In the container shipping realm, the pursuit of digitalization offers operational benefits, yet it introduces cybersecurity complexities. Europris and Maersk’s collaboration exemplifies a strategic response, leveraging cybersecurity measures to ensure safe and sustainable navigation through the digital landscape. This approach not only addresses the industry’s evolving challenges but also underscores a commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in logistics.

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Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) has reported that there is a suspicious investment software in the market that is using the OOCL logo without authorization.

The software claims to offer high returns on investments. However, OOCL has no connection or affiliation with the software or its developers.
In a statement warning its clients, OOCL says: “We do not endorse or recommend it in any way.

“OOCL does not offer any investment product or service via any channel and we urge you to exercise caution and vigilance when dealing with any online platforms or applications that offer such products or services under OOCL’s name. Such platforms or applications may be fraudulent, illegal, or harmful to your interests.

“If you encounter any such platforms or applications, please do not provide any personal or financial information, and do not download or install any software or files. We also advise you to report any suspicious activities to the relevant authorities and OOCL Customer Service via your usual contact.

“We appreciate your continued support and trust in OOCL. We are committed to providing you with the best quality and reliable services. We also take our information security and brand protection very seriously, and we will take appropriate actions to safeguard our interests and those of our customers.”


Denmark’s Semco Maritime has won a 10-year service contract from Siemens Gamesa for the 288 MW Butendiek offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.

The work covers operations and maintenance on the wind farm located around 32 km from the Island of Sylt near the German-Danish border. Project operations will mainly take place from Havneby at the Danish Island Rømø, starting in January 2024.

The wind farm has been operational since 2015 and comprises 80 Siemens 3.6 MW wind turbines. Semco Maritime will be responsible for balance-of-plant service workstreams, including maintenance and inspections above water on the offshore substation and its foundation as well as the 80 wind turbine generator foundations.

“This is another important milestone in our efforts to boost Semco Maritime’s service business in the renewables space,” said Jacob Øbo Sørensen, senior vice president of renewables at Semco Maritime.


orth America’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) export capacity is set to more than double by the end of 2027 with the addition of new LNG export terminals in Mexico and Canada, as well as the expansion of existing LNG capacity in the United States, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said.

Ten projects across the three countries will contribute to the expansion of LNG export capacity to 24.3 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) by the end of 2027, up from 11.4 billion (Bcf/d) currently.

In the United States alone, five LNG export projects are currently under construction, accounting for a combined capacity of 9.7 Bcf/d. These projects include Golden Pass, Plaquemines, Corpus Christi Stage III, Rio Grande, and Port Arthur, with the first exports expected in 2024.

Map of North American LNG export terminals as of October 2023
Map of North American LNG export terminals as of October 2023. Map courtesy EIA

Mexico is also making strides in LNG exports, with three projects currently under construction. Fast LNG Altamira offshore and onshore, as well as Fast LNG Lakach, are set to contribute a combined capacity of 1.1 Bcf/d. The Altamira project consists of three units, with the first unit planned for offshore and the other two to be installed onshore at the Altamira LNG regasification terminal. Fast LNG Lakach will be installed offshore of Veracruz, Mexico. The Energia Costa Azul LNG terminal in Baja California is also undergoing construction, with a Phase 1 capacity of 0.4 Bcf/d and a proposed Phase 2 capacity of 1.6 Bcf/d.

Canada is not far behind, with two LNG export projects currently under construction in British Columbia. LNG Canada, with an export capacity of 1.8 Bcf/d, is expected to begin service in 2025, while Woodfibre LNG, with an export capacity of 0.3 Bcf/d, is scheduled for 2027. Additionally, the Canada Energy Regulator has authorized 18 more LNG export projects, with a combined capacity of 29 Bcf/d.

The expansion of LNG export capacity comes as the Panama Canal, which opened to LNG carriers with its expansion in 2016, faces a freshwater shortage that will limit the capacity of the waterway as long as the drought in Panama continues.


Maritime players plotting pathways to data collaboration with digital projects in line with new BV-backed research study.

Digital technologies are increasingly being leveraged by shipping players to facilitate data collaboration among different actors in areas like ship design, vessel performance and port calls as a new Thetius research study backed by Bureau Veritas (BV) shows this will be vital to drive decarbonization, an OrbitMI-hosted panel heard at the recent Shipping Insight event in the US.

“Data-powered, collaborative innovation is the essential ingredient that can further accelerate the transformation of the industry. We believe that digitalisation is a foundation for innovation as it allows for faster, richer and more efficient collaboration,” BV Marine & Offshore’s VP Digital Solutions & Transformation Laurent Hentges states in the foreword to the Thetius report, entitled Common Interest.

Several data-sharing initiatives under way across shipping were highlighted by the panel that demonstrated the traditionally conservative industry is slowly breaking down barriers to collaboration in an area that is seen as highly sensitive due to issues such as competition and data protection.
US-based RoRo operator ARC is applying digitalization across three main areas – safety, quality of life for seafarers and efficiency – in a rapid push towards vessel automation through installation of mesh wifi networks with sensors for an Internet of Things (IoT) onboard, as well as use of AI-based voyage optimization and automated reporting to ease the workload for captains, ARC’s SVP head of operations Fred Finger said.

 


DP World Australia, one of the country’s largest ports operators, said on Monday operations had resumed at all its facilities after a cyber security incident forced it to suspend operations for three days.

The breach had crippled operations at the company, which manages about 40% of the goods that flow in and out of Australia, affecting its container terminals in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Western Australia’s Fremantle.

“Operations resumed at the company’s ports across Australia at 9 a.m. today (2200 GMT, Sunday) … following successful tests of key systems overnight,” the company, part of Dubai’s state-owned DP World, said in a statement.

DP World expects to move about 5,000 containers from the four Australian terminals through the day, although ongoing investigation and responses to protect its networks could result in temporary disruptions over the next few days.

“This is a part of an investigation process and resuming normal logistical operations at this scale,” DP World said.

After spotting the breach on Friday, DP World, one of a handful of stevedore industry players in Australia, disconnected internet, significantly impacting freight movements.

Australia has seen a rise in cyber intrusions since late last year, prompting the government in February to reform rules and set up an agency to help coordinate responses to hacks.

“(The DP World breach) does show how vulnerable we have been in this country to cyber incidents and how much better we need to work together to make sure we keep our citizens safe,” Cyber Security Minister Clare O’Neil told ABC Radio.

The breach comes as the government on Monday released some details of its proposed cyber security laws that would force companies to report all ransomware incidents, demands or payments.

DP World did not specify if it received any ransomware demands.

O’Neil said the rules would also bring telecommunication companies under “strict cyber requirements”, after an outage last week at telco Optus cut off internet and phone connections to nearly half of Australia’s population for about 12 hours.

 

(Reuters – Reporting by Renju Jose; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Lincoln Feast)


While all MOL car carriers are already equipped with fire detection systems, the AI-based system will enable faster detection and allows for real-time monitoring of cargo hold images from both the vessel and on land, enhancing response times.

The installation comes after several recent high-profile fires involving car carriers, which have raised concerns about safety in the roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) sector. The Felicity Ace, operated by MOL, caught fire in February 2022 while carrying some 4,000 vehicles including electric and luxury brands. All 22 crew members were safely evacuated, but the ship sank after burning for two weeks.

MOL also operated the Sincerity Ace, which caught fire on New Year’s Eve in 2018 in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Tragically, five crew members lost their lives in the incident. The ship was declared a total loss and eventually towed back to Japan.

MOL says Captain’s Eye AI systems have been widely deployed on merchant ships and other vessels worldwide to detect abnormalities in the engine room and on deck. MOL has successfully tested the AI system’s smoke detection capabilities in the cargo holds of the car carrier Onyx Ace. The system has been improved to detect even small amounts of smoke, leading to the decision to install the Captain’s Eye system on MOL’s car carriers.


Technical Circular No: 85/2020

 

IMO vide Resolutions, MEPC.314 (74), MEPC.316 (74), and MEPC.317 (74) has adopted amendments to MARPOL and the NOx Technical Code allowing Electronic Record Books (ERBs) to be used instead of hard copy record books. The amendments will enter into force from 1st October 2020. Associated guidelines for the use of MARPOL ERBs were also adopted vide IMO Resolution MEPC.312 (74).

An Electronic Record Book is a software application designed to replace the traditional paper record books and facilitate accurate entries into an efficient electronic format, while complying with international Conventions and flag State requirements.

ERBs may be used on board to meet the following record book and recording requirements under the MARPOL Annexes and the NOx Technical Code:

Oil Record Book, parts I and II (MARPOL Annex I, Regulations 17.1 and 36.1);

Cargo Record Book (MARPOL Annex II, Regulation 15.1);

Garbage Record Book, parts I and II (MARPOL Annex V, Regulation 10.3);

Ozone-depleting Substances (ODS) Record Book (MARPOL Annex VI, Regulation 12.6);

Recording of the tier and on or off status of marine diesel engines (MARPOL Annex VI, Regulation 13.5.3);

Record of Fuel Oil Changeover (MARPOL Annex VI, Regulation 14.6); and

Record Book of Engine Parameters (NOx Technical Code, paragraph 6.2.2.7).

Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) has developed an electronic version of Oil Record Book Part I & Part II in form of a software named “IR Scribe” to enable entries for machinery space operations as well as Cargo/Ballast operations as per Marpol Annex I Reg.17 & 36. “IR Scribe” has been developed taking into the guidelines included in MEPC.312 (74). Marshall Island Flag Administration has approved the “IR-Scribe” for its use on Marshall Island Flag Vessels vide their Marine Notice No. 7-041-5.

When the electronic record book is proposed to be used on board a ship, based on request from Company, the Administration will issue a ‘Declaration of MARPOL Electronic Record Book(s)’ which must be kept on board for presentation to duly authorised officials when requested. The procedures related to the use of ERBs must be documented in the Safety Management System.

Ship owners/ operators are advised to be guided by above..

 

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ELECTRONIC RECORD BOOKS (ERB) FOR SHIPS,Oil Record Book, parts I and II (MARPOL Annex I, Regulations 17.1 and 36.1)


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