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Qatar knew of plan to attack ships off Fujairah
Qatar knew of an Iranian plan to attack four ships off the UAE coast in May but failed to warn its US, French and British allies, according to a western intelligence report.
Two Saudi tankers, a Norwegian tanker and a UAE vessel were targeted by explosions near the port of Fujairah on May 12 amid rising tension between the United States and Iran over US sanctions seeking to block all Iranian oil exports.
"Credible intelligence reports indicate that the IRGC-Quds Forces Naval unit is responsible for the Fujairah Port attacks, and the elements of civilian government of Iran, as well as the State of Qatar, were aware of the IRGC s activities," according to the report, which was obtained by Fox News.
Iran s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has been designated as a foreign terrorist organisation by the US, which accused Iran of being behind the attacks. A preliminary report from a joint investigation led by the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Norway said a "state actor" was most likely behind the attacks.
The US State Department declined to comment but a British member of parliament who received the report described it as "very alarming". French senator Nathalie Goulet, a major figure in European counterterrorism efforts, told Fox News she was "very concerned" after seeing the report.
The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt cut off ties with Qatar in June 2017 over its support for extremist groups and close relations with Iran, seen as a destabilising force in the region.
British MP Ian Paisley Jr told Fox News the intelligence report "requires serious and immediate investigation by my own government".
"If proven correct, this poses serious questions for our alliances in this region," he said.
Ms Goulet said she would "raise questions with colleagues in other countries with strong connections in the Middle East such as Britain and with our government," she said. "I will send the report to the head of the security department and also the minister of defence."
Fox News said Qatar, which hosts the largest US military base in the region, did not respond to requests for comment on the report.
Ms Goulet, who has authored a report for Nato on terror finance, questioned Qatar earlier this year over allowing the Al Qaeda financier Khalifa Al Subaiy access to his bank account despite an asset freeze.
Two luxury yachts destroyed by fire in Fort Lauderdale
Two luxury yachts, 32-meter REFLECTIONS and 49-meter LOHENGRIN, undergoing renovation at Yachts Repair Yard in Universal Marine Center, Fort Lauderdale, USA, were either destroyed or severely damaged by fire on Nov 16. More than 60 Broward firefighters spent about four hours early Nov 16 battling two luxury yacht fires that caused nearly $20 million in damage. When firefighters arrived, the boats were completely engulfed and smoke could be seen for miles. Firefighters boarded boats, which were docked in the canal, and began attacking the fire.
Italian second-biggest tall ship grounded, damaged
Tall ship SIGNORA DEL VENTO, second biggest Italian tall ship after AMERIGO VESPUCCI, broke off her moorings at Italcraft shipyard, Gaeta, Italy, drifted and grounded on city s seaside embankment on Nov 16, sustaining heavy damages. accident was caused by a strong wind and heavy seas battering Italy s coast on Nov 16. According to latest updates, the ship is to be refloated, or as of morning Nov 18, has been already refloated, to be repaired. She s the pride of Italian maritime community, so let s hope she ll be restored in all her glory, she s a beuty to look at even in distress.
IMO Working Group Moves Forward to Help Reduce GHG Emissions
The IMO Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships agreed last week to establish a dedicated workstream for the development of lifecycle greenhouse gas/carbon intensity guidelines for all relevant types of fuels.
As explained, the move comes in an effort for the International Maritime Organization to encourage the uptake of alternative low- and zero-carbon fuels in the shipping sector.
Specifically, the guidelines could include biofuels, electro-/synthetic fuels such as hydrogen or ammonia, as well as other types of fuel.
Many participants to the intersessional meeting highlighted the importance of undertaking this work as soon as possible, in order to pave the way for the decarbonization of the shipping industry.
The working group also agreed the draft text of a Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) resolution which would urge Member States to develop and update a voluntary National Action Plan (NAP) with a view to contributing to reducing GHG emissions from international shipping.
The resolution would invite Member States to elaborate those arrangements that they put in place or plan to do so to support emission reduction from ships, in accordance with their national conditions. It would also encourage those states which had already adopted national action plans to share their experiences with the IMO.
The draft resolution will be submitted to the next MEPC session with a view to its adoption, according to the IMO.
Candidate measures to further reduce GHG emissions
The IMO has already adopted mandatory technical and operational measures to improve the energy efficiency of ships and reduce GHG emissions, including the energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for new ships and the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) for all ships of 400 GT and above.
The initial strategy lists a number of candidate measures that could also be considered to further reduce emissions and help achieve the targets in the strategy, in particular 40% reduction of carbon intensity from shipping by 2030. Short-term measures could be measures finalized and agreed by the committee between 2018 and 2023. A procedure for assessing the measures impact on states has been approved, the IMO said.
During the working group session, a number of proposals were discussed. They fell into two goal-based approaches, a technical approach and an operational one.
Proposals for a technical approach included an Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI), which could require ships to meet set energy efficiency requirements after the measure taking effect. Other technical proposals relate to mandatory power limitation on ships.
Operational approaches would include focusing on strengthening the ship energy efficiency management plan, as required in SEEMP. This includes proposals for mandatory carbon intensity reduction targets. Operational proposals also include measures to optimize speed for the voyage. Proposals to limit ship speed were also discussed.
As informed, there was general agreement in the group that a mandatory goal-based approach for both the technical and operational approaches would provide the needed flexibility and incentive for innovation.
The group agreed that the technical and operational approaches should be further developed in parallel, with informal coordination before the next intersessional meeting.
The sixth session of the Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships met on November 11-15 at IMO Headquarters in London, United Kingdom. It was attended by nearly 400 representatives from nearly 70 Member States, as well as from the UNFCCC, the European Commission, the League of Arab States and around 30 non-governmental organizations.
Clean Shipping Coalition: IMO Too Slow in Tackling Shipping s Climate Impact
The lack of progress and low ambition shown at last week s round of negotiations to reduce shipping s contribution to the climate crisis is deeply concerning and disappointing, the Clean Shipping Coalition (CSC) said.
Two years after agreeing its initial greenhouse gas strategy, a meeting of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) did little more than review options already on the table and gave far too much time to technical measures that will deliver too little too late, according to the abovementioned international association of environmental NGOs.
There was, however, a widespread acceptance by IMO member states and industry that ship speed is one of the most important factors affecting GHG emissions, with the CSC s ship speed proposal being among those proposals for operational measures to be taken forward.
"The importance of speed reduction in cutting ship GHG emissions in the short-term is woven into the fabric of many of the proposed measures. The challenge as we go forward is to ensure that this most straight-forward of approaches is taken up and implemented in such a way that all ships contribute speed-related emission savings," John Maggs, senior policy advisor at Seas at Risk, explained.
CSC, which has consultative status at the IMO, further said that Japan and Norway s proposed measure to certify ships that limit their engine power - though the limit can easily be reversed - is "unambitious, opaque, and susceptible to cheating". According to the coalition, it won t achieve the urgent and deep cuts in emissions that are necessary if shipping is to respond appropriately to the climate emergency.
"The IMO spent yet another week talking the talk without deciding anything except to kick the can further down the road. Everything is slow at the IMO, except for polluting ships, and this needs to change," Faig Abbasov, shipping policy manager at Transport & Environment, stressed.
With Norway and Japan s proposal, the IMO is being blown off course and will achieve nothing more than greenwashing of world shipping," Abbasov continued.
"There is a real risk that when developing measures the IMO aims only to achieve the floor of targets set on an unambitious baseline. The IMO must follow the science and aim for full decarbonisation of the shipping sector by 2050 at the latest, and that makes some measures more appropriate than others," Dan Hubbell, shipping emissions campaign manager at Ocean Conservancy, concluded.
From November 11 to 15, the sixth session of the IMO Marine Environmental Protection Committee Intersessional Working Group on GHG Emissions (ISWG-GHG6) met at the IMO headquarters in London. The meeting considered proposals for short-term measures to tackle shipping s climate impact, amongst them proposals to reduce ship speeds.
Shell Marine Wins Marine Lubricants Deal for 5 COSCO Pulp Carriers
Shell Marine has secured a contract to supply lubricants for five 62,000 dwt multipurpose pulp carriers that will be delivered to COSCO Shipping Specialized Carriers in 2019 and 2020.
As informed, the lubricants contract calls for delivery of the two-stroke engine cylinder oils Shell Alexia 100 and Shell Alexia 40 and the multi-functional lubricants Shell Melina S30 and Shell Argina S3 40.
"We look forward to working with COSCO Shipping to optimise their vessels total cost of ownership and by meeting expectations for deliveries to an extensive list of ports," Joris van Brussel, Shell Marine Global General Manager.
According to Shell Marine, Alexia 100 and 40 are cylinder oils protecting two-stroke engines across a full range of vessel operating profiles, machinery specifications and fuel sulphur contents, now and after the introduction of IMO s global sulphur cap from January 1, 2020.
Earlier this year, Shell Marine introduced Alexia 40 that can be specifically used with engines running on 0.5% sulphur content very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO). The product has been available for use in Singapore from June 2019 and is being gradually introduced to other main supply ports within the company s global network before the sulphur cap enters into force.
China s shipping company COSCO Shipping Specialized Carriers is in the midst of its fleet expansion program which is in line with the company s strategy focused on seizing opportunities in the global pulp market. In March this year, the shipowner ordered four identical 62,000 dwt multipurpose carriers at the abovementioned yard. This is in addition to the pulp carrier quintet and trio the company ordered in 2018 and 2017, respectively.
Rhenus-Arkon-Shipinvest Orders Short Sea Newbuild Fleet
Germany s shipping company Rhenus-Arkon-Shipinvest (RHAS) has started to set up its own eco short sea fleet by placing orders for the company s first four environmentally friendly vessels.
To be known as Hanse Eco Short Sea Coasters, the ships are expected to be delivered during the second half of 2021, with the construction work scheduled to begin in February 2020.
As informed, the Hanse Eco fleet is a result of an initiative launched by Torsten Westphal, one of the founding members of Arkon Shipping. The vessels are based on the latest developments related to environmental protection, digitalization and design.
Each of the Hanse Eco vessels will feature a length of about 90 meters and have a load-carrying capacity of 4,200 tons. The ships cargo hold will be able to accommodate more than 5,500 cubic meters of goods.
"Our Hanse-Eco fleet is pointing the way forward so that we can meet climate protection requirements and also make sensible use of the mega trend of digitalisation. We re providing a high standard for European shipping 2.0 - from the planning stage until the vessels are put into service," Torsten Westphal, Managing Shareholder of Rhenus-Arkon-Shipinvest, commented.
The newbuilds will have a number of optimized features such as the bridge at the front which provides a clear view during deck loading procedures and the innovative hull shape which reduces fuel consumption. An enlarged hold length also makes it possible to transport project loads as well as classic bulk and break bulk cargo.
According to the company, the ship will be suited to handle large-volume and bulky goods and will be able to serve new cargo segments with its "open-top" capability.
Alongside the water treatment systems, which will be mandatory from 2020 onwards, the eco-vessels will be equipped with a hybrid ship s propulsion system with an organic catalytic converter, support from an electrical motor and a waste gas after-treatment unit. This will not only meet the stipulations in the future IMO Tier III exhaust gas standard, but also significantly reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and particulate matter as well as fuel consumption. The main engine will also use organic fuel, RHAS said.
"An integrated automation system and using the latest camera technology simplify the operational processes on board and in ports and reduce the administrative work needing to be completed by captains," Ralf Uebachs, Managing Director of Rhenus-Arkon-Shipinvest, concluded.
Back in 2017, Germany s logistics service company Rhenus Group took a shareholding in compatriot Arkon Shipping, establishing a joint investment firm, Rhenus-Arkon-Shipinvest. The JV aims to enable further expansion, flexibility and renewal of the European short sea Fleet with vessels ready for the digitalized new era of shipping.
Minister: Iran develops shipping container technology
Iran has developed the technology of manufacturing port equipment and shipping containers used for exports, said the minister of roads and urban development.
Speaking in a local ceremony in the central Iranian province of Isfahan on Friday, Mohammad Eslami added this was achieved by relying on domestic capabilities and capacities and unlocking potentials of the country s new technology-based firms (NTBFs), Mehr News Agency reported.
Kolkata Port Trust on track to surpass FY19 cargo throughput: Chairman
The Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) is on track to better last year s cargo handling volume during the 2019-20 fiscal, Chairman Vinit Kumar said on Saturday.
The port authority has so far handled 45 million tonne of cargo, a rise of 4-4.5 per cent over the corresponding period last fiscal, he said.
Shipping Minister Mandaviya inaugurates projects worth Rs 61.39 crore at Kamarajar Port
Union Minister of State for Shipping Mansukh L Mandaviya inaugurated projects worth Rs 61.39 crore at Kamarajar Port on Friday. These include newly constructed parking yard, new gate complex which will streamline traffic movement at the port and also guest house. The minister inspected various cargo handling terminals of Kamarajar Port. He held a detailed review regarding performance of the port with Sunil Paliwal, Chairman- cum-Managing Director, Kamarajar Port.
Taiwan s port of Keelung wins European EcoPort certification
For the third year in a row, Keelung has received the EcoPort certification from the European Sea Ports Organization (ESPO), reports said Friday (Nov. 15).
The harbor on Taiwan s north coast was the only port in all of Asia to receive the award this year, with a total of 113 ports in 25 countries being chosen. Keelung has become a model other Asian harbors could learn from, CNA quoted officials as saying.
Brexit Workshop Reveals Findings and Recommendations for Marine Connectivity
A workshop event in preparation for Brexit was hosted by the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) with the support of the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO).
The aim of the workshop was to allow shipping and port companies, importers and exporters to discuss maritime connectivity, trade patterns and capacity demands in a no-deal Brexit scenario.
Dominion Energy Cove Point LNG Terminal Loads 100th Commercial Ship
Dominion Energy s Cove Point LNG Terminal loaded its 100th commercial liquefied natural gas (LNG) ship on Monday, November 11, nineteen months after the facility entered commercial service for natural gas liquefaction and export.
Located in Lusby, Maryland, the Cove Point LNG Terminal became the second largest LNG export facility in the continental U.S. - and the first on the East Coast - when it entered commercial operation on April 9, 2018.
EBRD backs bond issued by Mersin port operator
The operator of Turkey s Mersin International Port is raising funds by issuing a new US$ 600 million five-year bond backed by the EBRD.
The Bank has invested US$ 90million in the issuance, helping attract a host of investors, despite a challenging market environment in Turkey.