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Capgemini develops skills training for marine & offshore sector.
The marine and offshore sector is likely to be hit just as hard as any by digitalisation, and Capgemini has teamed up with Dassault Systemes and the University of Adelaide to help ensure that the sector s workforce is ready for the new paradigm. The trio has launched an education programme for future-ready skills.
The new programme is set to be the first of its kind for Australia s marine and offshore industry, designed to steer the sector into the modern technological paradigm. Housed in Dassault Systemes 3DEXPERIENCE platform - which was created in partnership with the University of Adelaide - the programme will feature a number of different training methods.
Over the course of four months, participants in the educational programme will be familiarised with a mixture of sector-specific theory, practicality and soft skills. While the platform is provided by Dassault, Capgemini will contribute expertise to the programme, delivering industry expertise and soft skills.
Capgemini will train people in various Industry 4.0 facets, such as product lifecycle management, cybersecurity, customer experience, cloud computing and artificial intelligence, all of which are rapidly permeating various sectors of the Australian economy. The global management an technology consultancy has a strong track record in Industry 4.0 services in the country.
Most of the skills imparted as part of the programme will be in relation to 3DEXPERIENCE, as participants learn to use the platform to facilitate collaborative innovation, product lifecycle management, and a variety of other capabilities. Participants will also be taught to identify customer needs in order to ensure digital transformations implementations meet business requirements.
The programme is one of many that are being rolled out across Australia. The advent of digital enhancements has created demand for a new set of skills, pushing many industries - including the police in Australia - to invest in digital skill training programmes.
Commenting on the programme, Executive Chairman of Capgemini in Asia Luc-Francois Salvador said, "Leading businesses are reimagining the future of work as we transition into a digitally innovative economy. This industry collaboration is a catalyst for rapidly accelerating a more productive and adaptive future workforce, especially in the defence and naval related industries in South Australia. The programme will deliver a high calibre of talent which will help enhance global competitiveness for Australia."
Pascale Quester, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Adelaide added, "This new short course is a perfect example of how innovation in education can help upskill workers and to transition them from other industry sectors. The University of Adelaide has a strong commitment to working with industry partners, co-creating the workforce of the future."
Cyber security is the new frontier in marine and offshore safety.
ABS will collaborate with Atos, a global leader in digital transformation, to provide cyber security for ship information technology (IT) and operation technology (OT) in response to increasing digital technology within marine and offshore energy sectors.
Cyber security will be implemented at the earliest stages of asset design and development to ensure cyber risk management is an integral part of operations from the beginning.
"Cyber security is the new frontier in marine and offshore safety," says ABS global head of cyber security Ian Bramson. "As these assets become more digital, the industry must be ready to deal with a broader range of threats. Working together, we are able to deliver a converged IT/OT solution for safer, more secure assets and operations."
Owners and operators are becoming more exposed to cyber threats that could have serious consequences to operations and the safety of people and the environment as they implement methods to benefit from increased automation and digitalisation.
This drives the need for better control, visibility and management of cyber risks in maritime operations and computer systems, said Atos senior vice president and head of big data and cyber security Jerome Sandrini.
"Historically, OT and IT acted as stand-alone systems in the maritime industry," he said. "Uniting Atos" cyber security expertise with ABS marine and offshore operational experience provides a new industry solution in securing both IT and OT assets, devices and networks."
Converging cyber security management covers physical OT systems with IT s real-time digital operations "to protect personnel, company, cargo and the environment from the evolving threat landscape and prevent unwanted incidents from occurring" said Mr Sandrini.
Atos provides end-to-end orchestrated hybrid cloud, big data and business applications and digital workplace solutions.
ABS portfolio of cyber security solutions provides risk-based capabilities at every stage of cyber defence and includes the proprietary cyber risk reduction and risk rating (CybeR2) programs, which use ABS FCI Cyber Risk method developed with the Maritime Security Center, a US Department of Homeland Security centre of excellence.
Mauritania s Port of Nouadhibou Readies for Larger Ships
The Mauritanian Port of Nouadhibou will soon be ready to welcome vessels with a capacity of up to 250,000 tons after works on the expansion of the 25-km long entrance channel kicked off this month.
The deepening and widening of the waterway will improve the accessibility to the port s mineral terminal.
Located on the West Coast of Mauritania, the port is an important iron ore export facility. The dredging project is supported by the European Investment Bank and the African Development Bank.
Jan De Nul cutter suction dredger Zheng He arrived in the first week of October on site, and will soon be assisted by another Jan De Nul dredger, the trailing suction hopper dredger Leiv Eiriksson.
The two vessels will evacuate about 21.6 million cbm of sediments and transport them to a dedicated offshore location. The turning circle of the port will be deepened to 20.3 meters.
In order to be able to dredge and dispose these significant quantities within the set period of 12 months, the dredgers will work simultaneously. The Zheng He will pre-cut the sandstone after which the Leiv Eiriksson will dredge the sediments and dispose them offshore.
Princess Cruises Takes Delivery of 4th Royal-Class Ship
Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has delivered Sky Princess, the newest Royal Princess class ship, to cruise line Princess Cruises, part of Carnival Corporation.
The delivery ceremony was held at the Monfalcone shipyard on October 15, 2019.
Following the recent completion of sea trials, the newbuild will embark on a maiden Mediterranean & Adriatic cruise from Athens to Barcelona later this month.
Sky Princess is the 17th ship that Fincantieri delivered to Princess Cruises. At 145,000 gross tons, the new unit has accommodation on board for 4,610 passengers and 1,411 crew members.
It is built on the basis of the sister ship project of Royal Princess, Regal Princess and Majestic Princess, all built at the same shipyard of Monfalcone starting from 2013.
The class will continue with the upcoming Enchanted Princess and Discovery Princess, which will be delivered in 2020 and 2021, respectively.
What is more, Fincantieri will build for Princess Cruises another two next-generation cruise ships. These will be the largest built in Italy with a gross tonnage of 175,000 tons. Slated for delivery at the end of 2023 and in spring 2025, they will accommodate approximately 4,300 passengers and will be the first in the shipowner’s fleet to be dual-fuel powered primarily by LNG.
Princess Cruises currently has a fleet of eighteen ships that carry over 1.8 million passengers annually.
Ocean Yield Acquires 2020 Bulkers Newbuild Pair with Long-Term Charter
Norwegian shipowner Ocean Yield ASA has agreed to acquire two Newcastlemax dry bulk newbuilds with a 13-year bareboat charter to companies owned and guaranteed by 2020 Bulkers.
The ships in question are Bulk Seoul and Bulk Shanghai, currently under construction at China s New Times Shipbuilding.
As informed, the total purchase price is USD 84 million net of pre-paid charter hire.
The 224,100 cbm vessels are expected to be delivered in late October and early November 2019. 2020 Bulkers will have certain options to either sell or acquire the vessels during the charter period, as well as a purchase obligation at the end of the charter.
"We are pleased to acquire two scrubber-fitted newcastlemax dry bulk newbuildings with long-term charter to 2020 Bulkers, which increases our fleet to 65 vessels. The investment offers a very attractive risk reward for Ocean Yield," Lars Solbakken, Ocean Yield s Chief Executive Officer, commented.
In a separate statement, 2020 Bulkers said it expects the sale and leaseback transactions to be accounted for as finance leases. The lease financing will replace the original USD 30 million committed bank financing per vessels and is expected to increase the company s liquidity by about USD 21 million upon closing.
A few days ago, 2020 Bulkers informed it inked a time charter agreement for Bulk Shanghai with a subsidiary of Glencore. In July, the shipowner also signed a time charter deal for Bulk Seoul with Koch Supply & Trading, part of Koch Industries.
2020 Bulkers has two vessels in operation and six Newcastlemax bulkers being built at the abovementioned shipyard. All vessels are expected to be delivered by May 2020 and will be fitted with exhaust scrubber systems.
Gazprom Neft Opens Marine Lubricants Company in Singapore Ahead of IMO 2020
Russian oil and gas company Gazprom Neft has established Gazpromneft Marine Lubricants, a new operating company with an office in Singapore, ahead of the IMO 2020 regulation that will change the marine fuels landscape.
As informed, the new business will manage the development of an international sales and logistics network for Gazprom Neft marine lubricants, including, specifically, in the South–East Asian and European markets.
"Gazprom Neft s strategy to 2030 envisages expanding our geographic coverage in sales of marine lubricants. We are planning a significant increase in the production and sale of specialist lubricants, and expect to achieve a four-percent market share in the international marine lubricants market by 2030," Anatoly Cherner, Deputy CEO for Logistics, Processing and Sales, Gazprom Neft, commented.
"Opening an operations office in Singapore - the centre of international shipping, where one of the world’s most important port-hubs is located - will allow us to expand our production and logistics network more effectively, through the company’s own lubricants plants in Russia and partnering blending facilities abroad," he added.
Earlier this year, Gazpromneft-Lubricants launched a new marine oil for engines running on ultra-low sulphur (below 0.1 percent) fuels. The product is said to be fully compliant with new MARPOL 2020 requirements.
Developed in line with international shipping requirements, the company s marine lubricants are currently available in more than 250 ports worldwide. The products can be used on ice-breakers, tankers, bulkers, container vessels, ferries and cruise ships.
Global Piracy on the Decline, IMB Report Indicates
The first nine months of this year saw fewer incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships than the corresponding period of 2018, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said in its latest report.
119 incidents have been reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB PRC) in 2019, compared to 156 incidents for the same period in 2018.
Overall, the 2019 incidents include 95 vessels boarded, 10 vessels fired upon, 10 attempted attacks, and four vessels hijacked. The number of crew taken hostage through the first nine months has declined from 112 in 2018 to 49 in 2019.
IMB noted that the Gulf of Guinea remained a high risk area for piracy and armed robbery. The region accounts for 86% of crew taken hostage and nearly 82% of crew kidnappings globally. Lagos recorded 11 incidents in 2019, the highest number for any port.
Despite reporting more attacks than any other country, Nigeria has reduced Q3 piracy attacks from 41 in 2018 to 29 in 2019.
"Although incidents are down, the Gulf of Guinea continues to be a concern for piracy and armed robbery-related activities with kidnappings of crew members increasing in both scale and frequency," Pottengal Mukundan, Director, ICC IMB, said.
The report added that Indonesia continued with a trend of the decline in overall piracy related incidents with 20 actual and attempted attacks for the first nine months of 2019. IMB noted that this could be attributed to continued information sharing between the Indonesian Marine Police and the IMB PRC.
Worth noting is that no piracy-related incidents were recorded in Somalia for the first nine months of 2019. Despite this, IMB PRC advised ship owners to remain cautious when transiting these waters.
Hutchison Ports Starts 2nd Phase of Karachi Port Expansion
Global port operator Hutchinson Ports has begun the second phase of work on the Pakistan Deep Water Container Port project at the Karachi Port Trust.
The undertaking will see Hutchinson Ports invest USD 240 million into upgrades that will bring the terminal s container handling capacity to 3.2 million TEU.
In addition to an increase in the container handling capacity, the second phase will also include the enhancement of the facility s railway cargo track and its power production capacity.
Eric Ip, Group Managing Director of Hutchison Ports, said that the company s total investment (including in the Karachi International Container Terminal which it also operates) in Pakistan would reach PKR 150 billion (USD 1 billion).
Pakistan Deep Water Container Port was developed as part of a public-private partnership between. Hutchinson Ports was awarded a concession to operate the port for an initial period of 25 years, with options for another 25 years.
Panamax ran aground on uncharted sandbank
Bulk carrier HB TUCUNARE ran aground at around 1530 UTC Oct 13 while proceeding in Amazon estuary by Curua Canal, some 20 nm off Bailique island. Bulk carrier en route from Porto Trombetas to Vila do Conde Brazil, with 74000 tons of bauxite on board. As of 1700 UTC Oct 15, ship remains in the same position, owner and authorities looking for refloating solutions. Ship s hull intact, no spill. The ship ran aground on an uncharted sandbank.
Greece Approves Part of COSCO s Investment Plan for Piraeus
Greek Committee of Planning and Development of Ports (ESAL) has approved EUR 611.8 million (USD 673.3 million) worth of investments at the country s Piraeus Port.
According to the Piraeus Port Authority, the funding for development works by Chinese shipping giant Cosco would cover all the business units of the company and would contribute to the development of the local and national economy.
AIDAcosma Will Be AIDA Cruises 2nd LNG-Powered Ship
German shipbuilder Neptun Werft has held a keel-laying ceremony for AIDA Cruises second LNG-powered cruise ship.
The first building-block for the LNG-fueled newbuild was put in place in Rostock on October 15, 2019. The traditional lucky coin was placed beneath the first of a total of 90 blocks.
Norway Fines Wirana for 2017 Tide Carrier Incident
Norwegian authorities have slapped Singapore-based cash buyer Wirana Shipping Corporation with a NOK 7 million (USD 765,000) fine over the company s role in the 2017 accident involving barge carrier Harrier (ex-Tide Carrier).
The vessel almost ran aground in February 2017 as its engine stopped working outside the Norwegian coast of Jaeren, shortly after it set sail for scrapping yards in Pakistan. The Norwegian Coast Guard was forced to trigger a salvage operation.
Gujarat brings out new port policy
In a bid to boost infrastructure and attract investment in the port and logistics sector, the Gujarat government has revised its port policy brought out in 1995 and removed restrictions on 33 private jetties, allowing them to handle third party cargo.
The new policy allows the captive jetties to be full-fledged commercial ports across the 1,600-km-long coastline in the State.
Dispute-hit Mundra LNG terminal to be commissioned by Dec: Report
More than a year since its inauguration, Gujarat government-backed LNG project at Mundra, built at an estimated cost of Rs 5,500 crore, may finally get commissioned by December, according to sources.
A commercial dispute between the partners Gujarat State Petroleum Corp (GSPC) and Adani Group had stalled commissioning of the 5 million tonnes a year liquefied natural gas (LNG) import facility, they said.
Govt to come up with port development plan in 6 months for 204 minor ports: Shipping Minister
The government will put in place a comprehensive Port Grid and Port Development plan in six months for 204 minor ports in the country to boost coastal shipping and inland waterways, and bring a Bill in Parliament to provide a fillip to major ports, Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Tuesday. India has 12 major ports - Deendayal (erstwhile Kandla), Mumbai, JNPT, Marmugao, New Mangalore, Cochin, Chennai, Kamarajar (earlier Ennore), V O Chidambarnar, Visakhapatnam, Paradip and Kolkata (including Haldia) - and 204 minor ports under the control of states.
Maritime And Port Authority Of Singapore Revokes Inter-Pacific Petroleum Pte Ltd s Bunker Craft Operator Licence
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has revoked the bunker craft operator licence of Inter-Pacific Petroleum Pte Ltd ("Inter-Pacific") with effect from 15 October 2019. Inter-Pacific will not be allowed to operate as a bunker craft operator in the Port of Singapore.
As part of MPA s ongoing efforts to ensure the integrity of bunkering in Singapore, checks were conducted on Inter-Pacific earlier this year.