1. LR approval in principle for SHI’s liquefied hydrogen carrier
Lloyd’s Register (LR) has granted Approval in Principle (AiP) to Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) for its 160,000 CBM liquefied hydrogen carrier, a key result from a Joint Development Project (JDP) launched earlier this year. As part of the JDP, SHI developed the concept and basic design for the Hydrogen Cargo Containment System (Membrane Type) and 160K CBM liquefied hydrogen carrier concept design. LR reviewed the concept design to determine its suitability and risks in accordance with LR Rules and Regulations for the Classification of Ships. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/10/25/lr-approval-in-principle-for-shis-liquefied-hydrogen-carrier/
2. Wallem Group appoints John-Kaare Aune as new Chief Executive Officer
John-Kaare Aune has been appointed Chief Executive Officer at Wallem Group after a successful term as Interim CEO. Having joined Wallem in 2019 as Managing Director, Shipmanagement, John took over as Group CEO on an interim basis in January 2021 following the resignation of Frank Coles. John’s appointment as permanent CEO, effective from 1st October 2021, recognises his hard work and commitment in overseeing Wallem’s operations during what has been a challenging year for the maritime industry. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/10/25/wallem-group-appoints-john-kaare-aune-as-new-chief-executive-officer/
3. Port of Los Angeles reduces net air pollution during pandemic year
After an unprecedented year in which cargo plunged sharply in the first half only to come roaring back, the Port of Los Angeles finished 2020 with a net reduction in air pollution, according to the company’s release. The Port’s Inventory of Air Emissions for 2020 shows criteria pollutants fell slightly from 2019 levels, with diesel particulate matter (DPM) down 1%, nitrogen oxides (NOx) down 3% and sulfur oxides (SOx) down 1%. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/10/25/port-of-los-angeles-reduces-net-air-pollution-during-pandemic-year/
4. UK House of Lords Inquiry. Is the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea still fit for purpose?
The House of Lords inquiry is considering the extent to which the UNCLOS it is fit for purpose in 2021 and examine the enforcement of UNCLOS, its dispute resolution mechanisms, and the extent to which is has proved able to adapt to new and emerging challenges, including climate change, autonomous maritime systems, and issues of human rights and human security at sea. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/10/25/uk-house-of-lords-inquiry-is-the-un-convention-on-the-law-of-the-sea-still-fit-for-purpose/
5. Siemens Gamesa to build first offshore wind turbine blade facility in the US
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has signed a long-term lease for space at the Portsmouth Marine Terminal in Virginia to build America’s first offshore wind turbine OEM blade facility. The company will develop more than 80 acres at the terminal upon execution of a firm order for the 2.6-GW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Commercial Project with Dominion Energy.
6. QatarEnergy enters offshore exploration in Canada
QatarEnergy, previously Qatar Petroleum, has inked a deal with ExxonMobil Canada to farm into an exploration license offshore the province of Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada. The deal, which marks the Qatar state-owned oil and gas firm’s first entry into offshore exploration in Canada, will see QatarEnergy hold a 40% participating interest in license EL 1165A, where the Hampden exploration well activities are planned. The remaining interest is held by ExxonMobil Canada. https://splash247.com/qatarenergy-enters-offshore-exploration-in-canada/
7. MSC Containership Attacked in Gulf of Guinea: Report
An MSC containership has reportedly come under attack in the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of Nigeria, Dryad Global reported Monday.
The maritime security firm said the MSC Lucia was boarded by an unknown number of attackers approximately 86 nautical miles southwest of the offshore Agbami Oil Terminal, located approximately 70nm south-southwest of the Niger Delta.
“The incident is understood to be ongoing,” the company said. Vessels transiting the area are advised to exercise extreme caution. https://gcaptain.com/msc-containership-attacked-in-gulf-of-guinea-report/
8. ‘Mayhem’ as Carrier Alliances Offer Conflicting Schedule Information for Same Ship
Shippers from Asia to North Europe are being given conflicting information on vessel ETAs by carriers in the same alliance, and for the same ship. It seems decisions on port call omissions in North Europe are not being communicated to freight booking desks and, as a consequence, shippers are being offered space on sailings for which cargo may only arrive at the original destination port several weeks after the advertised date. https://gcaptain.com/mayhem-as-carrier-alliances-offer-conflicting-schedule-information-for-same-ship/
9. Baltic Index Slips To One-Month Low On Weak Capesize Demand
The Baltic Exchange’s dry bulk sea freight index fell to its lowest level in over a month on Monday, weighed down by lower rates in the capesize and supramax vessel segments. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize vessels, fell by 153 points, or 3.5%, to 4,257, its lowest since Sept. 17.
The capesize index fell 423 points, or 6.8%, to 5,782, its lowest since Sept. 10. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Baltic+index+slips+to+one-month+low+on+weak+capesize+demand
10. UK Monitoring, Reporting & Verification (Uk-Mrv) Regulations
The club previously published guidance related to reporting emissions data into the IMO Data Collection System (IMO-DCS) and EU Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (EU-MRV) regimes. Following withdrawal from the European Union, the United Kingdom has retained and amended EU legislation to establish a UK-MRV regime to monitor, report and verify emissions data from ships > 5000GT calling at UK ports. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/UK+Monitoring%2C+Reporting+%26+Verification+%28Uk-Mrv%29+Regulations