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New Hong Kong Seaport Alliance Under Scrutiny
by The Maritime Executive
Friday, January 11, 2019

Hongkong International Terminals, Modern Terminals, COSCO-HIT Terminals (Hong Kong) and Asia Container Terminals formed the Hong Kong Seaport Alliance on January 8 - a move already under investigation by local authorities.

The Alliance is a joint operating agreement designed to deliver more efficient service offerings to carriers that call Hong Kong and to therefore enhance the competitiveness of the Port of Hong Kong. The Seaport Alliance will offer 23 berths using a common terminal operating system across Terminals 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 of Kwai Tsing, New Territories, Hong Kong.

The collaboration is in direct response to a rapidly changing business environment, say the Alliance members, including the formation of new carrier alliances and the dramatic increase in vessel size over the last few years.

However, Hong Kong’s Competition Commission is investigating the move which involves four of the five operators at what is one of the world’s busiest container ports. The Hong Kong Seaport Alliance would hold a 95 percent market share at the port; Dubai Ports International, which operates one berth, is not participating in the Alliance.

The South China Morning Post reports Stanley Chiang Chi-wai, chairman of the Lok Ma Chau-Hong Kong Freight Association, saying the Alliance was a step backwards. He warns that the Alliance could squeeze Dubai Ports out and that business might be diverted to mainland ports if shipping companies found Hong Kong too expensive because of cartel-like behavior.

Hong Kong's port and logistics sector currentlyl accounts for 3.2 percent of the GDP of Hong Kong and provides more than 174,000 industry related jobs. However, Kwai Tsing’s throughput shrank 4.9 percent in the first 11 months of 2018, possibly as a result of the trade war with the U.S.

“The Seaport Alliance will improve the value proposition of Hong Kong to customers, while reducing emissions and enabling Hong Kong to more effectively compete within the region,” said Peter Levesque, Group Managing Director of Modern Terminals. “For almost two centuries Hong Kong has played a vital role in the facilitation of global trade. The Seaport Alliance, and the application of new technologies, will enable Hong Kong to thrive as an international shipping hub for decades to come.”

The four companies plan to commence the joint operations of the Seaport Alliance progressively within 2019.

GTT Provides Tank Design for Two New LNG Carriers for NYK
by The Maritime Executive
Thursday, January 10, 2019

At the beginning of this year 2019, GTT has received an order from the Korean shipyard Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) for the tank design of two new 174,000 m3 LNG carriers (LNGC), on behalf of the Japanese ship-owner NYK.

The tanks of these units will be fitted with the Mark III Flex membrane containment system. The vessels' deliveries are scheduled between the third and the fourth quarters of 2021.

Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO of GTT, declared: "We are very pleased to continue our partnership of excellence with Samsung Heavy Industries with the first order of 2019 for the benefit of NYK, an owner with whom we have a very close relationship."

United Wind Logistics Picks MAN GenSets for Newbuilding
by The Maritime Executive
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Chinese shipyard Jiangsu Zhenjiang Shipyard Group Co,.Ltd has ordered 2 × MAN 9L 21/31 + 2 × MAN 6L16/24 GenSets in connection with the construction of an modern deck carrier. The specialised vessel will transport offshore wind-turbine components and has been ordered by Hamburg-based company, United Wind Logistics (UWL), which is employing Peter Döhle Schiffahrts-KG for building supervision and technical management. The order includes options for two further vessels. MAN Energy Solutions’ licensee, CMP, will build the engines in China.

The MAN engines will meet IMO Tier III emission regulations and come equipped with a Selective Catalytic Reduction system. This will cater for the possibility that IMO Tier III NOx emission limits are introduced without obligation within NOxemission-control areas (NECAs) in the North and Baltic Seas before 2021. The vessel will be build beyond the requirements of current and expected regulations. Furthermore the ship is delivered DP2 ready.

Lex Nijsen – Vice President, Head of Four-Stroke Marine at MAN Energy Solutions – said: “This new order confirms our solid foothold within the segment for small-bore, medium-speed engines powering specialised vessels. I welcome this new reference and feel that it highlights the diversity of our product portfolio.”

The four medium-speed GenSets will be assembled and fully tested by CMP. German company, Heavylift@Sea, with a strong reputation in wind, offshore and specialist vessels, is providing the basic design and engineering package for the new vessel, which is scheduled for delivery by the end of November, 2019.

The 148.5-m-long × 28-m-broad vessel will operate primarily in European waters and will meet the strict requirements for efficiently transporting offshore wind-farm components such as blades, nacelles and towers.

This new order follows two orders for Wind Service Operation Vessels (WSOV) currently under construction at Cemre Marin Endüstri A.? shipyard in Turkey for French company, Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA), where MAN Energy Solutions is providing each vessel with 4 × 8L21/31 variable-speed GenSets (DC grid system), which allows the customer to increase the efficiency of the vessel and significantly reduce the vessel’s CO2 emissions and fuel consumption. The two newbuildings will be used for operations and maintenance work at offshore wind farms in the North Sea.

Retail Imports Level Off After Rush to Beat Tariffs
by The Maritime Executive
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Imports at major retail container ports in the U.S. have slowed down after a months-long rush to beat increased tariffs on goods from China, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

Hackett Associates Founder Ben Hackett is projecting declining volumes in the coming months and an overall weakness in imports for the first half of the year.

U.S. ports covered by Global Port Tracker handled 1.81 million TEUs in November, the latest month for which after-the-fact numbers are available. That was up 2.5 percent year-over-year but down 11.4 percent from the record of 2.04 million TEU set in October. 

December was estimated at 1.79 million TEU, a 3.7 percent year-over-year increase. That would bring 2018 to a total of 21.6 million TEU, an increase of 5.3 percent over 2017’s record 20.5 million TEU.

January is forecast at 1.75 million TEU, down 0.9 percent from January 2018; February at 1.67 million TEU, also down 0.9 percent year-over-year; March at 1.55 million TEU, up 0.6 percent; April at 1.69 million TEU, up 3.7 percent, and May at 1.8 million TEU, down 1.3 percent. February and March are typically two of the slowest months of the year for imports, both because of the post-holiday drop in demand and because of Lunar New Year factory shutdowns in Asia.

“With the holiday season behind us, the immediate pressure to stock up on merchandise has passed, but retailers remain concerned about tariffs and their impact on the nation’s economy,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “Retailers have also brought in much of their spring merchandise early to protect consumers against higher prices that will eventually come with tariffs.” Gold is hoping the talks currently under way will bring an end to “this ill-advised trade war and result in a more appropriate way of responding to China’s trade abuses that won’t force American consumers, workers and businesses to pay the price.”

Global Port Tracker, which is produced for NRF by the consulting firm Hackett Associates, covers the U.S. ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle and Tacoma on the West Coast; New York/New Jersey, Port of Virginia, Charleston, Savannah, Port Everglades, Miami and Jacksonville on the East Coast, and Houston on the Gulf Coast. 

Stena Line Ferry Connects to Shore Power in Oslo
by The Maritime Executive
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Stena Line became the first ferry company to connect to shore power in the Port of Oslo on Tuesday, when Stena Saga began connecting to the electricity grid during calls into port. 

Stena Line, with 38 vessels and 21 routes in Northern Europe, has been working with shore power supply connections since 1989. With Stena Saga, 14 of Stena Line's vessels can now connect to green electricity when in port.

“The completion of yet another onshore power supply connection in the Port of Oslo is an important milestone in our efforts to reduce emissions, and we are now closing in on our target of connecting 25 percent of our terminals in 2020. Many of our vessels call at locations close to cities which makes it especially important to be able to shut down engines when docked,” says Erik Lewenhaupt, Head of Sustainability, Brand and Communication at Stena Line.

The Port of Oslo is Norway's leading cargo and ferry port, with 50 to 70 calls of cargo and passenger ships each week. Half of the Norwegian population lives less than a three hour drive from the Port of Oslo, and the shore power supply connection will be used by ferries operated by both Stena Line and DFDS. Each year nearly 1.3 million passengers travel with DFDS and Stena Line to Denmark. The ships also carry large quantities of goods.

From the power station at Vippetangen, electric power goes to the ferries' electrical systems. The ferries connect seamlessly to the grid with the help of a cable crane. The crane is equipped with an 11kV high voltage cable. Diesel powered auxiliary engines on board can be shut down while the ferries are powered by clean electricity. The power requirement of the ferries is about 2-3MW. That's almost 60 times more power than today's fast chargers for electric cars. 

The shore power connection is expected to result in a saving of just over 1,400 tons of fuel for the visiting ferries each year (equivalent to the CO2 emissions of 1,300 cars). When the ferries are connected to shore power, they annually use between 5,000 000 – 6,000 000 kWh. This corresponds to the annual power consumption of almost 400 Norwegian homes. 

The Port of Oslo is becoming a zero emission port, and it aims to reduce 85 percent of its CO2 emission by 2030. 

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