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20 September, 2019

Australian Newsletter - Issue 592

SHIPPING ASSOCIATIONS DEMAND ALL IMO MEMBER STATES REMAIN RESOLUTE AS SULPHUR CAP APPROACHES
Source: Sam Chambers (Splash 24/7)
Amid reports of several Asian countries mulling delaying the implementation of the global sulphur cap, leading shipping associations have called for a total, global enforcement of the ruling. The World Shipping Council (WSC), BIMCO, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), and the International Parcel Tankers Association (IPTA) yesterday demanded all International Maritime Organization (IMO) member states fully implement the sulphur cap come January 1 next year. “[T]he cost of compliance is high, so it is critical that the rule is consistently applied and enforced. There must be a level playing field if this important regulation is going to work,” the grouping stated in a release.  FULL STORY

TWO BULK CARRIERS BANNED FROM AUSTRALIAN PORTS IN ONE DAY
Source: The Maritime Executive
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) banned two bulk carriers from Australian ports on September 11 for breaching “the most basic” rights of seafarers. The Panama-flagged Fortune Genius in Gladstone and the Xing Jing Hai in Brisbane have been banned for a period of 12 months and 18 months respectively for failing to pay crew their wages in full and on time. AMSA surveyors boarded the Fortune Genius in Gladstone after receiving a complaint via the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF). AMSA’s investigation revealed the crew of the Fortune Genius had been deliberately under paid by the operator by about A$100,000 ($69,000) for the months of April to August.  FULL STORY

SUSTAINABILITY IN SHIPPING – MORE THAN EMISSIONS AND ALTERNATIVE FUELS
Source: Seatrade Maritime News
Sustainability in shipping is about more than just emissions and alternative fuel and industry needs to take a much broader approach say leading ship owning and chartering executives. Hor Weng Yew, CEO of dry bulk shipowner Pacific Carriers Ltd (PCL), told the Shipping 2030 Asia conference in Singapore, “A lot of sustainability in shipping is really about fuel and emissions, and I feel the industry needs to take a broader and certainly a bolder approach to it.” “Fuels and the environment is important, but I think it is also about efficiency of assets, utilisation, the circular economy, and how we operate our business consuming the least resources of the earth,” Hor explained to delegates at the conference organised by KNect365 Maritime.  FULL STORY

TOWNSVILLE LAUNCHES PEST SURVEILLANCE PROGRAMME
Source: Heavy Lift
Australia’s port of Townsville has implemented a marine pest surveillance programme to detect dangerous marine species within the port. The programme utilises technology that analyses the DNA of marine pests to identify species within the port. The programme has been launched in partnership with Queensland’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Four detector plates have been placed in the port’s waters and will remain there for two months before they are retrieved and tested for the presence of marine pests. Melinda Louden, from the port of Townsville, explained: “This programme provides the opportunity to improve the ability and speed of detection if a marine pest species manages to slip through the existing controls in place...”  FULL STORY

PORT BOTANY FLAGGED AS POTENTIAL SITE FOR THIRD SYDNEY CRUISE SHIP TERMINAL
Source: Harriet Tatham (ABC News)
Following years of debate over where Sydney might build its third cruise ship terminal, the NSW Government has announced it wants to work with industry on a potential site in Port Botany. The State Government has launched the first phase of the "detailed business case" to look into the option for an additional cruise terminal at Yarra Bay or Molineux Point. This follows the Federal Government's 2018 decision to reject plans for cruise ships to dock alongside naval vessels at Garden Island in Sydney Harbour. A third terminal is hoped to increase the capacity for cruise ships in the harbour city.  FULL STORY

MAJESTIC PRINCESS STARTS RECORD AUSTRALIAN SEASON FOR CARNIVAL
Source: Peter Lynch (Cruise Passenger)
Princess Cruises Majestic Princess sailed into Sydney Harbour Tuesday and promptly kick-started the line’s biggest cruise season yet. The President of Carnival Australia, Sture Myrmell, predicted a “fantastic season” for the largest cruise operator in the country. Standing by the waters of the vessel’s Hollywood Pool Club while mixologist Rob Floyd worked his magic at the bar, Mr Myrmell maintained: “It’s going to be exciting and its going to be big!” “We’re going to have 19 ships sailing in Australian waters over the next few months, we’re going to make 625 calls to 34 different ports around Australia.”  FULL STORY

PORT OF STANLEY ACCESS RESTRICTIONS SPARKS FRUSTRATION AND ECONOMIC FEARS
Source: Meg Powell (The Advocate)
Ever-tightening restrictions are making it near impossible to access one of the state's last publicly accessible ports, says Stanley's Bernard Atkins. Large chunks of the Port of Stanley have been barricaded section by section over the past five years, sparking frustration and fear from the many locals and tourists who frequent the popular fishing spot. Mr Atkins said TasPorts had been closing off the sections due to safety issues. "Some of that wood is rotten, the concrete has shifted... Instead of fixing it they go, 'too hard' and cage it all in," he said. "It's been closed for three years now."  FULL STORY

WA PREMIER GETS DEATH THREATS IN PORTS ROW
Source: AAP Newswire
West Australian Premier Mark McGowan says he's received death threats after the militant Maritime Union of Australia stepped up its protest against plans to wind down Fremantle Port and build a new one at Kwinana. More than 200 MUA members rallied in Fremantle on Wednesday outside a briefing by the Westport taskforce, which has backed Labor's election promise to build the new facility. The union, which fears automation will cost 8000 jobs, also marched to the electorate office of Labor minister Simone McGurk, who helped vote down an MUA-led motion to keep Fremantle Port operational for a further 14 years at the party's shambolic state conference last month.  FULL STORY

LIVE SHEEP SHIPPING INDUSTRY’S TEST
Source: Zach Relph (The West Australian)
The first live sheep vessel to sail from Australian shores since the embattled trade was brought to a standstill more than three months ago will depart Fremantle next week. Rural Export and Trading WA, the Perth-based arm of juggernaut exporter Kuwait Livestock Transport and Trading Company, is scheduled to ship about 60,000 sheep from Fremantle Port aboard the Al Messilah on Monday. Bound for the Middle East, the vessel’s intended departure is poised to come a day after the extended three-month northern summer moratorium is lifted. WA Livestock Exporters’ Association chairman John Cunnington said the shipping resumption was an opportunity to prove the industry was viable and could provide a reliable supply to Middle Eastern customers.  FULL STORY

JAPAN'S INPEX EYES AUSTRALIA EXPANSION, INCLUDING VIA ACQUISITIONS
Source: Sonali Paul (Reuters)
Japan’s top oil and gas company wants to expand in Australia at its Ichthys liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant to become a major regional gas company, its Australian boss said. “In Australia our focus is on fully utilizing our Ichthys LNG facilities while creating a solid base for future expansion,” Inpex’s president director for Australia, Hitoshi Okawa, told Reuters. Inpex completed construction last year on its first LNG project, the $45 billion Ichthys LNG project in Darwin and shipped its first LNG cargo last October. Production at Ichthys LNG, Japan’s biggest foreign investment, has rapidly climbed toward its full capacity of 8.9 million tonnes a year (mtpa), quicker than typical for LNG projects, especially for a company building its first one, consultants Wood Mackenzie said.  FULL STORY

NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIA: STINK BUG WARNING 2019-2020
Source: Hellenic Shipping News
Skuld would like to advise its members that the risk season for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is from 1 September 2019 until 30 April 2020. Members with vessels trading to Australia and New Zealand should ensure that the crew onboard are aware and familiar with the BMSB seasonal management measures. Treatment or cleaning of cargos onboard in the country of origin may be required. Crew should report any presence of BMSB and other exotic insects upon detections onboard to the relevant quarantine authorities at the port of destination. There are significant consequences if stink bugs are found or intercepted, and in some cases vessels have been turned away from ports or even the territorial waters.  FULL STORY

EXPORTS AND INVESTMENTS NET PORT NELSON RECORD $30 MILLION OPERATING PROFIT
Source: Stuff.co.nz
Profits continue to rise for Port Nelson and its shareholders as its chairman remained "cautiously optimistic" of future growth.
Steady cargo volumes have contributed to Port Nelson delivering an operating profit of $30.5 million for the 2018/2019 financial year, an increase of $3.4m compared to the $27.1m reported in 2018. The net profit after tax was $15.3m, which included a $2.6m increase in the valuation of investment property. Port Nelson chairman Phil Lough made the announcement at the company's annual general meeting on Wednesday. The results offered some positive news for the region's ratepayers.  FULL STORY

LIVE EXPORT SHIP ARRIVES IN NAPIER FOR THOUSANDS OF COWS WITHOUT CERTIFICATION
Source: Gerard Hutching (RNZ)
A ship which will be used to carry thousands of cows to China has berthed in Napier without the required export certification.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) says until it's satisfied the Yangtze Fortune meets animal welfare conditions, the export certificate won't be issued. The ship arrived at the Napier Port yesterday afternoon to collect 4700 breeding cows to set up dairy farms in China. MPI said the ship would be inspected by vets to determine if the facilities and conditions on the vessel met the required standards. "If these assurances are not provided, the export certificate will not be issued."  FULL STORY

CARRIER CAPTAIN FINED $17,550 FOR FALSE INFORMATION
Source: Sun Live
The Captain and Chief Officer of an Isle of Man flagged bulk carrier, Emile Bulker, gave false information to Maritime NZ after a crewman passed out because of lack of oxygen in the ship’s poorly-ventilated hold. Captain Walter Damian and Chief Officer Ian Dalingding pleaded guilty to providing false information to Maritime NZ when they appeared in Wellington District Court on Thursday. They were fined $13,500 and $4,050 respectively. Captain Damian also pleaded guilty to permitting dangerous activity. A reparation payment of $10,000 for emotional harm has been awarded to the victim.  FULL STORY

INDIA KEEN TO UP AUSTRALIAN LNG IMPORTS, BUT SEEKS TO RENEGOTIATE CONTRACTS
Source: Ajoy K Das (Mining Weekly)
India is keen to ship in higher volumes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Australia, but indicates that higher imports will be dependent on renegotiating existing long-term contracts. At a recent government-to-government dialogue, it was stated that with India moving to a gas-based economy, there existed significant scope to enlarge India-Australia energy cooperation. However, to achieve this, long-term contracts with Australian suppliers would need to be renegotiated as Indian consumers were "price sensitive" and long-term imports of LNG needed to be aligned with realities of softening spot international prices.  FULL STORY

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