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23 April, 2021

Australian Newsletter - Issue 675

CLIMATE CHANGE: SHIPPING INDUSTRY CALLS FOR NEW GLOBAL CARBON TAX
Source: Johnathan Josephs (BBC.com)
The global shipping industry is calling on the world's governments to tax its carbon emissions.
Groups that represent more than 90% of the global fleet say the measure is needed to tackle climate change. "A global solution is the only one that's going to work", Guy Platten, secretary-general of the International Chamber of Shipping told the BBC. The tax would incentivise ship owners to invest in new technology, he said. The shipping sector is one of the big carbon emitters, and is responsible for more than 2% of global emissions. If the industry was a country it would be the sixth biggest polluter, above Germany.  FULL STORY

MAN ROLEPLAYS SHIPPING’S POTENTIALLY IMMINENT FOSSIL FUEL-FREE FUTURE
Source: Sam Chambers (Splash247.com)
MAN, the giant European manufacturer responsible for nearly one in every two engines in the global merchant fleet, has run risk analysis modelling envisaging the phase-out of fossil fuels powering ships by as soon as the second half this decade. MAN Energy Solutions has carried out a study on maritime energy transition in association with the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) in which it looks at four different scenarios for shipping on its path to decarbonisation through to the middle of the century. “The maritime industry currently has a goal, but not yet a way to get there,” said Dr Uwe Lauber, CEO of MAN Energy Solutions. “By 2050, the International Maritime Organization wants greenhouse-gas emissions to fall by 50%, however these targets have not yet been backed up by concrete measures. Time is pressing – 2050 is just a single ship-generation away.”  FULL STORY

SEA/LNG DEFENDS LNG’S ROLE IN SHIPPING DECARBONISATION
Source: ArgusMedia.com
Industry association SEA/LNG defended the immediate environmental benefits of using LNG as a marine fuel and stressed the danger of waiting for alternatives, after the World Bank advised against a two-stage transition. Waiting for "unproven alternatives" and not fully utilising the "safe, proven, competitive and [immediately] available" option LNG provides is "a mistake" which only makes the problem of greenhouse gas (GHG) and local emissions worse, the association said. The statement was issued in response to a report published by the World Bank, which only sees a "limited role" for LNG as a marine fuel.  FULL STORY 

BHP’S IRON ORE OUTPUT ‘ON TRACK’ FOR BIG YEAR AS PRICES FLY
Source: Nick Toscano (WAToday.com.au)
Mining giant BHP appears on course to hit the top end of its full-year iron ore target, posting a record-breaking nine months at its West Australian mines just as the price of the key steel-making ingredient tests an all-time high. During the March quarter, BHP shipped 66 million tonnes of iron ore from WA’s Pilbara, 2 per cent less than the same period last year. But the result was largely in line with analysts’ forecasts and brings BHP’s year-to-date output to a record of 211 million tonnes, according to the miner’s latest figures. Australia's largest miner said the strong output reflected record-high production volumes from its Jimblebar mine and placed the company on track to achieve the upper end of its full-year iron ore target range of 276-286 million tonnes.  FULL STORY

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD PAY IF PORT OF DARWIN LEASE IS BROKEN: NT MINISTER
Source: SkyNews.com.au
A Northern Territory minister says the federal government should pay for the Port of Darwin lease deal if they decide to scrap it over national security concerns. Consideration is being given to breaking the port’s lease to Chinese company Landbridge in the wake of Foreign Minister Marise Payne’s decision to axe Victoria’s involvement in the controversial Belt and Road deal. NT Infrastructure Minister Eva Lawler, however, pointed out it was a commercial deal and the federal government should make financial restitution in the case they break the lease.  FULL STORY and VIDEO

SYDNEY WHARFIES SWEATING ON COVID-19 TESTS
Source: EsperanceExpress.com.au
A group of Sydney dock workers are sweating on the results of their coronavirus tests after boarding a ship now found to have been carrying infected sailors. The Inge Kosan, an LPG tanker, was docked in Port Botany for a day from March 31 after arriving from the Papua New Guinea capital of Port Moresby. It then sailed for Vanuatu on April 1. "Health authorities in Vanuatu have confirmed that 12 out of 13 crew members from the ship, including [a] deceased crew member, tested positive for COVID following testing in Port Vila," NSW Health said in a statement on Friday.  FULL STORY

AUSTRALIA’S GREEN FUEL OPPORTUNITY IN THE RACE TO DECARBONISE SHIPPING
Source: Poppy Johnston (TheFifthEstate.com.au)
Australia’s regional ports are well-placed to benefit from the decarbonisation of global shipping fleets to run off “green fuels” such as ammonia and hydrogen, according to renowned Australian environmental scientist professor Peter Newman. Referencing new research from The World Bank, the professor of sustainability at Curtin University in Perth told The Fifth Estate that there’s “no room” for gas in the decarbonisation of the maritime transport and that green fuels are the answer to reducing emissions in the shipping sector. “The World Bank report shows you will have stranded assets if you try and make an LNG-based shipping fleet, it is not needed.”  FULL STORY

IRON ORE SEEN SAFE IN CHINA-AUSTRALIA RIFT
Source: Colin Brinsden (VictorHarbourTimes.com.au)
An international credit rating agency believes Australia's exports of iron ore to China will continue, even if the political and trade frictions between the two countries continue to escalate. Fitch Ratings expects any further punitive trade measures imposed by China will target Australia's smaller export industries. "This would reduce the risk of adverse effects on China's labour market or near-term growth prospects," Fitch says. In contrast, iron ore - Australia's largest export to China - is a critical input to China's industrial development. "This suggests that the potential economic spillovers to Australia's growth outlook from Chinese trade restrictions would be modest," it says. Even so, the impact on Australian firms in sectors targeted by Chinese measures may be more serious.  FULL STORY

WHYALLA HUB COMES CLOSER TO REALITY
Source: Louis Mayfield (WhyallaNewsOnline.com.au)
The steel city could soon become a hydrogen destination, with the federal government pumping $275 million into creating four new hydrogen hubs around Australia. Whyalla is among the frontrunners to secure a hydrogen hub, featuring a ready-made export facility in Port Bonython and key existing infrastructure. Since the prospect of establishing a $70 million hydrogen hub was announced by the federal government, competition between the states to win the hub has been fierce. But this new investment from the Morrison Government means Whyalla could be more likely to be the Eyre Peninsula-based location for the facility.  FULL STORY  

TEN-YEAR ROADMAP RELEASED FOR PORT OF DAMPIER
Source: Imogen Hartmann (InfrastructureMagazine.com.au)
Pilbara Ports has published the Port of Dampier Land Use Master Plan, a ten-year roadmap outlining the direction of growth and future development needs for the Port of Dampier. The plan outlines existing and potential future uses of land and infrastructure at the port, along with the movement of freight and cargoes in and out of the port area. The plan envisages a Port Services Precinct which will continue to offer a multi-purpose commodity trade role, a cargo wharf which will continue to operate effectively alongside a new multi-user land-backed wharf and the development of land in the King Bay precinct for construction project laydown areas, warehousing and quarantine and customs facilities. Importantly, the plan identifies the need to protect and preserve the environment and heritage values in the port and surrounding areas.  FULL STORY 

LIVE CATTLE EXPORT PRICE HITS RECORD HIGH IN WA AS PASTORALISTS CELEBRATE BEST WET SEASON IN YEARS
Source: Courtney Fowler (ABC.net.au)
As the live export season ramps up in the north of Western Australia, record prices are being fetched in WA by pastoralists sending cattle to Indonesia. For the first time, Kimberley producers are getting as much as $4.10 per kilo for feeder steers on the first major shipment from Broome Port today, more than double what they were fetching a decade ago. Northern Rural Supplies Broome principal agent Andrew Stewart said record prices come off the back of the best wet season in three years. Mr Stewart said after two decades as a stock agent in the Kimberley he could not think of a better time for the northern pastoral industry. FULL STORY

NEW ZEALAND TO ENSHRINE SEAFARER WELFARE FUNDING IN LAW
Source: Gary Dixon (TradeWindsNews.com)
Charity hails legislation as significant win for crews
UK charity Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) has won a notable battle for improved seafarer welfare in New Zealand. The government is to pass a law on 1 July that ensures funding for crew welfare centres, rather than have them rely on charitable donations, as has been the case until now. Maritime levies will fund the centres in future. HRAS chief executive David Hammond told TradeWinds: "We believe that this is one of the most significant recent 'wins' for seafarers' welfare." The government is amending the Maritime Transport Act (MTA) so that it complies with the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC).  FULL STORY

AUCKLAND SHIP CONGESTION IMPACTING TAURANGA
Source: SunLive.co.nz
The Port of Tauranga, NZ’s largest port and international freight gateway, has been experiencing congestion, with ships wait anchored outside Tauranga Harbour's entrance. “Some of the ships at anchor at the moment have arrived late to Tauranga due to ongoing delays in Auckland,” says Port of Tauranga Communications Manager Rochelle Lockley. “We have been operating at close to capacity since September last year due to problems and severe congestion at Ports of Auckland. We are managing large volumes of import and export cargo diverted from Auckland.” Rochelle says that at the moment the Port of Tauranga container terminal is operating at more than 100 per cent of capacity, with more than 5,300 imported TEUs - twenty foot equivalent containers - waiting for rail transfer to Auckland.  FULL STORY

SINGAPORE BARS CREW CHANGE FOR SEAFARERS WITH RECENT INDIA TRAVEL HISTORY
Source: Marcus Hand (Seatrade-Maritime.com)
Singapore is barring crew change for seafarers with recent travel to India following a huge spike of Covid-19 cases in the country. Following an announcement by the Singapore authorities banning travel to Singapore for visitors and long-term pass holders to the Republic who have been in India in the previous 14 days, including transit, the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said the rules also applied to crew change. In line with the announcement on travel the MPA said in a circular various crew change conditions would not be allowed in Singapore.  FULL STORY

INDONESIAN LEADER ORDERS ALL-OUT EFFORT TO FIND SUBMARINE AS OXYGEN RUNS LOW
Source: Stanley Widianto (MarineLink.com)
Indonesia's president ordered an all-out effort to find a missing submarine in a race against time to save the 53 crew, whose oxygen supply defense chiefs said would last only until Saturday. Indonesia sent a helicopter and five ships to search waters north of the holiday island of Bali but found no signs of the KRI Nanggala-402, which went missing early on Wednesday during a torpedo drill. “I have ordered the military chief, navy chief of staff, the search and rescue agency and other instances to deploy all the forces and the most optimal efforts to find and rescue the submarine crew," President Joko Widodo said on Thursday. “The main priority is the safety of the 53 crew members.”  FULL STORY

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