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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.

Picture caption

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.
Northeast Asia Logistics Information Service Network-Cambodia studyNortheast Asia Logistics Information Service Network-Cambodia study
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/
Added: 09 Feb 2017
Kenya and DFDS sign contract on the Danish Navy’s initiative to provide training for Kenyan cadets in DFDS Danish-flag ships.

It was announced in mid-January that DFDS had signed a contract with Principal Secretary Nancy Karigithu of the Kenyan transport ministry to offer Kenyan cadets long-term training in DFDS vessels to gain experience in the operation of large ships.

Cadets will live on board the DFDS ships for a year, divided into three periods. Said Tom Møller, crewing officer for DFDS’ Danish-flag fleet: ‘It has not yet been decided in which ships they will do their training, but we anticipate them being able to switch between ships.’ It is understood that initially up to four cadets will commence the programme.

This contract came about as an extension of the Ark military co-operation. Commander John Ærø Hansen took the initiative and the evolution was helped into life by the Danish military attaché and Danish ambassador in Kenya – and by DFDS General Fleet Manager Ole Juul Hansen.

‘It will be an exciting task and I think it will also be exciting for our crews,’ commented Peder Gellert, DFDS Executive Vice-President who signed for the company. He emphasises that the contract obliges DFDS to ensure quality during the training.

It is understood, too, that DFDS already has a similar agreement in place with the Danish Navy’s cadets learning in the company’s ships.

Picture caption
Seen here from left to right: Søren Knudsen, Defence Attaché; Captain Oliver Maina, Kenya Maritime Authority; Ambassador Mette Knudsen; Principal Secretary, Nancy Karigithu, Ministry of Transport; Commander John Ærø Hansen; Dr Robert Kiplimo and Professor Bernard W Ikua, Chairman and Principal respectively of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
Added: 08 Feb 2017
On 6 February the Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, announced details of a €28m Capital Investment Package for the ongoing development of Ireland’s Local Authority owned small harbour network.

In announcing the initiative the Minister said: ‘The €28million I am allocating for the 2017 Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Capital Programme represents a significantly increased capital investment in the six Fishery Harbour Centres and other fisheries related marine infrastructure. It is testament not only to this Government’s ongoing commitment to the Seafood sector, but also to the success of the sector in terms of increased activity levels.’

The Annual Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Capital Programme provides funding for development works, safety and maintenance at the six Fishery Harbour Centres at Howth, Dunmore East, Castletownbere, Dingle, Ros an Mhil and Killybegs.

Primary function of the Fishery Harbour Centres is to underpin the ongoing development of the fisheries and seafood processing sectors, while also facilitating other diverse marine related activities. The annual value of all fish landings into the six Fishery Harbour Centres increased from €136.8million to €262.3million over the period from 2010 to 2015.

The Minister added: ‘I have set aside almost €25.5million towards development works, safety and maintenance at the six Fishery Harbour Centres which account for around 85% of all fish landed into Ireland. I have also proved €2.5million for a Local Authority Harbour Development and Marine Leisure programme to assist coastal Local Authorities in the repair and development of small scale piers, harbours and slipways under their ownership.’

Flagship projects in the 2017 Capital Programme include major quay extensions at Castletownbere, Killybegs, and Howth. Also of note is the dredging of the navigation channel in Dingle, the completion of the Small Craft Harbour in Ros an Mhíl and the West Wharf upgrade in Dunmore East.

The Minister concluded by saying: ‘This €28million investment will build on the €64m invested in the Fishery Harbour Centres since 2010 and the €23million invested in the Local Authority infrastructure over the same period. It continues to improve the facilities at our Fishery Harbour Centres and other public harbours around our coast attracting increasing and additional economic activities, benefitting a broad cohort of current and future harbour users including the fishing industry, seafood processing sector, other ancillary marine industries, and the wider rural coastal communities’.
Added: 07 Feb 2017
A Guide to Good Practice on Port Marine Operations
Prepared in conjunction with the Port Marine Safety Code 2016

This document has been issued by the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and is intended to supplement the Port Marine Safety Code. It contains useful information and more detailed guidance on a number of issues relevant to the management of ports and other marine facilities.

See website link below.

The Code and this guide are applicable both to statutory harbour authorities and to other marine facilities which may not necessarily have statutory powers and duties. These are collectively referred to in the Code as ‘organisations’, and may include, but not be limited to, the following examples:

• Competent Harbour Authorities (authorities with statutory pilotage responsible for managing a pilotage service)

• Municipal Port or Harbour Authorities

• Trust Port or Harbour Authorities

• Private Port or Harbour Authorities

• Marine berths, terminals or jetties

While applicable to all ports the guide should be applied reasonably and proportionately to each port. It is designed to provide general guidance and examples of how an organisation could meet its commitments in terms of compliance with the Code.

This Guide should not be viewed as the only means of complying with the Code and for some organisations; it may not be the best means of achieving compliance.

Exposure from failing to comply with best practice
The following extract is from a successful prosecution of a harbour authority which was found to fail in its duty to adequately implement four foundational elements of PMSC compliance. This case demonstrates the importance that courts may place on authorities or organisations adopting ‘industry best practice’ and the exposure that they may face if they fail to take adequate steps towards compliance. The harbour authority was subsequently fined for contraventions under section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974:

To the charge that it was the Port Authority’s duty under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Section 3, to conduct their undertaking in such a way as to ensure, so far as was reasonably practicable, that persons not in their employment who may be affected by the conduct of the Harbour Authority’s undertaking were not exposed thereby to risks to their health or safety.

Part of the indictment read that:
‘You failed to provide a safe system of work in that you did fail to provide a Safety Management System to reduce to a level as low as reasonably practicable the risks associated with marine operations in the Harbour Area, in terms of the Port Marine Safety Code, and failed to appoint a suitable individual or individuals to share the function of Designated Person to provide you as the duty holder with independent assurance that your Safety Management System was working effectively and to audit your compliance with the Port Marine Safety Code.’

Like the Code, the Guide does not have any legal force, though it does refer to existing legal powers and duties. Further, while it describes typical legal powers
and duties, it is not practicable for this Guide to cover the specific legal position for each harbour authority or organisation, and it should not be relied on for that purpose.

The Guide has been developed with representatives from industry, the (UK) Department for Transport, and the Maritime & Coastguard Agency.

The Guide is designed to be a living document; one that will be maintained by the ports industry and can be reviewed and updated on an annual basis.

Of 192 pages length after its Glossary and Introduction A Guide to Good Practice on Port Marine Operations contains the following 13 sections and 8 annexes:

Section 1 The Legal Background

Section 2 Accountability of the Duty Holder

Section 3 Consultation

Section 4 Risk Assessment

Section 5 Marine Safety Management Systems (MSMS)

Section 6 Emergency Preparedness and Response

Section 7 Conservancy

Section 8 Management of Navigation

Section 9 Pilotage

Section 10 Towage operations

Section 11 Marine Services

Section 12 Professional Qualifications and Competencies for Port Marine Personnel

Section 13 Accident Reporting & Investigation

Annex A Components of a Marine Safety Management System

Annex B SMS Manual Contents list example

Annex C Port Marine Safety Code Aide memoire

Annex D An example of a training matrix used by ABP

Annex E Port Marine Training, Assessment and Certification Record Sheet

Annex F UK Ports and Harbours information form

Annex G Example of a Port Passage Plan

Annex H Pilot Training Matrix

Website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/a-guide-to-good-practice-on-port-marine-operations--2
Added: 06 Feb 2017
Malaysia requests a revision of the Judgment of 23 May 2008
Sovereignty over the island of Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh

It was reported from The Hague on 3 February that the previous day Malaysia had filed an Application for revision of the Judgment delivered by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on 23 May 2008 in the case concerning Sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh, Middle Rocks and South Ledge (Malaysia/Singapore).

It is recalled that, in that Judgment, the Court found that (1) sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh belongs to Singapore; (2) sovereignty over Middle Rocks belongs to Malaysia; and (3) sovereignty over South Ledge belongs to the State in the territorial waters of which it is located.

Malaysia sought revision of the finding of the Judgment regarding sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh.

Malaysia bases its Application for revision on Article 61 of the Statute of the Court, paragraph 1 of which provides that:

‘[a]n application for revision of a judgment may be made only when it is based upon the discovery of some fact of such a nature as to be a decisive factor, which fact was, when the judgment was given, unknown to the Court and also to the party claiming revision, always provided that such ignorance was not due to negligence.’

The request for revision must be submitted within six months of the discovery of the new fact and not later than ten years from the date of the judgment. The proceedings for revision are opened by a judgment which decides whether an application for revision is admissible, that is to say whether the above conditions have been fulfilled.

In its Application, Malaysia contends that; ‘there exists a new fact of such a nature as to be a decisive factor within the meaning of Article 61’. In particular, it refers to three documents discovered in the National Archives of the United Kingdom during the period 4 August 2016 to 30 January 2017, namely internal correspondence of the Singapore colonial authorities in 1958, an incident report filed in 1958 by a British naval officer and an annotated map of naval operations from the 1960s.

Malaysia claims that these documents establish the new fact that: ‘officials at the highest levels in the British colonial and Singaporean administration appreciated that Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh did not form part of Singapore’s sovereign territory’ during the relevant period.

Malaysia argues that ‘that the Court would have been bound to reach a different conclusion on the question of sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh had it been aware of this new evidence’.

Turning to the other conditions of Article 61, Malaysia asserts that the new fact was not known to Malaysia or to the Court when the Judgment was given because it was ‘only discovered on review of the archival files of the British colonial administration after they were made available to the public by the UK National Archives after the Judgment was rendered in 2008’. Malaysia also argues that its ignorance of the new fact was not due to negligence as the documents in question were ‘confidential documents which were inaccessible to the public until their release by the UK National Archives’.

Finally, Malaysia states that its request is also in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Statute, in so far as the timing of its Application is concerned. It indicates that the Application ‘is being made within six months of the discovery of the new fact, since all of the documents that establish this fact . . . were obtained on or after 4 August 2016’, adding that it ‘is also being submitted before the lapse of ten years from the Judgment date of 23 May 2008’.

In conclusion, Malaysia has requested the Court to adjudge and declare that its Application for revision of the 2008 Judgment is admissible and asks it to fix time-limits to proceed with consideration of the merits of the Application.

About the International Court of Justice (ICJ)
The ICJ is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. It was established by the United Nations Charter in June 1945 and began its activities in April 1946. The seat of the Court is at the Peace Palace in The Hague (Netherlands).

Of the six principal organs of the United Nations, it is the only one not located in New York. The Court has a twofold role: first, to settle, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted to it by States (its judgments have binding force and are without appeal for the parties concerned); and, second, to give advisory opinions on legal questions referred to it by duly authorized United Nations organs and agencies of the system. The Court is composed of 15 judges elected for a nine-year term by the General Assembly and the Security Council of the United Nations. .

Independent of the United Nations Secretariat, it is assisted by a Registry, its own international secretariat, whose activities are both judicial and diplomatic, as well as administrative. The official languages of the Court are French and English. Also known as the World Court, it is the only court of a universal character with general jurisdiction.

It is understood from Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (5 February) that Malaysia’s application and documentation are being studied closely. The Ministry has formed its legal team to respond to Malaysia’s application. The team includes Attorney-General Lucien Wong, Professor S. Jayakumar, Professor Tommy Koh, and former Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong.
Ocean Business 2017Ocean Business 2017
Added: 03 Feb 2017
Ocean Business 2017, which takes place in Southampton at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) on 4-6 April 2017, is shaping up to be a vibrant international event for the ocean technology industry, the organisers report. Now larger than ever, the team report over 340 exhibitors booked from 26 countries; of these, almost 50 are first time exhibitors.

Cheri Arvonio, Ocean Business Event Manager, commented: ‘We have a fantastic diversity of exhibitors lined up for this year’s show and are thrilled that so many companies are joining us for the first time this year. The fact that many exhibitors are from overseas proves that Ocean Business is recognised internationally as a leading event for innovation in ocean technology. As well as this, we expect that over 40% of the show’s visitors will be from outside the UK.’

First time exhibitor, Neil Manning, Chief Business Development Officer at US based 3D at Depth confirms this: ‘As one of the leading tradeshows worldwide, we are confident that Ocean Business will provide a great opportunity for us to directly connect with our customers in a unique environment with hands on demonstrations of new and innovative technology. We will showcase the success of our technology by providing real-world examples of how subsea LiDAR can increase offshore efficiencies especially in the areas of decommissioning and other applications where 3D mapping is critical to a project’s success.’

Another exhibitor new to Ocean Business is Norway’s Ecotone which has developed a unique system for visual mapping and monitoring of the seabed and installations, such as pipelines, drill sites, environmental mapping and sea farm inspections. Ecotone’s CEO, Ivar Erdal, added: ‘We believe Ocean Business is a great place to show our latest products and developments, and to meet people with interest in our technology.’

In addition to the three-day exhibition of technology and services, at the core of the event, there is a series of training and demonstration workshops to enable exhibitors to present their products in the most effective way, and for customers to try out new technologies. The show’s venue at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, provides unique facilities (see illustration of the previous event here) that are fully integrated into the show in order that technology can be demonstrated on the wharf or afloat.

Parallel with the exhibition is a conference focusing on maritime dual-use opportunities in autonomous systems and satellite applications, together with various associated meetings held by organisations in the industry. Ocean Careers will provide career and recruitment advice and there will be a busy social programme.

Free visitor registration can be enabled from the website: www.oceanbusiness.com where details of Ocean Business 2017 can be found

About Ocean Business

Taking place every two years at the NOC, Southampton, launched in 2007, the show has over 340 exhibitors and nearly 5000 visitors. Running in parallel to the exhibition is a two-day conference and an Ocean Careers event.

The conference agenda can be found here: http://www.oceanbusiness.com/conference/conference-programme/
Added: 18 Jan 2017
The theme for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) World Maritime Day 2017 was launched by the IMO Secretary General, Kitack Lim, during a visit to the Port of Felixstowe on 17 January.

Continuing with the theme: Connecting Ships, Ports and People it has as key objectives improving cooperation between ports and ships and developing a closer partnership between the two sectors. It will seek to raise global standards for the safety, security and efficiency of ports, and for port and coastal state authorities, as well as standardising port procedures by identifying and developing best practice guidance and training materials.

Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Felixstowe and Managing Director of Hutchison Ports Europe, (illustrated, right) said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Mr Lim and to support the IMO in the important work it does to maintain and improve standards across the international shipping industries. Hutchison Ports is committed to the highest principles of both operational efficiency and environmental stewardship and, in that regard, our philosophy is closely aligned with that of the Secretary General.’

Mr Lim replied: ‘The maritime sector, which includes shipping, ports and the people that operate them, can and should play a significant role helping Member States to create conditions for increased employment, prosperity and stability ashore through promoting trade by sea; enhancing the port and maritime sector as wealth creators both on land and, through developing a sustainable blue economy, at sea.

‘Ultimately, more efficient shipping, working in partnership with a port sector supported by governments, will be a major driver towards global stability and sustainable development for the good of all people.’

Aim of the latest World Maritime Day is to build on the theme for 2016: Shipping: indispensable to the world, by focussing on helping Member States to develop and implement maritime strategies to invest in a joined-up, interagency approach that addresses the whole range of issues, including the facilitation of maritime transport and increasing efficiency, navigational safety, protection of the marine environment, and maritime security.
Added: 12 Jan 2017
2017 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook

In mid-December 2016 Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) released the 2017 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook, detailing a steady pace of cruise travel interest and significant investment in the industry. CLIA, the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, is also predicting the top eight cruise travel trends that will have an impact on the industry in the coming year.

Increase in cruise travel is expected to continue throughout 2017, with an estimated 25.3 million passengers expected to sail in 2017, a strong surge from 15.8 million just ten years prior (2007). More ships will set sail in 2017 as well. CLIA reports that cruise lines are scheduled to introduce 26 new ocean, river and specialty ships in 2017 for a total investment of more than $6.8 billion in new vessels. From 2017 to 2026 the industry is expected to introduce a total of 97 new cruise ships totalling an estimated investment of $53 billion through to 2026.

Said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA: ‘The cruise industry is responding to global demand and we are highly encouraged by both the short-term and long-term outlook. From technological advancements and deployment of new ships to new ports and destinations around the world, the industry continues to respond to desires of today’s travellers resulting in steady growth and strong economic impact around the world.’

Cruise industry expenditures generated $117 billion in total output worldwide, supporting 956,597 full-time equivalent employees who earned $38 billion in income in 2015.

As part of the 2017 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook, CLIA has forecast the top eight cruise travel trends that will have the most impact on the cruise industry this year:

New Generation Takes to the Water

A recent study found that younger generations, including Millennials and Generation X, will embrace cruise travel more than ever before, rating it as better than land-based vacations, all-inclusive resorts, tours, vacation house rentals, or camping.

Travel Agent Use Increases

According to the American Express Spending & Saving Tracker, consumer use of a travel agent increased nearly 80% from 2015 to 2016. Supporting this, CLIA is forecasting that travel agents will continue to be the matchmakers between travellers and cruise lines in 2017.

Today, there are more than 25,000 CLIA-member travel agents globally compared to 12,000 in 2010. CLIA also found that cruisers report high levels of satisfaction with their travel experience when assisted by an agent.

River Cruise Demand Increases

River cruises offer travellers a unique and intimate travel experience. Due to demand, CLIA cruise line Members currently deploy 184 river cruise ships with 13 new river cruise ships on order for 2017, an increase of about 7%.

More Private Islands on Cruise Itineraries

As more cruise lines introduce private island destinations, travellers are responding and booking these itineraries. In 2017, cruise lines offer ports on a total of seven private islands.

New Cruisers Will Take to the Sea

Interest in ocean cruising is projected to remain strong in 2017. When asked what kind of vacations might be of interest in the next three years nearly half (48%) of non-cruisers expressed interest in taking an ocean cruise while a striking 85% of cruisers also expressed interest.

Drivable Port Locations in Favour

The cruise industry offers a variety of small and large market port location options across the United States and internationally. Citing the advantages of a myriad of locations seven out of ten (69%) non-cruisers believe the greatest benefit is cost savings and three quarters (74%) of cruisers like the convenience of driving to a cruise ship.

Lure of Celeb Chefs

Cruise travellers are embracing specialty dining and will continue to consider cruise dining experiences based upon celebrity chefs. This year, several cruise lines feature restaurants and dishes created by famous chefs including Guy Fieri, Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa and Geoffrey Zakarian.

Demand for Expedition Cruises

According to the Adventure Travel Trade Association, adventure travel is growing at a record pace and CLIA is reporting that cruise expeditions are seeing the impact. In fact, itineraries for Antarctica regularly sell out.

About Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. The association has 15 offices globally with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment for the more than 24 million passengers who cruise annually and is dedicated to promote the cruise travel experience.

Members are comprised of the world’s most prestigious ocean, river and specialty cruise lines; a highly trained and certified travel agent community; and cruise line suppliers and partners, including ports and destinations, ship development, suppliers and business services. The organization’s mission is to be the unified global organization that helps its members succeed by advocating, educating and promoting for the common interests of the cruise community.

For more information on CLIA’s 2017 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook, readers are invited to inspect the adjacent pdf.
Attached File: clia-2017-state-of-the-industry copy.pdf
Added: 11 Jan 2017
Stena Immaculate, the ninth of a total of thirteen IMOIIMAX MR tankers, was named on 10 January 2017 (see illustration). The vessel is owned by Stena Bulk and her godmother was Katarina Ljungqvist, Head of Handelsbanken Western Sweden. The solemn naming ceremony was held at the shipyard GSI (Guangzhou Shipbuilding International) in Guangzhou from where the vessel will be delivered within the next few days.

A large number of guests, from both corporate management and partners as well as representatives of the shipyard gathered on the quayside to attend the naming. The ceremony began with traditional Chinese dance and music before godmother Katarina Ljungqvist swung the bottle of champagne against the tanker’s bows and wished the vessel, her captain and his crew fortune and prosperity on the seven seas.

Stena Immaculate’s master, Sachin Salunkhe, then showed the guests around the newly-built vessel. On her maiden voyage, with a cargo including vegetable oils, she will sail from Papua New Guinea to Europe.

Said Erik Hånell, President & CEO, Stena Bulk: ‘Almost exactly two years have passed since the delivery of our first IMOIIMAX tanker and the vessels are continuing to perform beyond our expectations. The concept has set a new standard for both cargo efficiency and bunkers consumption. With number nine of the thirteen vessels on order soon out on the market, this tanker will be yet another addition to our high-quality fleet. We would also like to take the opportunity to thank the shipyard GSI for fantastic collaboration during both the technological development and construction’.

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

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

All the IMOIIMAX tankers will be included in a fleet operated by Stena Weco and will sail in the company’s global logistics system, which currently employs more than 60 vessels.
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