The Spanish government has been awarded a total of $1.9 billion in damages for the 2002 oil spill from the tanker Prestige, which broke up and sank after she was refused entry to a harbour of refuge. The London Steam-Ship Owners' Mutual Insurance Association is obligated to pay $1 billion of this amount, and shipowner Mare Shipping and the IOPC Funds are responsible for the balance, according to the Telegraph.
Last year, Spain’s Supreme Court convicted the Prestige's master, 81-year-old Capt. Apostolos Mangouras, of gross negligence during the vessel’s final voyage. He was sentenced to two years in prison, sparking outrage in the maritime community – especially as Mangouras had requested permission to enter a harbour of refuge and had been turned away. “This sets a deplorable precedent,” says Intertanko’s Managing Director Katharina Stanzel, reacting to Mangouras' conviction. “Are ships’ masters who exercise best professional judgement in impossible circumstances to be shamefully treated as criminals?”
China has launched world's first all-electric ship that can travel up to 80 km with 2000-tonnes cargo after a two-hour charge. The vessel, manufactured by the Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Ltd, will be the first of its kind to use a lithium battery as a power source for propulsion and will operate along the inland section of the Pearl River Delta. The 70.5m ship can travel at 12.8 kilometers per hour, with zero emissions. The vessel was tested at Longxue Island in Nansha district last Sunday with a load of thermal coal.
The UK Chamber this week launched its new programme Sea Change, which looks at how the UK shipping industry is responding to changing demands from regulators and stakeholders on issues such as safety, the environment and crew welfare. You can watch the trailer above or watch the full programme here.
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), representing the world’s national shipowners’ associations and over 80 percent of the world merchant fleet, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 23) in Bonn this week share its vision for zero CO2 emission from shipping in the second half of this century. ICS says its vision might be delivered with batteries or fuel cells using renewable energy, other new technologies such as hydrogen or even something not yet anticipated.
In the meantime, the shipping industry has proposed that IMO Member States should adopt a suitably ambitious goal for reducing total emissions from the entire international shipping sector by an agreed percentage by 2050. ICS is pleased that a large number of IMO Member States have already come forward with detailed proposals. Several EU and Pacific island nations have jointly proposed that the sector should reduce total CO2 by as much as 70 percent by 2050.
Two officers of the container ship MSC Giannina have been arrested in the port of Genoa on suspicion of involvement in the death of the ship's master, Capt. Yuri Kharytonov, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances on the night of October 19. Based on evidence recovered from the ship's voyage data recorder (VDR), authorities believe that Ukranian nationals Dmytro Savinykh, 44, and Oleksandr Maltsev, 43, may have conspired to attack and kill Kharytonov. A blood trail on deck and blood spots on one of the officers' uniforms contributed to suspicions that Kharytonov did not disappear due to accident or suicide. The motive may have been a dispute over two engine failures that delayed the Giannina's voyage from Gioa Tauro to Genoa.
Despite NGO claims of the industry’s inefficient GHG strategy, IMO stated that the second meeting of the Intersessional Working Group on reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from ships, on 23-27 October, has made progress in starting to shape a draft initial IMO GHG strategy. While the structure of the strategy has been largely agreed, the detailed text to be included is still under discussion.
The group also agreed that candidate short-term measures could be measures finalized and agreed by MEPC between 2018 and 2023; candidate mid-term measures could be measures finalized and agreed by the MEPC between 2023 and 2030; and candidate long-term measures could be measures finalized and agreed by the MEPC beyond 2030. Dates of entry into force and when the measure can effectively start to reduce GHG emissions would be defined for each measure individually.
Wärtsilä will supply an “ultra-silent” propulsion package for a new research vessel to be built for the Faroe Islands Marine Research Institute. The ability to create a propulsion solution that significantly limits underwater radiated noise (URN) and which meets the DNV Silent R notation, was a key factor in the award of this contract. The 54-m ship will be powered by two 8-cylinder Wärtsilä 20 engines and will have a Wartsila fixed-pitch propeller and complete shaft line. The solution is very compact, which results in reduced acoustic signals, the company said. The engine has a bore and stroke of 200 X 280 mm and achieves 1600 kW.
The research vessel is scheduled to commence operations in mid-2020, and will be used to help provide a basis for the responsible exploitation of the marine resources around the Faroe Islands.
Splash 24/7 shared an interesting perspective on short and long term implications of autonomous ships and the vision of a future mariner the need for the following competencies, which include the ability to process large amounts of data from various man-machine interfaces, focus on critical issues, recognize and manage change, learn continuously and commuicate effectively.
After five successive years of decline, vessel operating costs are expected to rise in both 2017 and 2018, according to the latest survey by international account and shipping consultant Moore Stephens. Repairs and maintenance and spares are the cost categories which are likely to increase most significantly in each of the two years. The survey is based on responses from key players in the international shipping industry, predominantly shipowners and managers in Europe and Asia. Those responses revealed that vessel operating costs are likely to rise by 2.1% in 2017 and by 2.4% in 2018.
The Review of Maritime Transport 2017 released this week by UNCTAD says that seaborne trade grew by 2.6 per cent in 2016, reaching 10.3 billion tons. Concerns were raised that as an annual growth rate of 3.2 per cent between 2017 and 2022 is projected increased capacity sharing could lead to ogliopolistic structures. "In many developing countries' markets, there are now only three or even fewer suppliers left," says Shamika N. Sirimanne, Director of UNCTAD's Division on Technology and Logisticss. "Regulators will need to monitor developments in container shipping mergers and alliances to ensure there is competition in the market." Revisiting the rules governing consortiums and alliances may be necessary, the report says, in order to balance the interests of shippers, ports and carriers.
Chamber of Shipping Principal Member and past director, Oak Maritime's Managing Director, Jack Hsu, makes the cover of Maritime CEO's latest edition with a feature article on 'Uncertainty creates hesitation, confusion and perhaps even fear' providing a perspective on the constant battle between charterers and owners.
The UK Chamber of Shipping and its partners Addleshaw Goddard and the Law Society of Scotland have launched a free online introductory course in maritime law. The course, titled ‘Maritime Law: an Introduction to Shipping Transactions’, launches on Monday 30th October and will outline the unseen legal and transactional structures behind the shipping industry. The course is open to anyone looking to develop their understanding of maritime law or who has an interest in shipping and maritime trade. For more information visit: https://www.ukchamberofshipping.com/latest/free-new-online-course-maritime-law-launched/.
The International Maritime Organization's Secretary-General, Kitack Lim, has responded to allegations published by a London-based non-profit organization, Influence Map, that suggests shipping registries and industry lobby groups have "derailed progress on cutting emissions." Mr. Lim's statement clarifies that as is the case in other UN agencies of a technical nature, the make-up of national delegations to IMO is entirely a matter for the countries themselves, and those countries who wish to include industry technical experts or others may do so.
As part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability, the Panama Canal Authority has launched the Emissions Calculator, an innovative new tool which will offer shippers the most accurate assessment of their carbon emissions, rank those who have reduced the most emissions by transiting the Canal versus alternate routes, and encourage action to reduce carbon footprints. The calculator will help the Panama Canal reduce its own carbon footprint as well by measuring and tracking emissions from its domestic day-to-day operations to support the development of a low carbon strategy that will be used to establish a roadmap for the Panama Canal to become a "Carbon Neutral" entity.
The Panama Canal Authority has just released its 2017 fiscal year results that reported a record 403.8 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS) of cargo in FY17, the largest amount of annual tonnage ever transited in its 103-year history. The 22.2 percent increase from the previous year can be directly attributed to the added capacity provided by the Expanded Canal. A total of 13,548 vessels during its FY17, representing a 3.3 percent increase compared to totals the year before. Thanks to the larger Neopanamax vessels now able to transit the Expanded Canal, the growth in traffic translated into a 22.2 percent increase in total annual tonnage from FY16, and helped the Panama Canal surpass the already ambitious cargo projection of reaching 399 million PC/UMS.
According to recent canal transit data, the container segment continued to lead canal transits, accounting for 35.3% of the total cargo tonnage received. This is equal to 143 million PC/UMS, of which 62%, or 89.1 million tons, transited the Neopanamax locks. Tankers, including LPG and LNG carriers, took second place with 105 million PC/UMS, followed by bulk carriers at 79 million PC/UMS and vehicle carriers at 47 million PC/UMS.
The Kuwait Customs through Kuwait Shipping Companies & Agents Association (KSCAA) has issued a precedent-setting new customs rule in regards to the requirements for the method of loading and stowing of cargoes. From 7 October 2017 all import and export cargo, including Full Container Load (FCL) and Less than Container Load (LCL) shipment in and out of Kuwait, must be palletized. Non-compliance will result in cargo delays and penalties.
The South China Morning Post reports that China will be sending inspection teams to coal-producing regions and ports to target “malicious” hoarding and “price monopoly” as regulators seek to stabilize energy supplies and prices during peak winter demand. Regulators will closely watch price levels and stockpile changes to gauge potential manipulation by market participants, including producers, that are aimed at boosting prices, the National Development and Reform Commission said. Further adding that violators will be severly punished. According to people with knowledge of the matter, Lian Weiliang, the NDRC’s vice-chairman, said in a meeting with coal miners earlier this month that current coal prices were “irrational” and that regulators would step in if they continued to stay outside a targeted range.