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MOL-Operated Wood Chip Carrier Delivered at Oshima
Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has taken delivery of Southern Treasure, a wood chip carrier newbuilding.
The delivery ceremony for the 60,300 dwt vessel was held at Oshima Shipbuilding, Nagasaki Prefecture, on October 31, 2019.
MOL will operate the 122,499 cbm ship which will transport wood chips for Hokuetsu Corporation.
The vessel is equipped with a SOx scrubber and ballast water management system (BWMS) to comply with stricter environmental regulations. It features advanced technologies such as a bow shape that reduces the decline in vessel speed during adverse weather, a hull shape with improved stern shape, energy-saving equipment to improve propulsion efficiency as well as propeller boss cap fins (PBCF).
The environmentally friendly vessel also features an electronically controlled engine and low-friction ship bottom paint, achieving a significant reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in comparison with ordinary wood chip carriers.
With a length of 210 meters and a width of 37 meters, the newbuild flies the flag of Panama.
Report: Seafarer Happiness Levels Rise Across All Industry Sectors
After concerning reports earlier in the year, the latest Seafarers Happiness Index report has shown a marked improvement in happiness levels among seafarers across all sectors of the industry.
The latest quarterly data showed that the overall seafarer happiness has risen from 6.27/10 to 6.59, representing "a very promising sign for the industry," according to the report released by the Mission to Seafarers.
Happiness regarding interaction with other crew members has also increased to 7.28 from 6.85 reported in the last quarter.
"This is one of the highest figures provided in the five years since the report began and suggests a growing sense of comradery amongst seafarers."
After findings from the second quarter of the year showed happiness amongst seafarers onboard cruise and ferry vessels to be 15% lower than other vessels, the latest report showed that happiness levels in this sector jumped up a full point to 6.3/10.
"It is hoped that this indicates an improvement in working conditions, while the pressures from a busy summer season are also likely to have eased."
"The index is providing a more accurate image than ever before of the conditions across the global fleet. With record numbers of seafarers participating in the survey and engaging with the research, we have been able to identify more ways to support our Members in prioritising the health and wellbeing of their crew," Louise Hall, Director - Loss Prevention at the Shipowners Club, said.
While results were generally very positive, the anecdotal evidence from seafarers identified a number of ongoing concerns, with the upcoming IMO 2020 sulphur cap causing stress for many seafarers. The report indicates that there is a widespread fear of blame for non-compliance, suggesting that some seafarers donít feel prepared for the cap. Many participants reported concerns that discrepancies in data, in addition to tougher inspection regimes, could result in seafarers facing prosecution by authorities.
"While there has been much attention given to the financial impact of IMO 2020 on shipowners, this evidence shines a light on the day-to-day pressures on those serving at sea and the need for governments and shipowners to prepare seafarers for the change."
The report indicates that the companies investing more resources into training have happier crews - highlighting the importance of seafarers feeling confident in their own abilities and with the responsibilities placed upon them by new regulations.
"It would appear that industry-wide changes in attitudes could influence widespread progress in 2020, and there is a strong sense that some of the improvements that the Mission and others have been advocating may be gaining traction."
IMO Secretary-General: "Without Sustainability, We Cannot Survive"
At the opening ceremony of the international conference on "Sustainable Maritime Development Towards 2030 and Beyond" being held in Jeddah, World Maritime News had the opportunity to speak to Mr. Kitack Lim, IMO Secretary-General.
The high-level conference serves as a platform to strengthen partnerships and accelerate the implementation of the UN s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as Sustainable Development Goals. It also supports the International Maritime Organizationís (IMO) World Maritime theme for 2020 "Sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet."
As the conference is addressing the most important issues of the shipping industry, World Maritime News asked Mr. Lim about the way forward, taking into account the ever-growing pressure from environmental regulations and the need for decarbonization.
The IMO Secretary-General said that dealing with climate and a number of other issues for the benefit of health and the environment is a global trend that cannot be avoided and further progress is needed. Therefore, all stakeholders in the maritime industry have to work together for the common goal, including member states, governments, public and private sectors, shipping and port industries.
"So far, I am very satisfied with the collaboration among member states and developing countries as well, together with the industry. Industry s perception of this issue has improved greatly, dramatically. I am really grateful to the industry. But we have to continue to work closely together," Mr. Lim said.
Last year, IMO Member States agreed on an ambitious strategy to require the shipping sector to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 50 percent by 2050 compared to 2008 levels.
Sharing his thoughts on the 2050 GHG targets and whether they are achievable, Mr. Lim said that there are many issues from technical, policy to operational issues. However, the fundamental issue is developing renewable, alternative fuel.
"We have to figure out the future alternative fuel which is key to all of the issues," Mr. Lim stressed.
In terms of progress to-date, the Secretary-General said he is confident as the industry is working together to produce high-level technological solutions for a carbon-free future.
When asked about the best way for shipowners to future-proof their business, Mr. Lim said that sustainable practices should be at the forefront of commercial activities of shipping companies.
"Without sustainability, we cannot survive in the future, including the shipping community as well. We have to pursue the shipping business in a sustainable way," Lim concluded, adding that the industry is on the right track to make progress in that direction.
Hamburg Sud Announces "Environmental Fuel" Surcharge ahead of IMO 2020
German liner company Hamburg SŁd has announced the introduction of an "environmental fuel fee" (EFF) ahead of the new IMO 2020 regulations that will come into force on January 1, 2020.
The company said the EFF would become effective on December 1, 2019, and would cover the increase in fuel-related costs associated to the implementation of new regulations.
Jeddah: Sustainable Marine Development Towards 2030 and Beyond
An international conference entitled "Sustainable Marine Development Towards 2030 and beyond" will be held in Saudi Arabia during November 5-7, 2019, organized in Jeddah by the General Authority for Transport of the Kingdom.
The conference will kick off in the morning hours of November 5 in the presence of the Chairman of the Public Transport Authority, Dr. Rumaih Al-Rumaih, International Maritime Organization Secretary General Kitack Lim, as well as members and partners, and international maritime leaders.
Pirates Kidnap Four Seafarers from Greek Tanker off Togo
Armed pirates have kidnapped four crew members from a Greece-flagged tanker off the coast of Togo, the Hellenic Coast Guard confirmed.
The vessel, identified as the 94,143 dwt Elka Aristotle, was boarded by pirates while anchored near the West African port of Lome on November 4, 2019.
The attack resulted in the kidnapping of four of the ship s 24 crew members, according to the coast guard.
Major Container Plans For Portuguese Port
An international tender for the construction and operation of a new container terminal at a Portuguese port has been launched alongside confirmation of an agreement to expand an existing terminal.
The Portuguese government has launched a tender for the construction of a second container terminal at the Port of Sines, the Vasco de Gama Terminal.
Mwani Qatar participation showcases role of Qatar s ports
Speaking to The Peninsula about Mwani Qatar s participation in the exhibition, Captain Hussain Ahmad Al Maqeef, Executive Vice President Commercial said: "Our participation comes to show the role of the ports of Qatar, represented in its three ports, Hamad Port, Doha Port, AL Ruwais Port and their importance in the commercial and maritime transport sector."
Ministry of Shipping Announces First Ever Movement Of Container Cargo On Brahmaputra
In line with Government s focus on improving connectivity to the North Eastern Region (NER), a landmark container cargo consignment will sail on inland waterways from Haldia Dock Complex (HDC) to the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) terminal at Pandu in Guwahati on 4 November, 2019.
Poland and Singapore join forces to make Port of Gdansk gateway to the Baltic
Europe s fastest growing port, the Port of Gdansk, has outlined huge expansion plans designed to double its cargo volumes to 100m tonnes a year, during a high-level maritime and business delegation from Poland to Singapore.
The delegation marks 50-years of diplomatic ties between the countries and is being led by the Port of Gdansk with PSA International, the Singapore based global ports group.
Container traffic at the Port of Gothenburg on the rise - despite uncertain market situation
The Swedish container market had a slight downturn during the first half of 2019 with a one per cent fall, but the Port of Gothenburg is reporting a steady rise in both market share and volume. Between January and September this year, the figure stood at four per cent, due largely to continued influx of hinterland rail volumes at the port.