News & Media

24 January, 2020

Australian Newsletter - Issue 610

MAERSK JACKS UP FUEL SURCHARGE AS SHIPPING’S BIGGEST EXPENSE SPIRALS
Source: Firat Kayakiran and Jack Wittels (Bloomberg)
The world’s largest container shipping line is hiking up a fuel surcharge that it imposes to transport boxloads of goods across the world’s oceans after new environmental rules sent the industry’s biggest expense spiraling. Most of the world’s ships were forced to switch to burning fuel that’s lower in sulfur this year, causing costs to soar as the global refining industry adjusts to the new regime. In parts of India, vessels are at risk of coming to a halt due to limited supplies.  FULL STORY

PIANC PUBLISHES CLIMATE CHANGE GUIDE FOR PORTS
Source: Gabriella Twinning (Dredging and Ports)
The World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC) has published a new document detailing how ports can prepare assets for a changing climate. The aim of the guidance, titled Climate change adaption planning for ports and inland waterways, is to provide support to adapt port and waterway infrastructure and operations to the effects of climate change.
The four-stage methodological framework to help port and waterway owners and operators plan for improved resilience includes four steps. The full guidance can be found on the PIANC website.  FULL STORY

MORE THAN $1TRN NEEDED TO MEET IMO’S 2050 ENVIRONMENTAL GOALS
Source: Mirage News
At least $1trn of capital investment in land-based and ship-related infrastructure will be required to halve international shipping’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 compared to 2008 levels, as per the mandate of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
A new study by UMAS and the Energy Transitions Commission for the Getting to Zero Coalition has put a dollar figure on the challenge that lies ahead for shipping over the next three decades. Depending on the production method, the cumulative investment needed between 2030 and 2050 to halve shipping’s emissions amounts to approximately $1-1.trn, or an average of $50bn to $70bn annually for 20 years. If shipping is to fully decarbonise by 2050, this will require further investments of some $400bn over 20 years, bringing the total to $1.4trn to $1.9trn.  FULL STORY

ERICK THOHIR TARGETS BALI'S BENOA TO BE WORLD CLASS PORT
Source: Bali Times
State-owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir says he plans to make Benoa Port in Bali as the “world-class port” by integrating the port service, business, and tourism. “Benoa will become a one-stop area facilitated by art center, culinary tour, and SME trading center. There will also be convention hall, trading center, and many others,” the minister said in his official statement. According to Erick, the cruises with short stopover time will still be able to shop and enjoy the culinary. The Port of Benoa is also targetted to be facilitated with urban forest, energy terminal, fishery industry, and the installation of wastewater management, as well as the arrangement of fishermen’s lines and docks. “This will mobilize the economy in the area swiftly,” he said.  FULL STORY

INCREASED SHIPPING COSTS HIT METRO MINING PROFIT MARGIN
Source: Matthew Farmer (Mining Technology)
Bauxite mining company Metro Mining has published its quarterly activities report, showing increased shipping costs led to a fall in profit margins. Bauxite mining company Metro Mining has published its quarterly activities report, showing increased shipping costs led to a fall in profit margins. Profit margin per wet metric tonne (wmt) fell by 36% in Q4 due to an increase in site and freight costs. The company put the increase in site costs down to depleted stockpiles. Metro Mining says in its report that shipping costs were higher due to a strengthening ocean freight market.  FULL STORY

FIRST SHIPMENT MARKS PROGRESS FOR RAVENSTHORPE NICKEL MINE RESTART
Source: The Esperance Express
The first of ongoing shipments of sulphur destined for the First Quantum Minerals Ravensthorpe Nickel Operation arrived at the Esperance Port on January 17, signifying a major step forward for the re-opening of the mine. A vessel loaded with 32,000 tonnes of sulphur docked at the Esperance Port and was transferred to a secure storage facility by the Southern Ports Authority. Sulphur is a critical part of the nickel production process and will be transported to Ravensthorpe to be used in operations which are expected to begin by the end of March this year. The next shipment of sulphur is due to arrive on January 30 and the first nickel concentrate will be exported from Esperance Port in the second quarter of the year. Ravensthorpe Nickel Operation general manager Anthony Mukutuma said the increased activity would benefit the entire region.  FULL STORY

PROGRESS FOR PORT SPENCER
Source: Gretel Mead (Port Lincoln Times)
Peninsula Ports, who are proposing their deep sea grain-only port at Port Spencer, have released their Public Environment Report for consultation. Chief executive officer of FREE Eyre and their subsidiary Peninsula Ports Mark Rodda said the report highlights the amendments their port proposal seeks to implement. After the land was purchased for the port from Centrex Metals in June 2019, existing approvals were transferred but certain approvals needed amending to suit a grain-only facility.  FULL STORY

NORWEGIAN JEWEL SPARKLES AS FIRST CRUISE VISITOR AS EDEN REOPENS
Source: Vanessa Wu (Cruise passenger)
Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Jewel sailed into Eden this morning as the first ship to visit the town as it reopens for visitors after the region’s devastating bushfires. The ship was expected to be greeted by Cruise Eden, the local community, and members of the tourism industry. The brave town, which suffered from the holiday fires and continued to be on alert today after local blazes were downgraded, is known as the town that loves cruise. And the Jewel’s arrival underlines the message that the NSW South Coast is open for business, with the tourism industry taking its first steps on the road to recovery, according to Norwegian Cruise Lines.  FULL STORY

AIRBUS UPGRADES SYDNEY’S MARITIME SERVICES
Source: Nigel Pittaway (Australian Defence Magazine)
Every Navy warship that sails through Sydney Heads, either inbound to Garden Island or outbound to sea on deployment or exercise, owes its safe passage to the Port Authority of NSW. Indeed, every surface vessel using Sydney Harbour or Port Botany in Botany Bay falls under the Port of Sydney’s jurisdiction and the system for controlling all this traffic is the Authority’s Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) system, supplied and supported by Airbus Defence and Space. Airbus first signed an agreement to supply the VTS in 2010 and on September 4, 2019 it announced it had completed a major upgrade of the system to its STYRIS maritime surveillance and control system.  FULL STORY

FIRST AUSTRALIAN PORT ATTAINS SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFICATION
Source: Kim Ho (Infrastructure Magazine)
EcoPorts, the global standard for environmental sustainability in the ports sector, has officially certified an Australian port for the first time. Port of Newcastle has become the first port in Australia or New Zealand to attain the certification. EcoPorts certified Port of Newcastle under its Port Environmental Review System (PERS) following stringent independent tests by Lloyd’s Register to measure the port against best practice management around the world. Developed in 1997, EcoPorts remains the only Environmental Management Standard (EMS) specific to the global port sector that actively addresses and manages the complex environmental challenges ports face. FULL STORY

AUSTRALIAN COAL LOGISTICS ESCAPE BUSHFIRE, FLOODING ISSUES
Source: Laurence Walker (MontelNews.com)
Australian coal rail and port operators have so far escaped any notable disruptions from widespread bushfires and subsequent flooding, despite some production issues, allowing prices to drop sharply in recent days. “It poured last week and there was lots of flooding, but I don’t think the fires or floods have had any material impact on the supply chain,” said a Singapore-based coal broker. Bushfires have torn across the key coal-producing region of New South Wales and parts of neighbouring coal-rich Queensland, with the most severe impact seen late last year. The Australian government’s bureau of meteorology warned this morning of further “elevated fire dangers” in some areas.  FULL STORY

PORT TO EXPAND PILOT BOAT FLEET
Source: Hellenic Shipping News
The Port of Townsville, northern Australia’s largest multi-cargo port, is expanding its fleet of pilot boats to four.
The Port has awarded Hart Marine a $3 million contract to build a 17.3m ORC vessel that is due for delivery later in 2020. The new high-tech vessel will be slightly longer but have the same design features as the PV Osprey which was delivered by Hart Marine in late 2017. Port of Townsville General Manager Operations Drew Penny says that the new longer pilot boat’s advanced technology and design features will make it a vital asset for pilot-transfers at the Ports of Townsville, Lucinda and Abbot Point.  FULL STORY

AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST CATTLE EXPORT PORT STATUS FOR 2019 GOES DOWN TO WIRE
Source: James Nason (BeefCentral.com)
The port of Townsville came within a shipment or so of becoming Australia’s largest cattle export port in 2019, official trade data for the year shows. Townsville shipped 364,046 cattle in the last calendar year, just 9790 head short of the 373,836 exported from Darwin in the same period, according to Department of Agriculture data. A further 9118 buffalo were shipped from Darwin in 2019, taking the total number of livestock exported from the NT port in 2019 to 383,200.  FULL STORY

DEPARTMENT RAMPS UP MITE FIGHT
Source: PSNews.com.au
The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is ramping up its surveillance efforts in an attempt to keep the State free of a damaging mite species detected last year. The National Varroa Mite Eradication Program, led by Biosecurity Queensland, kicked into action in July 2019 following the discovery of a nest of Asian honey bees (Apis cerana) at the Port of Townsville. The nest was later confirmed to be carrying varroa mite (Varroa jacobsoni). Manager of the program, Rob Stephens said with no more Asian honey bees found, the program would now transition to a ‘proof of freedom’ phase. “This means more targeted surveillance activities including sweep netting, aerial pheromone trapping, rainbow bee-eater pellet sampling, bee lining and setting up feeding stations as well as industry awareness and community engagement activities,” Mr Stephens said.  FULL STORY

PICTON PORT EVACUATED AS GAS LEAKS IN NEARBY RAILYARD
Source: RNZ
Picton's port was evacuated and ferries delayed while emergency services responded to a volatile gas leak from a rail wagon tank in the nearby railyard. KiwiRail reported the leak at 6.10am and initially said the leak was on a truck on the Interislander ferry Kaiarahi. It later said the leak was at a railway yard near the ferry terminal and the area had been evacuated. Fire and Emergency has confirmed the leak of highly flammable LPG from a 25,000-litre tank. Two fire crews from Picton in breathing apparatus, sprayed water on the tank to contain the leak and minimise the risks of explosion.  FULL STORY

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