News & Media

02 August, 2019

Australian Newsletter - Issue 585

PORT OF NEWCASTLE TO DISCUSS SUSTAINABILITY WITH IMO SECRETARY-GENERAL
Source: Hellenic Shipping News
Sustainability and port diversification were discussed when the head of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) visited the city on Wednesday. IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim toured Newcastle Harbour during a brief visit hosted by Port Authority of New South Wales. Mr Lim was joined by Australian Maritime Safety Authority CEO Mick Kinley and other port dignitaries. Part of the United Nations, the IMO is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping.  FULL STORY

UK COULD PLAY LEADING ROLE IN COALITION TO PROTECT GULF SHIPPING
Source: Deborah Haynes (Sky News)
The Royal Navy is already protecting British-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz from the threat of an Iranian attack.  Britain, the US and other allies will meet on Wednesday in Bahrain to discuss plans to build an international coalition to protect shipping in the Gulf, Sky News has learnt. The UK is considering playing a leading role in any maritime protection force that is ultimately agreed upon, according to two Whitehall sources. No final decision has yet been made. The meeting between military representatives in Bahrain, where the US Fifth Fleet is located alongside a Royal Navy base, is a follow-on from a gathering at the US Central Command military headquarters in Tampa, Florida last Thursday.  FULL STORY

REVIEW HIGHLIGHTS RECORD SHIPPING GROWTH AND SAFETY ON QUEENSLAND COAST
Source: My Sunshine Coast
Queensland’s trade coast is thriving, with new data revealing a record number of ships visiting the state and the lowest number of incidents in years.
A review of the North-East Shipping Management Plan has revealed more than 50,000 vessel movements along Queensland’s north-east over a five-year period, with only two minor incidents recorded. Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said increased trade in Queensland meant the number of carriers, cargo vessels and passenger ships travelling through the state’s waters had grown 2.6 per cent. “Shipping plays an important part in Queensland’s economy.  FULL STORY

ZEAMARINE LANDS MAJOR CONTRACT FOR NEW HEAVY LIFT TWEENDECKERS
Source: World Maritime News
Heavy lift, breakbulk, and project carrier Zeamarine has secured an ocean transportation contract from Schenker Australia for the BHP South Flank project in Western Australia. The contract will see Zeamarine’s newly-delivered ZEA 14k-900 tweendeck cargo ships transport some 450,000 freight tons from China to Port Hedland, Western Australia. The majority of the cargo will be heavy and oversized modules, the company added. The BHP South Flank project is located in the Pilbara, Western Australia, and will become one of the largest integrated mine sites in the world.  FULL STORY

INDONESIA TO DELAY SULPHUR CAP IMPLEMENTATION IN ITS WATERS
Source: World Maritime News
Indonesia would not switch to low-sulphur fuel from January 1, 2020, due to abundant supplies of 3.5% sulphur content fuel, Reuters said citing the country’s transport ministry. Namely, the authorities plan to allow Indonesia-flagged ships to continue burning marine fuels with a maximum 3.5% sulphur content in its territorial waters past 2020 without having to use scrubbers. The officials elaborated the decision by saying that Indonesia’s energy firm Pertamina has large supplies of higher-sulphur fuel, adding that the country would comply with the upcoming regulations after it exhausts these stocks.  FULL STORY

GREEN LIGHT FOR GPC’S CLINTON CHANNEL DREDGING PROJECT
Source: Dredging Today
The Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy has granted conditional approval for Gladstone Ports Corporation’s Clinton Vessel Interaction Project. According to the government, the approval was given to GPC to dredge approximately 800 000m³ from the existing Clinton channel and dispose the dredged material in the Western Basin Reclamation Area in Gladstone, Queensland. In July 2017, the company lodged applications to the Federal Government to progress its Clinton Vessel Interaction Project.  FULL STORY

WHAT'S NEW FOR OCEAN CRUISING IN AUSTRALIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
Source: Susan J. Young (Travel Agent Central)
Nearly 800,000 U.S. visitors travel each year to Australia, among them travellers arriving on a South Pacific cruise or embarking an oceangoing cruise ship at such ports as Sydney or Melbourne. So, what’s new for Australian cruising? With 25 percent more summer 2020-2021 capacity “Down Under” than any other cruise line, Princess Cruises will position six ships – one third of its global fleet – in Australia for the first time. The 670-passenger Pacific Princess will return for a four-month deployment, coinciding with the 45th anniversary of Princess’ first roundtrip cruise from Australia on the original Pacific Princess, which appeared in the 1970s-1980s “Love Boat” TV series. Princess offers two- or three-day voyages to weeklong sailings and longer cruises too. A six-day “Australia Getaway” on Sea Princess will depart from Adelaide, Australia on February 15, 2021 and call at Melbourne, plus Burnie and Hobart, both in Tasmania, before ending in Sydney.  FULL STORY

WOODSIDE TARGETS INNOVATION AND GROWTH TO MEET ‘FIERCE’ COMPETITION
Source: Alex Gluyas (Australian Mining)
Woodside Energy has revealed its ambitious growth plans including an intention to ramp up liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply and innovation in response to emerging global competition. Chief operating officer Meg O’Neill delivered a speech detailing the booming demand for LNG and how Woodside intends to meet it. Woodside’s plans feature development of the Burrup Hub, which comprises 20 to 25 trillion cubic feet of gross dry gas resources from the Scarborough and Browse fields through the Karratha gas plant and Pluto LNG plant in northern Western Australia.  FULL STORY

NAPIER PORT BACK IN BUSINESS AFTER SWELLS KEEP SHIPS AT BAY FOR FOUR DAYS
Source: Laura Wiltshire (NZ Herald)
Ships have returned to Napier Port after swells lead to a four-day, unprecedented halt on vessels coming in to dock. General manager of container operations Warren Young said large swells which hit the East Coast on Wednesday had dropped enough to start operations again. "Swells are on the way down, so we are now operating under normal marine parameters which means we were able to bring two log vessels in.
"As always, we'll assess each subsequent move on conditions and vessel size." The closure did not affect landside operations.  FULL STORY

NZ CRUISE ASSOCIATION 2019 CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN AUCKLAND
Source: Voxy.co.nz
Registrations are open for the New Zealand Cruise Association’s 2019 Conference, to be held in Auckland from 22-23 August. This year’s Conference will focus on Auckland, the marque port of New Zealand and the shape of the future its success will mean for the rest of the country. It will feature speeches and panels packed with industry leaders and influencers helmed by local and international industry experts. NZCA Chairman Debbie Summers states, "we have had record number of conference registrations attracting the very highest levels of industry knowledge.  FULL STORY

COMPETITION WATCHDOG WORRIES OVER US$248 MILLION SALE OF LIQUIDS TERMINALS
Source: Jim Wilson (Freight Waves)
Australia’s competition watchdog, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), has expressed competition fears over the acquisition of the wharf-side GrainCorp Liquid Terminals by independent bulk liquid storage company ANZ Terminals. The ACCC has formed a preliminary view that the potential sale would “substantially lessen competition and that’s the first step on the way to blocking the A$350 million (US$248 million) deal. ANZ Terminals and GrainCorp (ASX: GNC) both provide marine/wharf-side bulk liquid storage business around Australia.  FULL STORY

TOWNSVILLE PORT EXPORTS GROW DESPITE FLOODING
Source: Kim Ho (Infrastructure Magazine)
Townsville Port has defied the major flooding in the region in early 2019, with a growth in exports, job creation and a pipeline of new construction works. Preliminary figures show total trade through Townsville Port increased by 4.7 per cent in the 2018-19 financial year, rising to a total of 7.68 million tonnes. The news coincides with the Queensland Government’s recent announcement of its half-billion-dollar plan to reduce freight charges and significantly improve transport infrastructure to the port – including $30 million to build the new Crane and Cargo Terminal at Berth 4.  FULL STORY

FREMANTLE EXPORTS DOWN AS BROOME SOARS
Source: Aidan Smith (Farm Weekly)
CATTLE exports from Fremantle have dropped 16 per cent to 68,965 year to date compared with 2018 figures, according to Meat and Livestock Australia and LiveCorp's Australian Livestock Exports Monthly Trade Summary for June 2019. Livestock exporters put the decline down to fewer numbers of vessels operating out of Fremantle due to the uncertainty caused by changes in the live sheep trade, especially since the three-month moratorium from June until the end of August, took affect. Exports from the port of Broome may have also played a part in that decline at Fremantle, due to a 131pc rise in cattle exports year-to-date compared to 2018, amounting to 63,094 head.  FULL STORY

HEDLAND TOWER TO STEER NEXT PHASE OF GROWTH IN PORT HEDLAND
Source: Mirage News
A new high-technology shipping control tower has opened in the Port of Port Hedland – the world’s largest bulk export port – providing industry in Western Australia with world-class port infrastructure to support future investment and jobs. The Hedland Tower – Integrated Marine Operations Centre – houses state-of-the-art vessel traffic control systems, equipment and emergency response facilities that will steer the safe and efficient movement of vessels through the harbour for the next 50 years. Approximately 70 contractors and sub-contractors, many of them Pilbara-based, were involved in the construction.  FULL STORY

LABOR QUESTIONS GOVERNMENT'S COMMITMENT TO BELL BAY JOBS AS TEMCO REVIEW CONTINUES
Source: The Examiner
Government accused of failing to protect Bell Bay jobs and not doing enough for new industries. However, Northern Tasmanian industry leaders have reassured the public that TEMCO had not yet talked about closure, and discussions were ongoing regarding a green hydrogen export facility.  Bass Labor MHA Michelle O'Byrne told Parliament the owners of Bell Bay's TEMCO smelter, South32, would decide on the facility's future in less than a month. FULL STORY

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