• 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 August 17

10:07 Latest Sanmar tugboat under trials
10:02 Gazprom Neft 1H 2018 net profit soars 1.5-fold
09:41 Baltic Dry Index adds 2 pts to 1727 points
09:37 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Coronis
09:32 Port of St. Petersburg bunker prices close the week on a down note
09:06 Gulftainer invests AED11 mln in road extension
08:27 CMA CGM implements new FAK rates from North Europe and Mediterranean to Australia

2018 August 16

18:45 Kalashnikov Concern’s Vympel Shipyard lays freezer trawler of Project T30
18:06 Port of Dover awarded contract to Solent Marine Ltd to design and fit-out Dover's new marina
17:32 Maersk Line announces rates from Far East Asia to West Africa
17:06 Hapag-Lloyd increases reefer fleet by 11,100 containers
16:56 DFDS orders additional freight ferry (ro-ro) newbuilding from the Chinese Jinling Shipyard
16:52 Sovcomflot’s shuttle tanker Governor Farkhutdinov ships 600th crude oil cargo for Sakhalin-2
16:03 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to Mozambique
15:47 Taganrog Sea Commercial Port's H1 2018 employee benefits and rewards programme totals RUB 2.2 million
15:31 Melbourne port operator ICTSI may be investigated by State and Federal authorities
15:09 Bunker prices at Far Eastern ports remain flat
14:33 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to Indian Ocean
14:27 MABUX: Bunker prices may change irregular next week
14:13 Maersk Line announces rates from Far East to North Europe
13:42 First ever S-T-S loading of 70000dwt Panamax coal carrier performed at Shakhtersk harbour transshipment location in Sakhalin
13:32 More investment contracts at the Port of Gdansk
13:02 Wärtsilä equipped Canadian ferry will have minimal environmental impact
12:16 Damen Shipyards Galati celebrates 125 years
12:09 Okskaya Sudoverf Shipyard launches 6th serial barge of Project ROB20
12:03 Boskalis presents half-year results and terminates loss-making low-end transport activities
11:59 Port of Oakland container volume up 3.6 percent in July 2018
11:45 Rolls-Royce launches new battery system for ships
10:58 DP World revenue up 14.4% in H1 2018
10:57 VARD secures contract for one autonomous and electric-driven container vessel for YARA
09:39 EU NAVFOR mission operation commander visits Spanish MPRA in Djibouti
09:21 Baltic Dry Index gains to 1725 points

2018 August 15

18:33 Equinor extends partnership with The Arctic Race of Norway
17:56 Port Kavkaz seven-month volumes soar 30% Y/Y to 25.21 million tonnes
17:36 Russian Gov't to allocate RUB 500 million in subsidies to support small-tonnage fishing ships construction, Rosrybolovstvo says
17:34 Maersk Line to rise rates from Far East to East Coast South America
17:30 Yang Ming orders ten 2,800 TEU containerships
17:19 Nor-Shipping 2019 takes place in Oslo and Lillestrøm, Norway, from 04 to 07 June 2019
16:05 New Times Shipbuilding announces delivery of oil tanker
15:04 Rosrybolovstvo looks into building a series of three RVs as from 2020
15:04 Concordia Maritime AB announces interim report for H1 2018
14:12 Multipurpose Reloading Complex spends over RUB 600,000 on employee benefits and rewards programme
13:20 Konecranes to deliver more electric RTGs to Luka Koper in Slovenia
13:02 Join Marinet Conference at SMM 2018, Hamburg
12:32 Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev gives green light to NLR construction project
12:01 WW Ocean presents new-look trade maps resembling public transit maps
11:15 Port of Vancouver posts H1 2018 results
10:41 Aker Solutions wins orders for Liuhua power umbilical systems in China
10:21 Nor-Shipping 2019 devotes entire hall to new focus on Blue Economy
10:05 Crude oil futures drop 0.22% to $72.3 in London and 0.48% to $66.72 in New York
09:29 Bunker prices at Port of St. Petersburg show mixed movements

2018 August 14

18:30 Hapag-Lloyd annonces General Rate Increase from East Asia to USA and Canada
18:12 FE Railways' loaded freight in Jan-Jul up 2% to 28.2 million tonnes
18:07 Hapag-Lloyd changes terminals at Genoa on its MPS service
17:47 British Ports Association launch Sustainable Development Resolution
17:45 Euro Tank Terminal extends jetty at the port of Rotterdam
17:31 MEYER WERFT holds float out procedure for cruise ship for AIDA Cruises
17:29 APM Terminals launches online customer platform in Bahrain
17:27 MED MARINE delivers a 24m ASD Tug from Turkey to Estonia
16:24 Offshore installation vessel starts work on Belgium’s largest offshore wind farm