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Denmark Tests Digital Certificates for Seafarers on Mumbai Maersk
The Danish Maritime Authority launched a pilot project on digital certificates for seafarers, according to a notice released on May 29.
The project is being undertaken aboard the 2018-built containership Mumbai Maersk, that is scheduled to sail from Denmark s Port of Aarhus for destinations in Europe, Africa and Asia with crew certificates that are entirely digital instead of traditional paper certificates.
"This is simpler, faster and safer for seafarers, shipping companies and authorities," Danish Maritime Authority said.
During the voyage, the 190,326 dwt ship will call ports in Germany, Morocco, Singapore, China and South Korea, where it will collect data and knowledge about the use of digital certificates for seafarers. In particular in connection with Port State Control.
"The pilot project aims to explore the advantages of digital certificates and hopefully pave the way for global acceptance and utilization," the authority concluded.
Cruise Lines Call for Improved Infrastructure in East Med
Regional volatility and the small available pool of cruise-ready ports are some of the key challenges obstructing the growth of cruising in the East Med, representatives of three of the world s biggest cruise lines told the 5th Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum in Athens.
With a 7% projected increase in cruise passengers for Greece alone estimated for this year according to Greek Minister of Tourism, Thanasis Theocharopoulos, the challenges are likely to be accentuated for the near future until ongoing infrastructure improvements materialise.
"Our aim is for our ports to become more attractive to cruise operators from an infrastructure point of view in order for Greece to fully capitalise on the vast potential of the cruise sector and increase its contribution to the country s economic growth," he said.
In spite of the existing challenges, Disney Cruise Line returns to Greece this summer with nine and 12-night itineraries connecting marquee Aegean ports with Venice and the Adriatic and MSC is adding a fifth ship in East Med increasing its available capacity by 26.4%. Another ship will be deployed by MSC in 2020 to fuel capacity by a further 25%.
But growing guest numbers will put further pressure on existing infrastructure at traditional ports of call as the extra capacity cannot be dispersed to smaller, but equally attractive destinations which are still not cruise-ready.
"Disney Cruises ships can approach only six Greek ports and that s a shame," said Paul Britton, Manager, Marine Operations, Ports and Itinerary Planning, Disney Cruise Lines, which is returning to Greece this year with port calls in Piraeus, Santorini, Mykonos and Katakolo.
"We need to have proper facilities and adequate infrastructure to serve and cater to our big ships," Alexandros Fan, Product and Buying Corporate Shorex Excursions, MSC Cruises added.
The Greek government is aware of the challenges and the wants of cruise companies and is working towards addressing the issues to alleviate stakeholder concerns.
"The development of the cruise sector and the establishment of Greece as a major sea tourism destination are strategic priorities for us. The continuous promotion of Piraeus and Heraklion as home ports, the increase in the number of home ports across the country, the improvement of our infrastructure and facilities are some of the initiatives we have taken to upgrade our product and pave the way for investments," Minister Theocharopoulos concluded.
EU Funds Autonomous Shipping Initiative for European Waters
The European Commission revealed a new funding for an autonomous shipping initiative for the European waters.
Under the project titled Autoship, two remote and autonomous (R&A) vessels would be built and operated, along with their needed shore control and operation infrastructure, reaching and going over technology readiness levels 7 -system prototype demonstration in operational environment.
With a duration of three and a half years, the project has a budget of EUR 27.6 million, out of which EUR 20.1 million would be provided by the EU.
Testing will take place during two pilot demonstration campaigns addressing goods mobility from the Baltic Corridor to a major EU seaport and hinterland. Autoship would build around two EU technology providers, such as Rolls Royce and Kongsberg, to make a stronger European cluster.
The development is expected to speed-up the next generation of autonomous ships by demonstrating in real environment short sea shipping and inland waterways autonomous vessels, according to the European Commission.
The technology package would include full-autonomous navigation, self-diagnostic, prognostics and operation scheduling, as well as communication technology enabling a prominent level of cyber security and integrating the vessels into upgraded e-infrastructure. In parallel, digital tools and methodologies for design, simulation and cost analysis would be developed for the whole community of autonomous ships.
"The high ambition is to deliver the technology on the market in 5 years boosting ocean and intercontinental unmanned shipping. It is an ambition with a solid base in the involved value-chain and in the financial and commercial commitment," the EC said.
USCG Urges Vigilance in Shipping amid Renewed Cyber Attacks
The US Coast Guard (USCG) has urged the maritime industry to stay alert after recent email phishing and malware intrusion attempts.
According to a safety bulletin issued on May 24, the USCG said that "cyber adversaries" were targeting commercial vessels.
"Cyber adversaries are attempting to gain sensitive information including the content of an official Notice of Arrival (NOA) using email addresses that pose as an official Port State Control (PSC) authority," according to the notice.
Additionally, the authority has received reports of malicious software activity designed to disrupt shipboard computer systems.
The USCG urged maritime stakeholders to verify the validity of the email sender prior to responding to unsolicited email messages. If there is uncertainty regarding the legitimacy of the email request, vessel representatives should try contacting the PSC authority directly by using verified contact information.
Additionally, vessel owners and operators should continue to evaluate their cyber defense meaures to reduce the effect of a cyber-attack.
Scrubbers at Forefront of Safe Bulkers Compliance Solution
Monaco-based dry bulk shipping company Safe Bulkers is getting ready for the IMO 2020 rule with scrubbers at the forefront of its compliance solution.
The company is installing exhaust gas cleaning devices in almost half of its fleet, having decided to compete for such vessels on the basis of the price differential between the compliant fuels and the 3.5% sulfur content heavy fuel oil.
For its remaining fleet, that the company has decided to compete on the basis of fuel consumption by using compliant fuels, Safe Bulkers is progressing with preparation and ship implementation plans for a smooth and timely transition to the new fuels.
"We are on schedule in implementing our environmental investments installing scrubbers in approximately half of our fleet during 2019 in anticipation of the effectiveness of the IMO sulphur cap regulations in 2020," Dr. Loukas Barmparis, President of Safe Bulkers, said.
"We also remain committed to installing ballast water treatment systems in each of our vessels. Overall, we remain confident that our company is well positioned ahead of the uncertainties and opportunities presented by the current operating environment."
The company has obtained environmental notation for 39 out of 41 of its vessels for the prevention of sea and air pollution, and it is in the process of obtaining such class notation for the remaining two units.
During the three month period ended March 31, 2019, Safe Bulkers delivered a net income of USD 5.4 million compared to USD 6 million reported in the same quarter a year earlier.
Net revenues increased by 11% to USD 48.3 million from USD 43.5 million reported in the same period in 2018, mainly as a result of an increase in the average number of vessels.
"We started 2019 profitably despite the material weakness of the charter market amid trade-war concerns, disruption of trade patterns due to natural disasters and seasonality inherent in the industry," Barmparis added.
Bunker One Expands to Caribbean with Bunker Tanker Waltz
Marine fuel supplier Bunker One has expanded its offshore US Gulf and Caribbean fleet with bunker tanker Waltz.
The company will commence operations in Freeport, the Bahamas, from June 1.
Waltz will provide refueling options to vessels sailing outbound from the US Gulf to Europe, longhaul markets in Asia and elsewhere.
Supplying fuel at outer anchorage and Freeport Offshore, the 2008-built tanker will join the company’s bunker tanker Barbarica, which operates in the US Gulf.
Equipped with twin engines and rudder propellers, Waltz will carry out major oil vetting and approvals with a capacity of 750 cubic meters/hour.
The company noted that the expansion came ahead of the industry-wide demands presented by the transition to IMO 2020 and the global sulphur cap on marine fuels.
"The continued growth of our physical supply platform will allow our customers flexibility and choice in their fuel purchasing requirements as we enter 2020, creating efficient bunkers only port calls," Georgia Kounalakis, Managing Director, Bunker One (Gulf of Mexico & Caribs), said.
Port of Gothenburg Terminal Construction on Track as First Phase Wraps Up
Construction of a new terminal at the Swedish Port of Gothenburg reached a new milestone in April this year as the first phase of water-based work wrapped up.
The work involved the sinking of 1,500 piles into the seabed, down to bedrock level, in the lead-up to construction of the rock embankments around the Arendal bay.
Sweden s New Freight Port Taking Shape
Construction of Sweden s new freight port at Stockholm Norvik Port has reached a new milestone with the completion of its 450-meter container quay.
The project has now moved on to the next phase in which crane tracks are being laid, bollards are being fitted and guardrails, barriers and fenders are being installed.
Norled Picks Westcon to Build World s 1st Hydrogen Ferry
Norwegian ferry company Norled and its compatriot shipyard Westcon have signed a contract for the construction of two new environmentally-friendly ferries.
As informed, one of the ships will be the world s first car ferry sailing on hydrogen and the other a battery-powered ferry similar to MF Ampere.
NIMASA, Port of ANTWERP to collaborate on maritime trade
As part of efforts to boost trade and encourage foreign direct investment opportunities in the Nigerian maritime sector, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is set to partner with the Port of Antwerp in Belgium.
This position was made known by the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, when he played host to a team from the Port of Antwerp in Belgium led by the Director, Africa Port of Antwerp International, Mr. Nico Vertongen, in Lagos.
Largest ship to ever visit Timaru bodes well for port s future
A monstrous container ship s brief visit to Timaru was a test run that could result in other ships of a similar size using the port.
The Rio de Janeiro, which docked about 11pm on Sunday and left at 9.40am Monday for Dunedin, is the largest vessel to ever enter at the port, being 286.5 metres long, 40m wide and capable of carrying nearly 6000 containers.
Mariners set to strike at South African ports from Thursday
South Africa s transport workers union Satawu threatened a "total shutdown" at major ports across the country from Thursday after issuing a 48-hour strike notice for mariners over a payment dispute, the union said on Tuesday.
The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) called the strike after negotiations with management became deadlocked over salary discrepancies between black and white mariners, with what it says are white mariners drawing higher salaries than their black counterparts, even when less experienced.