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High/low Bunker Price Spread Nerves Impacting Investment Decisions
by Ship Bunker
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

As shipowners hold off from ordering newbuildings until fuel market more stable.

DFDS Offer Passengers Fast Broadband from Nowhere Networks
by The Maritime Executive
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The shipping company DFDS has chosen Swedish Nowhere Networks as its strategic supplier of fast broadband on all the six vessels operating the Dover-Calais and Dover-Dunkerque routes.

After having successfully evaluated Nowhere Networks’ complete Wireless Antenna Tracking Solution DFDS has decided to proceed with a full rollout on all its ships operating the heavily trafficked routes in the English Channel.

– Our evaluation has yielded impressive results which makes us highly confident in signing a strategic partnership with Nowhere Networks as our supplier of a fast-broadband capability. This is something that will really add value to our offer to our passengers and help our staff in their work, says Gert Møller, Vice President & CIO, DFDS Group.

Nowhere Networks will deliver a “Network as a Service”-solution, meaning a complete service, including operation and maintenance of it. When it is up and running it is expected to deliver high speed internet broadband on all routes and on all vessels.

– Nowhere Networks total supplier offer, which includes everything from equipment to full operation of it, suits us perfectly. The fact that it comes highly recommended from other shipping companies such as Tallink, Rederi AB Eckerö and others helped us in our decision-making process. We look forward to working with Nowhere Networks, says Møller.

Nowhere Networks solutions are hassle-free and stable, providing customers with high quality broadband at a considerably lower cost compared to other available solutions on the market.

– We are very proud to be able to add DFDS to the list of shipping companies which have chosen us as their strategic partner in providing their passengers and employees with high speed internet connectivity. We look forward to start working with DFDS. We will install ship trackers on the vessels and we will place land trackers ashore on different locations and complement the land trackers with offload sector antennas in the ports. Everything is managed with our intelligent cloud software. Our aim is to deliver high speed broadband on all DFDS vessels in the English Channel before the summer, says, CG Sänne, Vice President & Sales Director, Nowhere Networks.

Viking and China Merchants Group Join Forces
by The Maritime Executive
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Viking and China Merchants Shekou, representing China Merchants Group, have signed a memorandum of understanding to form a joint venture focused on building a cruise line with worldwide cruise offerings for the Chinese cruise market.

It will be a wide-ranging partnership including product development and marketing. Further, China Merchants Group's shipbuilding subsidiaries will partner with the joint venture to design and build new ocean cruise ships dedicated to the Chinese market.

Viking operates a current fleet of 78 vessels, offering scenic cruising on rivers and oceans around the world. China has been a part of Viking's destination portfolio since 2003, and since setting up local operations in China in 2016, the company has seen strong momentum in its European river cruise product tailored for Chinese-speaking guests.

State-owned China Merchants Shekou Industrial Zone Holdings is dedicated to urban development and promotes the development of cruise ports in China. It has a “cruise, port, city, tourism, shopping and entertainment” business model that it has used to design cruise terminals in China's coastal cities, including Shenzhen, Xiamen, Shanghai and Zhanjiang.

Singapore: Minister Confirms Port 'Ready for IMO2020'
by Ship Bunker
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Sufficient supply of compliant LSFO will be available to meet demand.

Work Starts on Singapore's Autonomous Tug
by The Maritime Executive
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Keppel Offshore & Marine subsidiary Keppel Singmarine has commenced the development of an autonomous tug to be operated by Keppel Smit Towage in Singapore. 

The vessel is expected to be one of Singapore's first autonomous vessels when the project is completed in 4Q 2020. 

The project will involve modifying a 65 MT tug by retrofitting advanced systems such as position maneuvering, digital pilot vision, as well as collision detection and avoidance. An onshore command center will be set up to remotely control the tug.

Keppel O&M has secured a grant of up to S$2 million from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) under its Maritime Innovation and Technology Fund for the project. This follows the Memorandum of Understanding signed by Keppel O&M, MPA and the Technology Centre for Offshore and Marine, Singapore, in April 2018 to jointly develop autonomous vessels for a variety of applications including harbor operations, berthing, mooring and towing.

Keppel O&M's technology arm Keppel Marine and Deepwater Technology will develop various technologies and be the system integrator for the autonomous solutions. These technologies include a Digital Twin of the tug to simulate vessel behavior in multiple scenarios and optimize vessel operations, as well as data analytics tools to improve the control and response of the tug. ABS will provide the Approval in Principle for the novel features such as Remote Navigation Control and Autonomous Control System.

Keppel O&M is also partnering M1, another member of the Keppel Group, to leverage its ultra-low latency 4.5G network connectivity for the ship to shore communication needed to support mission-critical internet of things systems.

Case Reopened for Princess of the Stars Sinking
by The Maritime Executive
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The Philippines Supreme Court has reinstated the case against an official of Sulpicio Lines over the 2008 sinking of its ferry Princess of the Stars

She capsized on June 21, 2008, off the coast of San Fernando, Romblon, at the height of Typhoon Frank, which passed directly over Romblon as a Category 2 storm. Of the 849 persons on board, only 32 survived, 227 died and 592 were reported missing.

The Supreme Court reversed a Court of Appeals dismissal of the reckless imprudence case against Edgar Go, Sulpicio Lines' first vice president and team leader of its crisis management committee. It has been asserted that should have canceled or discouraged the voyage considering the severe weather, but Go countered that such a decision was within the authority of the captain of the vessel, in coordination with the Coast Guard.

However, the Supreme Court ruled that there was support for reckless imprudence as Go failed to monitor the movement of the vessel and instruct the captain to take shelter. It noted that Go's acts were not malicious but showed an inexcusable lack of precaution.

According to an account given by four survivors, who managed to swim to nearby Sibuyan Island, passengers had been told to put on life jackets at 11:30am, and 15 minutes later, the captain gave the order to abandon ship. The ship began to list at around midday. The survivors witnessed many people jumping into the water, many not wearing life jackets. The ferry capsized at 1:00pm.

The official inquiry undertaken by the Philippines Board of Marine Inquiry found Sulpicio Lines and its captain liable for the tragedy. Its final report blamed human error, and ruled that the ship's missing and presumed dead captain, Florencio Marimon, "miscalculated" the risk of continuing the trip to Cebu despite the stormy weather. According to the report: "The immediate cause of the capsizing of MV Princess of the Stars was the failure of the Master to exercise extraordinary diligence and good seamanship thereby committing an error of judgment that brought MV Princess of the Stars in harm's way into the eye of Typhoon Frank ... The shipping firm is found negligent for its failure to exercise its duty in ensuring that they transport passengers and cargo safely to (their) destination."

Putin Invites Foreign Partners to Join in Development of the Arctic
by The Maritime Executive
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Russia's President Vladimir Putin took part in the plenary meeting of the 5th International Arctic Forum "The Arctic: Territory of Dialogue" on April 9 - inviting foreign partners to join in development of the Arctic.

The discussion was attended by Finland's President Sauli Niinistö , Iceland's President Gudni Torlacius Johannesson, Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Sweden's Prime Minister Stephan Leuven.

In 2021, Russia will assume the chairmanship of the Arctic Council. “We offer all member countries of this organization, as well as other states, cooperation in the Arctic,” said Putin. Russia intends to prepare and adopt a new strategy for the development of the Russian Arctic until 2035 this year, and Putin says particular attention will be paid to the development of transport and supporting infrastructure.

Among the key infrastructure projects planned is the construction of the Northern Latitudinal Railway which will allow effective development of the natural resources of the Polar Urals, Yamal and the north of the Krasnoyarsk Territory. 

Additionally, work will continue on the Northern Sea Route to ensure it operates smoothly year-round.
Putin's 2018 Address to the Federal Assembly set the goal is to significantly increase the volume of freight traffic along the Northern Sea Route - up to 80 million tons by 2025. 

“10–15 years ago, this figure seemed completely unattainable,” said Putin. “Now it is a realistic, calculated and substantive task. At the end of last year, the volume of traffic on the Northern Sea Route has already reached 20 million tons. And this is three times - I want to emphasize this - three times higher than the Soviet record set in 1987.”

Putin committed to developing communication and coastal infrastructure, including port facilities and navigation, meteorological and commercial navigation security. “We invite our foreign partners to work together on the creation of hub ports at the end points of the route. I mean the Murmansk transport hub and port infrastructure in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. In addition, we intend to modernize the harbors of the Arctic coast, including the possibilities for organizing river-sea traffic.”

By 2035, Russia's Arctic icebreaker fleet will consist of at least 13 heavy linear icebreakers, including nine nuclear ones. Putin notes that Russia is investing funds to make payment for icebreaker escort of vessels should be competitive and reasonable. 

The complexity of Arctic development requires a powerful scientific, human, technological base, says Putin. Research centers are being developed and he is looking for university exchanges, the creation of international research teams and alliances with high-tech companies. “We invite all interested colleagues to work together in the field of shipbuilding, communications, navigation safety, in the field of ecology, mining and bioresources,” he said.

However, discussing Russia's position on sanctions, Putin noted money spent on import substitution and said: “The future of Russia depends only on us, on how much we can effectively transform our political system, how democratic it will be, how much it will push all the healthiest forces of society, the creative energy of our citizens to the surface.” 

IMO2020: Conflicts and the Quest for Information
by Ship Bunker
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Many buyers are becoming disillusioned with the "wait and see" attitude of some trading houses.

ExxonMobil to Grow its Direct Bunker Sales Business
by Ship Bunker
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

But the focus is on quality, not simply volumes.

28.5 Million People Took a Cruise in 2018
by The Maritime Executive
Tuesday, April 09, 2019

The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has released the latest global cruise passenger statistics indicating that cruising continues at a paced growth around the world with an almost seven percent increase from 2017 to 2018, totaling 28.5 million passengers. CLIA notes that the average age for a cruise passenger is 47 years.

Research also shows North American travelers continue to embrace cruising with an annual passenger increase of nine percent (14.2 million passengers) in 2018.

While the cruise sector represents two percent of the overall global travel industry, this segment is on pace with international tourism worldwide. According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, international tourist arrivals grew six percent in 2018, totaling 1.4 billion while cruise travel grew at almost seven percent during the same time.

Cruise Passenger Insights Around the Globe

Cruises in the Mediterranean are moving up in popularity with an eight percent increase from 2017 to 2018 totaling more than four million cruise passengers.

Passengers are preferring cruises of shorter duration. Seven-day cruise itineraries are up nine percent while three-day and under cruises are also up 10 percent in 2018.

11.3 million cruise passengers traveled to the Caribbean in 2018, an annual increase of six percent.

Alaska has experienced double-digit growth with a year-over-year 17 percent increase in passengers in 2017 and another 13 percent increase in 2018 accounting for more than one million cruisers traveling to this destination.

When compared to the rapid increases of the past, 2018 saw moderate cruise passenger growth throughout Asia and China with a five percent increase in cruise passengers from the region totaling a still impressive 4.2 million.  

Cruise Passenger Insights in North America

Globally, Mediterranean cruises grew substantially in popularity last year, totaling more than four million cruise passengers worldwide. Of those, more than 700,000 passengers came from North America, up 29 percent from the previous year.

Cruise travelers from North America dominate cruise travel to the easily accessible Caribbean. Continued growth in cruising to the Caribbean, Bahamas and Bermuda, is up seven percent to 9.8 million passengers in 2018.

North American cruisers made up the significant portion of cruise passengers traveling to Alaska in 2018 with 906,019 cruise passengers increasing to 14 percent from 2017.

Other growing North American destinations include the Hawaii and North Atlantic Coast region, Mexico, California and Pacific which increased four percent in 2018, totaling 1.3 million cruise passengers.

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