• 2019 August 23 13:52

    Marsden Point, New Zealand tops BIMCO Terminal Vetting Report

    Marsden Point, New Zealand came out as the highest rated bulk terminal in BIMCOs Terminal Vetting Scheme. BIMCO says in a press release. With 161 ships from 132 companies involved in the scheme, the report now covers 419 terminals globally. Just under 95% of the reports were rated average or better, which gave an average rating of 3.6 (out of five), suggesting positive trends for the future.

    While the average overall rating of terminals remained the same as last year, there was a significant increase in the number of reports received. The increase in companies, and ships, involved in the Scheme means the report covers a wider range of terminals than in previous years. This suggests that in general, bulk terminals globally are performing to a good standard.

    The increased engagement with the Scheme has helped to reduce the skewing of the overall terminal rating by outliers. There is still a need for more involvement to improve the geographical spread of the report. Regions like North America received twice as many reports as any other region (29.8%), compared to African terminals that received only 3% of all reports.

    Only two ports were rated as poor, and this may be due to the submission of only one report for these terminals. It is important that reports are submitted, highlighting both the positive and negative experiences at all terminals. The ports that were rated as fair had more submitted reports, all raising common concerns from Masters. This gives a higher level of confidence in those results. These concerns mainly focused on the suitability of the terminal and equipment for the operations being attempted.

    This year’s report includes a short discussion highlighting many of the common themes regarding port services within the submitted terminal reports.

    The first of these themes is the growing number of instances where ships are unable to set their gangway. A rise from 11% in the last report to 17.5% this year shows a worrying increase in a trend that poses a significant safety risk to crews in an emergency situation.

    The second theme is the continued lack of waste reception facilities. A high percentage of reports highlighted many cases where ships were unable to discharge garbage or sludge to a terminal. This trend is worrying, as it follows in the wake of increased international pressure from the IMO to improve ships’ environmental management.

    The third theme highlighted was continued issues with fresh water supply. Only 30% of reports confirmed that they were supplied with fresh water. Several reports suggested problems with low-quality supply or physical limitations that limited the ability to obtain fresh water. Freshwater availability is a serious consideration that operators need to be aware of when voyage planning.

    On a positive note. Over the past six months, BIMCO has had several terminals willing to engage in dialogue to help improve their services – all based on the Terminal Vetting Scheme. This, coupled with the general trend of improvement indicated by most of the categories of the Vetting Scheme, suggests that terminals are listening and improving.

    Along with further engagement with terminals, BIMCO continues to strive for wider engagement with companies, encouraging more ships to take part in the Vetting Scheme.

    With a greater level of engagement, BIMCO will be able to communicate robust results, when necessary, with terminals and other stakeholders to make positive changes to the services they provide.

    BIMCO provides further information on available port services on its website and encourages operators to consider this information when voyage planning.

2019 September 18

15:24 USCG ends search for migrants of capsized vessel off Martinica Beach
15:03 GTT receives an order from HHI & SHI for the tank design of six Very Large Ethane Carriers
14:50 FSUE Atomflot develops project on construction of 7MW icebreaking tugboat
14:33 Hapag-Lloyd to increase rates from North East Asia to Australia
14:16 Wärtsilä simulators provide advanced training at newly inaugurated Portuguese facility
14:14 Ørsted contracts Van Oord for cable installation at Greater Changhua offshore wind farms
14:12 GTT obtains Approval in Principle for Arc7 ice class ships from Russian Maritime Register of Shipping
14:03 ABS and Samsung Heavy Industries sign digital technology
14:00 SAAM Towage contracts Damen for delivery of tug vessel
13:31 Discussion “Development of recreational crafts and high-speed passenger vessels” begins at Neva 2019
13:10 Wärtsilä launches the Wärtsilä 31SG pure gas engine for marine market applications
13:04 International Association of Ports and Harbors visited by ICHCA representatives
12:38 RS issues Approval in Principle for new GTT’s LNG containment systems
12:03 LR awards Jiangnan AiP for 91,000 m3 VLGC Panda 91T design.
11:49 ADNOC acquires 10% of VTTI
11:30 LNG-fueled tugboat Ishin undergoes 1st LNG bunkering trial in Port of Kobe
11:02 ABS and Samsung Heavy Industries to develop next generation LNG carrier
10:37 Training underway for Jeddah Maritime Information Sharing Centre
10:21 Panama Canal signs agreement with Port of Rotterdam
10:12 TGS announces strategic milestones to accelerate growth
09:44 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.09% to $64.49, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.44% to $59.08
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is down to 2,283 points
08:56 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, Sept 18

2019 September 17

19:06 Rosmorrechflot’s shipbuilding order for coming six years foresees construction of 147 vessels
18:29 Lead chemical carrier of Project 00216М named PortNews after our agency
18:05 MPC Capital and ZEABORN strengthen HARPER PETERSEN by combining their shipbroking activities
17:24 MOL issues integrated 'MOL Report 2019'
16:35 Eagle Bulk Shipping takes delivery of M/V Sydney Eagle
16:02 CMA CGM and TFG launch Rhine valley rail to German hinterland
15:30 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from North Europe to New Zealand
15:02 Sembcorp Marine’s Brazilian shipyard completes Petrobras P-68 FPSO
14:56 CMA CGM strengthens its intra-European and Mediterranean offer with the launch of the Black Sea Marmara Morocco service
14:10 Hapag-Lloyd announces General Rate Increase for Trans-Pacific eastbound
13:10 Zadar Cruise Port is Port of the Year 2019
12:10 Port of Oakland refrigerated exports jump 20 percent in past year
11:51 Combined Task Force Commanders discussed their shared aims and goals in tackling the threat of piracy
11:34 Lars Thrane makes its Iridium Certus® debut with the LT-4200 maritime satcom system
11:22 Belfast Harbour reveals ambitious growth plans
11:00 Marine cargo market characterised by “accelerating change” as underwriters take action to address continuing unprofitability, says IUMI
10:34 Safety at Sea and BIMCO publish cyber security white paper
10:27 ABS and Keppel partner in developing the first two new build Drilling Rigs with Smart Notations
09:43 Greenland research vessel picks MAN hybrid propulsion package
09:32 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.87% to $68.42, Light Sweet Crude – down 1.24% to $61.89
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 2,311 points
08:56 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Sept 17

2019 September 16

18:04 Ports draw $5B investment, 12K jobs to Georgia
17:59 GOGL increases investment in Singapore Marine
17:50 Pella launched first serial trawler of Project 03095, Castor
17:25 Tenders on pilot projects for stevedoring company concessions in Olvia and Kherson ports officially announced
17:04 Vestdavit equips Norwegian Coast Guard’s next generation for Polar boat launch and recovery
16:29 USCG halts 2 illegal charters near Miami, Fort Lauderdale
16:04 Royal Caribbean to welcome first Quantum Ultra Class ship to North America
15:27 Boluda Towage Spain manoeuvres world’s largest container ship in port of Algeciras
15:04 Cargill and Maersk Tankers join forces in the Medium Range segment
14:10 Zvezda shipyard hosts keel-laying ceremony for third Aframax tanker for Rosnefteflot
13:39 Jotun transforms turnaround times for storage tanks with a new TankFast solution
13:16 North Sea Port starts testing more reliable lockage planning for scheduled services in the Terneuzen lock
12:42 Meyer Turku is moving the delivery of Costa Smeralda to November
12:18 AEC welcomes Guggenheim Partners Investment Management as Arctic Partner
11:55 Professional emergency response team of Kontur SPb LLC recommended to be certified for emergency response to oil spills