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Yesterday Victoria city council passed a controversial cruise ship motion proposed by Mayor Lisa Helps and two councillors that would limit the number of cruise ships allowed to dock in the city each year, and prevent any long term contracts from being signed until the industry takes significant steps to reduce ship emissions and waste. BC Hydro has confirmed that it could meet the energy demands for shore power and would require a reconfiguration of the system to support the facility at Ogden Point.



Friday, 18 October 2019 15:03

California – ocean-going vessels at berth

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The California Air Resources Board (ARB) issued a bulletin announcing that a public hearing will be held in Oakland on 5 December to consider the proposed Control Measure for Ocean-Going Vessels at Berth. The proposed regulation includes adding requirements on ports and terminals, expand covered vessels to include ro-ro and tankers to further reduce GHG and black carbon emissions.  Written comments must be submitted by 2 December. 



Friday, 18 October 2019 15:01

PMSA notes higher costs in California ports

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In a JOC article this week the president of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA), John McLaurin speaks to concerns with California’s ports losing market share over the past decade due to high costs, regulatory uncertainties, and environmental restrictions. While California ports have the highest usage of shore power, the costs of complying with state regulations has eroded ports’ competitiveness in the absence of offsets and any recognition or advantage provided. Expensive terminal leases are another concern as marine terminal leases in Southern California are twice as expensive on a per-acre basis compared to terminal costs in other parts of the US.



Friday, 18 October 2019 14:59

California – ballast water amendments

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The State of California has adopted Assembly Bill (A.B.) 912 amending the state’s Marine Invasive Species Act. The Bill requires the State Lands Commission to adopt regulations that would require an owner or operator of a vessel, as defined, carrying, or capable of carrying, ballast water that operates in the waters of the state to implement specified federal standards regulating ballast water discharges and to comply with certain federal performance standards for implementing approved ballast water management methods. The bill would also require that those regulations set a date no later than January 1, 2040, by which the final performance standard for the discharge of ballast water of zero detectable living organisms for all size classes would be required to be met, and would revise certain requirements for the submission of that report regarding ballast water discharges, as prescribed. This also delays implementation of the state’s interim ballast water discharge performance standards until 1 January 2030. 



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Washington Maritime Blue, the Port of Seattle and WeWork Labs have collaborated to launch Washington’s first maritime accelerator with the goal of helping budding maritime companies innovate and grow. Funded by the Port of Seattle and a grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce, the accelerator aims to advance three key strategies, including helping maritime companies innovate and grow, establishing Washington as a global leader in maritime innovation, and increasing the sustainability of maritime businesses in both Seattle and beyond. The first accelerator cohort is expected to formally begin in January 2020.



Friday, 18 October 2019 14:55

Golden Ray to be dismantled and removed

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The Unified Command unit established for car carrier, Golden Ray, that ran aground and capsized in St. Simons Sound while it was leaving the Port of Brunswick, Georgia, on Sept. 8th has decided that the vessel is impossible to safely right and refloat fully intact, and will therefore be cut in place and removed.

As of Oct. 12, 225,000 gallons of fuel have been removed from the forward fuel tanks and removal of the remaining fuel and lubricant tanks continues.  Around 300,000 gallons of fuel was on the ship when it overturned. The Golden Ray is operated by the South Korean shipping and logistics company Hyundai Glovis.



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The British Ports Association (BPA) has reservedly welcomed the news that a Brexit deal was finally agreed between the United Kingdom and the European Union. Under the new deal, Northern Ireland will remain part of the UK’s customs territory but also an entry point into the EU’s customs zone.

Although the UK and the EU finally reached the deal, its ratification in parliament is not certain yet as Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) refused to support it. DUP’s concern is that all goods would be subject to a customs check regime despite their final destination and that consumers in Northern Ireland would face increased costs and potentially less choice due to checks being implemented.



Friday, 18 October 2019 14:36

India – ban on single-use plastics

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The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued an order banning single-use plastic on Indian ships and foreign ships while in Indian waters. The ban enters into immediate effect for such items as plastic garbage and shopping bags. For other items, such as hot drink cups and microwave single-use microwave dishes, the ban enters into effect on 1 January 2020. Foreign ships must place banned items in locked storage prior to entering Indian waters and must make a log entry to that effect.



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In line with IMO's Initial Strategy for decarbonisation of shipping industry, Greece has come forward with a concrete proposal for a short-term, prescriptive measure to improve the operational energy efficiency of existing ships, to be considered at the forthcoming meeting of the IMO’s intersessional technical group in November. Building on an existing proposal backed by the ICS and IMO Member States, Greece’s submission supplements the strengthened Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (super SEEMP) in a way that ensures the accomplishment of the IMO 2030 Target, which envisages a 40% cut in CO2 emissions by 2030.

The proposed measure prescribes the limit of the main engine power that ships over 5,000 GT can use under normal circumstances to maintain the level of CO2 emissions from ships at a historical low (2012) over a three-year phase-in period, commencing before 2023. The sectoral prescriptive approach it takes prescribes that bulk carriers and tankers reduce their main engine power by 50% and container ships by 66% and that charterers should clearly be obliged to adhere to any measure adopted to reduce GHG emissions from ships.



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The Port of Rotterdam now offers the tracking of dry cargo flows. NPRC, the inland shipping cooperative, digitized its ‘supply chain’ in an efficient way in order to enable clients to monitor the status of their cargo with precision. Clients have been in the position to track connections to sea-going transport in Rotterdam as well as have real-time insight into inland shipping transport.  Over the past year, the NPRC started investing in data-driven logistics optimization. NPRC is one of Europe’s biggest bulk providers, handling 14 million tonnes of dry cargo annually, with around 200 NPRC-affiliated inland vessels are in transit somewhere in Europe daily. NPRC’s German agricultural clients can now use the online dashboard to see exactly when they can expect their wheat or animal feed to arrive.  The module for sea-going vessels was developed in partnership with the Port of Rotterdam Authority.



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Nauticor has conducted the first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation in Germany using its bunker supply vessel Kairos. The operation took place this week at the Elbehafen Brunsbüttel, part of Brunsbüttel Ports. Kairos supplied to 300 cubic meters of LNG to DEME Group’s trailing suction hopper dredger Scheldt River, which is conducting maintenance dredging works on the Lower Elbe. In the future, the vessel will be used to bunker large ocean-going vessels in the Baltic region and Northwest Europe.



Friday, 18 October 2019 14:30

Emmanuel Macron calls for bunker taxes

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French President Emmanuel Macron is pushing for Europe to create bunker taxes. Carbon taxes for shipping have been in the headlines a great deal of late, with one major shipper warned shipping it should begin to prepare for a carbon levy. Macron will hold a summit with Germany’s Angela Merkel and leading European business conglomerates to discuss innovation. Other European politicians are also assessing shipping’s carbon footprint, including Norway’s prime minister, who recently urged the industry to pursue a more urgent, swift decarbonisation, warning regulators are going to get far tougher on the industry soon.



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