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Sarbananda Sonowal Reviews Projects of Ports, Shipping and Waterways Ministry New Delhi Port Wings News Network he status of all the ongoing projects of the Ports, Shipping and Waterways Ministry were reviewed by the newly appointed Union Minister Sarbananda

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The minister said that he would make all efforts in order to deliver the responsibility handed over to him. He would also take forward all the good works of the previous incumbent as well as put serious efforts with his new team in a bid to ensure that all the set milestones

Mansukh Mandaviya was earlier the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Sonowal is an MLA in Assam Legislative Assembly, and he is a former Chief Minister of Assam.

Sonowal, according to a news report in Financial Express. A few days ago, Sonowal was appointed as the Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways under Modi Cabinet 2.0. Sanjeev Ranjan, Secretary, Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, apprised the Union Minister about the status of various projects of the MoPSW. The Union Minister also interacted with all the ministry’s senior officials in his chamber.

of the projects are achieved without any delays, Sonowal said. SONOWAL NEW SHIPPING MINISTER, SHANTANU THAKUR MoS Sarbananda Sonowal, the former Chief Minister of Assam who handled the Sports and Youth Affairs ministry in the PM Modi’s first government, has been given charge of the Ports, Shipping and Waterways portfolio. Sonowal will also handle the Ayush ministry.

Sonowal served as the Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, Government of India, from 2014 to 2016. Sonowal was chosen to be the Chief Minister of Assam after the 2016 Assam Legislative Assembly election and he is the first Chief Minister of the state from Bharatiya Janata Party. Shantanu Thakur, the 38-year-old Lok Sabha MP for Bongaon in West Bengal took charge as Minister of State in Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways.

Carriers Eye $100bn Profits And Are ‘Set Up For Years In A Truly Crazy Market’ Chennai

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Port Wings News Network cean carriers could be on course to make a profit of $100bn this year. And Drewry says their medium-term profitability is virtually assured, due

to a paucity of supply. Even with the flood of orders for newbuild containerships stemmed for delivery in 2023 likely to break all-time records for an injection of liner capacity – and potentially tip the supply-demand scales back in

favour of shippers – carrier profits in the interim will see them “set up for years to come” says the maritime consultant. Drewry’s latest quarterly Container Forecaster report includes Contd. on page -2

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New Delhi Port Wings News Network n order to achieve the objective of Atmanirbhar Bharat, the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 14 July 2021 approved a scheme to provide Rs.1624 crore over five years as subsidy to Indian Shipping companies in global tenders floated by Ministries and CPSEs for import of government cargo in the following manner: a. For a ship which is flagged in India after 1st F e b r u a r y, 2021 and is less than 10 years at the time of flagging in India, the subsidy support would be extended @15% of the quote offered by the L1 foreign shipping company OR the actual difference between the quote offered by the Indian flag vessel exercising ROFR and the quote offered by the L1 foreign shipping company, whichever is less. For a ship which is flagged in India after 1st February, 2021 and which is between 10 to 20 years old at the time of flagging in India, the subsidy support would be extended @10% of the quote offered by the L1 foreign shipping company OR the actual difference between the quote offered by the Indian flag vessel exercising ROFR and the quote offered by the L1 foreign shipping company, whichever is less.

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The rate at which the above subsidy support is extended would be reduced by 1% every year, till it falls to 10% and 5%, respectively, for the two categories of ships mentioned above. b. For existing Indian flagged ship which is already flagged and less than 10 years old on 1st February 2021, the subsidy support would be extended @10% of the quote offered by the L1 foreign shipping company OR the actual difference between the quote offered by the Indian flag vessel exercising ROFR and the quote offered by the L1 foreign shipping c o m p a n y, whichever is less. For existing Indian flagged ship which a l r e a d y flagged and between 10 to 20 years old on 1st February 2021, the subsidy support would be extended @5% of the quote offered by the L1 foreign shipping company OR the actual difference between the quote offered by the Indian flag vessel exercising ROFR and the quote offered by the L1 foreign shipping company, whichever is less. c. The provisions of this subsidy support would not be available in case where an Indian flagged vessel is the L1 bidder. d. The budgetary support would be provided directly to the Ministry/Department concerned. e. The subsidy support would be extended only to those ships which have bagged the award after the implementation of the scheme. f. Flexibility in allocation of funds for expenditure from one year to another and within the various Ministries/departments of the scheme. Contd. on page -2

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s the policies are developed, it is important we communicate our position of environmental strength. Moving cargo by water is the most carbon-efficient form of transportation. Logic dictates a shift from other forms of transportation to waterborne will reduce carbon emissions. This represents an opportunity to expand cargo options for the maritime sector. The daunting challenges of the maritime industry as it contends with climate change will arguably be the most important we have ever faced. President Biden has prioritized climate action as a cornerstone of his presidency. The President wants to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) in the U.S. by 52 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. This fits into his broader vision of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. These targets dwarf any previous U.S. administration’s commitment, including President Obama’s. In April, John Kerry, the president’s special envoy for climate, expanded on what this means for the shipping industry. Mr. Kerry committed the U.S. “to work with countries in the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to adopt the goal of achieving zero emissions from international shipping by 2050.” While the industry was anticipating aggressive proposals, the scope of the commitment caught many off guard. However, global shipping still represents a significant source of air, water and acoustic pollution. All must be addressed, but climate change is especially correlated with air pollution which includes GHG emissions. The current estimate of GHG emissions from global maritime transport is thought to be between two and three percent of the total from all sources. For context, this is roughly the same as the entire GHG emissions of Canada or Germany. The maritime industry is comprised remarkably diverse fleets, including ocean-going vessels, ferries, and tug and barge fleets operating on our inland and coastal waterways. Although this diversity is one of the strengths of our industry, it also effectively precludes any “one size fits all” climate solution. Efforts to mitigate, if not solve, our industry’s impact on climate change will be most impactful if they are timed with capital commitments. Given the comparatively long life-cycle of maritime assets, most physical mitigation solutions and efficiency designs should be incorporated into the ship design well before any building has begun. Hybrid solutions have been advocated, as these designs reduce all emissions because the main engine is used less and more efficiently. Power is replaced by more efficient power generators to meet the needs of the operator. Although hybrid solutions often require more capital outlay, there is payback for the operator in terms of reduced fuel and maintenance costs. Though effective, this solution may not be appropriate for all vessel types as the duty cycle of the engine is an important consideration when deciding whether a hybrid solution is feasible. No one understands the problems we face and the solutions we need to adopt better than those working in our industry. However, our inclusion in highlevel policy dialogues means opening our minds and re-thinking everything including those “sacred cows” our industry has held on to for so long. Nothing should be off-limits and that includes more than just the obvious puzzle pieces of ship design, the fuels we use to power the vessels, and Sample shore interfaces. TEXT Shipboard operational aspects need to be re-examined across the board, from speed reductions to the lightbulbs we use.

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The climate challenges are great, but so are the opportunities. Despite climate change related hurdles we must overcome, there are opportunities as well. I am optimistic for the future of our industry. We have sophisticated tools and ready access to data that, if properly harnessed, will bring about solutions we have not even thought of yet.

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Continued from page -1 g. Ships older than 20 years would not eligible for any subsidy under the Scheme. h. In view of the enlarged scope of the Scheme this Ministry shall seek a. allocation of such additional funds from the Department of Expenditure asmay be required, j. The scheme would be reviewed after 5 years. Details: a) In order to address the cost disadvantage suffered by Indian flag ships, the Hon. Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, has in her Union Budget Financial Year 202122 speech on 1st February 2021, announced a scheme providing an amount of Rs.1,624 crore over five years to promote flagging of merchant ships in India by providing subsidy support to Indian shipping companies in global tenders floated by Ministries and CPSEs. b) The maximum amount of subsidy outgo for five years would be in the range of an estimated Rs. 1624 crore. c) Registration shall be done online within 72 hours like the world’s best ships registries. This will make it easy and attractive to register ships in India and thereby aid in boosting the Indian tonnage. d) In addition to this, it is intended to provide 30 days to any in-flagging vessel to replace the crew on board with Indian crew. e) Similarly, steps are also being taken to rationalize the manning requirements on the ships by aligning them with international standards. f) The Scheme has laid out a monitoring framework which is detailed at also provides for effective monitoring and review of the Scheme. For this, a 2-layer of monitoring system is envisaged as mentioned below:-(i) Apex Review Committee (ARC) (ii) Scheme Review Committee (SRC). Background: a) Despite having a 7,500 km long coastline, a significant national EXIM trade that is steadily growing on an annual basis, a policy of 100% FDI in shipping since 1997 and

Indian shipping industry and India’s national fleet is proportionately small when compared with its global counterparts. b) Currently the Indian fleet comprises of a meagre 1.2% of the worid fleet in terms of capacity. The share of Indian ships in the carriage of India’s EXIM trade has

drastically declined from 40.7% in 1987-88 to about 7.8% in 201819. This has led to an increase in foreign exchange outgo on account of freight bill payments to foreign shipping companies, to the tune of around USD 53 billion in 2018-19 and approximately USD 637 billion during the last 13 years. c) Indian flagged ships mandatorily engage Indian crew and comply with Indian taxation and corporate laws. The operating costs of Indian ships are thus much higher as compared to those of foreign ships. The foreign voyage the cost of operation of an Indian vessel is higher by around 20%. This difference in operating costs arises on account of higher costs of debt funds, shorter tenure of loans, taxation on wages of Indian seafarers engaged on Indian ships, IGST on import of ships, blocked GST tax credits, discriminatory GST on Indian ships providing services between two Indian ports; all of which are not applicable to foreign ships providing similar services. On the other hand, importing a shipping service by an Indian charterer is cheaper than contracting the services of a local shipping company. d) Though the Government supports a policy of imports on FOB, in reality a major portion of the dry bulk imports such as Fertilizers and Coal is allowed to be imported on GIF basis. Almost 35% of the crude

oil imports are also taking place on GIF basis. All of this leads to a loss of opportunity to participate in the market to transport Indian cargo. e) Since Indian ships are less competitive while compared to their foreignpeers, therefore, the Right of First Refusal (ROFR) policy has not been able to fuel growth of Indian tonnage. Data collected from the Indian National Ship owners Association (INSA) reflects that it issued NOCs in 95% of the cases processed under the ROFR mechanism. Moreover, ROFR does not ensure bankable long-term contracts and it is only an opportunity to match the rate provided by a foreign shipping companies which enjoy a competitive advantage due to lower operating costs. The policy of Right of First Refusal for Indian ships will only be beneficial provided Indian ships are made competitive. f) A policy to promote the growth of the Indian shipping industry is also necessary because having a bigger national fleet would provide economic, commercial, and strategic advantages to India. A strong and diverse indigenous shipping fleet will not only lead to foreign exchange savings on account of freight bill payments made to foreign shipping companies but would also reduce excessive dependence on foreign ships for transporting India’s critical cargoes. The other benefits of a larger Indian fleet include increase in training opportunities for Indian seafarers, increased employment for Indian seafarers, increase in collection of various taxes, development of ancillary industries, and improved ability to borrow funds from banks. g) The subsidy support proposed to be provided to Indian shipping companies would enable more Government imports to be carried on Indian flag ships. Further, it would also make it more attractive to flag merchant ships in India as their current relatively higher operating costs would be offset to a large extent through the subsidy support. This would lead to an increase in flagging and would link access to Indian cargo to investment in Indian ships.

Carriers Eye $100bn Profits And Are... Continued from page -1 huge upgrades for freight rates and carrier profits against a background of operational disruptions to the supply chain. It has significantly upgraded its average freight rate forecast and fullyear industry profitability and thinks the market is “facing medium-term (or extended) under-supply”. “Given the substantially higher freight rate forecast for this year, Drewry has made a major upgrade to our full-year 2021 industry ebit outlook. We are now forecasting industry ebit of approximately $80bn for this year – up from our previous estimate of $35bn,” said senior manager – container research and author of the report Simon Heaney. “If freight rates surpass expectations in the remainder of the year, we would not be surprised to see an annual profit line in the region of $100bn,” he added. “We are now getting accustomed to seeing triple-digit annual growth for spot rates on most lanes. That these instances are no longer shocking

is further proof, if needed, that the market truly is crazy right now.” Noting that supply chain disruption, such as the Suez Canal blockage by Evergreen’s Ever Given, and the Yantian port restrictions had become “the key drivers of freight rates” Drewry said that the main difference from its report of three months ago was that “some of the numbers are much bigger”. Drewry said it expected carrier ebit to drop by just over a third next year, due to softer freight rates and rising costs such as more expensive long-term charter fixtures, but this could still result in an industry profit approaching $70bn – “another astonishing performance by historical standards”, it said. The report says volumes are expected to continue to rise through the third quarter and peak season, and Drewry has now revised its annual growth forecast up from 8.7% in March to approximately 10%. And on the other side of the supply-demand coin, it expects

capacity growth of 4.2% this year, up from 3.7% previously, and just 2.8% in 2022, with the main supply adjustments not due until 2023 and 2024 as the newbuilds are received by carriers. Drewry said it estimated that some 16% of cellular capacity will have been lost this year as a direct consequence of lower port productivity, compared with an 11% reduction in 2020. Summarising the key factors required to “fix the supply chain and get containers flowing as they should”, Drewry said port productivity needed to improve and liner services needed to be “more reliable and predictable”, the two “going hand in hand”. It also suggested there needed to be “a slowdown in Asia-to-US demand to promote more equal distribution of capacity and equipment”. “Shipping lines alone do not have the power to fix things, but the industry at large somehow needs to find a way to break the vicious circle,” said Drewry.


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Shipping Chaos Kills 1,800 Cows, Fueling Calls For Animal Ban

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Port Wings News Network n late December, some 1,800 bulls left Spain for Turkey aboard a ship called the Elbeik. The trip was supposed to take around 11 days, then the cattle were to be sold, mostly to halal slaughterhouses, where they’d be killed with minimal suffering, as required by religious law, according to a Bloomberg report in The Indian Express. At least it would have been swift. For the next three months, as the pandemic began to wreak havoc on global shipping, the vessel failed to unload its cargo, and the animals began to starve, according to an investigation by the Spanish government. Nearly 10% of the bulls died, their corpses thrown overboard or left to fester in the pens among the living. When the Elbeik returned to Spain, authorities ruled its remaining 1,600 animals were too sick to sell and had to be put down. The Elbeik has become Exhibit A in the mounting case to ban the controversial, $18 billion cross-border trade in live animals. The pandemic has worsened conditions for the roughly 2 billion cows, sheep, goats, pigs and chickens that are exported each year, and epidemiologists have joined the calls for reform. Animals have been stuck in transit far longer than expected and safety inspections have been dramatically curtailed. With new sensitivity to risks that diseased animals can pose to humans, a growing number of countries are limiting or phasing out the practice altogether. “When it comes to animal welfare, transport by sea is a big black hole,” said Thomas Waitz, an organic farmer from Austria who is a European parliamentary representative on a committee charged with updating the rules for the cross-border shipping of animals. “Ship transports completely fall outside of any regulations or animal-welfare standards. Public health is at risk if animals are transported in conditions where germs and bacteria can flourish.” The EU, which accounts for more than 75% of the world’s live animal exports, is “incapable of guaranteeing animal welfare,” according to a report commissioned by the committee, which is expected to recommend a new, tighter set of regulations for exporters by the end of the year. The U.K. has gone further, planning to ban the transport of live animals for slaughter altogether, though it hasn’t set a date yet. New Zealand in April said it will phase out trade in live animals by 2023. Some 39 million tons of meat were exported globally in 2019, most of it slaughtered, packaged and frozen or chilled beforehand — a process that’s more lucrative for meat producers and avoids the health and safety issues of transporting live animals. But as consumers in countries like China and Vietnam have grown wealthier, they’ve added more meat and dairy to their diets, amping up demand for breedstock and dairy animals. The robust market for halal meat among devout Muslims also means demand has spiked in recent years. Prices for live cattle from Australia are at record highs. Even in normal times, live animals are considered cargo, and a ship full of sheep is more or less treated the same as one full of wool sweaters as far as most port authorities and shipping industry regulators are concerned. “We don’t look at the cargo or animal welfare,” said Maarten Vlag, secretary of the Paris maritime coalition that oversees ports from the U.K. to Russia. “We look if the ship is overloaded because that affects seaworthiness, but it makes no difference if it’s 10,000 containers or 10,000 animals.” THOUSANDS OF LIVESTOCK HAVE BEEN LOST AT SEA Meanwhile, thousands of livestock have been lost at sea. This spring, in addition to the cattle on the Elbeik, another 800 bulls on a ship to Turkey also had to be put down. Last year, nearly 6,000 cattle and more than 40 crew members died when their ship lost an engine and sank off the coast of Japan. In 2019, 14,000 sheep drowned in a shipping accident

in a Romanian port, a livestock carrier caught fire while berthed in Greece, and another ran aground near Turkey. The ordeal of the cattle on the Elbeik was so horrific that Spain’s agriculture ministry referred the case to prosecutors at the national court. The ship’s owner, Ibrahim Maritime Ltd., couldn’t be reached after several phone attempts and didn’t respond to text messages

through a representative in Lebanon. In the EU, veterinary inspectors at the ports check vessels to make sure they’re fit for animal transport. They also approve the loading of animals onto the ships. The report for the European Parliament’s transportation committee found that port inspectors and veterinarian authorities don’t share a communication platform. Veterinary authorities don’t seem to use the database for vessel deficiencies and “therefore approve very substandard vessels to carry live animals,” it found. If the animals get sick, there may not be anyone to tend to them. Only Australia requires veterinarians on board if the voyage is expected to take longer than 10 days. The EU is considering a similar rule. Animal welfare advocates say there should be vets on all voyages. Even if the trip is supposed to be swift, delays happen — and the global pandemic has only made them worse. Meanwhile, Australia has suspended its independent oversight of live animal shipping. In addition to the veterinary requirement, the government has since 2018 placed observers aboard on long journeys to ensure animals have adequate water, feed and ventilation. Out of concern for Covid risks and other logistical considerations, agriculture secretary Andrew Metcalfe told legislators that observers probably won’t be back for at least another year. “This is an inherently risky trade with no transparency,” said Shatha Hamade, legal counsel for Animals Australia, which has also had to suspend its own in-person animal welfare investigations this year. “Now regulators are back to a system where they’re checking up on the industry from computer screens and paperwork.” Still, Australia is the only country that requires animal exporters to have in place a traceable supply chain that tracks livestock from the moment when they get on the ships all the way to the overseas slaughterhouses to ensure they are handled and ultimately, killed, humanely. That level of standard raises costs substantially for Australian exporters, said John Klepec, executive chairman of Wellard Ltd. The Australian publicly listed company got out of the animal export business two years ago because it had become unprofitable and is now exclusively chartering its purposebuilt livestock carriers. “It’s not a level playing field,” said Klepec. “We’re competing against ships from developing countries that don’t face the same standards. They can put as many animals on that can fit. We have to bear the brunt of the extra costs of regulation.” MARITIME INSPECTIONS OF LIVESTOCK CARRIERS HAVE FALLEN MORE THAN 30%, During the pandemic, maritime inspections of livestock carriers have fallen more than 30%, according to a Bloomberg analysis of publicly available data. Many countries haven’t allowed inspectors to board ships

because of Covid concerns, said Vlag of the European maritime agency. Even so, livestock carriers continue to face rates of detention far higher than vessels used for other industries. In Asian and European ports, some 9% of ships carrying animals in 2020 had deficiencies severe enough to delay their departure — more than double the rate for the next-biggest offenders. Because there’s little public File photo very information about the health of the animals on board, experts look to the conditions of the boat as a partial proxy, said Sue Foster, a veterinarian and spokeswoman for Vets Against Live Exports. “If the mechanics on board a ship aren’t working properly, it can interfere with food and watery delivery or whether the ship is ventilated properly so the animals don’t get heat stressed.” Most livestock vessels are old, converted to carry animals at the end of their run, said Vlag. That also puts the cargo at risk. “Fiftyyear-old ships are hard to maintain, let alone find the spare parts that no one manufactures anymore.” Of the 78 vessels approved by the EU for livestock transport, 53 have been detained three or more times for serious violations of the Paris MoU, according to a report released in June by the Animal Welfare Foundation. The Elbeik, for example, is 54-yearsold and was previously found lacking. In an inspection in January 2020, it was cited for cracked beams, floors and windows as well as other safety violations. Six months later, inspectors found eight new deficiencies, including problems with the engine, steering and weathertightness. Before the mass euthanasia on the Elbeik, the official veterinary report found that iron pipes in the pens of the ship were broken or had rusted areas with sharp elements that may have scratched or hurt the cattle. The pipes that supplied drinking water to the animals leaked. The report also concluded that the animals on board had suffered. It cited eye, skin and motor issues in the bulls, as well as weight loss leading in extreme cases to cachexia, a disorder that causes muscles wasting. “Some of these cachectic animals were in a state of stupor, unable to open their eyes or respond to stimuli,” the vet wrote. As it is, more than half of the livestock vessels operating in the EU “pose a threat to

animal welfare, health and safety,” according to a 2020 report on live animal transport. And although there are veterinarians that approve ships to load animals, they’re primarily concerned with the health of the livestock. They may not even have access to ship inspection records. LIVE ANIMAL TRANSPORT IS “IDEALLY SUITED FOR SPREADING DISEASE.” The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization has said live animal transport is “ideally suited for spreading disease.” Animals from different herds are confined in stressful environments, often with poor ventilation. Eventually, that’s bad for humans, too. While the origins of Covid-19 remain murky, it’s indisputable that animals have diseases that can transfer to people, and epidemiologists have been among the loudest critics of live animal export. Still, industry trade groups including the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council said current regulations are adequate and the threat to public health isn’t any greater than conditions found on farms. Australia exported more than 2.3 million livestock in 2019-20; after picking up the trade that New Zealand is set to ban, the nation’s industry will be worth an estimated $1.9 billion. “No other country has the rigorous assurance system that we have in place for animal welfare,” said Mark Harvey-Sutton, chief executive officer of the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council, an advocacy group for exporters. “Our desire is that more governments meet the Australian standards. That’s the best thing for the animals being transported.” MORTALITY STATISTICS Australia also requires exporters to record daily mortality rates and notify agriculture authorities if animals die at a rate higher than 0.5% per voyage, or at least three animals. In 2020, Australia exported more than 1 million live cattle by sea and ships reported a total mortality rate of 0.11%, or about 1,224 animals, according to government data. Mortality statistics are only the most extreme evidence of animal suffering, said Foster of Vets Against Live Exports. “Animals are huffing and puffing for days because of heat stress, they haven’t eaten or they’re covered in sores. That’s suffering and animal cruelty, but they’re not dead,” she said. “It’s difficult to know when boats are going, where they’re going to and what’s on board. It’s an industry that’s shrouded in secrecy and a lack of transparency.” Waitz, the European parliament member, agrees. He recently was in Cartagena, Spain, where he observed cattle being beaten and kicked as they were being loaded onto a ship. On visits to other European ports, Waitz has been barred from the vessels entirely. “They’re probably afraid of what we might see,” he said.

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Port Wings News Network he all-Indian seafarer crew members on the Ever Given are in smiles as the giant cargo vessel started sailing after about four months. The ship sailed on Wednesday, March 23, when it ran aground in the Suez Canal, according to a TOI report. The general secretary of National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) said that all seafarers had high spirits and also thanked all for the great support they received in their trying times. The crew had been in touch with families all through the period. There were 25 Indian crew members on board the vessel. A week after it had run aground; the Ever Given had been given a refloat and has been in Egypt from then. With owners coming to a financial settlement with the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), the vessel set sail once again. Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd (the ship’s owner) was in praise for the vessel’s captain, the

officers on board and the crew that played a key role in refloating the vessel and also for its maintenance over the months. Some seafarers had been allowed to get back to their homes in India for medical reasons. The Indian seafarers’ community has said that some who were released had already completed their tenure on the ship. When the ship had been at the Great Bitter Lake where it had been taken to after it had been refloated, another Indian captain joined the ship. The shipowner, SCA, and the Bernard Schulte Ship management (BSM), the ship’s manager, did not give out the names of the crew members or the captain. Indian authorities prefer not making the names public. Ever Given will proceed to Port Said, Egypt, where a dive survey of the vessel will be completed. The ship’s owner added that based on approval, the vessel’s classification society Ever Given will complete the voyage and move on to the next port.


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Dredging Corporation of India Inaugurates New Board Room in Head Office Port Wings News Network redging Corporation of India limited on 14 July 2021 inaugurated the new “Board Room” in its head office, Visakhapatnam. Shri D.Subha Rao,

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CFO, DCI, inaugurated the facility. This Board Room is developed under the concept of waste to wealth with minimum expenditure. The entire concept of this board room is

S Divakar, CGM DCI. The E-Dapan Magazine is a digital platform made available to everyone with a concept of using optimum use of technology. The E-Office was also launched

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in DCI by Dr. G.V.R Murthy, GM (Technical & Material). This is a big step forward towards moving to a paperless office concept and adopting environmental-friendly measures. Maintenance Dredging Contract at Cochin Port Trust awarded to Dredging Corporation of India Limited: New Order: Dredging for Maintenance of Channels and Basins at Cochin Port Trust Dredging Corporation of India Limited (DCIL) has been awarded the Dredging for Maintenance of Channels and Basins at Cochin Port Trust for the year 2021-22 through open tenders at a total cost of Rs.122.50 Cr for dredging a quantity of 24 Million M3. Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) has commenced the Dredging at COPT by deploying Dredge XV and Dredge VIII.

PLUSS to provide transport and storage solution to Dr Reddy’s for Sputnik V vaccine Chennai Port Wings News Network luss Advanced Technologies (PLUSS) will supply its Celsure® COVID SURAKSHA box to Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd, for optimal temperature-controlled transport and storage for the Sputnik V vaccine, in India. PLUSS’ patented Celsure® box with “Phase Change Material (PCM)” technology will control and maintain the temperature, currently minus 18 degree centigrade (-180C), required to ensure the efficacy of the Sputnik V vaccine. The partnership entails turn key engagement with PLUSS for Celsure® packaging. In this effort, PLUSS provides pre-conditioned Celsure® box right at Dr. Reddy’s warehouse to be readily used for Sputnik V packing. A separate specialized conditioning centre has been set up locally in Hyderabad with a fleet of “Rapid PCM Recharging Stations” and mechanisms built for “Track and Trace”. This model meets highest standard of coldchain supply management and is highly scalable to meet country’s demand of vaccine doses in a short period of time. The Celsure® COVID SURAKSHA box can maintain inside-temperature passively, without electricity, at desired levels for more than 100 hours and

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serve as an energy efficient and safer alternative to refrigerated containers, conventional ice-packs or even dry ice, which are considered hazardous, unsustainable and unsafe for carrying in airlines. D r . R e d d y ’s initiated a limited pilot soft l a u n c h of the Sputnik V vaccine in Hyderabad on May 14. The ongoing pilot has been scaled up to over 27 cities across India ahead of the commercial launch. Samit Jain, CEO, PLUSS said, “It is a privilege to be a part of Dr. Reddy’s effort to provide the Sputnik V vaccine to the widest number of people and assist with the national Covid vaccination drive. In order to meet the demand, we have added to our manufacturing capacity and will continue work towards ensuring the vaccine reaches safely to its destination.” Besides Sputnik V, Celsure® is also available in variants that offer precise freeze-free 2 to 80C addressing use cases both at first and last mile for carrying freeze sensitive vaccines. The use of traditional ice packs kept the vaccines exposed to the risk of freezing, one of the

highest contributors to global vaccine wastage. The Celsure® box can also be customized to maintain insidetemperatures in over 40 different ranges, from -770C to +890C, for time ranging for a few hours to a few days. This allows maintenance of the integrity of pharmaceutical products, including vaccines, during transit, dispensing the need of electricity or fuel powered cold rooms, refrigerated trailer trucks or refrigerators at vaccination sites. PLUSS has developed indigenously over 35 temperature maintenance products using Phase Change Materials, for a variety of applications. The applications range from in heating, ventilation, air-conditioning & refrigeration, pharmaceutical shipping, medical devices, building interiors, coldchain, home-appliances, to retail and agriculture-sectors, and wherever there is a requirement to maintain a constant temperature without the need for electricity for extended periods of time. PLUSS has received a patent in USA and Europe for its Celsure® box, for the innovative method of arranging PCMs which leads to precise inside-temperature control, under varying ambient conditions. PLUSS has applied for a patent for its Celsure® box in India, Singapore and Brazil, as well.

Continuance of RoSCTL Benefits to Apparel & Made-ups Will be Game Changer: FIEO Chennai

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Port Wings News Network elcoming and thanking the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Finance Minister, Smt Nirmala Sitharaman and Hon’ble Commerce & Industry and Textiles Minister, Shri Piyush Goyal for continuance of the RoSCTL benefits for apparel/garments and made-ups till 31st of March, 2024, at the same rates as notified in March, 2019, Dr A Sakthivel, President, FIEO said that this is a huge support to apparel

and made-up sectors and will help to increase their competitiveness immensely. The extension of the Scheme for almost 3 years provides stability and predictability, which augurs very well for the long-term contracts thereby ensuring additional investment in the segment creating new employment opportunities in the sector. FIEO Chief said that many neighbouring countries have emerged as our competitors having tariff advantage either on account of LDC status or owing to effective free

trade agreements. The extension of RoSCTL benefit coupled with free trade partnership with US, UK, EU, Australia, Canada, etc. would be a game changer for Indian apparel and made-ups sectors and will help the sector to get its rightful share in the global trade. President, FIEO requested the Government that the RoDTEP rates for other sectors may also be announced soon so that exporters could avail the benefit with effect from 1st of January, 2021 augmenting their liquidity.

DP World Broadens Logistics Reach In Africa With Proposed Acquisition Of Imperial Logistics Chennai

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Port Wings News Network P World has sent out an offer to acquire JSE-listed Imperial Logistics, an integrated logistics and market access company with operations mainly across the African continent and in Europe. The acquisition will enhance DP World’s capabilities, particularly in Africa, building on its extensive infrastructure of ports, terminals and economic zones. It will also significantly accelerate DP World’s transformation into an advanced logistics company offering end to end supply c h a i n services to the owners of cargo. D P Wo r l d ’s cash offer of ZAR66 per share implies an equity consideration of around ZAR 12.7bn (around USD890mn). It represents a premium of 39.5% to the Imperial share price as of 7th July 2021 on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and a 34.2% premium to the 30-day volume weighted average price. This transaction is subject to Imperial’s shareholder approval and other customary completion conditions including regulatory approvals. Imperial is an integrated logistics and market access solutions provider with a presence across 25 countries, including a significant footprint in the high growth Africa market. The Group focuses on fast-growing industries including healthcare, consumer, automotive, chemicals, industrial and commodities. Imperial’s business has been built on long-term partnerships with cargo owners, in addition to serving as a trusted partner to many multinational clients, principals and customers. The acquisition of Imperial will add new capabilities to DP World, particularly in Africa. Combining the companies will create the continent’s best network across inland logistics, ports & terminals, economic zones and marine logistics. DP World aims to improve connectivity between African producers along fast-growing trade

lanes to the rest of the world. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World, said: “The acquisition of Imperial will help DP World to build better and more efficient supply chains for the owners of cargo, especially in Africa. Imperial’s operations are complementary to our network of ports, terminals and logistics operations on the continent. Like DP World, Imperial’s biggest asset is its people, and we look forward to welcoming employees of Imperial into the DP World team on successful conclusion of the transaction.” The acquisition will also build on Imperial’s contribution to the South African economy. Integration with DP World will strengthen South Africa’s position as a logistics hub for Africa. DP World is keenly aware of the importance of economic transformation through Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) and intends to maintain Imperial’s existing programmes, and fully supports Imperial’s proposed B-BBEE transaction that was announced in April 2021. Mohammed Akoojee, Group Chief Executive Officer of Imperial Logistics said: “This transaction will be value-enhancing for Imperial as the business will benefit from DP World’s leading technology, global networks and key trade lane volumes, while enabling us to build on our ‘Gateway to Africa’ strategic and growth ambitions. Combining DP World’s world-class infrastructure such as its investment and expertise in ports on the African continent, with Imperial’s logistics and market access platforms will enable us to offer integrated end-toend solutions along key trade lanes into and out of Africa, also driving greater supply chain efficiencies, and ultimately enhancing value for all stakeholders.” The deal will be funded from DP World’s existing available resources. DP World continues to make positive progress on its capital recycling programmes and remains fully committed to its leverage target of net debt being below four times EBITDA by the end of 2022.

Tirupur Exporters’ Association Welcomes Announcement On Continuation Of RoSCTL Chennai

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Port Wings News Network irupur Exporters’ Association (TEA) on 14 July 2021 welcomed the announcement on continuation of Rebate of State and Central taxes and Levies (RoSCTL). Shri. Raja. M. Shanmugham, President said he was glad and thankful for the approval given by Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi for continuation of RoSCTL with the same rates as notified by Ministry of Textiles vide Notification dated 8th March 2019. Shri. Raja. M. Shanmugham said he was continuously representing for the announcement of RoDTEP

rates and also suggested to the Government to continue erstwhile RoSCTL, in case if there is a delay in announcement of RoDTEP rates and he was glad for his suggestion has been considered by the Government. He welcomed for continuance of RoSCTL Scheme till 31st March 2024 and said the long term of the scheme will be beneficial for the exporters to work out the costing accordingly, as the exporters usually take up the order 4 to 6 months in advance. He was hopeful that the Revised guidelines for continuation and implementation of the RoSCTL scheme would be announced at the earliest to submit application to avail the Scrips.


July 14th - 20th, 2021 Issue

Singapore Tops International Maritime Centre Rankings

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Port Wings News Network he Xinhua-Baltic International Shipping Centre Development Index, published by Chinese news agency, Xinhua, and global maritime data provider, the Baltic Exchange, has ranked Singapore as the top global shipping centre for the eighth year running. The index is an independent ranking of the performance of locations around the world that provide port and professional services to the shipping industry. Singapore has been rated as the top location due to the size of its port, number of internationally-focused shipbrokers, financiers, lawyers and insurers based there

and its supportive government policies. Despite a significant drop in global trade and business disruptions in 2020 due to the pandemic, the relative positions of the world’s leading maritime centres have remained unchanged. London, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Dubai were the next four strongest centres, as they were the prior year. The report finds: • Singapore tops the list for the eighth year followed by London, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Dubai • Top 10 locations remain largely unchanged since 2020, despite the impact of COVID-19, and features four Asian, four European, one Middle East and one United States location • Asia occupies three of the top five spots • Ningbo in China replaced Tokyo in the top 10 The rankings take in port factors including cargo throughput, number of cranes, length of container berths and port draught; number of players in maritime support businesses such as shipbroking, ship management, ship financing, insurance and law as well as hull underwriting premiums; and general business environment factors such as customs tariffs, extent of electronic government services and administration, ease of doing business and logistics performance.

Overall, 43 locations were rated with Singapore achieving a score of 97.2. The average score for a location was 58.8 points. Baltic Exchange Chief Executive Mark Jackson said: “This year’s rankings were made on the back of the global pandemic and major disruptions to lives and businesses around the world. Notwithstanding these challenges, the huge infrastructure of people and equipment that supports the global seaborne movement of billions of tonnes of trade held strong. We commend each and every maritime centre covered in the rankings as they have all played an integral role in facilitating these trade flows.” Xu Yuchang of China Economic Information Service, a subsidiary of Xinhua, said: “Affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the international shipping industry has been undergoing significant changes since 2020. Facing such a big challenge, all practitioners in international shipping industry have done incredible jobs to maintain the global logistics stable and reliable and ensure epidemic prevention supplies. China Economic Information Services, in collaboration with the Baltic Exchange, has been working on the compilation and release of the “XinhuaBaltic International Shipping Centre Development Index” for eight straight years. And now it has been highly recognized by global port and shipping institutions and become an acknowledged assessment tool for international shipping centres.” Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, Ms Quah Ley Hoon, said: “Singapore is honoured to once again top this prestigious index of global maritime locations. It is an effort of not one but an ecosystem of many strong partners. The strong support from our port operators, industry partners, associations and unions has enabled Maritime Singapore to serve the needs of the sector and play its part to keep the global supply chain running amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to work closely with our partners to provide a comprehensive suite of marine services, as well as a supportive business environment for shipping and maritime services. This includes supporting the industry on its immediate challenges facing seacrew, and its transformation along digitalisation, decarbonisation and capability development.”

Major Ports’ Cargo Volumes Up By 27 % In First Quarter New Delhi Port Wings News Network ozen state-owned major ports’ cargo handling soared 27.16 per cent during the April-June quarter to 180.609 million tonnes (mt) from 142.033 mt a year ago. The rebound in cargo volumes during the first quarter of the current fiscal was led by solid growths in containers, iron ore and pellets, thermal and steam coal, as well as coking coal, according to the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways. The 12 Major Ports handled a combined 2.753 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), 57.86 per cent more than the 1.744 million TEUs handled during the first quarter of FY21. Of this, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), India’s busiest state-run container gateway, handled 1.364 million TEUs from 848,000 TEUs during the same period last year. Chennai Port Trust handled 408,000 TEUs during the April-June quarter from 213,000

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TEUs a year ago. Thermal and steam coal shipments rose 52.36 per cent to 26.996 mt from 17.719 mt, while coking coal and others grew by 15.55 per cent to 12.372 mt from 10.707 mt a year earlier. Shipments of iron ore, including pellets through the 12 ports, jumped 14.26 per cent to 17.643 mt from 15.441 mt last year. Deendayal Port Trust, India’s top stateowned port by cargo volumes, handled 33.125 mt during April-June from 25.049 mt a year ago, posting a growth of 32.24 per cent. Paradip Port Trust handled 30.384 mt of cargo from 25.734 mt, an increase of 18.07 per cent. Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust handled 18.557 mt of cargo from 12.097 mt, registering a growth of 53.40 per cent. Chennai Port Trust handled 11.623 mt from 7.282 mt, notching a growth of 59.61 per cent. Kamarajar Port Ltd handled 9.632 mt from 5.169 mt, clocking a growth of 86.34 per cent.

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JNPT Commences Trial Operations at its Newly Built Coastal Berth

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Port Wings News Network awaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), one of India’sz premier container handling ports, flagged a trial operation at the newly constructed coastal berth. The maiden trial run commenced with the handling of ‘ONGC Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV) GREATSHIP DHRITI’ in the presence of Shri Sanjay Sethi, IAS, Chairman, JNPT, and Shri Unmesh Sharad Wagh, IRS, Deputy Chairman, JNPT. To provide an impetus for coastal cargo movement, JNPT undertook the project of constructing a dedicated berth for coastal shipping under the ‘Sagarmala’ program of the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways. The construction of the coastal berth was completed in November 2020. This berth will provide better infrastructure for coastal shipping and decongest rail and road networks, ensuring cost-competitive and effective multi-modal transportation solutions. Speaking on the first trial run, JNPT Chairman Shri Sanjay Sethi, IAS, said, “The construction of the dedicated berth is in tune with the government’s policy to promote coastal shipping to shift freight from road to an environment-friendly and cost-effective mode of transport. The coastal berth will aid the smooth and faster coastal movement of cargo through a green channel. Apart from meeting the objectives of the Ministry, the coastal berth will help increasing coastal shipping share in the domestic cargo movement and help the EXIM community.”

The Coastal Berth at JNPT is expected to handle about 2.5 million tonnes of coastal cargo like break bulk, dry bulk etc. With back up area of 11 hectares for cargo storage yard, setting up of silos are planned for storage of cement which will enable faster turnaround

of vessels. JNPT systematically invests in developing an ecosystem for providing new opportunities for the EXIM community and the stakeholders to obtain economic efficiencies.

Saudi Ports Authority Unveils Investment Opportunities For Private Sector

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Port Wings News Network audi Ports Authority (MAWANI) has announced investment opportunities for the private sector to develop and operate multi-purpose terminals in eight Saudi ports, according to Saudi Gazette. The move is being carried out by MAWANI’s supervisory committee for privatization in the transport sector and in cooperation with the Ministry of Transport and Logistic Services (MOTLS) and the National Center for Privatization & PPP (NCP). The initiative comes in line with the objectives of the National Strategy of Transport and Logistics Services. It also contributes to promoting Saudi Arabia’s economic growth, developing local services in the ports sector, and raising the competitiveness of Saudi ports regionally and globally. The promising opportunities are represented

in build-operate-transfer (BOT) structure for terminals in each of Jeddah Islamic Port, King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam, Ras Al-Khair Port, Jizan Port, Yanbu Commercial Port, King Fahad Industrial Port in Jubail, King Fahad Industrial Port in Yanbu, and Jubail Commercial Port, equipping the ports to serve various functions including containers, general cargo, bulk cargo, RoRo cargo, passengers, and livestock. The initiative is part of the plan to strengthen the partnership between the public and private sectors in ports and logistics services. This is in addition to optimizing utilization of assets and increasing operational efficiency in this vital sector. MAWANI has invited all interested investors to review the Expression of Interest (EOI) document by visiting NCP’s website. Interested investors should submit their EOI’s on the following link: https://mwni.co/STO-En.

Exports Of Geographical Indications Certified Bhalia Wheat From Gujarat Begins New Delhi Port Wings News Network n a major boost to wheat exports, the first shipment of Geographical Indication (GI) certified Bhalia variety of wheat was exported today to Kenya and Sri Lanka from Gujarat. The GI certified wheat has high protein content and is sweet in taste. The crop is grown mostly across Bhal region of Gujarat which includes Ahmadabad, Anand, Kheda, Bhavanagar, Surendranagar, Bharuch districts. The unique characteristic of the wheat variety is that grown in the rainfed condition without irrigation and cultivated in around two lakh hectares of agricultural land in Gujarat. The Bhalia variety of wheat received GI certification in July, 2011. The registered proprietor of GI certification is Anand Agricultural University, Gujarat.

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This initiative is expected to give boost wheat exports from India. In 2020-21, the wheat exports from India witnessed a significant growth of 808 % to Rs 4034 crore from Rs 444 crore reported in the previous fiscal. In US dollar terms, the wheat exports rose by 778% to $ 549 million in 2020-21. India exported substantial quantity of grain to seven new countries - Yemen, Indonesia, Bhutan, Philippines, Iran, Cambodia and Myanmar during 2020-21. In the previous financial years, only small quantities of wheat were exported to these countries. Wheat exports did not take place to these seven countries in 2018-19 and only 4 metric tonne of grain was exported in 2019-20. The volume of exports of wheat to these countries rose to 1.48 lakh tone in 2020-21.


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Vessel Position at Terminals - (14.07.2021 To 21.07.2021)

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CITPL - Chennai ETA

ETD

Service

Vessel Name

Voy

Agent/ Line

15/07

16/07

CI3

ATHENS BRIDGE

119

13/07

14/07

FME

XIN LIAN YUN GANG

086

13/07 22/07

14/07 23/07

MD1 FME

GREEN HOPE

24726W-24726E

TABEA

897W-897E

Calling Ports

ETA

ETD

Service

Vessel Name

Voy

Agent/Line

ONE

Port Kelang(North port) – Singapore,Shangha

16/07

17/07

IVX

TC SYMPHONY

049E

GOL

CCO

Port Kelang(North port) – Singapore,Shangha

16/07

17/07

RTG

DONGBANG GIANT NO.8.

WAN

Krishnapatnam, West Port Klang , Singapore, Cailan- Busan, Ulsan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian

17/07

18/07

CCG

VARADA

0038W

SIM

Cochin , Nhava Sheva, Mundra, Jebel Ali, Bandar Abbas, Dammam

18/07

19/07

ECS

SSL SABARIMALA

90

HMM

Tuticorin,cochin,Pipava, Kandla,Jebel ali

FTD

Port Kelang(North port) – Singapore,Shangha

19/07

20/07

CIX

HYUNDAI BUSAN

130W

HMM

Jebel Ali, Mundra,Hazira,Nhava Sheva

19/07

20/07

C15

ALS VESTA

029W

WAN

Kakinada Container Terminal ETA

ETD

Service

Vessel Name

18/07

19/07

KAK>CMB

24/07

25/07

HAL>INCOK>IMAA

Voy

Kattupalli

Agent/Line

Calling Ports

MSC JAINS 3

SAMSARA

HAL>KAK>CMB

SSL GUJARAT

IMPERIAL

HAL>INCOK>IMAA

PAREKH MARINE

VCTPL, Vizag ETA

ETD

Service

Vessel Name

Voy

Agent/Line

Calling Ports

14/07

15/07

CHX

MAESRK NILE

127W

MSK

Ennore, Krishnapatnam, Visakhapatnam, Tanjung Pelepas, Xingang, Qingdao

14/07

15/07

CCG

VARADA

38

SMI

Cochin, Nhava Sheva, Mundra, Jebel Ali, Bandar Abbas, Dammam

16/07

17/07

MDM

GREEN HOPE

24726E

WHL

Colombo

17/07

18/07

FME

XIN LIAN YUN GANG

086E

COS

Port Kelang(North port) – Singapore, Shanghai

17/07

18/07

CVK

MSC JANIS3

SV127R

MSC

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21/07

CHX

MAESRKS NANSHA

128W

MSK

Ennore, Krishnapatnam, Visakhapatnam, Tanjung Pelepas, Xingang, Qingdao

21/07

22/07

CCG

SM MANALI

4

SMI

Cochin, Nhava Sheva, Mundra, Jebel Ali, Bandar Abbas, Dammam

NSICT - Mumbai ETA

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Vessel Name

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15/07

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CELSIUSNICOSIA

MSK

15/07

16/07

CSC

RITA

SMM

16/07

17/07

ADHOC

Voy

GEMINI

Agent/Line

Calling Ports

EMS

Nhava Shiva,Mundra, Khor Al Fakkan, Port Klang,Singapore, Shanghai, Nhava Sheva, Mundra, Port Qasim, Singapore

16/07

17/07

MIDAS

ALDI WAVE

CCA

16/07

17/07

BMM

CERUS

PRD

16/07

17/07

IPAK

MSC ESTHI

MSC

17/07

18/07

MWE

MAERSK BROOKLYN

MSK

18/07

19/07

MECL

MEARSK PITTSBURGH

MSK

Colombo,Damietta Piraes Rotterdam, London

20/07

21/07

ME2

SAFMARINE MULANJE

MSK

Pipavav,Hazira,JNPT,Jebel Ali,Salalah,Port Said,Mersin,Ambarli Port,Izmlt Korfezi,Novorosslysk

20/07

21/07

MESAWA

YANGTZE SHANGHAI

MSK

Mundra, Nhava Sheva, Valencia, New York, Norfolk, Charleston, Savannah, Freeport

21/07

22/07

BMM

INTER SYDNEY

MSK

21/07

22/07

BLUENILE

MAERSK ARCHIPELAGO

EMS

21/07

22/07

CSC

FELIXSTOWE BRIDGE

MSK

ETA

ETD

Service

Vessel Name

16/07

17/07

CIX3

17/07

18/07

21/07

Agent/Line

Calling Ports

OOCL SAN FRANCISCO

OCL

Jebel Ali, Mundra,Hazira,Nhava Sheva

MINA

DALIAN EXPRESS

HLI

Jebel Ali, Mundra,Hazira,Nhava Sheva

22/07

CIX

SPIL KARTIKA

WHI

Colombo,Nhava Sheva,Port Klang, Singapore,Kaohsiung,Hong Kong, Shekou

17/07

18/07

ME3

MAERSK KIEL

MAE

Pipavav,Hazira,JNPT,Jebel Ali,Salalah,Port Said,Mersin,Ambarli Port,Izmlt Korfezi,Novorosslysk

16/07

17/07

FM3

ALS APOLLO

MAE

Pipavav,Hazira,JNPT,Jebel Ali,Salalah,Port Said,Mersin,Ambarli Port,Izmlt Korfezi,Novorosslysk

20/07

21/07

CIX

EVER UNITY

EGI

Jebel Ali, Mundra,Hazira,Nhava Sheva

16/07

17/07

ASX

GFS GISELLE

SMM

Jebel Ali, Mundra,Hazira,Nhava Sheva

18/07

19/07

CWX

BALTIC WEST

GLD

Pipavav,Port Klang,Singapore, Shangai, Ningbo, Xiamen

20/07

21/07

MINA

CMA CGM OTELLO

CCA

Jebel Ali, Mundra,Hazira,Nhava Sheva

20/07

21/07

CIX3

OOCL HAMBURGE

OCL

Jebel Ali, Mundra,Hazira,Nhava Sheva

20/07

21/07

NMG

TSS SHAMS

SEC

Jebel Ali, Mundra,Hazira,Nhava Sheva

17/07

18/07

TIP

MOL GENEROSITY

ONE

Jebel Ali, Mundra,Hazira,Nhava Sheva

PS3

MOL CELEBRATION

ONE

Port Qasim, Nhava Sheva, Pipavav, Colombo, T.Pelepas,Tanjung, Singapore, Hong Kong, Ningbo, Pusan, Kwangyang, Qingdao, Dalian, Xingang

20/07

21/07

Voy

KR Signs MOU With Hyundai Motors And Hyundai Global Services

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Port Wings News Network orean Register (KR), Hyundai Motors and Hyundai Global Services have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together to develop and commercialize hydrogen fuel cell systems to propel marine vessels. The IMO’s ambition to reduce GHG emissions from international shipping by 50% or more, by 2050[1] will lead shipowners to place orders for ships that burn fuels that leave little or no carbon footprint. As a result, hydrogen is attracting worldwide attention as a potential eco-friendly fuel for nextgeneration ships. Through the MOU collaboration to commercialize a reliable hydrogen fuel cell system package for ships, Hyundai Motors will supply the fuel cell systems and provide technical support. Hyundai Global Service will manufacture and commercialize the fuel cell-based propulsion systems and KR will be responsible for establishing the standards for type approval, which all fuel cell-propelled vessels of varying sizes must meet in order to receive approval for commercial use. Sae-hoon Kim, Vice President of Hyundai Motors said: “This MOU signals Hyundai Motor’s entry into the fuel cell-powered marine vessel market, made possible through our cooperation with Hyundai Global Service and Korean Register. We hope our decades-

long experience and capabilities in hydrogen fuel cell technologies, combined with the expertise of Hyundai Global Service and Korean Register in the maritime industry, will usher in a new era of greener and cleaner shipping.” Ki-dong Lee, CEO of Hyundai Global Services, said: “This collaboration between the three organisations will bring innovative changes to the market, meeting the increasing

demand for eco-friendly ships. We will continue to work together to anticipate the needs of the developing hydrogen economy market.” Hyung-Chul Lee, Chairman & CEO of KR added: “Meeting the IMO’s carbon emission and greenhouse gas reduction goals over the next 30 years, will be extremely challenging for the global shipping industry. But, KR as a reliable technical advisor will continue to establish collaborative working relationships with industry stakeholders to develop different fuel technologies, including hydrogen, to support shipowners and operators in meeting the IMO’s goals.


July 14th - 20th, 2021 Issue

Vatican Blasts Governments, Operators For Inaction On Seafarers’ Rights Chennai

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Port Wings News Network he Vatican has once again weighted in on seafarers’ welfare by calling for the upholding of their safety, labor rights and human rights. In a message ahead of the Sea Sunday on 11 July, The Vatican has accused governments, shipping companies, crew agencies and international organizations of perpetuating or burying their heads on the sand as seafarers suffer due to COVID-19 pandemic-related disruption and their safety is put at risk by pirates. “We appeal to ship owners, management companies, agents and recruiters to regard crewmembers as more than ‘labor force’ and remember that they are human beings. We urge the development of working practices, which are based on human dignity rather than profit, and so provide everything, which is necessary to improve the mental, physical and spiritual well-being of seafarers,” said Cardinal Peter K. A. Turkson, head of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. While COVID-19 has instigated significant disruptions, the global response to the plight of seafarers has largely been discriminatory and isolationism, something that has exacerbated adverse effects on their wellbeing, according to the Vatican. In particular, despite repeated appeals from international organizations, unions, ship owners

and faith-based groups for seafarers to be recognized as “essential workers” so that crew changes are expedited and vaccinations are prioritized, few countries have facilitated the movements and implemented a clear policy for seafarers’ vaccinations. “Because of this pandemic, we would like to invite the maritime industry to learn to act as one by facilitating crew changes and vaccinations and strengthening the implementation of international standards to enhance and protect the human and working rights of the people of the sea,” noted Cardinal Turkson. The Vatican’s hard hitting Sea Sunday message comes when the world maritime community is grappling with sensitive issues affecting seafarers including vaccination, crew change, labor rights, safety at sea among others. Just this week, India’s Maritime Association of Shipowners Shipmanagers and Agents accused a section of hospitals in the country of denying seafarers COVID-19 vaccines. According to The Vatican, the maritime industry that transports 90 percent of goods has endeavored to keep global trade flowing by transporting products including medication and medical equipment. This, however, has come at a great expense to the 1.7 million seafarers, some of whom have had to suffer hardships instigated by COVID-19 disruption, with some even opting to commit suicide.

It was estimated that in September 2020 some 400,000 seafarers who ought to have been repatriated were in fact stranded at sea because of COVID-19. In some cases seafarers have not been able to go home for 18 months. Apart from COVID-19, piracy is another major challenge for seafarers, with 38 piracy incidents reported this year. This includes 33 vessels boarded, two attempted attacks, two vessels fired upon and one vessel hijacked. To deal with the scourge of piracy, The Vatican is calling on governments and international organizations to determine longlasting solutions. “Moreover, shipowners should adopt all requisite preventative measures to ensure the safety not only of ships and their cargo, but especially that of seafarers,” observed Cardinal Turkson. The Vatican also called for an end to ship abandonments, demanding the full implementation of the new obligations under the Maritime Labor Convention (MLC 2006) that was adopted in 2014 and entered into force in 2017. Under the convention, shipowners are required to have compulsory insurance to cover abandonment at sea, to pay for expenses including food, drinking water, medical care and repatriation costs. There has been a significant increase of ship abandonments from 40 in 2019 to 85 in 2020, according to the International Transport Workers Federation.

Crowley To Build and Operate the First Fully Electric U.S. Tugboat Chennai

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Port Wings News Network ioneers of innovative, high-powered ship assist tugboats, Crowley Maritime Corporation will lead the next generation of industry sustainability by building and operating eWolf, the first all-electric powered harbor tugboat that can complete a job without expending a drop of fuel. Crowley will build and operate first all electric tug in U.S.“The eWolf represents everything Crowley stands for: innovation, sustainability and performance. With this groundbreaking tug design, our team continues to embrace our role as leaders in the

maritime industry while providing our customers with innovative and sustainable solutions done right,” said company Chairman and CEO Tom Crowley. The 82-foot vessel with 70 tons of bollard pull advances Crowley and the maritime industry’s efforts toward sustainability and

decarbonization. Over the first 10 years of its use, the operation of the new eTug will reduce 178 tons of nitrogen oxide (NOx), 2.5 tons of diesel particulate matter, and 3,100 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) versus a conventional tug. The electric tug will replace one that consumes more than 30,000 gallons of diesel per year. The eTug will operate at the Port of San Diego’s Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal and will be operational by mid-2023. The eTug will be built by Master Boat Builders in Coden, Ala., utilizing the design and onsite construction management by Crowley Engineering Services and its recently integrated Jensen

Maritime naval architecture and marine engineering group. The eTug’s battery system will be charged at a specially designed, shoreside station developed with Cochran Marine. “Crowley’s first-of-itskind electric tugboat is a game changer. It checks all the boxes

by providing environmental, economic, and operational benefits for our communities and maritime industry,” said Chairman Michael Zucchet of the Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners. “We are proud to work with Crowley and couldn’t be more pleased the eWolf will operate exclusively on San Diego Bay.” The eWolf will feature a design that allows the vessel to operate fully electric with full performance capabilities – and zero carbon emissions. The eTug will feature a fully integrated electrical package provided by ABB. With 360-degree visibility, the eTug will also feature ABB’s artificial intelligence technology (AI) to increase safety and efficiency for mariners and provide sustainable performance with the reliability customers demand. “Our dedicated shipbuilding employees are proud to be working with Crowley to lead innovation with the construction of this first-ofits-kind tugboat,” said Garrett Rice, president of Master Boat Builders. “This vessel will set a standard in the U.S. maritime industry for sustainability and performance, and its zero-emissions capability and autonomous technology will benefit the environment and the safety of mariners and vessels.” The eTug will be a result of a partnership among Crowley, the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District, the California Air Resources Board, the Port of San Diego, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Maritime Administration, which all provided financial support and other resources.

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NEWS - BITS Port Of Gothenburg Classed As Excellent In Gender Equality Survey

The Port of Gothenburg has been named as one of the top 10 per cent of employers in Sweden who are committed to gender equality in the workplace. This is revealed in a survey for 2020 conducted by the Institute of Human Resource Indicators, according to the company’s release. The Gothenburg Port Authority currently has 150 employees and many of the jobs fall into the “male-dominated” category. In contrast, 41% of managers at the company are female despite the fact that the number of female employees stands at 33%. The gender equality survey is conducted by the Institute of Human Resource Indicators each year. A series of metrics are compiled at companies and organisations and the results provide a basis for employers who are looking to adopt a more systematic gender equality strategy.

Throughput Of Kaliningrad Port In 6M’2021 Fell By 7% Y-O-Y In January-June 2021, the port of handled 5,035,100 tonnes of cargo, down 7%, year-on-year, says Baltic Sea Ports Administration. In the reported period, handling of dry bulk cargo dropped by 23% to 468,800 tonnes including 174,200 tonnes of coal (-23%) and 275,200 tonnes of other cargoes (-25%). Handling of dry loose cargo climbed by 2% to 1,736,700 tonnes, handling of general cargo - by 4% to 622,000 tonnes, handling of timber - by 14% to 29,300 tonnes. The port also handled 473,100 cargo carried by ferries (-18%) and 720,600 tonnes of liquid bulk cargo (-46%) including 213,700 tonnes of oil products (-69%), 214,600 tonnes of crude oil (-25%), 261,100 tonnes of food cargo (-19%) and 31,200 tonnes of chemicals (-6%). The port’s container throughput surged by 72% to 206,613 TEUs. In 2020, the port of Kaliningrad handled 10.43 million tonnes, down 6%, year-on-year. The Port of Kaliningrad is Russia’s only nonfreezing port on the Baltic Sea.

Ever Given Released From Suez Canal After Compensation Agreed

Suez Canal authorities have released the cargo ship that blocked the waterway for nearly a week in March, according to a AP report. The Ever Given was seen leaving the canal after its Japanese owner, Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd, agreed compensation with the canal authorities following more than three months of negotiations and a court standoff. The settlement deal was signed in a ceremony on Wednesday in the Suez canal city of Ismailia, after which the vessel was seen sailing north to the Mediterranean. Last week, an Egyptian court had lifted the judicial seizure of the vessel following the Suez Canal Authority’s notification that it had reached a settlement in its financial dispute with the vessels’ owners and insurers. The authority did not reveal details of the terms of the settlement. It had initially demanded $916m (£660m) in compensation, which was later lowered to $550m. In addition to the money, local reports said the canal would also receive a tugboat. Canal authorities said the money would cover the salvage operation, costs of stalled canal traffic and lost transit fees during the blockage. The Ever Given was on its way to the Dutch port of Rotterdam on 23 March when it slammed into the bank of a single-lane stretch of the canal about four miles north of the southern entrance, near the city of Suez. Its bow had touched the eastern wall of the canal, while its stern looked lodged against the western wall – an extraordinary event that experts said they had never heard of happening in the canal’s 150-year history. A salvage effort by a flotilla of tugboats helped by the tides freed the ship six days later, allowing hundreds of waiting ships to pass through the canal. The Ever Given was then held in the canal’s Great Bitter Lake. The blockage of the canal forced some ships to take the long alternate route around the Cape of Good Hope at Africa’s southern tip, requiring additional fuel and other costs. Hundreds of other ships waited in place for the blockage to end. The shutdown, which raised worries of supply shortages and rising costs for consumers, added strain on the shipping industry, already under pressure from the coronavirus pandemic.

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FOREIGN CURRENCY Australian Dollar Bahraini Dinar Canadian Dollar Chinese Yuan Danish Kroner EURO Hong Kong Dollar Kuwaiti Dinar New Zealand Dollar Norwegian Kroner Pound Sterling Qatari Riyal Saudi Arabian Riyal Singapore Dollar South African Rand Swedish Kroner Swiss Franc Turkish Lira UAE Dirham US Dollar Japanese Yen (100) Korean Won (100)

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RATE (INR) Import Export 57.00 203.85 61.20 11.70 12.10 89.80 9.75 255.80 53.40 8.80 104.65 20.80 20.50 56.30 5.40 8.85 82.05 8.80 20.90 75.30 68.25 6.80

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Piracy And Armed Robbery Incidents At Lowest Level In 27 Years, But Risks Remain To Seafarers, IMB Cautions

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Port Wings News Network he ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) received the lowest number of reported incidents for the first half of any year since 1994. IMB’s latest global piracy report details 68 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships – the lowest total since 1994 – down from 98 incidents during the same period last year. In the first six months of 2021, IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) reported 61 vessels boarded, four attempted attacks, two vessels fired upon and one vessel hijacked. Despite the overall decline in reported incidents, violence against crews has continued with 50 crew kidnapped, three each threatened and taken hostage, two assaulted, one injured and one killed throughout the first half of 2021. While the reduced numbers of reported incidents is welcome, the IMB PRC continues to caution against complacency. Vessels were boarded in 91% of the reported incidents. Cautious gains in Gulf of Guinea The Gulf of Guinea continues to be particularly dangerous for seafarers with 32% of all reported incidents taking place in the region, according to IMB. The region accounted for all 50 kidnapped crew and the single crew fatality recorded by IMB during the first half of 2021. The number of kidnappings recorded in the Gulf of Guinea in the last quarter is the lowest since Q2 2019, but pirates continue to target all vessel types throughout the region. IMB

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warns that fishing vessels have been hijacked in the Gulf of Guinea and later used as mother ships to target other merchant vessels.

“Whilst IMB welcomes reduced piracy and armed robbery activity in the Gulf of Guinea, the risk to seafarers still remains,” said IMB Director Michael Howlett. “By reporting all incidents to the Regional. Authorities and IMB PRC, seafarers can maintain pressure against pirates. Bringing together maritime response authorities through initiatives – like Nigeria’s Deep Blue Project and Gulf of Guinea Maritime Collaboration Forum – will continue and strengthen knowledge sharing channels and reduce risk to seafarers in the region.” In early June, a bulk carrier was approached by a skiff with six pirates while transitioning through the region at around 210nm off the coast of Lagos. The carrier – equipped with appropriate vessel hardening – was able to prevent the

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armed pirates from coming onboard, but the incident demonstrates the continued capacity of pirates in the region to carry out attacks at further distances from the coast. Knife attacks in Singapore Straits T h e Singapore Straits recorded 16 incidents in the first six months of 2021, in comparison to 11 during the same period in 2020. These attacks are considered opportunistic in nature, but IMB warns that in seven incidents the perpetrators were armed with knives. In three separate incidents, seafarers were reported to have been either threatened, assaulted or injured. Incidents rise off the coast of Peru In comparison to the first half of 2019 and

2020, Callao Anchorage, Peru has experienced a two‐fold increase in the number of incidents with nine incidents reported in total for 2021. There were four incidents in Q2 2021 and knives reported in three of these, according to the latest figures from IMB. Perpetrators in the region possess the capacity to carry out violent attacks with two separate incidents of crew being taken hostage and assaulted occurring in the first six months of 2021. Manila Bay, Philippines Vessels are advised to take precautionary measures while anchored in Manila Bay, Philippines, as four incidents were reported to IMB for Q2 2021. “Reporting piracy and armed robbery incidents is the first line of defence against future attacks,” said ICC Secretary General John W.H. Denton AO. “Sustained reporting to IMB will enable governments, maritime response agencies and other stakeholders to establish safer waters for our seafarers and smooth flow of goods throughout global supply chains.”

Greek Tech Start Up Signs 300th Vessel To Cloud-Based Disbursements Tool

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Port Wings News Network reek startup Harbor Lab welcomed in June its 300th vessel to its online disbursements platform. The achievement was realised 15 months after the software company launched its disbursements accounting (DA) processing solution for the shipping industry, which gives vessels’ operators access to agents and vendors at ports across the globe reducing back office administration by 75%. Launched in Athens, Greece, in March 2020, the Harbor Lab cloud-based DA tool was used to process more than 4000 port calls in its first year of operation. The disbursements platform provides transparency to the vessel’s operator on port expenses that will be incurred during her stay at port, DA calculations and instant port cost estimations. A combination of data scientists and experienced maritime professionals, the company’s port analysts, investigate and extract the methods that calculate all port expenses for all ports around the world, based on the official port tariffs for all vessels’ types. Harbor Lab has digitalized all retrieved port-related data (e.g. official calculation methods) via dynamic programming Stechniques andnt construction of sophisticated er v e ice T iffer validity is achieved through ruly DData formulas. day-to-day communication with agencies around the globe. Through the platform, end-users get a transparent overview of port costs, including port fees (loading/ discharging, pilotage), bunker prices, spare parts and other sundries. Harbor Lab’s CEO and Founder Antonis Malaxianakis says: “We are delighted to welcome our 300th vessel to our disbursements platform. When we launched Harbor Lab last year we set ourselves a target to celebrate our 20th vessel in December. In June we surpassed our target by 1000%. It’s great to know that so many vessel operators are already benefiting from our platform, reducing their back office administration and in control of their port costs through our cost comparison dashboard.” Vessel operators, management companies and charterers pay a fixed fee per port call to access the system. Vendors and agents can register on the platform free of charge, with the option to upgrade to a premium subscription

plan in a future release. Around 1200 agents and vendors are currently registered and the operator can send multiple requests and appointments to an unlimited number of agents. Their rates are imported directly into the system, for evaluation by the operator. Harbor Lab also provides training and demonstrations free of charge to interested parties. Harbor Lab customer Product Shipping & Trading S.A.’s Managing Director, Th. Belexis s a y s : “Harbor Lab is a valuable t o o l w h i c h allows users to manage and process DAs in a fast and efficient way. The platform is well-designed and easy to use. It transforms complex daily procedures to a simple and accurate operation.” Further, Efi Sioziou, Commercial Operator, Swiss Chem Gas, says: “The Harbor Lab platform offers a unique architecture that gives our company full and easy control on all DAs of our fleet. Designed to facilitate the operation, accounting and management department of a shipping company to automatically check disbursement accounts. Handles multiple collective and individual data with accurate entries.” Harbor Lab’s CEO, Mr. Malaxianakis adds: “Having worked in disbursement accounting for seven years, I am familiar with the time and cost inefficiencies of conventional officebased methods. I created this platform to provide a central hub for all disbursement activities, to optimise workflows and to bring cost transparency to operators whilst their vessels are in port.” The DA tool is one of three cloud-based solutions currently available from Harbor Lab. It also offers a position list to track vessels’ location and monitor weather enroute to destination, and a cost estimator to get approximate port expenses within seconds. Harbor Lab’s software integrates with most ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems found in accounting practices, allowing full automation of data exchange between the platform and the clients’ ERPs.

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