22 October, 2021

Australian Newsletter - Issue 701

Australia attacks China trade block at WTO
Source: Andrew Brown (TheFlindersNews.com.au)

Australian officials have lashed out against China's harsh trade policies against the nation, warning the economic punishment measures risked undermining global confidence in Beijing.

In a strongly worded statement to the World Trade Organisation, Australia's ambassador George Mina said China was increasingly testing global trade rules. The rebuke comes after China slapped export bans on a range of Australian products such as barley, coal, lobster, wine and cotton, as part of an ongoing economic dispute. "The implications of China's actions go beyond their impact on Australian exporters, they raise the risk and uncertainty of the China market for the global business community," Mr Mina said in the statement.  FULL STORY


Shippers make 2040 zero carbon shipping pledge
Source: Marcus Hand (Seatrade-Maritime.com)

Amazon, IKEA, and Unilever, are among nine major shippers that have united in a new coalition with an ambition for zero carbon shipping by 2040.

The Cargo Owners for Zero Emission Vessels (coZEV) coalition brings together Amazon, Brooks Running, Frog Bikes, IKEA, Inditex, Michelin, Patagonia, Tchibo and Unilever as its first signatories.

The new coalition said the ambition statement of zero carbon shipping by 2040 sent an “important demand signal to the maritime value chain and bunker fuel producers” that they expected a rapid acceleration of the industry’s efforts to develop zero carbon fuels. The new coalition is facilitated by the Aspen Institute.  FULL STORY


Case made for ports to receive cash from any shipping decarbonisation fund
Source: Sam Chambers (Splash247.com)

Ports ought to be getting a sizeable chunk of any decarbonisation fund in the offing, a new submission to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has suggested.

As the UN-recognised NGO representing the world’s ports, the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) has submitted a commenting paper making the case for market-based measures (MBM) revenue allocation to land-based infrastructure to the IMO ahead of this week’s intersessional meeting of the IMO Working Group on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, which is in turn preparing the ground for the crucial upcoming Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC 77) in November. In the submission, IAPH advocates that a significant share of the revenue generated from an MBM should be allocated to those investments in ports, of developing countries in particular, that facilitate the decarbonisation of shipping.  FULL STORY


LNG Shipping Rates More Than Double in Two Weeks as Power Crisis Drives Demand
Source: Jessica Jaganathan (GCaptain.com)

SINGAPORE, Oct 20 (Reuters) – Tanker rates to ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) have more than doubled since the start of the month as a power crisis in Asia and Europe drives up demand for vessels, industry sources said on Tuesday.

The daily charter rate for a tri-fuel diesel-electric (TFDE) vessel that can carry 160,000 cubic metres of LNG to Pacific basin ports rose to $202,500 a day on Tuesday, the highest since Jan. 15, according to data from Spark Commodities. For the same type of ship moving in the Atlantic basin, the rate hit its highest since late-January on Friday, but dipped to $138,250 a day on Tuesday, Spark data showed.  FULL STORY


Barnaby Joyce doubles down on Inland Rail promise to send coal trains to Gladstone, not Brisbane
Source: Antonia O’Flaherty (ABC.net.au)

The Port of Brisbane says it was blindsided by the recent announcement that coal trains to the city would be redirected on an extended Inland Rail to Gladstone.

It follows Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals Leader Barnaby Joyce telling ABC Radio Brisbane that sending coal to Gladstone instead of Brisbane could be "booked in" as an election promise. A Port of Brisbane spokesperson said it had not been informed that coal exports would no longer depart from Brisbane.  FULL STORY


Port of Newcastle Awarded 1st Place in Oceania Sector by GRESB
Source: Maritime-Executive.com

Port of Newcastle has been awarded 1st place in its sector in Oceania and second place globally by GRESB, the world’s leading environmental, social and governance (ESG) benchmark.

The GRESB score is an overall measure of ESG performance, represented as a percentage out of 100, which gives quantitative insight into ESG performance over time and against participating peer organisations. “Just three years ago at the beginning of our sustainability and diversification journey we started with a GRESB score of 40. We jumped to 75 last year and now in 2021, we are ranked first across participating ports in Oceania and second globally…” said CEO Craig Carmody.  FULL STORY


Teamwork and innovative technology see a record-breaking berth at Port Botany
Source: PortAuthorityNSW.com.au

Port Authority’s pilotage and VTS teams helped break records at Port Botany on Friday 15 October when they played a part in the safe arrival of the deepest and heaviest container ship ever at the port, and possibly the deepest container ship to berth at any port in Australia.

The ship, MSC Asya, came in with a draught of 14.8 meters and a displacement of 140,252 tonnes. The DUKC (Dynamic Under Keel Clearance) technology used by PANSW at the port allowed for accurate predictions of the under-keel clearance required to berth the ship safely, by factoring in all the complex conditions required including the ship’s weight, dynamic motions of the vessel and live weather conditions.  FULL STORY


Brisbane's Australian Country Choice meatworks suspended from exports to China
Source: Kath Sullivan and Amy Phillips (ABC News)

A ninth Australian meatworks has been suspended from trading meat to China.

Brisbane-based Australian Country Choice (ACC) was alerted by Australian authorities this morning that its trade to China has been suspended from October 18. In a statement, ACC said that Chinese authorities had detected a chemical often used to treat bacterial infections in dogs in meat that had been processed at its Cannon Hill abattoir. "The reasons provided to Department of Agriculture Water and Environment (DAWE) from Chinese authorities was for frozen product received in China that failed a random sampling test for chloramphenicol on beef products inspected at the entry port of Ningbo," the ACC statement said.  FULL STORY


BHP production decreases as planned maintenance hits
Source: Tom Parker (AustralianMining.com.au)

BHP has reported reduced production levels across much of its Australian operations for the September quarter as the company underwent planned maintenance activities and was hit by COVID-19 disruptions.

Copper production at Olympic Dam decreased by 43 per cent to approximately 29,500 tonnes for the quarter, resulting from the ramp down and commencement of a major smelter maintenance campaign.

COVID-19 played its part, pushing back the smelter maintenance campaign approximately one month due to border restrictions impacting workforce availability.  FULL STORY


Strike at Fremantle Ports finally over after three months
Source: Joe Attanasio (nine.com.au)

A long running strike causing significant delays at the Fremantle Port is now over, with workers back on the job after almost three months.

or the first time in 77 days, Qube employees are returning to work at the port after months of disagreements on rostering issues. With the federal government threatening to intervene, the Maritime Union of Australia says negotiations have now been made.Strikes at Fremantle Ports have finally come to an end after months of disputes.  FULL STORY


Labor shortages dent BHP’s iron ore output, Woodside-bound petroleum assets ironically stand out
Source: Rebecca Le May (PerthNow.com.au)

The standout performer in BHP’s latest quarterly results was ironically a division the mining giant is offloading, while its flagship cash cow operations have been hit by labour shortages.

The company on Tuesday reported its iron ore operations produced 4 per cent fewer tonnes in the three months to September 30 compared to the same period last year due to planned major maintenance and labour shortages among its mine-to-port rail workforce amid Covid-19 related border restrictions. Ord Minnett said Pilbara iron ore shipments were a touch softer than it expected, 3 per cent lower than anticipated. Output of petroleum – a business it is hiving off to Woodside as it exits fossil fuels – was up 3 per cent.  FULL STORY


Major miners take Civmec coast to coast
Source: Henry Ballard (AustralianMining.com.au)

Civmec has welcomed $130 million in maintenance and construction contracts with BHP, Roy Hill and Rio Tinto, bringing its order book past $1 billion.

BHP contracted the construction and engineering services provider for civil and earthworks at its port debottlenecking project stage one (PDP1) for the South Yard of Nelson Point in Port Hedland, Western Australia. These works will include dewatering, piling, ground improvement, concrete foundations, new roads and high-voltage power works. They will commence immediately with completion scheduled for the September quarter of 2022.  FULL STORY


BHP Charters Two KOTUG Tugs for Port Hedland Work
Source: MarineLink.com

Australian mining giant BHP has taken two KOTUG's tugs on long-term charters to support bulk carrier loadings at Port Hedland, Australia.

KOTUG, a Dutch marine services and towage company, said Thursday, its new build Rotortugs RT Imperieuse and RT Clerke had arrived in Port Hedland. Both 32m ART80-32 tugs, built at Cheoy Lee Shipyard, have three Caterpillar main engines, that deliver a total output of 5,295kW each, 13 knots sailing speed, and 80 tons bollard pull power. They are equipped with advanced DMT Escort Winches. With these two new Rotortugs, the total number of Rotortugs deployed by BHP is eight.  FULL STORY


Source: Antarctica.com.au

The Australian Antarctic Program has a high tempo shipping season planned, with three ships working to support research and resupply activities.

Australia’s newly arrived Antarctic icebreaker, RSV Nuyina, will be leading the Southern Ocean voyages over the summer. Australian Antarctic Division Operations and Safety General Manager, Charlton Clark, said there will be two other vessels to support Nuyina. “We will have an ice-strengthened cargo vessel, Happy Dragon, and a second icebreaker, contract negotiations still underway, to ensure the major science projects for the summer season can be undertaken,” Mr Clark said. Both these ships are due to arrive into Hobart in December. “Nuyina’s first voyage south will be at the end of December, after a period of crew commissioning training and familiarisation around the Tasmanian coast.  FULL STORY


New Zealand and the United Kingdom reach free trade deal
Source: Robert Iddiols and Charles Riley (Edition.CNN.com)

The United Kingdom and New Zealand have struck a free trade agreement that will reduce tariffs on bulldozers, wine, buses and clothing.

The draft deal, which follows 16 months of negotiations, is the latest to be brokered by the United Kingdom after its departure from the European Union. The agreement is not expected to deliver a boost to the UK economy. But Downing Street expressed hopes that it will help “pave the way” for Britain to join Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), a free trade area of 11 Pacific nations including New Zealand.  FULL STORY


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