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21 May, 2021

Australian Newsletter - Issue 679

MARITIME SHIPPING TO FALL SHORT OF NET ZERO EMISSIONS TARGET
Source: Roslan Khasawneh (Reuters.com)
The maritime shipping industry will fall short of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions (NZE) by 2050, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in a report. The shipping industry is expected to miss its net zero carbon dioxide (CO2) target "due to a lack of available low-carbon options on the market and the long lifetime of vessels (typically 25 to 35 years)", the IEA in a report on Tuesday. This comes despite a growing stream of pledges and commitments from policymakers and industry stakeholders to achieve zero emissions by 2050 in the global shipping industry.  FULL STORY

VERDANT PLANS GREEN HYDROGEN PARTNERSHIP WITH DARWIN PORT IN NSW
Source: RenewablesNow.com
Verdant Earth Technologies Ltd has signed a term sheet to explore a potential green hydrogen partnership with Darwin Port Operations in New South Wales, Australia. Darwin Port Operations, part of the China-based Landbridge Group, runs commercial wharf facilities at East Arm Wharf and the cruise ship terminal at Fort Hill Wharf. Darwin was chosen by the federal government as one of four regional centres to share in more than AUD 275 million (USD 213m/EUR 176m) allocated for the creation of clean hydrogen hubs. “A strategic alliance with Darwin Port would pave the way for the establishment of a green hydrogen hub at Australia’s nearest port to Asia and the country’s ‘northern gateway’ for Australasian trade,” said Verdant CEO Richard Poole.  FULL STORY

PORTS AUSTRALIA’S PORT SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT GUIDE SHORTLISTED AS FINALIST WITH OTHER AUSTRALIAN PORTS IN IAPH SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS
Source: HellenicShippingNews.com
Ports Australia’s Port Sustainability Strategy Development Guide has been shortlisted as a finalist among two other Australian ports for the 2021 International Association of Ports and Harbors Awards, which is now subject to a public vote. The Guide has been shortlisted in the top-3 best projects under the Governance and Ethics category, a recognition the Ports Australia team is incredibly humbled by after dedicating years of collaboration with our membership to better understand sustainability planning and produce a robust and adaptable Guide.  FULL STORY

AUSTAL AUSTRALIA LAUNCHES QUEENSLAND SHIPYARD CAPABILITY AT SANCTUARY COVE INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW
Source: En.Portnews.ru
Austal Australia has officially launched the company’s Queensland shipyards’ service and support capability at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) 2021. Austal Queensland comprises the expanded Cairns shipyard and Brisbane shipyard acquired from BSE Solutions in December 2020. The new organisation includes capability to service, repair and refit luxury superyachts and commercial vessels in both cities, and includes more than 100 experienced technicians. Austal Australia’s Head of Queensland Shipyards Phil Growden announced that the Cairns and Brisbane shipyards were fully operational and ready to service and support any superyachts or commercial ships operating in Australian waters and beyond.  FULL STORY

PACIFIC MARINE BASE UNDERWAY AT BUNDABERG PORT SOON
Source: Megan Dean (BundabergNow.com)
Work will start on the Pacific Marine Base at the Port of Bundaberg in coming weeks, delivering a state-of-the-art facility. Pacific Tug Group, an Australian-owned provider of specialised maritime services, is behind the development of the new marine base. It’s expected to provide a number of services including transhipment, sea and harbour towage, land base logistics, lines handling, technical services as well as project support. The project will include a focus on a cargo barge facility suitable for intrastate and Pacific Island trade, with future expansion on the cards to support the growing renewables trade.  FULL STORY

FUTURE JOBS PIPELINE AS EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST SOUGHT TO DEVELOP SA’S PORT BONYTHON
Source: Premier.sa.gov.au
The SA Government is inviting national and international expressions of interest to develop land at Port Bonython in the Upper Spencer Gulf, one of SA’s most prospective hydrogen export hubs. The significant renewable energy resources of the region may also support a range of other industrial, mining and related projects and development. The state-owned site has outstanding access to multiple renewable energy zones and boasts over 2,000 hectares of available land as well as access to an existing deepwater port comprising a 2.4km long jetty – which has been approved for a $37 million State Government-funded upgrade.  FULL STORY 

SWIRE SHIPPING TO INTRODUCE NEW DIRECT SERVICE CONNECTING SINGAPORE AND NORTH WEST AUSTRALIA
Source: HellenicShippingNews.com
Swire Shipping will operate a new North West Australia direct service (NWD) from June 2021, offering customers a direct connection between Singapore and North West Australia. The new service is made up of two loops: the first loop will serve Singapore, Darwin, Port Hedland and operate with a transit time of 12 days from Singapore to Port Hedland; the second loop will operate from Singapore to Dampier, with a transit time of nine days. The direct connections will enable Swire Shipping’s customers in the region to better plan their inventory and manage their supply chains more efficiently.  FULL STORY

PILBARA PORTS AUTHORITY RETAINS STRONG IRON ORE EXPORTS
Source: Nickolas Zakharia (AustralianMining.com.au)
Western Australia’s Pilbara Ports Authority has maintained strong iron ore shipments from Port Hedland during April as prices have surged. Port Hedland delivered 45.8 million tonnes of output last month with 45.1 million tonnes of iron ore exports. According to Pilbara Ports Authority, this was the same output reported in March 2020. Port Dampier, which exports iron ore from Rio Tinto Mines, delivered 13.8 million tonnes during the April quarter. This was nine per cent lower than March 2020. Iron ore has continued to break records in 2021. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reported iron ore accounted for 39 per cent of Australia’s March exports at a record $14 billion.  FULL STORY  

PORT HEDLAND ORE SHIPMENTS REMAIN SLUGGISH
Source: Glenn Dyer (ShareCafe.com.au)
Iron ore exports to China through Port Hedland in the first four months of 2021 are now well behind the level for the same period of 2020, despite last year seeing a hit from the pandemic and a rebound in Chinese crude steel production so far this year. Exports through the world’s biggest iron ore port to the world’s biggest market fell 7.5% in the January-February period of this year from the first four (Covid-hit) months of 2020. That’s despite a 3.6% rise in total iron ore exports from Port Hedland so far in 2021 compared to same period of 2020. News of the shortfall would normally help maintain upward pressure on iron ore prices, but this time the news came as prices were in the middle of a major shakeout that saw them slide 13% on Friday (See separate story).  FULL STORY 

PORTS OF AUCKLAND CEO 'BULLIED' OUT OF JOB, SAYS AUCKLAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BOSS
Source:Jean Bell (Stuff.co.nz)
The embattled chief executive of the Ports of Auckland has been bullied out of his job, according to a business leader. Amid the flurry of Budget Day on Thursday, Tony Gibson announced that he would be stepping down. His resignation follows weeks of mounting criticism from unions and Auckland Council elected members over health and safety on the waterfront. There have been three deaths at the ports in recent years, and a scathing independent review found systemic problems relating to health and safety risk management and organisational culture relating to health and safety.  FULL STORY

AUCKLAND'S PORT FUTURE: NEW PORT LOCATION TO BE DECIDED BY 2023, MINISTER SAYS
Source: Todd Niall (Stuff.co.nz)
The Government will make a decision before the 2023 election on the location of a new port to replace Auckland’s, said Transport Minister Michael Wood. Wood said a decision could be more than 18 months away, and would fit within other work on the future shape of the country’s freight network, including the future of rail. The Government, and most other parties, have agreed during past debates in recent years, that council-owned Ports of Auckland will at some point outgrow its prime downtown location.  FULL STORY

COMMERCIAL CONTRACTS AT RISK DUE TO PORT DELAYS SAY BUSINESSES
Source: NZHerald.co.nz
Business owners say commercial contracts are being put at risk by delayed goods, the result of an inability to get shipments into Ports of Auckland.
Imported goods are bypassing Auckland and are being rerouted to Tauranga. For Auckland business Eurotech Design that means a five-week delay - something that has been happening for months with no end in sight. The issue highlights the significant problems - current and future - facing Auckland Ports as the city grows. And it has re-surfaced a report which made big waves, and was then shelved, recommending a move to Northport.  FULL STORY

CONSENT LODGED FOR SOUTH PORT DEEPENING
Source: Eldin Ganic (DredgingToday.com)
New Zealand’s South Port lodged a Resource Consent Application with Environment Southland yesterday to deepen the entrance channel and harbour to 10.7 metres. “Extensive consultation has been undertaken and we have completed a number of environmental assessments in preparation for lodging this consent,” said South Port Chairman, Rex Chapman. “The increased depth will be achieved by removing some higher areas that currently limit channel width and depth in the entrance channel,” The benefits of removing the highpoints in the channel and increasing the current 9.7 metre operating draft would assist with improving safety margins for ship movements and provide greater capacity for vessels to take on additional cargo.  FULL STORY

POAL: “SYSTEMIC PROBLEMS”
Source: PortStrategy.com
A comprehensive review paves the way for a wide-ranging upgrade of safety arrangements at Ports of Auckland. Iain MacIntyre reports. An independent review of health and safety at Ports of Auckland (POAL) has determined there are “systemic problems” at New Zealand’s major import port in relation to “critical health and safety risk management and organisational culture”. Prepared by Construction Health and Safety New Zealand (CHASNZ) on behalf of POAL owner, Auckland Council, the 43-page report was commissioned after two fatalities at the port in recent years.  FULL STORY 

GOUNDAR SHIPPING SAYS THEIR FACEBOOK ACCOUNT WAS HACKED AND THEY ARE NOT CLOSING DOWN THEIR BUSINESS
Source: Vijay Narayan and Shanil Singh (FijiVillage.com)
Goundar Shipping Limited Managing Director George Goundar says they are not closing down their business and has said that someone hacked their social media account last night. A post on their Facebook page last night claimed that the company was closing down from this Wednesday. The post alleged there was double standard and bias by the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji and the Ministry of Transport. Goundar says their account being hacked is not something new and this has happened with his email in the past which cost them around $100,000. Goundar says they are here to stay.  FULL STORY and ORIGINAL STORY

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