News & Media

28 August, 2020

Australian Newsletter - Issue 641

AMSA NATIONAL COMPLIANCE PLAN 2020-2021
Source: AMSA
A new National Compliance Plan 2020-2021 gives industry a transparent overview of AMSA’s compliance focus areas over the coming year and what to expect in instances of non-compliance. AMSA is dedicated to supporting the regulated community. Our regulatory approach supports this by adopting a risk-based approach and tailoring our compliance focus and resources according to the willingness and ability of people to comply. The diagram below clearly outlines AMSA’s approach to different levels of compliance. Manager, Enforcement and Inspector Support, David Marsh, knows the majority of operators actively want to comply with the law, and said AMSA will assist these people by making it easy for them to do so. ‘We hope that providing this information, we help make it easier for people to ensure their operations are compliant with the law,’ he said.  FULL STORY

PRINCESS CRUISES CANCELS SOME EARLY 2021 VOYAGES
Source: Marine Link
Carnival Corp’s Princess Cruises said on Monday it would cancel early 2021 cruises on two ships, citing travel, border and port restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cruise lines, hammered by a crisis that has seen some ships turn into infection hotspots, had earlier said they were expecting solid 2021 bookings, mainly as repeat cruisers were eager to book their trips. The two ships, Island Princess and Pacific Princess, were set to sail from North America and Australia, respectively. Guests that had booked trips on these ships would receive a refundable credit for future trips for the fare they paid, and an additional non-refundable future cruise credit equal to 25% of the fare paid, the company said.  FULL STORY

FOUR CARGO SHIPS OFF QUEENSLAND MAY HAVE COVID-19 ONBOARD, BUT WHAT OF THE THOUSANDS OF OTHERS?
Source: Owen Jacques (ABC Aus)
Four cargo ships have confirmed five COVID-19 cases among them, with each crew being tested and re-tested by authorities before being allowed to sail on. In the state's north, three have been ferried from the hulking Globe Electra to Townsville Hospital for treatment. Two crew members onboard another bulk carrier — the Duhn, anchored south of Mackay — have also tested positive, and are waiting for transport to a hospital. The seafarers on both ships, plus those aboard two others under suspicion, the Kilian Oldendordf and the AAL Newcastle, are each being monitored as tests are given, and results returned.  FULL STORY

AUSTRALIAN REGULATOR OKAYS NEWCASTLE COAL ACCESS PACT
Source: Argus Media
Australia's anti-competition regulator has made a final ruling that allows 10 coal producers to collectively negotiate with the port of Newcastle on terms and conditions of access for coal exports, including prices. The New South Wales (NSW) Minerals Council and 10 coal producers will be allowed to collectively negotiate the terms and conditions, including prices, of access to the port of Newcastle for the export of coal and other minerals until 30 September 2030, under the ruling from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).  FULL STORY

QUBE PART B WHYALLA AND PORT ADELAIDE
Source: Maritime Union of Australia
Negotiations for the Part B local arrangements in Port Adelaide and Whyalla were held in the past week for respective sites. It was a tale of 2 ports where Port Adelaide progress was limited significantly with Qube once again not allocating delegates to attend and participate. Port Adelaide members have been frustrated with interpretation issues of Part B and have proposed changes that seek clarity on a number of clauses. Plans are a foot for a further round of Part B meetings where we hope delegates will be available and paid to attend.  FULL STORY

WA TO FUND PILBARA PORTS UPGRADES
Source: Nickolas Zackharia (Australian Mining)
Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA) will receive $81.7 million of works for critical port and road repairs as part of the state government’s Western Australia Recovery Plan. Contributing to 42 per cent of global seaborne iron ore exports, PPA includes the ports of Ashburton, Dampier and Port Hedland in Western Australia. In 2019-20, the ports achieved a record annual throughput of 717.2 million tonnes. The works consist of major upgrades and repairs to the Port of Port Hedland in an effort to support continued essential trade. The Port of Port Headland recently scored a record annual throughput of 538 million tonnes. The Western Australian Government will provide $51.2 million to Nelson Point Tug Haven to upgrade retaining and sheet pile walls; $20 million to improve retaining and seal walls at Port Hedland’s Inner Harbour; and $10.5 million to upgrade the entrance road to Boodarie Strategic Industrial Area in Hedland.  FULL STORY

CONCERNS INTERNATIONAL SEAFARERS CAME TO SHORE FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT WITHOUT BEING TESTED FOR COVID-19
Source: John Anthony (Stuff.co.nz)
The Maritime Union says international seafarers have been coming ashore for medical treatment without first being tested for Covid-19, prompting calls for crew to be tested for the virus before a vessel arrives in New Zealand. Ports of Auckland and the Maritime Union have expressed concerns about the Covid-19 risk international seafarers pose to New Zealand’s maritime border and the processes in place to safely handle medical emergencies involving ship crew. Maritime Union’s Auckland secretary Russell Mayn said there had been four or five occasions over the past seven or eight weeks at the Ports of Auckland where international seafarers came ashore to receive medical treatment without being tested for Covid-19.  FULL STORY

CORONAVIRUS: WORKER AT PORT OF TAURANGA WHO CLAIMED TO HAVE COVID-19 LIED
Source: Kristy Laurence (Stuff.co.nz)
A worker at the Port of Tauranga who claimed he had Covid-19 when he did not has had his entry to the port suspended. The port was made aware on Friday night of an employee of a contractor claiming to have tested positive for Covid-19, Port of Tauranga Limited's communication manager Rochelle Lockley said. The claim was quickly identified as a hoax, she said, and the worker’s employer is now dealing with the matter. The worker’s access to the port had been suspended in the meantime.  FULL STORY

NAPIER PORT PROFIT UP TO $18.7M
Source: RNZ
The Covid-19 pandemic has not dented Napier Port's plans to expand its facilities. The Hawke's Bay port company's net profit is up nearly 15 percent to $18.7 million dollars for the nine months to June, but this includes a one-off tax credit and $2m in wage subsidies. Its revenue was down by 1.4 percent to $76.6m, as container and bulk cargo volumes fell sharply during the third quarter as a result of Covid-19. Despite this, the port's chief executive Todd Dawson said pandemic had not held back $30m worth of investment in a new wharf and container depot. "Our expansionary plans are underway so we're committed to those plans. Obviously, as a result of Covid we've taken certain measures to defer costs or reduce operating expenditure wherever we can but those strategic investments such as the development of 6 Wharf are going very well."  FULL STORY

PORT OF TAURANGA SUFFERS HIT TO PROFITS
Source: RNZ
The country's biggest port has suffered a hit to its profits as the Covid-19 pandemic reduced cargo volumes and shipping. The Port of Tauranga's net profit for the June year is $90 million compared with just over $100 million a year earlier. Revenue fell by just under 4 percent to $302m as cargo volumes fell about 8 percent, and the number of ships calling were down about 10 percent. Log exports in particular were severely disrupted by the pandemic, but the port handled marginally more containers.  FULL STORY

QUESTIONS RAISED OVER ISOLATION OF SHIP WORKERS AT PORT OF TAURANGA
Source: NZ Herald
Questions have been raised over the movements of ship workers at the Port of Tauranga after a foreign port worker supposedly left managed isolation after just one night. However, government departments and the Port of Tauranga have confirmed the crew member concerned poses no threat as they are in self-isolation onboard. National Party leader Judith Collins raised the concerns during question time in Parliament. She pressed Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on the managed isolation protocols, outlining a recent incident involving a worker on a ship moored in Tauranga Harbour.  FULL STORY

SWIRE SHIPPING INTRODUCES NEW SHIP FOR THE PNG-PACIFIC ISLANDS TRADE
Source: Shipping Australia
A new 2,400 TEU vessel, the Chefoo, has been introduced into the Swire Shipping fleet and it will be deployed on the on Swire’s South East Asia service, which connects South East Asia to Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. The South East Asia service is part of Swire Shipping’s network focused on connecting global supply chains to the communities of Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands. “We recognise that our key markets rely on shipping services to open vital supply chains and enable growth. Our continued investments in our business and the deployment of MV Chefoo further strengthens our commitment to facilitating growth and trade in the Pacific region,” said Mr Jeremy Sutton, General Manager, Swire Shipping.  FULL STORY

OIL SEARCH LNG EXPANSION IN PAPA NEW GUINEA FACES TWO-YEAR DELAY
Source: Kallanish Energy
Australian-listed Oil Search has announced that the planned $20 billion expansion of the Papa New Guinea liquefied natural gas (LNG) project will delayed by approximately two years. Announced on Tuesday within its half-year 2020 financial results, Oil Search confirmed that plans to develop a three-train LNG expansion at the PNG LNG plant had been impacted by weaker demand following the Covid-19 pandemic and previous breakdowns in negotiations.  FULL STORY

CREW CHANGE CREDENTIALS OF THE PHILIPPINES ANALYSED
Source: Sam Chambers (Splash 24/7)
News carried earlier this week that the Philippines is trying to position itself as one of the world’s top crew change hubs has been welcomed by many, but crew specialists have voiced concern at the hurdles that need ironing out in the Southeast Asian republic. “It is my hope for the Philippines to become a major international hub for crew change,” transportation secretary Arthur Tugade said Monday while opening up a number of ports on the main island of Luzon for international crew changes. Filipinos account for the largest share of seafarers in the world. Data from Windward (carried below) shows plenty more ships are calling at the country for the first time this month.  FULL STORY

GETTING TO ZERO COALITION UNVEILS NEW MAPPING OF ZERO EMISSION PROJECTS
Source: Lee Hong Liang (Seatrade Maritime News)
The Getting to Zero Coalition has revealed a new list of zero emission pilots and demonstration projects already underway, highlighting trends in the maritime sector’s path to decarbonisation. Zero emission fuels and technologies for maritime shipping need to be commercially viable by 2030 to meet decarbonisation targets. The Getting to Zero Coalition, which set this goal in 2019, has done a mapping of the various projects which are driving the industry towards a greener future. “The uptake of these projects is a vital step in the transition to zero emission shipping.  FULL STORY

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