News Bulletin – 18 August 2018

1. Innovation required to spur cargo shipping sector towards 2050 emission reduction targets.

17 August 2018 : Despite recent progress towards decarbonisation by the world’s leading maritime shipping companies, the sector is in need of innovation to spur it towards the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) 2050 target of halving CO2 emissions from 2008 levels.
That is according to global non-profit BSR s Clean Cargo Working Group, which found that the CO2 emissions generated by 22 big-name stakeholders in the maritime industry – collectively representing 85% of the containerised shipping sector – fell 1% last year.
The Group, which provides resources aimed at helping major brands, cargo carriers and freight forwarders to measure and reduce the emissions intensity of their ocean carriers, compiled emissions data from more than 3,200 ships to calculate the statistic.
Its research, published today (August 16), reveals that emissions per container move have dropped by 37.1% since 2009. In order to accelerate progress towards industry-wide climate targets, the BSR has called for a focus on innovation.
“We need more innovation in low-emission technology, as well as continued collaboration, to meet the ambitious goal of halving CO2 emissions from shipping by 2050,” BSR manager Nate Springer said.
“The progress on climate and air quality we are seeing in container shipping – one of the highest emitting industries – is absolutely critical for achieving global environmental goals.”

2. Maersk AHTS to Install First Offshore Cleaning System.

17 August 2018 : Danish shipping major A. P Moller – Maersk is providing marine support to The Ocean Cleanup Organisation by installing a pilot clean-up system in the pacific. In September 2018, the first offshore cleaning system will be installed by Maersk Supply Service’s AHTS vessel, Maersk Launcher, in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP), located 1200 nautical miles off the coast of San Francisco.

The Ocean Cleanup, a non-profit organisation, has developed a 600-meter-long floating buoy system with a screen to collect plastic debris for recycling.

The system will be towed at low speed, 250 nautical miles offshore for a sea trial before towage to the installation location at the GPGP. In addition to the towing and installation, Maersk Supply Service will monitor the Cleanup System 001. Total duration of the campaign is expected to be 60 days.

3. SCI’s Tanker “in Full Command” after Explosion.

16 August 2018 : The crude oil tanker Desh Vaibhav is totally under control and the vessel continues to be in full command following an explosion on board, the ship’s owner the Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) informed.

The company added that all personnel who had left the vessel are back on board safely. However, two casualties have been reported and are being sent ashore, while one crewman, that was injured in the incident, is being treated in the hospital at Muscat, Oman.

The 2005-built Desh Vaibhav, which suffered an explosion in the early morning hours of August 14, would be shortly shifted to the nearest port for assessment of damage and repairs.

SCI earlier said that based on the preliminary information the tanker “reportedly suffered an explosion in one of its cargo tanks” while it was offshore Oman, sailing from Sikka, India to Fujairah, UAE.

4. NIMASA trains 2,337 seafarers to boost maritime sector – Peterside.

16 August 2018 : The Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on Wednesday said it had trained 2,337 Nigerians as seafarers to enhance the performance of the maritime industry. Dr. Dakuku Peterside, the Director-General of NIMASA, said the aim was to empower them with the sea time experience required by the industry players before engaging them in the shipping sector.

Peterside made this known at a news conference in Lagos on the national maritime regulatory agency’s achievement within one year.
According to him, the organisation is committed to human capital development to ensure an all encompassing maritime industry development with a view to making Nigeria a maritime hub.

5. India contains cargo diversion to foreign ports for transshipment, says official.

14 August 2018 : Government’s relaxing of norms for transshipment has not only helped India arrest a sizeable chunk of its container cargo going to ports like Colombo, Singapore, and Jebel Ali but also forced a few foreign ports to cut rates, according to a top official.

India has been trying hard to arrest diversion of container cargo to transshipment hubs at foreign ports. In May, the Centre relaxed cabotage norms allowing foreign ships, chartered by Indian citizens or companies, to ply on local routes for transshipment purposes. After the relaxation, India is witnessing an upswing in transshipment volumes and if the trend continues it would emerge as a transshipment hub, Shipping Secretary Gopal Krishna told PTI.

Diversion of Indian cargo for transshipment to neighboring foreign ports has definitely come down and its impact will be visible by the end of the fiscal and it is bound to substantially come down in the next fiscal,” he said.

The figure is likely to reach 2 million tonnes, from about 0.8 MT and the trends have started showing, he said.

6.The fire in the Port of Antwerp may continue for several days.

14 August 2018 : A smoldering fire erupted in a consignment of 5,000 tonnes of nickel oxide in a warehouse at the Port of Antwerp on August 11, causing the port authority to evacuate seagoing vessels in the vicinity.

The fire broke out on Saturday evening in a 6,000 m² warehouse on the Emdenweg, Leopold Dok, Antwerp’s bulk terminal, the port authority said.

Firefighters were rushed to the scene immediately and the local authorities invoked the municipal disaster plan which resulted in the evacuation of seagoing vessels and staff from the business offices at the site in a radius of 1.8 kilometres.

The port authority said on Sunday that the fire has been put under control, but was not extinguished yet. The previously set up evacuation zone is now being lifted for companies and traffic. There may still be odor nuisance locally, but there is no health risk. The municipal disaster plan is terminated,” the port update reads.

Namely, the Belgian Health Inspectorate indicated that this was not a carcinogenic or toxic product, and due to the emergency evacuation, all health risks have been avoided.

Overall, the port authority assessed that there was a minor impact on the vessel traffic at the port due to the incident.

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