News & Media

10 July, 2020

Australian Newsletter - Issue 634

IMO CALLS ON PORT STATES TO ALLOW SEAFARERS ACCESS TO MEDICAL CARE
Source: The Maritime Executive
IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has endorsed a set of industry guidelines for port states on how to accommodate seafarers' medical needs in the COVID-19 era. Onshore medical care is essential in the event of a serious medical emergency on board, including the full range of non-COVID ailments and injuries. Since the start of the pandemic, IMO has received reports of seafarers being denied the right to go ashore for treatment, including some crewmembers with life-threatening medical issues. In one case, a port state repeatedly refused an emergency medevac for a seafarer suffering from stroke symptoms.  FULL STORY

BLANK SAILINGS PUT PRESSURE ON PORTS
Source: Port Strategy
High volume vessel calls as a result of blank sailings is putting pressure on port operations. The 10th WPSP-IAPH COVID-19 Port Economic Impact Barometer has found the container industry continues to suffer from blank sailings which means ports are facing the challenge of dealing with peaks of activity. Ultra large container ships (ULCS) calls are less frequent in numbers but are filled up with more cargo.  Major container ports in both Europe and North America report that the average moves per ULCS per call have significantly increased, with some hubs reaching up to 10.000 TEU moves. This is creating peaks in both ship-to-ship operations and yard activity at the terminals and is starting to impact land-side operations, especially on truck arrivals and departures.  FULL STORY

JOINT STATEMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL MARITIME VIRTUAL SUMMIT ON CREW CHANGES
Source: Government UK
Governments from across the world express their appreciation to seafarers and pledge to urgently resolve issues that have arisen due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our collective efforts to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have demonstrated the critical need to prioritise the continued functioning of global supply chains to ensure the resilience of our national economies, and the importance of facilitating the safe and efficient operation of the maritime transportation system, which moves over 80% of global trade. Critical to this endeavour is the ability of shipping companies to continue conducting crew changes throughout the world, notwithstanding the restrictions applied by many national authorities in response to the pandemic.  FULL STORY

QUARTERLY FORECAST FOR CARGO VESSELS: SUMMER 2020
Source: Baibhav Mishra (Sea News)
Capesizes looking best for short term gains but Feedermaxes are in it for the long haul. Uncertainties surrounding the coronavirus outbreak, the trade war and volatility in oil prices are governing business decisions being made in 2020. Shipyard demand will likely encounter a further blow given the vast disruptions to economic growth and trade globally and delays to scrubber retrofits have already been seen and are expected to continue, a report published by VesselValue stated. Containment measures and the potential for a resurgence of coronavirus remains a great uncertainty for global trade. Volatility in commodity prices has increased dramatically, complicating the outlook across the shipping markets, the VesselsValue report further read.  FULL STORY

ECSA ISSUES FRESH CALL TO SOLVE CREW CHANGEOVER CRISIS
Source: Port Technology
ECSA issues fresh call to solve crew changeover crisis. In a statement, the ECSA said European leaders should do “everything in their power” to “promote the facilitation of crew changes by EU member states” without further delays. In doing so, the ECSA, which has been joined by the European Transport Workers Federation (ETF), the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) and others. They called for seafarers to be designated key workers and subsequently exempt from travel restrictions, as we all provided with adequate medical care to prevent the spread of coronavirus.  FULL STORY

INDONESIA-AUSTRALIA FREE TRADE DEAL TAKES EFFECT: MINISTER
Source: World Economy News
The free trade deal between Indonesia and Australia that completely removes most trade tariffs for the products of the two nations and aims to ramp up investment has taken effect, Indonesian Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto said here. The Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) which took effect on Sunday was inked in 2019 and ratified by the Indonesian parliament in February, 2020. Indonesian exporters would take advantage of the deal as all the country’s export products will be untaxed in Australia and the industries in Indonesia will get raw materials with lower costs as the import tariff for Australian products are also deleted in Indonesia, Indonesia’s Trade Ministry said in a statement received on Monday.  FULL STORY

EXTENSIVE EMERGENCY RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED IN AUSTRALIA
Source: Shipping Australia Limited
Earlier this week (from 07 July 2020) – an extensive outbreak of COVID-19 in the Australian state of Victoria has caused the authorities to impose a wide range of restrictions. Commercial mariners from overseas, or any other person not resident in Australia who is a maritime-industry participant, should note the following non-exhaustive list of restrictions:
The city of Melbourne (and part of the State of Victoria outside the city) is in extreme lock down for six weeks – persons are not allowed out of their residences except for certain essential reasons. Workers in Melbourne must work from home if possible. Roadblocks have been set up international flights have been re-directed away from Melbourne.  FULL STORY

PILBARA PORTS: NEW RECORD IN FY19/20 ANNUAL THROUGHPUT – PPA EXCEEDS 700MT FOR THE FIRST TIME
Source: Port News (Hellenic Shipping News)
The world’s largest bulk export port authority announces its June 2020 shipping figures and new records in total annual throughput, total monthly throughput and monthly throughput at the Port of Port Hedland. June 2020 shipping figures and annual summary. Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA) has delivered a total annual throughput of 717.3 million tonnes (Mt) for the 2019/20 financial year. This result is an increase of 19.9Mt, or three per cent from the previous year and a new record for PPA. In June 2020, PPA achieved a total monthly throughput of 68.2Mt, a six per cent increase on the same month in 2019 and a new record.  FULL STORY

VENTURE MINERALS SIGNS TASMANIA PORT DEAL, AIMING FOR FIRST IRON ORE SHIPMENT NEXT MONTH
Source: Robin Bromly (Small Caps)
Venture Minerals (ASX: VMS) is looking to ride the latest wave of high iron ore prices after nailing a port access agreement with TasPorts to use the wharf at Burnie on the Tasmania’s north coast for export shipments from its planned Riley mine. This follows another agreement last month that will allow the company to truck through ground owned by Hydro Tasmania. Two full years of mine production are covered by an offtake agreement with Prosperity Steel of Singapore, one of the largest iron ore traders in the world. Riley will be exporting direct-shipping ore.  FULL STORY

PORT PHILLIP SEA PILOTS JOIN IN GLOBAL ACT TO SUPPORT 150,000 SEAFARERS STRANDED AT SEA DUE TO COVID-19
Source: Geelong Advertiser
Ships across the region blew their horns in solidarity on Wednesday to show support for the more than 150,000 seafarers stranded at sea by the COVID-19 lockdown. The Port Phillip Sea Pilots (PPSP) took part in the global act to highlight the crew members who have continued working to keep global shipping lines open during the health crisis. “PPSP stands with those seafarers who have sacrificed time with their families to help ensure the economic survival of global trade during the COVID-19 pandemic,” it said.  FULL STORY

LATE ENTRY ADDS PRESSURE TO GAS PLAN
Source: Keith Platt (The News Mornington Peninsula)
YEARS of car stickers, protests and petitions are about to culminate with lengthy submissions against the floating gas import terminal planned at Crib Point by power company AGL. The state government has announced that the environment effects statement for the gas terminal and a 57 kilometre pipeline to Pakenham is open for public comment until 26 August. However, the process could be disrupted by Viva Energy’s announcement that it too wants to develop a gas import terminal at its Geelong refinery. A rival power supplier to AGL, Viva sees the refinery as establishing Geelong as a future “energy hub” for Victoria and South East Australia.  FULL STORY

PORT OF NEWCASTLE STRIVES FOR UN SUSTAINABILITY TARGET
Source: Kim Ho (Infrastructure Magazine)
Seven Hunter institutions, including the Port of Newcastle (PON), have banded together to advocate and drive the local adoption of the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The group members – PON, City of Newcastle, Compass Housing Services, Hunter Water, Kumalie, Port Waratah Coal Services and University of Newcastle – have committed to raising awareness and actively implementing the SDGs in the region. Port of Newcastle’s Environment, Planning and Sustainability Manager, Jackie Spiteri, said the move was part of efforts to become a more sustainable and responsible organisation.  FULL STORY

TASKFORCE TARGETS MORE QUEENSLAND MARITIME JOBS
Source: The Hon Mark Bailey (Queensland Government)
The Palaszczuk Government will seek to reinvigorate shipping along Queensland’s coastline to create new maritime jobs and expand transport operations in the state. Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey established a Maritime Jobs Taskforce, which met for the first time today, to work with industry and maritime unions to remove barriers and identify practical ideas and opportunities that will grow the industry. "A parliamentary committee that looked at intrastate shipping in Queensland last year found a decline in training, employment and competition,” Mr Bailey said.  FULL STORY

NEW REPORT ON AUCKLAND PORT RELOCATION
Source: Mirage News
A major new report has been released on the options for relocating the Port of Auckland’s freight operations while deferring any decision on the issue. “That decision needs to be informed by policy analysis that is still to be completed. As a result it will be up to a future government to determine a preferred location,” say Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Associate Transport Minister Shane Jones. Phil Twyford says this issue has significant fiscal, economic, social and environmental implications. “Because officials have been focused on COVID-19 response and recovery work they have not yet been able to provide advice on Sapere’s assessment of the benefits, costs, risks and uncertainties associated with the options.”  FULL STORY

STRANDED SHIP SAFELY ANCHORED AFTER LOSING POWER OFF MT MAUNGANUI
Source: Phillipa Yalden and Matt Shand (Stuff.co.nz)
The log carrier which lost power at the entrance to Port of Tauranga on Monday morning has been safely moved to deeper water in the shipping channel away from land. The Singaporean-registered log carrier, Funing-9690913, was departing the port bound for China when it lost power around 12.30am on Monday. The Funing drifted to the edge of the channel at the base of Mauao after its engines failed and it is believed to have made contact with a marker buoy in the channel. The ship is now anchored and tug boats were no longer required and the port is open.  FULL STORY

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