News & Media

29 November, 2019

Australian Newsletter - Issue 602

BIMCO TO FORMULATE GLOBAL STANDARDS FOR IN-PORT HULL AND PROPELLER CLEANING
Source: Craig Jallal
Industry is being readied for a safe, efficient and environmentally sustainable cleaning standard Shipowners’ association BIMCO is leading an industry working group to formulate global standards for hull and propeller cleaning. Besides BIMCO, the group includes stakeholders such as paint manufacturers, companies that offer cleaning services, as well as ports. The industry-wide standards will set out how to evaluate the effectiveness of hull and propeller cleaning, how to handle cleaning products and seawater discharge, as well as a permitting process for companies that offer cleaning services.   FULL STORY

CONTAINER SHIPPING: PRESSURE REMAINS DESPITE SOME OF THE TRADE WAR DAMAGE BEING OFFSET BY A RESHUFFLING OF MANUFACTURING IN ASIA
Source: International Shipping News
With fleet growth of 3.7%, compared to global container shipping demand growth of only 1%, even blanked sailings have been unable to lift freight rates. Container shipping has in the last few months felt the effects of the trade war digging in, as global container volumes continue to see very sluggish growth, now standing at 1% in the first nine months of the year. This brings the total volume of containers shipped this year to 126.3 million TEU, up just 1.3 million from the corresponding level in 2018. All this compares with the 3.8% growth at this time last year, or an additional 4.6 million TEUs.  FULL STORY

IKEA, CMA CGM AND GOODSHIPPING TEST BIOFUELS
Source: The Maritime Executive
IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, the CMA CGM Group and the GoodShipping Program have completed a biofuel test program on two ocean-going CMA CGM vessels. The trials were conducted using GoodFuels' Bio-Fuel Oil, the latest one during the CMA CGM Alexander von Humboldt’s North Europe-Asia voyage in September and October 2019. This was preceded by the world premiere refuelling of a container ship with sustainable biofuel, when the CMA CGM White Shark took on the bunker during a call at the Port of Rotterdam in March 2019.  FULL STORY

INVASIVE SOUTH AMERICAN RED FIRE ANTS DETECTED AT FREMANTLE PORT, AUTHORITIES ON HIGH ALERT
Source: PerthNow
An invasive ant species from South America has been found at Fremantle Port, the first time ever it has been detected in Western Australia. The red fire ant is considered one of the world's worst invasive ant species because it can form "super colonies" with multiple queens and has a very adverse effect on people's health. The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has destroyed several nests at Fremantle Port and is surveying the area.  FULL STORY

PORT OF BURNIE SHIPLOADER AND BASS HIGHWAY TO GET FEDERAL FUNDING BOOST
Source: Sue Bailey (The Advocate)
The Australian Government will bring forward funding for vital Tasmanian infrastructure projects including $40 million for an upgrade of the Port of Burnie shiploader. The $173 million package also provides $46.4 million in funding next financial year for improvements to the Bass Highway including from Marrawah to Wynyard and Cooee to Wynyard. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said bringing the projects forward would boost the economy by driving more jobs and also support the local tourism and agricultural industries.  FULL STORY

QUBE EMPHASISES POSITIVES BEFORE CHALLENGES
Source: ATN
Earnings growth seen across company despite slowing economy.
Returns from Moorebank Logistics Park began flowing this month as logistcs and terminals business Qube sees a national economy starting to hit the brakes. That the company was able to see continued growth is down to its diversification and "strong market positions", according to Qube chairman Allan Davies. "Construction of the IMEX [Import-Export] terminal and the rail link from the Southern Sydney Freight Line was completed in July and I can confirm today that revenue-earning trains running to and from Port Botany commenced a little over two weeks ago," Davies says in his annual general meeting address.  FULL STORY

ACCC APPEALS DECISION ON USER FUNDING AT THE PORT OF NEWCASTLE
Source: ACCC
The ACCC has applied to the Federal Court for a review of the Australian Competition Tribunal’s recent decision on the terms of access by Glencore Coal Assets Australia Pty Ltd (Glencore) to certain services at the Port of Newcastle. The Tribunal re-arbitrated an access dispute between Glencore and Port of Newcastle Operations Pty Ltd (PNO), which was primarily about the charge for ships entering the port to export Glencore’s coal. The ACCC was the original arbitrator. “While the Tribunal took the same approach as the ACCC on a number of issues, the ACCC is seeking review of the Tribunal’s treatment of user funding at the port,” ACCC Chair Rod Sims said.  FULL STORY

GOODMAN GROUP SET TO EXPAND IN PORT OF BRISBANE
Source: Ingrid Fuary-Wagner (Financial Review)
Industrial powerhouse Goodman Group looks set to expand its landholdings in the Port of Brisbane as it closes in on a vacant industrial site owned by Dexus in a deal understood to be worth about $30 million. The homegrown logistics giant is currently undertaking due diligence to buy the 13.4 hectare property at 141 Anton Road in Hemmant, which has been on the market since early 2018. The site, which is in close proximity to Brisbane’s seaport terminals and airport and about 11 kilometres east of the CBD, is zoned for a range of industrial uses and has development approval for up to 68,460 square metres of gross floor area.  FULL STORY

CQ INLAND PORT ON COURSE TO FAST-TRACK GRAIN AND CONTAINER FREIGHT
Source: Neil Lyon (Grain Central)
THE Central Queensland Inland Port (CQIP) is beginning to take shape with the completion of earthworks and a 1.6-kilometre rail siding, and one of the key investors, GrainCorp, on track to have an $18.5-million grain handling facility ready for next year’s winter crop harvest. Partially-funded by the local, state and federal governments, CQIP is a large-scale development on a former rural property adjoining the Capricorn Highway and Rockhampton-Longreach railway line at Yamala, 23 kilometres east of Emerald. When completed, the site, which is alongside an established Louis Dreyfus cotton gin, will incorporate a state-of-the-art GrainCorp facility, an intermodal container terminal, and a 56-lot industrial park.  FULL STORY

PORT PROJECTS POWER ON
Source: Lauren Cella (Infrastructure Magazine)
Three key projects are on track for completion in Far North Queensland, which will facilitate future trade and connect the Port of Mackay with key road infrastructure. The $2.9m extension of Edmund Casey Drive will improve port operational efficiencies, provide additional emergency access and create future land development opportunities. Two other key infrastructure investment projects by North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) are also underway as part of an infrastructure investment program costing almost $6m and supporting up to 120 local jobs.  FULL STORY

PLAN FOR NEW LIVE EXPORT FACILITY NEAR TOWNSVILLE
Source: Victoria Nugent (Queensland Country Life)
A plan has been put forward to build a live export holding yard near Woodstock capable of accommodating up to 25,000 head of cattle at full capacity. Ron Dixon, Woodstock Pastoral Services Pty Ltd, Lansdown Station, has put a development application into Townsville City Council for the facility, which would include a short-term feedlot. Mr Dixon, who has worked as a contractor for a number of live export companies, said this was a project he had been interested in for a long time and now he just had to wait for the council's decision.  FULL STORY

NORTH WEST QLD INFANT CROPPING INDUSTRY PROMPTS CALL FOR NEW FACILITY
Source: Sally Cripps (North Queensland Register)
A grain storage and handling facility is a vital next step to develop North and north west Queensland's broadacre cropping industry. Such infrastructure would be necessary if the infant industry isn't to fall at the first hurdle, according to Port of Townsville trade manager Maria James. The port has exported containerised legumes, predominantly mung beans, for almost a decade, which are packed at a facility in the Burdekin or on-farm. However, a new processing facility would provide a more cost-effective option for farmers and streamline the containerised export process out of the port.  FULL STORY

P&O SCRAPS TWO SHIPS FROM FLEET, REVEALS NAME OF NEW 3,000-GUEST VESSEL
Source: Travel Weekly
P&O Cruises Australia has announced it will farewell Pacific Dawn and Pacific Aria from its fleet in February and April 2021 respectively. The cruise company also revealed that Pacific Encounter (pictured above) will be the name of the next 3,000-guest ship to join its fleet in 2021. The update on P&O Cruises’ fleet transformation program comes as preparations continue for the addition of Pacific Adventure in 2020.  FULL STORY

NEW INTERMODAL TERMINAL FOR NZ
Source: Paul Avery (World Cargo news)
NZ’s KiwiRail has announced plans for a new intermodal hub in the lower North Island.
The announcement is the first significant investment by state owned KiwiRail in a new terminal in many years. For over a decade since the rail network was renationlised the NZ government has struggled to address the huge cost of deferred maintenance and to keep the track operational. Earlier this year it announced a new plan to grow the rail system, supported with a NZ$1 billion investment in redeveloping the network and supporting infrastructure.  FULL STORY

FEDERAL CRIMSON: RAVENSDOWN MOVES TO HEAD OFF PHOSPHATE PROTEST
Source: Brent Melville (Otago Daily Times)
Ravensdown Fertiliser says it is working to stave off possible action against the cargo ship Federal Crimson, headed to the Ports of Napier, Lyttelton and then on to Dunedin. The ship is carrying 51,000 tonnes of phosphate rock sourced in Western Sahara, and advocacy group Take Em Down Otautahi has pledged a "peaceful blockade" of the ship. It is due to arrive in Napier on December 1, departing for Lyttelton on December 5.  FULL STORY

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