• 2018 April 26 16:34

    IMO meeting in July to continue 2020 preparations

    The IMO has scheduled an extra meeting in July in order to make timely progress on preparations for the 0.50% sulphur limit, and agreed to fast-track the development of guidance on ship implementation planning for 2020, IBIA said in its press release.

    The 72nd session of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 72) authorized an Intersessional Meeting on Consistent implementation of regulation 14.1.3 of MARPOL Annex VI, scheduled for 9 to 13 July 2018, to report its outcome concerning the development of guidance on ship implementation planning for 2020 to MEPC 73, for consideration.

    The intersessional meeting was agreed at the 5th session of the Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR 5), which drafted a comprehensive plan for developing IMO guidelines for implementation of the 2020 sulphur limit.

    The guidelines should cover:

     Preparatory and transitional issues, relating to how ships can prepare for implementation, including calculations of how long prior to 1 January 2020 they need to begin cleaning out fuel tanks and fuel systems;

     Assessing impact on fuel and machinery systems resulting from using new fuel blends or fuel types;

     Verification issues and control mechanisms and actions, including monitoring measures that can be used by port State control to effectively target non-compliance and how to deal with in-use fuel oil samples;

     Fuel oil non-availability, including guidance on how to deal with various situations, information sharing and a standard format for reporting non-availability;

     Safety implications relating to the option of blending fuels;

     Other useful guidance/information that assists Member States and stakeholders, including guidance addressing quality assurance and integrity of the supply chain and on the importance of fuel oil management on board.

    The intersessional meeting in July will work also on the development of draft amendments to MARPOL Annex VI:

    1. Definition of Sulphur content (regulation 2)

    This item was agreed based on PPR 5/13/9 submitted by IBIA, proposing adding a definition of “sulphur content” based on ISO 8754 so that sulphur testing undertaken by authorities to verify compliance with MARPOL sulphur limits would be consistent.

    A new proposal by China to MEPC 72 to include both ISO 8754 and ISO 14596 sulphur test methods in the definition will also be considered by the intersessional meeting.

     Testing and verification procedure of in-use fuel oil samples (amendments to regulation 14 and associated consequential amendments to regulation 18 and appendix VI)

     Multiple approaches are on the table including PPR 5/12/1 from IBIA proposing suitable guidelines for sulphur verification of the in-use sample, to regard such samples testing within 95% confidence limits as compliant. There is also talk of amending Appendix VI to MARPOL Annex VI, which contains the sulphur verification procedure for MARPOL samples, so it deals with both MARPOL and in-use samples.

    The deadline for proposals to the July intersessional meeting is May 25.




2019 January 17

18:13 PORT OF KIEL presents annual results 2018
17:51 Ice restrictions at the port of Primorsk come into effect on January 25
17:28 Global Ports sets up a common service call centre
17:09 EFIP welcomes and supports the European Parliament position on the Connecting Europe Facility for 2021-2027
17:05 North Sea Port monitoring the Brexit closely
16:44 ABP invests £700K to boost storage at Port of Ipswich
16:27 Global fuel market: still many uncertainties in both demand and supply
16:22 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and the Mediterranean
16:05 OCEAN Alliance extends duration of OCEAN Alliance to ten years
15:42 COSCO SHIPPING Ports signs agreement with PSA to add two new berths at the terminal in Boao, Hainan
15:31 Liebherr supports the 6th International Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
15:02 Ocean Yield ASA agrees to acquire a modern Suezmax tanker for a consideration of USD 56.0 mln
14:02 SEACOR Marine enters agreement to acquire three additional platform supply vessels from affiliates of COSCO Shipping Group
13:49 Throughput of Chinese ports grew by 4.2% to 9.22 billion tonnes in 2018
13:32 Jensen Maritime provides design for Shaver Transportation’s new tugboat
13:14 OOCL rolls out third phase of Ocean Alliance product refinements
12:50 Baltic Ports Organization’s schedule for 2019 is set
12:38 Port of Los Angeles breaks all-time cargo record in 2018
12:26 Qatar accedes to load lines convention
12:01 Sunseeker International and Rolls-Royce to present first production yacht with MTU hybrid power in 2020
11:51 Bunker prices continue going down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:38 Port of Zeebrugge handled 40.1 million tonnes in 2018
11:25 Nor-Shipping reveals stellar line-up for Ocean Leadership Conference
10:52 10 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 16-17
10:28 NOVATEK’s hydrocarbon production totaled 548.4 million boe in 2018, up 6.9% Y-o-Y
10:03 Brent Crude futures price down 0.34% to $61.11, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.54% to $52.03
09:39 Tallink and Taltech to collaborate on developing smart ship solutions
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,055 points

2019 January 16

18:36 Kongsberg Gruppen enters into an agreement with Rome AS to divest Kongsberg Evotec
18:06 Seaspan Corporation announces the closing of the second tranche of the $1 billion aggregate investment commitment by Fairfax
17:55 INEOS, Europe’s largest petrochemicals company, announces Antwerp as the location for its new ground breaking 3 billion Euro petrochemical investment
17:50 Throughput of Rostov-on-Don port in 2018 grew by 11.5% Y-o-Y to 24.1 million tonnes
17:36 Rolf A. Sandvik resigns as CEO of The Fjords
17:06 Digging begins in construction of new Antarctic wharf
16:52 Throughput of Russian seaports in 2018 grew by 3.8% Y-o-Y to 816.5 million tonnes (detalization)
16:31 IMO’s polar communication and navigation equipment guidance to be finalized
16:14 COSCO Shipping Lines launches Ocean Alliance 2019 service products
16:10 Ice restrictions at Passenger Port of Saint-Petersburg come into effect on January 25
16:05 Realogis publishes market report on the letting of logistics properties and industrial sites in the greater Hamburg area for 2018
15:46 Ice restrictions at Big Port of St. Petersburg come into effect on January 25
15:33 Verifavia Shipping cements leadership position for EU MRV and IMO DCS IT system certification
15:22 Throughput of Makhachkala Commercial Sea Port almost doubled in 2018 to 2.5 million tonnes
14:57 Houston, Texas will host the 3rd LNG USA Summit on 26-27 February 2019
14:31 Milan, Italy will host the 2nd Small-Scale LNG Summit on 12 February 2019
13:54 CHARLES ANDRÉ Group and Dunkerque-Port join forces to develop combined transport service from Dunkerque
13:25 Société Générale and MPA Singapore join SEA\LNG Board
12:58 Vladivostok Sea Fishing Port handled 4.54 million of cargo in 2018, up 14% Y-o-Y
12:33 VEB team got acquainted with Zvezda SBC production
12:09 ABS Advanced Solutions and Fleet Management Limited partner on cyber security
11:56 Engineers from Far Eastern Federal University provide scientific support of dry dock construction at Zvezda shipyard
11:30 Bunker prices at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia show no significant changes (graph)
11:09 Port of Oakland cargo volume hit all-time high in 2018
10:52 3 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 15-16
10:35 ​IMO Secretary-General highlightes the need to consider seafarer training and standards
10:09 Fincantieri to build a new ship for Regent Seven Seas Cruises
09:57 Brent Crude futures price down 0.02% to $60.57, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.03% to $51.97
09:41 CMA CGM OCEANIA LINES - PAD service to resume weekly rotations
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,096 points

2019 January 15

18:18 WMU investigated how the global transport industry will change as a result of automation and advanced technologies
17:52 ASCO Training Center achieved all targets set for 2018