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UK probe into sulphur cap impact

House of Commons Transport Select Committee will hold an inquiry The UK's House of Commons Transport Select Committee has announced it will hold an inquiry into the impact of regulations limiting sulphur emissions from ships.The organisation bringing together the shipping, ports and maritime business services sectors, Maritime UK, says the move is in repsonse to its lobbying on the issue. The news or an inquiry follows a meeting between the select committee and senior Maritime UK members earlier this year, where committee chairman Louise Ellman MP heard of the detrimental impact the IMO's sulphur regulations, and the EU sulphur directive, will have on the maritime services sector.The maximum permitted sulphur content in fuel burnt within IMO-designated Emissions Control Areas was reduced to 1% from 1 July last year but there will be a further reduction to 0, 1% from 1 January 2015 which is widely seen as problematic as it probably mean a large-scale switch-over to distillate fuel which already much expensive than heavy fuel oil bunkers. It is generally believed that the cost of distillate will increase significantly as the refineries struggle to meet demand.In a submission to the Committee, Maritime UK says: "The main effect of the revised ...

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UK boosts economy and creates 1,500 jobs with new new deep water berths

1 billion investment program to create 1,500 jobs At the port of Felixstowe in Suffolk, a 1 billion investment program to create 1,500 jobs has seen the opening of two new deep-water shipping terminals, making it the only berth in the UK capable of handling the biggest containerships on order.The terminals are said to be equipped with seven of the largest container cranes in the world, able to manage ships with containers stowed 24-wide, The Press Association reports. The opening of the berths is only one stage in the investment program, though. The expansion of the port could rack up an additional 20 billion to what has already been invested with rail terminal construction.The expansion is not only a boost to the economy and creating jobs, but it is also enhancing UK's supply chain infrastructure at one of its biggest ports. The cutting-edge technology will be able to provide better customer service, as well as reducing carbon emissions, according to Dredging Today.The Felixstowe port currently deals approximately 40% of the UK's container cargo, with over 60 billion in trade passing through the port annually. The new terminals and cranes will enable that number to increase by 20 billion a year.BBC ...

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Six foreign ships under detention in the UK during August 2011

After failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced that 6 foreign flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during August 2011 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection.Latest monthly figures show that there were 3 new detentions of foreign flagged ships in UK ports during August 2011 and 3 vessels remained under detention from previous months. The overall rate of detentions compared with inspections carried out over the last twelve months was 3.11% this is slightly down from Julys twelve month rate.Out of the detained vessels 1 was registered with a flag state listed on the Paris MOU white list, 1 was registered with a flag state on the grey list 2 were registered with flag states on the black list and 2 were unregistered.1.In response to one of the recommendations of Lord Donaldsons Inquiry into the prevention of pollution from merchant shipping and in compliance with the EU Directive on Port State Control (95/21/EC as amended), the Maritime and Coastguard agency (MCA) publishes full details of the foreign flagged vessels detained in UK ports each month.2. Inspections of foreign flagged ships in UK ports are undertaken by surveyors from the MCA. Where ...

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Pollution disaster fears as rescue tugs are ditched

Four tugs were put in place as a result of the oil spill from the tanker Braer Britain is abandoning its first line of defence against oil tanker pollution disasters, four ocean-going tugs stationed around the coastline to help vessels in distress.The four tugs, put in place as a result of the calamitous oil spill from the tanker Braer, which ran aground in Shetland in 1993, are to come out of service in a fortnight as part of the Government's public spending cuts.The move, which will save 8m a year - vastly less than the cost of dealing with any major oil spill - goes against the clear recommendations of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and is being described by concerned MPs as "inviting disaster" and "crazy".The Government hopes that commercial tug operators will fill the gap when needed, but there is great concern that while this may happen in the Channel and the Southwest Approaches, it will be impossible in Scotland's Northern and Western Isles - which are both the most environmentally sensitive waters around Britain and the most dangerous to shipping.The four tugs, or emergency towing vessels (ETVs), have been stationed since 1995, at public expense, in four ...

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Philippine and British governments support SaveOurSeafarers

SOS campaign aims to raise public awareness on the deleterious effects of piracy Seafarers' organisations, shipping companies together with business leaders and the biggest ever grouping of shipping industry associations, which have joined forces to campaign against Somali piracy, have received a welcome boost from the British and Philippine Governments confirming their support for the global SOS SaveOurSeafarers campaign.In the Philippines, the Filipino Labour and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said in a public statement that the world's number one source of world-class seafarers is morally bound to support global action to ensure the welfare and protection of seafarers. Baldoz lauded the SOS SaveOurSeafarers campaign for its "unrelenting" efforts to raise public awareness on the deleterious effects of piracy, particularly in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean."We are always mindful of the policy of the administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III for enhanced overseas foreign workers protection," she said. Foremost of this is to push for global call to stamp out piracy in the high seas, which is now affecting global maritime commerce," she added.Source: Seatrade Asia

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UK faces legal challenge over emergency cover scrapping

Britian decided to scrap emergency towing vessel cover around the coastline Britian's decision to scrap emergency towing vessel cover around the coastline is now almost certain to face legal challenge, with opponents of the idea set to argue in the High Court that such a step would breach both international treaty obligations and domestic law.The government initially unveiled the move in October 2010, as part of the biggest round of public sector cuts seen in Britain for almost 90 years. Ending ETV cover is designed to save 32m ($51.5m) over four years, as a contribution towards an 81bn overall reduction in state spending.However, reaction within UK shipping has been almost unanimously hostile, with many doubtful that reliance on free-market salvage operators is an adequate substitute for having four tugs provided by JP Knight on call 24 hours.They point out that the present system was introduced in light of past experience, on the recommendation of Lord Donaldson's report into the 1993 Braer disaster, and that one repetition of such an incident could dwarf any savings made by ending it.Seafarer union Nautilus International today confirmed that it and one other party, which it declined to name, were now talking to maritime law ...

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First UK offshore LNG terminal faces year delay

It may be delayed until 2015 The commercial startup of Britain's first floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal may be delayed until 2015 from 2014 owing to regulatory hold-ups, Norwegian developer Hoegh LNG said on Monday.A final investment decision (FID) on the 3-6 billion cubic meter/year deepwater Port Meridian import terminal has been pushed back one year to the end of 2012, Hoegh LNG's Chief Executive Officer Sveinung Støhle told Reuters.Delays to FID could delay start-up of the facility to 2015, Stohle said, although the company might be able to deploy one of its two floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs) now under construction for the project.Two FSRUs under construction are due for delivery in 2013 and 2014 from South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries."We have all the approvals, now we are focussing on getting customers on board in the next 6-12 months," Stohle said, referring to the UK project.Falling production from ageing North Sea gas fields suggests UK import needs will continue increasing in the coming years, enticing investors to bankroll new terminals like Port Meridian, he said.About 50 percent of the terminal's capacity will be sold on a medium-term basis, meaning between 3-5 years, while the majority ...

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UK detains five foreign ships

After failing port state control inspections The United Kingdom detained five foreign ships during July 2011 for failing port state control (PSC) inspections. The annual rate of ships detained following inspections was 3.25 per cent, which was a slight decrease from the previous month.The detained vessels included:The St Kitts and Nevis-flagged Fastrex, detained in Hull for 13 days for six of 14 deficiencies found.The Panama-flagged Noblesse, detained for 31 days since 1 June 2011 in Silvertown for seven out of 22 deficiencies found.The unregistered Cien Porciento, detained in Lowestoft since 4 March 2010 for seven out of 30 deficiencies found.The Kiribati-flagged My Lady Norma, detained in Penzance since 12 October 2010 for one deficiency found.The Panama-flagged Most Sky, detained in Birkenhead since 8 November 2010 for four of 12 deficiencies found.Source: ITF

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UK Chamber of Shipping on the fence on GHG policy

London-based body launches 'manuals' on the two main options for market-based measures Underlining its difference of opinion with most other national shipping associations, the UK Chamber of Shipping has urged the international shipping industry to keep the door open on all options to drive a reduction of its carbon emissions. The UK Chamber has welcomed the advances made by the International Maritime Organization to promote the reduction of shipping's carbon emissions through technical efficiencies but in a statement says it believes that it will prove necessary for the industry to go further - through the adoption of economic (or 'market-based') measures to meet governments' expectations and targets. The statement said: "International opinion is divided on the best model for reducing the shipping industry's carbon emissions. Some support the idea of a greenhouse gas (GHG) contribution fund, in which shipping companies would contribute as part of purchases of bunker fuel. Others prefer an Emissions Trading System (ETS), in which shipping companies would buy a shipping allowance or 'emissions unit', which they would then surrender according to their actual carbon emissions." The International Chamber of Shipping's (ICS) director external relations Simon Bennett told that the vast majority of national shipping associations within ...

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