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Friday, September 21, 2018

United Nations News

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Oil Tight on Libyan Port Struggles

Libyan oil production could face protracted disruption as factions in the east seek to seize control of crude exports, adding pressure to a tight global market. Eastern factions have tried to take over oil exports in the past but have struggled to find buyers because Western nations insist they will deal only with the internationally recognised National Oil Corporation (NOC) based in the Libyan capital of Tripoli. But this has not stopped eastern forces from seeking control of the ports, accusing Libya's western-based government of failing to share revenues fairly.

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Saudi Arabia Halts Red Sea Oil Exports after Tanker Attacks

Saudi Arabia said on Thursday it was suspending oil shipments through a strategic Red Sea lane after Yemen's Iran-aligned rebels attacked two tankers in the waterway, underscoring the risk of an escalation in tensions in the region.Brent crude futures rose 59 cents to $74.52 a barrel by 1008 GMT, extending their rally into a third day but falling from a 10-day high in earlier trading.Saudi Arabia and arch-foe Iran have been locked in a three-year proxy war in Yemen, which lies on one side of the Bab al-Mandeb strait at the southern mouth of the sea…

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Jeddah Mulls Safe and Secure Regional Waters

Signatory States to an agreement aimed at repressing piracy, armed robbery and illicit maritime activity in the western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden Area have agreed that building response capability and information sharing are vital steps towards achieving a more safe and secure maritime environment. The signatories to the revised Code of Conduct concerning the repression of piracy, armed robbery against ships and illicit maritime activity in the western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden Area…

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Spotlight on Women in Maritime Security

"The bottom line is that doubling your talent pool just makes sense", said Chris Trelawny,  International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s special Adviser on Maritime Security, as he opened the Women in Maritime Security conference held at IMO Headquarters (24 May). Women are increasingly present at sea, as they defy traditional expectations. Their full and meaningful participation in the economy, political decision-making, and society is key to addressing maritime challenges, but gender equity in the maritime space is too often overlooked.

Wong Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (third from the left) presenting the Gold Award to Ms. Carrie Lee, Group Treasurer of OOCL (first from the left) at the awards ceremony. Photo: OOCL

OOCL Wins Corporate Environmental Leadership Gold Award

Orient Overseas Container Line is very honored to be the first carrier in the international transportation and logistics industry to receive the Gold Award at the 2017 BOCHK Corporate Environmental Leadership Awards ceremony held at the Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre on 31 May, 2018. This distinguished awards program aims to acknowledge outstanding participating organizations for their efforts in promoting environmental and low-carbon best practices in the…

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ICS Worried About EU Policy for Migrants Rescued at Sea

The global trade association for ship operators – the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – is increasingly concerned about the new policy of the Italian Government to close its ports to migrants rescued by ships at sea. In the interest of protecting safety of life at sea, ICS is calling on all EU heads of government at their June 28th summit to address the concerns raised by the Italian Government about the large number of rescued persons arriving in Italy. This is done with…

From L to R: Ms. Isabella Loh, Chairman of the Singapore Environment Council, Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources of Singapore,  Stephen Ng, Director of Trades of OOCL, Richard Loo, General Manager of CITIC Telecom International (SEA) Pte Ltd. Photo: Orient Overseas Container Line

OOCL Bags 2018 Singapore Environmental Achievement Award

Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) has received the 2018 Singapore Environmental Achievement Award (Regional) at a ceremony held by the Singapore Environment Council’s (SEC) recently.The SEAA (Regional) Award category recognizes local or international companies and organizations with outstanding environmental performance in Asia, and this year, the regional scope has been expanded to welcome companies from Greater China, Japan, South Korea, and ASEAN countries to take part in the awards scheme.In the review and evaluation process…

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Somalian Maritime Administration to be Fully Operational Soon

Somalia’s Department of Maritime Administration is planned to become fully operational by the end of the year, enabling the country to discharge its flag, port and coastal responsibilities effectively in line with International Maritime Organization (IMO) instruments.Somalian Government officials met at an IMO-sponsored workshop, held in Kigali, Rwanda (27-31 August) and agreed that the newly-established department, part of the Ministry of Ports and Marine Transport, should be restructured by 31 December 2018.The next steps…

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Cargill Aims to Cut Ship Emissions 15% by 2020

Cargill Inc aims to cut carbon emissions from its international shipping unit by as much as 15 percent by 2020, to meet U.N. regulations to reduce pollution and demands from some of its food manufacturer customers for more environmentally-friendly operations.The global commodities trader, which was scheduled to announce the emissions goal late on Monday, told Reuters the reduction of CO2 per cargo-ton-mile was targeted at its time-chartered fleet. But overall, Cargill plans to cut total greenhouse gas emissions on an absolute basis across all company operations by 10 percent by 2025.Cargill…

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Maersk to Install Scrubbers on Select Vessels Ahead of 2020

A.P. Moller-Maersk, the world's biggest container shipping group, will add devices to reduce harmful exhaust emissions to some of its ships ahead of new global fuel regulations starting in 2020.To combat air pollution, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations' shipping agency, has set global regulations to cap the sulphur content in marine fuels, known as bunkers, at 0.5 percent down from 3.5 percent now.Shipowners could meet the new regulations by installing sulphur-stripping exhaust cleaning systems…

Mr. Masafumi Kuroki presents a memento of appreciation to Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry (Photo: ReCAAP ISC)

ReCAAP ISC, WMU Strengthen in Fight Against Piracy

ReCAAP Information Sharing Center (ISC) and World Maritime University (WMU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen the cooperation between the two organizations in the shared interest in increasing the knowledge of the evolving situation of piracy and sea robbery in Asia. The cooperation will see ReCAAP ISC share its Asian experience in combating piracy and armed robbery against ships with the next generation of maritime leaders pursuing their postgraduate studies at WMU’s campus in Malmö…

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The World Maritime University Celebrates 35 Years

Alongside the 70th anniversary of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), in 2018, the World Maritime University (WMU) is celebrating 35 years. WMU has made a major contribution to global maritime education, research and capacity building. In this respect its legacy has been transformative with its extensive network of leaders in the maritime and ocean sectors, with 4,654 WMU alumni from 167 countries to date. In the early 1980s, the IMO identified a shortage of well-qualified, highly educated maritime experts, particularly in developing countries.

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World Maritime Day Theme 2019: Empowering Women

"Empowering Women in the Maritime Community" has been selected as the World Maritime Day theme for 2019. This will provide an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality, in line with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to highlight the important contribution of women all over the world to the maritime sector. The Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), meeting for its 120th session at IMO Headquarters in London, endorsed the theme, following a proposal by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim.

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IMO Supports Spill Preparedness in Northwest Pacific

International Maritime Organization (IMO) is supporting regional cooperation on oil and hazardous and noxious substances (HNS) spills in the Northwest Pacific region.IMO’s Roel Hoenders is taking part in meetings of the Marine Environmental Emergency Preparedness and Response Regional Activity Centre (MERRAC) taking place in Incheon, Republic of Korea (17-20 July).The Centre was originally established by IMO and UNEP to create effective cooperative measures to spill response under…

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Cargo Ships De-listed After Crimea Grain Trades

At least two countries have struck cargo vessels off their registries in recent weeks after the ships were involved in transporting grains from Crimea to Syria, maritime officials told Reuters.Crimea has been under Western sanctions since it was annexed from Ukraine by Russia in 2014 and has been frozen out of many export markets. That leaves Syria, which has also been targeted by sanctions, as an ideal trading partner for Crimea, given that the latter is open to receiving goods…

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New Scholarship Established at SUNY Maritime

Rear Adm. Michael Alfultis, president of SUNY Maritime College, today announced the establishment of the Ruth Mulan Chu Chao and James Si-Cheng Chao Endowed Scholarship Fund as a permanent, need-based scholarship. The scholarship has been funded by Dr. James S.C. Chao, Founder and Honorary Chairman of Foremost Group, and his daughter, Ms. Angela A. Chao, Chairman and CEO of Foremost Group in honor of Dr. Chao and his late wife, Mrs. Ruth Mulan Chu Chao.“The Chao Scholarship will benefit generations of students who are interested in pursuing maritime and engineering studies…

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EU Commission Proposes New Fund for Maritime Economy

For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission is proposing EUR 6.14 billion under a simpler, more flexible fund for European fisheries and the maritime economy. The new European Maritime and Fisheries Fund will continue to support the European fisheries sector towards more sustainable fishing practices, with a particular focus on supporting small-scale fishermen. It will also help unleash the growth potential of a sustainable blue economy towards a more prosperous future for coastal communities.

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IMO Brings Port Issues to the Fore

Global trade by sea is dependent on the interconnection between ships, ports and people - and everyone needs to be involved, from port operators, to regulators, to maritime security experts and innovators in technology. The theme of mutual cooperation and collaboration was highlighted throughout a special event on ports, held at  International Maritime Organization (IMO) Headquarters (11 June). The Special Port Event was supported by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim, in collaboration with the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH).

U.S. Alarmed by Strike on Turkish Ship Delivering Wheat to Yemen

The United States said on Friday it was concerned about a Houthi missile strike on a Turkish vessel carrying wheat to Yemen this month and another attack on an oil tanker in the Red Sea. "The United States is alarmed by the Houthi missile strike against a Turkish cargo ship 70 miles off the coast of Yemen that was attempting to deliver 50,000 metric tons of wheat to Yemen’s Saleef port near Hudaydah," the White House said in a statement.

U.N. Aid Chief Confirms "Incident" with Boat Off Yemeni Port

The United Nations aid chief told Reuters on Monday that there had been an "incident" with a U.N. ship being boarded by unknown forces off the Yemeni port of Hodeidah at the weekend, but it was over and the vessel had departed.Mark Lowcock, U.N. emergency relief coordinator, was asked about reports of the boarding off Hodeihah, held by the Iran-allied Houthi movement. He said: "... there was an incident. We don't know who's responsible, we're investigating and the incident is over."Asked about a possible Saudi-led coalition ground assault on the port…

GAC UK Unveils Sustainability Steps at Volvo Ocean Race

Shipping and logistics services provider GAC UK  announced progress in its efforts to reduce plastic and other waste. As the yachts competing in the Volvo Ocean Race set off on Leg 10 from Cardiff yesterday, Managing Director Herman Jorgensen unveiled practical steps already taken to reduce the company’s impact on the environment. GAC is the official logistics provider for the round-the-world sailing race due to finish in The Hague later this month. Jorgensen had been inspired by the Volvo Ocean Race’s first Ocean Summit in Alicante…

Spain Offers to Take in Drifting Migrant Ship Aquarius

Spain offered on Monday to take in a rescue ship that is drifting in the Mediterranean sea with 629 migrants stranded on board after Italy and Malta refused to let it dock.The Aquarius picked up the migrants from inflatable boats and rafts off the coast of Libya at the weekend, and the United Nations refugee agency said on Monday it was running out of provisions.Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who took office just over a week ago, has given instructions for the boat to be admitted to the eastern port of Valencia…

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SUNY Maritime to Honor Dr. James Chao

On Tuesday, May 1, SUNY Maritime College will honor Foremost Group Founder and Honorary Chairman Dr. James S.C. Chao, Foremost Group Chairman and CEO Angela Chao, and Turner Construction Vice President and senior operations manager Joseph Byrne at its annual Admiral’s Scholarship Dinner in Throggs Neck, New York. The event, launched in 2003, honors supporters of the college and its mission to educate and train maritime professionals. Every year, SUNY Maritime College hosts its…

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EMAC and GCCCAC Hold Arbitration and Insurance Workshop

Working with the GCCCAC, EMAC has set out to bring together the regional maritime and arbitration community to examine arbitration in maritime and maritime insurance during a two day workshop, from 2-3 May at the EMAC premises.The workshop, conducted in Arabic, aims to provide an insight to dispute resolution in maritime contracts and insurance compensation, looking at global and regulatory challenges that affect dispute resolution within the maritime sector.“The seminar marks the first in a series of events we plan to hold with GCC Commercial Arbitration Cener.

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Kenyan Fishermen Win Millions for Loss of Rights to New Port

Activists hailed a Kenyan court for ordering that almost 5,000 fishermen at a 14th century World Heritage Site receive millions in compensation for the loss of traditional fishing rights due to the construction of a major port.The fishermen in Lamu, the oldest Swahili settlement in East Africa, won 1.76 billion shillings ($18 million) in compensation this week from a court in the nearby town of Malindi, which also said their rights to culture and information had been violated."We were happy with the judgment…

Peter Thomson - campaigning for a sustainable way forward (Photo:  Nor-Shipping)

UN Ambassador Thomson Issues Urgent Call for Action at OOC

Peter Thomson, the United Nations Special Envoy for the Oceans, has used the first Opening Oceans Conference (OOC) in Copenhagen to highlight the desperate plight of the oceans and the need for a sustained, universal push from the maritime industry to help halt, and hopefully reverse, their decline.Speaking to an audience of over 300 key executives from the shipping and ocean industries, Ambassador Thomson highlighted issues such as widespread plastic pollution, ocean acidification…