World Maritime News
DP World port manager killed in Somalia’s Puntland state
A Maltese port manager has been shot dead in Somalia’s northern autonomous Puntland state. In a statement, the Dubai Media Office confirmed reports of the death of an employee at Bossaso Port, Puntland, on February 4. Three other DP World employees were injured. The Islamist militant group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.
Puntland, an arid region of north-east Somalia, declared itself an autonomous state in 1998,
in part to avoid the clan warfare in southern Somalia.
DP World won a 30-year concession in 2017 worth USD 336 million to develop and manage
the Bossaso port, 2,000 km north of Somali capital Mogadishu.
Many residents opposed the deal and staged protests during which at least one person was
killed. They said that the deal would increase taxes at the port.
DP World has a similar agreement for Berbera port in the neighboring region of Somaliland, which has declared independence from Somalia.
The federal Somali government declared deals null and void, accusing the operator of violating the country’s sovereignty. Subsequently, the Somali parliament passed a bill banning DP World from Somalia.
New US maritime regulators appointed
The US shipping regulator is back to near full strength following the swearing in of two members of the Federal Maritime Commission（FMC）nominated by President Donald Trump. Daniel Maffei and Louis Sola were sworn in week 4 and join acting chairman Michael Khouri and Rebecca Dye. The commission’s usual five members are traditionally divided along political lines depending on who is in the White House. Mr. Maffei is currently the only Democrat on the group. FMC’s responsibilities include licensing, antitrust issues in carrier alliances, and providing adjudication and dispute resolution for shipping-related cases.
Cosco Shipping acquires 60% stake in Chancay Terminal in Peru
Cosco Shipping Ports (CSP) has agreed to acquire a 60% stake in Chancay Terminal from Peruvian polymetallic miner Volcan, as the Chinese giant extends its footprint in South America for the first time.
The USD 225 million deal will allow the ports arm of state conglomerate China Cosco Shipping Group to expand the Port of Chancay – located 58 km north of Peru’s capital city Lima and currently handling zinc and silver – into a local gateway hub that can handle large containerships. CSP added that the Port of Chancay was a natural deep-water harbor with a maximum of 16 m water depth and was capable of satisfying the needs of mega vessels.
The port construction project includes multi-purpose terminals, container terminals and related infrastructure facilities. Phase I of the project, expected to come into operation in 2022, will have four berths, of which two are multi-purpose berths, and two are container berths with a total annual designed capacity of 1 million teu.
CMA CGM has completed the first bunkering operation to use LNG on one of its vessels.
“Containerships Nord” 1,400 teu, operated by CMA CGM’s Containerships shortsea subsidiary, loaded 234 tons of LNG at Rotterdam in January. CMA CGM ordered a series of nine 22,000 teu vessels in 2017 that will be LNG powered, making it the first carrier to use the fuel on ultra large containerships.
Meanwhile Hapag-Lloyd is to retrofit a 15,000 teu ship with LNG propulsion, claiming the world’s first LNG conversion for a containership of this size. Hapag-Lloyd will be implementing a technological option to reduce the environmental impact of large vessels.
The conversion will be done in Shanghai-based Huarun Dadong Dockyard Co.
Port of Fujairah bans open-loop scrubbers
The Port of Fujairah has banned open-loop scrubbers in its waters, said Harbor Master Tamer Masoud in a brief notice to mariners. Capt. Masoud did not give a date for the ban to take effect and did not state whether closed-loop scrubbers would be permitted.
Following a similar move from Singapore in November 2018, two of the world’s three largest bunkering destinations have now banned the devices. Europe’s top bunkering port and globally third-ranked port of Rotterdam has so far not made a call.
Open-loop scrubbers are also banned in Belgium, California, Massachusetts and along Germany’s River Rhine.
Critics argue that open-loop scrubbers prevent pollutants from being discharged into the atmosphere by pushing them into the sea, technically meeting the specifications of the IMO 2020 sulphur cap regulation without delivering its intended environmental benefits.
Hong Kong tests emission-sensing drones
Hong Kong has become the latest port to try using drones to monitor ship emissions, in line with other major adopters in European emissions control areas.
The cloud-based system claims to be able to sense sulphur emissions and other emissions such as carbon dioxide and nitrous oxides as well as particulate matter and produce results within minutes while scanning emissions from as far as 50 m from exhaust plumes. The work was funded by the Environmental Protection Department.
NYK and BHP bunker vessel with biofuel using blockchain
NYK announced on e of its bulk vessels had been bunkered with biofuels using blockchain
assurance platform, saving 55 tons of CO2.
The BHP chartered “Frontier Sky” bunkered a marine gas-oil equivalent biofuel provided by sustainable fuel provider GoodFuels. The fuel’s journey was being tracked and data around the origin, quality and the emissions of the fuel were verified by digital solutions provider BLOC, according to a press release.
This is the second sustainable fuel-blockchain pilot project between GoodFuels and BLOC. The pair partnered up to facilitate the first blockchain-based delivery and transaction in September 2018 at the port of Rotterdam.
With these two successful prototype trials, BLOC, which is dedicated to facilitating the transparent deployment of only sustainable fuels, hopes to launch this service commercially within the next few months.
The IMO 2020 sulphur cap approaching and carbon emissions measures creeping in, much weight will be given by authorities to the monitoring and reporting of vessel emissions by shipowners.