News & Media

26 July, 2019

Australian Newsletter - Issue 584

BRITAIN WINS EARLY EUROPEAN SUPPORT FOR HORMUZ NAVAL MISSION
Source: Reuters (G Captain)
France, Italy and Denmark gave initial support for a British plan for a European-led naval mission to ensure safe shipping through the Strait of Hormuz, three senior EU diplomats said on Tuesday after Iran’s seizure of a British-flagged tanker. The backing at a meeting of EU envoys in Brussels contrasts sharply with the lukewarm response shown by European allies to a similar American call first voiced at NATO in late June, when countries feared they could make U.S.-Iranian tensions worse. “Britain’s request, rather than Washington’s, makes it easier for Europeans to rally round this,” one senior EU diplomat said.  FULL STORY

JAPAN AND AUSTRALIA LAUNCH AN EXPERIMENTAL COAL TO HYDROGEN EXPORT INDUSTRY
Source: Tim Treadgold (Forbes)
Japan and Australia have taken their first steps to create new export industry which will convert the world's most polluting fuel, coal, into its cleanest, hydrogen, and ship it in liquefied form from Australia to Japan.
The $350 million experiment is based on a vast reserve of low-grade coal in Victoria, which was for decades the southern state's major source of electricity, until most of the power plants were closed because of the pollution they generated. If the trial works, it could be the start of a major new industry which will displace some of the coal Australia currently exports with hydrogen, a fuel gaining support as a source of power for vehicles and industry.  FULL STORY

BHP DEMANDS GREATER GREEN EFFORTS FROM ITS SHIPPING PARTNERS
Source: Sam Chambers (Splash 24/7)
Mining giant BHP has announced a five-year, $400m climate investment program to develop technologies to reduce emissions from its own operations as well as those generated from the use of its resources.
CEO Andrew Mackenzie said transport providers will be very much part of the emissions cutting plans. Mackenzie said in a speech in London: “We must take a product stewardship role for emissions across our value chain and commit to work with shippers, processors and users of our products to reduce scope three emissions.” Earlier this month, BHP’s Green Corridor joint industry project finally kicked off with the mining company issuing a tender for 10+2+2 dual fuelled LNG Newcastlemaxes.  FULL STORY

BANGLADESH WANTS AUSTRALIA'S COAL FOR NEW POWER STATIONS
Source: Fergus Hunter (Sydney Morning Herald)
Bangladesh is urging Australia to take advantage of an "enormous opportunity" to export coal and liquefied natural gas to the developing country, which is experiencing surging demand for the fossil fuels. The country of about 165 million people has a slew of coal-fired power stations coming online over the next five years and will be importing about 45 million tonnes of coal by 2025. "There is enormous opportunity for export of Australian coal and LNG to Bangladesh given Bangladesh's sustained energy demand," the Bangladesh high commissioner to Australia, Sufiur Rahman, said on Monday ”Bangladesh could emerge as a major trading partner of Australia soon."  FULL STORY

DOWN UNDER TRUCKING: MELBOURNE BEGINS FORCING TRUCKS OUT OF THE INNER CITY
Source: Jim Wilson (Freight Waves)
Trucking groups, the government of the state of Victoria and local residents groups have teamed up to make life more difficult for the operators of dirty old trucks. In an Australian-first, the state government has launched the Smart Freight Partnership, which will create an “Environment Freight Zone” in the inner west of the city of Melbourne, adjacent to the port of the same name. This is the area around Somerville Road, and Moore, Francis and Buckley Streets. Melbourne is Australia’s busiest container port with three million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) of container throughput per year. It’s a river port and it’s located right in the heart of the city. And that means that there’s a lot of road freight traffic out of the three main box terminals in the port.  FULL STORY

MINRES FACES INFRASTRUCTURE DELAYS AT MARILLANA JV
Source: Vanessa Zhou (Australian Mining)
Joint venture partners Mineral Resources (MinRes) and Brockman Mining have delayed key developments at the Marillana iron ore project in Western Australia by up to a year. The postponements implicate the start of construction for Marillana’s rail and port system, from end of 2019 to 2020, pushing the start of their operation out to 2022. Marillana’s light-rail system is designed to transport iron ore products from the site to Port Hedland, and also expand the project’s production capacity. Australian Mining understands that design and testing works are under way, while MinRes works to execute an agreement with the Western Australian Government for the infrastructure project. The JV partners expect the agreement to be ready by December next year.  FULL STORY

PREPARATION WORKS WRAP UP, PORT OF BROOME DREDGING ON THE WAY
Source: Dredging Today
All the prep work to enable dredging of the Western Australia’s Port of Broome navigational channel is now complete. According to the Kimberley Ports Authority’s latest announcement, Total AMS Pty Ltd has removed the channel rock beacon and the supporting piles and old pile remnants embedded in the sandstone seabed. In keeping with KPA’s Dredging Environmental Management Plan, baseline water monitoring has been carried out and marine fauna observer training completed. KPA also cleaned debris from the seabed and gathered support equipment onsite to prepare for the arrival of the dredge.  FULL STORY

BERTH 4 EARTHWORKS BEGIN IN TOWNSVILLE PORT
Source: Dredging Today
Major floods in the Townsville region in early 2019 have failed to dampen growth in exports leaving the North Queensland city. New preliminary figures show that total trade through Townsville Port increased by 4.7 per cent in the 2018-19 financial year. Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said that fast tracking of flood repairs to the Mount Isa railway line in the wake of February’s floods had helped keep mineral exports moving through the Port, boosting the local economy. “Restoration works performed by a dedicated 400-person Queensland Rail taskforce not only fast tracked the repairs but also upgraded sections of the line that were previously under speed restrictions” Mr Stewart said.  FULL STORY

PATRICK PUSHES FOR CAPE HARDY PRIORITY
Source: Lauren Dinning (Port Lincoln Times)
Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick will continue to advocate for the Cape Hardy multi-commodity port project to ensure it is seen as a priority by the federal government within the next 12 months. The senator visited the Eyre Peninsula on Saturday to see the proposed site and meet with Iron Road's principal advisor for stakeholder engagement Tim Scholz. He said his position in the senate has earned him the "ear of the government" given they need his vote to pass legislation. "I'm here today at Cape Hardy to actually look at the site where there could be a potential multi-user port, I am advocating for government support in Canberra" said Mr Patrick.  FULL STORY

CRUISE INDUSTRY HEAVYWEIGHTS SAIL IN TO WA FOR WA CRUISE EXCHANGE
Source: Mirage News
Representatives from WA’s port destinations have a chance to pitch their business to major players from the cruise industry at an event to raise the state’s profile as a cruise destination. The WA Cruise Exchange (WACE), hosted by Tourism WA, has attracted representatives from eight global cruise lines to WA for workshops and networking opportunities. A host of leading cruise lines including Carnival Australia, Royal Caribbean Cruises and Ponant are attending the 2019 exchange, along with first-time attendees, Silversea, Australian Pacific Touring, MSC Cruises and Crystal Cruises.   Their involvement confirms the growing popularity among interstate and overseas tourists for WA package holidays combining train and cruise ship travel.  FULL STORY

LARGE SWELL IN HAWKE'S BAY, LEADS NAPIER PORT TO CLOSE TO SHIPS
Source: Marty Sharpe (Stuff.co.nz)
A heavy swell hitting Hawke's Bay has led to Napier Port taking the unusual step of closing to vessels, possibly until Saturday morning. The easterly swell of up to to 4 metres is forecast to hit the coast for the next two to three days before easing to moderate swell. It is caused by a low-pressure system to the east of Bay of Plenty. Napier Port general manager container operations Warren Young said the weather had affected the safe passage of vessels into the port and it was closed until conditions subsided. "We are monitoring the situation on a continuous basis but, based on current forecasts, we expect these conditions to continue until Saturday morning," he said.  FULL STORY

PAPUA NEW GUINEA COULD RENEGOTIATE LNG DEAL
Source: Tom Westbrook (Reuters)
Papua New Guinea's petroleum minister said a gas deal it agreed to with French oil major Total SA could be re-drawn if a government review finds its terms unfavourable. The deal, for a project called Papua LNG, was agreed in April but put up for review after the prime minister who signed it was ousted in a parliamentary vote in May, following a crisis caused by discontent over the distribution of resource riches. Petroleum minister Kerenga Kua, who was appointed to the crucial portfolio last month by new Prime Minister James Marape, said he wanted to increase the government's share of resource revenue. "Any signatory to a contract can, anytime after an agreement has been signed, go back to the negotiating table…“ he said.  FULL STORY

WORKSHOP ON MARITIME SECURITY IN S.PACIFIC
Source: Shailaja A. Lakshmi (Marine Link)
International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the South Pacific Community, in collaboration with the Government of Vanuatu, held a Regional Maritime Security Workshop in Port Vila this week. "Good maritime and port security is the enabler for maritime and economic development through maritime trade. It can be taken for granted when it works, but maintaining good security is essential," said the UN body. The workshop coincided with IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim's visit to Vanuatu, Fiji and Australia. The regional workshop brought together Heads of Designated Authorities and port facility security officers (PFSOs) from 14 countries.  FULL STORY

DP WORLD SIGNS DEALS FOR $1.2BN INDONESIA PORT, LOGISTICS PARK
Source: Sam Bridge (Arabian Business)
Preliminary agreements between DP World and Indonesian conglomerate Maspion Group were signed Wednesday to create a $1.2 billion container port and industrial logistics park in East Java. The exchange of agreements was witnessed by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces, and Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia. Two term sheet agreements aim to create an integrated container terminal and industrial logistics park. It includes cooperation in setting up Maspion International Container Port in Gresik, East Java, with an investment of $1.2 billion and 3 million TEU’s of capacity using electric power in its operations to help cut carbon emissions.  FULL STORY

WATCH: PORT OF AUCLAKND’S 360 GIANT CRANE TOUR
Source: Port Technology
The Ports of Auckland have released a video demonstrating its 82.3m tall and 2.100 tonne ship-to-shore (STS) container cranes, including a view of them arriving and being unloaded. The Ports of Auckland received the STS cranes in October 2018 and became operational six months later. They were ordered to meet the increasing container demand of Auckland and New Zealand and the region is now capable of 11, TEU vessels. During unloading and installation, each crane was hydraulically lifted and winched onto rails. Once off the ship, the cranes were lowered onto temporary rails and slid down onto the wharf’s permanent rails.  WATCH HERE

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