News & Media

05 July, 2019

Australian Newsletter - Issue 581

GLOBAL ENERGY VENTURES SELECTS CIMC RAFFLES TO BUILD CNG SHIPS
Source: World Maritime News
Australia’s Global Energy Ventures (GEV), a developer of global integrated marine compressed natural gas (CNG) projects, has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with China-based Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore Limited for the construction of CNG Optimum 200 ships. The LOI is based on a firm order for four 200MMscf CNG ships with the option for GEV to order up to an additional four ships. After signing the LOI, the parties intend to enter into a shipbuilding engineering, procurement & construction (EPC) contract, employing GEV’s CNG Optimum design. According to GEV, the proposed contract price range is USD 135-140 million per ship. As reported in April 2019, three shipyards completed comprehensive technical specifications employing the CNG Optimum design approved by the American Bureau of Shipping.  FULL STORY

FORTESCUE COMPLETES TUG FLEET AND TOWAGE INFRASTRUCTURE AT HERB ELLIOTT PORT
Source: Daniel Gleeson (International Mining)
Fortescue Metals Group has celebrated the completion of its fleet of tugs and towage infrastructure at the company’s Herb Elliott Port, in Port Hedland, Western Australia. Founder and Chairman, Andrew Forrest, together with Chief Executive Officer, Elizabeth Gaines, and the core leadership team, were joined by local politicians and members of the Port Hedland community to celebrate the milestone ahead of tug operations commencing in July. Fortescue has procured and constructed six tugs and leased a further three tugs, including six Advanced Rotor Tugs 85-32W, which were constructed by Damen Shipyards at the Song Cam and Damen Song Cam shipyards in Vietnam.  FULL STORY

NEWCASTLE CONTAINER PORT WINS CRITICAL NATS BACKING
Source: Charles Pauka (Transport & Logistics News)
The Port of Newcastle has welcomed the NSW Nationals decision on Saturday to support the removal of obstacles preventing the development of a new, privately-funded container terminal. Port of Newcastle CEO Craig Carmody said the new was a demonstration of the party’s commitment to what was in the best interests of the state’s regional economy and the importance of regional jobs. “This is further recognition of the significant economic and productivity opportunities ready to be unlocked for internationally-trading businesses throughout the state,” Mr Carmody said.  FULL STORY

PORT OF BRISBANE AND QUBE EXTEND PARTNERSHIP
Source: Trailer Magazine
Port of Brisbane and logistics operator, Qube Logistics, have agreed to a 33-year extension of Qube’s existing lease on Fisherman Islands, taking the total lease area to 36.2 hectares. The 33-year extension takes the fixed lease period to 40 years and increases the total lease area by 4.88 hectares to support Qube’s long-term growth. As part of the agreement, Qube will undertake capital investment into the existing and new lease areas and facilities within five years. Port of Brisbane CEO, Roy Cummins, welcomed the agreement and said Qube’s commitment to continue operating for another four decades was testament to the operational and logistical benefits of being located on-island.  FULL STORY

DREDGE TO DIG DEEP FOR CAIRNS FUTURE PROSPERITY
Source: Mirage News
Cairns’ $127 million Shipping Development is one step closer to unlocking a tourism bonanza for the region with works now underway to deepen Trinity Inlet over the next 12 weeks and make it ready for bigger vessels like cruise ships and superyachts. Assistant Treasurer Glenn Butcher MP, who visited the port last week, said the 111m-long, German-built dredging ship Balder R began its task on the weekend to open up the inlet for large cruise ships after a successful stint at dredging sand for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. “The Cairns Shipping Development is the key to unlocking a whole new tourism and jobs market for the Far North,” Mr Butcher said.  FULL STORY

AGL DELAYS VICTORIAN GAS IMPORT HUB OVER ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS
Source: Adam Carey (The Age)
AGL has pushed back the start date on its environmentally contentious proposal to build a huge floating gas import terminal in Western Port, south-east of Melbourne, by at least a year. The company now expects to begin piping gas from the terminal and into the domestic market in early 2023, having previously said it would begin in the 2021 financial year. AGL announced the delay in a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange on Friday morning. The $250 million proposal involves permanently docking a giant gas storage ship to a jetty at Crib Point and connecting it to a 55-kilometre pipeline that would run through Mornington Peninsula farmland to Pakenham.  FULL STORY

RAIL OPERATOR AURIZON TIPPED TO GET A REVENUE BOOST AFTER COURT WIN
Source: Darren Gray (Sydney Morning Herald)
A recent court victory is tipped to generate a healthy revenue boost for rail freight operator Aurizon, with a one-off "catch-up" payment of about $60 million forecast, followed by higher ongoing payments from customers. Aurizon launched legal action against a number of coal companies in 2016 including Glencore, alleging they were not paying agreed fees for using its rail network for the transport of coal from Queensland mines to an export terminal at Gladstone. Aurizon, the country's largest rail freight operator, is now assessing the Queensland Supreme Court decision and the financial benefits expected from it.  FULL STORY

WEIPA DREDGING ENTERS FINAL STAGE
Source: Dredging Today
The Queensland’s Port of Weipa maintenance dredging work has entered the final stage, with 2 million cubic meters of material removed so far, Alan Leslie, Project Manager at North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP), said in his latest announcement. NQBP manages the annual maintenance dredging program at the Port of Weipa – a program that has run for more than 30 years. This year’s maintenance dredging operations are more extensive than previous years due to several significant weather events. As a result, this year’s dredging program will be longer in duration and will use two dredging vessels – trailing suction hopper dredgers (TSHDs) Brisbane and Oranje, NQBP said.  FULL STORY

CMV’S LANDMARK PARTNERSHIP WITH WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Source: Helen Hutcheon (Seatrade Cruise News)
Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ marketing manager Tom Benson has announced a new cooperative marketing partnership with Tourism Western Australia and the WA state government to develop cruise tourism. Benson said it is the first time the WA government has negotiated a co-operative marketing agreement with a cruise industry operator. He said it will support a range of WA-focused fly, cruise, rail and stay packages currently on sale. The packages are being promoted nationally through print and digital media and include extended stopovers in WA ports, allowing for longer shore excursions in Perth and regional areas. Port calls to destinations including Fremantle, Broome, Geraldton and Kuri Bay feature in the itineraries, along with shore trips to Margaret River, Busselton and Rottnest Island.  FULL STORY

ACFS AND FTA LINK FOR WA STINK BUG INITIATIVE
Source: Australasian Transport News
A skirmish in Australia’s battle to ward off the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) threat to horticulture and the risk to import transport and logistics to take place in Perth this month. With the BMSB season starting on September 1, ACFS Port Logistics and peak industry body Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) are hosting activities on July 25 and 26. The federal Department of Agriculture has already flagged its acute focus on the scourge, pledging to implement strengthened seasonal measures to prevent a "serious biosecurity threat". It says the rapid expansion of BMSB throughout Europe and North America "created real challenges" for the agricultural industry and the department, and "we are working together to better protect our agricultural industries from this hitchhiking pest".  FULL STORY

WORLD’S LARGEST BULK EXPORT PORT AUTHORITY CELEBRATES 5 YEARS
Source: Hellenic Shipping News
Pilbara Ports Authority is celebrating five years of achievements. On 1 July 2014, the former port authorities of Dampier and Port Hedland successfully amalgamated to form Pilbara Ports Authority, the world’s largest bulk export port authority. Pilbara Ports Authority CEO Roger Johnston says clear direction from the Board and the adoption of industry-leading practices over the past five years were the keys to success. “High calibre people and world-leading technologies are the cornerstones of our ongoing success, allowing us to safely export more products more efficiently,” Mr Johnston said.  FULL STORY

NAPIER PORT TO BE PARTLY SOLD BUT LOCALS GET PRIORITY
Source: Patrick O’Sullivan (NZ Herald)
Hawke's Bay locals are being given priority to own a share of a 45 per cent stake in Napier Port, to be traded through the New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX) next month. Eligible for the offer are those living inside the boundaries of the port's owner, the Hawke's Bay Regional Council, along with Iwi and port employees. Napier Port chief executive Todd Dawson said locals were getting priority because the port's owner, the Hawke's Bay Regional Council, was keen for local ownership. "Locals really understand and value what the port has got to contribute to the local economy," he said.  FULL STORY

MALTEUROP NZ AND COASTAL BULK SHIPPING SIGN CONTRACT FOR TRANSPORTING BARLEY BETWEEN WHANGANUI AND TIMARU PORTS
Source: NZ Herald
A long-term contract for moving barley between the Whanganui and Timaru ports will mean a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions for a Marton-based company. Malteurop NZ and Coastal Bulk Shipping, whose cargo carrier MV Anatoki is a regular user of the Whanganui port, have signed a long-term partnership to move a significant portion of Malteurop's yearly barley harvest by sea. Operations manager Glen Simmonds said the decision to formalise the arrangement with Coastal Bulk Shipping arose from the effects of the Kaikoura earthquake which had highlighted the need to spread their transport options to ensure long-term resilience.  FULL STORY

GOUNDAR SHIPPING VESSEL’S CAN BE APPROVED INDIVIDUALLY: MSAF
Source: Lena Reece (FBC News)
The Maritime Safety Authority has confirmed that it will approve individual vessels belonging to Goundar Shipping. This is because each one comes into compliance. The vessels were detained on Monday after Goundar Shipping failed to meet the requirements under the Safe Ships Management Regulation 2014. MSAF Acting CEO, Captain Phillip Hill says this was the arrangement proposed to Goundar shipping Limited when they requested the release of their vessels. “They have asked if they could be released from detention, unfortunately, we cannot release them from detention. We have asked them kindly to work on their documents, what we have also advised them is that we can approve individual ships as they comply.”  FULL STORY

FIJIAN TRANSPORT MINISTER DISCUSSES SEA ROUTE LICENCING
Source: Naveel Krishant (FijiVillage.com)
Minister for Transport, Jone Usamate says Fiji’s international and domestic trade is heavily reliant on the maritime industry where approximately, 90% of trade is through maritime transport. While speaking at the Sea Route Licensing Consultation Programme at De Vos on the Park in Suva, Usamate said for him as minister the most important factors to licensing are that it should look after the interest of the consumer, that is, the travelling public and, it must ensure that the maritime transportation industry remains sustainable and profitable.  FULL STORY

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