• 2019 November 8 15:01

    Singapore readies ship owners and operators for 2020 & Beyond

    The Singapore Registry of Ships (SRS) crossed the 95 million gross tonnage milestone in 2019 and maintained its position among the top registries in the world. Themed “2020 & Beyond”, the SRS Forum held by Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) today around 200 attendees from shipping companies and other maritime entities based in Singapore.

    MPA announced several new initiatives at the Forum that would help ship owners and operators to take steps to contribute to environmental sustainability and be greener, improve operational efficiency through digitalisation and develop skilled maritime professionals.

    As a key maritime nation, Singapore is committed to promoting environmental sustainability of the industry. MPA has reviewed its Maritime Singapore Green Initiative (MSGI) to keep it relevant, with a new focus on decarbonisation. Under the enhanced MSGI, new carbon emissions-related incentives will replace existing sulphur emissions-related ones in the Green Ship Programme and Green Port Programme. The Green Ship Programme will also have a new incentive to encourage adoption of engines using alternative fuels with lower carbon content such as liquefied natural gas (LNG), while the Green Port Programme will introduce new incentives for the use of LNG bunker during port stay and for ships exceeding IMO’s Energy Efficiency Design Index requirements.

    The MSGI programmes will be extended for another five years to 31 December 2024. MPA will issue a Shipping Circular and Port Marine Circular with more details.

    As a cleaner and greener fuel, LNG can contribute to IMO’s 2050 target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Singapore is on track to be LNG-bunkering ready. MPA has supported the building of two LNG bunker vessels to facilitate ship-to-ship LNG bunkering for ocean-going vessels from Q3 2020 onwards. MPA is also preparing for the first simultaneous operations for LNG bunkering and cargo operations to take place next year.

    Beyond physical connectivity, MPA is strengthening the digital connectivity of our port. By end 2019, all services provided by MPA’s One Stop Document Centre (OSDC) at Tanjong Pagar Complex will be available on the Marinet website. With all services available online, OSDC will gradually phase out counter services. The counters will only open from 08:30 to 12:30 starting 1 December 2019, and eventually close from 1 January 2020. MPA has also installed self-service tablets at OSDC for those who need to perform these services online.

    To help the industry meet its manpower needs, MPA, SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) and Workforce Singapore have jointly developed the Professional Conversion Programme (PCP) for Sea Transport Professionals. The PCP will help mid–career local PMETs from either within or outside of the maritime industry to transit and take up new maritime jobs.

    In joint collaboration with SSG, MPA also rolled out the Work-Study Programme for ship-owning, operating and broking, which provides fresh polytechnic graduates with a headstart in their careers related to their discipline of study by acquiring relevant work experience and building on their skills and knowledge acquired in school. Administered by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS), participants of the 18-month programme will undergo structured on-the-job training, facilitated learning, and mentorship. Upon completion of the programme, participants will receive an internationally recognised certificate awarded by the ICS.

    To continue attracting talent to seafaring, the Tripartite Maritime Scholarship (TMSS) has been enhanced to introduce a new mid-term TMSS scholarship for Certificate of Competency (CoC) 3/5 holders, which will provide a $30,000 sign-on bonus, allowances as well as cover the costs of subsequent CoC and other compulsory course fees. The mid-term TMSS scholarship will widen the pool of potential applicants and encourage more to continue their seafaring career. Individuals with a strong seafaring background will have good career opportunities in shore-based jobs.

    MPA’s Assistant Chief Executive (Operations) Captain M Segar said, "More ship owners and operators in the industry have begun to look beyond the challenges and opportunities in the horizon with the advent of disruption caused by digitalisation and decarbonisation. MPA will support the transformation of the industry, to position Maritime Singapore to adapt and maintain a competitive edge in today’s global environment."




2019 November 18

13:15 MacGregor secures complete piggy-back hatch cover order from Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding
12:53 Vympel Shipyard delivers Grachonok-class special purpose boat to Federal National Guard Troops Service
12:32 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 8,159 in RF spot market
12:09 Kim Heng signs MoU with subsea cable installer for offshore windfarm cable-laying projects in Taiwan
11:51 New national port operator WT Terminal established in the Freeport of Riga
11:09 Stena Line takes delivery of new ferry Stena Estrid
10:54 Series of eighth dry cargo carriers of Project RSD32M completed with delivery of Anatoly Nikolayev
10:33 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in Jan-Oct’2019 fell by 6.4% Y-o-Y to 38.92 million tonnes
10:19 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Nov 18
10:15 Port of Singapore throughput in Jan-Oct’2019 declined by 0.6% to 520.7 million tonnes
09:52 DEME and Royal IHC launch TSHD MEUSE RIVER
09:34 Brent Crude futures price is flat at $63.3, Light Sweet Crude – at $57.83
09:32 IMO's working group agrees National Action Plans – draft MEPC resolution
09:20 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,357 points

2019 November 17

16:12 Port of Dover wins ESPO Award 2019
14:47 Aker Solutions and leading operators join forces to qualify subsea gas separation
14:12 Wight Shipyard Co to build an innovative hybrid CTV for CWind
12:42 PSA Marine and Wartsila join hands to tackle climate emergency
11:38 A.P. Moller-Maersk improves operational profitability
10:15 ABS and Arista launch smart shipping journey

2019 November 16

16:42 Team Tankers International Ltd. announces Q3 2019 results
15:02 GasLog places NOK 900M of senior unsecured bonds due 2024
14:23 BTG and GoodFuels preparing for major investment in bio-refinery to support shipping’s low carbon fuels demands
13:41 Third L-class delivered in China
12:32 Seaspan to purchase a fleet of six containerships on long-term charter for $380 million
11:28 Mammoet inks agreement with Port of Coeymans Marine Terminal to strengthen presence along East Coast
10:18 Metal Sharks delivers pilot boat duo to BCMT

2019 November 15

18:09 Coast Guard medevacs cruise ship Aida Perla passenger just off Ponce, Puerto Rico
17:48 Sovcomflot reports its results for third quarter and nine months of 2019
17:23 Wärtsilä and PSA Marine collaborate to achieve clean energy shipping
17:15 Bollinger Shipyards contracted to build ocean transport barge
17:00 Composit supports 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
16:57 Ulstein unveils its concept of the first hydrogen powered offshore vessel
16:36 RF Government separates positions of Deputy Transport Minister and head of Rosmorrechflot
16:14 IMO holds training on impacts of anti-fouling systems and ships’ biofouling on marine environment
15:39 Norway boosts IMO's GreenVoyage-2050 GHG project
15:11 New Wärtsilä Expertise Centre provides value-adding lifecycle support
14:57 LUKOIL commissions phase three facilities at Filanovsky field
14:30 NSR cargo traffic totaled 26 million tonnes year-to-date, up 63.5% YoY
14:13 Georgia Ports Authority up 3.5 percent to 428,400 TEU in October 2019
13:13 Diana Shipping announces direct continuation of time charter contract for m/v Medusa with Cargill
12:51 Multipurpose Reloading Complex reports 4-fold increase of allocations for environment protection to RUB 11.5 million
12:32 ABI Research: Commercial fleets looking to tech to accelerate ROI in the face of rising costs, competition, and uncertainty
12:13 Port of Oakland names Danny Wan Executive Director
11:28 ESL Shipping participates in Intelligence Hunt
11:00 CMA CGM to apply GRI from Canada West Coast to worldwide destinations (Excluding EU, Russia & USA)
10:41 Delft Dynamics, Next Ocean and Damen perform qualification test in North Sea
10:40 Gremyashii corvette of RF Navy’s Nothern Fleet to be tested in White Sea
10:16 Training ship Perekop of RF Navy's Baltic Fleet arrives in Republic of Myanmar
09:54 Bunker prices go down at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:39 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Nov 15
09:32 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.45% to $62.56, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.51% to $57.06
09:13 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,364 points

2019 November 14

18:19 French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe inaugurates CEVA Logistics’ new headquarters in Marseille
18:00 Boosting handling of cargo bound for Arctic considered as strategic development vector of Murmansk Commercial Seaport
17:41 Port of Liepaja (Latvia) handled 5.92 million tonnes of cargo in 10M'2019, down 5.1% Y-o-Y
17:20 Gasunie, EBN, Port of Amsterdam and Tata Steel work together on the development of a CCUS project in the North Sea Canal area
16:49 Hung Hua Construction of Taiwan orders third Fast Crew Supplier this year to support offshore wind ambitions
16:36 Main engines loaded onto second serial ship of PV22 project at Nevsky Shipyard
16:15 Hapag-Lloyd announces rates from East Asia to North Europe and Mediterranean