News & Media

12 July, 2019

Australian Newsletter - Issue 582

NSW GOVERNMENT REBUFFS INQUIRY RECOMMENDATIONS
Source: Tom Rabe (Sydney Morning Herald)
The NSW government is refusing to change its 'financial cap' on the number of containers moving through Newcastle Port each year as the consumer watchdog circles in the Federal Court. The government is facing a court challenge from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to deals struck in the privatisation of Botany, Kembla and Newcastle Ports in 2013 and 2014. A parliamentary inquiry into the same issue earlier this year made three recommendations, including the government review its ports policy and the potential for a new container terminal in Newcastle. The Coalition government in 2013 privatised Ports Botany and Kembla with the agreements - known as port commitment deeds - struck as part of the $5 billion deal for a period of 50 years.  FULL STORY

PORT OF NEWCASTLE RECEIVES RECOGNITION FOR COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
Source: Claire Cuddihy (Dry Bulk)
The Port of Newcastle's commitment to active environmental management and sustainable practices has been recognised as part of a NSW Government initiative. The port was awarded Bronze Partner status in the Sustainability Advantage programme, which recognises the organisation's work to further strengthen its environmental performance through collaboration with NSW Office of Environment & Heritage (OEH). The Sustainability Advantage Program is a government initiative that supports more sustainable work practises.  FULL STORY

NSW PORTS WELCOMES TWO OF THE LARGEST SHIPS TO EVER VISIT PORT BOTANY
Source: NSW Ports.com.au
NSW Ports is proud to welcome to Port Botany two of the largest capacity container vessels ever to arrive in Australia, making history not once but twice in one week. Capable of carrying around 9400 Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs ) each, the Maersk Skarstind arrived on 4 July and the MSC Elma on 6 July.  Both ships are 299.9 metres long, 48.2 metres wide, with air draft of approximately 50m, making them the size of three consecutive football fields and as high as a 15 storey building.  FULL STORY

AUSTRALIA'S NORTH QUEENSLAND JUNE COAL EXPORTS SURGE TO MULTI-YEAR HIGHS
Source: Nathan Richardson (S&P Global)
Australia's North Queensland exported record volumes of coal in June, data from the North Queensland Bulk Ports Corp. showed Monday.
The three terminals in the area exported a total combined volume -- including thermal coal -- of 14.55 million mt in June, up 14% year on year and 15% month on month, data showed. It's the highest monthly total since at least January 2014, the data showed. In December 2015, a new berth was opened at the BHP Mitsubishi Alliance-owned Hay Point Coal Terminal which lifted capacity from 44 million mt/year to 55 million mt/year. During June, HPCT's throughput translated to a capacity-breaching annualized rate of 58.66 million mt/year.  FULL STORY

PORTS NORTH’S PORT MASTER PLANNING PROJECT MOVES FORWARD
Source: Dredging Today
Ports North’s Port Master Planning Project has taken an important step forward with the appointment of GHD Advisory to undertake a detailed technical plan that will map out options for developing the Ports of Cairns and the Port of Mourilyan over a 30-year timeframe. Commenting the latest news, Transport and Main Roads Minister, Mark Bailey, said that the master planning process was fundamental to ensuring Queensland’s ports had a long-term vision for growth and expansion while protecting the environment. “This process will present a pathway for the ports to grow in a way that respects their place alongside the reef and the environmental values shared by the communities in which they are located,” Mr Bailey said.  FULL STORY

LANDBRIDGE GROUP AND NT CATTLEMEN MUSTERING PLANS TO EXPORT TERRITORY BEEF TO CHINA
Source: The Country Hour (ABC)
The Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association (NTCA) has met with the Chinese owners of the Darwin Port to discuss opportunities for exporting NT beef into China. NTCA chief executive Ashley Manicaros, said the Landbridge Group had already invested in cold-storage facilities at the port and was interested in the prospects of a boxed beef trade between NT and the Shandong Province. He said with the Batchelor meatworks soon to re-open and Chinese companies circling other mothballed abattoirs in the Territory - the hype around the Chinese market may soon become a reality.  FULL STORY

FRYDENBERG REFUSES TO COMMIT $300M FOR NT
Source: Greg Roberts (Australian Associated Press)
Northern Territory Treasurer Nicole Manison has walked away empty-handed after asking her federal counterpart Josh Frydenberg for $300 million for a ship lift. The NT Labor government was bitterly disappointed when the coalition surprisingly won the federal election because they had not matched federal Labor's $300 million funding promise for the project.
The Ship Lift would be a major infrastructure project for Darwin's struggling economy, creating a marine hub for Defence, resources and other industries. The Gunner government has already committed $100 million but its debt-laden budget would be further strained if it had to pay for the whole project.  FULL STORY

TOURISM WESTERN AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH CRUISE & MARITIME
Source: Cruise Industry News
The State Government of Western Australia, through Tourism Western Australia, has announced that Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV Australia) will homeport in Fremantle during the 2019-2020 season with the Vasco da Gama. Tourism WA has also said it negotiated a landmark marketing partnership to boost the state's cruise tourism industry. The Vasco da Gama's capacity of 1,220 guests more than doubles that of CMV's Astor, which had been based in Fremantle since 2013. A co-operative marketing agreement between Tourism WA and CMV Australia has supported a new range of WA-focused fly, cruise, rail and stay packages currently on sale.  FULL STORY

WINDSTAR TO SAIL IN AUSTRALIA WITH NEW PORTS OF CALL
Source: Peter Lynch (Cruise Passenger)
Windstar Cruises is to join the growing number of small ship luxury lines sailing in Australia in 2020/21, using the newly renovated Star Breeze.
The all-suite 312 guest ship will sail a series of  “immersive” itineraries to Australia and New Zealand. “In our concerted and ongoing effort to be the small ship leader in destination delivery, I’m thrilled to introduce a completely different sailing region that further expands Windstar’s global footprint,” said Windstar president John Delaney tonight. “Australia and New Zealand cruises will allow us to present these destinations in the most authentic way possible. We’ve had a tremendous focus on adding new destinations in recent years, with an 85 percent increase in new ports of call.  FULL STORY

ELIWANA MINE AND RAILWAY PROJECT LAUNCHED
Source: Railway Gazette
Fortescue Metals Group held a ceremony on July 5 to officially launch construction of its Eliwana mine and railway in Western Australia.
The US$1·275bn project includes the construction of 143 km of railway to connect the Western Hub mining area to the Solomon Hub on the existing 620 km rail network feeding Port Hedland. Fortescue will also build a 30 mtpa dry iron ore processing facility and associated infrastructure. Aboriginal-owned company Muntulgura Guruma has been appointed to carry out the access and enabling earthworks to support the rail development, and structural steel fabrication for loading equipment and bridge girders will be undertaken in Western Australia.  FULL STORY

WOODSIDE ANNOUNCES LNG PROJECT MAINTENANCE
Source: Jessica Jaganathan and Florence Tan (AAP)
Woodside Petroleum has planned maintenance at its Karratha gas plant, part of the North West Shelf liquefied natural gas export project, in the third quarter of the year, according to a notice on the company website. The first scheduled maintenance will affect one unidentified LNG train at the Woodside-operated plant in Western Australia from July 26 to August 13, according to the notice. The second maintenance will be carried out on multiple LNG trains from September 5 to October 1. The impact on LNG exports were not immediately clear but the site's exports of condensate, a light oil produced in association with natural gas, are set to drop in September.  FULL STORY

GREEN ENERGY PRECINCT PLANNED FOR CAPE HARDY SITE
Source: Jarrad Delaney (Port Lincoln Times)
The Eyre Peninsula’s Cape Hardy deep-water port will open the door for hydrogen production with a 200 hectare green manufacturing precinct on site. Iron Road has signed an agreement with Australian renewable energy company The Hydrogen Utility (H2U) to work collectively on developing the precinct at Cape Hardy. H2U had identified Cape Hardy as the preferred location for a larger green hydrogen production and export hub. Iron Road managing director Andrew Stocks said the Cape Hardy deep-water port was a true multi-user, multi-commodity project that was unlike anything else in the country.  FULL STORY

MAERSK RIO SHIPS TO RETURN TO TIMARU PORT
Source: Hellenic Shipping News
A massive container ship will return to Timaru on Sunday after the world’s largest logistics company confirmed weekly visits to the port.
This follows a trial late in May when the 286.5 metre long and 40m wide, Rio de Janeiro’s berthing acted as a test run for similar sized ships to dock in Timaru after a $2.5 million project to widen the port’s inner breakwater entrance from 90m to 140m. PrimePort chief executive Phil Melhopt said it was another demonstration of the forward steps the port was taking. Maersk have recently announced their Southern Star Rio Class will form part of their service into Timaru.  FULL STORY

SHIPPING AGENCY UNVEILED AS LATEST SAMOA 2019 SPONSOR AS FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR PACIFIC GAMES BEGIN
Source: Matthew Smith (Inside the Games)
Shipping agency Betham Brothers Enterprises (BBE) has been confirmed as a sponsor of the 2019 Pacific Games, which commenced Sunday.
BBE, a family owned company based on the Pacific island, has supported the build-up to the Games by transporting crates of equipment and providing storage space at their yard in Vaitele. BBE have also paid port charges for shipping in support vehicles from China ahead of the Games. They become the latest local business to sponsor the Games, with the Opening Ceremony taking place at Apia Park on Sunday.  FULL STORY

NO LAYOFF OF CREW SAYS GOUNDAR SHIPPING DIRECTOR, CLOSE TO $1 MILLION LOSS SINCE STOP ORDER
Source: Lusiana Tuimaisala (Fiji Sun)
Managing director George Goundar confirmed there would be no layoff by its crew members.He made this comment yesterday after a report was released stating that the company would be laying off 120 crew this week. But Mr Goundar warned that if there is no resolution of issues with the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) by the end of this month, he will close down Goundar Shipping and sell all his ships to overseas buyers. The MSAF on July 1 stopped all GSL vessels from operating after it failed to comply with the Maritime (Safe Ships Management System) Regulation. He says his ships have international documentation which is of a higher standard than that required by MSAF.  FULL STORY

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