News & Media

16 August, 2019

Australian Newsletter - Issue 587

MORE CARRIERS TO FINE ROGUE SHIPPERS FOR MISDECLARED GOODS IN CONTAINERS
Source: Alexander Whiteman (The Loadstar)
Carriers are cracking down on rogue shippers by threatening significant financial penalties for misdeclared shipments, following a series of vessel fires. Evergreen was first out of the gates announcing fines, ranging from $4,000 to $35,000, for misdeclarations (see below), with Hapag-Lloyd and OOCL following suit.T Hapag-Lloyd, which suffered as misdeclared goods caused a high-profille fine aboard its vessel Yantian Express earlier this year, said it would impose a $15,000 fine per misdeclared box, and OOCL has announced enhanced checks and a hazardous cargo misdeclaration fee. Hong Kong-headquartered OOCL said: “We are aware that there has been an increasing number of marine incidents being reported in 2019, many of which were suspected of being caused by potentially undeclared and/or misdeclared hazardous cargo. FULL STORY

UNION DESIGNATES STRAIT OF HORMUZ A TEMPORARY EXTENDED RISK ZONE
Source: gCaptain
The International Transport Workers Federation has designated the Strait of Hormuz a Temporary Extended Risk Zone following recent tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman, including Iran’s seizure last month of the Stena Impero. The strait received the designation following discussions by the International Bargaining Forum’s Warlike Operations Areas Committee taking place over the past few weeks and monitoring the risk to shipping in the region. The designation means that seafarers who are subject to an attack in the zone, are entitled to a bonus and doubled death and disability compensation, the ITF said in a statement. FULL STORY

ANOTHER BOX SHIP CREW SCRAMBLE FOR THEIR LIVES AS CONTAINERS CATCH FIRE
Source: Alexander Whiteman (The Loadstar)
Fire has swept through several containers aboard the APL Le Havre just days after carriers announced they would impose heavy fines on misdeclared dangerous goods. Reports claim six boxes were involved, with the Indian coastguard resorting to flooding the boxes after early efforts to tackle the blaze were hampered by heavy weather. The fire was brought under control after four hours and the next task is to determine the damage caused to the 10,000 teu vessel. FULL STORY

SVITZER RUBY, THE NEWEST MEMBER OF THE SVITZER AUSTRALIA TUG FLEET OFFICIALLY WELCOMED TO PORT KEMBLA
Source: Illawarra Mercury
Acting Premier John Barilaro’s wife Deanna acted as Svitzer Ruby's naming mother in the ceremony. Svitzer Australia managing director Nicolaj Noes said they were pleased to play a role in diversifying the port with critical infrastructure and readying it for potential new gas imports. The 85-tonne bollard pull tug was designed by Canadian firm, Robert Allan Ltd. Svitzer Ruby is an escort towage capable vessel featuring a render recovery winch, FiFi1 class notation for firefighting, an Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) operational protection package and a rear winch for over the stern towing operations. FULL STORY

NSW FAST TRACKS REVIEW OF SECOND LNG IMPORT TERMINAL
Source: Sonali Paul (Reuters.com)
New South Wales government said on Wednesday it will fast track its review of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal at the port of Newcastle, proposed by a South Korean firm, as the state urgently looks to beef up gas supply. New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, needs to boost gas supply from 2023 for both industry and gas-fired power due to declining supply from fields off southern Australia and the planned closure of a big coal-fired power plant. “This LNG terminal would significantly address this risk,” the state’s acting premier, John Barilaro, said in a statement.  FULL STORY

AUSTRALIA: GLADSTONE JULY LNG EXPORTS EDGE UP
Source: Lngworldnews.com
LNG exports from the three liquefaction plants located on Curtis Island off Gladstone reached 1.69 million tons of LNG in July.
Compared to the corresponding month in 2018, when the three facilities exported a total of 1.65 million tons in the same number of cargoes, this represents a 2.5 percent increase.  However, compared to the previous month, when exports reached 1.82 mt, in 27 shipments, July figures dropped 7.2 percent. China remained the main importer of Australian LNG with 1.25 mt landing at Chinese import facilities.  FULL STORY

TERRITORY GOVERNMENT'S $400 MILLION PLEDGE FOR SHIP LIFT
Source: Matt Garrick (ABC)
The financially-embattled Northern Territory Government has been accused of peddling "media spin" by re-announcing a plan to pour $400 million into a new ship lift facility in Darwin. Minister for Northern Australia Matt Canavan said the Government would seek more information before offering any funding. The NT Government has committed to shouldering the $400 million cost of building the project, despite being broke, and despite an open NAIF funding application. A cost benefit analysis will not be made publicly available until after the project is signed off on. The NT Government has swapped lucrative harbourside land with private firm Paspaley Group to get a new ship lift project off the ground, despite there being no cost benefit analysis publicly available, and without a firm commitment for Federal Government funding. FULL STORY

CHEVRON STARTS GORGON CARBON DIOXIDE INJECTION SYSTEM
Source: Andy Ewe (Australianmining.com.au)
Chevron has launched the Gorgon carbon dioxide injection system, one of the world’s largest greenhouse gas mitigation projects.
Chevron Australia managing director Al Williams said, “We are monitoring system performance and plan to safely ramp up injection volumes over the coming months as we bring online processing facilities.” Gorgon is one of the world’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects and the largest resources industry project in Australia.  FULL STORY

PILBARA PORTS COMMENCES DREDGING AT ASHBURTON
Source: Pilbaraports.com.au
Port users are advised that the Pilbara Ports Authority is conducting dredging and survey operations in the Port of Ashburton, commencing from 13th August 2019 and will continue until 30th August 2019. The Dredging operation and support activities will continue on a 24-hour basis covering the Wheatstone LNG Channel and Swing Basin. The dredge dumping activity will be carried out at “Spoil Ground C & B”, with the dredger and its support vessels frequently transiting between the “Wheatstone LNG Channel” and the “Spoil Grounds”.  FULL STORY

WESTPORT SHORTLIST OUTLINES NEW CONTAINER PORT FOR KWINANA
Source: Cameron Myles (Brisbane Times)
A new port will be developed at the Kwinana Outer Harbour under each of the five shortlisted options put forward by the Westport Taskforce
The taskforce released its long-awaited shortlist on Thursday morning, with three options proposing a new standalone container port at Kwinana, and another two outlining plans to share container trade between the existing port in Fremantle and a new port at Kwinana. Westport has spent the past two years investigating potential options for the future of container trade in Western Australia, with Fremantle currently home to the only container port in the state. But the idea of an expanded port in Kwinana and the wind-down of operations at Fremantle has rankled many, with concerns raised about the cost, environmental damage to Cockburn Sound from a new port, and even the need for new infrastructure questioned. FULL STORY

CRUISE SHIP STRATEGY A BLUEPRINT TO DELIVER SUSTAINABLE GROWTH ACROSS TASMANIA
Source: premier.tas.au
The Sustainable Cruise Blueprint, released today, outlines our plan to grow this to $50 million by 2022, by encouraging smaller, expedition vessels to visit our regional ports. We are working with cruise lines to achieve the following goals by 2022: raise the number of passengers participating in tours from 40 per cent to 50 per cent; introduce turn-around visits for small ships and partial turn-arounds for large ships to five calls per summer; and encourage greater visitation to places like Beauty Point, Port Arthur and the East Coast.  FULL STORY

PORT OF TAURANGA AND PORT RUAKURA LP ANNOUNCE RAIL SERVICE PARTNERSHIP FOR RUAKURA
Source: Port of Tauranga
Port of Tauranga and the TGH-subsidiary Port Ruakura LP today announced a long-term partnership to support the development of the planned Ruakura Inland Port at Hamilton. The agreement allows Port of Tauranga’s cargo trains running between MetroPort Auckland and Tauranga to service Ruakura Inland Port, giving Waikato-based importers and exporters direct access to fast international shipping services calling at Tauranga. Tauranga is the only port call for the biggest container ships visiting New Zealand.  FULL STORY

LYTTLETON HARBOUR CRUISE BERTH PILES REACH HALFWAY POINT
Source: Harbourwatch (Lyttleton Port Company)
Progress on LPC’s Cruise Berth has reached another milestone, with over half of the main wharf piles now successfully driven. LPC’s Engineering Project Manager Paul Kelly says 34 out of a total of 64 main wharf piles have now been driven to full depth at approximately 65m below chart datum ground level.  When complete, a total of 3.8 kilometres of main wharf piles will have been used in the project.  FULL STORY

LYTTLETON HARBOUR RECLAIMATION APPROVAL FOR CONTAINER TERMINAL AT TE AWAPARAHI BAY
Source: Harbourwatch (Lyttleton Port Company)
The Christchurch City Council (CCC) will soon be publicly notifying LPC’s land use consents to enable the establishment and operation of port activities on reclaimed land at Te Awaparahi Bay. LPC has obtained consents to reclaim the land from Environment Canterbury. This application is for the phased establishment and operation of a container terminal and other port activities on this reclaimed land at the eastern end of Lyttelton Port.  FULL STORY

PNG PORTS LOOKING AT DISPOSING CONTAINER CRANES
Source: thenational.com.pg
PAPUA New Guinea Ports Corporation Ltd (PNGPCL) is looking to dispose of the three container cranes left idle at the old port in the town wharf in Port Moresby. The blue cranes are the only remaining structures left at the original wharf since the transfer of all coastal shipping operations to Motukea in 2015 and the closure of the port in 2016. “The three cranes are not operational at the moment,” PNGPCL acting managing director Fego Kiniafa told The National yesterday. The company is driving a port modernisation programme to ensure that PNG had the capacity to meet its import and export requirements.  FULL STORY


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