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Cyber Risks Creep Up On The Unwary
Ports have found that there s a price to pay for modern technological marvels: cyberattacks pose a great threat to ports. The last 12 months have seen cyberattacks aimed at the Port of San Diego, where a cyber security threat disrupted the port s information technology systems; the Port of Barcelona, where an attack affected some of the port s servers and systems; and a Cosco Shipping-affiliated terminal at the Port of Long Beach, which suffered a ransomware attack.
A major port operator is planning to launch its first hyperloop for cargo in India
DP World, one of the world s largest port operators, is launching its first hyperloop project in India, its chairman told CNBC.
Last year, DP World, UAE s state-owned port operator, signed a partnership with Virgin Hyperloop One to develop a cargo transporter. Now its revealed its first project destination will be in the world s largest democracy.
"The first project will be in India, we signed an agreement and we are looking at how to test the project," company Chairman Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem told CNBC s Arjun Kharpal at the World Government Summit in Dubai.
The company is "eager now today to go on the next step," bin Sulayem said, adding that "we are investing in something we believe is going to add value."
"We believe there is a need for it in India," the chairman continued. "One of the big problems in India is transportation, the congestion." He described hyperloop s technology as potentially providing a transformative solution for the country of 1.3 billion as it runs underground, out of public view.
Virgin Hyperloop One is one of a few companies racing to develop the technology that is hoped will revolutionize transportation of people and goods.
First envisioned by Tesla founder Elon Musk in 2013, hyperloop transport promises to be faster than air travel but at a fraction of the cost. The concept is designed to propel pods through a large tube underground at speeds of 750 mph using magnets.
As for when the project will begin, bin Sulayem declined to offer a timeline but said an announcement would come soon. "We have a team in India that is working very hard, we re working with our office here and in Los Angeles, but we are not wasting our time. The technology we brought into the company has improved 10 times. Whenever I meet with them I see something new."
DP World is among the top four largest port operators on the planet by cargo tonnage.
Ocean Infinity s Ship Sets Sail to Search for Stellar Daisy
Seabed survey and ocean exploration company Ocean Infinity deployed its vessel on February 8 to begin the search for the lost South Korean ship, Stellar Daisy.
The company said that the Seabed Constructor, which departed on its mission from Cape Town, is expected expected to be on site and commencing search operations by mid-February 2019.
The ill-fated Stellar Daisy sank on March 31, 2017, with the tragic loss of 22 of its 24 crew. The ship, which was transporting iron ore from Brazil to China, is believed to have gone down in the South Atlantic Ocean around 1800 nautical miles due west of Cape Town.
Ocean Infinity would simultaneously use its fleet of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) to search for Stellar Daisy. Upon locating the ship a survey of the wreck will be carried out, before an attempt to recover the voyage data recorder is made.
"We are working closely with the Government of South Korea, and in turn with the families of the lost crew",Oliver Plunkett, Ocean Infinity’s CEO, said
Fincantieri Launches Seven Seas Splendor in Ancona
Italy s Fincantieri launched Seven Seas Splendor, the second super luxury cruise ship being built for Regent Seven Seas Cruises, on February 9.
Scheduled for delivery in 2020, the new vessel was launched at the shipbuilder s Ancona shipyard.
Like its sister ship Seven Seas Explorer, which was delivered by Fincantieri at the Sestri Ponente (Genova) shipyard in 2016, the 55,000 gross ton Seven Seas Splendor will have accommodation for 750 passengers.
In January 2019, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) signed a EUR 474 million (USD 536.7 million) contract with Fincantieri for the construction of another super luxury vessel for its Regent Seven Seas Cruises brand.
The third unit of the series, which will also be able to accommodate up to 750 guests, is expected to debut in 2023.
Greek-Flagged Bulker Collides with Malaysian Vessel near Singapore
Greece-registered bulk carrier Pireas and Malaysian Government vessel Polaris collided on February 9 in Singapore territorial waters within Singapore Port Limits off Tuas, Maritime Port Authority of Singapore informed.
After refuelling at Singapore s eastern bunkering anchorage south of Bedok, the bulk carrier was on its way to its next port of call at Tanjung Pelepas when the collision took place.
The 2006-built Panamax bulker is part of Chronos Shipping s fleet from Greece. The market value of the vessel is USD 11.7 million, based on VesselsValue s valuation.
According to the report from MPA Singapore, at 13:55 hrs local time, Pireas entered Singapore Port Limits off Tuas, slowed down, changed direction and collided with Polaris.
"Upon establishing contact with Pireas, MPA Port Operations Control Centre (POCC) instructed Pireas to stay clear of the area. At this point, Pireas reported that prior to contacting MPA POCC, it had collided with Polaris and there was no damage to its vessel," the port authority said.
The collision occurred when the bulk carrier was making a manoeuvre to get out of the area.
As the collision incident was not considered a very serious marine casualty incident under the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Casualty Investigation Code, the vessel was allowed to proceed with its journey to Tanjung Pelepas.
There were no reported injuries or oil leakage.
MPA has launched investigations into the incident. The authority is gathering and reviewing information such as the vessel records and video footage of the collision and has requested a formal incident report from both vessels. MPA has also contacted Pireas agent in Singapore to assist in the investigations.
"MPA is deeply concerned that the presence of the unauthorised vessels in our port limits can cause confusion for the international shipping community and threaten navigational safety in our waters," the port authority commented.
"We advise the shipping community to ensure that vessels operating within Singapore Port Limits comply with the applicable regulations, including reporting their movements and to anchor only within designated anchorages."
SAAM to Acquire Boskalis Stake in Towage Joint Venture
Chilean company Sociedad Matriz SAAM signed a deal with Dutch Royal Boskalis Westminster relating to the acquisition of the equity stake held by Boskalis in SAAM SMIT Towage.
Under the agreement, SAAM will own 100% of the joint venture which is valued at USD 560 million. Boskalis is expected to receive around USD 201 million in cash for its interest.
Formed in 2014, the towage joint venture between Boskalis and SAAM covered at the time the respective towage activities in Brazil, Panama, Mexico and Canada. Since then, the joint venture has expanded its presence and realized efficiency savings and commercial synergies, according to Boskalis.
"The partnership with Boskalis has been very productive: In just over four years, we have grown the business in Canada and improved our position in Brazil. Today we want to take another step forward. Since the towage area is at the core of our business, SAAM can play an important role in consolidating and growing this industry," Macario Valdes, SAAM s CEO, commented.
As a result of the deal, SAAM will acquire 49% of the business in Mexico, Panama and Canada and 50% in Brazil.
The joint operations boast a total fleet of 106 tugs operating in 30 ports in four countries, including three of the five most important terminals in the Americas - Santos (Brazil) and Colon and Balboa (Panama).
This agreement is subject to the approval of regulatory agencies in the respective countries involved. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2019, Boskalis said.
"We perform over 100,000 towage maneuvers each year in the 60 plus ports where we operate. Every five minutes we begin a new maneuver somewhere in the Americas. This is a business we want to strengthen and develop for the future," Valdes added.
As a result of this agreement, SAAM consolidates as one of the main global operators, with a total fleet of 153 tugs and operations in nine countries in the Americas.
Hutchison s Workers in Sydney, Brisbane Continue Striking
Workers employed by Hutchison Ports in Sydney and Brisbane will continue with industrial actions, the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) informed.
The decision was made after the workers and the company failed to reach common ground during discussions undertaken last week.
According to MUA, the company "persisted with claims that will see automation including remote controlling and outsourcing continue to be pursued."
The union added that, once the company agrees to remove the claims, the workers would cease industrial actions for an agreed period and the parties would work to finalize the outstanding issues in the agreement relating to rostering, safety and training.
Hutchison Ports workers in Sydney and Brisbane launched a series of industrial actions, involving bans and limitations, from January 17, after negotiations over a new workplace agreement reached a stalemate.
The MUA earlier explained that the workers are protesting the company s demands, that include a 2.5 percent cut to superannuation, reductions to sick and parental leave, cuts to redundancy and long service leave, removal of income protection, wage cuts of up to AUD 10 per hour followed by a wage freeze, and reductions to safety standards, including the loss of full-time first-aiders and removal of personal protective equipment.
Gentle touch of a giant - mega container ship brushed ferry
Mega container ship EVER GIVEN while moving downstream on Elbe river, brushed ferry boat FINKENWERDER (MMSI 211437300, length 25 m), berthed at Blankenese ferry pier, below Hamburg, at around 0825 UTC Feb 9. Giant ship wasn t out of control and didn t stray off course, judging from track.
Cargo Ship Runs Aground, Suffers Hull Breach off Sweden
A cargo vessel was damaged after grounding in the Braviken bay, off Sweden, the Swedish Maritime Administration said today. The 3,900 dwt Listervik allided with rocky bottom west of Oxelosund.
EU Clears Acquisition of CEVA by CMA CGM
The European Commission has given the green light to French shipping major CMA CGM to acquire Swiss logistics company CEVA Logistics.
Following the approval, CMA CGM will acquire sole control of the Switzerland-based company.
DHT Holdings: Scrubber Economics Firm despite Bans
The recent move by various countries to ban the use of scrubbers in their ports and coastal areas would not damage the economics of installing the equipment on DHT Holdings VLCCs, the company informed in its fourth quarter 2018 earnings call.
Namely, the company s Co-Chief Executive Officer, Svein Moxnes Harfjeld, said that the announcements about the ban "do not change our expected economics for these investments."
MANSA seeks repair of Western Leaf Inner Lock gate at Mumbai Port
Maritime Association of Nationwide Shipping Agencies has reiterated its request towards expeditious repairs and restoration of Western Leaf Inner Lock Gate at Mumbai Port.
In a letter address to the Chairman of Mumbai Port Trust, MANSA said, MANSA once again requests your kind self to consider our appeal for expeditious repairs of the Lock Gate as the inner Docks became tidal and vessels with deep draughts of more than 7 meters are prevented to berth.
Dockmate Announces Next-Generation Wireless Docking System
Dockmate, manufacturer of advanced wireless remote controls for yachts, announced today enhanced functionality for its state-of-the art Dockmate solution. Greatly expanding the capability and compatibility of its wireless remote-control system, Dockmate now supports an unparalleled number of accessories and offers an unprecedented level of customization.
Spanish Service Providers Make Strike Threat
Spanish mooring and tug providers voted to call strikes in ports if the go-ahead is given to allow vessels operating under flags of convenience to provide services.
Representatives from the ports of Algeciras, Barcelona, Bilbao, Cadiz, Castellon, Cartagena, Ferrol, Huelva, Las Palmas, Sagunto, Tenerife and Valencia backed the call, supported by a number of port unions.