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In order to develop capabilities and solutions for maritime decarbonization, digitalization, and innovation, CMA CGM Group and the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) have signed a MoU.

In order to cooperatively develop capabilities and solutions in the areas of maritime decarbonization, digitalization, and innovation, CMA CGM Group and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

The two sides want to develop a workforce that has the education and expertise needed in the future. The two parties will investigate the use of zero and low-carbon marine fuels, such as e-methanol, e-methane, and biofuels for commercial shipping, to hasten maritime decarbonization.

Another goal of this partnership is the research into technologies such as carbon capture solutions.

“Decarbonisation, digitalisation and innovation are strategic priorities for CMA CGM and the entire shipping industry,” noted Rodolphe Saadé, chairman and chief executive officer of the CMA CGM Group.

“Given Singapore’s key position in our global network, I am very pleased to sign this partnership with the Maritime and Port Authority. It will allow us to address the challenges ahead and strengthen our existing strong ties with Singapore, its industries, and its digital ecosystem, while reflecting our attachment to this country,” he added.

Three of the LNG vessels, ordered by the French company, that are also e-methane ready, will sail under the Singaporean flag. CMA CGM currently has an e-methane-ready fleet of 29 vessels in service and will have a total of 77 by 2026.

The MOU will explore various collaborative opportunities for greater digitalisation, such as maritime cyber security and just-in-time shipping, achieved through data exchanges for port and cargo documentation and reporting.

At the same time, the two parties will work together on innovations such as shipboard automation for more safety, efficiency, and smarter solutions onboard vessels.

They will also explore creating and investing in Singapore-based incubators and accelerators to develop Singapore-based marine technology start-ups. “We are happy to work with a like-minded partner like CMA CGM who shares our bold ambitions to make international shipping more sustainable and resilient, and who which also believes in taking pragmatic and concrete steps towards these aspirations,” stated Quah Ley Hoon, chief executive of Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore.


The disabled MSC containership MSC Rachele that suffered an engine room explosion and fire yesterday in the Mediterranean has been successfully towed to the port of Fos-sur-Mer, in southern France. French authorities said that the ship arrived under tow around 4:30 a.m. local time and was docked at the port by late morning on June 22.

The regional SAR operation center (Cross Med) in Toulon, France organized the rescue operation placing an assessment team aboard the ship to determine the situation and its status. They reported the fire was extinguished but the vessel was dead in the water after an explosion in the engine’s gearbox disabled propulsion. The team confirmed that it was safe to tow the vessel and MSC hired commercial tugs from the port of Marseille to rescue the ship. Weather conditions also remained favorable in the area during the rescue and subsequent tow.

While awaiting the arrival of the towing resources, French authorities reported that their chartered support and assistance vessel BSAA Pionnier remained in the vicinity of the MSC Rachele to provide assistance in the case of a further emergency. The towing started on June 21 around 8 p.m. With the situation stabilized and under control, the BSAA Pionnier was released around 10 p.m.

MSC released a brief statement confirming the incident in the engine room of the containership and that its priority was for the safety of the crew. “MSC is very thankful to the French Navy for their prompt assistance. Three seafarers were injured in the incident and have been evacuated by helicopters for medical care.”

The explosion and fire in the engine room were reported to Cross Med yesterday morning. A French amphibious carrier Tonnerre was operating in the area at the time of the accident. The Navy supplied helicopters and medical teams to assist with the evacuation and transfer of the injured crew to a military hospital in Toulon. Two of the injured crewmembers were reported to be in critical conditions after having suffered burns.

MSC reports that it is monitoring the situation and that the condition of the containership is currently being assessed.

“Our preliminary reports indicate that there has been no damage to the containers onboard. We have informed affected customers with cargo onboard about the vessel incident and will keep them updated about the future movements of the vessel and its cargo.”

The Long Beach City Council has unanimously passed a Ship It Zero Resolution 6-0, calling on San Pedro Bay maritime importers to commit to 100 per cent zero-emissions shipping by 2030.

This resolution unites the nation’s largest ports, Los Angeles and Long Beach, in making the commitment of zero-emissions ocean shipping by 2030, as well as calling on the Port of Long Beach to establish greener international ocean shipping corridors.

The Port of Long Beach recently signed on to the Shanghai-Los Angeles Green Shipping Corridor, to enable a zero-emissions trans-Pacific trade route. The partnership intends to address the current climate change crisis and deliver urgent solutions to achieve net-zero shared goals by 2030.

“As a hub for international trade, Long Beach and its residents face significant impacts from cargo ship pollutants,” said Al Austin II, Long Beach City Council Member, District 8.

“As cleaner, emission-friendly technology becomes more available, it is necessary for the city and those who utilise our port to take every feasible step to curb airborne emissions wherever possible.”

The resolution also comprises support for legislation or administrative action to decarbonise the maritime shipping industry and create zero-emission shipping corridors along the Californian coast, the US West Coast, and across the trans-Pacific trade route.

As recently reported by Ship It Zero, the international ocean shipping industry’s pollution is on the rise and is expected to comprise 17 per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions by 2050.

The Los Angeles County receives 40 per cent of all containerised cargo imports to the US coming through the San Pedro Bay port complex, making the surrounding communities particularly vulnerable to deadly pollutants. This highlights the need for more zero-emissions shipping resolutions.

“Pandemic-era supply chain issues have left over 100 ocean cargo ships idling off the coast of the Port of Long Beach, spewing toxic pollution into Black, Brown, poor, and working-class Californians’ air for far too long,” said Dawny’all Heydari, Ship It Zero Campaign Lead, Pacific Environment.

“Thank you to the Long Beach City Council for prioritising the health and wellness of residents of Long Beach by drawing a line in the sand for big retailers like Target, Walmart, IKEA, and Amazon to clean up their dirty shipping practices. No longer shall West Long Beach be treated as the collateral damage of the American economy.”

Green corridor initiatives to fast-track decarbonisation across the maritime industry are on the rise, as the Port of Montreal recently signed a threefold alliance to bolster Canada’s main trade corridor.

All eight seafarers have been saved from a general cargo vessel that capsized and sank off Vietnam.

Two passengers were also rescued from the 2,000-dwt Nam Thinh 126 (built 2009) on 22 June.

The ship got into difficulty after anchoring in heavy seas off Hai Phong.

The Vietnam Maritime Search & Rescue Coordination Center said it was alerted by the ship at the Hon Dau anchorage.

The vessel began to list and the master feared it would sink, so he ordered everyone into life rafts.

The Nam Thinh 126 sank shortly afterwards.

The vessel, owned by Tan Tai Shipping Trading Co of Vietnam, was carrying 1,800 tonnes of stones and bales from Quy Nhon to Cam.

The two passengers on the ship worked for Vietnam Trade Co, authorities reported.

Crew close fuel valves before abandoning ship

Four Hai Phong Port Authority ships headed to the scene, picking up the seafarers and passengers from the rafts.

The crew said the vessel had 150 tonnes of fuel oil and three tonnes of diesel on board. Fuel valves were closed before the seafarers left the ship.

No injuries or pollution have been reported.

The vessel was classed by the Vietnam Register. The Equasis database lists no port state control inspections.

The Nam Thinh 126 is the only vessel listed in the fleet of Tan Tai.

Opsealog, a provider of digital performance management solutions for shipping, has formally announced its partnership with French ferry operator La Méridionale to digitize and optimize the operations of its fleet, which transports passengers and cargo between France, Corsica, and Morocco.

Opsealog’s reporting software, Streamlog, has been deployed on all four of La Méridionale’s vessels from January 2022. This has enabled the ferry operator to digitize its environmental reporting, with automated reports generated to ensure compliance with the requirements of the EU’s Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) regime and the IMO’s Data Collection System (DCS). Daily noon reports as well as performance dashboards and alerts are now available for managers through Opsealog’s performance management application, Marinsights.

This digitalization process has resulted in significant time savings for crews on board, who can now easily submit reports through a single platform, instead of having to fill multiple spreadsheets manually. It has also brought major benefits for managers ashore, who no longer have to aggregate key information from different “siloed” sources. The increased data quality has improved the reliability of reporting, reducing errors by 95%. Moreover, having reports available daily – rather than waiting several months for the data to be processed – enables crews and managers to adjust operations for each vessel on an ongoing basis.

The next steps will include the digitalization of other key reports, such as monthly machine and waste monitoring reports, as well as fuel consumption, delays and commercial KPIs. The partners also aim to use data-driven insights to improve the fleet’s environmental performance, supporting compliance with environmental regulations such as IMO’s Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI) and Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) requirements.

Christophe Séguinot, Technical Director at La Méridionale said: “At La Méridionale, we are proud to be green pioneers, and have been taking tangible action for over a decade to reduce the environmental footprint of our services. Our flagship ferry Piana, for example, is the first vessel in the world fitted with a particles filter, eliminating 99.9% of SOx and ultra-fine particles (PM<1). We are as well the very first French Company to use the Electrical Shore Connection at berth since 2017.

“Now, our digital transformation is a strategic priority, and one that goes hand in hand with our commitment to the planet and the climate. The first few months of our partnership with Opsealog have already helped our team save time and given our managers better visibility on our operations. We look forward to the next steps, as we continue to harness the potential of data to unlock even more efficiencies and sustainability in our operations.”

Arnaud Dianoux, founder and managing director of Opsealog, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with La Méridionale, using our unique combination of digital and human expertise to improve data quality and monitoring, and ultimately help a genuine leader in sustainable ferry services achieve its decarbonisation ambitions. Through this partnership, we also demonstrate that digital solutions can be lightweight, flexible, and reliable even in difficult environments with very low connectivity and bandwidth.

“At Opsealog, we fundamentally believe that good data management is an essential pillar of shipping’s sustainability transition, giving companies the visibility they need to assess their starting point, identify potential efficiency gains, measure their progress, and demonstrate their compliance with existing and upcoming emissions regulations. After achieving an average of 15%, and up to 22%, fuel and emissions reductions with companies in the offshore sector, we are proud to bring our concept of ‘efficiency as a service’ to an expanded pool of partners in commercial shipping.”
Source: Opsealog

96 ports from eight world regions became part of the IAPH World Ports Tracker community by responding to the first quarterly survey providing information about expected number of cargo vessel calls, current hinterland transport conditions, current capacity utilisation of warehouses and distribution facilities, cargo throughput expectations, cruise and passenger vessel call size and frequency as well as current staff availability. These ports will receive early July an exclusive in-depth analysis of the findings, prepared by our experts, economists Theo Notteboom and Thanos Pallis. A summary of the findings will be published in the September-October edition of our membership magazine Ports & Harbors. The World Ports Tracker builds on the COVID-19 Port Economic Barometer which we ran during the first year of the pandemic. We maintain the successful formula of having a limited set of short questions and a quick turnaround time of the analysis. As with the COVID-19 Barometer, all information obtained will be treated in a confidential manner and only aggregated data will be published. No reference will be made to individual ports. Are you interested in joining the World Ports Tracker community and participate in our next quarterly survey? Contact Fabienne Van Loo and you’ll be on our next mailing.

The IMO Secretariat has initiated a project aiming to improve the availability of relevant maritime transport costs data for the Pacific SIDS/Pacific Region with a view to facilitating future assessments of the possible impacts on States of potential GHG reduction measures in shipping, including, as appropriate, carbon pricing instruments.  

To assist in this, the project aims to establish interim baselines and to initiate the modelling of the impact on Pacific SIDS of a hypothetical increase in transport costs or change in connectivity patterns. Central to the project’s success will be its ability to identify the foundation of a system of continued monitoring and collection of data on maritime transport costs in the Pacific region. 

The activity will be implemented by MTCC-Pacific, a centre of expertise established by IMO as part of the Global MTCC Network (GMN) and hosted by the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). 

To ensure that the outcomes of the project are transparent and not policy prescriptive, a broad range of organizations, institutions and resources with relevant experience and expertise, including UNCTAD, will be involved. 

The main outcome of this project will be a Study on maritime transport costs data in the Pacific region which is to be submitted to the IMO Secretariat by 1 October 2022. 

It is also expected that the project will identify and initiate a possible permanent partnership or structure for the ongoing collection and sharing of maritime transport costs data and other relevant statistics for Pacific SIDS. The project is also expected to enhance the understanding of the determinants of maritime freight rates in the Pacific region. 

A Hall Contracting backhoe dredge arrived in Port Hedland last week.

Due to its low clearance hull design, the dredge was transported from the Middle East on board a semi-submersible heavy load carrier.

After arriving at anchorage, the heavy load carrier was submersed, allowing the dredge to float off.

Now anchored at the Port of Port Hedland, prep work is underway on the dredge before dredging works commence at the Spoilbank Marina in early July.

Over the next few months, the backhoe dredge, accompanied by two split hopper barges, will start at the channel’s northern end and work toward the marina.

On completion, the 900-meter-long channel will be 2.5 meters deep at the lowest tide, enough to accommodate most recreational vessels.

Up to 190,000 cubic meters of marine sediments will be removed from the seabed and deposited at an existing offshore spoil ground, 12 kilometers away.

German trade union ver.di called on several thousand employees at German ports to take part in a 24-hour warning strike from Thursday morning, potentially further increasing difficulties at already strained ports.

Workers in Emden, Bremerhaven, Bremen, Brake, Wihelmshaven and Hamburg were called on to take part, after a fourth round of wage negotiations fell through. The union is demanding a pay rise of 1.20 euros ($1.26) per hour and inflation compensation over 12 months for some 12,000 workers.

The union had already called for temporary work stoppages to increase the pressure on employers at the start of June.

Ports are already clogged up as import containers are not being picked up and slots are in short supply, forcing shipping companies to go off schedule.

According to the Hamburg coordination office, half a dozen container ships are waiting to dock in Germany’s bay alone.

Industry experts expect the situation on the North Sea coast to worsen in the coming weeks, as many ships are on their way to Europe following the end of the lockdowns in China.

U.S. grain shipments via the Great Lakes-Seaway system totaled 312,000 metric tons from March 22 to May 31, up 39% compared to the same period in 2021. Much of the increase is due to exports of corn and soybeans out of the Port of Toledo and some new trade starting at the port of Oswego this shipping season.

The rise in shipments, which are predominantly heading to Europe and North Africa, are in part due to shifting global grain trading patterns as the conflict between Russia and the Ukraine — both major grain exporters — continues.

“The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system is proving its worth as a reliable trade gateway for the U.S. agricultural sector amidst continuing global transportation disruptions,” said Bruce Burrows, President and CEO, of the Chamber of Marine Commerce. “U.S. ports and their grain company partners are continuing to up their ‘transportation and trade game’ with new container capability and investments in shore-side grain storage and handling.”

The Port of Toledo had a successful month of May with total tonnage for the season surpassing 3.2 million short tons. Strong grain and iron ore shipments propelled tonnage to eclipse 2021 totals by nearly 18%. “Agricultural products seem to be big movers so far this year,” said Joseph Cappel, VP of Business Development for the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. “We are seeing robust corn, soybean, wheat, oats, DDGs, and fertilizer shipments moving through the port fairly early this year as global trade patterns continue to shift. With a good 2022 harvest, we can expect that these agricultural products will continue to be among the leading commodities for the Port of Toledo throughout the year.”

The positive numbers come as new investments in grain terminals at U.S. Great Lakes ports continue to be announced. Earlier this month, the Hansen-Mueller Company finalized the acquisition of General Mills Elevator A in Duluth, Minnesota, completing a deal that will bring the grain-handling facility back into active service. Nebraska-based Hansen-Mueller plans to bring the facility back into operation in time for the 2022 harvest season. The facility will import and export primarily small grains grown in the United States and Canada to domestic and foreign destinations. Construction is also going strong at the future site of Port Milwaukee’s new DeLong agricultural maritime export facility, expected to open in 2023. The Andersons Inc. also leased a grain storage facility at the Port of Oswego in 2021, with their first shipment by vessel starting this season.

Overall, activity through the St. Lawrence Seaway improved in May after a slower start due to ice conditions in Lake Superior. Total cargo tonnage shipments (from March 22 to May 31) via the St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 7.6 million metric tons, down 10.8% compared to 2021 but gaining ground in comparison to April. Other system-wide highlights include an increase in shipments of project cargo such as wind turbines, road salt to replenish winter reserves and coke exports to Europe for cement production.

In May, the Port of Monroe loaded its first bottom ash vessel of the season. The material was unloaded at the Lafarge cement plant in Alpena, Michigan and is used to create more sustainable cement mixtures. The port has also received over 91,000 short tons of steel products from Canada for regional automotive manufacturers. Starting in late June/early July, the Port will begin moving wind tower sections on US-flagged vessels outbound in support of wind energy projects within the Great Lakes/Seaway region.

Port Milwaukee kicked off the 2022 international cruise ship season in May. The Viking Octantis was the first cruise ship arrival to Milwaukee, beginning a summer season where 33 port calls by various cruise ships are planned that will bring more than 10,000 passengers to Milwaukee. Fednav Limited became the first accepted participant in Port Milwaukee’s StewardSHIP environmental sustainability program with the Federal St Laurent vessel.

Buoyed by the season’s first maritime container exports and the first inbound cement shipment of 2022, total tonnage for the Port of Duluth-Superior topped 5.7 million short tons through May 31. That cumulative total still trails the five-season average by 18.5%, but May’s total float (3.2 million tons) represented a 31.8% increase over a very slow April 2022.

Kidney beans made May’s biggest headlines, with 4,500 tons sailing in containers to Europe from Duluth’s Clure Public Marine Terminal. This marked the port’s re-entry into the maritime container business, and hopefully, the first of many such shipments for Duluth Cargo Connect.

“Greater cargo diversity and more multimodal shipping options make our port and our region more vibrant,” said Deb DeLuca, executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. “It’s a team effort to create these kinds of solutions for helping regional producers and manufacturers compete in the global marketplace, and we’re excited to see those efforts coming to fruition.”

Beyond the very broad general cargo category, iron ore made the biggest gains in May, with 1.9 million tons transiting the port. This eclipsed the April 2022 figure by more than 30%, but the season-to-date total still lags the five-season average by almost 24%. Coal and petcoke also moved briskly in May, topping 773,000 tons for the month and 1.4 million tons season-to-date.

“Total tonnage climbed 8% closer to the five-season average in May. It was good to see that early-season deficit diminish, but it continues to be a slower-than-normal start to the shipping season,” said DeLuca. “We’re hopeful that global supply chains normalize, which would also help normalize Duluth-Superior tonnage totals, but these continue to be unusual times. With that said, we’re pleased to see containerized cargo moving now, plus the season’s first shipments of wind energy components, so that cargo diversity continues to be a benefit.”