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10 Aug 2017

APM Terminals Pipavav Q1FY18 result

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APM Terminals Pipavav (Gujarat Pipavav Port Ltd), today announced the standalone financial results for the first quarter ended June 30, 2017. The company reported a net profit of INR 557 million for Q1FY18 as against INR 598 million in Q1FY17. Income from operations for the quarter under consideration stood at INR 1,691 million as against INR 1,672 million in Q1FY17. EBIDTA for the quarter was at INR 1,037 million as against INR 1,002 million during the same quarter last year. EBIDTA margin stood at 61% in Q1FY18 as against 60% in Q1FY17 The Container cargo business for the quarter stood at appx. 165k TEUs, Bulk business was at 505k MT and Liquid business was at appx. 213k MT. RoRo business handled appx. 26k cars for the quarter under review.

10 Aug 2017

Port State Concentrated Inspection Campaigns In 2017

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This year's concentrated inspection campaigns (CIC) by port state authorities start on 1 September 2017 and will focus on safety of navigation with a particular focus on ECDIS. The 2017 CICs, lasting three months from 1 September to 30 November 2017, are aimed at checking compliance with the applicable requirements of the SOLAS Convention, Chapter V to establish the overall status of a vessel's navigation safety, and the competence of the crew involved in navigation operations. Our Alert on this issue has a link to the questionnaire which will be used by the Paris, Tokyo, Black Sea and Indian Ocean MoUs during their inspections. This year’s concentrated inspection campaigns by port state authorities start on 1 September 2017 and will focus on safety of navigation and ECDIS in particular, and crew familiarisation for enclosed space entry. Port state authorities have announced the following concentrated inspection campaigns (CICs), lasting three months from 1 September to 30 November 2017: Riyadh MoU The Riyadh MoU on Port State Control in the Gulf Region, which covers the six Gulf states of Oman, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia, has announced that their three month concentrated CIC campaign in 2017 will focus on crew familiarisation for enclosed space entry. The Riyadh MoU CIC is aimed at verifying compliance with the applicable requirements of the SOLAS, STCW, MLC and ILO Conventions. Entering and working in enclosed spaces onboard ships have long been a source of serious injuries and fatalities and a requirement to carry out enclosed space entry and rescue drills became mandatory in January 2015 (SOLAS Reg.III/19). The purpose of the CIC is therefore to ensure that Masters, officers and crew members are familiar with the relevant equipment and have received training in carrying out their duties; raise safety awareness among crew serving on board; and ensure that ships have effective procedures and measures in place to safeguard seafarers when entering and working in enclosed spaces onboard. The Riyadh port state control officers will use the this questionnaire during their inspections. Paris, Tokyo, Black Sea and Indian Ocean MoUs The regulations governing navigation equipment have undergone frequent changes as a result of amendments to SOLAS Chapter V (safety of navigation). Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) have assisted watchkeepers to maintain navigation safety and to reduce the navigational workload since its application. Deficiencies relating to navigation equipment contribute a major proportion of the total deficiencies. From 2009 to 2016, a total of 174,559 deficiencies concerning safety of navigation were recorded in the Paris and Tokyo MOUs, accounting for 15.27% of all deficiencies. The 2017 CICs are aimed at checking compliance with the applicable requirements of the SOLAS Convention, Chapter V to establish the overall status of a vessel’s navigation safety, and the competence of the crew involved in navigation operations. The CICs will check to see that equipment installed conforms with valid legal requirements, type approval certificates, and is accompanied by proper records, that the master and officers on duty are familiar with operation of bridge equipment, ECDIS in particular, and that the equipment is well maintained and is functioning properly.

08 Aug 2017

Celebrating 10 Years of the MaritimeONE Initiative with Close to S$1.8 million in Scholarships Awarded by the Singapore Maritime Industry for Local & Overseas Studies

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As part of the maritime industry’s long term plans to invest in manpower development, the Government, maritime businesses and local seafarer unions presented close to S$1.8 million in scholarships to 49 students at the MaritimeONE 1 Scholarship Awards Ceremony today. Held at Conrad Centennial Singapore Hotel, the event witnessed collective support from maritime companies and various local and overseas programmes at the diploma and degree levels. Funds for the MaritimeONE Scholarship Programme are pledged by maritime companies from the shipping, port, shipyards and maritime ancillary services sectors. This year, a total of 17 companies sponsored 37 MaritimeONE scholarships valued at over S$870,000. MaritimeONE Scholars are able to choose from a wide spectrum of 26 courses – 23 business, law and engineering degrees offered by 6 local and overseas universities, as well as 3 maritime diploma programmes at the Singapore Maritime Academy in Singapore Polytechnic. 2017 PSA - MaritimeONE Scholar, Ms Clarie Teo: First female President of the Singapore Maritime Academy Club helps keep the Straits of Singapore safe New recipient, Ms Clarie Teo, will be pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering at the National University of Singapore this year. As a social media influencer and ex-marine specialist with the Singapore Navy, Clarie has always loved how marine engineering is a good mix of hands-on practical, mathematics and science. She shares, “My days with the Singapore Navy has enabled me to see the maritime industry from a different perspective. Now that I am going back to school, I am extremely excited and look forward to contributing to the maritime industry – it’s great to be part of it again!” 2017 MaritimeONE Scholars, Mr Ryan Foo and Mr Muhd Hadi: Maritime runs in the family Mr Ryan Foo is among one of the new recipients awarded the PIL - MaritimeONE scholarship this year. Ryan took a liking to maritime for its role in connecting people and countries, and will be pursuing a course in Maritime Studies at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) this month. However, the concept of maritime is not new to him, for his cousin, Mr Raymond Tan, was part of the programme back in 2010 and awarded the FSL Trust Management - MaritimeONE scholarship which enabled him to kick-start his career in the industry. Mr Ryan Foo shares, “I remember picking him (Raymond) up from the airport when he returned from his Norway exchange, he had shown us some Norwegian paraphernalia and 1 The MaritimeONE (Outreach NEtwork) is the key manpower initiative for maritime stakeholders to raise awareness of the local maritime industry as well as to profile education and career opportunities to the students and committed individuals. photographs of his experiences; i thought it was so cool that he was able to travel for work and studies, and I was intrigued with how fun his life was in the maritime industry. After speaking with him about the entry routes into the industry, I decided that I had nothing to lose, and applied for the scholarship. Today, I am just very grateful to be one of the recipients of the MaritimeONE scholarship programme!” Mr Muhd Hadi also considered an education in maritime under the influence of his grandfather, Mr Juma’at Bin Hassan. Mr Muhd Hadi was awarded the SMA – MaritimeONE scholarship tonight and recalled, “My grandfather used to be a pilot at PSA Marine and told me stories all the time about his adventures at sea; this made me curious about the maritime industry. Later on, I visited Singapore Polytechnic’s Open House and was awe-struck by the navigation simulator housed within the school, and wanted to discover new things that I would be interested in. Maritime was definitely one of them.” Since 2007, a total of 312 MaritimeONE scholarships worth more than S$8.2 million have been awarded to outstanding students to pursue courses in Singapore and overseas. “In our drive as a leading International Maritime Centre (IMC), we have embarked on various initiatives to build up a strong maritime talent pipeline. Our investments in manpower are crucial in providing aspiring professionals with inroads into the industry and are a significant indication of our maritime clusters’ efforts to remain competitive.” said Mr David Chin, Executive Director at the Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF), who was heartened by the strong support from the industry. The MaritimeONE is now in its 10th year and to celebrate this milestone, initiatives such as the MaritimeONE Scholars Advance Programme, and a new microsite will be rolled out later this year. Details regarding the MaritimeONE Scholarship Programme and its supported courses can be found in Annex A. The Tripartite Maritime Scholarship (TMSS) is jointly sponsored by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), shipping companies, the Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union (SMOU) and the Singapore Organisation of Seamen (SOS). The scholarship aims to groom promising students to become Ship Captains and Chief Engineers of ocean-going merchant ships and future leaders of Singapore’s maritime industry. A total of 12 TMSS scholarships valued at about S$900,000 were awarded at the ceremony, for students enrolled in the Nautical Studies and Marine Engineering diploma programmes offered at the Singapore Maritime Academy in Singapore Polytechnic. This year, corporate co-sponsors of the TMSS scholarships are PACC Ship Managers Pte Ltd, Pacific International Lines Pte Ltd, Thome Ship Management Pte Ltd and Sea Consortium Pte Ltd Further details regarding the TMSS can be found in Annex B. 2017 TMSS Scholar Mr Joseph Chew: Marrying ambition of becoming a Chief Engineer with dreams of travelling onboard a ship to see the world TMSS Scholar, Joseph Chew’s ambition is to be an engineer. Having done well for his GCE ‘O’ Levels, Mr Chew explored various education options. His mother had wanted him to attend a junior college, and pursue an engineering degree at the university in time. He chose to pursue a Diploma in Marine Engineering at the Singapore Polytechnic. To Joseph, his choice is a win-win route which will not only help him realise his ambition to be an engineer but also fulfil his desire to explore the world onboard a ship, “Although I’ve always wanted to be an engineer, I’m at the same time drawn to the sea. A career as a marine engineer is optimal as ,it combines both of my interests. This TMSS scholarship will help me be more financially- independent and provide me the opportunity to gain a head start in my seafaring career andm ultimately achieving my dream of becoming a Chief Engineer.” Upon graduation, Joseph will begin his career with Pacific International Lines Pte Ltd. 2017 TMSS Scholar Ms Nurul Fazira: Aspirations to be a female Ship Captain and mentor to future talents in the maritime sector Nurul Fazira has always loved ship designs and how they function. Filled with a desire to become a Ship Captain someday, Nurul believes that hard work and perseverance will get her closer to her aspirations “Since young, my mother used to tell me stories of my late maternal grandfather’s adventures at sea. When I was 13, I followed my father who was a ship broker, for a ship inspection. It was when I was on the ship that I became very sure I would want to take command of a ship one day.” Upon graduation, Nurul will begin her career with X-PRESS FEEDERS. Citing plans for the future maritime economy, Mr Niam Chiang Meng, Chairman, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said, “These are exciting times. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore or MPA, will be working with our stakeholders to map out an Industry Transformation Map (ITM) for the Sea Transport sector. The ITM will serve as a blueprint that encompasses strategies for productivity improvement, innovation and the right skills to drive future industry growth. With all these developments, many exciting career opportunities lie ahead for our new batch of MaritimeONE and TMSS scholars.”

07 Aug 2017

New global project to address bioinvasions via ships’ hulls

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A new global project to help protect marine ecosystems from the negative effects of invasive aquatic species has been given the go-ahead for preparation. The GloFouling Partnerships project – a collaboration between the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) – will address the transfer of aquatic species through biofouling, in other words, the build-up of aquatic organisms on a ship’s underwater hull and structures. The project will focus on the implementation of the IMO Guidelines for the control and management of ships’ biofouling, which provide guidance on how biofouling should be controlled and managed to reduce the transfer of invasive aquatic species. Marine bio-invasions are the source of significant environmental and socioeconomic impacts that can affect fisheries, mariculture, coastal infrastructure and other development efforts, ultimately threatening livelihoods in coastal communities. The GloFouling project will build on the success of the GEF-UNDP-IMO GloBallast Partnerships project, which worked to build capacity to implement IMO’s Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention. The BWM treaty addresses the transfer of potentially invasive aquatic species in the ballast water of ships. The new project will build capacity in developing countries to reduce the transboundary introduction of biofouling-mediated invasive aquatic species. Stefan Micallef, Director, Marine Environment Division, IMO, said: “IMO has been at the forefront of the international effort to tackle the transfer of invasive aquatic species by ships. Addressing ship’s hull fouling is a crucial step to protect marine biodiversity. The treatment of hulls to reduce fouling by aquatic organisms has the additional benefit of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, since the drag of ships is reduced.” The GEF, UNDP and IMO collaboration has already proved to be highly successful through its 3-tier (“Glo-X”) implementation model for driving legal, policy and institutional reforms, delivering capacity-building activities and encouraging technology transfer through public-private partnerships at the global, regional and national levels. The GloBallast project completed its work in 2017. The ongoing GloMEEP project is aimed at supporting the implementation of energy efficiency measures for shipping. The GloFouling Partnerships project concept was approved by the GEF Council in May 2017, with a total funding of US$6.9 million earmarked for implementation. The project is now going through a detailed preparation phase to be resubmitted to the GEF for endorsement before implementation can commence. The full name of the new project will be “Building Partnerships to Assist Developing Countries to Minimize the Impacts from Aquatic Biofouling” (GloFouling Partnerships). The GloFouling project preparation will be undertaken by the IMO Secretariat, which has invited interested Member States are encouraged to inform the Secretariat of their intention to participate in the new project as soon as possible. Andrew Hudson, Head, UNDP Water & Ocean Governance Programme, said: “GloFouling Partnerships will be an excellent opportunity to help tackle one of the key remaining vectors for the transfer of invasive aquatic species, which cause sizeable impacts on economies and livelihoods. GloFouling was the natural follow up to the GEF-UNDP-IMO GloBallast Partnerships programme which recently concluded after delivering a series of important achievements in reducing the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms through ships’ ballast water”. Chris Severin, Senior Environmental Specialist from the GEF, said: “The implementation of the GloFouling Partnerships will be instrumental in battling aquatic invasive species, and will not only lead to healthier more robust marine ecosystems, but also positively impact economic opportunities and the livelihoods of millions of people across the globe. I am confident it will be another success in the fruitful partnership between the GEF, UNDP and IMO”.

15 Jun 2017

BRAZILIAN GOVERNMENT ASKED TO STOP DUMPING TOXIC SHIPS ON SOUTH ASIAN BEACHES

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"The Brazilian CONTTMAF trade union federation and its member SINDMAR [1] have recently criticized the shipbreaking practices of Transpetro, the oil and gas transportation subsidiary of the Brazilian petroleum corporation Petrobras, majority-owned by the State. In the last five years, more than twenty vessels owned by the oil and gas giant have been dismantled on the beaches of India and Pakistan, where shipbreaking activities endanger both workers and the environment. In an official letter sent on 2 June 2017 to Transpetro, Severino Almeida, president of CONTTMAF and SINDMAR, expresses his serious concerns about the Petrobras’ poor end-of-life fleet management. Several of the ships that ended up in South Asia were built thanks to financing provided by the Merchant Marine Fund. In other words, public money has therefore been used to build ships that now put workers’ lives at risk and pollute the environment in developing countries. According to maritime databases, at least six more units owned by Petrobras have already been sold for demolition but are still in Brazilian territorial waters. Four drill platforms were bought in a public auction by the cash-buyer Rota Shipping who exclusively delivers to Turkish yards and was able to offer just 180,000 USD more than Alfa Ship Trading, a cash-buyer who only sends to India. On the other hand, the product tanker LOBATO and the liquefied petroleum gas carrier GUAPORE have been sold by Petrobras to Indian breakers. The NGO Shipbreaking Platform has alerted Brazilian authorities about the imminent illegal exports under Basel Convention’s rules of these two vessels, currently located at Rio de Janeiro Anchorage. To date, no reply has been received. As published recently by SINDMAR, and based on data collected by the Platform, Petrobras is not the only Brazilian company involved in dirty and dangerous scrapping practices. In the last two years, the Brazilian multinational corporation Vale, engaged in metals and mining, has also sold five ships to shipbreaking beaches in Bangladesh and Pakistan, where at least 79 workers were severely injured and 55 died in 2016. 35 year-old worker Mukhlesur was crushed to death as he and his co-workers were moving a large metal slab from the Vale’s ORE TIMBOPEBA at Mak Corporation Ship Breaking yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh. “It is unacceptable that Petrobras and other Brazilian companies contribute to the deaths and environmental pollution in South Asia”, says Nicola Mulinaris, Communication and Policy Officer of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform. “In order to ensure clean and safe ship recycling off the beach, we demand stricter requirements for the public auctions of Petrobras’ end-of-life vessels and the enforcement of international legislation on hazardous waste exports. The vessels could even be recycled in Brazil”, adds Carlos Müller, CONTTMAF’s and SINDMAR’s Director. A committee coordinated by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, with the presence of the Brazilian Navy and Petrobras itself, is now considering the possibility to include ship recycling in the scope of national regulation NR 34, which sets environmental and safety requirements for ship building and offshore constructions, including repair activities. “Widening the scope of regulation NR 34 is certainly a step in the right direction. Should Brazil be serious about starting to use the dormant national ship recycling capacity, we call on all interested Brazilian yards to follow the standards set in the EU Ship Recycling Regulation and to apply to be included in the upcoming EU List of approved ship recycling facilities,” says Mulinaris."

27 Apr 2017

Singapore Ranked World's Top Maritime Capital

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"Singapore has once again clinched top position in Menon’s Leading Maritime Capitals of the World Report. The Menon Report is produced by Norwegian consultancy firm Menon Economics, and is a widely-accepted study of the world’s leading maritime capitals, looking at 24 objective indicators and garnering survey responses from more than 250 industry experts across all continents. Singapore also ranked first in the two previous editions of the report in 2012 and 2015. Singapore was ranked number one this year in the following three categories: Shipping, Ports and Logistics, and Attractiveness and Competitiveness. The maritime nation also scored impressive results in the remaining two categories: second place in Maritime Technology and fourth place in Finance and Law. Singapore jumped three places from fifth to second position in the Maritime Technology category. The Menon Report noted that Singapore maintained its reputation as a world leading maritime hub because of the width of the city-state’s maritime industry. In the sectors of Shipping, and Ports and Logistics, Singapore emerged first due to its strategic geographic location, its position as an important center for commercial management and as the world’s second largest port. Singapore’s offering as an international maritime center continues to grow. While more than 140 shipping companies are represented in Singapore, new companies continue to establish a presence, with the West of England P&I (protection and indemnity) Club as a recent example. Singapore ranked top in Overall Attractiveness and Competitiveness due to the ease of doing business and customs procedures. According to the report, seven in 10 experts regarded Singapore as one of the three most attractive cities in the world for relocating their headquarters and identified it as one of the maritime capitals most prepared and ready to adopt digitalization. In 2016, the port’s vessel arrival tonnage increased by 6.3 percent to 2.66 billion gross tons. Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), said, “We are not just talking about containers at our port anymore. We are also talking about the banks, insurance, P&I Clubs, classification societies, legal, arbitration, the whole ecosystem that has developed through years of conscientious and constant effort, invested in the rest of the maritime cluster in last few decades. “Why is that important? It is important because once you establish a cluster, you have shipping groups here and mind you we now more than 140 shipping groups in Singapore. Besides major shipping lines Maersk, CMA CGM, APL, COSCO, there are many other lines that have operations in Singapore. If they are like Maersk, they call Singapore their second home because their corporate functions are also here. “We are hoping that when the Japanese lines merge, they will also choose to locate their global operations in Singapore itself. Once you have these players here, the rest of the ecosystem also builds around these players. Which is why the P&I clubs, banks, insurers, the classification societies have established their presence in Singapore. Lloyd’s Asia is an example. They have more than a dozen syndicates in Singapore. Classification societies like DNV GL, they have a research center in Singapore. Same for Lloyd’s Register and other classification societies.” The Singapore Registry of Ships is amongst the world’s top five largest ship registries in the world, with over 4,000 Singapore-flagged ships. Tan said that Singapore does not want to be the world’s number one flag. “We want to be a quality flag. We don’t want to be a flag of convenience. It is easy to register a ship under the national flag but can you provide the quality service. The ship flagged under SRS have one of the lowest detention rates anywhere else in the world, because it is a quality flag and we intend to keep it that way.” Looking five years into the future, the Menon Report predicts that Singapore will keep its position as the global leader, while Shanghai is expected to increase its importance and become the second most important maritime city. The race to be the leading city in Europe is still open, with Hamburg, Oslo, Rotterdam and London as the leading contenders. In the Middle East, India and Africa region, Dubai is the leading center. The experts predict that Dubai will continue to grow in importance and be the world’s sixth most important maritime center by 2022."

26 Apr 2017

Huge maritime training centre to open in Rotterdam

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"Before the end of the year, the most advanced – and indeed one of the largest – maritime training centres in the world will be opening in Barendrecht: Simwave. A total of 59 simulators will be installed at the 5,000m² location, including life-size replicas of a ship’s bridge and engine room. The founders have announced that they will open a second centre in Singapore next year. Ultimately, they will be realising five such centres at various maritime hotspots around the world. Maritime simulation Right now, preparations are in full swing for transforming a building in Barendrecht into one of the world’s largest and most advanced maritime training centres. “Kongsberg’s simulators and technology play a crucial role in this context,” explains co-founder Marcel Kind. “We offer shipping companies and other maritime organisations the opportunity to perform trainings, assessments and research at our premises under their own name and with their own look & feel. However, we provide more than just facilities – we can also offer our clients extensive support by a team of training specialists, mathematical modellers and other experts. You could call it ‘maritime simulation as a service’. Full mission Among other things, the 5,000m² training centre will be housing ‘full mission’ simulators that feature a more or less full-scale replica of a ship’s entire bridge, supported by a 360° projection. A ‘world first’ in this context is the simulator’s surface-level projection (water, quay) from the bridge wings. For the seven engine room simulators, the centre will be constructing a full-size replica of a ship’s engine room across two storeys of the building. This will be complemented by simulators for tugboats, offshore support vessels and inland vessels, as well as simulators that focus on navigation, communications and emergency response operations for vessels transporting chemical, LNG, LPG or oil products. Co-founder Joost van Ree: “We will be offering our clients the best training and assessment options available. In addition, our infrastructure is very well suited for applied research. And finally, the layout of the centre not only allows for terminal operations exercises. We can also accommodate extensive advance testing, in terms of accessibility and safety, of plans for expanding or constructing a port or waterway, the relocation of a large-scale structure or the deployment of tugboats.”"

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