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Saudi Arabia says 2 oil tankers damaged by sabotage attacks
Saudi Arabia said on Monday two of its oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in attacks that caused "significant damage" to the vessels, one of them as it was en route to pick up Saudi oil to take to the U.S.
Khalid al-Falih's comments came as the U.S. issued a new warning to sailors and the UAE's regional allies condemned the reported sabotage Sunday of four ships off the coast of the port city of Fujairah. The announcement came just hours after Iranian and Lebanese media outlets aired false reports of explosions at the city's port.
Emirati officials have declined to elaborate on the nature of the sabotage or say who might have been responsible. However, the reports come as the U.S. has warned ships that "Iran or its proxies" could be targeting maritime traffic in the region, and as America is deploying an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf to counter alleged threats from Tehran.
Tensions have risen in the year since President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, restoring American sanctions that have pushed Iran's economy into crisis. Last week, Iran warned it would begin enriching uranium at higher levels in 60 days if world powers failed to negotiate new terms for the deal.
In his statement, al-Falih said the attacks on the two tankers happened at 6 a.m. Sunday.
"One of the two vessels was on its way to be loaded with Saudi crude oil from the port of Ras Tanura, to be delivered to Saudi Aramco's customers in the United States," al-Falih said. "Fortunately, the attack didn't lead to any casualties or oil spill; however, it caused significant damage to the structures of the two vessels."
Saudi Arabia did not identify the vessels involved, nor did it say whom it suspected of carrying out the alleged sabotage.
Underling the regional risk, the general-secretary of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council described the alleged sabotage as a "serious escalation" in an overnight statement.
"Such irresponsible acts will increase tension and conflicts in the region and expose its peoples to great danger," Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani said. Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen's internationally recognized government similarly condemned the alleged sabotage.
A statement Sunday from the UAE's Foreign Ministry put the ships near the country's territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman, east of the port of Fujairah. It said it was investigating "in cooperation with local and international bodies." It said there were "no injuries or fatalities on board the vessels" and "no spillage of harmful chemicals or fuel."
The U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, which oversees the region, did not immediately offer comment. Emirati officials declined to answer questions from , saying their investigation is ongoing.
Earlier Sunday, Lebanon's pro-Iran satellite channel Al-Mayadeen, quoting "Gulf sources," falsely reported that a series of explosions had struck Fujairah's port. State and semi-official media in Iran picked up the report from Al-Mayadeen, which later published the names of vessels it claimed were involved.
The AP, after speaking to Emirati officials and local witnesses, found the report about explosions at the port to be unsubstantiated.
Fujairah's port is about 140 kilometers south of the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf through which a third of all oil at sea is traded. The facility handles oil for bunkering and shipping, as well as general and bulk cargo. It is seen as strategically located, serving shipping routes in the Persian Gulf, the Indian subcontinent and Africa.
Sunday's incident comes after the U.S. Maritime Administration, a division of the U.S. Transportation Department, warned Thursday that Iran could target commercial sea traffic.
"Since early May, there is an increased possibility that Iran and/or its regional proxies could take action against U.S. and partner interests, including oil production infrastructure, after recently threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz," the warning read. "Iran or its proxies could respond by targeting commercial vessels, including oil tankers, or U.S. military vessels in the Red Sea, Bab-el-Mandeb Strait or the Persian Gulf."
Early Sunday, the agency issued a new warning to sailors about the alleged sabotage, while stressing "the incident has not been confirmed." It urged shippers to exercise caution in the area for the next week.
Publicly available satellite images of the area taken Sunday showed no smoke or fire.
It remains unclear if the previous warning from the U.S. Maritime Administration is the same perceived threat that prompted the White House to order the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier strike group and B-52 bombers to the region on May 4.
Tanker Collision, Spill Close Part of Houston Ship Channel
A collision between a K Line tanker and a tug pushing two barges closed the Houston Ship Channel on May 10, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
The 755-foot LPG tanker Genesis River collided with the tug Voyager near Bayport, Texas. The tug was transporting two barges loaded with the gasoline blend stock Reformate.
One barge has capsized and one is reported damaged.
An estimated 25,000 barrels of gasoline blend stock were loaded on each barge. USCG said that an unknown amount of product has been released from the damaged barge, while media reports put the estimates at around 9,000 barrels.
Oil spill response, air monitoring and salvage personnel were sent to the scene.
Air monitoring is being conducted along the shoreline from Sylvan Beach to Kemah.
The Houston Ship Channel is closed from Light 61-75, the USCG said, adding that there were no reports of injuries following the collision.
Media reports suggested that the Houston Ship Channel partially reopened to ship and barge traffic on May 12, while gasoline spill cleanup efforts continued.
Less than two months ago, the waterway had to close for nearly a week due to a fire and chemical leak at the Intercontinental Terminals Company plant.
The fire at the Deer Park facility erupted on March 17.
UAE: Four Ships Subjected to Sabotage East of Fujairah
Four commercial ships were subjected to sabotage near United Arab Emirates territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman on May 12, according to UAE s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
No details of the nature of the sabotage were provided, however, UAE said that there were no injuries or fatalities on board the affected vessels, nor spillage of chemicals or fuel.
The incident occurred east of Fujairah, one of the world’s largest bunkering hubs situated outside the Strait of Hormuz.
Khalid Al-Falih, the Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, said that two of the four vessels were Saudi oil tankers. The ships were on their way to cross into the Arabian Gulf.
One of the two vessels was to be loaded with Saudi crude oil from the port of Ras Tanura, to be delivered to Saudi Aramco s customers in the United States.
"Fortunately, the attack didn t lead to any casualties or oil spill; however, it caused significant damage to the structures of the two vessels," Saudi Press Agency cited Al-Falih.
The Saudi minister of energy denounced the attack "that aims to undermine the freedom of maritime navigation, and the security of oil supplies to consumers all over the world."
Relevant authorities are investigating the incident in cooperation with local and international bodies.
The ministry added that the operations at Port of Fujairah were not affected and that it was operating without any interruption.
IMO Secretary-General Calls for Wider Adoption of Ship Recycling Convention
Ten years after the adoption of the IMO’s Hong Kong Convention (HKC), there has been progress with voluntary application of its requirements but the treaty needs to enter into force in order to be widely implemented, according to IMO.
Speaking at the International seminar on ship recycling: Towards the early entry into force of the Hong Kong Convention held in London on May 10, Kitack Lim, IMO Secretary-General, said:
"I urge member states who have not yet done so to ratify the convention at the earliest opportunity, in order to bring it into force as soon as possible."
Speakers from industry and national authorities, including ship recycling countries, have been addressing the seminar, which aimed to highlight how to promote sustainable ship recycling and discuss what is necessary to move forward for the early entry into force of the HKC.
The HKC covers the design, construction, operation and maintenance of ships, and preparation for ship recycling in order to facilitate safe and environmentally sound recycling, without compromising the safety and operational efficiency of ships. Under the treaty, ships are required to carry an inventory of hazardous materials, specific to each ship. Ship recycling yards are required to provide a ship recycling plan, specific to each individual ship to be recycled, specifying the manner in which each ship will be recycled, depending on its particulars and its inventory.
Secretary-General Lim highlighted the work already done by IMO to develop guidelines to assist in implementation. In particular, the ongoing project on Safe and Environmentally Sound Ship Recycling in Bangladesh (SENSREC), funded by the Government of Norway and jointly implemented by IMO, the Government of Bangladesh and the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (BRS), is in its second phase, focusing on building the country s institutional capacity and implementing the training materials based on Phase I. Meanwhile, the Government of Japan has been working with relevant stakeholders to improve ship recycling in South Asia.
To date, the convention has been ratified or acceded by eleven states: Belgium, Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Estonia, France, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Serbia and Turkey.
The combined merchant fleets of these eleven states constitute 23% of the gross tonnage of the world’s merchant fleet and their combined ship recycling volume constitutes about 1.6 million gross tonnage.
Entry into force requires 15 states, 40% of the world’s merchant fleet and their ship recycling volume constituting not less than 3% of the gross tonnage of these contracting states’ merchant fleet.
Shell Plans More VLSF Trials with Shipowners
Oil major Shell has undertaken 19 trials of its 0.5% sulphur fuel with shipowners at key ports globally ahead of the IMO 2020 sulphur cap implementation date.
The company said that all trials have shown that, with the correct preparation, "the fuels performed well in the engine, crews were comfortable using them and changeovers between grades did not result in any extra workload for the engine crew."
Shell will be carrying out further trials in New Orleans, Rotterdam, and Singapore.
In addition to new fuel trials, in April the company announced the launch of Shell Alexia 40, a new two-stroke engine cylinder oil specifically for use with engines running on VLSFO. It will be available in Singapore from June 1, 2019 and other main supply ports from July 1, 2019.
"Working with our customers as they switch to VLSFO allows us both to build valuable expertise," said Melissa Williams, Global Sales & Marketing Manager for Marine Fuels.
"The partnership gives our customers’ crews and engineers important experience with the fuels and we, as the supplier, are able to develop our operational handling guidelines. This ensures that our customers have all the information they need to transition smoothly come implementation day."
Alongside its Marine Fuels business, Shell Shipping & Maritime has carried out a successful trial of the new fuel on one of its own vessels, the Silver Carolyn, in Singapore.
IMO Urged to Reduce Shipping s Black Carbon Emissions
The Clean Arctic Alliance (CAA) has called on IMO member states to reduce the impact of black carbon emissions from international shipping on the Arctic environment.
The non-governmental organization pointed to the issue as the IMO gathers in London for a meeting of its Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC74).
A number of issues, including black carbon emissions and heavy fuel oil (HFO) in the Arctic will feature on the MEPC74 agenda from May 13-17.
The Clean Arctic Alliance says emissions of black carbon particles by ships burning heavy fuel oil have a dramatic climate warming effect - black carbon is a potent short-lived climate forcer that remains in the atmosphere for only a few days to weeks. But when black carbon is emitted from ships burning heavy fuel in or near Arctic waters, particles fall on ice or snow, reducing its albedo (reflectivity) and causing it to absorb more heat, thus accelerating the warming of the Arctic region. As well as the second leading cause of global warming, black carbon emissions are also harmful to human health.
"By cutting ship-sourced emissions of black carbon, IMO member states could take a quick and effective path to countering the current climate crisis, and minimize further impacts on the Arctic," said Sian Prior, Lead Advisor to the Clean Arctic Alliance.
"We re calling on IMO member states to champion a move away from using heavy fuel oils - shipping s number one source of black carbon - in Arctic waters. With cleaner shipping fuels already available and innovation and ambition driving the global shipping industry towards lower emissions, IMO member states must move rapidly towards zero emission solutions."
"All eight Arctic countries made a commitment to demonstrate leadership on black carbon in 2015 - and it now seems that all except Canada are backing a move away from heavy fuel oil in the Arctic. As recent comments from Russia’s President Putin and Finland s President Niinistö demonstrate, the political will for a HFO Free Arctic exists - now it is the time for IMO Member States to turn this will into action, by moving urgently to reduce black carbon emissions and by backing the ban on the use and carriage of HFO in the Arctic, currently under development."
At MEPC 72 in April 2018, a strongly-worded proposal to ban HFO as shipping fuel from Arctic waters was co-sponsored by Finland, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and the US. The ban is currently being developed within the IMO.
CAA also reiterated a warning by UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which warned that we have 12 years to limit a climate change catastrophe. Recent reports suggest that Greenland’s ice sheet is endangered, with about half of the nearly 5,000 gigatons of water lost from the ice sheet since 1927 occurring in 8 years between 2010 and 2018.
Bulk carrier listed after ore liquefying, turned back, anchored in New Caledonia
Bulk carrier NEW BEGINNING left New Caledonia with cargo of nickel ore on May 8, bound for Japan. On May 9 bulk carrier developed list which was increasing, on May 10 she reported to responsible MRCC, that ore liquefying is the cause of increasing list, the ship turned back and headed for Ngo Bay, New Caledonia, from where NEW BEGINNING started her voyage after loading ore.
India s 1st Export Shipment Bound for Afghanistan Enters Iran s Chabahar
The deputy chairman of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries said India s first export shipment to Afghanistan has arrived at Iran s Chabahar Port.
"Around 500 tons of rice which were bought from India has arrived in Chabahar this week. Exports have also started through Chabahar," Khan Jan Alokozay said on Saturday, according to the Times of Central Asia.
Laugfs LPG transshipment terminal targets $500m in annual exports
The world economy is moving from the West to the East. Sri Lanka is at the centre of the Indian Ocean and the location specific advantage could act as a hub in terms of energy, logistics and trade. Being in close proximity to growing markets, such as Bangladesh, Myanmar, India and East Africa, will give a location specific advantage to these emerging markets, Chairman, Laugfs, W.K.H. Wegapitiya said.
Cargo Mobility A Challenge For Poti Terminal
The biggest challenge for a new terminal at Georgia s Port of Poti will be ensuring there are feasible transport routes for delivering goods to key markets including central Asia, a finance expert has said.
Although the Port of Poti is the main port for Georgia and offers the quickest route to the Caucasus region and central Asia, PACE Group s terminal project will need to negotiate cargo through several countries before it reaches its destination country, stated Kenneth Angell, managing director for project finance in SME finance at the US-based Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and team leader for the PACE Terminal Project.
Seaboard Marine Launches New Savannah-Central America Route
The Port of Savannah welcomed its first Seaboard Marine vessel Wednesday. The new shipping line customer supports Savannah s cold chain logistics system with one new service to Central America, and a second to Latin America and the Caribbean.
"In addition to serving Georgia s poultry growers, Seaboard is tapping into an expanding market for fresh produce imports via Garden City Terminal," said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch.
China may route its commercial presence in India through Bay of Bengal
"Krishnapatnam port is the logical logistics solution for Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka cargoes."
India s outreach to the East and an escalating trade war between China and the United States is helping to turn the Bay of Bengal coastline into a new and attractive growth engine.
Buenos Aires Operation Will Go To Tender
Argentina s Ministry of Transport has approved the specifications of an international public tender to operate the renewed Port of Buenos Aires for the next 50 years.
The approval enables the General Administration of Ports to call for bids for the modernisation plan, launched in December.