1. COSCO Panamax collided with French trawler in Irish waters, heavy damage. Bulk carrier HUA SHENG HAI collided with 35-meter French trawler KIRRIXKI (MMSI 228005600) off Kerry coast, southwest Ireland, at around 0100 UTC Oct 12, while en route from Guinea to Aughinish Alumina, Ireland. Trawler sustained serious bow damages, one crew was injured, in need of hospital treatment. Trawler reached Dingle and as of Oct 17, remains at Dingle. Bulk carrier is cruising in legs off Kilrush, west of Aughinish, probably waiting for berth.
2. Germany Promotes Shore-Based Power to Cut Emissions in Ports. The German government is launching a set of measures to promote shore-generated power in an effort to make the country’s ports cleaner. Instead of burning fossil fuels to generate shipboard electric power, vessels in Germany’s ports will be using renewable shore-based energy in the future. https://mobile.worldmaritimenews.com/archives/284841/germany-promotes-shore-based-power-to-cut-emissions-in-ports/
3. AET Names Dual Fuel Shuttle Tankers for North Sea Ops. Tanker owner and operator AET has unveiled its newest vessel duo as it named what it said were two of the world’s first LNG dual-fuel dynamic positioning shuttle tankers (DPSTs). Named at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) Geoje Shipyard in South Korea, Eagle Blane and Eagle Balder are twin-skeg 123,100 dwt shuttle tankers. https://mobile.worldmaritimenews.com/archives/284843/aet-names-dual-fuel-shuttle-tankers-for-north-sea-ops/
4. Portugal Launches Tender for Vasco da Gama Terminal in Port of Sines. The Portuguese government has issued a tender for the development of the Vasco da Gama container terminal at the Port of Sines, seeking a concessionaire who would invest in the project. The successful contender is expected to invest an estimated EUR 642 million (USD 708 million) in the terminal that will have an annual handling capacity of 3.5 million TEU. The government further noted that the facility would be capable of hosting 24,000 TEU boxship giants thanks to a 1,375 meter quay with three simultaneous docking positions.
5. IBM Joins Mayflower Autonomous Ship Project. American information technology company IBM has joined a global consortium of partners, led by marine research organization ProMare, which is building an unmanned, fully-autonomous ship that will cross the Atlantic in September 2020. https://mobile.worldmaritimenews.com/archives/284829/ibm-joins-mayflower-autonomous-ship-project/
6. Global Piracy on the Decline, IMB Report Indicates. The first nine months of this year saw fewer incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships than the corresponding period of 2018, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said in its latest report. 119 incidents have been reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB PRC) in 2019, compared to 156 incidents for the same period in 2018. https://mobile.worldmaritimenews.com/archives/284799/global-piracy-on-the-decline-imb-report-indicates/
7. Gazprom Neft Opens Marine Lubricants Company in Singapore Ahead of IMO 2020. Russian oil and gas company Gazprom Neft has established Gazpromneft Marine Lubricants, a new operating company with an office in Singapore, ahead of the IMO 2020 regulation that will change the marine fuels landscape. As informed, the new business will manage the development of an international sales and logistics network for Gazprom Neft marine lubricants, including, specifically, in the South–East Asian and European markets. https://mobile.worldmaritimenews.com/archives/284798/gazprom-neft-opens-marine-lubricants-company-in-singapore-ahead-of-imo-2020/
8. Addressing barriers to transboundary carbon capture and storage. Transboundary export of carbon dioxide (CO2) for the purpose of carbon capture and storage (or “sequestration”) can now be provisionally allowed under certain circumstances, Parties to the London Protocol have agreed. The London Protocol provides the basis in international environmental law for Governments to allow carbon capture and storage (CCS) under the seabed – which is recognized as one tool in climate change mitigation, whilst ensuring protection of the marine environment. https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/addressing-barriers-to-transboundary-carbon-capture-and-storage/
9. Addressing invasive species in ships’ ballast water – treaty amendments enter into force. Amendments to an international treaty aimed at preventing the spread of potentially invasive species in ships’ ballast water entered into force on 13 October 2019. Ships regularly take on sea water, in tanks, to ensure their stability. Known as ballast water, this can contain many aquatic species, including in microscopic or larval form. These can become invasive and harmful if the ballast water is released, unmanaged, in a new location at the end of an ocean voyage. https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/addressing-invasive-species-in-ships-ballast-water-treaty-amendments-enter-into-force/
10. First LPG Vessel Handled At Mundra Under The Agency Of J.M.Baxi & Co. Mundra port will be handling its first LPG Tanker “GAS COMMERCE” under the agency of J.M.Baxi& Co. who have been nominated by a Hongkong based Owners and renowned Shippers to handle the First LPG tanker “GAS COMMERCE”. The vessel arrived on 13th October/ 2200 Hrs and she was secured at Jetty No. B1 of Mundra Port on 14th Oct / 0300 Hrs ,carrying 13,500 MT of Butane and 13,500 MT of Propane. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/First+LPG+Vessel+Handled+At+Mundra+Under+The+Agency+Of+J.M.Baxi+%26+Co