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|DeltaChallenger shortlisted for the Ship Efficiency Awards 2015|
Deltamarin's ro-pax of the future, DeltaChallenger, has been named as a finalist for the inaugural Ship Efficiency Awards 2015, which will be announced at the ceremony on Wednesday 9 September, straight after Ship Efficiency: The Event. DeltaChallenger was selected by the awards panel of judges to become one of the five finalists for "The One to Watch" award.
An extremely energy efficient and environmentally friendly ro-pax vessel, the "DeltaChallenger" concept has been developed by Deltamarin together with partner companies ABB, Carrier, GTT and Norsepower. The objective of the development work was to design an efficient vessel with novel technologies available today. DeltaChallenger promotes new clean technologies e.g. through the use of LNG as fuel as well as using wind propulsion. All the technologies on board aim to reduce fuel consumption.
One of the main issues with ro-pax vessels is the turn-around time in port. DeltaChallenger has several features to solve this problem. The loading and unloading is improved due to innovations in deck lay-outs. The novel pod propulsion suitable for ro-paxes and ferries along with the bow thrusters improve the manoeuvrability of the vessel.
Deltamarin has actually already received several inquiries about the vessel despite the early stage of the concept. We hope to develop it to commercially available so that the first vessels can be built within the next five years.
"We are extremely excited about the DeltaChallenger concept. The participation of various expert companies has guaranteed that the technologies used are thoroughly investigated and ready to be included in real vessels. We are confident that DeltaChallenger will truly be a concept to watch", rejoices Paivi Haikkola, Deltamarin's Manager, R&D.
The second annual Ship Efficiency Awards, hosted by Lloyd's Register and organised by Fathom, will recognise and celebrate the organisations and individuals within the maritime sector that excel in efficient operations, implement fresh thinking offer proven efficiency benefits and technological innovation.
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|Vancouver shows up on the international shipping community's radar as the best location globally for setting up operations|
The federal Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia are partnering with the International Ship-Owners Alliance of Canada (ISAC) to bring international shipping company operations to Vancouver. The partnership efforts have reestablished the Vancouver International Maritime Centre (VIMC) which will promote Vancouver to the international shipping industry as the preferred maritime centre location.
The B.C. government is contributing $1 million to re-vitalize the Vancouver IMC and diversify British Columbia's economy. The province has committed to an additional $2 million over the next two years with all of the funding to be used by the non-profit Vancouver IMC for the development and execution of an investment attraction strategy aimed at strengthening the province's shipping industry. The federal government has also committed $3 million over three years to match the funding from the Province of B.C., and ISAC will provide an additional $300,000.
"Under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, our government has pursued the most ambitious trade agenda in Canada's history," said the Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for Delta-Richmond East. "Our investment will help the Vancouver International Maritime Center position itself as a global hub for worldwide international shipowners and promote the benefits of doing business in Canada."
"An economy that is diversified through contributions from multiple sectors is our insurance policy during a time when the global economy remains fragile," said Teresa Wat, Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism. "We have a re-invigorated the local shipbuilding industry in the province, and now this new innovative partnership with the Vancouver International Maritime Centre will re-fuel the shipping sector so that its well-paying jobs can be offered to British Columbians."
This initiative, to attract international shipping head offices to Vancouver, capitalizes on Canada’s opportunities as a Pacific Gateway and as a maritime province to create high-value knowledge jobs associated with global trade.
Expanded scope of Canada's international shipping tax regime
Legislative changes to Canada's Income Tax Act made on December 16, 2014, have expanded the application of Canada's shipping tax legislation making Canada an extremely competitive location for the international shipping community. Shipping activities have been redefined to include a broad range of corporate activities such as vessel management, finance, head and back office services. Simply put, foreign companies can manage their international shipping businesses from Canada without their Canadian or foreign activities being subject to tax in Canada.
"Canada's clearly defined and newly affirmed international shipping tax rules, coupled with Canada's stable economic and political environment, provide fiscal certainty for shipowners," says PwC International Tax Partner and Shipping Industry Leader Mike Shields. He adds, "These recent amendments strengthen Canada’s position as one of the most attractive tax regimes in the world for international shipping companies."
Vancouver on the global stage for international business
Canada has been ranked the best country in the G-20 to do business, has the second highest standard of living in the G-20 and leads all G-7 countries regarding economic growth, according to the World Bank. The World Economic Forum has declared its banking system to be the soundest in the world. Canada’s stable political environment, universal healthcare system, world-class universities, and high-tech capacity allow Vancouver to compete better than ever with business capitals around the world.
The opportunities in Vancouver are evident to companies such Teekay and Seaspan, and to nonshipping giants that have come to Vancouver such as Microsoft, Google, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Amazon, Hootsuite, Mitsubishi and Toyota.
Vancouver has become one of the most attractive locations for international shipping companies. The VIMC promotes Vancouver as a location for international shipping companies, and assists interested companies in developing their operations on the west coast of North America.
"The volume of global seaborne trade is predicted to rise from nine billion metric tonnes per year to between 19-24 billion by 2030 due to the demand for resources by China and India," says VIMC Executive Director Kaity Arsoniadis-Stein. "Vancouver, situated on the Pacific corridor, has exceptional professional corporate services, including taxation and legal, to support international shipping businesses. In addition, Vancouver can boast its very own Vancouver Maritime Arbitrators Association which is another added benefit to a maritime cluster."
VIMC Founding Chairman, and current CEO and Chairman Graham Clarke adds, "By building a maritime hub that brings together products, companies and expert services, Canada will gain the advantage of the resulting relationships, synergies and high-level jobs creation".
He further notes, "With an export dependent economy, Canada knows well that shipowners need to keep operating costs efficient in order to keep their services and their customers' products competitive. We look forward to increasing the economies of scale by attracting more shipping companies to Vancouver. This will be good for both existing and new companies, as the talent pool expands. The upscale jobs and skills that they will bring will be good for all Canadians".
Source: Vancouver International Maritime Centre
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|VIKING moves to expand Australasian activities|
VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S has announced it has acquired a part of Australia-based Wiltrading Pty Ltd.'s maritime safety equipment activities effective 1 September. The move strengthens VIKING's offering in Australasia, adding 4 locations to the company's global network of wholly-owned servicing stations as well as several products and services, bringing new advantages for shipowners and offshore operators in the region.
A subsidiary of Wilh. Wilhelmsen Investments (WWI), Wiltrading offers integrated activities in marine safety, fire fighting and protection, equipment and servicing, serving the offshore, oil and gas, shipping, military and cruise industries. The company is an authorised representative and service partner for a wide variety of maritime and offshore equipment producers.
Under the new agreement, selected safety equipment and servicing activities previously managed by Wiltrading will be seamlessly integrated into the global VIKING organization, offered and serviced locally, whereas remaining activities will be carried out in close cooperation between the two. VIKING's CEO, Henrik Uhd Christensen, welcomes the new addition to his company’s constantly expanding worldwide presence and the growth opportunities it provides in the region:
"We've worked in close partnership with Wiltrading for several years," he said. "They are a professional organization with a strong, service-minded approach to customers - something that makes these activities and the people who operate them an excellent fit for VIKING. We strive to be close to our customers, so we can support their competitiveness with fixed prices, flexibility and fast delivery no matter where they operate."
At the same time General Manager of Wiltrading, Michael Connolly is pleased that VIKING and Wiltrading can continue their respective growth activities, for example through their popular VIKING Shipowner Agreements:
"With the VIKING Shipowner Agreement rapidly winning favour in the market, and plans for even more capabilities in the future, VIKING has much to offer Wiltrading's customers and staff. We have always had a great deal of respect for the company, and are really looking forward to leveraging VIKING’s global network resources."
Brian Jacobsen has been appointed Country Manager for VIKING Australia. He is a former VIKING sales and marketing director, and started the company's Singapore office several years ago. He has recently returned to VIKING.
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|Malaysia and Indonesia Forming Special Anti-Piracy Teams|
Indonesia and Malaysia have agreed to form rapid response teams to tackle the growing number of hijackings and piracy attacks on commercial ships in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS), Reuters reports.
The agreement comes after six merchant ships were attacked in the SOMS in the span of 48 hours last week.
The crews were unharmed in the incidents, with only the tanker Elbtank Denmark reporting loss of property as four perpetrators armed with knives stole the crew’s personal effects and escaped in a small boat.
The latest string of attacks brings the total number of piracy and armed robbery incidents in the SOMS to 70 this year, the highest number since 2008.
Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has already set up an airborne special task and rescue team stationed in Johor Bharu, First Admiral Maritime Zulkifili bin Abu Bakar of MMEA told Reuters.
The newly established team will not only respond to reported hijackings and armed robberies, but also serve as a deterrent and actively guard merchant ships belonging to companies linked to the country's government.
Maersk Line has also reportedly beefed up anti-piracy measures onboard ships passing through the SOMS, as one of its container ships - Maersk Lebu - was on of the six merchant ships attacked last week.
World Maritime News Staff
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|Task force set up to reduce dwelling time at port|
The new Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, Rizal Ramli, has set up a task force to reduce dwelling time at Jakartas Tanjung Priok port.
"Meetings cannot not be useful unless they are followed up by a task force. No significant change will happen (unless there is a task force)," he said at a press conference after holding a coordination meeting on the issue at his office on Tuesday.
He said the port authority at Tanjung Priok currently had no power to take a decision, unlike during the Dutch colonial era.
He said that during the Dutch era, the "Port Authority of Tanjung Priok" was responsible for all affairs and dared to take a decision when a problem came up at the port.
"Now, it is a mere symbol. It has no power. So, we will give more power to the organization and its personnel in order to create a port authority that has the power to take decisions," he said.
Ramli said he would not let the port authority be handled by a private company, in this case PT Pelindo II, for fear of vested interests creeping in.
"It is impossible to submit it to Pelindo II because businessmen have vested interests. The more the dwelling time is, the higher the companys income will be. So there must be an authority that is in charge of our national interest," he said.
In connection with this, he said he had appointed Ronnie Rusli Higuchi, a lecturer at the state Indonesia University, who used to hold a post in the Ministry of Finance and the office of the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs as the coordinator of the task force.
Higuchi will be assisted by an adviser to the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, Admiral Marsetio, who is a also a former Navy chief of staff, and second deputy for natural resource and service coordination, Agung Kuswandono, who is a former director general of customs and excise.
They will also be assisted by two-star police generals, two-star navy generals and two-star army generals while carrying out their tasks.
"We understand that there is a lot of "mafia" operating in the Tanjung Priok. We will banish them if they still continue with their activities. We will also remove officials who play games. We will terminate the contracts of privates businesses that protract service processes. We will not hesitate to act," the minister said.
At a cabinet meeting recently President Joko Widodo had ordered the new minister to reduce the dwelling time at the port to a maximum of four days from the present approximately six days and had given the minister until the end of October.
Source: ANTARA News
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|Hazira, Mundra ports gain from congestion at JNPT|
Congestion at Jawarharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) container terminals, especially at Nhava Sheva port, is proving to be beneficial to Hazira and Mundra ports in Gujarat. This could be gauged from the impressive performance registered by these ports in recent years.
Recently, the Geneva-based container carrier, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) added a direct call at Hazira's Adani Hazira Container Terminal (AHCT) to enhance direct connections between India, North Europe and Mediterranean.
Chronic congestion issues at JNPT has promoted regional players like Simatech Shipping, X-Press Feeders and Orient Express and international container carriers such as Maersk Line, CMA CGM and OOCL to add direct calls at Hazira in the last two years.
Long before Hazira, India's largest private sector port at Mundra in Kutch, which is operated by Adani Port and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) started reaping benefits. The port has registered double digit growth in container cargo over the last three years. As against this, JNPT's saw a dip in container cargo growth in 2012-13 and 2013-14, while it clocked a 7.21% growth in 2014-15.
Adani Hazira Container Terminal (AHCT), operated by Adani group at Hazira port, has seen its container cargo grow by 150%.
"What is happening is that all the three container terminals under JNPT are working over and above their operational capacity. Hazira is a congestion-free port as of now and not very far from Nhava Sheva. Infrastructure created within and outside the port is far better from all the three ports in the neighbouring state," said vice-president of Geneva-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), Captain Inderpal Singh.
According to industry experts, distance is another important factor. North India-bound cargo have started coming through Mundra port. Goods reach Delhi within 3-4 days as the port is well connected by rail and roads. Transporting cargo from JNPT takes little longer as it uses busy Mumbai-Delhi rail route.
"Hazira and Mundra are benefiting from the congestion at JNPT. Also, the infrastructure at JNPT has not grown in proportion with the trade. A fourth terminal is being constructed at JNPT but this terminal should have been operational 10 years ago considering the increase in trade," said Anand Sharma, director, Mantrana Maritime Advisory.
"In the last fiscal, we handled around seven million tones of container and bulk cargo including one million of liquid cargo. In 2015-16, we have set the target of achieving 16 million tons of cargo including 1.5 million liquid cargo" said COO of AHCT, A K Singh.
Being closer to industrial belt of Vapi and Ankleshwar, Hazira is also getting cargo for middle east and other countries.
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|Kolkata Port wins recognition|
Kolkata Port (KoPT) has been adjudged 'Major Port of the Year' amongst 12 major ports for 2014-15. The award was in recognition of its impressive growth rate in volumes, optimising capacity utilisation, growth in output per berth, and customer satisfaction, KoPT said in a release.
KoPT consists of the Kolkata Dock System and the Haldia Dock Complex.
According to the port trust release, KoPT handled 16.834 mt of traffic in the April to July period of 2015 against 13.698 mt handled in April-July 2014, thereby indicating a growth of 23 per cent.
This came against Indian major ports together experiencing a growth of 5.8 per cent during this period.
Haldia Dock Complex handled 11.636 mt of traffic in April-July 2015 recording a significant growth of 26.64 per cent as against 9.188 mt handled in the same period last year.
During the same period, Kolkata Dock System (KDS) handled 5.198 mt of traffic, a growth of 15.25 per cent over the 4.51 mt handled in April-July period.
In container throughput Kolkata Port handled 2,06,709 TEUs in April-July 2015; a growth of 3.55 per cent against 1,99,615 TEUs in April-July2014.
The Kolkata Dock System alone handled 1,78,290 TEUs (a growth of nearly 10 per cent) against 1,62,594 TEUs during the same period last year.
In July, the Kolkata Dock System recorded an all-time high monthly container traffic of 51,343 TEUs.
According to the KoPT release, the major commodities which attributed to this traffic growth included container, vegetable oil, limestone, coking coal, petroleum coke, iron & steel, and IVW traffic at the Kolkata Dock System.
At the Haldia Dock Complex, LPG, vegetable oil, other liquid cargo, finished fertiliser, thermal coal, coking coal, petroleum coke are some of the major commodities.
Source: The Hindu Business Line
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