nicole Taillefer, Permanent Representative of France to IMO.
International Maritime University of Panama to host regional Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre for Latin AmericaInternational Maritime University of Panama to host regional Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre for Latin America
Added: 03 May 2017
It was announced at the end of April that the IMO had announced selection of the International Maritime University of Panama (UMIP) to host the regional Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre (MTCC) for the Latin America region, under an ambitious project, funded by the European Union and implemented by IMO, to help mitigate the harmful effects of climate change.

Under the Global MTTC Network (GMN) project, UMIP will host MTCC-Latin America. The selection of UMIP followed a competitive international tendering process.

UMIP joins MTCCs in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. In February, IMO announced that Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) near Nairobi, Kenya will host MTCC-Africa. In December 2016, IMO announced that Shanghai Maritime University in China will host MTCC-Asia, while the University of Trinidad and Tobago will host MTCC-Caribbean.

One further MTCC will be established in the Pacific, to form a global network of five centres.

Regional MTCCs will deliver the agreed project milestones over a three-year period, making a significant contribution to IMO’s continuing, widespread efforts to ensure effective implementation and enforcement of the global energy-efficiency regulations for international shipping.

Furthermore, MTCCs will receive allocations from the €10 million European Union funding for the project. They will be established and resourced to become regional centres of excellence, providing leadership in promoting ship energy-efficiency technologies and operations, and the reduction of harmful emissions from ships.

Aims of the GMN project
Greenhouse gas emissions from shipping are expected to increase but developing countries, which play a significant role in international shipping, often lack the means to improve energy efficiency in their shipping sectors. This project, formally entitled Capacity Building for Climate Change Mitigation in the Maritime Shipping Industry will enable developing countries, especially Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States, in the target regions to effectively implement energy-efficiency measures through technical assistance, capacity building and promoting technical cooperation.

The project will be implemented through the network of MTCCs which, once operational, will act as focal point for:

• Improving capability in the region – by working with maritime administrations, port authorities, other relevant government departments and related shipping stakeholders to facilitate compliance with international regulations on energy efficiency for ships.

• Promoting the uptake of low-carbon technologies and operations in the maritime sector through pilot projects.

• Raising awareness about policies, strategies and measures for the reduction of greenhouse gases and other emissions from the maritime transport sector

• Demonstrating a pilot-scale system for collecting data and reporting on ships’ fuel consumption to improve shipowners’ and maritime administrations’ understanding in this regard, and

• Developing and implementing strategies to sustain the impact of MTCC results and activities beyond the project timeline.

International Maritime University of Panama (UMIP)
UMIP is a public university funded by the Panamanian Government and, by law, is the official higher education institution specializing in maritime education and training of the Republic of Panama. The university’s scope involves all areas related to the maritime sector, including all aspects of shipping, maritime infrastructure and services, coastal, marine, and environmental protection.

UMIP has developed specialized training programmes for the maritime industry, including short courses, bachelor degrees, graduate studies and master’s degrees. The institute has also been involved in research together with national and international organizations, such as the Panama Canal Authority, the Japan International Co-operation Agency and the Central American Superior Council of Universities.

MTCC-Latin America will be located at UMIP. It will use the office space, equipment, IT infrastructure and staff of the University, which is strategically located close to the Port of the city of Panama.

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The International Maritime University of Panama (UMIP) has been selected to host the regional Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre (MTCC) for the Latin America region. MTCC-Latin America joins MTCCs in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean under the Global MTTC Network (GMN) project, funded by the European Union and implemented by IMO.

Photo courtesy of IMO©.
Added: 27 Apr 2017
The Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Dr Dakuku Peterside (illustrated) has been elected as the new Chairman of the Association of African Maritime Administrators (AAMA).

This is one of the decisions reached at the third conference of the association with the theme Sustainable Use of Africa’s Oceans and Seas attended by 34 African countries held from 19-21April in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Chairman of the Local Organising Committee, Bashir Jamoh, who addressed a media conference shortly after the event, said that the NIMASA - DG would pilot affairs of AAMA for a period of a one year tenure, as Egypt would host the next conference while South Africa retains the secretariat.

Meanwhile Namibia and Seychelles are jostling for the 2019 hosting right, it is understood, as the chosen host could not be confirmed at the time this report was filed.

AAMA, a body of 34 African countries including Nigeria, unanimously elected Peterside at the conference jointly organised by NIMASA and the IMO which drew attendance from maritime countries within the African continent and across the globe.

Peterside, takes over from Sobantu Tilayi, the acting Chief Executive Officer of South African Maritime and Safety Agency (SAMSA), who has been the acting Chair of the association since 2013.

His election comes barely 24 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari unveiled the new NIMASA brand with a renewed interest by the government to grow the countryís economy through her maritime resources.

At a well-attended closing session, Tilayi, the outgoing Chairman described Peterside as a committed and dedicated technocrat who will, without doubt, take maritime administration to a higher level.

Many other participants expressed optimism in Peterside’s leadership ability to improve on the fortunes of the continent through concerted maritime collaboration that will attract the interest of African states through their various Maritime Administrations (MARADs).

Within the last year, Peterside has been able to improve on inter-agency and inter-governmental cooperation in the fight against piracy resulting in a reduction in incidences of piracy and sea robberies.

NIMASA under Peterside’s term of office has broadened the scope of maritime administration in Nigeria with approval gained for regional headquarters to be sited in strategic maritime locations in the country including Port Harcourt.
Added: 25 Apr 2017
In a bid to ensure safe and secure shipping in Nigerian territorial waters, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has warned all owners of abandoned vessels to urgently remove them from Nigerian territorial waters on or before 28 April or risk sanctions ranging from forfeiture or removal by the Agency at the owner’s expense.

Director General of the Agency, Dr Dakuku Peterside stated this recently in Lagos and stressed that it is instructive to ensure that Nigeria’s waters remain safe for navigation in order to advance the country’s maritime interests.

He went on to warn that all abandoned ships would be declared as wrecks and the Agency would ensure that nothing impedes safe navigation in Nigeria’s waters.

In his words: ‘In line with our mandate on the protection of the marine environment and safety of navigation within Nigerian waters and our powers as the receiver of wreck; owners of all abandoned ships, vessels and derelicts are sternly warned to seek removal plan permits from the Agency and ensure the removal of these wrecks and derelicts from our waters on or before 28 April, 2017 failure of which would attract appropriate sanction’.

NIMASA’s DG spelled out these sanctions stating that the Agency is empowered to do so in line with the powers vested in it by the Merchant Shipping Act 2007 and other enabling Acts and IMO instruments.

It will be recalled that Nigeria is party to the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks (Nairobi Convention 2007). The Convention is a treaty of the IMO with the purpose of prompt and effective removal of wreck located in the Parties’ territorial waters including its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) that may be hazardous to navigation or environment. The convention gives States’ Authority to remove wrecks and in Nigeria’s case NIMASA is the receiver of wreck.

All abandoned vessels littering the waterways and the shoreline of the country are affected by this directive.

Management of NIMASA has constantly expressed the Agency’s commitment to ensuring safer waterways for Nigerian maritime stakeholders to conduct their business.

Photo: www.nimasa.gov.ng ©.
Added: 24 Apr 2017
On 21 April the Danish Government received recommendations from its Maritime Strategy Team on how to maintain the Danish stronghold as a maritime nation towards 2025.

In an announcement the Maritime Strategy Team, headed by Chairman Jesper Lok, presented its recommendations to the Danish government. The recommendations represent the maritime industry’s input on maintaining and strengthening the industry’s international competitiveness and making Denmark a global maritime power hub.

The maritime industry, otherwise known as Blue Denmark, represents 25 % of Danish exports, making it the largest Danish exporting industry. This industry, however, faces tough global competition. Therefore, a Maritime Strategy Team has studied possible solutions to specific challenges as well as the general framework conditions. This has resulted in a thorough list of recommendations – ranging from the designation of test areas for new areas of blue business to the enforcement of global maritime rules and digitized public services.

In the words of Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, Brian Mikkelsen: ‘On behalf of the Danish Government I would like to thank the Maritime Strategy Team for their thorough and specific recommendations. They present some very useful input on how to further growth and strengthen the Blue Denmark.’

Chairman of the Maritime Strategy Team Jesper Lok is very satisfied with the recommendations delivered to the Danish Government and commented: ‘Denmark is one of the world’s leading maritime nations, and with activities all over the world, the maritime sector plays a vital role in securing the economic growth and employment in this country. It is our vision that Denmark becomes a global maritime power hub.

‘If we are to keep our leading position, it is vital that we maintain and adjust the framework conditions that apply to the maritime industry. But the Danish maritime industry also needs to embrace change and be one step ahead when it comes to digital and technological developments that will change the entire global maritime sector’.

The Danish Government will now devise a strategy for the Blue Denmark, in order to further strengthen the international competitiveness of the Danish maritime sector.
Mikkelsen added: ‘The recommendations from the Maritime Strategy Team is a great starting point for our work with a new maritime growth plan - a plan that will help to maintain and develop the international competitiveness of maritime industry. This is important for the creation of jobs and economic growth in Denmark.’

The Maritime Strategy Team’s recommendations are to be found here: http://www.dma.dk/documents/publikationer/uk-faktaark%20-%20vækstteamet%20for%20det%20blå%20danmarks%20anbefalinger.pdf

Recommendation #1 refers to: A framework should be created for testing autonomous ships, virtual buoys and other virtual aids to navigation.

Recommendation #10 concerns ports.
Added: 20 Apr 2017
On 18 April the MR* tanker Stena Imagination was named in the Port Rashid Terminal in the heart of Dubai. Some 100 guests attended the solemn ceremony and godmother Lourdes Torgersen who, as tradition dictates, wished the vessel, her captain and his crew fortune and prosperity on the seven seas. All the guests were also given the opportunity, led by Captain Alexander Vasko, to inspect the vessel from her engine room to the bridge. The vessel is due to leave on 23 April for East Africa with a cargo of diesel oil.

In the words of Erik Hånell, President & CEO of Stena Bulk and CEO of Stena Weco: ‘Naming the Stena Imagination in Dubai is very much a strategic choice. Stena Bulk recently opened an office here together with Stena Weco and Golden Stena Weco. We already had a presence in the market in the region but wanted to get even closer to our customers. The naming ceremony gives us the opportunity to further reinforce our image and forge more contacts with customers, partners and suppliers in the region’.

Dubai is an important meeting-place for the oil industry in the Middle East. Stena’s tanker business already has a presence in the area with contacts in the neighbouring region. For Stena Bulk and Stena Weco which, with their IMOIIMAX fleet, are focusing increasingly on trade in chemicals, Dubai is an important hub. Here, the oil industry is building several refineries closer to the oil wells in the region.

Stena Weco is now wholly owned by Stena Bulk while Golden Stena Weco is a joint venture between Stena Weco and Golden Agri Resources (GAR). With its new office in Dubai, Stena Bulk now does business in six countries. In addition to Dubai, it has offices in Houston, Copenhagen, Singapore and Shanghai while its head office is located in Gothenburg.

Stena Imagination was built at the Chinese shipyard GSI (Guangzhou Shipbuilding International) as with all the thirteen IMOIIMAX tankers ordered by Stena Bulk – each delivered and under construction. The new vessel is jointly owned on a 50-50 basis by Stena Bulk and Indonesian Golden Agri Resources (GAR).

Stena Imagination is operated by Stena Weco and sails in the company’s global logistics system, which currently employs more than 60 vessels.

The IMOIIMAX concept
Stena Imagination, a chemical and product tanker, is of 183 metres loa, with a beam of 32 metres and is of 50,000 dwt.

IMOIIMAX is a further development of an already well-established concept and the innovative technical design was developed by 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 of the order of 10-20% lower than that of equivalent vessels when sailing at service speed, it is understood.

About Stena Bulk AB
With offices in six countries, Stena Bulk is one of the world’s leading tanker shipping companies. The company controls a combined fleet of around 100 vessels. Stena Bulk is part of the Stena Sphere, which has more than 20,000 employees and sales of SEK 60 billion (£5.226 billion).

* Medium Range. The vessels are all equipped with 12 cargo tanks of max 4,500 m³ capacity and can carry crude oil, products and chemicals.

Picture caption
Photo: Stena Bulk AB ©.
Donít forget the pilotDonít forget the pilot
Added: 17 Apr 2017
Don’t forget the pilot
IMPA 2018

Maritime pilots are a strong and essential link in the structure that underpins the safety of international shipping. This was the message delivered by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim to the 70th national assembly of the Italian Maritime Pilots’ Federation (Fedepiloti) in Rome on 11 April.

Addressing an audience that included Italian pilots and Members of Government, Lim spoke about pilots as a vital part of shipping’s human element – individuals who use their local knowledge to help vessels navigate safely into and out of ports or through dangerous waters the world over.

Secretary-General Lim also emphasized that just as pilots have a responsibility for the safety of shipping, so shipping has a responsibility for pilots’ safety.

During his visit to Rome, Secretary-General Lim met Italy’s Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, HE Graziano Delrio, and was due to visit the Italian Shipowners’ Association later in the week.

The importance of employing qualified pilots in approaches to ports and other areas where specialized local knowledge is required was formally recognized by IMO in 1968. The Organization adopted an Assembly resolution on pilotage, recommending that Governments organize pilotage services where they would be likely to prove more effective than other measures and to define the ships and classes of ships for which employment of a pilot would be mandatory.

2018 IMPA Congress
More information is now available on the 24th International Maritime Pilots’ Association Congress (IMPA 2018) to be held from 23-27 April 2018.

The venue will be the King Fahd Palace Hotel Dakar, Dakar, Senegal

Readers are invited to see: www.impadakar2018.com
 Ministerial statement on Light Dues
Added: 04 Apr 2017
By (UK) Shipping Minister John Hayes

Cut by a further half a penny to 37½p per net registered tonne

In the House of Commons (Lower House) on 30 March Minister of State at the Department of Transport, John Hayes issued a written ministerial statement:

‘A strong and growing maritime industry is vital to the economy of the United Kingdom and it is critical that we treasure and protect this vital artery if we are to remain a world-leading maritime centre.

‘The work of the General Lighthouse Authorities*, which provide and maintain marine aids to navigation and respond to new wrecks and navigation dangers in some of the busiest waters in the world, is crucial to underpinning that vision whilst maintaining our vigorous safety record and continuously improving standards of safety.

‘Reductions in the three General Lighthouse Authorities’ running costs has already enabled the UK to reduce light dues for three successive years.

‘For 2017-18 I intend to cut light dues by a further half a penny to 37½p per net registered tonne. This will mean that light dues will have fallen by 25 per cent in real terms since 2010.

‘Light dues rates will continue to be reviewed on an annual basis to ensure that the General Lighthouse Authorities are challenged to provide an effective and efficient service which offers value for money to light dues payers while maintaining the highest levels of safety for mariners.’

* The bodies whose activities are financed by the GLF are the following GLAs:

Trinity House; Northern Lighthouse Board and Irish Lights.

This statement was also made in the House of Lords (Upper House) on the same date by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon.

The Report and Accounts for the General Lighthouse Authorities for 2015-2016 issued by the Department for Transport is to be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/587379/gla-2016-print.pdf
Added: 02 Apr 2017
Transportation infrastructure & funding initiative highlights port industry role in job creation for US manufacturing & agricultural sectors.

In the US the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) – the recognized and unified voice of America’s seaports – announced on 22 March the launch of a campaign that will advocate for transportation infrastructure investment on behalf of the nation’s manufacturers, farmers and other workers who count on modern and efficient seaports to move American products to vital overseas markets.

Called the America: Keep It Moving campaign, AAPA’s US members in the coming months will coordinate actions to inform policymakers, and those who influence policy, about the job-creating power of US ports as the Trump Administration and Congress consider plans for national infrastructure improvements and funding.

Said AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle: ‘The nation’s seaports serve a vital role in US job creation, economic prosperity and international competitiveness. To help American businesses compete in overseas markets, the Administration and Congress must make investments today to build a 21st century seaport infrastructure.’

US port infrastructure affects not only coastal, Great Lakes and river communities, but has a nationwide impact. Port activity supports 23 million American jobs and generates $321 billion in federal, state and local tax revenue each year. According to a 2015 Martin Associates report, the total value of economic activity related to America’s ports is $4.6 trillion, representing 26% of the US economy – and projected to reach 60% by 2030.

Added Nagle: ‘Ports send products made in America’s cities, towns and rural communities to markets around the world. This activity is critical to the workers and management of US manufacturers, service companies, farmers and nearly every other kind of business across the nation.’

The US Chamber of Commerce notes that one of every of three acres on American farmland is planted for export markets, and nearly 12 million jobs are supported by exports nationwide, including a quarter of all manufacturing jobs.

Infrastructure investment impacts how efficiently US goods are transported to port facilities for export. Among the highways that take US goods to market, some 1,200 miles of the nation’s road, bridges and tunnels serve as vital freight connections to ports, much of which is in dire need of investment. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, the cost of deficient highways could cost U.S. businesses and households up to $575 billion to by 2025, reaching a $3.2 trillion loss by 2040

Nagle concluded by saying: ‘Deficient infrastructure affects everyone, from exporters of frozen meat and corn to manufacturers of machinery and electronics. Without efficient land connections to seaports, US agriculture and manufacturing exporters in America’s heartland will suffer.

‘With American jobs at stake, we must prepare the nation’s infrastructure to meet a growing demand for the safe, efficient movement of freight. To keep America moving, the time to invest in port infrastructure is now.’

Volume of freight in the US is projected to grow more than 40% by 2045, while the value of that same freight is projected to increase about 92%, according to the US Department of Transportation. By 2037, the US will export more than 52 million shipping containers through US seaports each year.

To meet the growing demand, AAPA is working to make seaports a key priority for policymakers considering plans for investment in US infrastructure, and is advocating for the following:

Elimination of Bottlenecks and Expanded Capacity: Increasing investments in US Department of Transportation programmes that target seaport infrastructure, including FAST Act freight programmes, and the StrongPorts and marine highways programmes.

Modernized and Fully Maintained Federal Navigation Channels: The US Corps of Engineers Coastal Navigation programme that manages the maintenance and modernization of federal navigation channels should be fully funded, along with NOAA’s navigation programmes that ensure safe vessel passage.

Secure Ports and Borders: Adequate staffing and resources for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the US Coast Guard are critical, along with making port authority projects a high priority for FEMA* Port Security grants.

Environmental Protection: Federal investments help ports reduce the environmental impact of freight transportation. These investments can help make ports resilient to natural disasters and other potential hazards to avoid a long-term disruption of the nation’s freight transportation system.

* Federal Emergency Management Agency, part of the United States Department of Homeland Security.
Added: 01 Apr 2017
US Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft (illustrated, right of the table shown here) joined leaders representing eight Coast Guard services of Arctic nations in signing a joint statement on 24 March. Their statement adopted doctrine, tactics, procedures and information-sharing protocols for emergency maritime response and combined operations in the Arctic.

The Arctic Coast Guard Forum is an operationally-focused, consensus-based organization with the purpose of leveraging collective resources to foster safe, secure and environmentally responsible maritime activity in the Arctic. Membership includes Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Russian Federation and the United States.

‘This forum – one of many ways in which the Coast Guard uses our unique roles to enhance our Nation’s diplomacy – has quickly established itself as a premier platform for fostering safe, secure and environmentally responsible maritime activity in the Arctic,’ said Zukunft.

The ceremony culminated two-years of extensive collaboration by agency representatives. Since the Forum’s inception, working groups have established strategies, objectives and tactics aimed towards achieving common operational goals in the region. In addition, nation representatives participated in table top exercises in Reykjavik, Iceland and the District of Columbia. A live exercise in the Arctic is being planned for later this year (2017).

Admiral Zukunft also participated in a formal ceremony marking the orderly transition of chairmanship of the Arctic Coast Guard Forum from the US Coast Guard to the Finnish Border Guard.

Zukunft added: ‘I am extremely proud of the US Coast Guard and our partners for their dedication to our common mission. I have the utmost confidence that our colleagues in the Finnish Border Guard will take us to new heights during their chairmanship of the Arctic Coast Guard Forum.’
News from MacduffNews from Macduff
Added: 31 Mar 2017
Since its inception in March 1993, Macduff Ship Design Ltd has expanded steadily to become a notable and prolific naval architect / ship design marine consultancy in the commercial and fishing vessel sectors of the UK, it is reported.

Based in Macduff, Inverness-shire, the company offers a comprehensive range of professional, technical services to the commercial and fishing marine industries. Personnel have considerable experience in their industry, with many successful vessels to their credit currently in service. Indeed, Macduff’s personnel have a combined total of over 200 years’ involvement in the industry.

Since 1993 the company has worked closely with shipyards in the UK, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Canada, Croatia, Malaysia, Poland, Turkey, the Middle East and China either employed directly by an owner/operator or by the actual shipyard.

Work carried out has been to the approval of various classification societies including Lloyd’s, DNV, BV, ABS, NKK and in the United Kingdom, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA).

New PV for Ayr

In January Macduff Ship Design announced a new contract for the design of a 12.75metre pilot vessel for Associated British Ports, Ayr, on Scotland’s west coast. The vessel is to be built by Macduff Shipyards with Macduff Ship Design providing a full design and steel cutting package.

It is understood that this vessel design is the result of a long development process. This will provide a vessel that suits the varied requirements of a busy small port operation at Ayr while providing pilotage support to the neighbouring port of Troon. The design combines the requirements for pilot duties along with a robust character to allow it to conduct vessel-assist operations and workboat duties, which are of utmost importance in smaller ports with only one harbour vessel.

A new 14m workboat

The same month, January 2017, the 14 metre catamaran workboat Lily Mae built for Scottish Sea Farms successfully completed trials achieving a top speed of over 10.0 knots and has since been handed over to her owners. With a deck cargo capacity of 20 tonnes and deck area of almost 60sq.metres she is an ideal craft to carry out a variety of tasks. Macduff Ship Design provided steelwork construction drawings and cutting information for the yard and also undertook stability work for the vessel.

Survey services

Macduff Marine Surveyors is a branch of Macduff Ship Design, specialising in the increasing demand for ship survey work in the North East of Scotland. It offers a wide range of survey work such as for towage, pre-purchase, insurance, seaworthiness and general condition of a specific vessel as well as statutory survey and MCA workboat survey requirements.
UN Environment + WMU MoU signedUN Environment + WMU MoU signed
Added: 28 Mar 2017
UN Environment and World Maritime University step up cooperation to achieve Sustainable Development Goals

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and Dr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President of the World Maritime University (WMU) on 22 March.

President Doumbia-Henry hailed the signing of the MOU stating: ‘This arrangement with UN Environment is a milestone as it is the leading United Nations agency with competence in the field of the environment. WMU is pleased to establish this partnership with UN Environment. As the pre-eminent post-graduate academic institution of the United Nations system and, in particular of the International Maritime Organization, we are pleased to engage with UN Environment to strengthen our partnership to ensure that the capacity of countries around the world is built to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Educating current and future generations of leaders and experts on maritime and environmental affairs from both the North and the South, developed and developing countries is our mission and objective.’

Solheim reflected: ‘Education is where we build the foundations of successfully achieving our common goals. It is crucial that we both inspire and equip future generations so they can safeguard our planet. We need to build not only our scientific capacity to identify the challenges, but also our collective ability to innovate, act and measure our progress.’

WMU has the mandate to educate, train, undertake research and build capacity of maritime and ocean stakeholders on maritime and oceans affairs and in doing so to support them to implement the relevant Goals of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the framework of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

WMU has already implemented the first steps to assist member States in their plans especially for: Goal 7 relating to sustainable energy for all, Goal 13 regarding climate change, and Goal 14 related to the Oceans.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority, leading the global efforts in conservation, protection and restoration of nature and its resources, including biological diversity.

This UN Environment WMU agreement recognizes the common objectives of the organizations and provides for regular dialogue and meetings between the parties with particular focus on marine spatial planning and integrated coastal zone management, regional seas and regional ocean governance, blue economy growth including marine and maritime energy, marine and coastal ecosystems, marine pollution including marine litter, as well as environment and maritime education.
Added: 25 Mar 2017
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, and Rolls-Royce announced on 23 March that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on research and development to explore the impact of developments in autonomy for cargo ship navigation and cargo systems in container ships. This collaboration will harness both companies’ unique experience laying the groundwork for the development of autonomous container ships, it is understood.

Asbjørn Skaro, Rolls-Royce, Director Digital and Systems, said: ‘Rolls-Royce is pioneering remotely controlled and autonomous ships and believes such a remote controlled ship will be in commercial use by the end of the decade and a common sight on the high seas by 2030. For the full benefits of such a change to be realised many activities currently done today manually will need to be done autonomously. This research will help us explore how that might be achieved.’

As a leading provider of cargo handling solutions and services for container vessels, MacGregor brings a detailed knowledge of the cargo sector and can provide valuable insights into marine cargo operations and the technology and systems needed to make them as efficient and safe as possible, it has been reported.

Pasi Lehtonen, Senior Vice President, Strategy, Business Development and Marketing, MacGregor added: ‘MacGregor wants to reshape and transform the industry to make it much more efficient, safer and more sustainable. In the segments where we operate, we see a lot of unnecessary waste in the forms of inefficiency, damage to cargo, and continuously dangerous working conditions. Our aim is to minimise this waste from the value network and this collaboration on autonomy for container ships is a good example of where industry leaders work together to transform the industry.’
Added: 22 Mar 2017
In the US, Federal support for port dredging, facility improvements, environmental enhancements and security could decrease under Administration’s funding recommendations

On 16 March the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) – the recognized and unified voice of America’s seaports – registered its concern over the potential of significant declines for most federally funded, port-related programmes in President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget.

Kurt Nagle, AAPA president and CEO said: ‘We are apprehensive about the fiscal 2018 budget. Adequate federal investments into US port-related infrastructure, both on the landside and waterside, are crucial for the efficient movement of goods so the nation can remain globally competitive. Activities at US seaports account for more than a quarter of the nation’s economy, support over 23 million American jobs and generate more than $320 billion a year in federal, state and local tax revenue. It is vital the federal government uphold its end of the partnership with ports so the country can have a 21st century goods movement system in place.’

Proposed for the budget chopping block is the US Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants programme, which last year awarded US ports $61.8 million in multimodal infrastructure grants such as dock, rail and road improvements. Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security’s Port Security Grants Program (PSGP), which Congress last funded at $100 million and which provided 35 port security-related grants in fiscal 2017, is expected to experience a significant cut.

President Trump has also proposed cutting the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget by 31%. EPA’s budget funds the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grants. While no details were released today on the fate of this programme, which is authorized at $100 million, DERA grants have been especially helpful in decreasing port-related diesel emissions in near-port communities. These federal grants have helped ports to make investments in clean diesel equipment and reduction strategies at the ports themselves, and they have used them to help businesses buy newer, cleaner-burning trucks, locomotives and vessels.

While the president’s proposed budget calls for increasing the overall US Army Corps of Engineers budget by $400 million over the previous administration’s request of $4.6 billion, the request still represents a 16% decrease in the Corps budget when compared to the Continuing Resolution fiscal 2017 level. Details for the Corps’ Coastal Navigation portion of the budget are not yet known, but are expected to be available in May. The Coastal Navigation programme funds improvements and maintenance in America’s harbours and deep-draft shipping channels.

Nagle added: ‘International trade through ports is vital to our economy. To help the public and policymakers fully recognize the value and contributions to the economy related to our ports, AAPA has created the America: Keep It Moving campaign, which highlights the needs and benefits of investing in seaport infrastructure.’

He concluded by saying: ‘While the president’s budget request includes significant funding cuts to some port-related programmes, we are hopeful that, as the fiscal 2018 budget process as well as the anticipated sizable infrastructure package moves forward, that significant federal investments will be made in port-related infrastructure. Such investments will pay huge dividends in terms of economic growth, American jobs and tax revenues.’

AAPA’s recommendations provided to the Trump Administration and the 115th Congress on key seaports priorities and is available at http://bit.ly/2ghLJPn Details on AAPA’s America: Keep It Moving campaign are available at http://bit.ly/2m7cvOm.

About AAPA
Founded in 1912, AAPA today represents 140 of the leading seaport authorities in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean and more than 250 sustaining and associate members, firms and individuals with an interest in seaports.

According to IHS Inc. – World Trade Service, combined international sea trade moving through Western Hemisphere ports in 2015 totalled 3.45 billion metric tons in volume and US$3.36 trillion in value.

Of that total, ports in Central and South America handled 1.69 billion metric tons of cargo valued at US$1.15 trillion, while North American ports handled 1.76 billion metric tons of goods, valued at US$2.21 trillion.

To meet the growing demand for trade, the AAPA and its members are committed to keeping seaports navigable, secure and sustainable.
Added: 19 Mar 2017
ABPmer, a provider of metocean information, has announced that it is now using an in-house NW Europe tide and surge model and related database across all its services known as SEASTATES.

This company has been providing metocean information to the offshore and coastal sector for a number of years. In recent times this has included weather downtime statistics to inform operational planning, tender pricing and programme management.

ABPmer has now developed a model to provide water level and flow parameters generated by both astronomical (tidal) and meteorological forces across the North West European Continental Shelf and North Sea.

Jamie Hernon, Metocean specialist at ABPmer commented: ‘We are pleased to have been able to respond to client requests and use our SEASTATES model to develop a database of tide and surge data stretching back to 1979’.

‘The model has been validated against 72 locations around North West Europe and proves to be highly accurate.’

It is understood that as part of the launch of this new SEASTATES product, the tide and surge model validation report is available for download at no charge from ABPmer’s website: www.abpmer.co.uk/resources/metocean-resources

ABPmer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Associated British Ports Holdings Limited. The company has been helping clients develop, manage, operate and protect the marine environment for more than 65 years.

Work is undertaken in accordance with a Quality Management System certified to ISO 9001:2015 for the delivery of Environmental Consultancy and Research Services. Based in Southampton, England. we have supported projects around the globe.
Added: 16 Mar 2017
The Nautical Institute is pleased to announce that it has selected a new Chief Executive Officer after interviewing a competitive shortlist of six candidates. Captain John Lloyd MBA AFNI, currently the Institute’s Chief Operating Officer, will take over from Philip Wake OBE RD* MSc FNI, who is retiring in May 2017 after 14 years in post.

John took up the COO post in November 2015 in which he has had overall responsibility for the Institute’s specialised training services, including the industry-standard Dynamic Positioning Operator (DPO) accreditation and certification scheme.

His 16-year seagoing career began in 1975, gaining command in 1987 and spending two years as a marine pilot at Walvis Bay. His extensive experience in maritime education has included senior positions at Warsash Maritime Academy and Flagship Training in the UK, CEO of Vanuatu Maritime College and Professor of Maritime Training at the Australian Maritime College in Tasmania.

As Chief Executive of The Nautical Institute, John will be managing the resources of an organisation that has 7,000 members and over 50 branches around the world. He has been a member of the Institute for 30 years.

On being appointed, John said: “I am thrilled and honoured to be given the opportunity to lead the next phase of development at the world’s leading body for maritime professionals – The Nautical Institute.” He continued: “The Nautical Institute makes a real difference to professionalism through our publications, our qualifications and the special projects we lead. It is essential we continue to foster the benefits of membership and to encourage younger, fresher minds to make constructive contributions to what we mean by a ‘maritime professional’ in the 21st century.”

John’s appointment comes at a time of rapid change within the industry and increasing demand for the kind of professional standards and recognition that the Institute promotes. Part of his role will be to ensure that the organisation’s governance structure – comprising committees, Council and Executive Board of Trustees – fully represents the interests of its members. “We will continue to engage positively, helpfully and constructively with individuals, regulators and employers in our ambition to make the maritime sector safer, cleaner and more effective,” John pledged.
He concluded: “I look forward to increasing our influence on matters of importance to our members and engaging with the worldwide community of maritime specialists.”
Added: 15 Mar 2017
A dirty vessel was ordered to leave Tauranga, New Zealand, earlier this month and will have to be thoroughly cleaned before it can re-enter NZ waters. This was the subject of a Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) statement.

MPI ordered the Panama-registered bulker DL Marigold to leave New Zealand within 24 hours on 5 March. This instruction followed the discovery of dense fouling of barnacles and tube worms on the bulk carrier’s hull and other underwater surfaces by MPI divers.

‘The longer the vessel stayed in New Zealand, the greater chance there was for unwanted marine species to spawn or break away from the ship. So we had to act quickly,’ said Steve Gilbert, MPI’s Border Clearance Director.

DL Marigold arrived in Tauranga from Indonesia on 4 March. It had been due to stay in New Zealand waters for nine days.

MPI understands the vessel was to steam to Fiji for cleaning then return to New Zealand to finish discharging a shipment of palm kernel expeller (an animal feed).

‘The vessel will not be allowed back until it can provide proof it has been thoroughly cleaned,’ said Gilbert.

He indicated that the order to DL Marigold is the first time MPI has acted in this way towards an international vessel by instructing it to leave port for biofouling reasons. He concluded by saying: ‘We were dealing with severe contamination in this case.’

Biofouling management. New rules to protect New Zealand’s marine environment
Marine pests and diseases brought in on vessel hulls (biofouling) can cause significant harm to New Zealand’s marine biodiversity and its fishing and aquaculture industries.

To manage this risk, MPI has brought in new requirements for biofouling on vessels arriving in New Zealand. These rules require all vessels to arrive in New Zealand with a clean hull. Complying with the rules is voluntary until May 2018. Until then, MPI continues to take action on vessels that pose a severe biofouling risk. See also: https://www.mpi.govt.nz/importing/border-clearance/vessels/biofouling-management/
Attached File: Vessel-biofouling-illustated-guide-interim-severe-risk-threshold-v1.0.pdf
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