DNV GL Targets Every Vessel in the Fleet Using Electronic Certificates in 2018

Just four months after the launching of electronic certificates, the classification bureau DNV GL has issued more than 50,000 certificates, the company had said. Following the introduction of IMO compliant electronic class and statutory certificates, in mid October 2017, DNV GL launched its electronic certificates. …See Details...

February 21, 2018

GPA Orders 8 Konecranes Boxporter RMG

​The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) in the USA has embarked upon the Mason Mega Rail Project that will double the Port of Savannah’s on-dock rail lift capacity to 1 million containers per year. As part of the project, the GPA has ordered 8 Konecranes BOXPORTER RMG cranes for the expanded intermodal container handling. Delivery will occur in two parts, one in the second half of 2019 and one in the second half of 2020. Work on the GPA’s Mason Mega Rail Terminal project in Savannah is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020. This rail terminal will combine and expand upon the rail yards currently operated by CSX and Norfolk Southern railroads at GPA’s Garden City Terminal. The project will also increase the number of working tracks from eight to 18. The terminal will allow 10,000-ft trains to be loaded and unloaded with containers, rapidly increasing service to an arc of inland American markets from Memphis to Chicago. “The Konecranes RMGs will play an integral role in our rail expansion, allowing the Port of Savannah to handle more containers by rail, with greater efficiency than ever before,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch.…See Details...

February 20, 2018

Despite Volume Increase, APMT Suffered Loss of US$168m in 2017

APM Terminals, a subsidiary of A.P. Moller - Maersk and sister company of world’s leading container shipping Maersk Line, suffered a net operating loss of US$168 million in 2017, down from earnings of $438 million in 2016 despite an increase in cargo volumes handled at the terminals it both owns and operates worldwide. Overall container throughput volumes in 2017 rose by 6.5 per cent over the previous year to reach 39.7 million TEU. The company said in its earnings report announcement: "APM Terminals faced various commercial challenges in 2017, which resulted in rate pressure, leading to lower revenue per move and impairments in challenged markets." Volume growth was driven by the strong performance of its terminals in North Asia, Latin America and on account of additional throughput garnered through its sister company Maersk Line.…See Details...

February 20, 2018

PTP Upgrades Billing Centre

​IPC subsidiary PT Pelabuhan Tanjung Priok (PTP) upgraded its billing facilities (billing centre) through launching of new billing centre at Tanjung Priok Passenger Terminal. This facility is integrated with banking system and equipped with cargo tracking system that is connected with the government inaportnet. "The billing system with cashless payment has actually been on stage since 2015. Today, we launched our new centre, another gateway we offer to our customer," PTP President Director Immanudin explained this billing center. "This billing center is a choice for customer who are not familiar with e-paymenet yet. And there are still many. There are thousands of transactions handled by this billing centre daily, with transaction value reaching more than Rp 2 billion a day," Immanudin said, adding: "Since the billing center also provides cargo tracking facility and it is opened for 24 hours in seven days, many came to billing center." Imanudin expects this facility can help to create efficient billing service to customers, including the customers of terminal 1, 2, and 3. "In principe, this facility is meant to help efficient billing service and to give more choices for customers in payment," he said. Some banks that have running partnership with IPC TPK for billing are including Bank Mandiri, BNI, BCA, and Bank CIMB Niaga. …See Details...

February 19, 2018

​ICS Protesting Permendag 82, Saying It a Discriminatory Practice

International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has delivered a protest to Indonesian government relating the issuance of Decree of Minister of Trade Permendag 82/2017, saying the policy is a discriminatory practice and breaking the free trade principles. Responding to the decree on “The provision of the use of national sea transports and insurance for the purpose of export and import of certain goods”, ICS secretary-general Peter Hinchliffe wrote to the Indonesian ministers for transport and energy and mineral resources as well as various other top officials. The letter is signed by former secretary that has been replaced by Guy Platten this month (February). The letter writes how ICS understands the decree, saying the global shipping industry “is very concerned that the decree appears to require that transportation of specified products and goods on international voyages, to and from Indonesian territory, must be conducted using Indonesian vessels”. The ruling applies to the carriage and insurance of rice, coal and crude palm oil (CPO), the latter two being some of Indonesia’s biggest commodities exports. As reported earlier, though the decree had been issued in October 2017 and is expected to come into force on April 26, there has so far been a lack of clarity on implementation. “If our understanding is correct, this would appear to be a form of discriminatory cargo reservation, which would be contrary to accepted international practice and maritime free trade principles that are adhered to by Indonesia's trading partners, including those in Asia,” ICS warned in the letter. It further added: “Cargo reservation is also contrary to the obligations which Indonesia has accepted as a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the commitments that governments have made under the 'Model Maritime Schedule' as part of the ongoing Doha Round.”…See Details...

February 19, 2018

NPCT 2 and 3 to Run in Fully Automated Terminal System

New Priok Container Terminal (NPCT) 2 and 3 that are targeted to be in operation by the end of 2019 will be run under a fully automated terminal system. This means that all the port equipments, including quay crane (QC) at the berthing mouth and RTG (rubber tyred gantry) cranes at the terminal yard, will run automatically and fully be controlled from controlling room. In addition, the container delivery from unloading process from vessel to the yard, or loading process to the vessel from a yard, will also run automatically under Automatic Guidance Vehicle (AGV) system. “This will become the first Indonesia’s terminals that adopt this system,” Prasetyadi, Pelindo II/IPC Operation and Information System Director told Indonesia Shipping Gazette, affirming that Terminal Teluk Lamong in Surabaya has actually deployed it, but still semiautomatic. In running the system, according to Prasetyadi, the terminals will do cooperation with Port of Rotterdam, Netherland. He explained that the adoption of this system will bring a lot of benefits such as fastening loading/unloading process and minimizing accident risk. “We minimize human at the field, thus minimizing accident,” he said. The construction of New Priok Container Terminal (NPCT) 2 and 3 is still ongoing and expected to be in operation by the end of 2019. …See Details...

February 15, 2018

What Will Shipowners Face If Failing to Comply with New Fuel Rules?

Shipowners face a race against time to execute strategies to reduce sulphur emissions by 1 January 2020, or risk vessels being declared unseaworthy and possibly non-insurable, said broking giant Marsh in a recent report. The IMO, which governs international shipping, had announced in late 2016 that under Annex VI of the IMO’s International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), shipowners will have to cut sulphur limits in marine fuel from 3.5% to 0.5% by 2020. The new rule is hard to comply with using current traditional high sulphur fuel oils (HSFO), which means shipowners would have to either switch to higher quality fuels or retrofit current vessels with emission cleaning systems – both of which will incur high costs.…See Details...

February 06, 2018

Kingston Freeport Terminal Orders Eight Konecranes Noell Straddle Carriers

Kingston Freeport Terminal Ltd. Has ordered eight Konecranes Noell Straddle Carriers to strengthen its container handling operation at Kingston Container Terminal in Kingston, Jamaica. Kingston Harbor is one of the widest and deepest natural harbors in the world, and Kingston Container Terminal is well-positioned to exploit its natural advantages as a transshipment hub for the benefit of Jamaica and the entire Northern Caribbean. Kingston Freeport already operates 25 Konecranes Noell Straddle Carriers, mainly of the N SC 644 E type. These are diesel-electric straddle carriers that stack containers 1-over-3. They are very eco-efficient and maneuverable machines, with a built-in growth path to automated operation. The eight new Konecranes Noell Straddle Carriers will be delivered in July 2018, bringing Kingston Freeport’s Konecranes Noell straddle carrier fleet to 33 machines.…See Details...

February 06, 2018

Hamburg Süd to Launch New Asia - America Services

Hamburg Süd will launch a new service network between Asia and South America West Coast, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean in April this year. Concealed behind the well-known service names ASPA and ASCA will then be a completely new product to replace the present partnership with other liner shipping companies (Vessel Sharing Agreement) in this trade. Customers will benefit from additional direct connections, higher sailing frequencies, greater flexibility as well as shorter transit times. The existing Vessel Sharing Agreement between Asia and South America East Coast is not affected by the changes and is to continue until the end of 2018. The four new ASPA and ASCA service strings will see the deployment of a total of 39 modern vessels with a slot capacity of 4,500 to 10,000 TEU and will call almost 30 key ports with several weekly sailings in the said markets. …See Details...

January 31, 2018

Shipping Lines Disappointed with JICT Longer Port Stay, Asking For Compensation

Some shipping lines are disappointed with a longer port stay at Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT), saying it had created extra cost, thus asking for compensation. One of the China shipping line for example, has sent a complaint as its service faced a longer port stay until 60 hours, from normally 34 hours. The principle has asked JICT to cover the total extra cost from a longer dockage and asked for a compensation. The liner suffered more than US$4,000 extra cost from one of its service longer stay. "We have to pay more dockage cost accounted from 26 hours delay. This is very damaging our credibility with our customers," said liner’s official. Such complaint totally disaffirmed the claim earlier declared by JICT Vice President Director Riza Erivan. On Monday, Riza explained that JICT operational had been running normal. …See Details...

January 30, 2018