593 Singapore


Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority has launched a maritime single window system that will serve as a one-stop portal for maritime regulatory and port services transactions. Named digitalPORT@SG, the service is meant to improve operations at the port. The portal will consolidate up to 16 separate forms into a single application, a step that is expected to save the shipping industry an estimated 100,000 man-hours annually. digitalPORT@SG will also have data exchange with port community systems such as Portnet and Jurong Port Online to receive relevant information including declaration on dangerous goods operations at the port terminals. The trial started on October 1 for more than 10 companies, and will be progressively rolled out to the industry from December 2019.



593 Brazil oil


Police in Brazil said they have identified a Greek-controlled ship as the source of a huge oil spill off the country's northeastern coast in September. They have issued two search-and-seizure warrants targeting the Rio de Janeiro representatives of the unidentified Greek owner of the vessel. The spill is being treated as a criminal case under Brazil’s environmental law. The spill is believed to have taken place 700km out at sea between July 28 and 29 after the vessel stopped in Venezuela. The spill has impacted 250 beaches, with 2,000 tonnes of sludge collected so far.





Port of Duisburg (Duisport) and Cosco Shipping are partnering to develop the largest inland container terminal in Europe with the goal of transforming the German river port into the main gateway for rail traffic on the China-Europe rail network. While Duisport is already the largest inland port in Europe and a main rail hub for China traffic, the proposed terminal will more that double the amount of China-bound trains handled to 100 per week, generating annual throughput of about 850,000 TEU. The terminal would require an investment of $110M. Construction is set to begin in 2020 and be completed in 2022.



593 Maersk


Maersk is calling on the energy industry to focus on developing and producing viable zero-emission fuels as soon as possible, in order that new ships can be designed and built to use them by 2030. Maersk sees 2030 as the deadline because it wants to have all shipping decarbonised by 2050, which given the working life of a ship would require the first non-fossil fuelled vessels to be developed by the end of the next decade. In an effort to accelerate development, Maersk has published a study in conjunction with Lloyd’s Register that has selected three potential fuel sources, alcohol (ethanol/methanol), biomethane and ammonia, that it believes the industry should focus on developing.



593 Maersk Logo


Maersk, along with BMW, H&M, Levi Strauss, Copenhagen University and others, formed a coalition to explore the use of "LEO" fuel for sustainable ocean shipping. LEO fuel is a blend of ethanol and lignin, a polymer found in plant cell walls. The project is currently in the lab development phase at Copenhagen University. The next phase will involve testing fuel on vessels, which may come as soon as Q2 2020 and the final phase will involve scaling up production of LEO fuel. 



593 Nike


Nike has teamed up with the Ocean Conservancy to launch the Arctic Shipping Corporate Pledge, inviting businesses and industry to join in a commitment against shipping through the Arctic Ocean. The Arctic Shipping Corporate Pledge invites companies to commit to not intentionally send ships through this fragile Arctic ecosystem. Other signatories include Bestseller, Columbia, Gap, H&M, Kering, Li & Fung, PVH, and ocean carriers CMA CGM, Evergreen, Hapag-Lloyd and Mediterranean Shipping Company.



Friday, 01 November 2019 11:15

Hapag-Lloyd adds new spot sulphur cap charge

593 Hapag lloyd


After introducing the Marine Fuel Recovery (MFR) mechanism nine months ago, Hapag-Lloyd has added an addition supplementary cost to offset the increased costs associated with the incoming sulphur regulations. From December 1, Hapag-Lloyd will introduce an IMO 2020 Transition Charge (ITC), valid until further notice, with customers now being charged an extra $135 per teu on Asia-Europe, $130 on the transpacific and $80 on intra-Asia trades.



Friday, 25 October 2019 11:54

Panama joins Tokyo MOU

592 Panama


At its recent meeting in the Marshall Islands, Panama has been granted full membership in the Tokyo MOU following three years as a Co -operating Member Authority. Panama demonstrated full compliance with the MOU’s qualitative membership criteria. Interestingly during the meeting the Port State Control Committee considered and agreed to conduct a trial on a remote follow-up inspection approach, through which PSCOs would be able to verify and close, without physically visiting the vessel, certain deficiencies in specific circumstances where such a mechanism can be used where there is appropriate and reliable evidence of rectification of deficiencies. The exercise of such a mechanism will be solely at the discretion of the port State.



592 Tanker Fire


A British High Court judge has ruled that the Greek owner of the tanker Brillante Virtuoso, staged an attack in an effort to claim USD77 million in insurance money. The accused was found to have faked a pirate attack in which the vessel was torched using an explosive device and fire accelerants. The incident occurred on July 5, 2011 when the Suezmax tanker, filled with fuel oil cargo worth USD100 million, was sailing from the Ukraine to China. Following its transition through the Suez Canal, the ship reportedly came under fire from Somali pirates equipped with small arms and a rocket-propelled grenade. Following the “attack”, a fire initially broke out in the ship’s accommodation block and the 26 Filipino crew abandoned ship with the help of a nearby US Navy cruiser.



592 Containership Fires


With the recent escalation of boxship fires, the International Union of Marine Insurance has called for an urgent improvement to onboard firefighting systems. In 2017 IUMI published a position paper to raise a variety of concerns including inadequate fire detection and onboard firefighting systems both on deck and under deck; and the need to revise SOLAS. Now, in partnership with the German flag state, IUMI is calling for additional support from flag administrations and other stakeholders to bring this issue to IMO’s agenda in 2020.





CMA CGM has launched a new range of financing services dedicated to importing and exporting. Named Shipfin Trade Finance, the venture is in partnership with the invoice finance platform Incomlend. The initiative seeks increase support to the company’s client and aid in developing finance solutions. Supply chain financing seeks to extend importers’ payment deadlines up to 120 days; strengthen supplier relations by improving cash flow; optimize payment tracking by finding all documents in one place; master compliance risk thanks to the KYC (Know Your Customer) assessment achieved by the suppliers; and simplify processes by interfacing IT systems with the platform.



584 brexit


The British Ports Association (BPA) has reservedly welcomed the news that a Brexit deal was finally agreed between the United Kingdom and the European Union. Under the new deal, Northern Ireland will remain part of the UK’s customs territory but also an entry point into the EU’s customs zone.

Although the UK and the EU finally reached the deal, its ratification in parliament is not certain yet as Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) refused to support it. DUP’s concern is that all goods would be subject to a customs check regime despite their final destination and that consumers in Northern Ireland would face increased costs and potentially less choice due to checks being implemented.



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