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Sunday, December 17, 2017

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IMO Support for Ship Recycling in Bangladesh

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The second phase of an International Maritime Organization (IMO)-implemented project to enhance safe and environmentally sound ship recycling in Bangladesh is set to begin in January, following a US$1.1 million funding agreement with Norway. The two-year project will build on the first phase of the Safe and Environmentally Sound Ship Recycling in Bangladesh (SENSREC) project, which resulted in economic and environmental studies on ship recycling in Bangladesh, the development…

Bangladesh Ship Recycling Project Begins

Photo: IMO

An agreement between the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh has been signed for the parties to collaboratively improve safety and environmental standards in the country’s ship-recycling industry. A Memorandum of Understanding formalizing the cooperation between the two was signed by Nicolaos Charalambous, Director, Technical Cooperation Division, IMO and Md. Ashadul Islam, Additional Secretary, Economic Relations Division of the Ministry of Finance of the Government of Bangladesh, on April 10, 2014.

IMO Calls for Environmentally Sound Ship Recycling in Bangladesh

Image by International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The  International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh are jointly implementing a project entitled “Safe and Environmentally Sound Ship Recycling in Bangladesh – Phase I” (in short SENSREC Project – Bangladesh). - Recommendations on strengthening the Government’s One-Stop Service, in which all the various ministries with a responsibility for ship recycling (e.g. - The development of a detailed project document for a possible follow-up project to implement the recommendations of phase I.

IMO, Bangladesh Target Improved Ship-recycling Standards

Photo: IMO

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh have signed a landmark agreement to work together to improve safety and environmental standards in the country’s ship-recycling industry. A Memorandum of Understanding formalizing the cooperation between the two was signed by Nicolaos Charalambous, Director, Technical Cooperation Division, IMO and Md. Ashadul Islam, Additional Secretary, Economic Relations Division of the Ministry of Finance of the Government of Bangladesh, on April 10 2014.

Bangladesh Targets Better Ship Recycling Practices

Photo: IMO

With an annual gross tonnage capacity of more than 8.8 million, Bangladesh’s ship recycling industry is one of the world’s largest, second only to neighboring India in terms of volume. But for these countries ship recycling practices have long been a matter of concern, particularly in terms of safety and environmental sustainability. Now on the heels of completing its first phase of a project aiming to improve standards within the nation’s ship recycling industry, the Government…

Converted OPVs Delivered to the Bangladesh Coast Guard

Photo: Fincantieri

Fincantieri has delivered today at its shipyard in Muggiano, La Spezia the first two units part of the supply contract of four Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV), to the Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG), through the upgrading and conversion of the Minerva class corvettes, decommissioned by the Italian Navy. These are the Minerva and Sibilla vessels, renamed Syed Nazrul and Tajuddin, which have been retired from the national fleet in May 2015 and shortly after arrived at Fincantieri’s dock in Genova, where the upgrading and conversion activities started.

NGOs, Unions Denounce Certification Issued to PHP Yard by RINA

An aerial view of the PHP shipbreaking yard – 2017- © Google Earth. Image provided by NGO Shipbreaking Platform

In October, the PHP Family (Peace Happiness and Prosperity) shipbreaking yard received a Statement of Compliance with the Hong Kong Convention by the Italian classification society RINA. Trade unions in Bangladesh, as well as the Platform’s member Bangladesh Institute for Labour Studies (BILS), are concerned that such a labelling sets a dangerous precedent for the further green-washing of the Chittagong beaching yards. Workers and the environment are not protected as long as ships are broken on the beach, and as long as fundamental labour rights and proper infrastructure are not secured.

IMO Council Expands to 40 Members

IMO Secretary-General William A. O'Neil welcomed eight additional Members onto the IMO Council following the entry into force on November 7 of the 1993 amendments to the IMO Convention which expanded the size of the Council to 40 Member States from 32. "This enlargement will ensure that the Council better represents the interests of all 162 IMO Member States," O'Neil said. "I am confident that the new Members will make a valuable contribution to achieving the objectives of the Organization in general and, in particular, in participating in the important decisions that the Council must make in the short term with respect to strategic planning and policies of the Organization, the implementation of reforms already decided and the proposed IMO Model Audit Scheme," he added.

Surge of Accidents in Bangladesh Shipbreaking Yards

One of the Zodiac’s ships currently beached in Bangladesh – 2017 – © NGO Shipbreaking Platform

After having observed a decrease in the number of accidents in the shipbreaking yards in Chittagong, Bangladesh, the NGO Shipbreaking Platform said it now sees a resurging accident rate for the three first quarters of 2017, with eight injuries and six deaths recorded in 10 separate incidents in the last two months alone. According to Muhammed Ali Shahin, local contact of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, “The working conditions in all the Chittagong shipbreaking yards are deplorable.

MOL Signs Bauxite Transport Deal with Alufer Mining

Left: Alufer CEO Bernard Pryor Right: MOL Managing Executive Officer and Director General of Dry Bulk Business Unit Toshiaki Tanaka. Photo: MOL

Mitsui O.S.K .Lines (MOL) announced that it held a signing ceremony for a five year bauxite transport contract with Alufer Mining .The contract was signed by Toshiaki Tanaka, MOL's Head of Dry Cargo, and Bernard Pryor at MOL's offices in Tokyo. Republic of Guinea based independent mineral exploration and development company Alufer has received all required permissions from the government with regard to building the Bel Air bauxite mine and construction commenced in January 2017.

Milaha Rolls Out Sri Lanka-Bangladesh Feeder Service

Photo: Milaha

Qatar-based maritime transport and logistics conglomerate Milaha is launching a direct feeder service between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. "Milaha has announced the launch of a direct feeder service between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Colombo and Chittagong will be the 7th and 8th new ports of call for Milaha this year, and is part of the significant service expansion since the beginning of 2017," says a statement from the company. The new service, called BCX, will be operated via two vessels of effective capacity 1…

Two Persons Missing After Sampan Capsized in Singapore

File Image: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

At about 1930 hours on 10 December 2017, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) was informed by Johor’s Maritime Rescue Sub Centre that two men had been reported to be missing after their sampan capsized earlier at about 1630 hours. The incident had occurred 0.8 nautical miles southeast of Pedra Branca, the co-ordinates being latitude 01˚ 19.25’N and longitude 104˚ 24.97’E, within the Singapore Maritime Search and Rescue Region (MSRR). Please refer to the attached map on the incident location.

India Bullish on Maritime Industry

Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Shipping. Pic: nitingadkari.org

For the development of maritime sector in the country, India has rolled out some important projects and signed MoUs, asscording to the Ministry of Shipping. India signed an MoU with Iran for developing Chahbahar Port. An SPV, Indian Ports Global Ltd has been formed with equity participation from Jawaharlal Nehru Port and Kandla Port to execute the project. Ministry of Shipping has prepared a vision for coastal shipping, tourism and regional development to increase the share of coastal/IWT mode from 7% to 10% by 2019-20.

Russia's Giant Warship Headed for Syria for Anti-ISIL Operations

Admiral Kuznetsov. Photo: Sputnik

Russian president Vladimir Putin is sending his country’s largest warship to Syria in an attempt to finally destroy the death cult ISIS, reports Daily Star. The Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier has been dispatched to Syria carrying 30 jet fighters and attack helicopters. Putin made the decision to dispatch the warship soon after the latest ISIS attacks in Bangladesh and Iraq. The 55,000 tonne ship will be deployed in the region from October until January, a military source informed TASS. The Admiral Kuznetsov will be packed with warplanes and attack choppers.

Dredging Seminar Held in Bangladesh

Her Excellency Leoni Cuelenaere, the Dutch Ambassador to Bangladesh (Photo: Damen)

On Tuesday, July 11, Damen hosted a dredging seminar in Dhaka, Bangladesh attended by more than 100 representatives from the Dutch Embassy in Bangladesh, experts from the Bangladesh Government, the Bangladesh Navy, local financing institutions, various customers of Damen and other industry stakeholders. Damen said it has enjoyed great successes all over the world in the sale of its dredging equipment, including Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers, Cutter Suction Dredgers and renowned DOP pumps.

IRClass Gets Authorisation from Malta

Photo: Indian Register of Shipping (IRS)

In yet another demonstration of its growing global recognition, Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), a leading classification society, has received authorisation as a Recognised Organisation (RO) from Merchant Shipping Directorate of Transport, Malta. Malta is the sixth largest flag in the world and largest in Europe with a tonnage of 72.1 Million GT. This year, IRClass has earned a spate of authorisations from various flags worldwide, including US Coast Guard, Latvia, Antigua & Barbuda, Thailand and Bangladesh. Moreover, IRClass has set up its offices in Malta & Istanbul.

India Approves Indo-Bangladesh Marine Pacts

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Photo: PIB

The Indian Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved MoU on passenger cruise services on the coastal and protocol routes between India and Bangladesh for starting regular movement of passengers and tourists in water crafts between the two countries. The operationalization of this MoU will promote people to people contact and cooperation between the two countries in respect of economic, social and cultural advancement. It will also generate employment opportunities for the people of India and Bangladesh.

Bangladesh, Thailand Plans Direct Coastal Shipping

 Thailand and Bangladeshi Prime Ministers. Photo: Govt Press Release

Bangladesh and Thailand are planning to launch direct coastal shipping, connecting the Chittagong Port in the Bay of Bengal with the Ranong Port in the East of the Andaman coast in south-western Thailand. Bangladesh Ambassador to Thailand Saida Muna Tasneem said: “Both Bangladesh and Thailand are planning to start direct coastal ships. The coastal communication between Bangladesh and Thailand will take place with the help of Chittagong and Ranong ports. Goods shipped between the two countries currently pass through Singapore and take two weeks…

US, Singapore, Thai Navies Complete CARAT

Photo: United States Navy

Ships from the Republic of Singapore navy, Royal Thai navy and U.S. Navy completed a three-day multilateral Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise in the South China Sea May 12. The three-day exercise included a broad spectrum of naval competencies and maritime security training aimed at enhancing cooperation and interoperability amongst the three navies. The navies are long-time maritime partners under the CARAT series, which began in 1995 with Thailand and Singapore as original participants in the exercise series.

Donors to Bangladesh: Raise Infrastructure Spending

Bangladesh should raise spending on infrastructure to $12 billion annually, particularly in energy, transport and ports, development partners have told it, Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith said on Monday. Bangladesh currently spends just 3 percent of GDP in this sector. About 40 representatives of organisations including the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the European Union attended a two-day meeting on development issues in Bangladesh. Muhith told reporters: "Our aim is to raise economic growth to 8.0 percent by 2020 from 6.5 percent now, to become a middle-income country." He said several new projects would be reflected in the budget for the next fiscal year beginning in June 2016.

Bangladesh Gets Fifth Frigate

The Bangladesh Navy's fifth frigate, built at a cost of $100 million, arrived at the Chittagong naval port on Saturday. The frigate, 339-ft. (103.5 ,) long, is named "Bangabandhu" -- the honorific title of Bangladesh's slain independence leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman -- and is equipped with missile and torpedo launchers and a helipad. The vessel was built by South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co, after making the winning bid in 1997. Captain Zahir Uddin Ahmed of the Bangladesh Navy, who piloted the vessel to Chittagong from the Okpo shipyard on Korea's Koje island, was trained with more than 150 personnel in South Korea ahead of the delivery.

ReCAAP, India Coast Guard Conduct Workshop

Group photo of the Capacity Building Workshop Co-organized by ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre and India Coast Guard in New Delhi, India. Photo: ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre

The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre and the Indian Coast Guard have commenced the 2017 Capacity Building Workshop in New Delhi, India. Themed “Striding Over Domestic Challenges,” this year’s workshop draws ReCAAP Focal Points from maritime enforcement and government agencies across Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Japan, Korea, Laos, Myanmar, the Netherlands, Norway, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the United States.

Bangladesh To Double Tax On Ship Scrapings

Bangladesh reportedly proposed to double tax on scrap ships in second half of fiscal year 2000.

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