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Transport associations oppose to EU Consortia Block Exemption Regulation

Organisations representing the main maritime logistics industry stakeholders, as well as EU national maritime authorities, met on February 8 in Paris to discuss about the EU Consortia Block Exemption Regulation. The associations attempted to assess the validity of the BER, which provides the liner shipping industry an exemption from normal competition rules. 

China poses further restrictions to Australian coal imports

According to Reuters, Chinese coal traders have stopped ordering Australian coal as clearing times through China’s customs have doubled to at least 40 days, according to major buyers in China and international coal merchants, resulting in a sharp fall in Australian prices.

Vale Malaysia shipments to normally continue despite fire

Vale informed on February 15, that there was a fire in one of the transfer houses of the belt conveyor system at its distribution centre in Malaysia. Vale anticipate this will result in a 10 to 15 day stop in operations and note that a planned 10 day shutdown for maintenance was already scheduled for this period.

Australia’s submarines sail in formation

The Australian Royal Navy published images of its Collin’s-class submarines that sailed off the coast of Western Australia. The submarines are of a great importance to the Australian Navy as they reflect its naval capability and strong position.

Singapore Navy’s first Invincible-class submarine launched

Singapore’s Minister for Defence, Dr. Ng Eng Hen, inaugurated the launch ceremony of the Singapore Navy (RSN)’s first Invincible-class submarine, the ‘Invincible’ at the thyssenkrupp Marine Systems Shipyard in Kiel, Germany, on 18 February.

Spanish Navy commands merchant vessels to leave Gibraltar anchorage

The Government of Gibraltar published a strong protest on February 17, when the Spanish Navy entered the bounds of Gibraltar’s maritime claims and commanded merchant vessels to leave Spanish waters. The Spanish vessel identified itself as ‘Tornedo P44’ and ordered a merchant ship to leave anchorage and depart Spain’s territorial waters.

Gard informs on misdelivery of coal shipments in India

Gard comments on several cases, that took place recently, that involve banks claiming for misdelivery of coal cargoes at Indian ports. The misdelivery has to do with the challenges that follow when a cargo is delivered without the production of the original bills of lading.

Suez Canal offers extra discount to dry bulk vessels

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has moved towards additional discounts concerning dry bulk vessels operating between American and Asian ports after thinking of new changes in the global shipping market and the global economy.

‘Tasmanian Achiever II’ is Australia’s biggest cargo ship

Australia’s newest and biggest cargo ship was named ‘Tasmanian Achiever II’, on February 17. The ship is expected to start operations on 1 March, carrying goods between the Port of Melbourne and the Tasmanian Port of Burnie. The ship will also produce less emissions, as its built to comply with strict standards on sulphur emissions, In order to achieve that, ‘Tasmanian Achiever II’ will use scrubbers.

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The sulphur cap is less than a year away and with most vessels choosing compliant fuel, do you expect to see a spike in incidents and accidents related to the switch over?

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