• 2018 June 2 08:19

    Marshall Islands aims to resolve shipping industry’s safety concerns

    The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) has submitted a paper to the International Maritime Organization  (IMO) Intersessional Working Group (ISWG) on the  consistent  implementation of the 2020 global  fuel  oil  sulphur  standard under  MARPOL  Annex VI. 

    The submission, which was co- sponsored by the Republic of Liberia, the Baltic and International Maritime  Council (BIMCO), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the International Association of Dry Cargo  Shipowners (INTERCARGO), the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO),  and the World Shipping Council (WSC), is intended to assist the ISWG in developing guidelines on the  implementation of  regulation 14.1.3 of MARPOL Annex VI. 

    The regulation limits sulphur in fuel oil to 0.50% when operating outside of designated Emission Control Areas (ECAs).  It was  decided at the 70th session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC)  to retain 01 January 2020 as the effective date for the shift to the 0.50% global fuel oil  standard. The MEPC  issued Resolution MEPC.280(70) to affirm this decision.

    Additionally, recognizing concerns expressed  regarding the implementation of this fuel oil standard, MEPC 71 agreed to establish a new output on what  additional measures may be dev eloped to promote consistent implementation of the 0.50% global fuel oil  standard. The RMI’s submission to the IMO provides technical information focusing on safety implications and  challenges associated with using new fuel oil blends compliant with the n ew 0.50% sulphur fuel oil standard.  The technical information, detailed in the Annex to the submission, aims to cover a wide range of safety aspects  associated with the switch to 2020 fuels such as potential issues with blend components, stability, compatibility and other fuel oil parameters. All of these issues are viewed as having the  potential to negatively impact fuel  and machinery systems.

    Accordingly, the technical information also touches upon operational and technical  measures to address risks during fuel switching, tank cleaning  and fuel system arrangements (heating capacities  and tank segregation). The information is intended to facilitate informed decision making as the ISWG addresses preparatory and transitional issues. The co -sponsors also recommend that any consequential regulatory amendments and/or guidelines necessary to  address the safety issues raised in the submission are brought to the attention of the MEPC at its next session  in  October 2018. Likewise, it is also proposed that any potential safety implications resulting from new blends or  fuel types should be reported to the next session of the  Marine Safety Committee ( MSC ) in December 2018.


2018 June 20

14:05 Cheniere Energy and Cheniere Energy Partners announce definitive merger agreement
13:13 ABB brings efficiency and sustainability through system integration to two new Indian ferries
12:39 Dredging works commenced at the port of Ust-Luga
12:01 ABP Southampton publishes Air Quality Strategy with package of commitments
11:20 Bunker prices are down up at the port of Novorossiysk, Russia (graph)
11:01 Crowley adds 40 ISO tanks
10:45 Yaroslavsky Shipbuilding Plant completed the series of six boom-laying boats
10:31 GTT receives an order from Hyundai Heavy Industries to design the tanks of a new LNG carrier
10:22 Brent Crude futures price up 0.41% to $75.41, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.59% to $65.3
10:05 Euroports increases pulp & paper warehousing capacity in Tarragona, Spain
10:00 RF Government expands the list of publicly funded projects in seaports and on IWW of Russia
09:37 Bunker prices continue going down at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:16 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,419 points

2018 June 19

18:06 100 million dollars to link the Nile with Suez Canal Region
17:03 DNV GL partners with the EU and Government of India to bring offshore wind to the Indian market
16:32 CMA CGM deploys its innovative solution for containers tracking, TRAXENS by CMA CGM
16:18 APM Terminals ‘Cool port’ barge service speeds up distribution from Rotterdam
16:02 Multraship acquires an ASD Tug from Med Marine for Terneuzen operations
15:32 Koper remains the most important port for Austria
15:02 CMA CGM announces GRR from East Coast South America to Africa, Gulf and West Coast North of India
14:32 Port of Oakland import volume flat in May 2018
14:25 Europort Romania maintains its position as the premier Black Sea martime event
14:02 British Ports Association comments on new report on Northern ‘Free Ports’ strategy proposal
13:32 Port seeks to double rail volume with Railport Antwerpen
13:02 Rijkswaterstaat awarded Van Oord the contract to dredge Marker Wadden channel
12:32 MOL to make full-scale move into subsea support vessel business by acquiring stake in AKOFS of Norway
12:28 HELCOM Heads of Delegation approve Baltic Sea Action Plan update process and welcome new HELCOM Chair
12:02 Bunker prices continue growing at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:37 Damen and Saab announce partnership to participate on the tender for the Tamandaré Class Corvette
11:34 Saturnus, first vessel in the Evolution series, launched at AVIC
11:09 Marine Technics and Alexeev’s Hydrofoil Design Bureau extend joint projects
10:45 Arctia appoints Senior Vice President for Offshore and Marine Services
10:23 Brent Crude futures price down 0.64% to $74.86, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.62% to $65.28
10:01 Small missile ships of RF Navy’s Caspian Flotilla sail from Sevastopol to Mediterranean Sea
09:40 Rescuers of RF Navy’s Northern Fleet train in rendering assistance to submarine in Kola Bay
09:16 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,442 points

2018 June 18

18:12 Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company takes part in TransCaspian/Translogistica 2018
17:57 Legislative amendment promotes automatisation tests in maritime transport with regard to manning and watchkeeping
17:35 First major forum on the new Silk Road organised by the Port of Marseille Fos
17:05 Aker Solutions teams up with SAP for next steps in digitalizing its business
16:45 HMM signs Letter of Intent for its mega containership orders
16:24 Victor Olersky handed in his resignation notice
16:18 European Council extends sanctions on Crimea and Sevastopol for another year
16:05 DryShips announces agreements to sell two older Panamaxes
15:40 Tuapse Commercial Seaport elected seven BoD members
15:33 Poland holds World Maritime Day Parallel Event
15:13 IMO member states must progress on key sulphur cap issues at critical meeting in July
14:59 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 17,923 in RF spot market
14:13 Navios Maritime Containers announces acquisition of five containerships and options to acquire four additional containerships
13:35 Maersk launches a new line to the Middle East from Fos
13:00 Aker Arctic demonstrates autonomous vessel in model tests
12:36 ABB to improve Edda Fides floating hotel safety with leading digital technology
11:47 Freeport of Riga Authority and Port of Rotterdam Authority sign cooperation agreement
11:24 Port of Tallinn signs MoU with the City of Tallinn for development of the Old City Harbour area
11:01 Dorian LPG Board declines BW LPG'S unsolicited proposal
10:25 Brent Crude futures price down 0.76% to $72.88, Light Sweet Crude – down 1.73% to $63.73
10:12 Capital Product Partners L.P. announces new period charters for four of its product tankers
10:03 Port of Silloth invests £250,000 in new solar farm on Marshall Dock
09:41 Fishers fatalities give impetus to fishing vessel safety work
09:18 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,445 points