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Global Trends in Shipping and Impact on Port Cities

MPA Academy, the training arm of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) jointly organised its inaugural lecture on the maritime industry titled "Global Trends in Shipping and Impact on Port Cities" on Wednesday, 19 February.

Prominent maritime economist, Dr Martin Stopford, President of Clarkson Research Services Limited, addressed about 270 maritime professionals, students and executives from the private and public sectors at the Ministry of National Development Auditorium this afternoon. Mr Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of MPA, was the moderator for the session.

After 50 years of relatively stable growth, the shipping industry is facing major changes. Dr Stopford, also a renowned economist within the maritime industry, shared his insights on the implications of developing mega-trends on port cities such as Singapore. The trends include globalisation, the changing geopolitical scene and mechanisation – a big driver of the last fifty years that is facing diminishing returns with rising fossil fuel prices and environmental costs.

"Given the future challenges facing the maritime industry, we are pleased to partner with CLC to invite experts as Dr Martin Stopford to provide insights into how port cities like Singapore can face up to the competition. We need to keep ourselves abreast of changes if we want to be a premier global port and international maritime centre providing good jobs and opportunities for all in Singapore," said Mr Andrew Tan.

Executive Director of CLC, Mr Khoo Teng Chye said, "CLC is glad to gather urban and maritime practitioners today as part of CLC's mission to share knowledge on liveable and sustainable cities. Many cities originate and continue to be important port cities, and some have developed a strong marine industry. Singapore is one of them".

Prior to his current presidency post, Dr Stopford was the Managing Director of Clarkson Research in 1990, then on the Board of Clarksons PLC in 2004. Before joining Clarkson, Dr Stopford helmed Lloyds Maritime Information Service as Chief Executive, directed Business Development at British Shipbuilders and was a Global Shipping Economist with Chase Manhattan. Dr Stopford is also the Lifetime Achievement Award Winner of the Lloyd's List Global Awards 2010.

MPA, February 21, 2014

From: http://worldmaritimenews.com/

Rotterdam Retains Its Lead as Europe’s Trading Gateway

The first ships have yet to arrive, but already there is plenty of activity amid the sand and the dunes. Rotterdam, Europe's biggest port, has just reclaimed 2,000 hectares of land from the North Sea to expand its gateway by a staggering 20%. Reduced to rubble during the Second World War, Rotterdam quickly blossomed in the following decades thanks to the gradual reduction of trade barriers between members of the European Union.

The Dutch are creating additional deep-port capacity in Rotterdam in order to be able to welcome the newest generation of ultra-large container vessels, such as new 400-metre long ships that can carry up to 18,000 containers.

Hans Volker, public information officer for the new port development, said: "The new port development is attracting investment from companies around the world who want to take advantage of the European single market. Extra capacity and new infrastructure links will ensure Rotterdam retains its lead as Europe's trading gateway and will ultimately benefit businesses and consumers across the continent."

Catching the eye are a dozen brand new quay cranes, delivered only a few weeks earlier. When these cranes raise their arms, they rival the city's new Erasmus bridge in height. The new cranes are semi-automated and each one can carry two containers simultaneously. They belong to two competing container terminals that can unload the newest generation of container ships 24 hours a day. When the new terminals open in November of this year more than 25 of these huge cranes will be operational.

This ambitious expansion is a testament to how much Rotterdam has developed over the last 60 years thanks to Europe's single market. Today some 32,000 ocean-going vessels and 87,000 inland vessels a year make use of Rotterdam port, which offers employment to more than 90,000 people. It has a turnover of about €600 million a year.

The European economy stands to gain more than 10% in additional economic growth in the long term as a result of the single market, according to the Dutch government's Central Planning Bureau . For the Netherlands, this could amount to as much as 17% in extra growth.

From: http://worldmaritimenews.com/

17 Rescued From Grounded Ship Off Hong Kong

Seventeen Vietnamese crewmen have been rescued after their cargo ship began listing badly off Hong Kong on Friday morning. The vessel, the Sunrise Orient, drifted briefly after the rescue before running aground at a rocky beach to the east of the Cheung Chau Island.

Hong Kong's Marine Department said oil had reportedly spilled from the grounded vessel. Officers from the department's pollution control unit were setting up floating barriers in an effort to control the oil before cleaning it up.

Containers Overboard in Bay of Biscay

The container vessel Svendborg Maersk lost a significant number of containers over board during very rough weather in the Bay of Biscay on Friday February 14. Other containers onboard are damaged as a result of collapsed stacks. 

Weather conditions at the time of the incident were severe with wind blowing 60 knots and waves reaching 10 m. The crew is safe and accounted for. Local maritime authorities were informed about the incident and nautical warning broadcasted about floating containers. 

Minor damages are reported to the vessel. The destination port was Colombo, Sri Lanka. The vessel called the port of Malaga on 17 February for re-stowage of the collapsed stacks and repair of various equipment hit by shifted containers.

Maersk Line customers service representatives will keep customers informed of the status of their cargo as soon as it has been accurately assessed which units have been lost and which have suffered damages.

From: http://www.maritime-executive.com/

Liberia Storms Ahead on MLC Certification

Ninety-four per cent of qualifying Liberian-flag ships have achieved successful Maritime Labour Convention 2006 compliance, just one week after the convention entered force, putting Liberia far ahead of any other international ship registry.

MLC 2006 certification is a multi-step process. The first step involves the issuing of a Declaration of Maritime Labour Compliance (DMLC) Part 1 at the request of the owner. This is followed by the owner's submission of DMLC Part 2 for approval. In the case of Liberia, which has opted not to delegate flag state inspection to classification societies, this means approval by the Liberian flag. Thereafter, the vessel is inspected and the certificate duly issued to compliant ships.

The Liberian-flag fleet is the second largest in the world and includes 3,215 ships to which MLC 2006 applies. To date, DMLC Part 2 has been accepted in respect of 3,016 Liberian-flag ships, equating to 94 per cent of the qualifying Liberian fleet. Liberia has issued 1,464 MLC 2006 certificates. It has also issued 3,084 DMLC Part I documents. The certification process meanwhile continues apace.

Liberia was the first flag state to ratify MLC 2006, and one of the first to adopt inhouse measures to anticipate implementation of the convention. David Pascoe, maritime operations and standards chief of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), says, "Other flag states have been relying on class societies to inspect vessels. While still recognising inspections conducted by class and by other Recognised Organisations where appropriate, Liberia has elected to deal with owners directly, using its dedicated global workforce of more than 180 MLC-trained inspectors to conduct inspections. The figures show that this was the right decision.

"There is still some way to go in terms of MLC certification, but Liberia is moving forward rapidly. In our experience, most responsible owners will have no problem complying with MLC, but they need to get their certification in place. Liberia is doing everything it can to help them achieve that goal."

From: http://www.maritime-executive.com/

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