News Bulletin – 1 December 2018

1. Norden Trials Biofuel as Alternative to LSFO.

30 Nov 2018 : Danish shipping company Norden has tested out the potential of biofuel on one of its Handysize product tankers as part of the company’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.

The test voyage was conducted by 37,000 dwt tanker Nord Highlander in September 2018 in co-operation with Rotterdam-based marine biofuel company GoodFuels. The test voyage was a ballast trip from Rotterdam in the Netherlands to Tallinn in Estonia. The ship departed from Antwerp on fossil fuel, and after a visual inspection of the engine, the vessel switched to biofuel.

During the voyage the engine was operated at different loads for sufficiently long periods to establish stable performance. After the test, a final visual inspection of the engine was conducted, which confirmed that the engine was not negatively affected by the biofuel,” Norden said.

2. Port of Singapore to Ban Discharge of Scrubber Wash Water.

30 Nov 2018 : The Port of Singapore plans to prohibit the discharge of wash water from open-loop exhaust gas scrubbers in its waters when the 2020 fuel oil sulphur limit enters into force, Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, said.

The move has been attributed to the port’s efforts aimed at protecting marine environment and ensuring port waters are clean. Several initiatives have been launched to ban the discharge of wash water from scrubbers into certain regions as the contents of the released water include heavy metals and poly-aromatic hydrocarbons, potentially posing a risk to marine life.

As a result, ships fitted with open-loop scrubbers calling at Singapore will be required to use compliant fuel, while ships fitted with hybrid scrubbers will be required to switch to the closed-loop mode of operation.

Tan said that Singapore, as a party to MARPOL Annex VI, will be providing reception facilities for the collection of residues generated from the operation of scrubbers.

3. ASEAN: Technology Is Crucial in Port Operations of the Future.

29 Nov 2018 : Technology will play a crucial role in port operations of the future, Niam Chang Meng, Chairman of Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, said while addressing the present at the opening ceremony of the 44th ASEAN Ports Association meeting on November 27 in Singapore.

We are already seeing extremely fast take up in technology use in other industries and our industry cannot be too far behind. Much of these will be driven by lower technological cost and exponential growth in technological developments whether it be battery technology, autonomous vessel technology, nanotechnology or Artificial Intelligence (AI),” Meng said.

4. IMO Provides Fellowships for Women in Ports.

28 Nov 2018 : International Maritime Organization (IMO) has provided fellowships to ten female officials attending a Port Senior Management Programme held at the Galilee International Management Institute (GIMI) in Nahalal, Israel, (14 -27 November).

“A successful and well-run port contributes to the sustainable economic development of its region. But what is also an economic no-brainer is female empowerment. We provide fellowship to address both these points,” said a statement from IMO.

The two-week course provides participants with key information and updates on innovations in the port industry. Subjects covered include global trends and advances in port development as well as port security and efficiency in container terminals.

The fellowships come from IMO’s Women in Maritime programme which supports the UN Sustainable Development Goal number five in order to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Over the last 30 years, IMO has facilitated access to high-level technical training for women in the maritime sector to help them reach leadership positions and bring a much needed gender balance in the industry.

5. Augmented reality brings safety training to life.

27 Nov 2018 : Using augmented reality to train workers may seem like a science fiction, but for employees at APM Terminals Brazil, it’s a reality.

For Global Safety Day this year, employees and contractors took part in an experiment to see if the new and developing technology could be used to teach safety measures across the operation in a campaign titled “Stronger & Safer Together”.

The HSE (Health, Safety, and Environment) team at APM Terminals Brazil developed an augmented reality (AR) app for employees, contractors and visitors to download on their phones which provided video and 3D information about risks and safety operations in the terminal and office buildings.

6. IMO Launches Global Project to Protect Marine Biodiversity.

27 Nov 2018 : The GloFouling Partnerships project – a collaboration between the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) – has been launched.

The new international effort to combat the negative environmental impacts of the transfer of aquatic species through ships will address the build-up of aquatic organisms on a ship’s underwater hull and on other marine mobile infrastructure.

The GloFouling project will drive actions to implement the IMO Guidelines for the control and management of ships’ biofouling, which provide a globally-consistent approach on how biofouling should be controlled and managed to minimize the transfer of invasive aquatic species through ships’ hulls. The project will also spur the development of best practices and standards for improved biofouling management in other ocean industries.

Twelve countries, representing a mix of developing nations and Small Island Developing States, have been selected to spearhead the work of the GloFouling project: Brazil, Ecuador, Fiji, Indonesia, Jordan, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Tonga.

The GEF is providing a US$6.9 million grant to deliver a range of governance reforms at the national level, through numerous capacity-building activities, training workshops and opportunities for technology adoption to help address the issue of invasive species.

Hiroyuki Yamada, Director of the Marine Environment Division, IMO, praised the commitment of the twelve developing countries that have taken the global lead towards the achievement of the project objectives. He stated, “This joint effort to implement the IMO Biofouling Guidelines and best practices for other marine industries will help nations to deliver essential contributions to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals.”

7. Digital transformation to usher in new era of port development.

26 Nov 2018 : Entering the industrial era 4.0, digitazation is indispensable in every sphere, including the port industry, in order to boost productivity and global competitiveness.

One of the ports is PT Pelindo II, or Indonesia Port Corporation (IPC), which has since 2016 begun applying a digital system covering seaside, terminal, and other supporting activities. This is no half-hearted endeavor, as IPC has budgeted Rp1 trillion for financing until 2020 to realize a digital airport.

This digitalization effort holds significance, especially at the Tanjung Priok Port, as one of the IPC operating areas, accounting for 70 percent of Indonesia’s export and import activities.

Hence, ensuring smooth flow at the port of Jakarta, including loading and unloading processes, is substantial, as the impact is directly felt on the real sector.

The IPC is conducting digital transformation to accelerate the dwelling time by creating an Integrated Container Freight Station (CFS Center), modernizing port infrastructure and superstructure, and optimizing the use of information technology implemented in the form of VTS (Vessel Traffic System), MOS (Marine Operating System), Inaportnet, NPK and PK TOS, Auto Tally and Auto Gate and E-Service. Digital transformation of ports in Indonesia can be fully implemented this year, with IPC having prepared six pillars of e-channels to support this initiative.

The six pillars comprise e-registration, e-booking, e-transaction, e-payment, e-billing, and e-care. The application of these six pillars is believed to facilitate port services and time efficiency as well as encourage the progress of ports in Indonesia.


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