News & Media

26 September, 2019

Australian Newsletter - Issue 593

NEW COALITION TO PUSH FOR ZERO CARBON EMISSION SHIPPING BY 2030
Source: Lee Hong Liang (Seatrade Maritime News)
An ambitious goal toward a total decarbonisation of international shipping by 2030 has been announced at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York on Monday, leading to the set up of the ‘Getting to Zero Coalition’ movement. The alliance represents senior leaders within the maritime, energy, infrastructure and finance sectors, supported by decision-makers from government and IGO. The ambition of the Coalition is closely aligned with the IMO’s familiar greenhouse gas strategy of reducing total emissions by at least 50% of 2008 levels by 2050, whilst pursuing further efforts toward phasing them out this century.  FULL STORY

BYERWEN COAL MINE OPENING GOOD NEWS FOR QUEENSLAND EXPORTS, JOBS AND ROYALTIES
Source: John Williams (World Coal)
The opening of the Byerwen coal mine in North Queensland is testament to the strength and diversity of the state’s mining sector, Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said. Macfarlane attended the official opening of the mine in the Bowen Basin, which will produce up to 10 million tonnes of coking coal each year. The mine is a joint venture between QCoal Group and JFE Steel. “This is a milestone not only for QCoal Group, but for all Queenslanders,” Macfarlane said. “Every new mining job in Queensland leads to at least another four jobs in associated industries and adds to the budget bottom line for every Queenslander.”  FULL STORY

CRUISE SHIP SEASON BRINGS ECONOMIC BOOST TO THE REGION
Source: Karlie Brady (Newsport)
As the tourist season begins to wind down, the Douglas Shire will experience a new wave of visitors and a large economic boost as the peak ocean cruising season in Tropical North Queensland begins. In the coming months 24,500 tourists, along with thousands more staff, will disembark from cruise ships passing through Port Douglas bringing millions of dollars with them. Last year, nearly $7.8 million was injected into the Douglas Shire’s economy from the 22 ships, 31,493 passengers and 1,859 crew that stopped in Port Douglas. Tara Bennett, executive officer at Tourism Port Douglas Daintree (TPDD), said Port Douglas continues to be a popular stopover with nine boats scheduled to visit over the next three months.  FULL STORY

PALMER COMMITS $400M TO REOPEN TOWNSVILLE REFINERY
Source: Alex Gluyas (Australian Mining)
Clive Palmer has claimed his company Mineralogy has allocated $400 million to reopen the Townsville refinery in 2020.
The announcement follows the mining magnate reaching a settlement in the Federal Court in August over the collapse of Queensland Nickel, which entered into voluntary administration in 2016. Palmer has persistently urged the Queensland Government to support the reopening of the refinery by allowing the company access to its port berth. “We have commenced the process of restarting the refinery which will provide substantial employment for the communities of North Queensland,’’ Palmer said.  FULL STORY

SUPERLINERS SET TO START STEAMING TO CAIRNS AS INLET DREDGING FINISHES
Source: Renee Cluff (Tropic Now)
Four bookings have been taken for superliners at the Port of Cairns, as a dredging project to widen and deepen Trinity Inlet comes to a close. The work, which began in July, allows vessels up to 300 metres in length to now access the port. “The fact that our port now has a greater capacity puts it in a different category of larger and deeper vessels.” The first of the cruise ships that previously couldn’t enter the channel arrives next month. Explorer Dream, formerly based in Hong Kong, will be in Cairns on October the 23rd and return again in March next year, carrying up to 2800 passengers at a time as it sails between Sydney and New Zealand.  FULL STORY

AUSTRALIA ALLOWS NEWCASTLE PORT TO RAISE SHIPPING FEES
Source: Hellenic Shipping News
Australia will allow the major coal export hub of Newcastle to raise its shipping charges on Tuesday after Treasurer Josh Frydenberg let stand a recommendation by a competition regulator that will let the port set higher fees. Newcastle, in the state of New South Wales, is an export hub for thermal coal from the Hunter Valley, where Glencore ships out the vast majority of the nearly 60 million tonnes it produces in the region. Yancoal Australia and Whitehaven Coal also both use the port. Last year, the Australia Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), which is the arbiter in trade disputes, ruled that the Port of Newcastle must reduce its charges for ships entering the port, in a big win for Glencore.  FULL STORY

CONDOLENCES, TRIBUTES FOR MAN KILLED BY SHIPPING CONTAINERS IN PORT BOTANY
Source: Sydney Morning Herald
The employer of a man crushed to death between two shipping containers at Sydney's Port Botany has sent its condolences to his family and promised to assist with investigations into the incident. Jeffrey Ho was a long-term employee at Tyne ACFS port logistics as a surveyor but died at the site on Wednesday morning. "Our sincere condolences go to the family, friends and work colleagues of our well-liked and respected employee. We are doing all we can to support his family and our workforce," a Tyne ACFS spokeswoman said. "An investigation is being undertaken by the NSW Police on behalf of the coroner and the workplace regulator SafeWork NSW, and we will be assisting those authorities with the investigations."  FULL STORY

BOSKALIS WRAPS UP PORT ADELAIDE OUTER HARBOR DREDGING
Source: Dredging Today
Dredging for the Outer Harbor Channel Widening Project at Port Adelaide was successfully completed within the anticipated schedule of June to September 2019, Flinders Ports Pty Limited reports. “This is a significant milestone for South Australia and securing the future of our trade and tourism industries,” the company said in its release. The completion of this $80 million project, funded by Flinders Ports and undertaken by Boskalis, means that Port Adelaide will now be able to accommodate the world’s largest cruise ships and the larger and more efficient ‘Post Panamax’ container ships. Post dredging seagrass surveys will be undertaken in April 2020 and April 2022 to align with pre-dredging baseline survey undertaken in April 2019.  FULL STORY

PORT HEDLAND’S IRON ORE EXPORT CAPACITY RECEIVES ‘POTENTIAL’ BOOST
Source: Daniel Gleeson (International Mining)
One of the world’s largest ports for iron ore exports, Port Hedland, in Western Australia, has had its potential shipping capacity increased by 40 Mt/y. The additional capacity, which was a result of Western Australia Government and industry investment at the port, will see Port Hedland’s potential shipping capacity go from 577 Mt/y to 617 Mt/y, a 6.9% increase. Annual capacity allocations for each port user will remain the same, according to a media statement from Western Australia Ports Minister, Alannah MacTiernan. However, the increased capacity will allow all port users more capacity above their allocated tonnages by accessing D class shipping opportunities under the Port Hedland Vessel Movement Protocols.  FULL STORY

PRICE SUPPORT DELIVERS RECORD WA IRON ORE, GOLD SALES
Source: Stuart McKinnon (The West Australian)
The value of WA’s resources exports surged $30 billion to $145 billion in the 2018-19 year on the back of record sales of iron ore and gold as well as increasing LNG volumes. Iron ore sales reached $78.2 billion in the year, up 26 per cent on the previous year, despite volumes falling from 839 million tonnes to just under 794mt. The record result came on a surging iron ore price in the second half, on the back of supply disruptions caused by a deadly tailings dam disaster in Brazil. Gold sales volumes fell for the first time since 2014-15 but surging prices for the precious metal resulted in a 5 per cent increase in sales to an all-time high of nearly $12 billion.  FULL STORY

BROOME PLANS PORT EXPANSION
Source: Cruise Industry News
A floating wharf will be built at the Port of Broome creating opportunities to grow the port’s cruise business in Western Australia. Earlier this week, the State Government approved the construction by Kimberley Marine Support Base Pty Ltd. The floating wharf will make it easier for small and large cruise ships to use the port because it resolves access issues created by Broome’s high tidal range and limited berthing structure, according to a press release. Coupled with the recent completion of the Port of Broome channel optimization project, the floating wharf will mean cruise ships will be able to dock in Broome any time of the day year-round.  FULL STORY

NAPIER PORT BOOSTS ITS FLEET WITH THIRD TUG KAWEKA
Source: Scoop.co.nz
Napier Port’s new tug, Kaweka, is about to start its long journey to Hawke’s Bay. Taking inspiration from the mountain range surrounding Hawke’s Bay, the Kaweka was named after a positive engagement process with local marae, hapÅ« and iwi. The port’s third tug will soon set sail from Dutch company Damen Shipyards in Song Cam, Vietnam to arrive here in early to mid-November. Following its successful listing on the New Zealand Stock Exchange last month, Napier Port is now getting ready to build its sixth wharf.  FULL STORY

VESSELS REDUCING EMISSIONS
Source: PNG Post Courier
Pacific domestic vessels equipped with solar systems are saving up to 32 per cent per year on operational costs, equivalent to A$48,000 as part of a new pilot project focused on reducing emissions and demonstrating the use of renewable energy in Pacific maritime transport. Recently installed marine solar systems on board vessels in Vanuatu and Samoa ensure the boats don’t need to use fuel when in port while also reducing the consumption of fuel needed for electricity generation at sea. Lights, fresh-water pumps, and systems like air-conditioning, hot plates and refrigerators can now all be powered by solar. The pilot project is part of the Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre in the Pacific (MTCC-Pacific) based at The Pacific Community (SPC) under a global project funded by the European Union and implemented by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).  FULL STORY

FIJI AND THE MARSHALL ISLANDS SEEK $500M TO DECARBONISE LOCAL SHIPPING
Source: Sam Chambers (Splash247.com)
Fiji and the Marshall Islands launched the Pacific Blue Shipping Partnership at the United Nations Climate Summit Monday in New York, determined to decarbonise shipping for up to eight Pacific small island states. The initiative is a call for an investment of $500m in blended climate financing to catalyse domestic shipping decarbonisation in six to eight Pacific small island states at the scale of shipping appropriate to our micro-state needs. “Through this partnership, we plan to secure an initial blended finance package of $500m from domestic and international sources, including donor finance, concessional loans, private sector investment, and a planned regional blue shipping bond,” explained David Paul, the Marshall Islands’ environment minister.  FULL STORY

INDONESIA SENDING BACK 547 CONTAINERS OF WASTE FROM WEST
Source: Achmad Ibrahim And Niniek Karmini (The Morning Call)
Indonesia is sending 547 containers of waste back to wealthy nations after discovering they were contaminated with used plastic and hazardous materials, amid a growing backlash in Southeast Asia against being a dumping ground for the developed world's trash.
Nine containers with at least 135 tons of waste were sent back to Australia on Wednesday, customs director Heru Pambudi said at a news conference in Jakarta. "Some food still remains there with liquid flowing," Pambudi said as he showed the contents of several containers. He said 91 other containers will be returned to Australia after administrative processes are complete.  FULL STORY

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