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Cruise ship ASTOR damaged in Nantes, France
Cruise ship ASTOR struck port construction while maneuvering at Nantes, France, on Sep 5, with German tourists on board. Ship s hull above waterline in stern area portside was breached and torn, with some 20 sq meters of plating damaged. ASTOR moved to Saint-Nazaire on Sep 6, for repairs. As of 1130 UTC Sep 8, she was still at Saint-Nazaire undergoing repairs.
Typhoon hits Honshu, Japan, causing several maritime accidents
Typhoon FAXAI (15) hits Honshu early in the morning Sep 9, causing several maritime accidents. Two cargo ships collided off Kawasaki, no information on damages extent, it was reported only, that there were no injures and no leak. Ships details for subscribers only.
USCG: Car Carrier Heavily Listing off Georgia, Four Missing
The South Korean car carrier, Golden Ray, was listing heavily off the coast of the southern U.S. state of Georgia on September 8, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
A pilot and 23 crew members were aboard the vessel at the time, the USCG said, adding that 20 people have been rescued.
The operations had to be stopped due to a fire onboard the 656-foot ship, operated by South Korea s Hyundai Glovis.
The authorities continued to stabilize the vessel in order to resume rescue operations for the remaining four seafarers aboard the 20,995 dwt car carrier.
Golden Ray, carrying about 4,000 cars bound for the Middle East, started listing after it became disabled in the early morning hours on Sunday in St. Simons Sound near Brunswick, Georgia. By evening the vessel was laid over on its side.
Media reports cited the South Korean Foreign Ministry as saying that the missing crew members have been confirmed to be in the engine room of the car carrier.
The authorities have established an emergency safety zone in St. Simons Sound and launched an investigation into the matter.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is monitoring coastal environmental conditions following the incident. It is unclear at this time if fuel has leaked from the ship.
Hyundai Heavy Splashes Flex LNG s New Vessel
South Korea s Hyundai Heavy Industries has splashed the newest LNG carrier for Oslo-listed ship owner and operator Flex LNG.
The newbuilding number 8010, to be named Flex Aurora, was launched at the HHIís yard on September 6.
With a cargo capacity of 174,000 cbm, the new two stroke vessel features a low pressure X-DF engine and is one of the first uncommitted vessel with this kind of motor technology entering the market, according to Flex LNG.
Once fully refurbished and mobilized it will be available for business at the end of the second quarter of 2020.
The vessel is one of two newbuildings under construction purchased by Flex LNG in May 2018 at a price of USD 184 million per unit.
Flex Aurora s sister vessel, to be named Flex America, is scheduled for delivery in August 2020.
Both newbuildings are fitted with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) to comply with IMO Tier III regulation both in gas and liquid mode giving them high trading flexibility.
VO Chidambaranar Port registers record 30.93% growth in August 2019
VO Chidambaranar Port handled 34.29 lakh tonnes of cargo during August 2019, a record 30.93 percent growth, compared to the same period in 2018.
So far, from April to August 2019, the Port has handled 15.15 million tonnes, accounting a growth of 7.29 percent compared to the corresponding period last year. This progress has placed VO Chidambaranar Port at the third position in terms of growth among the major ports of India.
The Port handled 3,53,306 TEUs of containers with a growth of 13.16 percent compared to the same period in 2018.
In terms of container handling, Dakshin Bharat Gateway Container Terminal and PSA SICAL Container Terminal together handled a record monthly volume of 80,474 TEUs during August 2019 and registered an impressive growth of 27.20 percent when compared to the corresponding period last year. Dakshin Bharat Gateway Container Terminals handled its highest ever monthly container volume of 64,569 TEUs of containers in August 2019, surpassing 57,180 TEUs handled during July 2019.
TK Ramachandran, IAS, chairman, VO Chidambaranar Port Trust congratulated the stakeholders on the noteworthy performance saying, "Our record-breaking operational performance is gratifying, and it reflects the results of our relentless commitment towards accommodating growing requirements from our customers. The record container volume handled and active terminal utilisation has mandated the Port to transform VOC Port as a transhipment hub of Indian East Coast in phases."
Call for protest against Major Port Authority Bill
The two-day working committee meeting of Water Transport Workers Federation of India (WTWFI) concluded here on Friday with a decision to hold daylong dharna in front of administrative offices of all the major ports on September 25 along with other sister federations to ask the Union government to desist from replacing Major Port Trusts Act, 1963, with Major Port Authority Bill, 2019.
The Bill was the first step by the BJP-led NDA government to privatise the major ports in the country, alleged federation general secretary T. Narendra Rao. He said that the working committee chalked out its independent action plan to organise a protest on October 23 at all major ports to insist on the authorities not to divert funds in private equities. It would try to bring all the employees including those appointed on or after January 1, 2004 under Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules.
Mr. Rao said the working committee reiterated its demands that the Centre allow the major ports to immediately fill the vacant posts and stop corporatisation and outsourcing activities of cargo handling berths and hospitals, which was a failure model all over the world.
The meeting inaugurated by CITU general secretary Tapan Sen sought ports not to divert surplus/reserve and CSR funds for non-port related activities violating position of the MPT Act.
Major ports should install new modern equipment to handle the cargoes such as floating crafts, tugs and wharf cranes adding similarly, inordinate delay in appointing labour trustees in the respective port trust boards should be avoided.
The meeting resolved to advise all the its affiliates to participate in September 30 mass rally called by 10 Central trade unions at Parliament Street, where the future course of action including schedule of strike would be announced.
Chabahar Port Capacity Remains Largely Untapped
Currently, only 10% of the capacity of Chabahar Port are being utilized, the deputy industries minister for commercial affairs said.
"This is while Chabahar has the capacity to host vessels weighing more than 80,000 tons. The port also boasts a wide range of port equipment, including grain suction machines and giant cranes," Hossein Modarres Khiyabani was also quoted as saying by ILNA, adding that Chabahar Port has the potential to become a major trading hub in Iran.
"Plans are underway to divert ships carrying essential goods to Chabahar to give impetus to operations in the strategic port," he said.
FMC Approves Container Availability Recommendations
The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission on Sept. 6 unanimously approved a set of recommendations to bring about fairness in the way demurrage and detention fees are administered by ocean carriers and marine terminal operators against American shippers.
Commissioner Rebecca Dye delivered her recommendations to Chairman Michael Khouri and Commissioners Daniel Maffei and Louis Sola for their consideration and approval on Aug. 27.
"I would like to convey how deeply appreciative I am for all the support from my colleagues at the commission and the freight delivery system," Dye said in an interview.
She particularly complimented the ocean carriers and marine terminal operators, as well as the numerous American importers and exporters, for their input throughout the year-and-a-half-long fact finding investigation. "I m thrilled," she said.
Demurrage pertains to the time an import container sits in a container terminal, with carriers responsible for collecting penalties on behalf of the marine terminals. Detention relates to shippers holding containers for too long outside the marine terminals.
In the past five years, shippers have become increasingly outspoken about the way these fees are assessed against them, often pointing out that they are financially penalized for industry events such as sudden marine terminal congestion, which are largely out of their control.
In December 2016, the Coalition for Fair Port Practices filed a petition with the FMC requesting regulatory action against unfair demurrage and detention fee assessments, which was followed by public hearings at the commission in early 2018. The FMC approved the initiation of the Fact Finding 28 investigation in the spring of 2018 and put Dye in charge.
Dye s recommendations to bring clarity to the way these fees are assessed include:
Promoting standardized language for demurrage and detention.
Simplifying the dispute resolution process and billing practices associated with the assessment of these fees.
Providing guidance on what evidence is relevant to promptly resolving demurrage and detention disputes between shippers, ocean carriers and marine terminals.
Ensuring consistent industry notice for container availability and equipment returns.
To put these recommendations into practice, the FMC will soon publish a notice of proposed rulemaking to establish "interpretive" rules for addressing future demurrage and detention disputes brought before the commission by the industry. (An interpretive rule is an agency rule that clarifies or explains existing laws or regulations.)
Dye has remained transparent with the ocean shipping industry during the investigation. She has further emphasized in industry forums that more work lies ahead in remedying problems related to demurrage and detention assessments.
Among the recommendations approved by the commission will be the establishment of a shippers advisory board that will work with the commission on solutions to future container availability problems.
Dye recommended the formation of a shippers advisory board that will work with the commission on myriad issues.
In addition, Dye proposed continuing the FMC s Memphis Supply Chain Innovation Team, which since 2016-17 has brought together shippers, ocean carriers and railroads to address the shortage of available chassis for containers arriving and departing the railhead in Memphis, TN.
"The Memphis team concluded that current chassis provisioning models are not keeping up with growing intermodal container demand and that change is necessary," Dye said in testimony on May 22 before a Surface Transportation Board hearing focused on rail demurrage and detention.
She explained to the STB members how the Memphis team concluded that a gray chassis pool should be implemented for the Memphis rail hub.
"Major U.S. importers and exporters shared their stories of millions of dollars in inventory held up in congestion in Memphis, resulting from a lack of chassis," Dye told the STB. "U.S. agricultural shippers believe that they cannot afford another season with current chassis issues."
The FMC commissioners on Sept. 6 also approved Dye s recommendation to continue the commissionís involvement with the Memphis team to implement a gray chassis pool.