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Samsung Heavy Unveils Korea’s 1st Marine Battery System

Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has further enhanced its technological competitiveness in the eco-friendly vessel market with the development of Korea’s first marine battery system.

The shipbuilder received a type approval certificate from DNV-GL for the first time as a South Korean producer for marine lithium ion battery system, which was jointly developed with Samsung SDI.

The type approval certification enables the company to produce a lithium ion battery system at a reasonable price at home, instead of using costly lithium ion battey systems predominantly supplied by large-scale equipment makers in Northern Europe where environment regulations are stricter.

The lithium ion battery system, which reduces fuel consumption of generators by optimally controlling and managing on-board generators and power load, is an eco-friendly technology that enables reductions in emissions of pollutant substances and in operating costs as well, SHI explained.

“As the global demand for environmentally friendly technologies is higher than ever, there is a growing trend in the application of battery systems as efficient auxiliary power units for large-scale commercial ships and offshore units,” the shipbuilder said.

“By securing the battery system technoogy applicable to all types of vessels, SHI will take the advantageous position in the competition for orders for vessels,” Shim, Yong-Lae, Vice President of SHI Ship & Offshore Research Institute, said.

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Strait of Hormuz – security guidance

23 July 2019

Following the events on Friday 19 July in the Straits of Hormuz, BIMCO, the ICS, Intertanko and the OCIMF have drafted the following reporting guidance:

“Reporting Guidance for vessels `transiting the Arabian Gulf (AG), Straits of Hormuz (SoH) and Gulf of Oman (GOO)

A. UKMTO Advisory Notice 002/JUL/2029.
B. U.S. Maritime Alert 2019-004A.
C. BMP5.
D. UKHO Security Chart Q6099.

The incidents against tankers transiting Straits of Hormuz on Friday 19 July have been widely reported (Ref A & B).

To ensure the safety of all vessels and allow navies to afford best protection to global trade it is vital:

  • Masters register with UKMTO when entering the Indian Ocean VRA (Ref C & D).
  • Comply with Flag State Guidance.
  • 24-48 hrs in advance – Masters provide transit plans for the SoH and AG to UKMTO including:
    • Time of Entering/Exiting the SoH TSS.
    • Outline of Navigation Plan whilst operating in SoH and AG.
    • Any constraints or speed restrictions.
    • Crew Nationality.
  • CSO’s ensure all contact numbers for UKMTO and USNAVCENT NCAGS are correct.
  • In the event of any incident or being concerned, Masters should call UKMTO immediately.
  • Masters answer all VHF calls from coalition navies. Ch16 is becoming very busy, alternative channels will be offered.
  • CSOs and Masters prepare, print and have available the correct response if called on VHF.

UKMTO will share information with the navies joining Operation Sentinel, and questions regarding information sharing can be directed to UKMTO. Navies are operating in the SoH and to offer best protection they need to be aware of all vessel movements and intentions.

Useful BMP Contact details:

Tel: +44 2392 222060

24/7 Watch: +973-1785-0084

Download additional sources of information:

Safety & Security and the use of Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel (PCASP) in Arabian Gulf, Strait ofHormuz and Gulf of Oman

BMP5: Best Management Practices to Deter Piracy and Enhance Maritime Security in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea

OCIMF’s Ship Security: Hull Vulnerability Study

NATO ATP2 – NCAGS Guide to Owners, Operators, Masters and Officers Edition A Version 1 Annex D to Chp 4

This guidance should be posted on the bridge for ease of access to watch officers and covered in watch hand overs.”

If you have any questions concerning transiting the Arabian Gulf, the Straits of Hormuz or the Gulf of Oman, please feel free to contact your usual claims handler at Skuld.


Wärtsilä’s fast track delivery of a 200 MW engine power plant will help meet Cambodia’s rapidly growing electricity demand

Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release, 1 July 2019 at 5 AM EEST

The technology group Wärtsilä will supply a 200 MW flexible baseload power plant to Cambodia that will help meet the country’s rapidly growing energy demand. Because of the urgent need to increase electricity supply, Wärtsilä is delivering the plant on a fast track basis. The order with Wärtsilä was placed in June 2019 by CGGC-UN Power Co, the Chinese state-owned main EPC contractor for the power plant project. The plant, located in Kandal Province near Capital city of Phnom Penh is being built on behalf of Cambodia’s state-owned utility Electricite du Cambodge (EDC). It is expected to become fully operational in 2020.

In addition to adding much needed capacity to the grid, the 12high efficiency Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines will provide the fast-starting, balancing flexibility to improve grid stability and reliability and also increased levels of renewable energy, in particular solar power, to be eventually integrated into the system. The dual-fuel capability of the Wärtsilä engines will allow them to initially operate on heavy fuel oil (HFO), but will switch to liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel when the local LNG infrastructure is available.

”This is our first thermal power plant installation in Cambodia, and we greatly appreciate the support from Wärtsilä in delivering their generating equipment with such a short lead time. This will allow the project to be completed by next year, so that the needed electricity supply can come on-line as planned,” commented Mr. Liu Fei, President of CGGC-UN Power.

“The country’s rapid economic growth, and tariff reduction policy has increased the demand for electricity, which when combined with the shortage of water for hydro power generation, has led to the supply being unable to cope. The new power plant is, therefore, urgently needed and Wärtsilä’s ability to meet this need is critical to the success of this project,” added H.E, Keo Rottanak, Minister Attached to the Prime Minister, Managing Director of EDC.

Thanh Pham, Business Development Manager, Cambodia, Wärtsilä Energy Business, stated: “Fuel and operational flexibility are key factors in delivering the right solution for this project. The ability to seamlessly switch to LNG fuel when it becomes available is made possible by the Wärtsilä 50DF engines. They also have the flexibility to operate at lower load during the rainy season, and the flexibility to integrate renewables into the system in the future, although the immediate use will be to provide the required baseload power.”

Cambodia has considerable potential for utilising solar energy, and Wärtsilä’s energy solutions are aimed at facilitating the adoption of renewables. The company has announced its vision for a 100 percent renewables future. The energy sector is undergoing a transformation towards the integration of increasing levels of power from renewable sources, and Wärtsilä’s development activities are focused on providing flexible solutions that speed and enable this transformation.


Marine cities are the new nexus of power needed for a cleaner future, says SEA20 group

Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade press release, 28 June 2019 at 2.45 pm EEST

Thursday 27 June, 2019, saw distinguished political and industry kingpins congregate at the Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa in Finland for an afternoon of closed-door talks at what was the first SEA20 High-Level Meeting.  

SEA20 is a not-for-profit initiative aimed at bringing together a selected group of representatives from the world’s most influential port cities to plan the future of urban living and the role of shipping within that. Participants at the event included Jan Vapaavuori, Mayor, City of Helsinki; Alexander Stubb, Former Finnish PM and now Vice-President, European Investment Bank; Jaakko Eskola, President and CEO, Wärtsilä; Joshua Berger, Director of Maritime, State of Washington and many more revered guests from China, Europe and the US.

The aim of the meeting: to find common solutions for building a globally efficient, ecologically sound and digitally connected future maritime sector. Why? According to the United Nation’s latest estimate, 68% of the global population will live in cities by the year 2050. This shift places pressure on the development of city infrastructure and the maritime sector. While shipping is by far the most cost-effective way to move goods and people around the world, as consumer demand increases maritime businesses are increasingly faced with major challenges in transitioning to greener, more sustainable operations. 

“According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), 90% of global goods are transported by sea meaning that globalisation, urbanisation and the development of maritime logistics are all deeply interconnected. When working on several pilot projects related to, for example, renewable fuels and the digitalisation of the maritime industry, we have noticed a general reluctance to adopt new solutions on a broader global level. We believe that this stems from a lack of market incentives and supportive legislation. The entire industry should be further encouraged to be more transparent and cooperate more broadly. When we all work together we can build a stronger marine ecosystem,” says President and CEO of Wärtsilä, Jaakko Eskola.

Marine cities are becoming the drivers of global development 

The event included a discussion on the preliminary findings of the “Maritime Future: A Global Analysis on Marine and the Environment” – a report compiled by the think tank Nordic West Office with contributions from global experts in maritime and city planning. The full report, to be published later this year, aims to map the answers to several bottlenecks related to the development of the maritime industry.

”The need to create a smarter marine and energy ecosystem that can handle change in the coming decades is of paramount importance for our marine cities. Today, shipping lacks the comprehensive sharing of data and mutual trust necessary for solving sustainability issues. The issue of the common fate of cities and ports should be raised. Ports and their surrounding areas, at sea and on land, are in need of innovations and their creators,” says Lauri Tähtinen, the Nordic West Office Research Director responsible for conducting the report.

Participants at the event debated the themes of the report and its preliminary findings. There was general consensus that cities are fast becoming the drivers of global development in a world that needs to find greener and more sustainable solutions. Pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and increasing congestion are contributing to social tension in cities. The maritime sector has a significant role to play in abating these issues if only the doors would be further opened to encourage a better relationship between the key stakeholders. It was raised that guidelines for a smarter maritime ecosystem are needed and the foundation of new 2020 principles was proposed to provide a framework for this.

There is a need for cooperation. For example, the port of Helsinki and the city of Helsinki are jointly developing port-city ecosystem by enhancing operational efficiency, digitalisation and sustainability through innovation and experiments. We see SEA20 as a great way of sharing these kinds of experiments with other cities and tackling challenges together,” says Ulla Tapaninen. Head of Unit, Enterprise Services, at the City of Helsinki.​


The Trump administration banned cruises to Cuba under new restrictions on U.S. travel to the Caribbean island imposed on Tuesday to pressure its Communist government to reform and stop supporting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

The tightening of the decades-old U.S. embargo on Cuba will further wound its crippled economy, as well as hurt U.S. travel companies that had built up Cuban business during the brief 2014-2016 detente between the old Cold War foes.

The State Department said the United States will no longer permit visits to Cuba via passenger and recreational vessels, including cruise ships and yachts, as well as private and corporate aircraft.

The U.S. Commerce Department told Reuters the ban would be effective from Wednesday, giving cruise lines no grace period to change destinations and creating confusion among cruise passengers.

“Please tell me that my cruise to Cuba (in 18 days) is still going to be a cruise to Cuba,” beseeched Matthew Watkins on Twitter.

Royal Caribbean Cruises announced that ships sailing Wednesday and Thursday would no longer stop in Cuba and it would provide updates on future cruise destinations.

Carnival Corp said it would have additional information in “the very near future.” Norwegian Cruise Line likewise said it was monitoring the situation.

The United States will also no longer allow so-called group people-to-people educational travel, one of the most popular exemptions to the overall ban on U.S. tourism to Cuba. Travel experts said some groups may get around that by instead using one of the 11 other categories still allowed.

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump had announced the new restrictions in April as part of its rollback of the U.S.-Cuban detente under former President Barack Obama and its broader battle against socialism in Latin America.

Cuba experts say the Trump administration appears to be partly eyeing the presidential elections next year, with the key swing state of Florida home to many Cuban-American exiles who welcome the harder line on Havana.

“The Administration has advanced the President’s Cuba policy by ending ‘veiled tourism’ to Cuba and imposing restrictions on vessels,” said a tweet from Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton, who has led the U.S. campaign against what he has called the “troika of tyranny” of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.

“We will continue to take actions to restrict the Cuban regime’s access to U.S. dollars.”

Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel said the island would not be intimidated.

“They have not been able to asphyxiate us, they will not be able to stop us, we will continue to live and we will conquer,” he wrote on Twitter.

Many analysts have said the Trump administration is pursuing a failed policy of trying to overthrow Cuba’s government through sanctions, which has served only to give Havana an excuse for its own economic failings over the past 60 years and a pretext to clamp down on domestic opposition.

This is the second time the Trump administration has tightened U.S. travel restrictions on Cuba. While the measures are designed to hit government coffers, they are also hurting Cuba’s fledgling private sector, which the United States has said it wants to support.

“This is another hard blow,” said Miguel Ángel Morales, owner of La Moneda Cubana, a restaurant in Old Havana. “Around 50% of our business comes from the cruise ships.”

Wärtsilä will bring water & waste systems into shipping’s digital age

Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade press release, 5 June 2019 at 1 pm EEST

At this year’s Nor-Shipping conference and exhibition, the technology group Wärtsilä will be highlighting its development work on a smart concept for onboard water and waste systems. The work involves combining the latest environmental technology and process expertise with real-time data collection and digital modelling. This is made possible by Wärtsilä having the marine industry’s most extensive portfolio of waste and water treatment solutions, and a unique offering in digital tools such as data collection units and route planning.

“Wärtsilä continues to be ahead of the curve in adapting digital technology and connectivity to deliver solutions to the marine industry that are more efficient, safer, and environmentally sustainable. Our development work with this smart water and waste treatment system represents a key component within the Smart Marine Ecosystem that will ensure a successful future for our customers,” says Arto Lehtinen, Director, Water & Waste, Wärtsilä Marine.

The envisioned system leverages Wärtsilä’s in-house competences in data-driven design and process optimisation, to create a smart approach to handling a ship’s waste. This will deliver notable advantages over conventional treatment systems, since human error that can result in illegal discharges, will be eliminated.

The concept promises to change the industry’s approach to waste and water treatment, thereby opening up opportunities for new business models. The primary benefits are anticipated as being the enablement of trouble-free operation, full regulatory compliance, valuable cost savings resulting from the higher level of efficiency attained, and the lack of harmful impact on the marine environment. The inclusion of remote monitoring of the systems will enable operational improvements based on real-time facts validated against a digital twin of the system. Initial studies show that when linking water and waste operation to route planning the potential reductions in energy consumption could be as much as 25 percent.

With its capabilities in simulating, modelling and designing complete solutions from the ground up, Wärtsilä aims to create a holistic integrated system with all the elements designed to work and interface seamlessly together. This will deliver cost and energy efficiencies, and will save on physical space requirements. System reporting will be automatically generated, and in line with local and international port regulations. The development project is ongoing and involves close cooperation with customers.

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Good anchoring practice

4 June 2019

Anchoring loss prevention

Anchoring is a critical operation on vessels. Shipping companies, port authorities and P&I Clubs value the safety of anchoring, which can be affected by the wrong anchoring operations and the increased traffic of ships as well as undesirable weather conditions. Club statistics shows that the direct claims relating to anchor account for up to 8% of navigation related claims. An improper anchoring could cause damage and loss to the vessel, other vessels, property and the environment. The consequential losses of grounding and collision due to anchor dragging or loss can be significant. Claims relating to improper anchoring are as follows:

  • Anchor lost or twist
  • Grounding or collision due to anchor dragging
  • Damage to underwater cables or pipelines
  • Damage to floating objects or port facilities
  • Damage to navigation aids or facilities
  • Damage to the marine environment (e.g. coral reef)
  • Fines etc.

Good bridge management in anchoring operations is the key to achieving safe anchoring and avoiding accidents. It includes anchoring planning, risk assessment, best anchoring practices, anchoring watch keeping, etc. Ship companies should set up procedures for these critical tasks and incorporate them into the safety management system.

Surroundings of anchoring

Along with evaluating the nature of the seabed when anchoring, these are the elements to be considered: direction and strength of wind and current, sea condition, shallow water, prohibited areas, navigational aids and facilities, underwater cables and pipelines, swinging room, other anchoring vessels in the vicinity.

To avoid accidents like anchor dragging, vessels should keep a safe distance from other vessels, navigational hazards, underwater cables and pipelines. The distance to the nearest grounding line should be no less than one nautical mile.

A safe distance between vessels depends on vessel’s maneuverability that could be restored from anchor dragging. There are no definite criteria to measure it.

The ICPC (International Cable Protection Committee) bulletin point out that anchor dragging whilst at anchor or under way can cause underwater cable damage, and the cause of such damage around the world has been closely monitored since the formation of ICPC. Some newly laid oil pipelines or gas pipelines might not be marked/updated on the navigation chart and Notices To Mariners.

Emergency anchor dropping might also be necessary in case of steering failure, probable collision, maneuvering in shallow waters, etc.

Risk assessment and plan to anchor

Anchoring operation is part of a passage plan, which must be carefully planned, executed and monitored. An effective anchoring plan can prevent anchor accidents and avoid any operational failure.

A detailed risk assessment of the anchoring operation should be carried out to formulate an effective plan and to make prudent decisions when facing emergencies. If you expect wind force to increase, the possibilities of anchor dragging must be part of the risk assessment. An alternative anchorage should also be prepared if the initial selected anchoring position is unavailable.

The anchor plan should be prepared by the master considering the following elements:

  • The limitation of the anchoring equipment: It is only designed to hold the vessel in good holding ground, and not to hold the vessel off fully exposed coasts in rough weather.
  • The available depth and type of holding ground at this anchorage. Maximum depth of anchoring must be applied. Do not anchor in depths beyond windlass hauling capacity with allowance of efficiency reduction for old windlass.
  • The minimal Under Keel Clearance: in a calm weather and smooth seas condition, the UKC should be at least 20% of maximum vessel’s draft in loaded condition.
  • Location of the anchorage designed for the vessel.
  • Tide, direction and strength of the current in the anchorage area.
  • The immediate and predicted weather, wind direction and strength, visibility, sea condition of wave, swell, etc.
  • The availability of adequate sea floor.
  • The safety swinging circle of the vessel: A circle with a minimum radius including length of anchor chain and the vessel’s Length Over All.
  • The proximity of navigational hazards. An adequate safety distance to the nearest vessels and navigational facilities.
  • An alternative anchorage if the initial selected anchoring position is unavailable.
  • The anchor to be used with the condition of anchor, anchor chains, windlass, brake band, chain stopper, lashing devices, etc.

The master should also determine the operation mode of the engine according to the type of anchorage, weather conditions and the distance from other vessels, shoals and navigational hazards.

Anchoring operation

Anchoring operation is based on experience in handling complex anchorage and various conditions of vessels. The following points should be considered for safe anchoring:

Determining which anchor to use depends largely on the vessel and condition of the anchors. The basic principle is that the anchor must be in good holding and heaving condition.

Sternway speed: the speed over the ground need to be minimized when the vessel dropping the anchor and the chain paying out. In general, it should be limited to about 0.5 – 1.0 knots; for VLCCs, it should be from 0.25 to 0.5 knots only. Laying the chain across the ground in an orderly manner can avoid excessive strain on the chain.

Observed GPS speed might not be reliable if the speed is less than 0.5 knot. It is very difficult to be accurate at such low speed over the ground.

Anchor chain paid out: Wrong practice in dropping the anchor may cause chain entangling accidents or loss of the anchor. Most accidents are caused by uncontrolled running-out speed of the anchor chain and poor condition of the brake when dropping the anchor.

The running-out speed should be limited to 5-6 metres/sec. and the brake force must be used to control the speed.

In shallow waters, up to the depth of 25 metres, the customary practice is to let go the anchor from the hawse pipe or one meter above water by releasing the brake.

If the water depth of the anchorage is between 25 to 50 metres, release the anchor about 5 metres above the sea bottom with the windlass, and then let go the anchor by releasing the brake.

If the water depth of the anchorage exceeds 50 metres, release the anchor and the chain with the windlass until the chain walking out to the required length.

However, if the water depth is above 80 metres, do not drop anchor as the maximum anchor depth for most vessels are designed to the rule of 82 metres (three shackles). The master should check the class limitation of the vessel to ensure the windlass heaving capacity limits do not exceeded for the anchoring depth.

Length of cable: the cable length that should be released depends on factors such as water depth, draft, windage area, strength of wind and current, and anchorage congestion.

The previous information of the cable length (3.5 to 4 times the water depth) is no longer enough to prevent vessel from dragging if anchoring is affected by wind and current.

A general guide: The cable length of should be 3 times of the water depth plus 90 metres in normal condition. It should be 6 shackles under normal circumstance for a depth of 25 metres. In rough weather condition, the cable length should be 4 times the water depth plus 150 metres. Congested anchorage is one of the exceptions. For example, in Singapore Roads, there should be 3 shackles in the water for handy size vessel, and only 4 shackles in the water are acceptable for “Panamax”.

Anchor in stand-by: If there are underwater cables and pipelines on the planned route of intended anchoring point, the anchor should not be lowered into the water and the clutch of the anchor should remain engaged. This prevents the anchor accidental releasing and damaging the underwater cables and pipelines.

Anchors when ship alongside berth should be properly secured with stoppers or lashings to prevent any accidental running out.

Anchor dragging

Dragging the anchor often happens in rough weather conditions, especially in tropical areas (typhoon, hurricane, etc.). Avoid anchoring when facing current turbulence in heavy weather and the vessel should then be sailed to open sea.

It has been found that anchor dragging is experienced in 40% of instances of anchoring under typhoon conditions. In such circumstances, it requires extra time and emergency procedure to handle anchor dragging and anchor weighing.

Anchor dragging would not cause serious accidents if there is enough space in the sea for maneuvering and enough time to regain control of the vessel. But in most cases there is not sufficient space or enough time as the speed of anchor dragging under wind pressure force is approximately 3 – 4 knots.

Anchor dragging rarely happens on vessels with a deep draft when compared to vessels with a light draft. It is recommended to increase the draft of the vessel to prevent dragging. The master and officers should familiarize themselves with the condition of the vessel in advance and take necessary precautions.

Checking the anchor position frequently to detect anchor dragging at early stage is of great importance. A vigilant bridge watch is essential as it can take some time to recognise anchor dragging, especially in a crowded anchorage where there is insufficient space between vessels to deal timely with emergencies.

The master and office must keep in mind that during the period beginning of detecting dragging to regaining full control of the vessel, the vessel may run into a dangerous situation, close to other ships and facilities, or underwater cables and pipelines, or shallow water.

Timely steps should be taken once anchor dragging occurs as it can affect the safety of the vessel. Anchor dragging can be reduced to a minimum if another anchor is dropped immediately.

In the event of suspected anchor dragging, anchor dragging of vessels nearby, or when the vessel is straying out of the safety swinging circle, the officers on watch should:

  • Report to the master immediately
  • Inform engine room to start the main engine emergently
  • Have officers standing by at the anchor station

Anchoring in heavy weather

When the wind increases to BF 7, the main engine should be prepared on standby, the bridge and engine room must be at a navigation level, and officers should stay alert.

If necessary, the vessel should leave the anchorage and proceed to open sea to avoid anchor dragging. If the master decides to take such actions for safety reasons, he or she does not need to wait for instruction from VTS or port authorities.

To prevent anchor dragging in heavy weather, below are the recommended measures:

  • Reduce wind area of the vessel as much as possible
  • Use ballast to increase the draft of the vessel
  • Reduce trim by stern as much as possible
  • Trim by head and increase it if possible. This is to move the wind center backward and the hydrodynamic center forward to reduce deviation of the vessel and improve the vessel’s stability.

Korean Register Introduces Remote Survey Service for Ocean-Going Ships

The Korean Register (KR) has launched a new remote survey service for any of the classification society’s vessels engaged in international, ocean-going voyages.

As explained, the scope of KR’s remote survey service is limited to classification surveys.

“As part of the industrial revolution 4.0, we are constantly reviewing our technologies to see what we can streamline and with improved internet connectivity around the world, this is will be a clear benefit to our customers without compromising standards in any way,” Jeong-kie Lee, CEO and Chairman of Korean Register, commented.

A remote survey is a method to conduct a survey through bi-directional communication with a vessel, by sharing photographs, video contents and digital images from the ship. As a result, the KR Remote Survey can be conducted anywhere in the world – without requiring a surveyor’s attendance on board.

Using this method, KR plans to offer several types of the remote survey —  a Continuous Machinery Survey (CMS), a 3-month extension to a propeller shaft and stern tube shaft survey, a 3-month extension for boiler survey, a minor damage survey, and a Condition of Class (COC) survey.

However, there may be restrictions, according to the classification society. For instance, statutory surveys conducted on behalf of flag administrations are excluded from the scope of the remote survey. Passenger ships, submersibles, nuclear ships, hydrofoils, air cushion vessels or high-speed crafts cannot apply for a remote survey, these vessels will still be assessed by a surveyor attending in person.

Established in 1960, KR currently classes an international fleet of 3,050 vessels totaling 68 million GT. It is authorized to perform statutory and certification services in 80 countries.


Huawei vs. U.S.: As trade war escalates, tech companies sit in the crosshairs
Amazon Japan may be stopping sales of the P30 in response to U.S. Huawei ban

Huawei has been placed on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s “Entity List,” prohibiting the company from acquiring parts and components from U.S. companies without the approval of the federal government. This occurred on May 15, and the move is thought to be leverage in the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China.

The situation continues to escalate and alter by the day, with more questions arising. Here’s what you need to know.

Huawei’s woes aren’t just limited to manufacturing companies. According to a report from Shimajiro@mobiler, Amazon Japan has stopped direct sales of Huawei’s latest flagship range, including the Huawei P30 and the P30 Pro. When the report first broke on late Wednesday evening, May 22, Amazon Japan’s product pages for the Huawei P30 Lite and P30 with bundled extras show a simple “out of stock” message, with no plans for restock.

It’s worth pointing out that this alarm may be overblown. While those product pages are indeed out of stock, there still exist pages for the P30 Pro and P30 with apparent stock, though numbers are low. While some variants — usually the Breathing Crystal color — are only in stock through third-party vendors, the black variants remain in stock and apparently available from Amazon Japan. The real test will be whether those phones are restocked after selling out.

However, Amazon has added a new line to the product descriptions of each phone. According to Google Translate, the line reads: “There are serious concerns about this product such as OS (Operation System).” This refers to the ongoing concerns that Huawei’s phones could be locked out of future Android updates and Google’s software suite.


Windows 10 May 2019 Update: Everything you need to know

Changes are coming to Windows 10 with the release of version 1903 that affect everyday users and IT decision makers. Here’s what you need to know.

Development of Windows 10 is a continuous process—while previous versions of Windows received service packs or point releases that served primarily as rollups of Windows Update security patches, Windows 10 receives feature updates on an approximately six month cadence. These updates bring significant user-facing changes, as well as changes to enterprise features.

Windows 10 version 1903 (also called 19H1) was made available to the Release Preview ring of the Windows Insider Program on April 8, 2019, and was added to the MSDN download catalog on April 18, 2019. Microsoft announced general availability for consumers, and commenced rollouts via Windows Update, on May 21, 2019.

For those wishing to get an early look at the new version, check out TechRepublic’s guide to getting Windows 10 version 1903 early, likewise, those wishing to defer an upgrade should check out the guide to delaying installation of Windows 10 version 1903.

TechRepublic’s overview of the May 2019 update to Windows 10 is a “living guide” that will be updated as new articles about the update are published across TechRepublic, ZDNet, and CNET. For more on Windows 10 generally, also check out TechRepublic’s cheat sheet for Windows 10.

What to know before and after installing the Windows 10 May 2019 Update

Unplug and remove your external drives and memory cards

Users receiving notices that “This PC can’t be upgraded to Windows 10” when attempting to install the update should remove external drives and memory cards, as they can block systems from installing the update. The update process can cause drives—including internal drives—to be assigned different drive letters after installation.

You’ll need more free space to install the May 2019 update

Microsoft has increased free disk space requirements for new PCs shipping with Windows 10 1903 to 32 GB, an increase from the 16 GB needed for 32-bit versions and 20 GB for the 64-bit versions. While Microsoft claims that these are only requirements for new computers, Windows Update does not check to see if sufficient free space exists before starting the update—leading to updates failing to install, with opaque error codes such as 0x80070070.

For new computers shipping with Windows 10 1903, Microsoft is also introducing “reserved storage,” allocating 7GB of the disk to ensure that future updates can be installed smoothly.

Check your privacy settings after installation

Previous updates to Windows 10 reset privacy settings to the defaults, which share a relatively high amount of usage and analytics data with Microsoft. Though Microsoft has attempted to be more transparent with privacy settings, the spontaneous reset of privacy settings can be an unwelcome surprise. Be sure to change your privacy settings in Windows 10 after updating.

The update brings more robust protections for Spectre and Meltdown

Microsoft is bringing Google’s retpoline patches to Windows 10, which should finally bring robust and performant patches for the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities. Microsoft’s previous attempts at patching these vulnerabilities have been plagued with issues, as patches caused random reboots, blue screens, and inadvertently made it easier to exploit the vulnerabilities.

Forcing periodic password changes may become a thing of the past

Microsoft is questioning the wisdom of using Group Policy to enforce password expiration. The company is seeking public comment on the practice, arguing that the practice is outdated and ineffective. As TechRepublic’s Lance Whitney put it, “if you have evidence that [your] password had been stolen, you would change it immediately rather than wait for some predefined expiration date,” while Microsoft colorfully noted that “if your users are the kind who are willing to answer surveys in the parking lot that exchange a candy bar for their passwords, no password expiration policy will help you.”

New features coming to the Windows 10 May 2019 Update

Streamlining Start, Search, Accounts, and Sign-In

For new accounts, Windows 10 reduces the number of icons and groups applications into folders more than in previous versions, and makes them easier to remove. Likewise, there are now less hoops to jump through to uninstall built-in applications.

SEE: Windows 10 May 2019 Update: The new features that matter most (ZDNet)

Search is now less cluttered, with filter icons at the top, the five most frequently used apps in the center, and recent documents and browsed pages at the bottom. Cortana has been separated from Search, now allowing people to remove the Cortana button from the taskbar.

The Sign-In options panel in Account Settings has also been streamlined, with an option to use a personal security (FIDO2) key added.

DPI Awareness includes better support for Hi-DPI apps & displays

As notebook computers increasingly use Hi-DPI displays, apps may not perform as expected when connecting external displays. Since Windows 10 Version 1803, Microsoft offers to fix apps without having to log out of Windows, so this fix is now applied automatically, unless the features is manually deactivated. It’s also possible to view and sort apps by DPI awareness in the Task Manager, as a column for that attribute has been added.

Other visual enhancements, including a “Light Mode” to complement the darker theme that shipped with Windows 10, were also added.

You can safely access Linux filesystem data inside File Explorer

Users of Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) will be able to access, move, and copy data stored inside WSL instances using File Explorer, making it easier for developers using WSL to manage files in those environments without relying solely on the command line, or third-party kludges that can lead to data loss or corruption.

Application sandboxing allows for safe app test driving

On Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise, Windows Sandbox adds a containerized environment for running untrusted executables. The sandbox is destroyed after the app is closed. This feature relies on hardware virtualization extensions (Intel VT-x, and equivalents) present on modern hardware, though this may require manually enabling these extensions in the system BIOS. Likewise, the Windows Sandbox feature itself must be enabled using the Windows Features dialog in the Control Panel.

Windows Defender System Guard brings advanced security features

The Windows Defender System Guard container, formerly called Virtualization-Based Security or Virtual Secure Mode, isolates the Windows kernel to shield against cases where it may be compromised. Using Hyper-V, secure “memory enclaves” are used to isolate signed code executed at a higher virtual trust level, preventing malware from editing firmware and boot components of Windows.

Likewise, Windows Defender Application Guard is a security mode for Microsoft Edge, which allows users to visit untrusted websites without worrying about malicious code on those websites gathering system information or downloading malware onto the computer. An extension exists for Chrome and Firefox that loads untrusted websites in the guarded Edge instance. It is unclear if or when this feature will support the new Chromium-based Edge, still under development.

Windows Admin Center modernizes Windows Server, Azure instances, and workstations

Improvements to Microsoft’s Windows Admin Center (WAC), following its introduction one year ago, allows system administrators to manage Windows Server 2019 instances, as well as Azure-hosted services, and traditional workstation deployments of Windows 10. The web-based WAC is particularly helpful for managing hybrid cloud deployments, as it unifies multiple services into one dashboard.

PowerShell access, naturally, is still available for users who prefer the command line. For users of Storage Migration Service or System Insights, WAC is the only GUI available. While not all functionality has been ported over from the classic Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT), reliance on older tooling is only necessary in specific circumstances. TechRepublic’s Simon Bisson notes that “Microsoft is gently nudging admins and other users away from their old admin tooling,” adding that “it won’t be too long before it’s your only option if you want to get the most from your Windows Server installs.”

PowerToys coming back to Windows after decade-long absence

Microsoft is reviving releases of PowerToys—free desktop enhancements for power users provided by the Windows development team, but not supported by Microsoft, or officially part of Windows. PowerToys first appeared with Windows 95, though were discontinued with the release of Windows Vista. Starting with Windows 10, PowerToys will be open source, and available on GitHub.

Features not coming to the Windows 10 May 2019 Update

With the Windows Insider early-access program, Windows development now happens far more out in the open than was the case with prior versions, leading to public-facing experiments that may not be adopted in final releases.

Plans for “Windows Sets” app data grouping abandoned

Sets, a Windows management feature that allows users to group app data, websites, and other information in tabs, appears to be abandoned in the update, according to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, who noted that significant engineering work would be required of the Edge and Office teams to implement the feature, which was not well received in public testing with Windows Insiders. Users who want a feature like Sets can turn to the Stardock “Groupy” application, which provides similar functionality.



MARPOL ANNEX VI – Sulphur Cap 2020 – Demystifying the FONAR

23 May 2019

Fuel Oil Non-Availability Report (FONAR) is primarily a discretionary tool for a Member State to lessen the breach of MARPOL Annex VI, it is not an exemption but rather a self-declaration by owners that a breach has or is about to occur.

IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (“MEPC”) 74 published its resolutions on 20 May 2019 and specifically Section 5 deals with the ramifications of the aforementioned report.

The concerns over non-availability of globally compliant bunkers of 0.5% bear identical hallmarks of the implementation of the ECA zones and availability of 0.1% back in 2015.

There has been much discussion on whether owners may rely on the FONAR due to non-availability of compliant fuel.

However, how it will be applied by each Member State remains to be seen.

The FONAR consists of an immensely detailed questionnaire. Owners who find themselves in breach of Regulation 18 can make use of a FONAR. However, the evidential threshold is high and succeeding on a dispensation or reduction of a fine will depend on whether best efforts were made to:

  1. Source compliant fuel;
  2. Source local alternative sources.

That said, even unavailability is not a carte blanche to breaching MARPOL since alternative compliant fuels could have, most likely, been purchased such as 0.1% distillates.

To support a claim that all efforts were made to source complaint fuel, owners will need to furnish exhaustive evidence that a voyage plan was in place, that there were valid reasons for being unable to source compliant bunkers and/or operational issues which would have endangered the vessel had the non-compliant bunkers been burnt.

Owners can be sure that the Port State Control (PSC) inspectors will investigate other vessels which called at a port which allegedly did not have compliant fuel available in order to verify the truth of the statements contained within the report.

The PSC will also look for evidence of any fuel changeovers conducted outside of the jurisdiction of the Member States and whether the vessel had working emission control equipment during its visit.

Interestingly, the PSC will keep record of how many FONARs a vessel and/or their operators have requested in a period of twelve months. Any patterns of non-compliance by a fleet will be found out, sanctioned and prevented from submitting future FONARs.

Stringent investigations are likely to ensue following the submission of a FONAR and the information will be shared between Member States to report on compliant fuel oil supply issues.

Owners should beware that only a small quantity of non-compliant bunkers should be stemmed, if at all, as entering a Member State will result in the entirety of the non-compliant bunkers being debunkered at owners’ expense to bring the vessel within compliance.

The new FONAR wording is set out at Annex 1 of MEPC 74.


Reproduced with the kind permission of SKULD P&I

Bunker suppliers upset balanced BIMCO bunker terms

As many members are aware, whether they purchase bunkers as an owner or charterer of a vessel, sometimes the standard terms and conditions of the relevant bunker supplier can be slanted in favour of the bunker supplier.

Often they contain short time limits for making a claim, in the event the bunkers turn out to be not of the agreed quantity or quality. So where the purchaser of the bunkers finds out later that there is a problem with the fuel, often it is too late for him to bring a claim. Often the terms and conditions state that the sample produced by the bunker supplier is the binding sample as between the bunker supplier and the purchaser of the bunkers. This is different to the position adopted between the owners and charterers under a charterparty, where it is generally accepted that a sample of fuel taken by way of continuous drip sample taken at the ship’s bunker manifold in accordance with the guidelines under MARPOL ANNEX VI is the representative fuel sample. The purchaser of the bunkers may find that he is not in a back to back position and has to test different samples for different contracts.

To address some of these issues, BIMCO put together a Committee to produce fair and harmonised standard terms and conditions. On the Committee were not just owners and charterers but also bunker suppliers including World Fuels, Peninsular and Dan Bunkering, and a representative of the IBIA, so the terms and conditions are widely accepted by the bunker industry. Attached you will find a sample copy of the BIMCO Bunker Terms 2018.

However, since the BIMCO Bunker Terms came about, we have seen examples where bunker terms appear to be the BIMCO bunker terms, when in fact the supplier has taken the BIMCO Bunker Terms as their base terms, left in the clauses which favour them, and removed the clauses which favour the bunker purchaser. Thereby, removing the fair balance which the BIMCO terms, when used as a whole, achieve.

Key BIMCO Standard Bunker Terms

Whilst this article is not designed to be a comprehensive review of the BIMCO Standard Bunker Terms, we take the opportunity to highlight a few key terms.

Clause 15

The main reason for the bunker industry giving approval to the BIMCO Bunker Terms, was the insertion of Clause 15 (b) which provides “Notwithstanding any other provision… the liability of either Party…shall… not exceed the invoice value of the Marine Fuels or USD 500,000, whichever is the higher figure…“. So, effectively, the liability of the bunker supplier is capped. He will not be liable to the bunker purchaser for anything higher than either the value of the bunkers, or USD 500,000, whichever is the higher amount. One might argue that this is a valuable clause for the bunker supplier.

Clause 9

The trade off for the bunker supplier being allowed to cap his liability is Clause 9, which gives the purchaser of the bunkers much longer periods to give notice that he has a claim in relation to the fuel. Clause 9(a) states that in relation to a quantity dispute, a claim must be presented within 14 days. In relation to a quality dispute, clause 9(b)(i) states “If the Buyers do not notify the Sellers of any such claim within thirty (30) days of the date of delivery“. So the purchaser of the fuel has 30 days to give notice of a claim, a much longer time limit than is found in a lot of terms and conditions.

Clause 4

Another key clause, which is beneficial to the bunker purchaser is Clause 4, which states “During bunkering a primary sample shall be drawn at a point… closest to the Vessel’s bunker manifold and otherwise in accordance with the procedures set out in IMO Resolution MEPC.182(59) Guidelines for the Sampling of Fuel Oil for Determination of Compliance with MARPOL 73/78 Annex VI“. A sample taken at the ship’s manifold will therefore act as the representative sample as between the purchaser and the seller of the bunkers. This means that the buyer of the fuel no longer will find himself out of a back to back position as to what is the representative sample.

Whilst parties are always free to negotiate the terms they wish, the BIMCO Bunker Terms 2018, in their unamended form, do give a fair balance between bunker supplier and bunker purchaser.

Reproduced with the kind permission of SKULD P&I


Yachts for sale or sold

9th May 2019

IAG Serenity sold by Atlantic Yacht & Ship and Denison Yachting

Wally Kanga sold by Ocean Independence and Fraser

Inace explorer yacht Fortaleza for sale with Nicolle Associates

57.6 metre Feadship Larisa now listed for sale with Fraser

Sunseeker Leading Fearlessly now for sale with Moran Yacht & Ship

€2.5M price drop on Codecasa Regina d’Italia with Edmiston

95 metre Lürssen superyacht Madsummer begins sea trials

50 metre Tankoa launched and christened Binta d’Or

Baltic 112 Custom sailing yacht launched and named Liara

Vietnamese Coast Guard Cutter Collides with Indonesian Warship

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On Sunday, Indonesia’s government alleged that a Vietnamese coast guard cutter rammed an Indonesian Navy ship as it attempted to apprehend a Vietnamese fishing vessel. 

Video from the scene appears to show a Vietnam Fisheries Resources Surveillance cutter overtaking the Indonesian Navy ship on the port side, then closing in and colliding. In an unredacted version of the video, the crew of the Indonesian vessel can be heard cursing at the Vietnamese ship as it backs away. 

According to a statement from the Indonesian Navy, the fishing vessel sank after an accidental collision. The Indonesian vessel apprehended a dozen fishermen, and two more were rescued by the Vietnamese coast guard ship, according to the Indonesian account. 

Indonesia’s government summoned Vietnam’s deputy ambassador to express its displeasure over the encounter. Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir asserted that the Vietnamese vessels’ actions endangered the safety of the Indonesian vessel’s crew and violated international law. 

It is the second incident this year in which Indonesian forces have had a tense encounter with Vietnamese government vessels within the Indonesian EEZ. In February, the Indonesian Navy chased off two Vietnamese government ships on suspicion of “hostile intent,” according to Indonesian fisheries minister Susi Pudjiastuti. 

Pudjiastuti announced Monday that her ministry will soon sink dozens of foreign fishing boats that it has confiscated for fishing in its waters illegally. “On the 4th we will be sinking 51 boats, mostly from Vietnam,” she said in a Twitter update. 

Canada’s Ocean Industries, Inc. has been awarded a C$102 million (about US$76 million) contract by Public Services and Procurement Canada.

Canada’s Ocean Industries, Inc. has been awarded a C$102 million (about US$76 million) contract by Public Services and Procurement Canada, to build four tugs that will replace the Royal Canadian Navy’s five civilian-crewed Glen-class large tugs and two Fire-class rescue boats. The new tugs will provide towing, firefighting and other support services to both the Atlantic and Pacific Canadian Maritime Forces and are being built as part of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy.

The tugs will be constructed at Ocean Industries’ Isle-aux-Coudres, Quebec, shipyard over a period of 42 months, where the contract will create 25 to 30 additional jobs, in addition to securing the 110 current jobs at the yard.

“We are very pleased with the award of this contract to be carried out at our site in Isle-aux-Coudres, in the Charlevoix region,” said Jacques Tanguay, president and CEO of Ocean Industries’ parent Ocean Group. “Although we have built a multitude of ships, this is the largest contract ever won by Ocean Industries Inc. Today, it is our expertise as a builder and operator of tugboats that is recognized by the federal government. We worked rigorously to present a competitive offer to National Defense. These are the first major economic benefits for our company in connection with the National Shipbuilding Strategy.”

Ocean is a major Quebec maritime company that operates mainly in Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, Alberta and now the Caribbean.

Its main sectors of business are shipbuilding and repair, harbor towing and transportation, along with the rental of specialized marine equipment and dredging.

67 metre support vessel Golden Shadow sold

The 66.75 metre support vessel Golden Shadow, listed for sale by Jan Jaap Minnema at Fraser in Monaco, has been sold with the buyer introduced by Manuele Thiella at Royal Yacht Brokers.

Designed by Martin FrancisGolden Shadow was built in steel and aluminium by US yard Campbell and delivered in 1995 as the first purpose-designed support vessel with her most recent refit in 2017. Accommodation is for up to 20 guests in 11 cabins comprising two doubles, two singles and seven twin cabins. All cabins have en suite shower facilities while the crew quarters sleep 20 staff.


Golden Shadow can be easily converted into a stand-alone research boat. She is equipped with enough technical facilities to mount scientific surveys deep into unfrequented, unexplored waters. One of her most important features is the stern elevator platform, which has the capacity to lift up to 10 tons and is used to launch and recover tenders, dive boats or a seaplane. It can also be used as a helicopter landing platform.

In 2015 she completed a five year round-the-world mission, surveying coral reefs and ocean habitats across the Pacific and Indian oceans. She is an ideal platform for this, as she can carry and handle many different sized boats and equipment, and has a large diving and underwater operations facility on board.

Her top speed is 16.5 knots and she boasts a maximum cruising range of 6,500 nautical miles at 15.5 knots with power coming from twin 2,655hp Deutz-MWM SBV9M628 diesel engines.

Golden Shadow was asking €9,950,000.

Wärtsilä and Samsung to co-develop most efficient LNG Carrier & Shuttle Tanker solutions

Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade press release, 4 April 2019 at 10.30 am EEST

The technology group Wärtsilä and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) have signed a Joint Development Project (JDP) agreement aimed at establishing a more efficient solution for LNG Carrier and Shuttle Tanker vessels. Overall cost optimisation, including both CAPEX and OPEX, is among the project aims. The agreement was signed on 3 April at the LNG19 exhibition in Shanghai.

The JDP will build on the sharing of knowledge and experience between SHI and Wärtsilä, a company with unique single-source supplier credentials. It is expected that the agreement, which provides a level of equality that is greater than in normal shipyard/supplier relationships, will benefit both parties and the industry as a whole, since it gives valuable opportunities for important co-creation.

“At Wärtsilä we are committed to creating greater efficiencies, better environmental sustainability, and improved safety for our customers. The joint development with SHI will support this commitment. SHI is a major high-tech, high-value shipbuilder with a number one newbuilding share in various vessel markets. We are, therefore, delighted to be partnering with them in a project that will ultimately benefit owners and operators around the world,” says Timo Koponen, Vice President, Processing Solutions, Wärtsilä Marine.

“We look forward to working with Wärtsilä to co-develop LNG Carriers and Shuttle Tankers with improved efficiency. We are both market leaders in our spheres, and this joint development underscores the mutual respect and appreciation that we have for each other’s knowledge and experience,” says Jin-Taek Jung, Executive Vice President, Engineering & Procurement Operations, SHI.

An important driver for the JDP is the strong LNG carrier newbuilding market. There are potentially dozens of new vessels to be ordered for transporting increasing volumes of LNG from both new and extended export LNG terminals in Africa, Australia, Middle East and USA.

Furetank sells LNG fueled tanker to Desgagnés

April 3rd, 2019 — Sweden’s Furetank Rederi AB is selling its 17,999 dwt LNG dual fueled product tanker Fure Vinga, delivered just over a year ago to Canada’s Groupe Desgagnés Inc. Neither privately held company has disclosed the price involved, however Furetank has already ordered an identical replacement ship with China’s Avic Dingheng Shipbuilding. The agreement with the yard includes an option for one further vessel.


The cruise ship Oasis of the Seas has suffered an unspecified casualty in dry dock at Grand Bahama Shipyard, a major repair and refit facility for the Caribbean cruise industry. 

Few details are available at present, but the video suggests that the vessel has taken a slight tilt to starboard in a floating drydock. One of the drydock’s cranes has tipped over and come to rest against the Oasis’ superstructure. 

“Ship collapsed, dock collapsed, crane collapsed,” said a shipyard worker in a video posted to social media (above). “I was right there on the dock working and just missed it by the grace of God.”

In a statement, cruise line Royal Caribbean said that the shipyard has reported eight injuries related to the accident, none of which are life-threatening. “We are aware of damage to the dock structure and to construction cranes. We are assessing damage to the ship. Drydock is a maintenance procedure, and there are no passengers on the ship,” Royal Caribbean said. 

At 1,200 feet long and 6,300 passengers at full occupancy, the 2009-built Oasis of the Seas is one of the largest cruise ships in the world. She is scheduled for a series of cruise itineraries in Europe this summer, followed by a major scheduled drydocking for a “bow-to-stern revitalization.” She will be homeported in Miami for fall and winter 2019.

Sanctions against Iran, Syria and North Korea: Sanctions information on

29 March 2019

On 25 March 2019, the US Department of the Treasury published an OFAC Advisory to the Maritime Petroleum Industry which highlights sanctions risks related to petroleum shipments involving Iran and Syria. The Advisory does not provide a comprehensive summary of US sanctions but serves as a clear warning that the US government will aggressively target those involved in sanctionable activity under Syria or Iran related sanctions. Reference is made to deceptive shipping practices, such as turning off AIS transmitters and concealing cargo origin by STS transfer or falsified documentation. The Advisory identifies some risk mitigation measures and spells out the sanctions risk related to the provision of underwriting services, insurance and reinsurance to certain Syrian and Iranian marine-related persons or activity. The Association reminds members that cover is excluded where payment by the Association or the provision of cover may expose the Association to the risk of being subject to a sanction, prohibition or any adverse action by a state or international organisation or competent authority.

On 21 March 2019, the US government issued a North Korea Sanctions Advisory with updated guidance on addressing North Korea’s illicit shipping practices. The Advisory contains a useful summary of US and UN sanctions and describes methods used to evade sanctions, particularly through the use of STS transfers, with a focus on the export of coal and import of refined petroleum.

Members are reminded that the INSIGHT pages on Skuld’s website provide comprehensive and up to date information, materials and articles on sanctions targeting the governments Iran, Syria and North Korea as well as sanctions in other countries which have an impact on shipping.


Australia Intensifies Efforts to Contain Solomon Islands Oil Spill

Australia is deploying more assets to the Solomon Islands in an effort to contain the oil spill from the grounded bauxite bulk carrier Solomon Trader which is moving towards the UNESCO listed World Heritage area.

“Given escalating ecological damage, and a lack of action by commercial entities involved, the Solomon Islands Government has requested Australia’s assistance,” Marise Payne, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, said.

“In response, we are mobilising an offshore pollution mitigation operation, including equipment, vessels and specialised personnel, under the leadership of AMSA and working alongside the Solomon Islands government’s own efforts,” Payne added.

On February 5, 2019, the Solomon Trader carrying over 700 tons of heavy fuel oil ran aground in Solomon Islands’ Rennell and Bellona Province due to inclement weather conditions. The 73,600 dwt vessel remains in Kangava Bay, Rennell Island, home to a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Aerial assessments conducted by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) have confirmed that up to 75 tons of heavy fuel oil from the ship has dispersed across the Island’s sea and shoreline, contaminating the ecologically delicate area.

The oil spans five to six kilometers across the shore and is moving towards the adjacent World Heritage area. There is a high risk that the remaining heavy fuel oil on the vessel — over 600 tons — will be released into the surrounding area, according to a statement issued by Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) last week.

Australia stressed it is supporting the Solomon Islands government to hold the responsible commercial entities to account for the ongoing oil spill.

Australia continues to stand behind the Solomon Islands Government’s efforts to ensure that commercial parties responsible for this incident take action and are held responsible,” the minister concluded.

The 1994-built Solomon Trader, previously known as Ocean Amber, is owned by Hong Kong-based King Trader Ltd, data provided by VesselsValue shows.


Incat Lands 1000-Passenger Ro-Pax Ferry Design Contract


Australian designer Incat Crowther has been contracted to design a 1000-passenger ro-pax ferry for operation between mainland China and Taiwan.

As informed by the Sydney-based naval architect, the ferry will be built by AFAI Southern Shipyard and operated by Fujian Strait Shipping Co (CSF) between Pingtan Island and the Taiwanese cities of Taichung, Taipei and Kaohsiung.

The ro-pax will have two vehicle decks capable of carrying 230 cars or 42 containers while the passenger cabin will have seating for 1000.

According to Incat, the Fujian Strait Shipping Co (CSF) vessel will be the largest aluminium ship built in China, and when in operation, will promote the further cross Taiwanese Strait public and economic exchange.

Fincantieri, Viking Ink Deals for Two Ocean Ships

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and US-based cruise company Viking Cruises have signed contracts for the first two of six ocean ships ordered in March 2018.

The two newbuilds will be delivered to its owner in 2024 and 2025, according to Fincantieri.

In partnership with the shipowner, the shipbuilder plans to develop a project based on the characteristics of the previous ships, upgraded and revisited in line with the latest available technologies.

Viking’s current ocean fleet includes ships having exclusively all-veranda staterooms, a gross tonnage of about 47,800 tons with accommodation for 930 passengers in 465 cabins.

Fincantieri started its partnership with Viking in 2012. Today, the cooperation which first began with an order for two ships has reached a total of 20 units, including the order awarded to Vard for two special cruise ships and the options.

As explained by Fincantieri, this is an all-time record, the largest number of units built by a shipbuilder for one sole shipowner.

The first in the series, Viking Star, was built at the shipyard in Marghera and delivered in 2015. The other units, Viking Sea, Viking Sky, Viking Sun, and Viking Orion, handed over in 2016, 2017 and 2018, were all built at the Ancona yard, as well as Viking Jupiter, which joined the shipowner’s fleet in February 2019.

Other ten units — options included — for Viking Cruises will take to the sea from the group’s Italian yards between 2021 and 2027.


BOA Management Transports Norway’s Sunken Frigate to Main Navy Base


Norwegian frigate HNoMS Helge Ingstad was successfully transported to the country’s main navy base after spending over four months almost completely submerged following the collision with tanker Sola TS in November 2018.

The frigate arrived at the Haakonsvern navy base on the BOA Management-operated semisubmersible barge “Boa barge 33” on Sunday, March 3.

The lifting operation itself started on February 26 and saw heavy-lift vessels Scaldis and Rambiz lift the frigate off the sea floor and transport it 15 nautical miles from the Hjeltefjorden fjord to Hanøytangen where the ship was loaded onto the barge for the final stage of her transport.

To remind, HNoMS Helge Ingstad and Maltese-flagged tanker Sola TS collided on November 8, outside of the Sture terminal in Øygarden Municipality in Hordaland County, Norway. The frigate was heavily damaged in the collision and was driven onto the rocks in attempt to prevent her from sinking completely. Several days later, however, the frigate slipped from the rocks into deeper waters and spent over four months almost completely submerged.

The Aframax oil tanker did not sustain damages below the waterline in the collision and only minor fuel spill had been detected around the vessel.

Norway’s defense ministry said the next steps in the process will be to save as much equipment from the frigate as possible. Once this is completed, the navy will be able to better assess the ship’s condition and make a definite decision on its future.

CMA CGM Unveils Massive Cost-Cutting Plan


French shipping major CMA CGM is launching a USD 1.2 billion cost reduction plan despite record revenues seen in 2018.

As informed, the company will implement “a global plan” in 2019 to improve its operational performance.

CMA CGM intends to achieve this objective through the optimization of lines and brands, and by further streamlining its processes.

“In 2019, despite persisting geopolitical tensions, trade perspectives are positive. We will continue our development with the objective of improving profitability. That is why we are launching a new USD 1.2 billion cost reduction plan,” Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, commented.

The group closed 2018 with record revenue of USD 23.48 billion, an increase of 11.2% when compared to revenue of USD 21.12 billion seen a year earlier.

In 2018, volumes carried by CMA CGM for the first time exceeded 20 million TEUs, rising by 9.3% year over year.

The increase was attributed to the commercial dynamism of most of the shipping lines operated by the group, in particular the Transpacific, India/Oceania and Africa lines.

“In 2018, in a difficult environment, the Group posted a sharp rise in volumes and a record revenue of nearly USD 23.5 billion. Despite an increase in oil prices, our recurring EBIT margin remains considerably above the industry average,” Saadé said.

“We are pursuing our strategy of innovation and digital transformation in order to continue to offer excellent service to our customers and strengthen our performance,” he added.

During 2018, the group accelerated its digital transformation through the development of IoT and Artificial Intelligence, as well as partnership agreements related to blockchain. In addition, the CMA CGM Group opened an incubator in Marseilles, ZEBOX, which already hosts 15 start-ups from around the world.

CMA CGM also initiated a major strategic partnership with Swiss logistics company CEVA Logistics. The acquisition was approved by the European Commission in January this year.

In February 2019, CMA CGM launched a friendly public tender offer for CEVA’s shares.

This move represents a major transformation that will make the CMA CGM a 100,000-employee strong group, with more than USD 30 billion in revenue.

“Through the friendly public tender offer we are conducting on CEVA, our ambition is to become a world leader in both transport and logistics,” Saadé concluded.

CMA CGM currently controls a fleet of 509 vessels with a combined capacity of 2.71 million TEUs. In addition, its terminal network comprises 45 strategically-placed terminals worldwide.

The "PACIFIC VOYAGER" - Court of Appeal decision

12 February 2019

In November last year the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in the PACIFIC VOYAGER [1], a case concerning the circumstances in which an owner under a voyage charter is under an absolute obligation to proceed to the loadport by a certain date. The Club has previously reported on the earlier High Court decision.

To recap the facts

  • The parties entered into a charter on amended Shellvoy 5 terms for loading in Rotterdam and with a laycan that expired about a month after the charter was fixed.
  • At the time the fixture was entered into, the vessel was carrying out a voyage for the previous charterers from Egypt to Antifer, France.
  • Part 1(B) of the Shellvoy 5 form has a box headed “Position/Readiness” to be filled in under two entries, one under “Now” and the other under “Expected ready to load” (ERTL). No ERTL was given, but an itinerary for completion of the current voyage including an ETA at the disport Antifer.
  • While transiting the Suez Canal on the way to the disport, the vessel struck a submerged object and repairs were needed.
  • The vessel missed the laycan and the charterers terminated the charter.

The Law

It’s settled law that where a charterparty contains

  1. an obligation on the owner to proceed to the loadport with “utmost despatch” (as in clause 3 of Shellvoy 5) or “with all convenient speed”, and
  2. an ERTL or ETA at the loadport

there is an “absolute” obligation to start the approach voyage by a date when it is reasonably sure that the vessel will arrive at the loadport on time.

It’s important to keep in mind that both parties accepted that the charterers were allowed to cancel the charter due to the vessel missing the laycan. The dispute was about whether the charterers could also claim damages: the additional costs of a substitute fixture, which in this case were considerable. To succeed with that it was necessary to show a breach of an absolute obligation to commence the voyage to the loadport by a certain date.

In the first instance judgment the High Court found in favour of the charterers by extending the rule mentioned above and applying it to the facts of the current case, where there was no ERTL or ETA at the loadport, but there was an ETA for the completion of the prior voyage.

The Court of Appeal Decision

The Court of Appeal agreed with the High Court’s decision.

In short, there is (as the Court put it) “no particular magic” in the concept of an ERTL or an ETA at the loadport. An ETA set out in the recap for completion of the prior voyage was equally valid as a point from which to determine the date by which the approach voyage to the loadport had to be commenced.

The decision emphasises that where the parties have agreed that the vessel must proceed to the loadport with “utmost despatch” (or, by analogy, “with all convenient speed”), the obligation is an important one, intended to give comfort to the charterer. To give it meaning, there needs to be a date by which the approach voyage must be commenced, and that will be determined by looking at all relevant terms of the charter- not only by reference to an ETRL or an ETA at the loadport.

The Court did not give permission to appeal.


Reprinted with the kind permission of SKULD P&I

Saudi Arabia’s tanker owner Bahri has dismissed reports that one of its very large crude carriers (VLCCs) was breaching U.S. sanctions on Venezuela.

Namely, the company’s 303,000 dwt oil tanker Abqaiq is on its way from the Red Sea to pick up a cargo from the ‎Port of Jose ‎Terminal in Venezuela for one of its Indian customers.

Bahri explained that the cargo was contracted on January 9, 2019, before the U.S. sanctions were imposed against Venezuela on January 28, 2019. The company added that the Abqaiq voyage is expected to be completed before the end of the exemption period allowed to wind-down agreements.

“Venezuela is a frequent loading destination for Bahri’s oil tankers, delivering cargoes ‎to ports in India and China. Hence, the recent voyage to the Port of Jose is not an ‎exceptional or peculiar one, as lately stated by a media outlet,” Bahri concluded.

The company’s explanation comes on the back of a report by S&P Global Platts suggesting that the VLCC Abqaiq may be in violation of the sanctions.

The U.S. sanctions on Venezuela left more than 20 tankers, loaded with 9.6 million barrels of Venezuelan oil, stranded off the U.S. Gulf Coast in the initial ten days following their implementation, according to Reuters.

Venezuela’s crude exports dropped to 1.275 million barrels per day (bpd) in January, from 1.37 million sent out in December, Reuters cited data from Refinitiv Eikon. US imports of Venezuelan crude averaged under 0.5 million b/d last year. The biggest buyer was Citgo, followed by Valero, Chevron and PBF.

“The sanctions come at a time of restricted supply of heavy sour crude and so it may be challenging to replace Venezuela’s barrels but not impossible. Similar quality crudes could be sourced from different sources, most likely from Latin America and Canada,” according to Gibson Shipbrokers.

There is also a possibility of higher shipments from the Middle East, but that will be subject to OPEC’s willingness to increase production.

“The loss of Venezuela-US crude trade is a negative for regional Aframax and Suezmax demand, although this in part will be mitigated if trade from other Latin American countries rises as a result.”

Furthermore, Venezuela’s state-run oil firm PDVSA plans to divert the volumes effected by sanctions to China, Russia and India, where Rosneft has an equity stake in refining assets.

Several cargoes which had been en route from the US to Venezuela when sanctions were announced have been rerouted elsewhere. If Venezuela is unable to find alternative suppliers of diluent, about 250,000 – 300,000 b/d of the country’s output could be at risk, Gibson said.

The latest sanctions are also expected to halt Venezuela’s imports of other clean US products, with shipments averaging around 80,000 b/d in 2018.


Fincantieri Delivers Latest Cruise Ship to Viking Cruises

zoomImage Courtesy: Fincantieri

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri delivered the cruise ship Viking Jupiter to cruise line Viking from its Ancona shipyard on February 7.

Viking Jupiter, which can accommodate 930 passengers, is the sixth of overall 16 units Fincantieri is set to deliver to Viking.

With a gross tonnage of about 47,800 tons, the vessel is a part of the small cruise ship segment. The keel-laying ceremony for the ship was held in October 2017.

The first of the series, Viking Star, was built at the shipyard in Marghera and delivered in 2015. The other units, Viking Sea, Viking Sky, Viking Sun, and Viking Orion, handed over in 2016, 2017 and 2018, were all built at the Ancona yard.

Other 10 units, options included, for Viking Cruises will take to the sea from the group’s Italian yards between 2021 and 2027.

Wärtsilä to deliver world’s first hybrid retrofit for short-sea shipping vessel


Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade press release, 8 February 2019 at 10 am EET

The technology group Wärtsilä has signed an agreement with the international shipping company Hagland Shipping AS for a hybrid retrofit installation. The project will take place onboard the ‘Hagland Captain’, a general cargo vessel owned by Hagland Shipping. It will be the first project of its kind ever in short-sea shipping applications. The agreement was signed in December 2018.

The installation of a Wärtsilä battery hybrid propulsion solution will significantly enhance the ship’s environmental performance by reducing its emissions, fuel consumption, and noise. Included in the solution are a shore power connection to provide power for loading/unloading operations and for battery charging, a new reduction gear with power take-off (PTO) and power take-in (PTI) technology, and a Wärtsilä NOx Reducer (NOR). It is estimated that the total reduction in nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions after the retrofit could be as much as 80 to 90 percent, while overall fuel cost savings are expected to be in the range of 5 to 10 percent. The battery capacity will be sufficient to sail in and out of harbour on electric power for approximately 30 minutes, which will effectively reduce noise and pollution levels in the vicinity of the harbour.

The project is in response to a collaborative agreement between Hagland Shipping and NOAH AS, the Norwegian environment and resource company, whereby the shipping of materials to the island of Langøya in Norway is required to be via environmentally sound vessels. Wärtsilä’s solutions will play a crucial role in enabling the ‘Hagland Captain’ to meet this requirement. Valuable input to the project concept has been given by the non-profit NGO, Bellona.

“Wärtsilä has been chosen as a partner due to their significant experience in providing environmentally sound solutions such as hybrid systems,” says Oivind Wendelboe Aanensen, COO, Hagland Shipping AS. “Wärtsilä’s forward-leaning and supportive approach has enabled Hagland and NOAH to arrive at an optimal solution. We believe our mutual project will have a considerable impact in the market and will further the environmental drive towards sustainable solutions in short-sea shipping.”

“Environmental considerations are increasingly important for fleet owners around the world. The need for the latest smart marine technologies has been seen for some time already in deep sea shipping, and this project is evidence that the need also exists in short-sea transportation. Wärtsilä is responding to these developments with its Smart Marine Ecosystem approach, which through the use of high levels of digitalisation and connectivity, is creating greater efficiencies, increased safety, and more sustainable solutions,” says Paul Kohle, Director, Sales & Sales Support, Asset Management Services, Wärtsilä Marine.

Wärtsilä’s hybrid solutions are based on a ‘first-of-its-kind’ fully integrated hybrid power module. This combines engines, an energy storage system using batteries, and power electronics optimised to work together through a newly developed energy management system (EMS). It marks a new frontier in marine hybrid propulsion.

Issued by: Steamship Insurance Management Services Limited


The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PdVSA) pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13850 – “Blocking Property of Additional Persons Contributing to the Situation in Venezuela” which was originally issued on 1 November 2018 (“the EO”).

Concurrently, OFAC issued eight General Licenses, and issued a new Executive Order – “Taking Additional Steps to Address the National Emergency with Respect to Venezuela”. This new Executive Order amends the definition of the term “Government of Venezuela” in EO 13850 to include PdVSA and “any person owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by the foregoing, and any person who has acted or purported to act directly or indirectly for or on behalf of, any of the foregoing, including as a member of Nicolas Maduro’s regime.”

The general licenses authorise US Persons (individuals and entities) to wind down or continue certain commercial activities, although in some cases the authorisation requires that payments must be made to blocked accounts which PdVSA would not be able to access or use.

Of particular note are the following:

General License 7 – authorises (a) up to 27 July 2019, transactions and activities involving PDV Holding Inc (PDVH), CITGO Holding Inc. and their subsidiaries; (b) up to 28 April 2019, PDVH, CITGO Holding Inc. and their subsidiaries to engage in transactions and activities ordinarily incident and necessary to the purchase and importation of petroleum and petroleum products from PdVSA.

General License 8 – authorises up to 28 July 2019, all transactions and activities ordinarily incident and necessary to the operations in Venezuela involving PdVSA or its subsidiaries for: Chevron Corporation, Halliburton, Schlumberger Limited, Baker Hughes, and Weatherford International.

General License 11 – authorises up to 29 March 2019 (a) US person employees and contractors of non-US entities located outside of the US and Venezuela to engage in all transactions and activities that are ordinarily incident and necessary to the maintenance or wind down of operations, contracts, or other agreements involving PdVSA and its subsidiaries, and (b) U.S. Financial institutions to reject funds transfers involving PdVSA and non-U.S. entities located outside of the U.S. or Venezuela. The GL expressly prohibits dealings with ALBA de Nicaragua (ALBANISA).

General License 12 – authorises (a) up to 28 April 2019, all transactions and activities ordinarily incident and necessary to the purchase and import into the United States of petroleum and petroleum products from PdVSA or its subsidiaries, and (b) up to 28 February 2019, all transactions ordinarily incidental and necessary to the wind down of operations, contracts, or other agreements, including the importation into the United States of goods, services, or technology not authorised under (a) involving PdVSA or its subsidiaries.

General License 13 – authorises up to 27 July 2019, all transactions where the only PdVSA entities involved are Nynas AB or any of its subsidiaries.

On 31 January 2019 the US released a series of FAQs, which should be read in conjunction with the full terms of the General Licenses.

The impact of the above on non-US persons is not made clear in EO 13850 or the associated general licenses, nor in the FAQs.

On the face of it, FAQ 657 appears to deal with non-US entities:

657. I am a non-US entity that purchases petroleum and petroleum products from Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PdVSA) or an entity in which PdVSA owns, directly or indirectly, a 50 percent or greater interest. Am I now prohibited from purchasing petroleum and petroleum products from these companies?

Transactions to purchase petroleum and petroleum products from PdVSA or any entity in which PdVSA owns, directly or indirectly, a 50 percent or greater interest, and that involve U.S. persons or any other U.S. nexus (e.g., transactions involving the U.S. financial system or U.S. commodity brokers) must be wound down by April 28, 2019 pursuant to Venezuela-related General License 12. In addition, under General License 11, US person employees and contractors of non-U.S. companies located in a country other the United States or Venezuela are authorized to engage in certain maintenance or wind-down transactions with PdVSA, or any entity in which PdVSA owns, directly or indirectly, a 50 percent or greater interest, through 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time, March 29, 2019. (See FAQ 654.) [01-31-2019]

On one view, the answer seems to suggest that:

(a) non-US entities may continue to purchase petroleum and petroleum products from PdVSA and its subsidiaries:

(i) without restriction if all related transactions do not involve US persons have a US nexus, and otherwise

(ii) up to 29 March 2019 insofar as the activities involve winding-down of business entered into before 28 January 2019, and transactions do involve US persons or have a US nexus (under General License 11), and

(b) up to 29 March 2019 US persons working for non-US companies located neither in the US or Venezuela can engage in maintenance or winding-down of such business entered into before 28 January 2019 (under General License 12).

However, the position is not straightforward. The FAQs do not address the effect of Section 1 (a) (iii) of EO 13850 which provides for the blocking of all property in the U.S. of “any person” (i.e. including a non-U.S. persons who is determined –

“to have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of … any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order.”

The designation of PdVSA under Section 1 of EO 13850, with effect from 28 January, means that the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, now has authority to designate persons (including non-US persons and entities) who are involved in certain prohibited activities (material assistance, sponsorship, provision of financial, material or technological support, or goods or services to or in support of a person whose property has been blocked pursuant to EO 13850 (e.g. PdVSA).

Since PdVSA’s property is now blocked pursuant to EO 13850, the question arises as to whether a non-U.S. shipowner / charterer who provides ocean transportation for PdVSA would fall within the ambit of Section 1 (a) (iii) of EO 13850. There is no explicit prohibition on PdVSA shipments to third countries and no wind-down period specifically established for such shipments. However, it is possible that the U.S. authorities may consider ocean transportation provided to PdVSA under a charter party to fall within the activities described in Section 1 (a) (iii) of EO 13850. It is conceivable that ocean transportation could be viewed as a service in support of PdVSA, in which case Section 1 (a) (iii) of EO 13850 may apply.

Whilst unsatisfactory, the position seems to be that:

  • US persons are authorised to transact with PdVSA in accordance with the general licenses, subject to certain wind-down deadlines, which variously apply up to 27 February, 29 March, 28 April, and 27 July 2019 respectively, depending on the specific activity concerned.
  • Non-US persons are not expressly authorised to transact with PdVSA, and although the U.S. may not have intended the new sanctions to apply more restrictively to non-U.S. persons than to U.S. persons, non-U.S. persons could be exposed to sanctions risks under Section 1(a) (iii) of EO 13850 if they conduct prohibited activities which benefit PdVSA.

The Club’s US lawyers have opined that it is unlikely that the OFAC meant to target non-U.S. entities in this way. However this cannot be ruled out with certainty. Therefore, non-U.S. entity members who may potentially be affected by these sanctions are advised to proceed with caution and seek specific legal advice as appropriate.

Insofar as Club cover is concerned, EO 13850 does not include any express restrictions against the provision of P&I insurance for targeted trades and activities. However, Members should note that cover is always subject to the terms of entry and the Rules of the Club, including Rule 47 which provides for automatic termination of cover if a member, by the employment of its entered vessels is exposed to the risk of sanctions, or such employment thereby exposes the Club to the risk of sanctions

The Club, through its lawyers, will seek to engage with OFAC for further clarity on the applicability of EO 13850 to non-US entities.

Brazil and Argentina: Soybeans with high moisture content

21 April 2017

As set out in our Circular dated 25 November 2016 the Association has come across various claims arising out of soybeans with excessive moisture content being loaded in Brazil and discharged in China.

This circular aims to provide an update on loading/storage conditions at Brazilian ports, especially in Santos and Paranagua, and also ports in Argentina.

Delay in transportation to northern ports of Brazil, Santarem and Itaxoatiara

Significant delay due to heavy rain has been experienced for cargoes transported on the route from Cuiaba (State of Mato Grosso) to Santarem (State of Para) on highway BR-163. This is from the center of soy plantations in Mato Grosso to the border of the state of Para. The highway is tarmac but some 1,000 km to the northern port of Santarem on the Amazon River the highway is in a very bad state, especially during heavy rain periods. Many trucks got stuck in the mud and soybeans were transported back to the southern/southeastern ports of Santos and Paranagua.

Storage conditions at Santos and Paranagua

Soybeans are transported from farms to warehouses in Santos and Paranagua by trucks and railcars where the cargo is covered with heavy tarpaulins. Loading in these ports is done by means of shiploaders, supplied by conveyor belts from warehouses. All the cargo is stored in warehouses instead of in open yards.

Image of Terminal ADM-39 at Santos, where grains are loaded

Storage conditions in Argentina

In the last sowing season several provinces of the country experienced heavy rains (for example, relevant areas of Buenos Aires / Santa Fe / Córdoba). Some crop areas were affected by flooding, especially soya and maize which have been harvested or will be harvested soon.

After the harvest there can be different scenarios for the subsequent storage:

  • Silo bags in the field;
  • Cells or silos (either owned by the farmer or from a third parties, including grain terminals);
  • Occasionally the harvest is loaded onto trucks and sent to the grain terminals.

Many of those storage areas are provided with dryers. The grain terminals are also provided with dryers on which they process the grains to achieve the condition/quality required by the traders. They all store the grains in closed spaces (silos or cells) and no outdoor storage is noted.

Loss prevention surveys

Generally, both in Brazil and Argentina, before loading the soybeans are stored in warehouses. However, for both transportation and harvest in excessive rain, soybeans could be stored in open conditions thereby exposing them to high moisture. Whilst the dryers could decrease the level of moisture to allow stable transit, there is no guarantee that this will avoid all extra moisture. Soybeans with excessive moisture content loaded on board the vessel may self-heat and claims for discoloration, mouldy and burnt cargo could arise at the discharge port.

Owners are better protected if the moisture content of the cargo to be loaded can be certified. If there are cargo claims at the discharge port, owners may be able to argue that the cargo damage occurred due to high moisture and owners may be able to rely on exceptions such as “inherent vice” to defend the cargo claim.

However, we remind members that whether such argument would stand is subject to the local law of the discharge port. Members are referred to our circular, see attached link.

The Association has checked with the local correspondent in Brazil who advised that that it would be possible to appoint a surveyor to take samples during loading and to have the cargo analyzed for moisture content. The result could be obtained on the same day. In order to mitigate the risk of claims we would recommend such surveys to be conducted.

Recommend a protective charterparty clause

Given that Brazil and Argentina allow for loading soybeans with a maximum moisture content of 14%, and where there is a significant risk that even cargo with a moisture content over 12% may overheat and damage may occur, members may wish to consider inserting a protective clause in the charterparty. The Association is ready to assist members in drafting such clause.

Courtesy: SKULD P&I 


Credit to: Alexander Zamaraev /

Changing on-board bunkers safely

11 December 2018

Challenges and risks arise when changing from one fuel to another on board. We have handled many cases in which a new fuel was mixed with the fuel already in use, but proved incompatible. A critical moment occurs each time fuel runs out and a new batch is started, but the risk is minimised when the operation is carried out properly according to best practice. This article identifies some of the challenges on-board crew may face, and provides guidelines to reduce the risks of possible engine and fuel-equipment damage.

Numerous bunker disputes over the years reveal that these challenges and risks do not begin at the time of changeover on board. They may arise at the time of the request for fuel oil, so the risk management process for bunker changes should be considered in chronological order from the moment of ordering to the time of consumption.

Fuel changeover is necessary typically in one of two situations:

  • The vessel is consuming fuel oil or gas oil and needs to change to a new batch
  • The vessel is consuming fuel oil, approaches a Sulphur Emission Control Area (SECA or SEC area), and must change to low-sulphur gas oil

The actual change-over procedure from fuel oil to gas oil is similar for every vessel, and engine manufacturers provide specific instructions on how to complete the process. They may not have done so for changeovers from one batch of fuel to a fresh supply of the same type, whether Intermediate or Heavy Fuel Oil (IFO or HFO), Marine Diesel, or Gas Oil (MDO or MGO). The following steps should be followed.

First and most important is to order, and to ensure you receive, the quality of fuel that is required by the engine’s manufacturer. This starts with a proper description of the required specification (quality) of the fuel in the charterparty, but we have seen several cases where the charterparty leaves too much room for interpretation. Quality is normally referred to in the standard specification ISO8217, with the year of the subject standard as an extension. The most recent standard is 2017, but is not yet commonly in use. Most often used are 2005, 2010, and 2012; the older years’ standards are most prevalent.

Five or more parties may be involved in the ordering process from the time the request is made by the charterer or owner to the time it reaches the physical supplier. It is quite common for these divergent parties to apply different standards. In one case, for example, the fuel originally ordered was ISO8217:2010, with some additional requirements, but the fuel delivered was ISO8217:2005, without the additional requirements.

An on-board inspection of the supplying barge should be made before receiving new fuel, including its void tanks, which must be dry. Another inspection should be carried out when bunkering is complete, especially in cases of difference between the quantity that the barge believes to have supplied and what the vessel claims to have received. The on-board sampling methodology used by the barge should be checked, since the chief engineer eventually signs for the fuel. On board the receiving vessel, a continuous drip sample should be taken from beginning to end of the delivery. It is best to invite the barge crew to witness the set-up of the sampler, and to monitor it during delivery.

After bunkering is complete, the continuous drip sample collected should be divided into four sample bottles, all properly labelled and sealed, and one of them handed over to the barge. A second sample should be sent to the laboratory which all fuel samples are normally sent to; the new fuel should not be used until the analysis results are known and indicate that the fuel is within spec. This should be done as soon as possible, because suppliers normally have a time bar of 10 to 14 days, after which any claims are waived.

The standard rule on board is (and has always been) that mixing fuels is to be prevented, which begins when new bunkers are received. They must therefore be taken into empty bunker tanks. When transferring new fuel from the bunker tanks to the settling tank, the latter will preferably contain less than 10% of its full volume.

Bunker tanks, settling tanks, service tanks, heaters, viscosity controllers, filters, pumps, and piping should be maintained as prescribed. Tanks should normally be cleaned every five years (and sometimes more often) to prevent too much build-up of settled components, which can easily be disturbed during periods of bad weather and taken along to the engines. We have seen instances where the sludge on settling tank bottoms contained over 10,000 ppm of aluminium and silicon. The sludge which collects in bunker tanks should also be collected and disposed of at regular, normally five-year, intervals. However, the necessity of this process can be considered and informed by inspection and the analysis of absolute-bottom samples sent for analysis.

Viscosity controllers, which adjust fuel viscosity upon its injection into the engine, also require attention. Not all IFO and HFO fuels have the same viscosity, even when they are the same grade. For example, RMG 380 has a maximum viscosity of 380 cSt at 50 degrees Celsius, but may be less. Optimum viscosity for combustion is between 10 and 15 cSt, and the majority of engine manufacturers require between 10 and 13 cSt. Viscosity depends on temperature, and declines as fuel is warmed.

Most viscosity controllers can be set to one of two modes, temperature control or viscosity control. Viscosity control is the easier mode to manage. In temperature control mode, actual fuel viscosity must be known to set the correct temperature. In several instances vessels have received fuel oil with a viscosity lower than 380 cSt at 50 degrees, and sometimes have received 180 cSt when 380 cSt was ordered but not available. If the temperature setting of the viscosity controller is not adjusted, problems with engines and eventually with the propulsion can result.

Changing from one supply of fuel to another on board should not be a cause of problems, as long as the following points are carefully considered. Be sure that:

  • The correct fuel quality is ordered, according to the correct specification.
  • The vessel receives what is ordered. Take proper samples and check the supplying barge.
  • Analysis confirms that the fuel is within specification and can be consumed.
  • New bunkers are received in empty tanks.
  • New fuel is transferred to a settling tank containing less than 10% of its volume.
  • Maintenance of fuel equipment is carried out at the required intervals.
  • Tanks are cleaned regularly.
  • Viscosity controllers are correctly set.

Courtesy: SKULD P&I

PNI1816–Chinese Ministry of Transport (MOT) Issued New Requirement Regarding Emission Control Areas in Chinese Territorial Waters to be Effective from 01.01.2019

Circular Ref No.: PNI1816
Date: 13 December 2018

Dear Sir/Madam,

Subject: Chinese Ministry of Transport (MOT) Issued New Requirement Regarding Emission Control Areas in Chinese Territorial Waters to be Effective from 01.01.2019 

Chinese Ministry of Transport issued a new regulation regarding requirements of emission control areas in Chinese territorial waters which will become effective from 01.01.2019. This new regulation introduces some substantial changes to the existing ECA scheme previously announced by Chinese authorities. To help ship owners and operators understand and comply with the new regulation, we have prepared this circular to introduce the main contents of the updated requirements.

Applicable objects

This regulation applies to all the vessels which are sailing, anchoring or working in emission control areas.

The emission control areas

Emission control areas under this regulation include coastal emission control area and inner river emission control area.

Coastal emission control area (hereinafter referred to as coastal ECA) refers to sea areas within sea boundary line connected by 60 points as illustrated in Table 1. Hainan costal ECA refers to sea areas within sea boundary line connected by 20 points shown in Table 2.

Inland River emission control area (hereinafter referred to as Inland Water ECA) includes navigable inland waters administered by Yangtze River main line (from Shuifu County of Yunnan province to Liuyang estuary of Jiangsu province) and Xijiang River main line (from Nanning of Guangxi province to Zhaoqing of Guangdong province), whose starting and ending coordinates are showed in Table 3.
Table 1 Coordinates of control points of sea boundary line in coastal ECA

Table 2 Coordinates of control points of sea boundary line in Hainan coastal ECA

Table 3 Coordinates of starting and ending points in Inland Water ECA

Inner River Control Areas


Point Name

Detail of Point




Yangtzi River main line

Starting Point

Shuifu, Yunnan

Xiangjiaba Bridge


10424’30. 60″

2838’22. 38″


10424’35. 94″

2838’27. 84″ 

Ending Point

Liuhekou, Jiangsu

Line from Liuheiwu located  in downsteam of Liuhekou to Shixingan located in downstream of Shiqiao River at Chongming Island


12118’54. 00″

3130’52. 00″


12122’30. 00″

3137’34. 00″

Xijiang River main line

Starting Point

Nanning, Guangxi

Minsheng Terminal in Nanning


10818’19. 77″

2248’48. 60″


10818’26. 72″

2248’39. 76″

Ending Point

Zhaoqing, Guangdong

Connection line between Jinlixia tiexian corner in Xijiang river and top of Wudinggang Chung Hau


11248’30. 00″

2308’45. 00″


11247’19. 00″

2308’01. 00″

Emission Control Requirements

(1) Oxysulfide and PM emission control requirements

1. From 01.01.2019, ocean-going vessels are required to use fuel with low sulphur content not exceeding 0.5%m/m when entering into emission control areas. Large inland vessels and river-coastal vessels shall use fuel oil that meets newly revised GB standard. Other inland vessels are required to use diesel oil that meets relevant standard. From 01.01.2020, ocean-going vessels are required to use low sulphur content fuel not exceeding 0.1%m/m when entering Inland Water ECA.

2. From 01.03.2020, vessels without taking alternative measures, such as installing PM and oxysulfide control device are only permitted to carry and use fuel oil specified in this regulation when entering into emission control areas.

3. From 01.01.2022, ocean-going vessel are required to use low sulphur content fuel not exceeding 0.1%m/m when entering Hainan costal ECA.

4. Chinese authority will evaluate the feasibility of using low sulphur content fuel no more than 0.1%m/m at an appropriate time and decide whether or not to require ocean-going vessel to use fuel with sulphur content not exceeding 0.1%m/m when entering coastal ECA from 01.01.2025.

(2) Oxynitride emission control requirements

5. For international navigating vessels built on/after 01.01.2000 (subject to the date of laying keel, hereinafter the same) or undergone major modification of a marine diesel engine, if the output power of a single marine diesel engine exceeds 130 kW, the vessel shall meet the Tier I oxynitride emission limits stipulated by MARPOL.

6. For international navigating vessels built on/after 01.01.2011 or undergone major modification of a marine diesel engine, if the output power of a single marine diesel engine exceeds 130 kW, the vessel shall meet the Tier II oxynitride emission limits stipulated by MARPOL.

7. For Chinese domestic navigating vessels built on/after 01.01.2015 or undergone major modification of a marine diesel engine, if the output power of a single marine diesel engine exceeds 130 kW, the vessel shall meet the Tier II oxynitride emission limits stipulated by MARPOL.

8. For Chinese domestic navigating vessels built on/after 01.01.2015 or undergone major modification of a marine diesel engine, who sailed into the Hainan coastal ECA and Inland Water ECA, the vessel’s marine diesel engine with single cylinder displacement no less than 30 liters shall meet the Tier III oxynitride emission limits stipulated by MARPOL.

9. Chinese authority will evaluate the feasibility of implementing Tier III oxynitride emission limits stipulated by MARPOL, in order to decide whether the marine diesel engine with single cylinder displacement no less than 30 liters, which equipped on Chinese domestic navigated vessels built on/after 01.01.2015 or undergone major modification of a marine diesel engine, shall meet the Tier III oxynitride emission limits stipulated by MARPOL.

(3) Requirements of using shore power by vessel in port

10. The Chinese public service vessels, inland river vessels (with exception of liquid cargo vessel) and river-coastal vessels build on/after 01.01.2019 shall be equipped with ship shore power system ship-borne device. The Chinese domestic coastal container ships, cruises, ro-ro passenger ships, passenger ships with a gross tonnage at least 3,000 tons and dry bulk cargo ships with a gross tonnage at least 50,000 tons build on/after 01.01.2020 shall be equipped with ship shore power system ship-borne device.

11. From 01.07.2019, shore power shall be used if vessels equipped with shore power system ship-borne device (with the exception of liquid cargo vessel) at berth with onshore power supply capacity for more than 3 hours in the Coastal ECA, or get alongside berth with onshore power supply capacity in the Inland Water ECA for more than 2 hours and without using other equivalent alternative measures (including the use of clean energy, new energy, ship-borne electrical storage device or closing the auxiliary engine, etc., hereinafter the same). From 01.01.2021, shore power shall be used if a cruise gets alongside berth with onshore power supply capacity for more than 3 hours and without using other equivalent alternative measures in the ECAs.

12. From 01.01.2022, Chinese public service vessels, inland river vessels (with the exception of liquid cargo vessel) using single marine diesel engine power output of more than 130 KW but do not meet the Tier II oxynitride emission limits stipulated by MARPOL, and the Chinese domestic coastal container ships, ro-ro passenger ships, passenger ships with a gross tonnage of at least 3,000 tons and dry bulk cargo ships with gross tonnage of at least 50,000 tons are required to install shore power system ship-borne device. Shore power shall be used if vessels get alongside berth with onshore power supply capacity for more than 3 hours in the Coastal ECA, or berthing at port with onshore power supply capacity for more than 2 hours in the Inland Water ECA, without using other equivalent alternative measures.

13. Chinese shipping enterprises and operators are encouraged to install shore power system ship-borne device on vessels other than those specified in article 12, and to use shore power when getting alongside berth with onshore power supply capacity in the emission control area.

(4) Others

14. Vessels may take alternative measures, such as using clean energy/new energy, equipping with power storage device, exhaust gas cleaning system etc. to satisfy the emission control requirements. If the vessel using exhaust gas after-treatment method, the emission-monitoring device shall be installed, and the generated wastewater waste liquid shall be disposed according to relevant regulations.

15. The local governments of other inland water area are encouraged to adopt the requirement of the Inland Water ECA and lodge request to ocean-going vessels to use low sulphur content fuel when entering into local waters.

16. Domestic oil tankers with no less than 150 tons and build on/after 01.01.2020 are required to have oil and gas recovery condition when entering into ECAs and encouraged to conduct oil and gas recovery if safety requirement can be satisfied. Foreign-going vessels shall comply with the emission control requirements for volatile organic stipulated by MARPOL.

17. Vessels should strictly implement other existing international conventions, domestic laws and regulations on emission control requirements for atmospheric pollutants.

Given the above, owners are reminded to ensure satisfaction of relevant requirements mentioned in the regulation above when your good vessels enter into Chinese territorial waters as from 01.01.2019 to avoid any penalty or problems.

Courtesy: SKULD P&I

DP World, SMS Aim to Revolutionize Global Port Logistics

An international joint-venture formed by Dubai-based port and terminal operator DP World and industrial engineering specialists SMS group will revolutionize the way that containers are handled in ports.

A new and intelligent storing system will be applied for the first time ever at Jebel Ali Terminal 4, in time for the Dubai Expo 2020 world fair.

The High Bay Storage system was originally developed by SMS group subsidiary AMOVA for round the clock handling of metal coils that weigh as much as 50 tons each in racks as high as 50 metres.

Instead of stacking containers directly on top of each other, which has been global standard practice for decades, the system places each container in an individual rack compartment. Containers are stored in an eleven-story rack, creating 200 percent more capacity than a conventional container terminal, or creating the same capacity in less than a third of the space.

DP World explained that the rack’s design allows each container to be accessed without having to move another one, enabling 100 percent utilization in a terminal yard, while at the same time cutting costs by as much as 30 percent.

“Our system will significantly increase the productivity of handling ships on the quay. This means that quay walls can be shortened by a third. This disruptive innovation will greatly improve the financial performance of container ports, and well as their overall appearance,” Mathias Dobner, CEO of the joint venture, said.

DSME wins additional order for an LNG carrier from Maran Gas Maritime in Greece

DSME wins additional order for an LNG carrier from Maran Gas Maritime in Greece.

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has won an additional order for an LNG carrier. The company is making all-out efforts to achieve its goal of winning contracts this year.

DSME said on Dec. 10 that it has won an order for a LNG carrier from Maran Gas Maritime affiliated with the John Angelicoussis Group, the largest shipping company in Greece. It will be built at Okpo Dockyard in Geoje and will be delivered to the ship owner by the first half of 2021.

It is a 173,400㎥-class large LNG carrier. Its fuel efficiency is some 30 percent higher than the existing LNG carrier as it is equipped with the natural gas propulsion engine (ME-GI) and Full Re-Liquefaction System (FRS), which are boasted by DSME.

The deal will give DSME the 101st ship from the Angelicoussis Group. “The company’s surplus for the third consecutive quarter and its management normalization lead to the trust of the shareholders, resulting in a rise in the order,” said a DSME official.

Offshore Contracts

The challenges in the current offshore market are still in full swing. The price of oil has recently taken a new plunge and the offshore renewable industry is under pressure to cut costs as it is moving away from government funding. The market conditions for many offshore operators remain demanding. Recent commercial contracts awarded for offshore work seem to follow an upcoming trend where the workability of a vessel has to be specified and calculated to the day, sometimes with penalties for extra days not worked. Another upcoming trend that can be seen is projects being executed during periods traditionally determined as off season due to the forecasted weather. Determining the workability of a vessel can be a lengthy process including many hours engineering work and is based on a lot of assumptions and conservatism. The market is responding to these new contract demands and this article will outline two new products that can assist vessel owners with mitigating the risk that can be involved.

Weather downtime insurance Strong winds, heavy seas: weather conditions bringing offshore operations over the scheduled time, resulting in additional costs for labor and use of equipment.Covering these cost overruns is now an insurable risk. How does this work? Before the work starts, criteria like specific weather conditions (eg. Wind, wave height, current) that impact on the employability of people and equipment will be determined.These determined daily costs will be the basis for payment. Actual support from specialists is available to precise the required parameters. After completion of the work the overrun of time will be calculated, expressed in the number of days lost by the predetermined criteria. The weather downtime cover provides direct right to compensation for the fixed amount per day which is lost through bad weather. Not only contractors can improve their competitiveness by using this methodology -customization per project- but also for Principals this is a very effective tool to achieve cost control in construction, inspection, repair and maintenance projects of offshore installations and structures. This protection against failure due to weather conditions will be accommodated with one of the most solvent insurance companies in the world. Motion forecasting software Traditional workability demands and decision making is based around using wave height as an absolute parameter to determine if a vessel can work or not. However, it is not the wave height that limits the operation, it is the vessels motion response to these waves that determines if an operation can take place or not.

Intelligent forecasting software can be used on offshore vessels to provide transparency to the different stakeholders involved, including insurers and owners, by giving insight in to the operational data. Combing the weather forecast, motion forecast and real time vessel motion data can be used by the master and his crew to optimize the overall operational window whilst working on weather sensitive operations and therefore reducing the operational cost while improving the safety onboard. This same software in a “Tender module” can also be used in the tender phase of a project to determine the vessels workability over a certain period at the location of the project. Allowing for a more accurate determination of the vessels workability without having to complete a full engineering study. Conclusion In order for these new methods to be successfully implemented in the offshore industry a change in the assessment of workability has to be made. The industry will have to make a switch from wave height as absolute criteria to motion limits. Including these limits and a preferred method of monitoring/decision support will help minimize claims and disputes and eliminate the guess work when coming on and off a location or during the actual work. Combining advanced software with the option of a Weather downtime insurance can give operators the combined advantage of higher workability and less risk of financial setbacks on the project.

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