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Saturday, March 17, 2018

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Transport Conference Coming to New Orleans

The Mississippi Valley Trade & Transport Council will host the 26th annual World Trade and Transport Conference in New Orleans, January 30 through February 1. The three-day conference on commerce and transportation will be held at the Mariott New Orleans on Canal Street ‚Äď next to the French Quarter. The annual conference attracts both cargo interests and transportation specialists and will feature a variety of expert speakers addressing economic and trade forecasts.

EU Welcomes Digitalisation of Transport

Image: European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA)

European shipowners welcome the Transport Council‚Äôs conclusions on the digitalisation of transport adopted recently, said a press release from European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA). It rightly underlines the importance of digitalisation for the European economy and competitiveness, and confirms the EU's ambition to become a global leader in this area. ‚ÄúDigitalisation is already very present in our sector and we welcome the attention given to it by the Transport ministers‚ÄĚ, commented Martin Dorsman, ECSA Secretary General.

Galileo Gets 450M Euros to Proceed

The European Transport Council (i.e. Euro necessary to launch the Galileo satellite navigation project. without delay. Galileo has been stalled for 15 months. launch and thus increased the pressure on the Transport Council. was made possible by a compromise regarding the composition of the Joint Authority. process at the end of 2003. continue using the free GPS system will be able to do so as the signal will not be blocked. case, Galileo will have several levels of service, some of which will also be free. Transport and Energy Commissioner, Mrs. charge for those services which are of a higher quality than GPS currently provides. industry unless it wishes to avail itself of the reportedly 'superior' capabilities of Galileo.

Intertanko Co-Sponsors Maritime Transport Symposium

Intertanko will co-sponsor a symposium in the European Union capital Brussels on January 24, 2002 on the subject of: The First European Parliament Symposium on Maritime Safety in Europe Maritime safety: Over the horizon? The symposium will draw up an inventory of European policies on maritime safety, and aims to heighten the awareness of the players involved and give an opportunity to compare ideas. The speakers will include Loyola de Palacio, vice-president of the European Commission and commissioner in charge of Transport and Energy, Göke Daniel Frerichs, president of the European Union's Economic and Social Committee, Isabelle Durant and F. Alvarez-Cascos of the European Union Transport Council. Source: Intertanko

INTERTANKO members lobby MEPs in Brussels

INTERTANKO’s European Reference Group continued its promotion of INTERTANKO’s policies in Brussels last week. Numerous meetings were arranged with Members of the European Parliament from Spain, France, Germany, Italy, with transport or shipping attaches from Malta, Cyprus and the U.K., as well as with senior officials from the Maritime Transport Directorate. INTERTANKO’s main message remains that shipping is international and should be regulated through international rules agreed in IMO, while regional or national regulation, however well intended, often proves counterproductive. INTERTANKO underlined the need for much faster ratification of the IMO conventions, which would remove some of the pressure for regional or national regulation.

Transport Committee backs ‚ÄėMotorways of the Sea‚Äô

The Transport Committee voted on the draft report tabled by Philip Bradbourn (EPP-ED, UK) on Community guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network. Following the report last year on these guidelines by the High Level Group under Karel Van Miert, the Commission submitted to Parliament an amended proposal, adding nine new projects to those already adopted by the EP at its initial first reading. MEPs warmly backed the introduction of "motorways of the sea" to launch new regular transnational cargo shipping lines. These routes are intended to improve links with islands and enable goods traffic to avoid natural barriers such as the Alps and the Pyrenees.

EU and China Set to Collaborate on GALILEO

An agreement has been reached between the European Union and China on its participation in the GALILEO program. This agreement was initialled in Beijing on September 18 by F. Lamoureux, Director-General of Energy and Transport at the European Commission, and M Shi Dinghuan, Secretary General of China's Ministry of Science and Technology. ‚ÄúChina will help GALILEO to become the major world infrastructure for the growing market for location services,‚ÄĚ said Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for the GALILEO programme. Her counterpart in the negotiations, China's Science and Technology Minister Xu Guanhua highlighted that ‚ÄúChina supports GALILEO and plans to participate actively in its construction and application for mutual benefits‚ÄĚ.

Maritime Port Security To Be Addressed at International WorkBoat Show

With homeland security becoming more critical in recent months, the 24th annual International WorkBoat Show, to be held November 28-30 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, will host a special security panel entitled "The Changed Waterfront of Maritime Port Security," as part of the event's comprehensive conference program. The panel, to be held on Thursday, November 29, at 2 p.m., will feature experts from the U.S. Coast Guard, Port of New Orleans, as well as fire and safety personnel addressing critical issues of port security. "The issues discussed by this distinguished panel will have relevance to any port in the United States…

New Australian Nav Equip Standard

The Australian Transport Council (ATC) of Ministers this month approved the new national safety standard for navigation equipment. The National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Part C, Subsection 7C ‚Äď Navigation Equipment replaces those parts of USL Code Section 13; Miscellaneous Equipment, pertaining to navigation equipment. The National Marine Safety Committee (NMSC) technical team developed the standard in consultation with the marine industry over a two-year period, often covering innovative equipment introduced since the last update of the USL Code in 1984. NMSC‚Äôs Acting CEO John Henry noted that much has changed in the field of electronic navigation equipment since the USL Code was published.

New Australian Pilotage Guidelines

The Australian Transport Council (ATC) of Ministers has approved a new set of national safety guidelines on marine pilotage. The revised guidelines were developed by the National Marine Safety Committee (NMSC) in conjunction with Ports Australia, the Australian Marine Pilots Association and Marine Safety Queensland. The project delivers Federal, State and Territory Authorities with a set of guidelines to facilitate a national approach to marine pilotage safety. NMSC’s Acting CEO John Henry said the standards referenced are appropriate for the individual ports and pilotage areas within their jurisdiction’s waters. “In providing these guidelines…

Priorities of new Dutch Presidency of EC

On 1 July the Netherlands replaced Ireland as head of the European Union (EU) for the next six months. The Netherlands will be the first country to assume the Presidency of the European Union since its enlargement to a total of 25 member states. What is more, the membership of both the European Parliament and the European Commission will change during the Dutch Presidency. The Dutch will probably also have to deal with the signing of the new European Constitution. These significant changes to both the people and the structure involved in running Europe are effectively "handicaps" which could potentially impede, or at least slow down, some of the legislative plans of the Dutch Presidency.

New Orleans Port to Host Maritime Workforce Summit


Designed to expand awareness of the economic impact of commerce on the Lower Mississippi River and highlight career opportunities and pathways, the Summit will feature an array of speakers from industry and academia, along with a panel discussion on how industry can collaborate with educators to fulfill current and future workforce opportunities. “This Summit is designed to educate community stakeholders of the economic impact of trade, transportation and logistics throughout…

EU Council Release Provisional Version

The Council of the European Union released the Provisional Version

INTERTANKO Reelects Tsakos as Chairman

Dr. Nikolas Tsakos of Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd. was reelected for two further years by the INTERTANKO Council who met this week in London. The Council members also engaged in dialogue with the IMO Secretary General, Kitack Lim, as well as the Rt Hon John Hayes CBE, Minister of State (Department for Transport). Lim, who has been Secretary General since January 2016, expressed his positive views about the contribution of INTERTANKO to the regulatory process at IMO: “The contribution made by INTERTANKO to the regulatory process at IMO has been of tremendous value over many decades. The Rt Hon John Hayes CBE, whose role as Minister of State (Department for Transport) covers the shipping industry, also addressed the Council, where he provided a brief view on the impact of Brexit.

Allan Awarded IMO International Maritime Prize

The International Maritime Prize for 2005 has been presented to Dr. Tom Allan (United Kingdom), former Chairman of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) and Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to IMO. Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization, presented the prize to Dr. Allan during a special ceremony (on Monday, 6 November) during the 97th session of the IMO Council, which met at Central Hall, Westminster, London. The International Maritime Prize is awarded annually by IMO to the individual or organization judged to have made the most significant contribution to the work and objectives of IMO. The 96th session of the IMO Council in June 2006 took the decision to award the prize to Dr.

Maldives Denies Ties to North Korean Oil Smuggling

Chon Ma San (right) alongside Xin Yuan 18 with their lights turned on February 24, 22:30 (Source: Japan Ministry of Defense)

Maldives on Wednesday denied a Japanese foreign ministry statement that said a Maldives-flagged vessel was used to illegally transfer goods from a North Korean-flagged tanker in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions. The Japanese statement said the "Chon Ma San", designated by the United States as a sanctions target, was spotted by a surveillance plane with the Maldivian-flagged tanker "Xin Yuan 18" some 250 km (160 miles) east of Shanghai on Saturday. It said "Japan strongly suspects that the vessels conducted ship-to-ship transfers" banned by U.N. Security Council resolutions.

IMO Joins International Ebola Task Force

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has joined the international ad hoc Ebola Travel and Transport Task Force and is working with other United Nations agencies and nongovernmental organizations to monitor the situation and provide timely information in response to the outbreak of the disease. IMO, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) have joined forces with the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Airports Council International (ACI), International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) in the Travel and Transport Task Force. IMO has issued a circular letter (No.

IMO Joins International Ebola Task Force

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) informs it has joined the international ad hoc Ebola Travel and Transport Task Force and is working with other United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations to monitor the situation and provide timely information in response to the outbreak of the disease. IMO, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) have joined forces with the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)…

Maersk's Port Business Woos Customers with New Transport Services

(File photo: APM Terminals)

Danish shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk's is betting on winning new customers for its port division by becoming a one-stop shop that can transport goods from factory to retailers' shelves. The move comes as Maersk, the world's biggest container shipper, is entering uncharted territory following its sale last year of most of its energy businesses. This marked a major shift of focus for the group towards transport and logistics. Last month, Maersk said it aimed to expand its port and transport services…

UN Security Council ‚Äď Restrictions Due to Nuclear Activities

The United Nations Security Council said that it approved a new round of sanctions against Iran for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment and heavy-water-related activities. Among other things, the new resolution calls on all States, in accordance with domestic and international law, to inspect cargoes to or from Iran of aircraft and vessels at their airports and seaports owned or operated by Iran Air Cargo and the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line, provided there is reasonable cause to believe that the aircraft or vessel is transporting goods prohibited by Security Council resolutions. Source: HK Law

Farid Wins Safety Award

Captain Zak Farid received Transport Canada's Marine Safety Award for 2007 in recognition of his contributions to Canadian marine safety. The award was presented in a brief ceremony held today in Ottawa, at the biannual meeting of the Canadian Marine Advisory Council. Captain Farid was a member of the Canadian Delegation to the International Maritime Organization for several years. He is well respected for his long-standing contributions to the work of the Canadian Marine Advisory Council. He is a fellow of the Nautical Institute, B.C. Branch and is chair of the Navigation Aids and Navigation Safety Sub-committee of the Pacific Coast Marine Review Panel. He is lead auditor conducting International Safety Management (ISM) Audits for B.C.

Korea Lines orders two VLCCs at Hyundai Heavy

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI)

South Korean shipping firm Korea Line Corporation (KLC) has placed an order for two new very large crude carriers(VLCC) at country's biggest yard, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), and the company will explore further collaborations with the country's shipbuilders. According to Yonhap news agency, the new VLCCs are expected to have been delivered by the  2020. The total amount of the agreement will amount at 185.6 billion won (US$173 million). The carriers, which can hold 300,000 tons of crude oil each‚Ķ

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.

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