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Added: 15 Dec 2017
IALA hosted a seminar on Arctic Navigation from 9 to 10 November 2017 at its HQ in St Germain-en-Laye, 78100, France.

This event was following-up a meeting held in February 2010 at IALA attended by Arctic nations where a number of actions were agreed by participants.

Following that meeting IALA informed IMO that nations should take the opportunity to:

• Initiate the establishment of a common Arctic ship reporting and data sharing system;

• Develop a common approach to marine traffic awareness and monitoring;

• Move towards a single, harmonized system of marine aids to navigation; and,

• Anticipate and mitigate risk to maritime traffic and the environment.

In this further meeting (9-10 November 2017) on Arctic navigation the views on the challenges of ensuring safe navigation in Arctic waters of all Arctic nations and international organizations having an interest in the field were discussed.

Thirty-eight delegates, representing eight countries* and six Sister organisations** attended and the seminar was structured with presentations on relevant topics.

Conclusions were agreed on the second day and these appear here:

1. A harmonized approach should be adopted for marking polar routes and providing digital services with common standards of provision, web-based services and other means.

2. IALA-NET is a suitable platform for exchanging and storing historical AIS data for statistical analysis and the use of Risk Management tools.

3. Since connectivity is a primary enabler for development in the Arctic, the limited communication infrastructure continues to be a major challenge.

4. VDES-SAT could provide virtual aids to navigation (AtoNs) and other e-navigation services in the Arctic. The frequency allocation needs to be supported at ITU.

5. A multi-system approach should be developed for resilient PNT, using a mixture of GNSS and terrestrial systems and a multi-system receiver.

6. There is a significant shortage of hydrographic survey data to give a comprehensive set of (simplified) ENCs for Arctic voyages. Crowd sourcing of hydrographic data can give a significant contribution.

The output documents were forwarded to the IALA Council to note and to all IALA Committees for future development.

To the Final Report were added two Annexes:

ANNEX A Resolution of the meeting between Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russian Federation, the United States of America and IALA on 10-12 February 2010.

ANNEX B Seminar on Arctic Navigation – Abstracts of presentations.

*Canada, Denmark, Finland, Norway, People’s Republic of China, Russia, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Attached File: IALA Arctic-Seminar-report.pdf
Added: 14 Dec 2017
The Port of Aden is one of the five best natural ports in the world and has a unique strategic geographical location linking East and West.

On 3 December a ceremony was held at Ma’alla Wharves to honour 51 participants in a training course at the Port of Aden, in the presence of Dr Mohamed Alawi Amzerbah, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Yemen Gulf of Aden Ports’ Corporation (YGAPC), and Brigadier Shalal Ali Shayea, the Director of Aden Governorate Security, on the occasion of the conclusion of the course which covered the International Code of Security on Ships and Water Facilities (ISPS).

The Executive Chairman of YGAPC Amzerbah and Shalal Ali Shayea spoke of the importance of rehabilitation and training for security officers in the port.

Coordination and joint cooperation between the Port of Aden and the security branch of Aden Governorate continues in all joint aspects, the most important of which is the training of individuals and security officers. This is considered the first step on the path to raising the level of readiness of security for staff dealing with local and foreign companies and institutions at the Port of Aden.

Mention was made that the Port of Aden was supported with modern systems including fingerprint and a monitoring network.

Such training courses provide participants with new skills that contribute to the port’s success. Thanks were expressed to the Chairman of the Board of Directors of YGAPC and the Director of Aden Security for their efforts in making the session a success. A vote of thanks went to Captain Riyad Baajaman, Director General of Maritime Safety at the Department of Maritime Affairs, Aden and Afif Mehdi, Deputy General Manager of the Port Corporation’s Maritime Training Centre.

Aden Security Director, Brigadier Shalal Ali, also honoured Dr Mohammed Alawi Amzerabah, Chairman of YGAPC with a certificate of thanks and appreciation for his efforts to train individuals and security officers in the Port of Aden.

New trailers
A few weeks earlier at the end of October the port announced the arrival of twelve new trailers at Aden Container Terminal

In line with modernization and development plans for the Terminal’s equipment and machinery, Aden Ports’ Development Company received twelve trailers with modern and international specifications capable of carrying two containers with a total load of 85 tons.

In a statement, Dr Mohamed Alawi Amzarbah clarified that the leadership of the port has been able, with the efforts of its dedicated staff, to turn words into deeds by the arrival of the second batch of container terminal equipment, which was preceded by the arrival of Reach Stackers with a maximum load of up to 50 tons.

It is understood equipment is expected to arrive at the beginning of 2018 including a generator for the power station at the container terminal as well as a gantry crane with modern specifications to keep pace with marine industry services developments, bringing the number of gantry cranes to eight.

Amzarbah stressed that the management of the port is pursuing a policy of silence in order to let achievements speak for themselves about port management performance.

The Executive Chairman received the new equipment discharged from MSC Clementina. With the arrival of those twelve trailers, the equipment fleet rises in the container terminal to thirty trailers, ready and able to serve all types and sizes of containers.

Picture caption
Participants receiving certificates following port security training.
Photo: Yemen Gulf of Aden Ports’ Corporation (YGAPC) ©.

Added: 11 Dec 2017
ABS Executive Vice President Dr Kirsi Tikka discusses interim benefits on industry’s passage to autonomous shipping

It was reported from Shanghai on 6 December that American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), a leading provider of classification services to the global marine and offshore industries, had participated in the 2017 Marintec China conference in Shanghai, China, where ABS Executive Vice President for Global Marine Dr Kirsi Tikka chaired a panel session on the marine industry’s journey to autonomy and the collective benefits realized along the way.

Dr Tikka said: ‘With fast-paced advances in technology, we are on a journey to autonomous transportation at sea. For the shipping industry, at sea and ashore, it will be a gradual process of evolution.’

Tikka described the benefits that will come during interim phases of the marine industry’s voyage to autonomous shipping.

She added: ‘The transition to the next generation of shipping is fuelled by automation, data and connectivity. Ultimately, success will rely on an iterative process that requires designing, building and testing interim outcomes. The industry will increasingly apply a systems engineering-based approach to build in robustness and reliability into the design. This process can increase the reliability of navigation, propulsion, auxiliaries, and communication – all of which will contribute to improving safety and efficiency. If implemented correctly, evolutionary development will introduce significant benefits to shipping at each phase, before we reach autonomy on a larger scale.’

To conclude Tikka went on to discuss how a new talent profile with different skills will be necessary as the industry moves to autonomy: ‘While we transition to further autonomy, increased automation and connectivity will change how the crews interact with ship systems and shore-based support. Managing significant change, in an industry where changes are adopted slowly, requires innovative thinking and a diverse blend of education and experience.

‘The role of class, with its strong focus on safety, is a fundamental component in the path toward smart shipping. With increases in automation and digitization, confidence in quality, reliability and cybersecurity will be key to ushering in a new era of smart shipping.’

Marintec China, organized by UBM Asia, is one of the top industry conferences in the People’s Republic of China, providing a platform for marine professionals and influential leaders to gather to discuss the industry’s most pressing technical and operational challenges.
Added: 08 Dec 2017
On 7 December the UK Parliament House of Lords (Upper House) EU Committee published its report Brexit: deal or no deal, outlining the potential impact on the UK of leaving the EU without a deal, and examining the feasibility of a transition period immediately post-Brexit.

The report is available here:


Key findings

The report states that no deal would not only be economically damaging, but would bring an abrupt end to cooperation between the UK and EU on issues such as counter terrorism, police and security and nuclear safeguards. It would also necessitate the imposition of controls at the Irish land border.

The Committee agrees with the Government that concluding all aspects of the negotiations before March 2019 would be the best outcome, but notes that the overwhelming weight of evidence suggests that this will be impossible. The Committee concludes that enshrining the Article 50 deadline of 29 March 2019 in domestic law would not be in the national interest.

The Committee questions whether a legally binding transition deal can be reached in time to prevent damage to the UK economy. The Committee notes that negotiations on the future relationship could last several years, and that a standstill transition period may therefore be needed to buy time for negotiations to continue beyond March 2019.

The Committee notes that the only secure legal basis for transition may be to use one of the two options available under Article 50, either to extend UK membership of the EU for a time limited period, or to set a date later than March 2019 for withdrawal to take effect.

Freight, transport and ports

Evidence to the Committee on freight, transport and ports can be read in box 4 on page 14.

To see evidence by the Freight Transport Association readers are invited to view Appendix 2, the List of Witnesses. See Freight Transport Association, page 54, clicking on code DND 0023 takes you to their evidence.

The House of Lords European Union Committee

The European Union Committee is appointed each session to scrutinise documents deposited in the House by a Minister, and other matters relating to the European Union.

In practice this means that the Select Committee, along with its Sub-Committees, scrutinises the UK Government’s policies and actions in respect of the EU; considers and seeks to influence the development of policies and draft laws proposed by the EU institutions; and more generally represents the House of Lords in its dealings with the EU institutions and other Member States.

The six Sub-Committees are as follows:

Energy and Environment Sub-Committee

External Affairs Sub-Committee

Financial Affairs Sub-Committee

Home Affairs Sub-Committee

Internal Market Sub-Committee

Justice Sub-Committee

Publications, press notices, details of membership, forthcoming meetings and other information is available at http://www.parliament.uk/hleu

General information about the House of Lords and its Committees is available at



The Committee can be followed on Twitter: @LordsEUCom.
Added: 06 Dec 2017
It was reported from IMO HQ on 4 December that the Directors of five regional Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres (MTCCs) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish the global maritime technology centre network.

This network of MTCCS – in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific – is the mainstay of the GMN* maritime technology project, run by IMO and funded by the European Union.

MTCCs are expected to provide leadership in promoting ship energy-efficiency technologies and operations, and the reduction of harmful emissions from ships.

Through collaboration and outreach activities at regional level, the MTCCs will help countries develop national maritime energy-efficiency policies and measures, promote the uptake of low-carbon technologies and operations in maritime transport and establish voluntary pilot data-collection and reporting systems.

Speaking at the signing, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim offered his congratulations to all five MTCC representatives, MTCC host institutions, host countries and regions, the European Union, and the IMO Team for the rapid progress made in forming the GMN since the project was first mooted two years ago.

His Excellency said: ‘The GMN project brings together two of the most important themes that IMO and its member states are pursuing as we move into a new era. These are developing new and innovative technology and building the necessary capacity, the latter especially directed to the developing world, to be in a position to take up that technology and then use it to its best advantage.

‘Today, we live in a world in which new technology seems poised to have a transforming impact on all our lives. Shipping is no exception. Technology holds the key to a safer and more sustainable future for shipping.’

The GMN project supports IMO’s work in meeting three key UN Sustainable Development Goals:

SDG 13, which includes a commitment to combat climate change and its impacts;
SDG 7, which commits to ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all; and

SDG 9 on industry, innovation and infrastructure.

The GMN project promotes international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology, in particular energy-efficiency and advanced, cleaner fossil-fuel technology, and fosters investment in energy infrastructure and clean-energy technology.

Following the signing ceremony, MTCC Directors and other representatives from the MTCCS, as well as from the European Union and IMO are meeting in the project steering committee this week.

On 7 December, the first meeting of the Global Stakeholders Committee will be held, it is understood.

The Global Stakeholders Committee brings together technical experts to share ideas and provide long-term strategic guidance to the project. Participation in the stakeholder committee is on a voluntary basis and no fees are paid.

The five MTCCS are:

MTCC-Africa – hosted by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Mombasa, Kenya

MTCC-Asia – hosted by Shanghai Maritime University, China

MTCC-Caribbean – hosted by University of Trinidad and Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago

MTCC-Latin America – hosted by International Maritime University of Panama, Panama

MTCC-Pacific – hosted by Pacific Community, Suva, Fiji

The following signed the MoU: Dr Robert Kiplimo, Director, (MTCC-Africa); Professor Jin Yongxing, Director, MTCC-Asia; Ms Vivian Rambarath-Parasram, Director, MTCC-Caribbean; Mr Eladio Peñaloza, Head, MTCC-Latin America; and Mr Thierry Nervale, Director, MTCC-Pacific.

Also present at the signing ceremony was Ms Magda Kopczynska, Director, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) of the European Commission.

* Global Maritime Technologies Cooperation Centres (MTCCs) Developing countries and, in particular, Least Developed Countries and Small Islands Developing States, will be the main beneficiaries of this ambitious initiative. See also: https://gmn.imo.org
Added: 05 Dec 2017
On 1 December it was reported that the Danish Parliament (Folketinget) had adopted a number of new initiatives in the maritime area which will, inter alia, make it easier to keep and ensure growth in Danish maritime activities and boost the pleasure craft business.

Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs Brian Mikkelsen commented: ‘These initiatives will help ensure that the Danish flag remains attractive in a globalised world. At the same time, we will continue to simplify a number of regulations for the benefit of, inter alia, yachtsmen in Denmark.’

It is understood that the Danish Parliament has adopted new regulations in four areas:

1. The provisions on foreign owners’ possibility of having ships registered under the Danish flag have been adjusted and clarified. The purpose is to help ensure that Denmark can retain and extend its global position as a major attractive flag State and as a maritime hub.

2. The possibilities of having liens and other rights registered in medium-sized pleasure craft have been simplified by moving the registration from the Register of Shipping to the Personal Registry. Faster and easier access to the registration of liens is expected to result in increased sale of pleasure craft and increased use of loan finance with positive economic consequences for banks, financing institutions and boat dealers.

3. The liability limitation amounts in connection with wreck removal have also been increased. Hereby, it becomes more certain that the expenses incurred for the removal of wrecks following marine accidents, etc. are paid by the shipowner and its insurance company rather than by the State.

4. Finally, a number of other amendments have been adopted, including an amendment of the provisions on maritime liens whereby port dues are secured through maritime liens in the ship – also in connection with privately owned ports.

The new provisions are reported to enter into force on 1 January 2018. However, the amendments related to pleasure craft will not become effective until 1 March 2018.
Added: 03 Dec 2017
It was reported by the European Space Agency (ESA) from Paris on 30 November that Director General Jan Wörner had signed a Memorandum of Intent with Rolls-Royce, as the two entities agree to investigate how space technology can be used to develop autonomous and remote-controlled ships.

The partners will pool their expertise to analyse and implement space-enabled services for autonomous and remote-controlled shipping, which reduces the opportunity for human error and allows ships’ crews to concentrate on more valuable tasks.

It is understood that the plan is to study the applications of various space assets to autonomous shipping, such as satellite-based positioning, better situational awareness using Earth observation data, and satellite communications (satcom) services for improved onboard connectivity.

Collaboration with the Rolls-Royce Ship Intelligence division aims to develop and validate new ship-to-shore integrated land-based and satellite-based systems.

ESA has been working on these for some time under its Satellite for 5G (S45G) initiative.

S45G aims at developing and demonstrating integrated satellite- and terrestrial-based 5G services, across multiple vertical markets and various use cases.

It was reported that the 5G next generation of communication services will rely on this harmonious integration of networks, driving a convergence of fixed and mobile services, including satcom services.

Weaving together terrestrial and space services
Furthermore, it was reported that ESA is supporting the technological and supply chain evolutions that are required to weave together terrestrial and space services, with a focus on the transport sector (maritime, aviation and land based), and on other markets such as public safety and media.

This unified space-and-ground service is what will enable the operation of commercial autonomous shipping, as well as drive innovation in future commercial marine vessels, cargo logistics and smart ports, it is understood.

The two partners, ESA and R-R, have agreed to cooperate to test, validate and innovate on satcom connectivity technologies and applications between vessel and shore, as well as support the testing and modelling of the safety-critical software that would make self-operated ships viable.

Future Rolls-Royce navigation and telecommunication equipment will be able to be tested at ESA’s technical centre in The Netherlands, capitalising on the centre’s space-grade facilities.

Jan Wörner said: ‘Space technologies provide tangible benefits for the citizens of Europe. Partnerships, such as this one with Rolls-Royce, take solutions originally developed for the unique challenges of the space environment and bring them down to Earth.

‘Space 4.0 and ESA’s Satellite for 5G initiative enable, support and foster developments, validations and trials of products and applications in diverse areas of the maritime industry, and this partnership between ESA and Rolls-Royce will enable satellites to serve ship intelligence, marine operations, navigation, cargo logistics, maritime safety, healthcare, passenger and crew communications.’

Picture caption

An autodocking system automates the first and last phases of the crossing right up to the quay.

Autodocking systems use additional sensors to assess proximity to harbour structures such as moles at the entrance, and distance to the berth. The propulsion system is adjusted by the system to bring the ferry safely and with minimum energy consumption to and from the docks.

Photo: Copyright: Rolls-Royce Plc © Id 387300.

IMO COUNCIL 2018-2019IMO COUNCIL 2018-2019
Added: 03 Dec 2017
IMO Council 2018-2019

IMO announced on 1 December that the Assembly had elected the following States to be Members of its Council for the 2018-2019 biennium:

Category (a) 10 States with the largest interest in providing international shipping services:

China, Greece, Italy, Japan, Norway, Panama, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, United States.

Category (b) 10 States with the largest interest in international seaborne trade:

Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Arab Emirates.

Category (c) 20 States not elected under (a) or (b) above, which have special interests in maritime transport or navigation and whose election to the Council will ensure the representation of all major geographic areas of the world:

Bahamas, Belgium, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey.

The Council is the executive organ of IMO and is responsible, under the Assembly, for supervising the work of the Organization. Between sessions of the Assembly, the Council performs all the functions of the Assembly, except that of making recommendations to Governments on maritime safety and pollution prevention.

The newly elected Council will meet, following the conclusion of the 30th Assembly, for its 119th session (on 7 December) and will elect its Chair and Vice-Chair for the next biennium.

IMO Assembly
The 30th Assembly of IMO gathered in meeting in London at IMO HQ on 27 November sitting to 6 December 2017.

All 172 Member States and three Associate Members* are entitled to attend the Assembly, which is IMO’s highest governing body.

The intergovernmental organizations with which agreements of co-operation have been concluded and international non-governmental organizations (of which IHMA is one) in consultative status with IMO are also invited to attend.

The Assembly normally meets once every two years in regular session. It is responsible for approving the work programme, voting the budget and determining the financial arrangements of the Organization. It also elects the Organization’s 40-Member Council.

*Faroes, Hong Kong China and Hong Kong Macao.
Added: 01 Dec 2017
Carbon emissions, safety and cyber security were at the top of the agenda at the annual Tripartite Shipbuilding Forum which attracted more than 100 delegates.

At the end of two days of debate it was agreed that the industry needs to design ships differently and be more technologically innovative to reach world climate goals and counter cyber security risks. This was reported by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) on 27 November in a statement issued on behalf of:


For over 16 years this Tripartite forum has provided an opportunity for representative associations of shipowners, classification societies and shipyards to discuss contemporary issues related to design, construction and operation of new and future ships.

This year’s themes were decarbonisation of ships, safe design and digitalisation. These issues are interlinked as they are all relevant to the creation of a more efficient seaborne transport system.

At its most recent meeting in Nantong, China, hosted by China Classification Society, the forum reached several general conclusions on ship design and technology.

Working to reduce CO2 emissions
The shipping industry urgently needs new ship designs, equipment, propulsion systems and alternative fuels to achieve the CO2 reduction goals established by the Paris Agreement on climate change, and the specific objectives to be established for international shipping by the IMO as part of its greenhouse gas reduction strategy.

It was agreed that the shipping industry needs to use all available technology to a much greater extent, and increase technological innovation to reduce CO2 emissions to the ambitious degree required by the international community.

The Tripartite forum has therefore established inter-industry working groups with the aim of developing a better understanding of current R&D efforts for the new technologies needed by the shipping sector to realise its vision for zero CO2 emissions this century.

Participants at the Tripartite gatherings hope that the general understandings reached at its meeting will send an important signal to all industry stakeholders about the vital role that everyone must play to deliver the continuous improvement of shipping’s environmental performance now demanded by global society.

Safety cannot be compromised
The critical importance of the safety of seafarers and the ships which they operate were also part of the meeting’s agenda.

There are increasing concerns that new regulations governing ship designs aimed at further reducing CO2 emissions could potentially have adverse effects on the safe operation of ships.

One example would be any legal requirements that led to a further reduction of engine power. The concern is that ships could get into problems during bad weather if the engine is insufficiently powered, putting both the crew and the environment at serious risk.

The Tripartite meeting participants agreed that safety of life at sea must always remain paramount.

Design cyber-resilient ships
Recent cyberattacks have increased awareness of potential threats facing the industry.

When it comes to ship design and construction, it was generally agreed that the industry needs to adopt new methods and standards to create more resilient digital systems on board. A more layered approach to a ship’s digital system and greater segregation can increase safety, so that a single attack cannot readily spread to IT and other systems both on board the ship and ashore.

The Tripartite forum agreed that in advance of its next meeting in 2018, the industry partners represented at Tripartite will work together to develop new design standards, which will help raise the resilience of ships’ digital systems and make them more resistant to possible cyber- attacks.

Intersessional work
This year’s issues will be worked on over the coming year and form input to next year’s Tripartite meeting, which will be held in the Autumn of 2018 in the Republic of Korea.

The organisations present at Tripartite also re-confirmed their ongoing collaboration towards industry self-regulation as an important complement to the statutory regulations developed by IMO.
Added: 30 Nov 2017
Houston maritime pilots
Two maritime pilots (illustrated) who defied fire to bring a burning ship to safety, averting a major maritime catastrophe, received the 2017 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea during the 2017 IMO awards ceremony, held on 27 November.

Pilots Captain Michael G McGee and Captain Michael C Phillips, from Houston, were recognized for their role in averting a major tragedy in September 2016. The ship they were piloting, the 247 metres loa tanker Aframax River, broke down in the Houston Ship Channel in the middle of the night and burst into flames after colliding with mooring dolphins.

Captain McGee and Captain Phillips were surrounded by a towering wall of burning fuel as the raging fire quickly spread across the channel, threatening other tank ships and nearby waterfront facilities.

Both pilots remained at their stations on the bridge of the ship during the fire. Captain McGee managed to manoeuvre the stricken and blazing vessel away from surrounding ships and facilities. Captain Phillips coordinated communications and firefighting efforts with the United States Coast Guard and numerous local fireboats. Captain Phillips rushed to grab a fire extinguisher and put out a fire raging on the port bridge wing.

The inferno was finally extinguished after 90 minutes, leaving both pilots exhausted and suffering minor burns. Captain McGee, using tugs, was then able to bring the damaged tanker safely to a mooring facility.

Both pilots were nominated by the International Maritime Pilots’ Association (IMPA). The Award was decided by a panel of judges and endorsed by the IMO Council at its 118th session in July this year.

Presenting the pilots with medals and certificates, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said they had been faced with a challenge which was out of the ordinary and required great initiative and heroism.

Accepting the Award, Captain Phillips agreed that the incident on the night of 6 September, 2016 was not something that they encountered in routine piloting duties.

He said, ‘It’s also not something that we train for or practice. Frankly, we didn’t have a lot of time to even think about what we needed to do. We just did it.
‘We’d like to think, however, that we did what we did in large measure because we’re state pilots. We’re used to taking control when we climb aboard a ship. Pilots don’t sit back and wait for others to tell them what to do. We also feel a deep responsibility for protecting our port. We are proud to be state commissioned pilots and proud of what state pilots do in safeguarding their respective ports. In that respect, we accept this award on behalf of our fellow pilots in Houston and everywhere else in the world.’

Certificates of Commendation
During the award ceremony, certificates of commendation were also presented to the following:

Boatswain’s Mate First Class Jacob M Hylkema, crew member of the 52-foot motor life boat Invincible, United States Coast Guard. He was nominated by the USA, for risking his own life in rescuing the master of the sailing vessel Grace during rough seas, driving rain and strong winds off the west coast of the United States of America, near Westport, Washington, on a night in October 2016. Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, Commandant of the United States Coast Guard received the certificate on his behalf.

Vice-Captain Damir Rikanovic (a Croatian national) and Marina Team Leader Kurt Dreyer (a German national), crew members of the passenger ship Crystal Esprit. They were nominated by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), for rescuing, at great risk to themselves, eight people from the catamaran El Diablo which had been grounded on a reef off the Seychelles Islands during severe weather in February 2017.

Vice-Captain Rikanovic was at the ceremony in person to receive his certificate. Mr Gustaf Gronberg, Senior Vice President, Marine Operations and Newbuilding, Star Cruises Ltd, received Mr Dreyer’s certificate on his behalf.

Mr Lee Gwang Hee, Chief Engineer of the fishing boat 2015 Bogyeongho. He was nominated by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) for his courage and determination while fighting a fire that had broken out in the engine room of the fishing boat which was off the coast of the Republic of Korea at the time. The fire was quickly spreading. After initially being unable to put out the fire, Mr Lee, a national of the Republic of Korea, courageously re-entered the engine room, closing ventilators and the entrance door, and extinguished the fire, saving the lives of his fellow seafarers.

Mr Branko Berlan, Accredited Representative to IMO, ITF, received the certificate on his behalf.
Letters of Commendation
Letters of commendation have been sent to:

Captain Lu Guoqiang, Master of the patrol boat Haixun 0611, Lianyungang Maritime Safety Administration, nominated by China, for rescuing seven crew members of the sinking cargo ship Sulianyunganghuo 1667.

Captain Patrick Norrgård and the crew of mv Norstream, nominated by Finland, for rescuing seven crew members of the sunken cargo vessel Fluvius Tamar;

Captain Amir Janbod (posthumously), Master of mv Golafruz, nominated by the Islamic Republic of Iran, for his role in the rescue of eight crew members of the yacht Trekker II. Sadly, Captain Janbod passed away on the Golafruz three days later, following a heart attack.

The crew of the rescue helicopter Pesca II, Galicia Coast Guard Service, and the crew of the rescue helicopter Helimer 211, Spanish Maritime Safety Agency, nominated by Spain, for their role in the coordinated rescue operation of 12 crew members of the sunken fishing vessel Gure Uxua.

The crew of the fast rescue boat Kiyem 5, Turkish Directorate General of Coastal Safety, nominated by Turkey, for rescuing all 10 crew members of the sailing boat Acadia 7.

IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea
This annual Award was established by IMO to provide international recognition for those who, at the risk of losing their own life, perform acts of exceptional bravery, displaying outstanding courage in attempting to save life at sea or in attempting to prevent or mitigate damage to the marine environment.

For 2017, 33 nominations were received from 16 Member States and five non-governmental organizations.
Added: 28 Nov 2017
Ethical hackers Pen Test Partners have highlighted a vulnerability in the load planning processes used by container ships.

In the words of Senior Partner, Ken Munro: ‘Intercepting and modifying the messaging used in bay planning can be relatively straightforward if you know what you are doing. When asked to investigate this, we noticed a lack of security in the validation of the message’s integrity and a simple phishing attack is all it takes to gain access.’

By modifying the messages, and therefore the loading plan itself, a hacker could cause a vessel to list by swapping the order that containers are loaded leading to instability.

Hackers could also cause environmental damage and incur heavy fines for shipping lines by forcing emergency discharge of ballast water as a result of unexpected out-of-trim situations caused by bay plan manipulation.

Refrigerated containers could be switched off spoiling thousands of pounds worth of perishable food, and so the list goes on.

Not only that, but Pen Test Partners have discovered that USB sticks are commonly used to transfer the load plans from ship to port. This poses a major security risk as a USB infected with malware could cause series issues for port authorities.

Munro added: ‘Ship security has a long way to go to catch up with the level of security we expect in corporate networks. They are remote, difficult to update, and their IT hardware is often old and not well maintained. Ship owners and managers need to have a cyber security plan in place and should review their current IT systems to make sure that any potential weak points open to attack are closed as soon as possible.’

Pen Test Partners LLP is a penetration testing company that specializes in security testing of maritime, automotive and utility control systems. It provides unbiased testing and appraisal of any and every environment, whether a container ship, a connected vehicle, the latest smart fridge or even connected toys.

The company also advises on incident response, in real time, when needed.

More information including security tips, good practice advice and fascinating hacking examples are to be found at https://www.pentestpartners.com/
Added: 27 Nov 2017
It was announced from Portsmouth on 22 November 2017 that ASV Global has converted a 26ft hydrographic survey launch to enable it to operate autonomously using the proven ASView control system, while maintaining its ability to operate in a conventional manned mode.

The launch (illustrated), which is part of the Canadian Coast Guard’s (CCG) fleet dedicated to the survey operations of the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS), will be used as a test platform for unmanned survey work.

Delivery to the CHS marks ASV Global’s tenth unmanned conversion of a client’s vessel using the ASView system.

ASView enables the launch to follow planned missions giving it the capability to operate as a standalone survey launch controlled from the shore or in providing greater capability when controlled from another vessel.

It is understood that ASView seamlessly interfaces with the craft’s existing engine, steering and navigation systems to enable autonomous operation. To achieve this the launch is connected to a remote station by way of a suite of Internet Protocol (IP) radios enabling monitoring of the survey data.

The launch is equipped with an advanced collision avoidance system using radar and AIS to ensure safe operation.

Situational awareness is provided by five onboard cameras with audio feedback. ASView monitors sensors within the launch including those for depth of water, engine and battery health in turn alerting the remote station of any potential hazards.

ASV Global Sales & Marketing Director, Vince Dobbin commented: ‘We are very excited to be working with the CHS as it looks to integrate autonomous technology into its operations. We support their passion for using innovative ways of working to improve safety and maximise efficiencies at sea’.

ASV Global’s team of autonomous systems engineers worked closely with the CHS team, completing the installation and acceptance tests onsite in Canada over the course of five weeks, it is reported. Following afloat testing, ASV Global delivered its MCA-recognised Maritime Autonomous System Operator training course to delegates from CHS and CCG.

ASView is ASV Global’s proprietary control system, developed and optimised specifically for autonomous and remote control of unmanned vessels and conversion of manned vessels to unmanned use.

In continuous development since 2008, ASView has been deployed in over 90 unmanned new build and retrofitted vessels. The proven system has accumulated over 1500 days of unmanned operations.
Added: 22 Nov 2017
Shipping must be economically sustainable if it is to deliver on environmental sustainability, ICS tells OECD

Addressing government trade negotiators in the OECD Working Party on Shipbuilding at a workshop on green growth in Paris on 20 November, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) asserted that the shipping industry could only be environmentally sustainable if it is economically sustainable too.

In the words of ICS Director of Policy Simon Bennett: ‘The perennial challenge facing shipowners is overcapacity, aided and abetted by government subsidies and support measures that encourage shipyards to produce ships that are surplus to requirements. If governments are serious about helping the shipping industry deliver on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the OECD needs to reboot efforts to have a global agreement on the elimination of market distorting measures from shipbuilding. Despite being in existence for over 50 years it is disappointing that the working party on shipbuilding has still made little progress, with the last round of negotiations on a new OECD agreement having been suspended several years ago.’

At the meeting ICS also set out the progress that is being made to further improve the shipping industry’s environmental performance.

With regard to successfully implementing the UN IMO Ballast Water Management Convention, Bennett said, whenever possible, shipowners should only install treatment systems that have been approved in accordance with the revised and more robust type-approval standards adopted by IMO in 2016, even though their use is not yet mandatory, in order to ensure that it would be fit for purpose in all operating conditions worldwide.

On the 2020 global sulphur in fuel cap, ICS explained that in conjunction with other shipowner associations it is working on a proposal to IMO that the carriage of non-compliant bunker fuels should be banned in order to ensure fair competition.

On the development by IMO of a suitably ambitious strategy for the reduction of CO2 emissions by the international shipping sector, Bennett concluded by saying: ‘The vision of ICS is zero CO2 emissions as soon as possible using alternative fuels and new propulsion technologies. But so long as ships are dependent on fossils fuels, IMO Member States need to be both politically and technically realistic about what can achieved in the short term if this is to be compatible with the legitimate concerns of emerging economies about the impacts on trade and their sustainable development’.

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Simon Bennett, ICS Director of Policy and External Relations.
Photo: ICS ©.
Added: 20 Nov 2017
Cooperation for oil spill preparedness in west, central and southern Africa
Côte d’Ivoire conference 6-9 November

From an IMO briefing of 17 November it has been learnt that participants at a regional conference discussed a number of topics, including relevant international and regional legislation, exercising and training, use of oil spill dispersants, trans-boundary cooperation and shoreline clean-up.

It was reported that the regional conference of countries in west, central and southern Africa have now committed themselves to continue to work at national and regional levels to boost preparedness to deal with oil spill incidents which could be devastating for the marine environment and financially.

Held from 6-9 November in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, the Conference was hosted by CIAPOL, the Ivoirian pollution control centre (Centre Ivoirien Antipollution).

This event brought together industry and government focal points from 20 out of 22 west, central and southern African countries* covered by the Global Initiative for West, Central and Southern Africa (GI-WACAF). This project is run by the IMO and the IPIECA (the London-based International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association).

The GI-WACAF project aims to enhance the level of oil-spill preparedness in a particularly vulnerable region, adjacent to international sea trade routes and significant and rapidly expanding offshore oil and gas activity. The regional conference is said to be the largest event for oil spill preparedness, response and cooperation activities in the regions of west, central and southern Africa. It is held once every two years to review progress to date, provide a forum to share experiences and set the project’s priorities for the next two years.

Broad participation
Participants discussed a number of topics, including relevant international and regional legislation, exercise and training, use of oil spill dispersants, trans-boundary cooperation and shoreline clean-up. Experts from Cedre, ITOPF, OSPRI, OSRL, SANCCOB and a number of international oil companies** helped to facilitate the conference, alongside the Project’s network of dedicated focal points from the region.

Strengthening national oil spill response capacities
The GI-WACAF project, which was initiated in 2006, focuses on strengthening national oil spill response capacities as well as transboundary response capabilities, in line with IMO’s International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation 1990 (OPRC 90). This treaty is the international instrument that provides a framework designed to facilitate international co-operation and mutual assistance in preparing for and responding to major oil pollution incidents. It requires States to plan and prepare by developing national systems for pollution response in their respective countries, and by maintaining adequate capacity and resources to address oil pollution emergencies.

Numerous activities designed to develop many aspects of national spill preparedness and response have been held over the past decade.
The 100th GI-WACAF activity, in Abidjan and Assinie, Côte d’Ivoire (8-9 June 2017), demonstrated progress being made in the region.

During that activity, GI-WACAF’s primary role was the evaluation of a national exercise, planned and implemented by the national authorities, which simulated the collision of an oil tanker with an unknown ship off the Ivorian coast, causing a major oil spill. This oil spill training exercise involved more than 100 participants from various public institutions and the private sector, working together to respond to the simulated spill, first at sea and then ashore. The exercise tested Côte d’Ivoire’s National Oil Spill Contingency Plan, developed with support from the GI-WACAF project.

These efforts aim to complement the work undertaken at the national level to ratify and fully implement relevant IMO treaties, including the OPRC Convention and liability and compensation treaties which cover pollution damage by oil from ships (such as the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage (CLC 1992) and the International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001).

Ratification amongst countries is steadily increasing. Most of the 22 countries have now ratified the OPRC and CLC conventions, while the pace of ratification of the Bunkers convention needs further commitment and focus since only six of the 22 have ratified this treaty to date.

Since the GI-WACAF project’s inception, significant strides have been made throughout the region in the development of spill preparedness and response capacity, with nearly all countries now having a designated competent authority response for spill response. There has been a three-fold increase in the number of countries with a national oil spill contingency plan.

Further priorities
The need for improved inter-agency coordination and clear agreement and definition on the roles and responsibilities of those engaged in all aspects of oil preparedness and response at a national level were also highlighted at the conference. Further support in effectively addressing shoreline clean-up and waste management within national spill response systems, was also identified as a priority need for action in the next two years.

*The 22 African countries in the GI-WACAF project are: Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Mauritania, Namibia, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.
Added: 17 Nov 2017
The northern European tugboat market has been experiencing tough competition among operators for several years, with takeovers and fusions shaping the landscape. More and more shipping companies are building alliances, with a clear aim: to cover the entire port range as far as possible together with a partner.

As purely organic growth in the northern European markets is no longer possible, growth can only be gained through acquisitions or takeovers – a route the traditional Hamburg-based company Fairplay Towage has followed. On 8 November the closing was finalised, thus completing the fusion process.

The takeover of Bugsier was accomplished under the leadership of Fairplay, yet at eye level with the new partner. Fairplay will put the Management Board in place, and the Bugsier brand will continue to be a player on the market. This was reported by Fairplay from Hamburg on 13 November. |

In the words of Walter Collet, Managing Director for Fairplay: ‘Bugsier is a well-known and reliable player in the German towage industry. We have absolutely no intention to abandon this brand or change it. We want to leverage the unique expertise of both companies to boost our presence in the local markets, increase customer loyalty and win over new customers.’

It is understood that thanks to the mutual enhancement of both portfolios, the companies can offer, in addition to port towage, services in the areas of offshore support, mooring, renewable energies, towage and terminal work.

The emergency tugboats and oil recovery vessels, which have been in operation for many years for the Coastal Protection Consortium, will continue to be ready and available around the clock.

Furthermore, fusion of Fairplay and Bugsier guarantees even broader coverage of a majority of the most frequented ports. With a fleet of more than 100 tugboats, around 700 employees and approximately 45 apprentices, Fairplay is one of Europe’s leading tugboat operators. It is globally active as a long-distance towage operator and has many years’ experience in the oil and gas industry in Europe, West Africa and, particularly, off the coast of Angola.

Fairplay Schleppdampfschiffs-Reederei Richard Borchard GmbH was founded by Richard Borchard in 1905 in Hamburg. The company is an established partner in the towage of oil rigs and jack-ups, and in the support of FPSOs.

With offices in Rotterdam, Antwerp, Stettin, Swinemünde, Gdynia, Rostock, Terneuzen and Bremerhaven, the shipping company is present in more than 26 European ports and additionally holds shares in the Netherlands-based towage and salvage company Multraship Salvage B.V.

Fairplay is certified according to ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001, and is both Achilles and Connexio accredited. Additionally offshore tugboats from Fairplay are audited to the Offshore Vessel Inspection Database (OVID) standard.

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The new alliance between Bugsier and Fairplay
Photo: © Fairplay, Peter Neumann.
Port State Control regimes move to boost collaboration, harmonization and information sharingPort State Control regimes move to boost collaboration, harmonization and information sharing
Added: 15 Nov 2017
On 6 November in an IMO briefing it was reported that Port State Control ship inspection regimes have pledged to strengthen collaboration with IMO and among themselves with information sharing to eliminate substandard ships.

A recent workshop held from 24 to 26 October for Port State control (PSC) MoU/Agreement Secretaries and Database Managers and Member States, the seventh of its kind, was held at IMO headquarters in London.

Participants shared experiences, highlighted new projects and approved a wide range of recommendations, which are aimed at further collaboration, harmonization and information sharing. Recommendations will be forwarded for review by IMO and the regional governing bodies of PSC regimes.

IMO support for regional PSC regimes
Since the first regional PSC agreement was signed in 1982 (the Paris MoU), IMO has supported the establishment of eight other regional PSC regimes, achieving a global maritime network.

Areas of responsibility of the nine regional regimes cover all (or part of) Europe and the north Atlantic (Paris MoU); Asia and the Pacific (Tokyo MoU); Latin America (Acuerdo de Viña del Mar); Caribbean (Caribbean MoU); West and Central Africa (Abuja MoU); Black Sea (Black Sea MoU); Mediterranean Sea (Mediterranean MoU); Indian Ocean (Indian Ocean MoU); and Persian Gulf (Riyadh MoU). The United States Coast Guard maintains the tenth PSC regime.

This Workshop noted the growing number of PSC regimes implementing targeted inspections mechanisms, as well as incentive schemes, so that ships found in compliance with international standards are subject to fewer inspections, while substandard ships are targeted more.

It was reported that regimes feed IMO with PSC information, which has potential significant relevance to the IMO regulatory process. Specifically, annual reports on inspections and the outcome of concentrated inspection campaigns are reported to the IMO Sub-Committee on the Implementation of IMO Instruments (III).

Furthermore, data exchange agreements enable a PSC module on the Global Integrated Shipping Information System (GISIS) to be populated.

Development of statistical output / compatibility of systems
Among the recommendations made by the meeting, the PSC regimes agreed to explore the development of statistical output and to look into the compatibility of their systems. They also agreed to consider moving away from black/grey/white lists towards expanding an individual ship risk profile approach.

As a potential step towards mutual recognition of other regimes’ activities, the PSC regimes agreed to convey to their regional governing bodies the recommended use of the results of interregional information exchanges in their internal procedures, including their targeting systems.

It was further reported that the Workshop recommended that PSC regimes consider developing and maintaining, in their information systems, a coordinated list of under-performing ships. The possible development of a common platform for interregional exchange to facilitate informal exchange among PSC regimes, as well as the development of joint working policies, were also recommended.

In continuation, the Workshop considered the possibility of establishing an outreach partnership between IMO and PSC regimes, the objectives of which would be to disseminate the outcome of the work of IMO; to collect first-hand feedback on implementation; and to develop technical cooperation and capacity building activities. Appropriate fora at IMO and in PSC regimes will be invited to consider this matter.

Existing technical cooperation activities, partially supported by IMO in order to encourage the sharing of expertise among PSC regimes, should be enhanced under IMO’s Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme (ITCP).

Harmonized training
Recognizing the need for training of new entrants in port State and flag State personnel, the Workshop recommended that IMO consider developing a harmonized training manual for use by flag State inspectors and PSC officers.

To support the implementation of the Code of Good Practice included in the IMO Procedures for PSC, the III Sub-committee will be invited to consider developing a format for a PSC letter to the Master. This would set out how an inspection would be carried out and would be signed by both the PSC officer and the Master.

The IMO PSC Workshop also recommended that a dedicated GISIS facility for complaints could be developed.

The Workshop went on to consider the simplification of reporting procedures for port States, in the context of practical data management involving both IMO and the International Labour Organization (ILO). The meeting requested the IMO Secretariat to liaise with the ILO Secretariat, with a view to establishing a single window system, through GISIS.

Future meetings
Finally, the meeting recommended that future workshops be held every two years and that the agenda should include discussion on the use of body cameras by PSC officers.

Funding from the IMO Voyage Together Trust Fund supported the participation of representatives of the nine regional PSC regimes at the seventh IMO Workshop for PSC MoU/Agreement Secretaries and Database Managers, with an increased focus on Member States’ representatives. The meeting was chaired by Dr Vitaly Klyuev (Russian Federation), and Ms Carien Droppers (Paris MoU) was Vice-Chair.
Added: 14 Nov 2017
Cargo operations: fatal accident in port
(UK) Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) report issued

On 18 December 2016, the bulk carrier Graig Rotterdam was discharging a deck cargo of packaged timber at anchor in Alexandria Port, Egypt.

At 1109, the bosun, a Chinese national, fell overboard after the timber deck cargo stack on which he was standing partially collapsed. He fell into a barge that was secured alongside Although the ship’s crew provided first-aid following the accident, the bosun later died of his injuries.

The relevant report has now been published by the MAIB and was available from 9 November 2017.

To see MAIB Accident Investigation Report 25/2017 readers are invited to take a look at the link here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5a003f07ed915d15b3e5ae01/MAIBInvReport25_2017.pdf

Safety Issues
The MAIB report states that poor stevedoring practices probably contributed to the unsecured cargo stack collapsing, and no measures were in place to prevent the bosun from falling overboard as a result

With the deck cargo lashings removed, the cargo packages had insufficient racking strength to counter the effects of ship movement, cargo repositioning, dunnage displacement, barges securing to deck cargo stacks, and cargo discharge operations over a prolonged period

Poor stevedoring practices that had previously been witnessed by the ship’s crew were not discussed and so were allowed to continue

MAIB’s report continued by stating that Graig Ship Management Limited has been recommended (No 2017/149) to reinforce and, as appropriate, modify its Safety Management System with respect to the carriage of timber cargoes to ensure that:

(a) a lifeline or other means for attaching a safety harness is available to counter the risk of ship’s crew or shore stevedores falling from the top of a deck cargo stack or as a result of a deck cargo stack collapse;

(b) where possible a master or chief officer should be appointed with experience of the cargo type being carried, and

(c) ship’s crew should proactively engage with shore stevedores for the purpose of maintaining a safe system of work during cargo operations

Furthermore, Norlat Shipping Limited AS has been recommended (No 2017/150) to ensure that all cargo information, as required by the International Maritime Organization’s Code of Safe Practice for Ships Carrying Timber Deck Cargoes, is provided to the master or his representative prior to loading cargo for all ships that it charters to carry timber deck cargo.

Photo: © MAIB.
Added: 13 Nov 2017
An authority-to-authority cooperation has been initiated between the maritime administrations in Denmark and Ghana to contribute to enhanced safety at sea and to develop the maritime sector in Ghana. This was reported by the Danish Maritime Administration on 10 November.

As part of the ongoing cooperation between the maritime administrations in Denmark and Ghana, five Ghanaian ship surveyors visited the Danish Maritime Authority in week commencing 5 November. During the visit, the Danish and Ghanaian ship surveyors exchanged knowledge and experience about their responsibilities when acting on behalf of their maritime administrations.

During the visit, a number of workshops were held, and together the Danish and Ghanaian ship surveyors carried out a number of practical exercises on board the ferry to the island of Samsø and the ferry between the two towns of Hundested and Rørvig.

This visit was a follow-up on Danish ship surveyors’ visit to Ghana earlier this year and is merely one of several activities indicating cooperation between the two administrations.

In the words of says Director General Andreas Nordseth from the Danish Maritime Authority: ‘International regulation of shipping is paramount to creating safety at sea and a level playing field in the global maritime sector.

‘But regulation only has an impact if it is actually implemented and enforced all over the world. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that we cooperate across the borders and learn from each other.

‘Consequently, we are pleased to share our knowledge and experience in areas where Ghana requests our assistance for developing its maritime sector.’

Ghana is one of the States at the centre of the positive political and economic development that has taken place in large parts of Africa during the last decade. The maritime sector plays a major role in the continued development of Ghana, while the Danish shipping industry also has a large presence in West Africa.

Authority-to-authority cooperation is implemented in a close partnership between the Danish Maritime Authority, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and the maritime authorities in Ghana. The cooperation aims to support a continuous sustainable development of Ghana and Danish business activities in West Africa.
This cooperation has been ongoing since 2015 and will continue until August 2018.

More specifically, work here is being made within three sub-projects, thaty bis to say: (a) implementation and enforcement of international maritime regulation,
(b) strengthening of pilotage in Ghana, and (c) the introduction of digital navigation instruments.

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To support the development, the Danish Maritime Authority has commenced maritime cooperation with the maritime authorities in Ghana in order to help strengthen the development of the Ghanaian maritime sector.
Photo: Danish Maritime Authority©
Added: 11 Nov 2017
Port Boulogne Calais achieves high environmental standards

Publication of ESPO Annual and Sustainability Reports

On 8 November the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) reported that Port Boulogne Calais had achieving Port Environmental Review System (PERS) certification, the only port sector specific environmental management standard provided by the EcoPorts Network.

The PERS certificate was handed over to the port during the ESPO General Assembly by ESPO Chairman, Eamonn O’Reilly, ESPO Secretary General, Isabelle Ryckbost and the EcoPorts Coordinator, Sotiris Raptis.

Compliance with the PERS standard is independently assessed by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance and the certificate has a validity of two years.

There are currently 25 ports in Europe and neighbouring States in the EcoPorts Network certified by PERS countries. ESPO encourages all ports within its membership to apply for PERS certification.

On the occasion of receiving the PERS certificate, Armand Corbeaux, from the Port Boulogne Calais (picture, right), said: ‘Our port constantly aims at addressing the environmental risks and further improving its environmental strategy.

‘EcoPorts and PERS have helped us obtain a better oversight and advance our environmental management. We have identified environmental challenges, taken into account good practices, better communicated our strategy to the public and finally achieved high environmental standards. For instance, since our last PERS certification, we have changed our waste management process and have aimed to improve energy efficiency.’

During its General Assembly, ESPO also published its Annual Report and its Environmental Report 2017. The Annual Report outlines ESPO’s activities over the past year. Both documents are available here: https://www.espo.be/news/general-assembly-espo-congratulations-to-port-boul

The European Port Industry Sustainability Report 2017 was produced under the PORTOPIA project and is fully in line with the environmental performance indicators developed under the project. Part of the Report is the update of the Top 10 environmental priorities of the port sector.

For 2017 the Top Ten includes: Air Quality, Energy Consumption, Noise, Water quality, Dredging operations, Garbage/ Port waste, Port development (land related), Relationship with local community, Ship waste and Climate Change. Air quality remains at the top of the priorities together with Energy consumption, Noise and Water quality. Climate Change enters the top ten for the first time and confirms that European ports put this topic high on their agenda.

Later the same day there was celebrated the 9th annual ESPO Award on Societal Integration. The theme was Art and Cultural involvement of a port and this year’s. awardwas made to Guadeloupe Ports Caraïbes in recognition of its engagement with the city or wider community, through involvement in art or culture.

Added: 07 Nov 2017
70 million consumer market; improved supply chains
Access to major liner networks using deep-water ports

Early in November APM Terminals Vado, Italy, Managing Director Paolo Cornetto addressed the 5th MedPorts 2017 conference in Barcelona on the subject of International Logistics and Supply Chain: What Role Could Mediterranean Ports Play for an Integrated Strategy, Successful Outcome?

He highlighting the future role of the deepwater APM Terminals Vado facility, now under construction (illustrated), as a new southern gateway to Central Europe situated in Liguria close to Genoa and La Spezia.

Cornetto commented: We designed our new port around liner customers – and our landside customers – the importers, exporters and truckers – to help them do more business by tapping into the 70 million-member consumer market of northern Italy, southern Germany, Switzerland, Austria and eastern France within an eight hour proximity of our port.

‘We will offer a fully-automated gate complex – the first of any Italian port – to get truckers in and out faster and safer. We will offer a natural deepwater port with 16 metre depth to ensure the largest Asia/Europe strings call easily with a modest deviation in their sailing route. And, we are working with rail providers for seamless connections to inland markets to create a new game-changing supply chain that reaches Central Europe efficiently.’

It is understood that the opening of the new Gotthard pass rail tunnel will enable fast and environmentally-sustainable intermodal rail service to interior European points, with faster transit times from the Far East than conventional supply chain service through northern European ports. The facility is targeting a 40% intermodal rail split for cargo moving through the port.

It is further understood that APM Terminals Vado will also be the first container terminal in Italy to handle the new generation of containerships’ needs for deep draft, crane reach and height, and quay wall weight – integrated with an automated, safe container yard and trucker gate system. These benefits combined with no air draft restrictions create a new fully-equipped port and inland system to better serve supply chains of the future.

APM Terminals Vado is the said to be the first major new container facility built in Italy in decades. The facility opens in 2019 and already features a fresh fruit logistics centre with an onsite refrigerated warehouse – the largest in the Mediterranean market conveniently located in the port area. In August 2015, APM Terminals acquired the Vado Ligure Reefer Terminal as part of the port master plan to create new reefer supply chains for markets in northern Italy, southern France, Switzerland and Germany.

In 2016, APM Terminals signed a joint venture with COSCO Shipping Ports and Qingdao Port International Development for the Vado container terminal operation.
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