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|UK Helping Seychelles Battle Piracy in Indian Ocean|
The engagement is aimed at strengthening maritime security and safety of navigation.A team of UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) experts is helping the government of Seychelles tackle piracy in the Indian Ocean on behalf of UK s Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The engagement between UKHO and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles is aimed at strengthening maritime security and safety of navigation.
UKHO delivered a package of security of navigation, stabilization advice and training (SONSAT) aimed at helping Seychelles share vital maritime safety information with ships and partners in the region.
The series of maritime security capability development seminars and intelligence briefs included raising awareness of existing infrastructure and services, such as the World-Wide Navigational Warning Service (WWNWS) and Rescue Coordination Centres (RCCs), that could help them to circulate vital security information in the region. UKHO delegates provided advice and guidance on how to coordinate operations between these services effectively and within the realms of the required legal framework.
"As an island state that is hugely reliant on a buoyant tourism industry, the threat of piracy and illegal and unregulated fishing in the Indian Ocean is of huge concern to the Seychelles and its neighbors," Paul Merchant, SONSAT Capability Development Manager at UKHO, commented.
"By working together with the Seychelles to improve maritime domain awareness (MDA) in the region, and by building awareness of the legalities and obligations placed upon nations when broadcasting maritime safety information, we can help tackle the issues that threaten the safety of our merchant mariners."
Piracy at sea can threaten the security of trade routes, costing the international economy an estimated USD 7 to USD 12 billion annually, according to UKHO.
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|Dynagas Partners Secures Work for All Carriers until 2021|
Natural gas carrier owner and operator Dynagas Partners has secured work for its entire fleet of six vessels until at least 2021.
In its 2018 earnings report, the company said all of its LNG carriers are already, or will be, employed on long-term contracts with an average contract duration of approximately ten years.
The first potential vessel could be available in the year 2021 and thereafter in the year 2026, the company noted.
Despite a strong LNG carrier market, the Monaco-based company reported weaker 2018 results compared to the year before. Net income for full year 2018 was USD 3.6 million, compared to USD 17.3 million in 2017.
In the fourth quarter, Dynagas Partners reported a loss of USD 0.9 million. During the same period in 2017, the company reported a net income of USD 5.6 million.
The company explained that its fourth quarter 2018 results were impacted by the decrease in revenues as result of the Arctic Aurora and the Ob River starting employment under extended charter contracts at lower rates compared with previous ones.
Additional factors were the cost and off-hire associated with scheduled special survey and dry-docking of the Lena River and the increase in U.S. Libor which raised the interest and finance costs of the company’s Term Loan B.
"Our reported earnings for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018 were in line with our expectations," Tony Lauritzen, Chief Executive Officer of the Partnership, commented.
"We believe that our revenue backlog estimate of approximately USD 1.4 billion is driven in part by our dominant market share in the ownership and operation of ice class LNG carriers."
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|ITF: Docker Suffers Fatal Injuries at Karachi Terminal|
A Pakistani docker suffered fatal injuries in an incident at Hutchison Port’s Karachi International Container Terminal (KICT), according to the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF).
The 58-year-old yard checker passed away in the evening hours of March 17, 2019, at the Civil Hospital Karachi less than an hour after a reach stacker reversed over him.
"This is the second time in months that I ve be forced to say this: workers are losing their lives at Hutchison ports - an atrocious record for the biggest stevedore in the world - and families and friends are left to bear the scars," said Paddy Crumlin, International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) Dockers Section Chair.
"Safety standards in the yard area are very bad. There is poor lighting in the yard and no one directing traffic management," ITF said, citing a worker who requested to remain anonymous.
The ITF, together with the KICT Labour Union, has called on Hutchinson s global management to intervene and instigate a joint labour/management investigation into the incident.
This incident follows the death of five workers at Hutchison s Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT), between 2016 and 2018, and a serious incident in 2018 at Hutchison s Port Botany terminal in Sydney that left at worker at fighting for her life in an induced coma suffering a broken leg, broken arm and a closed head injury, according to ITF.
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|TT Club: Major Containership Fire Happens Every Two Months|
It is estimated that a major containership fire incident at sea occurs on average every 60 days, according to international transport and logistics insurer TT Club.
Despite the estimates, four major cargo-related fire incidents have already been recorded in 2019, the most recent being Grande America fire in the Bay of Biscay which subsequently led to the sinking.
These incidents not only frequently cost lives, millions of dollars in cargo losses and ship damage, but also significant delays in cargo supply chains amounting to major disruption across numerous industries, the insurer said.
TT Club recently initiated Cargo Integrity campaign shedding light on safety issues related to the incorrect processing of dangerous goods. The club said the campaign has gained renewed impetus.
TT Club s records indicate that across the intermodal spectrum as a whole, 66% of incidents related to cargo damage can be attributed to poor practice in the overall packing process - that is not just in securing but also in cargo identification, declaration, documentation and effective data transfer. The calculated cost of these claims in the Marine Aviation & Transport (MAT) insurance sector is more than USD 500 million a year.
"We are endeavouring to focus all direct and indirect stakeholders on recognising and doing the right thing," Peregrine Storrs-Fox, TT Club s Risk Management Director, commented.
"One particularly critical aspect of this is the correct declaration and handling of dangerous goods (DG)," Storrs-Fox added.
As explained, all types of cargo can be mishandled, however wrongly classified, labeled, packed or simply inaccurately identified dangerous commodities bring the greatest potential risk of disaster.
ICHCA International, the cargo handling operatives association has calculated that of the 60 million packed containers moved each year, 10% or six million are declared as DG. Information from published government inspections suggests that 20% of these are poorly packed or incorrectly identified. This translates into 1.3 million potentially unstable DG containers traveling around the world each year, TT Club informed.
Storrs-Fox emphasizes that this scale of risk is elevated when undeclared or misdeclared DG consignments are considered.
"In these cases, an estimate of volumes is more obscure. An indication has been given through the work of one container carrier, Hapag-Lloyd, developing a profiling algorithm to search its booking system for potential misdeclaration of commodities. Results from Cargo Patrol, when extrapolated to the carryings of all the lines, concludes a reasonable estimate in excess of 150,000 volatile containers in the supply chain each year."
Container lines in particular are making efforts to mitigate the problem. The Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS), in which many of the top lines participate, has been active for a number of years and has successfully identified a number of commodities that commonly cause problems during transport - not always limited to those formally identified as dangerous.
TT Club has additionally promoted, together with UK P&I Club and Exis Technologies, the Hazcheck Restrictions Portal, which is designed to identify and streamline the complexity of regulations and protocols imposed by carriers and ports around the world in relation to transporting declared dangerous goods.
However, there is still much to be done in achieving true cargo integrity, Storrs-Fox said.
"Our diverse campaign is seeking significant cultural and behavioural change to say the least. Certain elements may require legislative action, enforcement and inspection and there are great challenges in the field of technological development."
"Above all there is a need for all involved in the supply chain to have a realistic perception of risk and a responsible attitude towards liability," Storrs-Fox concluded.
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|Tajikistan to increase transportation through Baku port|
Tajikistan is considering the possibility of increasing the transportation of its goods through the Baku International Sea Trade Port.
Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Tajikistan Nematullo Hikmatullozoda met with the Director General of this PortTaleh Ziyadov a few days ago as part of his visit to Azerbaijan.
The minister was provided with detailed information on the activities of the port and proposed to widely use its capabilities for the transport of goods in Tajikistan, news.tj reports citing the press service of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Tajikistan.
It was particularly noted that the Baku Sea International Trade Port was commissioned in 2018. Its territory is 117 hectares, the port can simultaneously receive up to 12 ships, and its carrying capacity is currently 15 million tons of cargo per year. For a comprehensive use of the potential of the port, a free economic zone has been created next to it.
The use of the port will contribute not only to an increase in cargo traffic, but also to strengthen the regional cooperation, Ziyadov concluded.
Tajikistan is forced to transport its cargoes bypassing Turkmenistan from the beginning of February of this year, which, for still unknown reasons, does not allow Tajik vehicles to enter its territory.
Delivery of Tajik cargo to the Middle East or goods imported from this region have been transported by the Caspian Sea for almost two months : using the ports of Baku and Aktau (Kazakhstan).
The Baku International Sea Trade Port in Azerbaijan s Alat settlement is expected to become one of the leading trade and logistics hubs of Eurasia.The New Port in Alat is a transportation hub linking the west (Turkey & EU), south (Iran & India) and north (Russia). Situated in the vicinity of the regions of Azerbaijan, it will also increase its connectivity as an efficient hub and so increase the volume of cargo being handled. In addition, new port location is linked to existing highways and railways, connecting the port to the inland regions of the country.
Azerbaijan and Tajikistan established diplomatic relations on May 29, 1992. The cooperation between the two countries reached a new level in 2008, when the intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation was launched. It coordinates the realization of economic ties and develops new proposals for future cooperation.
The contractual and legal framework of cooperation is secured by more than 40 agreements in trade, economic, banking, tax, cultural and investment spheres. The priority areas of economic cooperation between Azerbaijan and Tajikistan are non-ferrous metallurgy, agro-industrial sector, energy, light industry, transport and communications.
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|Gwadar Port generates Rs358.151m revenue in three years|
Gwadar Port has generated Rs358.151million revenue during the last three years of which Rs32.324 million were given to Gwadar Port Authority (GPA) as per its approved share.
As per details revenue share, distribution ratio or percentage between the port operator (China Overseas Ports Holding Company Ltd) and Gwadar Port Authority are 91 % and 9 to 15 % respectively.
A data issued by Ministry of Maritime Affairs on Thursday revealed that the share of China Overseas Ports Holding in Gwadar International Terminal and Gwadar Marine Services is 91 per cent while Gwadar Port Authority share is 9 per cent.
Gwadar Port Authority share in Gwadar Free Zone is 15 per cent while the rest of the 85 per cent shares is held by China Overseas Ports Holding Company.
The data further revealed that the port concession agreements all around the world determine revenue sharing between port authorities and port operations and the same principle applies in Gwadar Port Concession Agreement.
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|Navis N4 TOS Selected to Enhance Terminal Operations & Support Customer-First Approach at North Carolina Ports|
Navis, a part of Cargotec Corporation, and the provider of operational technologies and services that unlock greater performance and efficiency for the world’s leading organizations across the shipping supply chain, today announced that North Carolina Ports has selected the Navis N4 terminal operating system (TOS) to power its Wilmington and Morehead City port facilities and its inland terminal in Charlotte, NC.
With combined annual TEUs of almost 400,000 and over four million tons of general cargo throughput while operating efficient water- and landside operations on the East Coast of the United States, North Carolina Ports are consistently recognized for their self-sustaining operations, environmental stewardship, highly efficient workforce, excellent customer service, and dedication to terminal safety. However, like many terminals globally, rising customer expectations amid surging demand has put added pressure on Wilmington, Morehead City and the Charlotte terminal to consistently perform. In order to support these changing business requirements, as well as achieve competitive advantages in the region, North Carolina Ports knew an industry-leading TOS was required. The choice was N4.
"North Carolina Ports is excited to partner with Navis as we continue to invest in our future," said Paul J. Cozza, Executive Director, North Carolina Ports. "Choosing a world-class terminal operating system further fulfills North Carolina Ports commitment to sustainable growth and best-in-class levels of performance for our customers."
The N4 implementation is part of a transformational terminal enhancement project to support future growth and automation plans at North Carolina Ports facilities. At the Port of Wilmington, container throughput capacity will double from 600,000 to 1.2 million TEUs. A redesigned truck gate complex combined with container yard expansion plans will enable the port to grow and meet evolving customer demands while maintaining efficiencies.
"Navis technology produces the best opportunity for North Carolina Ports to use a single platform for all cargo handled at our terminals," added Bill Corcoran, CIO of North Carolina Ports. "Our ambitions reach well beyond the terminal operating systems and N4 gives us the foundation we need to increase velocity, safety and volume. We will achieve this via a series of automation projects connecting our technology with operations, our customers and the entire port constituency."
The N4 TOS implementation will begin spring 2019 and full implementation will coincide with the new container gate complex in late 2021. As part of the agreement, Navis will also provide a variety of Professional Services and Training support to North Carolina Ports to ensure the smooth implementation and future operation of N4.
"North Carolina Ports has a strong pedigree and successful track record supporting and enhancing the economy of North Carolina with its streamlined operations," said Susan Gardner, Vice President and General Manager, Americas, Navis. "As it looks to raise the bar on its terminal operations, customer service and safety initiatives, we are proud that N4 stood out as the only TOS solution that would help it realize its vision. We are eager to see what can be achieved together."
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