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The Nautical Institute appeals for seafarer feedback over S-Mode

The Nautical Institute today announced a consultation to help assess the latest proposals for standardised navigation equipment. The latest suggestions were presented at the IMO’s 5th NCSR (Navigation, Communication and Search and Rescue) Sub-committee meeting by the Institute and other stakeholders including CIRM (Comité International Radio-Maritime), the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, and delegation members from Australia and the Republic of Korea. Navigators’ views are sought on the latest concept for S-Mode which is in its final stages of development before being finalised next year. This is for an ...

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Skillsfuture Singapore, MPA And Maritime Union To Inject $12.6 Million In Training Next Generation Of Seafarers

The Singapore maritime industry looks well-positioned for the future, with strong support from SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), and Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union (SMOU) in the form of continued funding for the Tripartite Nautical and Engineering Training Award (TNTA & TETA) Programmes worth S$12.6 million. The TNTA and TETA programmes, will receive funding support from SSG, MPA and SMOU. The two cadet training programmes are recognised as key opportunities for Singaporeans to develop themselves to the fullest potential through progressive and fulfilling career pathways. ...

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West African pirates taking hostages for ransom as oil prices tank

Chirag Bari’s merchant ship MT Marida Marguerite was nearing the Gulf of Aden when the vessel was boarded by Somali pirates. “I approached the bridge; I heard noises coming from inside the bridge,” he said. “Then I saw the pirates. “I could see a person with an AK47 in his hand, pointing the gun on to me.” The chemical cargo ship was meant to be travelling from Mr Bari’s native India to Belgium. Instead, he and his fellow crew members were towed into waters off the Somali coast and held ...

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Are You Cybersecutiry Ready?

Across the global maritime community, vessels, ports and facilities are increasingly dependent on cyber systems. Failure to anticipate and prepare for a cyber incident could lead to disastrous consequences. While the IMO has given ship-owners and managers until 2021 to incorporate cyber risk security into ship safety management systems. Tanker owners and operators that are subject to vetting under OCIMF should have been addressing cyber security risks in their policies and procedures since 1st January 2018. In April 2017, the OCIMF issued TMSA Version 3. In addition to the inclusion ...

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Avanza Successfully Trials Daikin’s Active Ca For Avocados

AVANZA, a leading supplier of premium Hass avocados, has completed a successful trial with Daikin Reefer, a leading global supplier of container refrigeration equipment. Using Daikin’s Active Controlled Atmosphere (CA) technology, AVANZA trialled a proof of concept shipment of 6,500kg avocados between the ports of Tauranga, New Zealand, and Busan, Korea. The positive outcome now sees Daikin’s Active CA in pole position for transportation of next season’s avocados. The trial took place in December, towards the end of the New Zealand avocado season, which runs from September to January. As ...

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Britannia Appoints New Exclusive Correspondent in Taiwan

In a move to maintain the highest possible service levels to its Members in Asia, Britannia P&I has recently made two important changes. In April last year, Britannia’s Managers, Tindall Riley, acquired the club’s Exclusive Correspondent in Japan, Cornes P&I. Renamed Tindall Riley (Britannia) Japan, the acquisition demonstrated the importance of Japanese shipowners to Britannia. “The renaming of the Tokyo office was the immediate change, with the office continuing to provide Britannia’s Japanese Members with outstanding levels of service” said Andrew Cutler, CEO Britannia. He added that “2018 will see ...

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Record year at Port of Sunderland sees cargo levels soar to more than 800,000 tonnes

The growing Port of Sunderland handled record levels of cargo in 2017, figures released show. The municipally owned port, which marked 300 years in operation last year, chalked up a 13% rise in tonnage passing through its docks over the 12 months, with figures now standing at more than 800,000 tonnes. Cargo levels have more than doubled since port director Matthew Hunt took up the job eight years ago and he said the rising tonnage contributed to another successful year for the port. The figures follow a programme of extensive ...

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Energy World to kick off Philippines LNG terminal, plans another

Australia-listed Energy World Corp expects to start up a gas-fired power plant in the Philippines by end-2018, its chief executive said, fed by the country’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports. The Philippines does not currently import LNG, but its domestic natural gas reserves are depleting, and the country has been developing plans for import terminals for years. EWC’s terminal on Pagbilao island in Quezon province, if started up this year, would mark the country’s first LNG imports. “By the end of this year, we should have 400 megawatts (MW) ...

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U.S. ethane consumption, exports to increase as new petrochemical plants come online

Over the next two years, EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) projects growth in U.S. consumption of ethane in the petrochemical industry will exceed increases in consumption of all other petroleum and liquid products—such as motor gasoline, distillate, and jet fuel—combined. EIA also projects that ethane exports will continue increasing, as ethane is exported both by pipeline to Canada and by tankers to more distant destinations. Ethane is separated from raw natural gas at natural gas processing plants along with other hydrocarbon gas liquids (HGL) such as propane, normal butane, isobutane, ...

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Kuwait’s KPC inks term deals for Apr 2018-Mar 2019 naphtha

Kuwait Petroleum has received acceptances from at least two buyers for the renewal of light and full range naphtha contracts for loading over April 2018-March 2019, market sources said Tuesday. The premium for light naphtha was heard concluded at a premium of $14.50/mt to Mean of Platts Arab Gulf naphtha assessments, FOB, and the premium for full range naphtha at $13/mt to MOPAG naphtha assessments, FOB, the sources said. KPC did not respond to S&P Global Platts’ requests for confirmation. The deal levels in this round were much higher than ...

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India allows private companies to bid for coal mines for commercial production

India’s cabinet on Tuesday approved a plan to allow private companies to bid for coal mines for commercial production, a move that would help the country cut imports and boost local production. “This is an important reform and will ensure affordable and reliable supply of coal,” Coal Minister Piyush Goyal told a news conference, adding that the move would allow Indian and foreign companies to mine coal. Coal accounts for 70 percent of India’s power generation, and the country has a target to produce 1 billion tonnes by 2022. Source: ...

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Australia’s central Queensland coal regions brace for storms, flash flooding

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology Tuesday warned of imminent severe thunderstorms and flash flooding in coal mining regions of the state of Queensland. “Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones over the next several hours in the central highlands and coalfields and parts of the Central West, Capricornia and Maranoa and Warrego districts,” the bureau said in a 2:15 pm AEDT update (0315 GMT). “Locations which may be affected include Emerald, Clermont, Biloela, Blackwater, Rolleston, Baralaba, Springsure, Marlborough and ...

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China would not be the only country hurt by US steel tariffs

Heavy tariffs and quotas on steel will hurt China, but other countries may well bear the brunt of such measures. “The fact is that China does export a lot of steel and aluminum to the United States, but frankly, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, other countries import more steel than does China,” said Max Baucus, former U.S. ambassador to China, which is the world’s top overall steel exporter. On Friday, the Commerce Department recommended imposing heavy tariffs or quotas on foreign producers of steel and aluminum in the interest of national security, ...

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OPEC Member Hopes for Alliance With Russia That Lasts ‘Forever’

OPEC’s fourth-largest oil producer is leading an effort to prolong cooperation with Russia and other allies far beyond the expiry of their joint supply cuts this year. “My hope is for it to last forever,” United Arab Emirates Energy Minister Suhail Al Mazrouei said in an interview with Bloomberg television. By working together they can “prepare for any unforseen surprises in the market, to avoid any glut or any shortage of supply.” The global oil market is finally recovering from several years of oversupply, in large part because of joint ...

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Oil group reports rise in confidence in North Sea projects

There has been a growing number of oil companies looking to invest in the development of emerging technologies, according to the Oil and Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC). The OGIC says this growth comes as North Sea operators continue to demonstrate the benefits of technology-led solutions in response to economic downturn. Access to advanced technology has always played a vital role in driving the oil and gas sector forward. However, the risks associated with bringing a new technology to market require significant financial investment to research, develop, test, and commercialise a ...

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