What is IMO 2020 and how you could be affected..

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If you are in the shipping and freight industry you may have heard several whisperings, notices, loose talk, official talk, speeches etc about IMO 2020..

But what is this IMO 2020, who will be impacted and how will it affect your life in the shipping and freight industry..??

This article examines the impact of IMO 2020 on shipping lines and cargo owners, the options available and how this lower sulphur emission standards can be achieved..

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Mining, Energy sectors are key to South Africa’s maritime growth

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The Minister of Transport of South Africa, Dr Blade Nzimande, kicked off a two-day Maritime Transport Sector Dialogue on Thursday the 28th February 2019 at the Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal..

This inaugural Maritime Transport Sector Dialogue will work towards promoting a strong relationship between government and private sector regarding developments, challenges, opportunities and transformation in the maritime sector..

Maritime stakeholders from government and the private sector, organized labour, shipping industry, business community and academia are attending the event..

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NVOCC register created and minimum standards set for the issuance of NVOCC Bills of Lading

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The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) estimates from its work in verifying Bills of Lading that over 95% of all improperly issued Bills of Lading are issued by – yeah you guessed it – Non-Vessel Owning Common Carriers (NVOCCs)..

The IMB identifed that there is a prevalence of issuance of incorrect NVOCC bills of lading by the NVOCC which is then presented to banks and other stakeholders in the trading and finance chain, with the aim of defrauding the trade finance system, possibly for the purposes of multiple financing, money laundering, etc..

The IMB has developed a business solution to mitigate the effects of this problem..

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General Average declared on fire stricken Yantian Express

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It was expected and would have been just a matter of time.. 

We reported previously that part of the 16-year-old Yantian Express the 7,510 TEU, 320m German-flagged ship of Hapag Lloyd went up in flames on the 3rd of Jan 2019 while on its way from Colombo to Halifax via the Suez Canal..

The container fire that broke out was largely contained and brought under control after one week and the ship sailed to the Port of Freeport (Bahamas) for further recovery and cargo damage assessment. when it arrives in Freeport around the 1st of Feb 2019.. 

On January 25, 2019, Hapag Lloyd declared “General Average” for the Yantian Express..

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Maersk Line clamps down on container misdeclaration

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Misdeclaration in weight or misdeclaration of hazardous content has been the bane of the shipping industry and the carriers who have suffered several consequences due to misdeclarations..

When such misdeclarations are done, it does not just affect the ship, the carrier involved and the person who chose to misdeclare their cargo.. These misdeclarations result in cargo damage and affect everyone else’s cargo, especially when entire ships are lost..

Millions of dollars worth of goods and assets are lost due to this, not to mention the huge impact on the environment and the loss of life (human or otherwise)..

IMO and other stakeholders took these misdeclarations seriously and SOLAS VGM came into effect.. Life after SOLAS VGM seems to be hunky dory and no major incidents have been reported in relation to weight misdeclarations..

However, the recent spate of maritime disasters is causing some worries to the container lines.. Having had first-hand experience with such misdeclarations and maritime disasters, the world’s largest container line – Maersk Line – has put its foot down on these misdeclared cargoes..

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Concor enters Coastal Shipping in India

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India measures around 2,933 Kms from West to East and around 3,214 km from South to North and boasts a coastline of around 7,516..

Given such distances and the volume of goods handled, rail transport was found to be one of the cheaper options for all cargoes over medium to long distances..

Indian Railways entered the cargo market for moving door-to-door domestic cargo in special DSO containers starting in 1966..

Container Corporation of India Ltd. (CONCOR), was incorporated in March 1988 under the Companies Act, and commenced operation from November 1989 taking over the existing network of 7 ICDs from the Indian Railways..

Amid increasing competition, inadequate rail and road infrastructure, a rapidly changing market driven by weak demand and digitization, Concor has decided to enter the coastal shipping market in India..

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Difference between Harbour, Port, Terminal, Berth, Quay, Pier, Jetty

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Harbour, Port, Terminal, Berth, Quay, Pier, Jetty – you are not alone if you are confused about these terminologies..

To many of us, these terminologies sounds the same.. It took me also a while to understand the difference when I started out in this industry..

So here’s how it works..

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Now ports also get in on the Blockchain action

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Many people may remember fondly while some may choose to forget the famous tech bubble of 2000, when a long list of internet and tech related stocks peaked and then crashed into a bear market..

Many companies like Microsoft, Cisco, Intel, Qualcomm, Apple etc were part of this bubble.. Some of the bubbles burst, while some survived..

Will Blockchain prove to be one such bubble that will last or burst…………………..

Blockchain has been

  • successfully used by Banks and Shippers to create Trade Finance documents ;
  • creative enough to get a Tech company and the World’s largest container line to invest in it ;
  • successfully used by companies to create and transmit smart bills of lading with it ;

Now it seems to be the turn of ports and port authorities to get in on the Blockchain action..

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Extreme winds shuts down the port of Port Elizabeth in South Africa

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Port Elizabeth is one of the main ports in South Africa and is a main port of call for many carriers on the East/West Trade between Far East/South East Asia and the Americas and the North/South Trade between Africa and Europe..

Since the morning of 30th October, access to this main port has been restricted as one of the 5 STS (Ship to Shore gantry cranes) was blown off its rails due to the extreme winds that Port Elizabeth (PE) has been facing..

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Which type of vessels is each maritime nation buying..??

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Despite the relative difficulty in obtaining adequate ship financing, activity in the S&P market for second hand vessels is still rather brisk.

Every nation has its own requirement for ships for their trade.. In this article shared from Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide, we look at which ships are in demand and what types of vessels each maritime nation is buying..

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Tetrapods and their role in the maritime industry

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Other than educational articles related to shipping and freight, from time to time I also post news, opinion pieces and articles that provide a glimpse into other less known aspects of the shipping, freight, maritime, logistics and supply chain industry..

Articles that help in improving knowledge in line with the motto of this blog, SEEK – LEARN – KNOW – GROW..

Today’s article is about Tetrapods.. No, not the living 4 legged variety, I am talking about the inanimate 4 legged objects that protect our ports and harbours..

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Lessons learnt from Maersk Honam fire

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On the 6th of March 2018, Maersk Honam, one of Maersk’s ultra-large containership caught fire while en-route from Singapore to Egypt, in the Arabian Sea..

Five crew members perished in this incident which was one of several containership disasters that have happened in recent history..

Learning from these lessons, Maersk Line announced that after a thorough review of current safety practices and policies in the stowage of dangerous cargo, they implemented a set of new guidelines called Risk Based Dangerous Goods Stowage to improve safety across its container vessel fleet..

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More shipping lines join the 2020 sulphur cap fuel surcharge bandwagon….

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Currently the bunker fuels used in all modern commercial ships have a high content of sulphur which is quite harmful to the environment..

The current global limit for sulphur content of ships fuel oil is 3.50% m/m (mass by mass)..

The IMO has been working to reduce harmful impacts of shipping on the environment since the 1960’s and as from 1st of Jan 2020, has implemented regulations that sets the new global limit on the sulphur content at 0.50% m/m..

IMO has advised several methods through which ships can meet lower sulphur emission standards, which obviously comes at a cost.. Read and share your comments on how these new costs may affect you..

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Is the ship register or ship registry liable for containers falling off a ship..??

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As you may have read, I recently wrote about “Containers lost at sea, why it happens, what to do when it happens and also about What is a ship register or ship registry..

Recent news reports of 83 containers falling off a ship off the coast of Australia in heavy seas seems to have triggered a question in the minds of some people Is the ship register or ship registry liable for containers falling off a ship..??

When reading the news articles about this incident, I noticed something very interesting in the way in which the general public and the shipping fraternity identify a ship, its markings and the areas of concern.. 🙂

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What is a ship registry or ship register..??

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Many of you may have heard about ship register, ship registration, ship registry, flag state, flags of convenience etc.. While a few are synonyms, the rest are not..

This article discusses the various aspects of ship registration, the types of ship registers, the conditions required to be part of a ship register, what is a flag of convenience and flag state..

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