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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
Added: 28 Feb 2017
Freight connections to US ports falling behind 21st century needs - America: Keep It Moving

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) – the recognized and unified voice of America’s seaports – has been encouraged by the release on 24 January of the infrastructure investment outline by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (Democrat-New York) and Senate Democrats, especially the recognition that ports and waterways play a vital role in the nation’s economy, jobs and supply chain.

Kurt Nagle, AAPA’s president and CEO said: ‘Coupled with President Trump’s stated intention to make major improvements in America’s infrastructure, we are optimistic that long overdue infrastructure investments will be made.’

America’s seaports, each of which are international trading hubs, are vital economic engines to their community, their region and the nation. Seaport cargo activity accounts for 26% of the US economy, generating nearly $4.6 trillion a year in total economic activity, supporting some 23 million American jobs, and producing more than $321 billion federal, state and local tax revenues annually.

AAPA has sent its freight transportation infrastructure policy and funding recommendations to the Trump Administration and Congressional leadership. Among its recommendations are ways to eliminate bottlenecks and expand capacity through landside investments, modernize and fully maintain federal navigation channels through waterside investments, secure America’s ports and borders, enhance the coastal environment and build resilience.

Nagle added: ‘AAPA looks forward to working with Congress and the Trump Administration as they develop a comprehensive infrastructure package that will meet the needs of our country, our growing freight network, and enhance our international competitiveness.’

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 World Trade Service, combined international sea trade moving through Western Hemisphere ports in 2014 totalled 3.48 billion metric tons in volume and US$3.75 trillion in value. Of that total, ports in Central and South America handled 1.68 billion metric tons of cargo valued at US$1.36 trillion, while North American ports handled 1.79 billion metric tons of goods, valued at US$2.39 trillion.

To meet the growing demand for trade, the AAPA and its members are committed to keeping seaports navigable, secure and sustainable.

A poster of the AAPA ‘Endangered Seaports: The Big Picture’ is to be found at: http://aapa.files.cms-plus.com/PDFs/AAPA_infographic_updated_April2016.pdf
US Coast Guard awards multiple contracts for heavy polar icebreaker industry studiesUS Coast Guard awards multiple contracts for heavy polar icebreaker industry studies
Added: 27 Feb 2017
On 22 February the United States Coast Guard (USCG) announced from Washington that it had awarded five firm fixed-price contracts for heavy polar icebreaker design studies and analysis.

These contracts were awarded to the following recipients: Bollinger Shipyards, LLC, Lockport, Louisiana; Fincantieri Marine Group, LLC, Washington, DC; General Dynamics/National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, California; Huntington Ingalls, Inc., Pascagoula, Mississippi; and VT Halter Marine, Inc., Pascagoula, Mississippi. The combined total value of the awards is approximately $20 million.

The objective of the studies are to identify design and systems approaches to reduce acquisition cost and production timelines. In addition to a requirement to develop heavy polar icebreaker designs with expected cost and schedule figures, the contracts require: the awardees to examine major design cost drivers; approaches to address potential acquisition, technology, production risks and benefits associated with different types of production contract types.

The heavy polar icebreaker integrated program office, staffed by US Coast Guard and US Navy personnel, will use the results of the studies to refine and validate the draft heavy polar icebreaker system specifications. The use of design studies is an acquisition best practice influenced by the Navy’s acquisition experience with the Landing Craft, Utility (LCU) amphibious transport ship and T-AO(X) fleet oiler, which are being acquired under accelerated acquisition schedules.

Said Rear-Admiral Michael Haycock, the Coast Guard’s Director of Acquisition Programs and Program Executive Officer: ‘These contracts will provide invaluable data and insight as we seek to meet schedule and affordability objectives.

‘Our nation has an urgent need for heavy polar icebreaking capability. We formed an integrated program office with the Navy to take advantage of their shipbuilding experience. This puts us in the best possible position to succeed in this important endeavour.’

Jay Stefany, Executive Director, Amphibious, Auxiliary and Sealift Office, Program Executive Office, Ships added: ‘The Navy is committed to the success of the heavy icebreaker program and is working collaboratively with our Coast Guard counterparts to develop a robust acquisition strategy that drives affordability and competition, while strengthening the industrial base. Our ability to engage early with our industry partners will be critical to delivering this capability to our nation.’

The studies are expected to take twelve months to complete, with study results provided incrementally during that time. The Coast Guard plans to release a draft request for proposals (RFP) for detail design and construction by the end of fiscal year 2017, followed by release of the final RFP in fiscal year 2018.

The Integrated Program Office plans to award a single contract for design and construction of the lead heavy polar icebreaker in fiscal year 2019, subject to appropriations.

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The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star escorts the tanker vessel Maersk Peary as the tanker departs from the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station Antarctica on 7 February 2017.

Polar Star’s crew is responsible for providing a safe channel through the Antarctic ice for resupply ships that visit the station.

(US Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley©)
Added: 23 Feb 2017
DP World report on Senegal launched: creation of jobs; development of free zones; enabling business to flourish

How long-term partnerships between governments and the private sector can help Senegal and other African nations develop their economies was the focus of a discussion between the global trade enabler’s Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem and Senegalese President Macky Sall on the opening day of the World Government Summit, 13 February. This was announced the same day from DPW HQ in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

DP World published a trade impact report with EY (Ernst & Young Global Limited) on the role of its Dakar Container Terminal at the event, noting that 31,000 Senegalese nationals have been supported by the company’s activities with a 63 % increase in Dakar’s imports and exports between 2010 and 2015 as a result of infrastructure investments. Other data shows:

· A 10% growth in annual GDP contributions since 2010.

· An 89% increase in taxes paid by DP World equivalent to the salaries of 11,500 teachers in the country

· DP World supported 4,900 direct, indirect and induced jobs. Every direct job at DP World supports seven indirect and induced jobs elsewhere in Dakar.

· How the port has doubled the average number of vessel moves per hour, reduced truck turnaround times to less than 30 minutes from an average of 2.5 hours and doubled volumes from 270,000 TEU in 2008 to 540,000 in 2016

· Improved efficiency at the port has led to increased share of transit trade – for instance to Mali – from 20% to 90% in 2015

DP World’s report explores the benefits of DP World Dakar for the national economy, while backing the Emerging Senegal programme of the government. During the discussion with President Sall, Sultan Bin Sulayem shed light on his experience of how smart trade solutions can support economic diversification, sustainable growth and prosperity using examples from DP World’s portfolio of 77 global ports and terminals.

DP World Group Chairman and CEO continued by saying: ‘ I am a strong advocate of the power of partnerships for the benefit of all. We have partnered with governments around the world to make trade faster, safer and more efficient. This has a direct impact on the development of local communities and economies, while connecting them with global markets.

‘Long-term partnerships between governments and the private sector can help Senegal and African nations become economic powerhouses over the long term. Our port in Dakar is proof of this. DP World Dakar has effectively doubled berth productivity, reduced truck turnaround times and created many new jobs.

‘These results enable trade allowing the efficient movement of resources and supports the diversification of economies away from agriculture and hydrocarbons, to more manufacturing, industry and services.

‘These are some of the lessons we’ve learnt from operating in over 40 countries and in Dubai. Our flagship Jebel Ali Port and Free Zone is a classic case study on how to get the right connectivity, multi-modal transport and smart digital technology combining to improve the environment for business. Our terminals in London Gateway in the UK and Caucedo in the Dominican Republic are other examples of this model.

‘We will continue to work closely with the government to enhance Senegal’s reputation as a Gateway to Africa and to support the President’s plans to develop its economy. We look forward to working together in the years ahead.’

DP World has proposed a master plan for Dakar to build a multi-purpose port with an economic zone and logistics zone adjacent to new Blaise Diagne International Airport. It allows for the creation of cargo, free movement of goods to support the country’s economic diversification, boosting non-resource exports. It is expected to be one of the most advanced and well-organised free zones in Africa and globally using the latest state-of-the-art equipment and technology.

With a long term view on sustainable development, DP World is also investing in future generations with a focus on education and training. Through the Global Education Programme it is collaborating with local schools to help students learn about the trade and logistics sector.

The programme covers six continents and aims to reach 34,000 students by 2020. The company has delivered 2500 training programmes in Dakar and also supported the building of a nursery school in M’Bam village, outside Dakar for the benefit of the local community.

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DP World Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem (right) with

(centre) Senegalese President Macky Sall on a panel discussion at the World Government Summit in Dubai, 13 February.
Added: 22 Feb 2017
On 21 February the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) published its latest Flag State Performance Table which can be downloaded free of charge via the ICS website. See www.ics-shipping.org/docs/flag-state-performance-table

This ICS Table provides an annual overview of the performance of the world’s flag states against a number of criteria such as port state control records, ratification of international maritime Conventions and attendance at IMO meetings. The Table is mainly intended to encourage shipowners and operators to maintain an open dialogue with their flag administrations with respect to any improvements that might be necessary.

ICS Director of Policy & External Relations, Simon Bennett, said: ‘This year’s ICS Table continues to highlight the sound performance of all of the world’s major flag administrations, regardless of whether they are open registers or so called traditional maritime flags. But in response to feedback from IMO Member States, our member national shipowner associations have agreed to some further refinements in order to make the Table as objective and useful as possible.’

In particular, flag states which do not qualify for the United States Qualship 21 programme have not been given negative performance indicators in the latest ICS Table.

Expained Bennett: ‘The list of flag states qualifying for Qualship 21 now varies considerably from year to year. We therefore no longer currently view non-inclusion as being an indicator of negative performance’. However, flag states that continue to qualify for the US programme are still given a positive performance indicator.

An important development in the previous twelve months is that participation by maritime administrations in the IMO Member State Audit Scheme became mandatory in 2016. ICS therefore intends to add a new field to address this for inclusion in its next Annual Table in 2018.

The ICS Flag State Performance Table for 2016/2017 is now being distributed among ICS national shipowners’ associations and their member companies, which cover over 80% of the world merchant fleet.
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Added: 21 Feb 2017
According to IMO a feasibility study to look into the possible expansion of the Northeast Asia Logistics Information Service Network (NEAL-NET) is being undertaken in Cambodia, as part of a project co-funded by IMO and the People’s Republic of China.

NEAL-NET was established in 2010 by China, Japan and the Republic of Korea as a transnational, non-profit cooperative mechanism for logistics information exchange and technological cooperation. The envisaged expansion of NEAL-NET is expected to support the implementation of the revised Facilitation Convention, which will require public authorities to establish systems for the electronic exchange of information relating to ships’ cargo, crew and passengers, by 8 April 2019.

A team of consultants was in Cambodia from 12-18 February, meeting a range of stakeholders (from the Merchant Marine Department, Phnom Penh Ports Authority, the Civil Aviation Authority, the Bureau of Customs, ship brokers and ship agents’ associations) and making site visits to ports at Phnom Penh and SihanoukVille. It is understood that the aim is to gain a better understanding of existing systems of port logistics information and to identify the port or ports where NEAL-NET might be implemented. A similar feasibility study will be undertaken in Myanmar in March, it is reported.

Once the feasibility studies have been completed, the countries concerned will be able to identify the technical and financial needs for possible inclusion in the NEAL-NET mechanism and will be in a position to apply for relevant funding from national or international institutions.

IMO previously conducted national seminars on “Electronic means for the clearance of ships and use of the single window concept” in Cambodia (2014) and Myanmar (2013).

Photo reproduced by courtesy of IMO©.
Added: 15 Feb 2017
TechWorks Marine, a leader in ocean data networking was awarded a contract to design and deploy an operational wave buoy by the Port of Cork in late 2016, for a station at Roche’s Point in the approach to Cork Harbour.

As heavy seas in Irish waters take a toll on equipment, a large platform was recommended in order to survive and to maximise conspicuity of the data buoy for the benefit of vessels using the harbour.

Central to this development is the TechWorks Marine TMBB-Data Acquisition and Transmission system, a versatile and configurable monitoring platform around which it is designed. The TMBB is a robust, reliable and scalable data acquisition system, which ensures the continuing collection and transmission of quality-assured data to enable clients to make informed decisions linked to their commercial activity.

Already operational, data is being transmitted in real-time every 20 minutes to the Port of Cork operations station. The inertial wave sensor used on the buoy is the SeaView Systems SVS-603. The Mobilis Jet9000 buoy body was selected as the most robust and reliable platform for such long term operational deployment, it is understood.

The engineering team at TechWorks Marine carried out the full system integration and testing. Extensive onsite training was provided, combined with detailed hardware and software documentation. According to a recent statement The TechWorks Marine data buoy can be easily upgraded in the future with additional meteorological and oceanographic sensors given the modular structure of the TMBB system.

Ms Charlotte O’Kelly, CEO of TechWorks Marine confirmed that the Wave buoy was deployed operationally in early December following initial on-site testing by TechWorks Marine. She said: ‘At present, the data buoy reports directly to the Port of Cork operations centre from where its data is used to ensure the safety of ships coming in and out of the harbour.’

Port of Cork Harbour Master, Captain Paul O Regan commented on the wave buoy saying: ‘To date the wave data we have collected has been extremely useful with regards to our shipping operations. Safety is our first priority at the Port of Cork and this technology will assist us as we see larger vessels arriving into the port.’

About TechWorks Marine

Based in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland TechWorks Marine is an internationally recognised leader in the provision of secure, reliable, robust and scalable marine data collecting platforms. In operation since 2002, the company has delivered both data buoys and data buoy networks to a broad range of clients at national and international levels.
Added: 13 Feb 2017
UK Chamber of Shipping President Grahaeme Henderson called for an ‘industry that works for all’ at his address to the Chamber at its Annual Dinner on the evening of 6 February.

The Annual Dinner, one of the best attended in recent years, is the highlight of the UK’s shipping calendar, and Henderson used his speech to call for a step change in seafarer training, safety and efforts to reduce the environmental impact of the global industry.

President Henderson said: ‘As the Prime Minister has said, the UK needs to be a country that works for all and the UK Chamber wants shipping to be the industry that works for all. To do that, we need to step up in some key areas that shape our industry and our values. When I meet the families of our seafarers, they tell me that the most important thing is getting their loved ones home safely.

‘But, our global shipping industry has a fatal accident rate 20 times that of the average British worker and 5 times that of construction. That is simply not good enough.

‘And that is why this year, the UK Chamber has taken on a new leadership role on safety, bringing together seafarers, managers and regulators to work together to enable a step change in safety performance.’

He continued: ‘As ‘the industry that works for all’, we have a huge responsibility to ensure that our children inherit a clean natural environment. The UK Chamber has taken a strong and proactive position, working with our friends at the IMO, on ballast water, emissions and cleaner oceans. But, we need to do more and quicker. Shipping currently emits some 3% of the world’s greenhouse gases and, if unchecked, this could rise to 17% by 2050. That is unacceptable and we need our collective leadership to make the change.

‘And we have a responsibility for employment and to the young people of this country. There is no shortage of talented people who want to make a career in shipping and we need to support them. Having jobs for all, jobs for young people, this is the basic requirement of a successful nation and a successful industry. That is why we have been working with the Government to develop a new funding set-up for seafarer training and we hope to see an announcement of a proposal soon.

Henderson concluded by saying: ‘For me, innovation is one of the most important factors in ensuring that we address the challenges ahead. Embracing new technology will make our industry safer, more environmentally friendly and more efficient with lower costs. Innovation is also about new ways of doing business with a more collaborative business model, to align agendas to make the shipping industry a more joined up operation.’

Editorial note:

Delivering for Britain

As the UK prepares to leave the European Union there is a renewed focus on its trading relationships with the world.

95% of the UK’s international trade is moved by sea and shipping has never been more important to economic prosperity. In this film the Chamber of Shipping shows how the industry is preparing for Brexit, how it is influencing the political landscape and how it is leading the world in investment, skills and technology – in short, this is how shipping is delivering for Britain.

See here: https://www.ukchamberofshipping.com/
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