CMA CGM has ordered Traxens trackers to help them monitor 50,000 of its containers and keep tabs on goods while in transit. Traxens involves connecting a tracker to a container, making it possible to monitor the container’s position, both at sea and on land, the intensity of any shocks that may occur, the opening and closing of the doors and external temperature variations. CMA CGM was the first investor in Traxens seven years ago, helping bring the technology to the market.
The USV Maxlimer, a 12-meter-long unmanned surface vessel, is due to make the first transatlantic crossing without a crew. The ship will set sail from Canada and make its way to the south coast England and conduct deep sea surveys during a 35-day crossing. The vessel will be guided by a skipper in a control station in Britain. The ship was built by Sea-Kit International, which develops vessels for the maritime and research industries. The vessel is operated by a hand-held remote control when in harbor and when at sea it can stream live data to the controller via multiple satellite links.
Top management at K Line has announced that they will take a six-month 10% pay cut, effective from the start of last month. The purpose of the pay cut was to clarify management’s dedication to the recovery of the business performance. The company reported a net loss of ¥11bn ($99 million) in the 2018 financial year.
At the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, several delegates representing international shipping have expressed concern over recent increases in protectionist measures. Representatives from thee International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) presented two papers highlighting that there has been a seven-fold increase in import-restrictive trade measures since 2017. This represents an additional USD 588.3 billion of additional costs to global trade. An additional 137 new trade-restrictive measures were put in place between 2017 and 2018, adding further costs. The sector is fully committed to the preservation and promotion of free trade policies and principles around the world, and the group is encouraging WTO Member States to ensure that both bilateral and regional agreements do not conflict with their current national schedules of commitments, as agreed within the framework of the WTO.
COSCO has confirmed that they are ready to increase transit shipments on the Northern Sea Route. While they have not disclosed the number of planned voyages for the coming year, they have indicated that the exact number will depend on weather and ice conditions, and customs demands. With the shorter distance, using the Northern Sea Route will help save time and costs, while reducing fuel use.
The newly created Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA), which aims to enable digital standardization across the container shipping industry, has gained five more members. The four founding members are now joined by CMA CGM, Evergreen Line, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation and ZIM Integrated Shipping Services. The group will work together to develop the relevant standards, processes and data flow for digital transformations to improve the efficiency of the transportation process. With nine of the largest container shipping lines in the world, DCSA members now make up 70% of the market.
A major international project to support the International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s initial strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from shipping has been launched. Entitled GreenVoyage-2050, the project will initiate and promote global efforts to demonstrate and test technical solutions for reducing such emissions, as well as enhancing knowledge and information sharing to support the IMO GHG reduction strategy. GreenVoyage-2050 is a collaboration between IMO and the Government of Norway and will run for an initial two-year period. More than 50 countries in 14 sub-regions across the globe are expected to participate, including developed countries and strategic partners from the private sector, who will contribute expertise and experience. The project will also build capacity in developing countries, including small island developing states (SIDS) and least developed countries (LDCs), to fulfil their commitments to meet climate-change and energy-efficiency goals for international shipping.
The Philippines has recalled its ambassador to Canada amid a dispute over garbage. The government of Rodrigo Duterte also recalled its consulate heads after Canada missed a May 15 deadline to take back dozens of shipping containers of garbage that had been sitting in the Philippines for years after it was discovered they weren’t filled with recyclables, as labelled. Ottawa is in the midst of contracting with a company to bring the waste back to Canada. According to a government official, steps must be taken to safeguard against the possibility of pathogens and viruses that may have formed within the containers. The Philippines will maintain a diminished diplomatic presence in Canada until the garbage is removed from the country.
A new survey from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) has shown that internet access for seafarers’ personal use on board ships is more widespread and available than previously thought. The survey indicates that internet access for personal use may improve mental health, well-being and morale of seafarers. Of the organizations who responded, 82% provide internet for personal use. Despite industry concerns that internet access may negatively impact seafarers getting adequate rest, 85% of companies reported that rest has been unaffected. Similarly, while there have also been concerns that internet access may negatively impact work performance, 96% of companies reported that this has not been affected. The survey saw responses from 276 operators with 11,665 ships, representing 14% of the world fleet.
The Sailors’ Society has launched a petition to the International Labour Organization (ILO) that calls for a change to the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) to make wellness training for seafarers mandatory; the petition has nearly 2,000 signatures. Mandatory wellness at sea training would represent a landmark way of saying that the mental health of the 1.6 million seafarers working in the industry matters. Across the industry depression and suicide rates are very high, with studies finding that more than 25% of seafarers suffer from depression, with at least 6% of deaths at sea recorded as suicide.
Carriers are warning that missed sailings may be an issue in the fourth quarter when several vessels are taken out of service for a week at a time to prepare the ships for the transition to low-sulfur fuel. While each carrier will handle the transition slightly differently based upon its fleet profile and those of its alliance partners, there is a hope that transitions will be underway well inn advance of the 2020 deadline. Installing a scrubber can take a vessel out of service for 30-40 days.
Macquarie Group Ltd. has reached a deal to sell Halterm terminal at the Port of Halifax and Penn Terminals in Philadelphia to Singaporean group, PSA International Pte Ltd. Halterm is the largest container terminal in Eastern Canada. The value of the deal and closing date have not been released.
After scientific evidence was presented at CSA 2020, concluding that the wastewater generated by the exhaust gas cleaning process was well within regulatory limits and satisfactory from an environmental aspect, Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has stated it will not ban the use of open-loop scrubbers in its waters.
Through coordinated efforts from both the Spanish and Equatorial Guinea navies, the crew that was held hostage in the violent hijacking of the Royal Boskalis Westminster Boskalis heavy transport vessel Blue Marlin are now safe. The hijacking took place on Sunday, 5 May around 80 nautical miles offshore Equatorial Guinea after the vessel was boarded by several armed pirates. The 20 crew members locked themselves in the ship’s citadel until help could arrive. The vessel sustained significant damage, as the pirates shot several times while onboard, rendering the ship un-sailable. The vessel is currently situated around 40 miles off the coast of Equatorial Guinea in international waters.
Cosco has chosen a consortium led by Macquarie Infrastructure for the sale of its Long Beach Container Terminal. Cosco is selling the terminal as part of US authorities agreeing the takeover of OOCL last year. The terminal is one of the most advanced box handling facilities in California and Cosco had a variety of bidders to choose from. As part of the deal, OOIL’s Orient Overseas Container Line will sign a 20-year container stevedoring and terminal services contract.
The Panama Canal Authority has imposed stricter draft limits for vessels moving through its expanded locks, in the face of unpredicted drought. The new maximum authorised draft for vessels transiting the neopanamax locks is 13.41 m, nearly 2 m short of its original design draft. This is the fifth time this year the canal’s administrators have had to impose ever stricter draft limits amid an unprecedented drought.
Rijkswaterstaat (a Dutch water management agency), Rijksvastgoebedrijf (the Dutch government real estate agency), and the Port of Rotterdam, have started market consultation for a 100MW floating photovoltaic power (PV) project. The giant solar panel project would float above a dredging spoil storage spot.