1. IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim statement on World Ocean Day 8 June 2022
“The ocean connects, sustains, and supports us all. Shipping is one of the prime users of the oceans delivering over 80 per cent of world trade and linking global supply chains.
The International Maritime Organization has developed a comprehensive regulatory regime to ensure the marine environment is protected from shipping activities. Among other initiatives, we are working together with countries and partners on local actions that can serve as models and wider inspiration to keep protecting the ocean. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/06/08/imo-secretary-general-kitack-lim-statement-on-world-ocean-day-8-june-2022/
2. SILVERSEA unveils eight enhanced restaurants for new ship SILVER NOVA
Silversea Cruises has unveiled eight signature restaurants for its new ship Silver Nova—offering guests unparalleled variety. From spacious, open-seated venues to more intimate dining options, Silver Nova’s diverse range of restaurants will serve a selection of cuisines throughout the day, from international to speciality fare. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/06/08/silversea-unveils-eight-enhanced-restaurants-for-new-ship-silver-nova/
3. ISSA looks to a future of quality ship supply through the launch of its ISSA Education Programme
The International Shipsuppliers & Services Association, the trade association for the world’s ship supply industry, has signed an agreement with World Maritime Academy to deliver high quality online training to the global ship supply and procurement sectors.
The ISSA Education Programme brings together the industry expertise and knowledge of ISSA and its member companies with the maritime education and training capabilities of WMA’ to produce some of the highest quality ship supply and procurement courses for ISSA members and non-ISSA members. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/06/08/issa-looks-to-a-future-of-quality-ship-supply-through-the-launch-of-its-issa-education-programme/
4. Greece’s largest Port strong presence at Posidonia 2022 showcasing one stop hub capabilities for all port services, delivering proven excellence in all
PPA S.A. is setting the pace for the port industry with a strong presence at this year’s Posidonia, held at Athens’ Metropolitan Expo Centre from 6-10 June, showcasing PPA’s strong achievements for the Port of Piraeus with the slogan “One stop hub for all port services, excellence in all”.
Following the opening ceremony held on the first day of the exhibition, the Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy, Ioannis Plakiotakis, China ambassador to Greece, Xiao Junzheng, alongside other governmental officials and press representatives visited PPA’s stand, where they received a warm welcome by PPA’s Chairman Yu Zenggang and the company’s representatives. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/06/08/greeces-largest-port-strong-presence-at-posidonia-2022-showcasing-one-stop-hub-capabilities-for-all-port-services-delivering-proven-excellence-in-all/
5. US FMC announces three new initiatives to assist shippers and improve supply chain performance
The US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is establishing three new initiatives that will provide enhanced assistance to shippers, continue to improve legal and regulatory compliance of regulated entities, and focus on remedies to supply chain problems.
The Commission will establish a new and permanent International Ocean Shipping Supply Chain Program, re-establish its Export Rapid Response Team, and take the steps necessary for carriers, marine terminal operators, and operating seaports to employ a designated FMC compliance officer. https://splash247.com/us-fmc-announces-three-new-initiatives-to-assist-shippers-and-improve-supply-chain-performance/
6. South Korean ports impacted as thousands of truckers go on strike
Unionised truck drivers in South Korea have gone on strike at some ports and container depots amidst soaring fuel prices and inflation in the country, posing the latest threat in a string of global supply chain disruptions.
According to the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), 15,000 truckers belonging to Cargo Truckers Solidarity (CTS) union staged demonstrations at 16 locations throughout the country, joined by several thousand more drivers. https://splash247.com/south-korean-ports-impacted-as-thousands-of-truckers-go-on-strike/
7. IMO Marine Environmental Protection Committee: Running at Full Speed to Stay on Schedule
One of the best characterizations of the International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) came in Greece (1,500 miles from IMO headquarters), on a panel at the Tradewinds Shipping Conference (held in conjunction with the Posidonia exhibition. One of the panelists said “I’ve learned not to predict the outcome of MEPC meetings on their third day; I’ve even learned not to predict the MEPC results on their fifth day”. Yes, there’s a lot going on this week! https://gcaptain.com/imo-marine-environmental-protection-committee-running-at-full-speed-to-stay-on-schedule/
8. Explosion Reported at Freeport LNG Facility in Texas
An explosion was reported at the Freeport LNG export facility near Freeport, Texas, closing a portion of the Intracoastal Waterway to marine traffic, the Coast Guard said Wednesday.
No injuries were reported and there appears to be no theat to the public or local communities. https://gcaptain.com/explosion-reported-at-freeport-lng-facility-in-texas/
9. First electric tug arrives in New Zealand
New Zealand welcomed the first ship-handling electric tug in the southern hemisphere as a key port invests in reducing its emissions
Ports of Auckland sailed Sparky into port 7 June after its voyage from the shipyard in Vietnam. It was escorted across the Waitematā harbour in Auckland, North Island, by Ports of Auckland’s current tugs.
“To welcome Sparky to Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) and see it in real life is a dream come true,” said Ports of Auckland project manager and general manager of marine and multi-cargo operations Allan D’Souza. https://www.rivieramm.com/news-content-hub/sparky-electric-tug-arrives-in-new-zealand-71473
10. Russia hikes oil exports from major Eastern port to help offset EU ban
Russia is ramping up oil exports from its major eastern port of Kozmino by about a fifth, aiming to meet surging demand from Asian buyers and offset the impact of European Union sanctions, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Moscow has said it hopes to reroute energy exports from the West to Asia, but doing so via long tanker voyages from European sea ports is expensive and complicated by Western sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine, such as on shipping. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Russia+hikes+oil+exports+from+major+Eastern+port+to+help+offset+EU+ban