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Ferry aground, hundreds of passengers evacuated, Sunda Strait
Ferry MUTIARA PERSADA 2 with hundreds of passengers on board reportedly ran aground off Rimau Balak island, on approaches to Bakaheni, west Sumatra, Sunda Strait, at around 0400 LT Jun 7, while en route to Bakauheni from Merak Java. As of 1200 LT ferry was still aground, according to track. All passengers were evacuated and transferred to Bakauheni.
Offshore tug collided with oil platform, personnel evacuated
Offshore supply tug SJOBORG collided with oil platform STATFJORD A early in the morning Jun 7 in North sea, said platform operator EQUINOR in official statement. According to Reuters citing EQUINOR, all 276 people on platform have been evacuated, they ve been airlifted to nearby platforms by helicopters. Extent of platform damages unknown, maybe evacuation was more a precaution, than imminent danger of disaster. SJOBORG moved away and as of 0530 UTC Jun 7 was under way sailing to her Norway base, no information on ship s damages. STATFJORD A is undergoing scheduled maintenance works, there s no production.
UAE: State Actor Likely Behind "Sophisticated" Fujairah Attacks
The attacks on four commercial vessels off Fujairah on May 12 were part of a sophisticated and coordinated operation carried out by an actor with significant operational capacity, according to the United Arab Emirates.
Representatives to the United Nations of the UAE , Norway, and Saudi Arabia told the United Nations Security Council that, based on the preliminary findings of the investigation, a state actor is most likely responsible for the coordinated attacks on the four oil tankers.
The assessment of the damage to the four vessels and the chemical analysis of the debris recovered revealed it was highly likely that limpet mines were used in the attacks on the Saudi Arabia-flagged tankers Amjad and Al Marzoqah, Norway s crude oil tanker Andrea Victory and the UAE-flagged tanker A Michel.
"Based on the evaluation of radar data, and the short time several of the targeted vessels had been at anchor prior to the attacks, it appears most likely that the mines were placed on the vessels by divers deployed from fast boats," the representatives explained.
While investigations are still ongoing, the conclusions are supported by the facts that the attacks required intelligence capabilities for the deliberate selection of four oil tankers from among almost 200 vessels of all types that lay at anchor off Fujairah at the time of the attacks.
One of the targets was at the opposite end of the anchorage area from the other ships, which indicates that these were premeditated strikes, rather than targets picked at random, the officials said, adding that the attacks likely required the positive identification of these pre-selected targets by the operatives carrying out the attacks.
Additionally, the officials informed that the attacks required trained divers as the explosive charges were placed with a high degree of precision under the waterline, in ways that were designed to incapacitate the ships without sinking them or detonating their cargoes - indicating minute knowledge of the design of the targeted ships.
Furthermore, the attacks required a high degree of coordination among what most likely were several teams of operatives. This included the timed detonation of all four explosive charges, sequenced within less than an hour.
The attacks also required the expert navigation of fast boats, with understanding of the geographic area, that were able to intrude into UAE territorial waters and to exfiltrate the operatives after delivering the explosive charges, the preliminary findings showed.
KR: Hyundai-ISCS for Smart Ships Gets Cyber Security Type Approval
Classification society Korean Register (KR) has granted its first cyber security type-approval certificate to Hyundai Electrics for its Hyundai-ISCS, a new smart integrated communication system for next-generation ships.
The system is said to provide comprehensive cyber security protection .
A formal presentation between KR and Hyundai Electrics took place at Nor-Shipping 2019, in Oslo on June 5.
The cyber security type approval has been developed by KR based on international standards. The technical functions, security and audit functions are all inspected and assessed for confidentiality, integrity and availability, while the backup and recovery functions are inspected and analyzed for their response strength following a cyber incident, according to the classification society.
Hyundai-ISCS is a joint product developed by Hyundai Electric and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI). It provides a range of information on board ships, acting as an interface between more than 20 different types of equipment including safety systems and sensors, and altogether combines to significantly enhance the ship s smart abilities.
Hyundai Electric applied for KR s cyber security type approval to clearly demonstrate to the industry that the system can provide comprehensive protection against security threats faced by today s onboard functions.
"This is the very first cyber security type approval certificate to be issued anywhere in the world, but it reflects the speed of development in this sector and rising level of risk to on board systems from cyber-attack," Hyung-chul Lee, Executive Vice President of KR, commented.
As explained, demand for certification services for cyber security is expected to increase reflecting the fact that an increasingly diverse smart ship technologies are being used on board vessels and the overall number of applications has increased dramatically in recent years.
Vard to Build 2nd Vessel for Coral Expeditions
Norwegian shipbuilder Vard has secured an order for the construction of another passenger ship for Australia s Coral Expeditions.
As informed, the newbuild, to be named Coral Geographer, will be delivered in Q4 2020.
The next-generation vessel will be the fifth expedition cruise ship in the company’s fleet.
The new order follows the delivery of the first vessel built by Vard for Coral Expeditions, Coral Adventurer. Handed over to its owner by Vard Vung Tau in Vietnam in April, Coral Adventurer is the first ever expedition cruise vessel built entirely at the shipyard.
The 93.4-meter-long Coral Adventurer has commenced commercial operations in the Asia-Pacific region.
As explained, Coral Adventurer and Coral Geographer have been designed to meet the growing demand for Coral Expeditions expedition product in the Australian cruise market. Featuring a gross tonnage of 5,599 tons, each of the ships has a capacity for 120 passengers and 48 crew members.
According to the shipbuilder, Coral Geographer is already well advanced in production at Vard Vung Tau.
Samsung Heavy Wins Deal for Two More LNG Carriers
South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has received an order for the construction of two liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers.
The ships will be built for an undisclosed shipowner from the Bermuda region, SHI said in a stock exchange filing on June 7.
As informed, the newbuilds are planned to be delivered by the end of June 2022.
According to the shipbuilder, the newest LNG carrier deal is worth about KRW 450 billion (USD 380 million).
SHI revealed that its orderbook for 2019 now stands at eleven vessels worth USD 3 billion.
The orderbook comprises ten LNG carriers and one floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit.
China COSCO, Russian Majors Ink Arctic Shipping Deal
Russian shipping major Sovcomflot, along with compatriot gas producer Novatek and Silk Road Fund have signed an agreement with China COSCO Shipping related to transportation of hydrocarbons from Russia s Arctic zone.
Under the deal, signed on June 7 in respect of the Maritime Arctic Transport LLC (MArT), the parties would establish a long-term partnership providing for the joint development, financing and implementing year-round logistics arrangements for cargo shipping from the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation to the Asia-Pacific region
The companies would also organize transit cargo traffic along the Northern Sea Route between Asia and Western Europe.
"The Agreement represents an important milestone in developing the transportation of LNG produced by our Arctic projects along the Northern Sea Route," Leonid Mikhelson, NOVATEK s Chairman of the Management Board, said.
"The development of MArT will facilitate the rapid transformation of the Northern Sea Route into a global and commercially effective transportation corridor between the Pacific and Atlantic basins, as well as in the implementation of the decision made by the leadership of the Russian Federation to increase Northern Sea Route annual cargo traffic to 80 million tons in 2024".
APM Terminals Algeciras increases tractor fleet
APM Terminals Algeciras, the largest container terminal in the Mediterranean, is renewing and increasing its fleet of terminal tractors. The company has started introducing the new Terberg YT222 model, which features improved ergonomics, comfort, safety and environmental impact.
The 116 new tractors will all have arrived by July this year, increasing the current fleet by 14 units. The new model includes specifications resulting from suggestions made by the operators. Terberg works closely with APM Terminals Algeciras to gain first-hand feedback from users about their vehicles and apply the necessary improvements to update their models.
In addition to a lower emission engine, improvements include repositioning the exhaust behind the cabin, increased comfort and ergonomics, additional rear-view mirrors for improved driver visibility, enforced seat belt usage in order to start the tractor, as well as a presence sensor in the seat.
Phillips questions secrecy in port concession deal
Opposition spokesman on transport and works Mikael Phillips has raised concerns about what he said is the secrecy surrounding the major concession agreements signed between the Government and two private investors in the shipping industry, and has expressed unease with some of the activities under those arrangements.
In his 2019/20 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives yesterday, Phillips said the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) has been unable to collect associated revenues from Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL), operators of Kingston Container Terminal (KCT), since that 30-year concession agreement was effected in April 2015.
He explained that the PAJ s agreement with KFTL includes a share in the profits made by the KCT as the agency managing the international ship and port security code modalities at ports around the island.
Phillips said the inability to collect revenues is compromising the capacity of the PAJ to provide the required oversight on the nation s port security.
"Since the signing of the agreement, the concessionaire has demonstrated an unwillingness to share information even with the Port Authority of Jamaica, which has a vested interest in obtaining such data, both for its own internal accounting purposes as well as to fulfil its role as regulator over the shipping industry," Phillips stated.
He told the House that an absence of transparency with regard to the concession agreement makes it "impossible for stakeholders to understand the basis on which such practices have become the norm since CMA CGM assumed control of KCT". KFTL is jointly owned by the members of the Consortium, Terminal Link, CMA CGM.
Phillips noted that while it is expected that there will be benefits to the shipping sector, questions remain as to whether the country got the best deal, and why the agreement document is protected by the Official Secrets Act.
"It is to be observed that the concession agreement for Highway 2000 is a public document that has been available on the regulator s website for years, and we expect the same for this agreement," he stated.
Phillips contended that since KFTL took over KCT, the country has had to contend with a "less than stellar performance", marked by a fall in productivity from as high as 36 container moves per hour to the current average of 24 moves per hour.
"The effect is that to avoid delays in the working of vessels, resources are concentrated dockside to the detriment of operations that serve the local import/export trade. There have been at least two strikes by truckers who suffered huge delays and consequent losses, while seeking to collect and deliver containers at KFTL. The situation at the KCT is not healthy because there is a quiet atmosphere of animosity among the big players, and until the issues I raised earlier are resolved, the condition will deteriorate," he asserted.
Under the agreement, the PAJ retains ownership of the lands and berth at KCT, while KFTL will finance, design, build, and operate the port, handing back the terminal, including assets purchased by the concessionaire, to the Government of Jamaica at the end of the 30-year period.
According to a question-and-answer sheet published by the PAJ, the concessionaire is expected to invest approximately US$509 million over two phases with the possibility of a third phase, which is to be negotiated.
Meanwhile, Phillips said the agreement which the Government signed with Canadian-based maritime company Ocean has also not been made public and as such, the public has no indication of whether double-digit increases in towage rates to customers, such as the one which was announced by the investor in January, are permitted in the agreement and, if so, at what intervals.
The PAJ signed the 10-year concession agreement with Ocean Towage in June 2018 to improve towage services at the Port of Kingston.
Tender scrapped to select Indian partner to run Chabahar port
India Ports Global Ltd has scrapped a long-running tender to select an Indian strategic partner to manage, operate and maintain (MOM) the container and multi-purpose terminals at the Chabahar port in Iran.
India Ports Global, a joint venture between the state-owned Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust and the Deendayal Port Trust, has scrapped the tender issued in December 2017, citing lack of clarity on sanctions that were re-imposed last year by the US on the Persian Gulf nation over its disputed nuclear programme.
India Ports Global, vested with the task of overseeing the project, had extended the date for submitting price bids several times.
"The participation of bidders gets reduced with the sword of sanctions hanging. So, we have deferred it for the time being. We have terminated the current tender and will come out with a fresh tender once we get more clarity on the issue," a Shipping Ministry official said, adding that India Ports Global has hired a local Iranian firm - Kaveh Port and Marine Services Co - to run the port as an interim arrangement.
Along with the MOM tender, India Ports Global has also scrapped the tender to buy three all-terrain 100-tonne capacity yard cranes and three rough terrain 60-tonne capacity yard cranes. The price proposals for the yard cranes were first sought in February 2018.
India Ports Global and Aria Banader Iranian Port signed a deal in May 2016 to equip and operate the container and multi-purpose terminals at Shahid Beheshti-Chabahar Port Phase-I with capital investment of $85.21 million and annual revenue expenditure of $22.95 million on a 10-year lease.
First overseas venture
The Chabahar port project will be the first overseas venture for Indian state-owned ports such as JNPT and the Deendayal Port Trust.
Located in the Sistan-Baluchistan Province on Iran s South-eastern coast (outside the Persian Gulf), the Chabahar port is of great strategic importance for the development of regional maritime transit traffic to Afghanistan and Central Asia.
The first phase development of the Chabahar port will have a container terminal with two berths of 640 metre quay length and a depth of 16 metres and a multi-purpose terminal with a quay length of 600 metres and draft of 14 metres.