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Maritime Roundtable says welfare of seafarers paramount amid piracy threat
Responding to feedback on the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (IMO MSC) Circular MSC.1/Circ. 1334 recommending that ship masters report all incidents of piracy and sea robbery to the Rescue Coordinating Centre of the coastal states immediately, the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia Information Sharing Centre (ReCAAP ISC) and the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) Maritime Roundtable noted that some sectors within the shipping industry felt the need to further simplify this reporting procedure.
The discussion on the topic "Is a Single Reporting Centre the Answer to Timely Reporting, and Prompt Response against Piracy and Sea Robbery?" acknowledged that the welfare of seafarers was paramount and piracy must be addressed regardless of whether or not a "Single Reporting Centre" was feasible. The Maritime Roundtable further affirmed the importance of continuing to build the capacity of Coastal States to combat maritime crimes, as well as ways to continue to enhance the cooperation between the regional authorities and the shipping industry.
The roundtable was co-moderated by ReCAAP ISC ed Masafumi Kuroki and executive deputy chairman of RSIS Ong Keng Yong. Participants included senior representatives from IMO; international and regional shipping associations such as the Asian Shipowners Association (ASA), BIMCO, INTERTANKO, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), OCIMF, Singapore Shipping Association (SSA); maritime regulatory and enforcement agencies such as the Indian Coast Guard (ICG), Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Thailand Maritime Enforcement Coordinating Centre (Thai-MECC), Vietnam Coast Guard (VCG); information sharing/reporting centres such as ReCAAP ISC, International Maritime Bureau (IMB), and Information Fusion Centre (IFC); and RSIS, a research institute.
"This roundtable provides us with an opportunity to facilitate a frank and open discussion on a 'single reporting centre,' which is an issue of keen interest to the shipping community. It underscores ReCAAP ISC’s commitment to bringing together stakeholders from regulatory and enforcement authorities and the shipping industry to hear each other’s perceptions and concerns on the topic," said Kuroki.
"This mutual exchange goes a long way to foster better understanding, deepen cooperation, and enhance maritime safety for our seafarers," he added. "This setting [of a roundtable] proves to be a useful avenue for open discussions and raising of difficult questions among relevant stakeholders. It is a good confidence-building initiative, which we should continue to support," said Ong. The ReCAAP ISC-RSIS Maritime Roundtable was held in conjunction with the Singapore Maritime Week 2018.
Wartsila Pioneers Autodocking Technology on a Ferry
Finnish technology group Wartsila has tested its autodocking technology with the Folgefonn, a ferry owned by Norwegian operator Norled. The 83 meters-long vessel has hybrid propulsion and is fitted with a Wartsila wireless charging system. The installation of autodocking on a ferry is a world first, according to the technology firm. The autodocking tests started in January of this year and were completed in April with actual harbour docking trials.
GTT, Sembcorp Marine Ink Membrane Tank Solutions Deal
French engineering company GTT has signed a Technical Assistance and License Agreement (TALA) with Sembcorp Marine for the design and construction of membrane tank solutions. Under the deal, GTT would undertake the works for Sembcorp Marine s Gravifloat, FSRU and mid-scale LNG carrier products using GTT membrane solutions. Sembcorp Marine received its approval after completing a qualification process which started in 2017, including the building of a Mark III mock-up and an audit conducted by GTT.
More Information Exchange Needed to Cut CO2 Emissions
The international shipping industry needs to work more quickly towards global digital standardisation if it is to reduce its CO2 emissions. Speaking at the Singapore Maritime Technology Conference April 25, 2018, Argyris Stasinakis, a partner with ship tracking intelligence company Marine Traffic, told the audience that more information exchange between shipowners, shippers, ports, equipment manufacturers and IT companies was needed to meet the ambitious CO2 emission reduction targets set by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
Baltic Exchange, Freightos Unveil Container Freight Index
Baltic Exchange and the digital container freight platform Freightos have unveiled an independent, audited benchmark for the global container shipping industry. On April 25, during the Singapore Maritime Week, the two organisations informed that the Freightos International Freight Index will be audited by the Baltic Exchange and republished as the Freightos Baltic Indices. The index reflects weekly spot rates for 40-foot containers based on 12 to 18 million price points collected every week on 12 main shipping trade lanes.
KfW to Back Responsible Ship Recycling
German lender KfW IPEX-Bank has become the country’s first bank to join the initiative to adopt Responsible Ship Recycling Standards (RSRS). KfW IPEX-Bank is one of the top 5 ship financiers in the world with a lending volume of EUR 13.9 billion in 2017. The RSRS initiative was launched at the end of May 2017, by ABN Amro, ING and NIBC. The initiative now has eight members worldwide, with Nordea, DNB, SEB and Export Credit Norway having joined the three founding banks.
Algerie Ferries Orders New RoPax
Algerian shipping company ENTMV Algerie Ferries has ordered a new roll-on/roll-off passenger (RoPax) ferry in China. The company signed the final contract for the construction of the newbuilding with China s Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) last month. As informed, Danish OSK-ShipTech A/S will design the vessel and is currently working on the approval design.
Maersk to Trial Autonomous Vessel Firm s Technology
Maersk Lines has hired a Boston-based automation firm to install "perception and situational awareness technology" on a new class of container ships. The firm, Sea Machines Robotics, will provide technology similar to an advanced driver assistance system - the kind of high-end cruise control found in top-end luxury cars today. To "see" the traffic environment, it will use computer vision, LIDAR and perception software, and it will be deployed to "augment and upgrade transit operations."
In a short mission statement, Sea Machines says that it develops autonomous vessel technology for commercial boats and ships, and it offers what it describes as the world’s first industrial-grade control system to provide autonomous and remote vessel control for workboats and other commercial marine vessels. Its latest product is capable of level three operator-in-the-loop autonomy - that is, the ability to navigate autonomously in many situations, with a human standing by to take over if needed
Khorgas Port sees increase in imports and exports in Q1
Khorgas Port in Northwest China s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region saw a rise in imports and exports in the first quarter of 2018. From January to March, imports and exports at the land port bordering Kazakhstan hit 23.9 billion yuan ($3.8 billion), up 9 percent year-on-year. Throughput reached 7.5 million tons, an increase of 12 percent compared with the same period last year, mainly driven by exports.
FEPORT Position Paper on Investment Needs in Ports
FEPORT supports transport coalition request for more budget for transport and wishes to reiterate several key principles which are crucial for attracting private investment in ports. Local, national and European public authorities have a fundamental role in ensuring the availability of a reliable transport infrastructure. Society and economic activity can only fully develop if an effective and efficient infrastructure is at their disposal. Efforts to build the physical TEN-T network have been significant and need to be supported further to allow effective connectivity at the appropriate nodes, whether through ports, inland ports, dry ports, logistics platforms or rail terminals.
The Port of Rotterdam welcomes IMO s first step in reducing CO2 from shipping
The Port of Rotterdam Authority welcomes the ambition agreed by IMO to reduce CO2 emissions from shipping by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008. IMO takes the Paris climate agreement seriously and actually tackles CO2 emissions from shipping.
At the same time, the Port Authority had rather seen that the IMO had raised its ambition and set higher targets at a level that is needed to achieve the goals of the Paris climate agreement. This is why the Port Authority sees this decision as a very important first step.