World Maritime News
Kitak Lim calls for greater ties between ports and shipping
IMO secretary-general believes in the importance of communication between ships and ports. He believes that it is important that there is more collaboration between owners, ports, and maritime administration. Concerning safety and security issues, Kitak Lim thinks ports must attend the IMO meetings and liaise with stakeholders.
Global LNG trades to double by 2035-40 led by Asia according to Shell and BP
Global trades of LNG could more than double between 2017-2035,driven by mainly Asian countries switching to cleaner energy that emits fewer greenhouse gases, according to Royal Dutch Shell and BP. More than 280 LNG vessels have transited the Panama Canal’s new locks since June 2016. As exports from the US grow, LNG transits could increase by 50% as early as September 2018, according to Panama Canal Authority.
UK shipping minister calls for bold action on gender equality
Ms.Nusrat Ghani was addressing the inaugural meeting of the Women in Maritime Taskforce, set up by promotional group Maritime UK. The taskforce will create recommendations to government and industry on equality. Women make up only 3% of the UK maritime workforce. The Women in Maritime Taskforce will create three working groups to address the key stages of a maritime career path: inclusion, retention and progression.
Djibouti claims “legal right” to take over Dolareh terminal from DP World
The government of Djibouti has seized control of the Doraleh Container Terminal from DP World. DP world designed and built the port and has operated it since 2006 in a concession awarded by the government. DP World said that the illegal seizure of the terminal is the culmination the government’s campaign to force DP World to renegotiate the terms of the concession. In response, the government of Djibouti has now asserted its legal right to assume management of the Dorealeh Container Terminal, the authority said in a statement.
Box carriers consider options for low-sulphur rules
Korean Register’s executive director Kim Yeon-tae has said a delay in implementation of the new global sulphur regulations was highly unlikely, despite some industry hopes for a postponement. It seems the majority of shipping companies have still not made up their minds on what measures they will be taking to comply. CMA CGM has stuck its guns on LNG but OOCL technical director said LNG was not favourable for ultra large containerships. MSC has a series of 11 ultra large containerships on order and those which to delivered in 2019 and 2020 will be fitted with scrubbers. Evergreen has decided on scrubbers for the chartered-in ships but would not clarify whether that would be using distillates or scrubbers for existing ships. Maersk’s current view is that it does not prefer scrubbers.
Logistics sector faces threat of vertical integration
The consolidation that has taken place in container shipping and freight forwarding over the past 18-24 months has to date been horizontal with competitors in the same space merging with or acquiring other companies, according to DB Schenker chief executive. But the next level of consolidation will be vertical, as companies seek to delve further into the supply chain. Maersk’s move into logistics as it transforms into an integrated transport and logistics provider would affect DB Schenker.