News & Media

06 December, 2019

Australian Newsletter - Issue 603

SHIPPING FACES NEW HEADWINDS IN MEETING EMISSIONS RULES
Source: International Shipping News
With weeks to go before a landmark mandate for ships to burn cleaner fuels goes into effect, a zero-carbon future for the maritime sector may be growing more distant. Authorities in Greece, the world’s biggest ship-owning nation, want the rule to be pushed back, casting a cloud over shipping’s environmental efforts and the industry’s ability to meet a series of new targets through a regime that largely amounts to self-regulation. The change is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, when some 60,000 oceangoing vessels are required to cut their sulphur emissions by more than 80%.  FULL STORY

“QUIET” DECEMBER EXPECTED FOR SHIP ACQUISITIONS
Source: Hellenic Shipping News
With most of the shipping community concentrating on the issue of the IMO 2020 rule and the smoothest possible transition, shipbrokers expect a rather underwhelming December, in terms of new ship deals. In its latest weekly report, shipbroker Intermodal started off its analysis by noting that “dry bulk freight rates rebounded last week, a development that came as a relief following the recent negative sentiment that prevailed in the market for over a month. Despite this, sales activity remains limited as we are approaching the end of the year and as new regulations are about to come into effect in about a month’s time, with owners being in a wait and see mode until there is less ambiguity in the market”.  FULL STORY

INDONESIA BUILDS SPECIAL PORT FOR AUTOMOTIVE EXPORTS
Source: Beritasatu (Jakarta Globe)
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo conveyed hope for the Patimban Port to become the country's largest hub for automotive exports on his visit to the port on Friday. "The Patimban Port in Subang, West Java, is built to be big upon its completion in 2027. It requires massive works so there are many stages to go through for a long term," the president said. To open the door for the Indonesia's automotive export, the port comprises a total area of 654 hectares in which 300 hectares will be specialized for intermodal containers and vehicle terminals while the remaining 354 hectares will be used as a back-up area. It also holds an annual capacity of 7.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units.  FULL STORY

AUSTRALIA CONTINUES TO PLAY A KEY ROLE ON INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANISATION COUNCIL
Source: Mirage News
Australia will continue to play a key role in a specialised United Nations agency responsible for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the nation was successfully re-elected to Category B of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Council in London last night. “Our country’s re-election to Category B of the Organisation reflects on our standing as a significant player in the global maritime industry,” Mr McCormack said. “Category B is made up of only 10 IMO Member States with the largest interest in global seaborne trade.  FULL STORY

PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES APPOINTS NEW CEO
Source: The Maritime Executive
Chair of Port Authority of New South Wales Robert Dunn has announced the appointment of Sydney Harbour Master Captain Philip Holliday as the organisation’s new CEO and Director effective immediately. As CEO and Director, Holliday will lead the Australian port authority in managing the navigation, security and operational safety needs of commercial trade and cruise shipping in Sydney Harbour, Port Botany, Newcastle Harbour, Port Kembla, Eden and Yamba. Holliday joined the port authority in 2011 and has been fulfilling the role of acting CEO following an announcement in September that Grant Gilfillan would step down after 12 years as the organization’s head.  FULL STORY

WATERLINE REPORT HIGHLIGHTS SOME PORT TRUCK EFFICIENCIES
Source: Australasian Transport News
Turnaround times level, backloading down but TEU on trucks rise. It has come hard on the heels of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC’s) stevedores monitoring report but the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics’ (BITRE’s) Waterline 64 survey of port efficiency has plenty to intrigue. For just as stevedore infrastructure surcharges are regularly busting through the 1,000 per cent over the inflation rate, sometimes twice a year, port interface costs for all containership categories are mostly plunging.  FULL STORY

AUSTRALIA BACKFLIPS ON SHEEP WELFARE REGULATIONS
Source: The Maritime Executive
Australia's Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development denies being approached by companies, organisations or individuals seeking exemptions to upcoming animal welfare regulations for twin-tier livestock carriers departing Australia. Yet, it is going to grant exemptions on a case by case basis anyway. Twin-tier livestock carriers were to be banned from loading sheep at Australian ports from January 1. The deadline was set after public outcry over whistleblower footage showing thousands of sheep dying on heat stress on the Awassi Express (now the Anna Marra) was aired on 60 Minutes last year. The change was implemented through an instrument under the Navigation Act 2012 called Marine Order 43 by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).  FULL STORY

MACARTHUR MINERALS GIVES AUSTRALIAN INVESTORS ACCESS TO ADVANCED IRON ORE PROJECT WITH ASX DEBUT
By Lorna Nicholas (Small Caps)
Iron ore explorer Macarthur Minerals is about to debut on the ASX, but unlike most juniors, which have a long road ahead, Macarthur has already begun work for a bankable feasibility study, secured major environmental approvals and locked-in an offtake deal with Glencore International. Speaking with Small Caps, Macarthur chief executive officer Joe Phillips said the company had been listed on the TSX-V for the last decade, but it made sense for an Australian-based company with an Australian iron ore project to be on the ASX, which is among the best exchanges globally for junior miners.  FULL STORY

VITERRA AUSTRALIA’S FIRST NEW-SEASON GRAIN BOUND FOR EXPORT
Source: Holly Demaree-Saddler (World Grain)
The first shipment of new season grain has been loaded at Viterra’s Port Lincoln terminal, kicking off a grain shipping schedule. Glencore Agriculture’s vessel has been loaded at night to ensure grower deliveries are managed efficiently during the loading of 26,500 tonnes of wheat bound for Yemen. Simon Gellert, senior wheat trader at Glencore Agriculture, said Yemen is a regular export market for Australian grain. “Australia’s reputation for low moisture, high-quality white wheat provides benefits to wheat millers and other end users,” Gellert said. “Australia has experienced consistent demand from Yemen who have taken on average 800,000 tonnes a year over the past five seasons despite our weather impacted production volumes.  FULL STORY

FLINDERS PORT URGES SOUTH AUSTRALIANS TO STAY SAFE ON THE WATER
Source: Molly Hancock (SafetoWork.com.au)
With the summer period rolling around and the boating season now under way, Flinders Ports has launched its annual public safety campaign aimed at South Australians getting out on the water safely, without obstructing the region’s busy shipping channels. Flinders Port expects to facilitate $25 billion in trade this year, majority of which is made up by the mining sector. The company has also completed an $80 million Outer Harbour channel widening project at Port Adelaide to increase its capacity. In Adelaide, boaters are asked to take special care on the water in Port River, Outer Harbour and around the shipping channel.  FULL STORY

ULTIMA TERMINAL DELIVERS JOBS FOR NORTHERN VICTORIA
Source: Mirage News
A new rail freight terminal in Victoria’s north is delivering jobs for locals and exporting Victorian hay to the booming Asian market. Minister for Ports and Freight Melissa Horne officially opened the QUBE Ultima Intermodal Terminal today, which will remove 4,000 truck trips annually from Victorian roads. Hay from local farms is compressed and loaded into containers at the northern Victorian facility. The containers are then put on a train and taken to the Port of Melbourne for export to Asia.  FULL STORY

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE ADDS NEW DESTINATIONS TO 2021-22 SEASON
Source: Sally Macmillan (Traveller.com.au)
The Pacific islands, New Zealand and Australia continue to be the main focus for ships that belong to Australia-based Carnival Cruise Line (CCL) and P&O Cruises, but more destinations are finding their way onto their itineraries. Next year, P&O has a handful of Indonesian sailings, from Singapore to Sydney on Pacific Explorer, and eight to Papua New Guinea, while CCL is adding the Kimberley,Papua New Guinea and Fiji's Dravuni Island to its 2021-22 season. Carnival fans are also eagerly awaiting the arrival of the 3700-passenger Carnival Splendor which from December 10 will cruise regionally year-round alongside sister ship Carnival Spirit.  FULL STORY

NEW ZEALAND JOINS INTERNATIONAL TREATY TO SLASH SHIP EMISSIONS
Source: Amber Leigh-Woolf (Stuff.co.nz)
Ship and ferry emissions and their thick, black plumes of smog will be reduced by 2022.
At its worst, the type of ship fuel used here has been described as "Marmite-type", thick and black, but the Government has agreed to sign an international treaty to target ship emissions. Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter said joining the Annex VI of MARPOL, an International Maritime convention for the prevention of pollution from ships, would improve the health and environmental impact of shipping emissions, particularly around port communities.  FULL STORY

PORT NELSON RAISES THE BAR
Source: Dredging Today
The $20m redevelopment of the Port Nelson’s Main Wharf North is set to create long lasting regional economic benefits and future-proof the region’s import and export sectors, Port Nelson said in their latest announcement. General Manager Infrastructure, Allanagh Rivers, said that the Port’s investment will also improve the Port’s resilience, move main wharf operations further away from residential neighbours and enable the Port to accommodate larger vessels. “Once completed, the new section of the main wharf will assist in enabling the Port to attract larger 260 to 270 metre vessels and 300 metre cruise vessels creating growth opportunities for our importers, exporters and the Community,” said Ms Rivers.  FULL STORY

LAST OF ZESPRI’S 2019 NEW ZEALAND KIWIFRUIT CROP HEADING TO MARKETS
Source: PerishableNews.com
The last of New Zealand’s successful 2019 kiwifruit crop has been shipped, with four containers of Zespri Green leaving Tauranga for North Asia, unloading in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Around 70 tonnes of the Bay of Plenty-grown kiwifruit was loaded onto the APL Denver this week which is expected to reach the first port in 15 days. Blair Hamill, Zespri’s Chief Global Supply Officer, says 147 million trays of kiwifruit were shipped offshore this season to more than 50 countries, with record numbers of consumers creating unprecedented levels of demand.  FULL STORY

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