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|Fuel leak in Rio Grande Port, Brazil|
Some 2 tons of fuel leaked into Rio Grande Port harbor, Brazil, at night Nov 13, during bunkering of a bulk carrier DIMITRIS L, berthed at Termasa terminal. Bulk carrier was surrounded by booms, cleansing operation launched. No details on bunkering and spill circumstances was oil leaked from tanker, or from bulk carrier.
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|Wartsila, PSA Marine Join Forces on Clean Energy Shipping Solutions|
Technology group Wartsila and Singapore-based towage services provider PSA Marine have agreed to collaborate in the co-creation of smart technologies for the marine sector.
On November 14, 2019, the parties signed a letter of intent as part of the events celebrating the anniversary of the opening of the Wartsila Acceleration Centre in Singapore.
With one dual-fuel LNG harbor tug already in service and another joining the PSA Marine fleet by the end of December 2019, PSA Marine and Wartsila have pledged to design and develop more solutions for smart and low-emission harbor craft. The intention is to integrate the deep capabilities developed in the IntelliTug project with new configurations and concepts of hybrid, electric and other clean energy sources.
"PSA Marine and Wartsila intend to lead and develop smart, scalable, and clean energy solutions for the longer term, as we play our part towards decarbonisation and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions," Peter Chew, Managing Director of PSA Marine, commented.
According to Wartsila, specific collaboration areas envisioned include the use of electric or hybrid technologies that further the use of low-emissions energy and propulsion systems, the incorporation of next-generation smart vessel technologies, the adoption of secured connectivity to facilitate ship-to-shore data exchange and marketing and branding activities that generate awareness.
"The Acceleration Centre promotes innovation and joint projects with qualified partners in support of Wartsila s ambition of a Smart Marine Ecosystem that will deliver huge advances in efficiency, safety, and environmental performance," Mervin Ong, Managing Director, Wartsila Singapore, said.
"Our on-going IntelliTug project was the centre s first co-created initiative together with PSA Marine, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Lloyd s Register, and the Technology Centre for Offshore & Marine Singapore (TCOMS). This cooperation with PSA Marine is now being continued through this agreement, and we look forward to continuing our innovative and important work together," Ong added.
The IntelliTug project is bringing an autonomously operated harbor tug concept to feasibility. The concept is undergoing testing aboard PSA Marine s PSA Polaris tug. Among the enabling technologies thus far employed are the joystick and digital control of the vessel s azimuth thrusters, virtual anchoring to hold position, smart navigation with automatic path planning, and situational awareness for detecting and avoiding the risk of collisions.
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|Essar s Hazira Port Ferry Terminal Ready for Operations|
Essar Bulk Terminal Ltd (EBTL), a part of Essar Ports, has completed works on a new passenger ferry terminal that will connect the Hazira Port in Surat and Bandra-Worli Sea Link in Mumbai.
Starting November 15, SSR Marine Services Pvt. Ltd will operate the Cruise Mumbai Maiden, a passenger ferry vessel with a capacity of 200 passengers, between Surat and Mumbai.
The Hazira-based terminal will also lead to ferry services being offered on other routes in the future, the company said.
EBTL operates a 50 MTPA dry bulk cargo terminal at the same port.
The company took charge of designing and constructing the facility, which includes both marine structures, like landing platform, passenger walkway and floating pontoon, as well as shore-based facilities.
"I congratulate my team for building the passenger terminal in just eight months after receiving GMB s permission to initiate this project. It was a challenging task that tested our technical expertise and project execution capabilities," Capt. Subhas Das, CEO-EBTL, said.
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|German Fintech Launches New Digital Ship Investment Project|
Hamburg-based Fintech company Marvest has launched a digital ship investment project with the Norwegian shipowner EOS Bulk Invest.
The project will see a maximum amount of EUR 2 million (USD 2.2 million) raised for the bull carrier MV Manisa Floyen via the Marvest online platform.
This is the third such project carried out by Marvest, following the first two financings involving ships Louise Auerbach and FL Levante.
As explained, investors will receive a fixed interest of 6.5% p.a., including a partial amortization over the loan period. Moreover, Marvest has developed a new structure which grants investors a registered mortgage in the Portuguese ship register as security.
The issuing SPV for this emission, Manisa Floyen Beteiligungs GmbH, will grant the bulk carrier a loan that will be secured by a first preferred mortgage registered in the respective ship register Portugal.
The new business model is seen as a way of opening the shipping market for private, semi-professional and institutional investors with a fully digitized investment-process over the platform. On the other hand, shipowners can tap into a new source of capital for their vessels.
Built in 2006, the 8,100 dwt Manisa Floyen is operated by Vaage Ship Management, according to data provided by VesselsValue.
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|AMS Group to implement world-leading vessel traffic services in Fiji s Port of Suva|
Brisbane-based company Australian Maritime Systems Group (AMSG) will implement world-leading port vessel traffic technology to Fiji after being awarded the first contract of its kind by Fiji Ports Corporation (FPC).
The vessel traffic service (VTS), a first for the country’s maritime industry, will allow FPC to communicate with ships and manage traffic in the Port of Suva, Fiji s largest and busiest port.
AMSG will install and maintain a turnkey VTS with full training and knowledge transfer provided, with the system estimated to be live by August 2020.
AMSG CEO Richard Morton said the company had a long history of delivering maritime projects in the Pacific Islands and that it was important for Australian firms to be fostering strong ties with our regional neighbours.
"Our partnership with FPCL is the product of a 10-year collaboration and shows just how forward-thinking FPC s approach is to improve the efficiency of their port operations," Mr Morton said.
"Not only is this a strong endorsement of AMS s capability integrating world-leading technology and record, it s also a huge vote of confidence in the future of Fiji that will deliver safety, operational and economic benefits.
"Having world-class vessel traffic services will produce financial knock-on effects with an increase in trading with and investment in Fiji."
Fiji Ports CEO Vajira Piyasena said the project was "critical" to Fiji Ports Corporation Ltd.
“As far as we know this is the first installation of smart port technology in the region," Mr Piyasena said.
"Being a smart port is embedded in our organisation s strategic perspectives of safety, security and technology . We expect this project to improve the control of vessels and enhance our monitoring capabilities."
Mr Piyasena said AMS Group s experience and expertise made them the ideal partner for the project.
"AMS Group has a strong background in implementing and supporting similar projects and it is viewed as an ideal partner to transfer technology and knowledge in this space," he said.
Comparable to an airport s ground traffic control system, AMSG s VTS systems have been designed with world-leading software developer Saab technology BV Netherlands and partner sensor manufacturers. They provide multi-sensor target tracking, decision support, routing, traffic analysis, incident investigation and information management.
With a head office in Brisbane and satellite offices in Cairns, Fremantle, Newcastle, Melbourne and Hobart, AMSG has a geographically diverse and highly skilled workforce that installs and maintains maritime systems along the Australian coastline.
As a globally recognised leader, the group has also completed extensive and challenging overseas contracts for marine agencies in Canada, Turkey, Malaysia, Galapagos, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
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|India: Major ports record muted performance on fall in coal, fertilizer cargo|
A consistent drop in shipments of thermal coal and raw fertilizers dragged cargo growth of major ports between April and October. Cargo throughput of major ports stagnated in the period, clocking a growth of only 0.44 per cent. While thermal coal shipments subsided 17.69 per cent, raw fertilizers dropped by 4.61 per cent.
The performance of liquid cargo- crude oil and derivative products like LPG and LNG remained flat at 1.7 per cent. The major state owned ports of Kamarajar (Ennore), Chennai, New Mangalore, Mormugao and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) witnessed degrowth in the period.
For the major ports, the positive takeaways came from iron ore and finished fertilizer cargo. Iron ore shipments including pellets, surged by 28 per cent, logging the best growth in cargo throughput while finished fertilizer cargo spiked by 22 per cent. Coking coal shipments were in the positive territory, moving up by 6.88 per cent in the period under review.
The major ports handled 405.39 million tonnes (mt) cargo in the period against 403.6 mt in the corresponding period of last fiscal, data from the Indian Ports Association said.
Deendayal Port handled the most cargo among the major ports with a volume of 71.09 mt followed by Paradip at 64.46 mt.
The major ports had a combined capacity of 1477 mt at the end of FY19. The Maritime Agenda 2010-20 envisages the major ports reaching capacity of 3130 mt by 2020. In FY19, the major ports had handled 699.05 mt of cargo.
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|Essar Ports gives shape to Gujarat Maritime Board s vision with Hazira Passenger Ferry Terminal|
Essar Bulk Terminal Ltd (EBTL), a part of Essar Ports, said it has completed work on the Passenger Ferry Terminal that has paved the way for a cruise-based passenger ferry service, commencing today, between Hazira Port in Surat and Bandra-Worli Sea Link in Mumbai. The Hazira-based terminal will also lead to ferry services being offered on other routes in the future, revolutionising coastal transportation in India.
Phase I of the terminal project will focus on the movement of passengers between Hazira in Surat to India s financial capital, Mumbai. While the service is a significant addition to air-, road-, and rail-based connectivity between Surat and Mumbai, the plan is to extend it to other coastal locations in Gujarat, thus reducing road congestion, fuel consumption and air pollution.
The Hazira Passenger Ferry Terminal is the third terminal of its kind to be built by an Essar company.
"We feel privileged to be able to contribute to the Ro-Ro ferry project in Gujarat, which has set a worthy precedent for the rest of the country. It has given shape to our honourable Prime Minister s vision of Sagarmala, which envisages efficient cargo and passenger movement through the coastal route. Though we are a commercial port operator, we were keen to build this passenger terminal project in the spirit of giving back to the larger community. The ferry service will be a huge boost to tourism in Gujarat. We look forward to contributing to similar projects that will help unleash the tremendous potential of coastal transport in India by using the country s extensive network of inland waterways." said Mr Rajiv Agarwal, MD & CEO, Essar Ports.
EBTL agreement with GMB
Spurred by the PM s vision, Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) gave its permission to EBTL to develop and operate a Passenger Ferry Terminal at Hazira, where the Company also operates a 50 MTPA (million tonnes per annum) dry bulk cargo terminal. EBTL took charge of designing and constructing the facility, which includes both marine structures, like landing platform, passenger walkway and floating pontoon, as well as shore-based facilities, like a terminal building, cafeteria and vehicle parking area. The project was completed in record time using Essar s in-house expertise and resources. Essar s own dredgers were used, for instance, to ensure the draft required for operating the terminal.
"I congratulate my team for building the passenger terminal in just eight months after receiving GMB s permission to initiate this project. It was a challenging task that tested our technical expertise and project execution capabilities. We are proud to have commissioned the project in record time to pave the way for the launch of this revolutionary ferry service," said Capt. Subhas Das, CEO-EBTL.
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|For the first time in 6 years cargo transshipment in Ukrainian ports amounted to more than 20%|
For 10 months of 2019, cargo transshipment in Ukrainian ports increased by 129,8 million tons or more than 20% compared to last year s figures. This is the maximum positive dynamics of the increase in transshipment over the past 6 years.
"The positive dynamics of transshipment reached a record 20%. Good harvests of the past and current marketing years among farmers, high prices for ore on the world market, as well as effective cooperation between the USPA and stevedoring companies should be taken into account. It is important to note that first time in the last 5 years Mariupol, where the USPA is completing a large-scale dredging project, returned to the transshipment ports-leaders, which demonstrate growth. In general, this year in all five ports, which now provide more than 90% of transshipment, the USPA implemented projects on dredging and invested in the development of the port infrastructure.", the Head of the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority Raivis Veckagans commented on the results.
The volumes of the current drivers of grain and ore transshipment have increased by more than a third. So, for 10 months, seaports have transshipped 43.6 million tons of grain, which is in 37% more than in the same period last year. Ore transshipment increased by 33%, for 10 months - it amounted to 30.5 million tons.
Second year in a row, Ukrainian seaports provide a significant increase in container traffic. In January-October, container processing increased by 19% (+812 thousand TEU).
Exports, which account for the vast majority of transshipment, increased by almost a quarter. At the end of October 2019, 97.7 million tons have already been processed, which is in 24% more than in the same period last year.
The trend of increasing cargo transit through seaports continues. For the first time it was outlined at the end of 7 months of 2019 and continues until now. In general, compared with the last year’s figures, the increase in transit is 9.3 million tons (+8%). Also, 21.2 million tons more overloaded imported goods (+12%).
Among the Ukrainian ports, for 10 months the leaders in transshipment were five ports, which provided processing of more than 90% of the total volume of cargo. Pivdennyi handled more than 43.8 million tons (+28.3% compared to last year), Mykolaiv - more than 26.9 million tons (+20%), Chornomorsk - more than 21.1 million tons (+23.2%), Odessa - more than 20.7 million tons (+19.4%). And finally, the port of Mariupol on the sea of Azov managed to overcome the decline in transshipment, which lasted for almost the last 5 years, and has already handled almost 5.3 million tons (+5.5%).
For 10 months, the seaports of Ukraine processed 9,813 vessels and increased by 2.1% the last year s figure.
Majority of the vessels were processed in Izmail Sea Port - 2,946, in Mykolaiv - 1,474, in Chornomorsk - 1,391 and in Odessa - 1,200. At the same time, the largest increase in vessel working is observed in ports Olvia (+38%), Chornomorsk (+21%) and Kherson Sea Port (+16%).
From the beginning of the year, in comparison with last year s period, the number of passengers who used the water transport in the seaports of Ukraine increased by 65% to 537 thousand. Of these, more than 527 thousand used domestic transportation - mainly cruise and routes - in the ports of Odessa and Ust-Dunaisk. 9,795 foreign passengers were transported in the ports of Ust-Dunaisk (cruise river liners) and Odessa.
Within 10 months, there is a decrease of 30.7% in the number of passages of vessels by the Dnipro River (9,972). Therein, the volume of cargo transported by the river increased to 9.6 million tons, including almost twice (up to 3.9 million tons) increased transportation of grain and 24% (up to 1.37 million tons) increased the volume of transportation of metal products.
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