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Carnival Cruise Line Names Newest Vista-Class Ship
Florida-based cruise company Carnival Cruise Line has christened Carnival Panorama, the newest member of its fleet.
The newbuilding was named by Wheel of Fortune s Vanna White during a ceremony on board the cruise ship held in Long Beach earlier this week.
The 133,500 GT Carnival Panorama is the third Vista-class unit built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for the cruise operator. Featuring a length of 323 meters, Carnival Panorama can accommodate more than 6,500 people on board, including staff.
The ship was handed over to Carnival at Fincantieri s Marghera shipyard in Venice in late October this year.
It is Carnival Cruise Line s first brand-new ship homeported in California and deployed on the West Coast of the USA in 20 years.
Following an inaugural three-day cruise, Carnival Panorama will launch year-round Mexican Riviera service from Long Beach, departing on week-long voyages to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas.
Carnival Cruise Line, part of Carnival Corp & plc, has 27 ships operating voyages to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Bermuda, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands. In addition, the line has two new ships scheduled for delivery - Mardi Gras in 2020 and an as-yet-unnamed ship in 2022.
ONE Becomes Member of NYSHEX
Container shipping company Ocean Network Express (ONE) has joined the New York Shipping Exchange (NYSHEX), an exchange platform for shippers and carriers.
With seven of the major global ocean carriers on NYSHEX, over 60% of global capacity is represented. The member carriers also represent all three container shipping alliances - 2M, Ocean Alliance and THE Alliance.
"NYSHEX enables us to offer our customers an additional platform to contract with us, whereby the agreed terms are mutually enforceable. The guaranteed equipment, space and price that we offer through NYSHEX will help our customers to plan their supply chain and to lock in their transport costs up front," Sundeep Sibal, Senior Vice President of Trans Pacific and Trans Atlantic trade at ONE, explained.
"Having our customer s commitment to show up with their cargo as contracted, allows us to optimize our network and more accurately plan our vessels, which in turn provides more cost effective and reliable services."
ONE will initially begin posting selective offers for the Transpacific Eastbound trade on the exchange from mid-December 2019 for January sailings.
"We are thrilled to welcome ONE as a carrier member of the exchange. The ONE approach to container shipping today is refreshing and relevant, we look forward to the continued collaboration and innovation," Gordon Downes, CEO of NYSHEX, said.
As informed, digital contracts made through NYSHEX have achieved a fulfillment rate of 98.4%, substantially improving reliability for both shippers as well as carriers.
From early 2020 the system will support more customizable terms that form part of the digital and enforceable contracts. For example, where the shipper and carrier agree, contracts will be able to cater for multiple origins and destinations, as well as longer validities.
ABB to Power Genting s Universal Class Cruise Ships
Technology company ABB has secured a EUR 157 million (USD 175.5 million) contract to supply power, propulsion and digital solutions for Genting Hong Kong s six next-generation cruise vessels.
Genting will operate the six Universal Class ships for global hotel brands who want to enter the cruise industry but are facing constraints related to most shipbuilding slots being occupied at present.
To be built by Genting-owned shipbuilder MV Werften, the ships will feature a gross tonnage of 88,000 tons and a capacity of 1,000 to 4,000 passengers. They are due for delivery in 2023-2024.
The new vessels will be designed to "the highest safety and environmental standards" and will be powered by ABB s Azipod electric propulsion, ABB said.
Specifically, each of the 286-meter vessels will be propelled by twin Azipod units, with a combined power of 30 MW, and will run on low-emission liquified natural gas (LNG). The propulsion system, where the electric drive motor is in a submerged pod outside the ship hull, can rotate 360 degrees to increase maneuverability and operating efficiency. Due to minimal noise and vibration, it is also said to improve passenger and crew comfort.
"These vessels represent the next generation of cruising with their high flexibility, sustainable profile and highest safety and efficiency standards. ABB s Azipod electric propulsion … has been a natural choice for these vessels," Gustaf Gronberg, Executive Vice President, Marine Operations & Newbuilding, Genting Hong Kong, commented.
"With these vessels, we enter a new era of sustainable cruising, and we are pleased to collaborate with ABB, who through the years have proven to be a reliable solution provider enabling us to deploy advanced technology that defines the future of cruising," Peter Fetten, President and CEO of MV Werften, said.
Genting Hong Kong sea-based businesses include Star Cruises, Dream Cruises, and Crystal Cruises, along with German shipyards MV Werften and Lloyd Werft.
MSC Rejects Pollution Claims
Swiss container shipping major MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company has reiterated its commitment to the environment after it was called out as one of the EU s top ten polluters.
Last week, the Brussels-based environmental NGO Transport & Environment said, referring to a new study, that MSC was responsible for about 11 million tons of CO2 emissions in 2018.
The NGO added that MSC would be the 8th biggest emitter in the bloc if shipping was part of the EU s emissions trading system.
Defending its position, MSC said it "is strongly committed to further reducing CO2 emissions and supporting longer term goals to fully decarbonise shipping."
The shipping company highlighted the fact it operates a green fleet and is investing in low-carbon technologies and extensive newbuild and retrofit programs to boost performance and minimize its environmental impact.
"MSC s fleet improvement program has resulted in a 13% reduction in CO2 emissions per transport work in 2015-18. Furthermore, the latest newbuilding additions to the fleet - led by MSC Gulsun, the largest container ship in the world - has introduced a new class of sustainable container shipping," according to the company.
What is more, MSC said it supports reporting CO2 emissions transparently and precisely in the European Union (EU) Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system.
"It is, however, vital that the raw data reported in the system are analysed accurately and take operational realities fully into account, to give a realistic picture of the related emissions," the company stressed.
MSC claims that the report published by T&E offers "an incomplete analysis" of these data and does not give an accurate picture of shipping emissions:
"(T)he T&E analysis fails to take a number of operational aspects of MSC s services fully into account and thus does not offer a complete assessment of our role and impact in terms of emissions."
Additionally, the container shipping giant noted that the analysis should only take into account emissions that actually occurred within the EU area.
"According to an MSC analysis of its own operational records, only 40-45% of the 11 million tons of emissions reported in the MRV were actually in the EU."
In conclusion, MSC said it remains supportive of decarbonizing the industry. At the same time, it recognized that some major breakthroughs, especially in fuel and propulsion technologies, are needed to shift the shipping industry towards a zero-carbon future.
Reduced cargo dwell time saves huge annual costs to Oman trade
Oman Logistics Centre together with Sohar Port and Freezone engaged with the Sohar business community through Logistics Forum-Trade First (an extension of the Logistics Forum held in October at Muscat) to provide update on new tools and facilitations brought available by the logistics stakeholders to ease trade flow through Sohar Port.
The event was organised by Oman Logistics Centre as part of the implementation of the Sultanate of Oman Logistics Strategy (SOLS 2040).
Various speakers from the public and private sector provided insight on the usage and benefits of the new tools.
The Directorate General of Customs announced relaxation to the presentation of trade documents at customs.
This decision was made to support traders in expediting goods through borders and especially to encourage early reporting to customs. Pre-arrival clearance of shipments saves time and cost currently 22 per cent of cargo arriving at Sohar Port are cleared before arrival of the vessel.
While Directorate General of Customs and other government control agencies are already applying risk management in their controls, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries are working on adopting to e-phyto in Oman enhancing safe trade in plants and plant products.
Logistics service providers have an equally important and active role in making trade flows more efficient. Sohar Port and Freezone recently launched Sohar Navigate, a unique online route planner, which provides information on available connections to hinterland destinations. The web-based service helps traders to find optimal routing option to reach global markets. The platform is the first of its kind in the region and will comprise of sea schedules connecting to 550 ports worldwide.
These enhancements have the potential of cutting administrative dwell time, making Sohar more attractive gateway to access the region.
Anacin Kum, CEO, Hutchison Ports Sohar said: Hutchison Ports Sohar received the winning award in Excellence in Port Management and Infrastructure from Lloyds List South Asia, Middle East and Africa Awards 2019.
New cranes are added this year and four new shipping lines started direct services from Sohar Port to Far East, China and Indian Subcontinent ports.
In recent years Sohar Port has shown significant improvement in efficiency through adopting new technologies and infrastructure which has helped in easing trade flow into Oman.
Research quoted in the OECD Report Aid for Trade at a Glance indicated that a one-day border delay drives up costs on average by about 0.8 per cent. In 2015, dwell time at Sohar Port was approximately 12 days and as of today it is at 5 days. Based on NCSI statistics on import trade value for Sohar Port alone, reducing dwell time by 7 days has saved trade cost by approximately RO 300 million per year.
The business community and the government are working together equally to realise the importance of improving logistics efficiency and are collectively working towards reducing the overall dwell time to international standard of one day for all major ports in Oman. Oman ranked 1st in the GCC in Cross Border Trade Index of World Banks Ease of Doing Business report 2019.
Al Khattab Salim Saif al Maani, Executive Director of Oman Logistics Centre at ASYAD, Oman Logistics Centre said: The business community and the Government of Oman are playing an active role in realising the Sultanates shipping and transshipment potential, contributing to the positive development of the domestic logistics industry and encouraging the collective work that is having a pronounced and positive effect on the overall dwell times at all major ports in Oman.
EU customs checks are an opportunity for the Port of Liverpool
Potential EU customs checks is a definite opportunity for the port of Liverpool, especially when faced with the question of Northern Ireland, as it is already very well set up for trade with countries outside of the EU.
Research carried out at Liverpool John Moores University into port operators’ marketing planning following the Brexit vote surveyed 35 port operators representing nearly 70% of UK ports.
There was no geographical correlation between perceptions of uncertainty related to Brexit and how this affected marketing and strategic planning for ports across the UK. The response is uncoordinated and sporadic depending on the port.
Liverpool’s strategy has long been to look west and to prepare itself for this trade by investing in the port, expanding container handling capacity, and a swathe of investment in equipment and technology to improve efficiency and customer service.
Trade with the west will require similar checks on EU goods being discussed (short-term or long-term) for goods entering from Northern Ireland.
In terms of Liverpool s preparedness, this is not only a short term reaction to the current geo-political climate, so there is every confidence that they will be ready in time. It is likely that there will be a short-term increase in throughput as ports in the south and on the east coast are not as well-prepared and we will see diverted freight from ports without enough capacity to process the freight traffic and carry out the necessary checks required by the Brexit deal.
There are potentially a number of obstacles that stand in the way of these customs checks being an opportunity to compete long-term with east coast ports for freight from the EU.
The opportunity that is presented to Liverpool and Peel Ports is to demonstrate its ability to be a quality terminal operating company, with quality equipment, information systems and IT services in the port, and to get it right when it comes to customer focus."
Latvian Government to Seize Control of Ports Following Sanctions
Latvia passed legislation giving the government full control of the Baltic nation s biggest ports after the U.S. sanctioned one of them along with a local official with close ties to it.
With unusual speed, parliament passed all the necessary legislation on Thursday after its submission the previous day. It voted 52-22 in a second and final vote.
The law will allow the government to name all the board members of the Riga and Ventspils ports, removing municipal representation in the leadership. The U.S. Treasury on Monday added "oligarch" Aivars Lembergs, the long-time mayor of Ventspils, to its so-called Magnitsky list of crooked officials along with the city s port.
Lembergs, who s been fighting corruption charges in Latvia for about a decade, blamed his political rivals for his troubles and said the allegations were invented and falsified.
Latvia - a NATO and European Union member - is trying to rebuild its reputation after a string of money-laundering scandals and the ongoing trial of its central bank governor for bribery.