News & Media

18 October, 2019

Australian Newsletter - Issue 596

BALLAST WATER FOCUS MUST SHIFT FROM EQUIPMENT TO COMPLIANCE, WORKSHOP HEARS
Source: Lloyds List
A change of emphasis in ballast water treatment is required, participants in a Lloyd’s List   workshop have said, beginning with a cross-sector sharing of knowledge. It might never be possible to kill off all invasive species found in ships’ ballast water by means of treatment systems, a Lloyd’s List-hosted workshop heard during London International Shipping Week. However, participants agreed that progress was being held back by an attempt to attain absolute elimination. Removing the need to hit a ‘magic number’ would have helped to solve so many of the problems the shipping industry is facing over ballast water treatment.   FULL STORY

WHY CRUDE TANKER RATES JUST FELL (HALFWAY) BACK TO EARTH
Source: Hellenic Shipping News
Panic drove crude-tanker rates up, very briefly, to mind-bogglingly high assessed levels of around $300,000 per day. Now, the fear factor has been contained. Charterers of very large crude carriers (VLCCs, tankers that carry 2 million barrels of crude) have said “enough” and are holding firm against sky-high prices. Rates, while still very high, are rapidly falling back. According to assessments of VLCC spot rates issued by Clarksons Platou Securities, rates peaked on Oct. 11 at an average of $295,100 per day, fell slightly to $281,000 day on Oct. 14, then took a big dive – down 31% – to $194,900 per day on Oct. 15. According to just-posted fixture reports, they’ve now fallen lower still.  FULL STORY

COSCO SUPERTANKER WINS TEMPORARY U.S. WAIVER
Source: Reuters
A supertanker owned by COSCO Shipping Tankers (Dalian) has received a temporary waiver from U.S. sanctions that has allowed the ship to discharge crude oil cargoes, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday. The Very large crude carrier (VLCC) Coswisdom Lake, which discharged some crude in Singapore last week, offloaded its remaining oil at Brunei on Wednesday, shipping data on Refinitiv Eikon showed. The sanctions will resume after the cargoes are discharged, the source said.
Sanction waivers were also being sought for a very large crude carrier carrying U.S. oil to South Korea, the source added.  FULL STORY

DHL GLOBAL FORWARDING LAUNCHES NEW MULTIMODAL SERVICE FROM INDONESIA
Source: STAT Times
Indonesian businesses will now benefit from the rollout of multimodal service DHL ASIACONNECT+ in the Southeast Asian country. The new less-than-truckload (LTL) scheduled service connects Indonesia to DHL ASIACONNECT, DHL's road freight network across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and China.  FULL STORY

SHIPPING AUSTRALIA WELCOMES A PRAGMATIC LOOK AT COASTAL TRADING REFORM
Source: Shipping Australia Limited
The Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities has released a discussion paper entitled ‘Coastal Trading Reform – Where to from here?’ The paper is available here and submissions are due by 30 October. This fresh, consultative approach to the challenging task of modifying the Coastal Trading Act is very welcome indeed, ”Shipping Australia Limited’s CEO, Rod Nairn said. “The Deputy Prime Minister has clearly set the boundaries, there will be no opening of the coast, no costly subsidisation and no strategic fleet.  FULL STORY

SHIPS DUMPING RUBBISH IN AUSTRALIAN WATERS, WARN INDUSTRY INSIDERS
Source: Stephanie Smail (ABC Radio News)
Shipping industry insiders are warning the waters off Australia's east coast have become a dumping ground for the garbage generated from ships that've been weeks at sea, calling for new rules to make unloading rubbish at Australian ports mandatory.  FULL STORY

NEW MARINER’S HANDBOOK NOW ONLINE
Source: AMSA
The Australian Hydrographic Office has published the new Mariner’s Handbook for Australian Waters and it is now available online. Previously known as the Seafarer’s Handbook for Australian Waters, edition five contains a new chapter on interpreting the accuracy of depth information in Electronic Navigational Charts. The handbook is an official nautical publication, which should be carried on all international and domestic commercial vessels.  FULL STORY

FELLING OF THE PORT OF PORT HEDLAND SHIPPING CONTROL TOWER
Source: Pilbara Ports Authority
After almost 50 years of operation, the Port of Port Hedland Shipping Control Tower (the Tower) has taken its final bow. The old Tower, which could no longer meet the needs of the port’s growing operations, was brought down in a controlled environment on Saturday, 28 September 2019. The Tower, which was built in 1968, was becoming increasingly confined for operational staff and was unable to be upgraded with modern equipment. The building had become maintenance-intensive and in future years, would not be safe to maintain.  FULL STORY

GERALDTON PORT MASTER PLAN TO UNDERGO CONSULTATION    
Source: Infrastructure Magazine
The Western Australian Government has released a draft of the Geraldton Port Master Plan for public consultation. The Master Plan aims to guide significant trade and economic growth in Geraldton and the Mid-West over the next 30 years.  Mid West Ports Authority began master planning in January 2018 to map the development and infrastructure requirements of Geraldton Port to accommodate potentially significant trade growth over the coming three decades. WA Ports Minister, Alannah MacTiernan, said, “Our government is committed to driving Geraldton Port to its full potential, opening up new trade opportunities and supporting long-term, sustainable jobs in the Mid-West.”  FULL STORY

FLINDERS PORTS LAUNCHES STORAGE AND DISTRIBUTION ARM
Source: Australian Transport News
Independent South Australian ports firm Flinders Ports Holdings (FPH) has unveiled its new subsidiary, Flinders Warehousing and Distribution (FWD). FWD’s operations, centred on Outer Harbor and adjacent to the Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal (FACT), are already underway. It is said to provide fully integrated supply chain services including warehousing, distribution and direct access to rail and road transportation services.  FULL STORY

SA GRAIN GROWERS BENEFIT FROM NEW DELIVERY POINTS
Source: Trailer Magazine
Milestone grain deliveries into the new T-Ports bunker site at Lucky Bay and Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) at Port Pirie have signalled the start of a new era of grain market competition on the Eyre Peninsula and Upper North. Tony Kaden, who crops 4,000 hectares at Mitchellville with brother Paul and nephew Ty, delivered the first load – 200 tonnes of feed barley – into Lucky Bay on Tuesday according to Stock Journal. T-Ports CEO, Kieran Carvill, said the first delivery represented a new phase for T-Ports, transitioning from construction mode into operations startup.  FULL STORY

PORT EYEING RECORD PASSENGER NUMBERS AS CRUISE SEASON BEGINS
Source: Port of Newcastle
The arrival of 317-metre Celebrity Solstice to Port of Newcastle on Wednesday will mark the start of the city’s 2019-20 cruise season. On the back of recent growth in cruise ship numbers, the region is looking forward to 15 visits this season, suggesting a new record of more than 30,000 cruise passengers could be set. The season includes three maiden visits for Explorer Dream, Sea Princess and Golden Princess. Explorer Dream will visit Port of Newcastle an impressive six times between Monday 28 October and Monday 2 December 2019. Distinguishable by their new blue shirts and white hats, Newcastle Cruise Volunteers will be on hand to provide a friendly welcome for cruise passengers.  FULL STORY

CRUISE MARKET PUTS TRIAL BAY ON THE MAP
Source: The Macleay Argus
Kempsey Shire Council has been working with the Port Authority of NSW and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) to develop South West Rocks as a key cruise ship location along the Mid North Coast of NSW. In October 2018, council, the Port Authority and RMS, welcomed the luxury cruise ship MS Caledonian Sky for the first time to Trial Bay as part of its three-week voyage of Australia's east coast. During the seven-hour stopover, passengers had the opportunity to participate in organised activities, taking in the area's iconic heritage with guided tours to Trial Bay Gaol and Smoky Cape Lighthouse. There was also enough time to explore the beaches and town centre.  FULL STORY

PORT OF BRISBANE ISSUES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SUSTAINABILITY REPORT
Source: Trailer Magazine
Australia's third biggest multi-cargo port, Port of Brisbane, has released findings from its Sustainability Report 2018/19. The report outlines the progress of its sustainability goals and achievements over the past 12 months, a time of growth and expansion in which it looked to build a more resilient and sustainable environment for customers, stakeholders and the broader Queensland community.  FULL STORY

MUA: AUSTRALIA REVOKES LEGISLATION RELATED TO ANL
Source: World Maritime News
Australia has removed laws that protect the country’s shipping industry with the repeal of ANL Act, according to the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA). Namely, MUA said that the repeal of legislation related to the former publicly-owned shipping company Australian National Line, which was sold to a French owner, “highlights the ongoing failure of the Morrison Government’s to support a strong domestic shipping industry.”   FULL STORY

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