News & Media

25 September, 2020

Australian Newsletter - Issue 645

PORTS AUSTRALIA LAUNCHES WORLD FIRST PORT SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT GUIDE
Source: Hellenic Shipping News
Ports Australia has launched its world first Port Sustainability Strategy Development Guide. Ports Australia has endeavoured with this Guide to provide Australian ports with a systematic and robust approach to sustainability as they prepare their strategies or evolve the work they’ve already done. The approach has been industry applied throughout Australia and New Zealand, but equally has the potential to be adapted through ports across the world. The Guide follows on from Ports Australia’s 2019 ‘Ports and a Sustainable Australia’, which went hand in hand with a Sustainability Hub, both projects showcasing the amazing work Australian ports are already doing for the sustainability of their business and surrounding communities and environments.  FULL STORY

AUSTRALIAN CRUISING COULD RESUME QUICKLY – BUT QUEENSLAND HEALTH MAY NEED SOME CONVINCING
Source: Brittany Lazarus (Cruise Passenger)
New and exciting initiatives by cruise lines could mean cruising will resume in Australian waters by the end of the year. But Queensland health officials will need some convincing. Boutique Australian line, Coral Expeditions – Australian flagged and crewed –  is expected to start itineraries in Queensland from October. Additionally, as revealed in Cruise Passenger two weeks ago, Cruise Lines International Association Australasia (CLIA) is in talks with the Queensland government for sunshine state only cruises.  FULL STORY

PANDEMIC SHORT CUTS PUSHING SHIPPING TOWARDS MORE ACCIDENTS
Source: Sam Chambers (Splash 24/7)
The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has issued a stark warning that if temporary short cuts adopted by many in the industry during the Covid-19 pandemic continue or become permanent, then there will be a rise in shipping accidents and environmental disasters.
The predictions are contained within a new report from the federation’s Maritime Safety Committee. Report co-author and chair of the Maritime Safety Committee, Odd Rune Malterud, said the investigation shows an unsustainable trend by industry players, including flag starts, to deprioritise ship safety out of expedience rather than necessity.  FULL STORY


LNG POWERED SHIPPING FLEET COULD DOUBLE THIS DECADE
Source: Irina Slav (oilprice.com)
The world’s first Very Large Containership fueled by LNG left the shipyard of Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries earlier this month to be delivered to Singapore’s Eastern Pacific Shipping, one of the world’s biggest ship owners. This is just the crest of what could become a wave of LNG-powered ships in the future. One big event this year that got lost in the noise around the coronavirus pandemic was the entry into effect of new, lower-emission fuel requirements drafted by the International Maritime Organisation. Refiners had been preparing for the IMO 2020 emission rules and so had LNG producers, ramping up their capacity in anticipation of this new source of demand. And then the pandemic exploded and crushed demand for all and any fuels.  FULL STORY

JAPAN SAYS CATTLE SHIP SEARCH CONTINUES
Source: Paul Osborne (The Transcontinental)
The new Japanese prime minister has assured Australia the search for a cattle ship that sank during a typhoon will continue. On Sunday night Scott Morrison became the first foreign leader to speak with Yoshihide Suga, congratulating him on his appointment. Mr Morrison conveyed his appreciation for the Japanese coast guard search for Gulf Livestock 1, which sank on September 2 after Typhoon Maysak struck at sea. Mr Suga said the search was continuing and Japan would co-operate as much as possible.  FULL STORY

MAERSK REFUSES BOOKINGS FOR SHIPMENTS TO SYDNEY AS THE PORT STRUGGLES TO COPE
Source: Gavin Van Marle (The Loadstar)
Despite signs of a rapprochement between docker unions and container terminal employers in the port of Sydney, shippers have been warned to expect continuing congestion in container supply chains. And some carriers are refusing bookings for shipments to the port. Yesterday, Maersk announced a temporary suspension on Sydney bookings, likely to last until the end of the month. It said: “To remove uncertainty for our customers’ supply chain and to assist handling of our vessels calling Sydney, Maersk is taking the difficult decision to temporarily stop acceptance of all new bookings from Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and India sub-continent to Sydney, effective immediately.  FULL STORY

COMPULSORY COVID-19 QUARANTINE MEASURES SLAMMED AS SHIPPING INDUSTRY FEARS EXODUS OF SKILLED WORKERS
Source: Tom Major (ABC Aus)
Queensland residents who crew Australian-flagged ships will be forced into quarantine upon returning home, if their ships dock in states deemed COVID-19 hotspots, under a new directive. The latest maritime protocol from Queensland Health emphasises that maritime crew returning from working interstate are not considered specialist workers performing an essential activity. The rule change has been slammed by industry group Maritime Industry Australia Limited (MIAL), which claims the rule change lacks a rationale, given the tight measures employed by ships to prevent onboard transmission.  FULL STORY

AUSTRALIA BANS FOURTH SHIP FOR UNDERPAYING CREW WAGES
Source: Mike Schuler (G Captain)
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) banned yet another vessel for deliberately underpaying crew wages, which in this case the operator attempted to conceal from the authorities. The AMSA on Friday announced a 12-month ban for the Panama-flagged bulk carrier AC Sesoda, which is operated by Sincere Industrial Corporation of Taiwan. AMSA boarded the ship at Mourilyan in Queensland on September 10 to investigate allegations of underpayment. During AMSA’s investigation, evidence was collected which confirmed that a number of crew had only been paid half of their wages since October 2019.  FULL STORY

IRON ROAD (ASX:IRD) GETS MACQUARIE CAPITAL ON BOARD FOR CAPE HARDY PORT DEVELOPMENT
Source: Samantha Goerling (themarketherald.com.au)
Iron Road (IRD) has signed on Macquarie Capital as a joint developer of the Cape Hardy Port Facility in the Eyre Peninsula. The Iron Road and Eyre Peninsula Co-operative Bulk Handling (EPCBH), a group formed over three years ago by prominent Eyre Peninsula farmers, is also party to the joint development agreement. Macquarie will also provide financial advisory services for the proposed $250 million stage-one, multi-user, multi-commodity port facility. Iron Road CEO Larry Ingle said the joint development agreement represents a significant step in de-risking the Cape Hardy project.  FULL STORY

RIO TINTO TO BLEND IRON ORE AT CHINA PORT
Source: TheBull.com.au
Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto has signed a pact to jointly develop its first bonded area operations to blend iron ore in China’s port of Dalian, the company says, as it moves to widen offerings for customers across Asia. China, the world’s top iron ore consumer, brought in more than one billion tonnes of the steelmaking ingredient in 2019. The MoU with Dalian Port Co Ltd allows Rio Tinto to also use the Chinese port as a transhipment hub, the company said, adding that it could help better serve steel mills in North China. Many of China’s steel producing capacities lie in the northern area, with top producer Hebei province along with Liaoning province together accounting for more than 30 per cent of the national crude steel output.  FULL STORY

CORONAVIRUS WA: CREW ON BOARD SHIP BERTHED OFF PORT HEDLAND COAST TEST POSITIVE TO COVID-19
Source: Josh Zimmerman (The West Australian)
A coronavirus-riddled cargo ship is berthed off the Port Hedland coast with two crew members already diagnosed with the disease and testing for the remainder of those on board pending. The ship, the Patricia Oldendorff, arrived from Manila with a Filipino crew on September 16 and was scheduled to dock at Port Hedland Port this week to pick up a shipment of manganese ore. Earlier this week the vessel’s master reported two of the 21 people on board were displaying flu-like symptoms. Two nurses wearing full personal protective equipment were then transported to the ship by helicopter to take swabs from the affected crew members, which returned positive results late last night.  FULL STORY

WA CATTLE EXPORTS STAY STRONG
Source: Aidan Smith (farmweekly.com.au)
CATTLE exports from Western Australia have been strong this year - with 163,332 head of breeder, feeder and slaughter cattle being shipped to markets around the world from January to August. The figure is impressive considering that Australia has the highest price in the world for cattle - topping the United States in recent weeks. June recorded the highest number for a month of 31,662 head due to a 15,752 head consignment of feeder cattle to Indonesia from Broome. Broome has been the standout port in WA since April with thousands of head shipped to ports in Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand. Fremantle, Geraldton and Wyndham were the three other ports active in the first half of the year, while Port Hedland saw its first consignment of the season in August.  FULL STORY

AMBITIOUS MARITIME VISION FOR PORT HEDLAND'S FUTURE
Source: Susan Standen (ABC Aus)
Pilbara Ports are the largest authority in the country, with record levels of exports and shipping movements in Port Hedland. And the CEO of the Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA) Roger Johnston has big plans for the West End of Port Hedland. Now that the land zoning has been changed by the state government to discourage sensitive developments such as aged care, hospitals or residential development due to ongoing dust issues, the PPA has taken on the Port Hedland buyback scheme which will see residential homes bought up for new developments.  FULL STORY

A NEWLY REFURBISHED NORWEGIAN SPIRIT HEADS TO AUSTRALIA FOR THE 2021/22 SEASON
Source: Bernadette Chua
Norwegian Cruise Line has revealed a new and refurbished Norwegian Spirit will be heading to Australia and New Zealand for the 2021/22 local summer sailing season. Offering a collection of eight, 10- and 12- day port intensive itineraries departing from Sydney and Auckland that will reveal breathtaking beauty to even the most well-travelled. From cruising the scenic peaks and tree-lined cliffs of Milford Sound, to exploring the historic buildings and fine food of Akaroa – New Zealand’s only French settlement – or venturing to Eden’s Ben Boyd National Park for some snorkelling in the summer sunshine, guests will be spoilt for choice when it comes to activities to explore ashore.  FULL STORY

LOW EMISSIONS STRATEGY
Source: PortStrategy.com
As ports look for ways to cut their emissions, management teams are faced with a bewildering choice of low emissions technologies, and the risk of implementing a technology that might become obsolete.
Environmental credentials have never been more important in the transport sector, and society as a whole, than now. Globalisation was driven by cost reduction and maximised the comparative advantage of different economies creating a boom in seaborne trade in the process. This model only accounts for the direct financial costs of production and shipping, and not the wider externalities such as environmental impacts.  FULL STORY

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