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UK – The London International Shipping Week (LISW 2021) headline conference, 'Driving Growth in a Disrupted World', will hear thought leaders from across the international maritime industry and government focus on driving recovery across the sector after the disruption caused by Covid-19. The event is to be held at International Maritime Organization (IMO) HQ on Wednesday 15 September 2021.

With spaces at the IMO limited by the number of seats available in the auditorium, you are advised to book your space early to avoid disappointment. Programme viewable HERE and ticket bookings, virtual or otherwise, can be made HERE.

The conference will be live streamed through the LISW21 Portal for those unable to travel to London. Should UK Government future Covid-19 guidelines rule out in-person attendance, all delegates who have paid the in-person delegate fee will automatically be refunded the difference between the in-person rate (£495 +VAT) and the online streaming / virtual delegate rate (£145 +VAT).

UK – Britain’s oldest yacht chandlers has fallen victim to the pandemic. Arthur Beale Ltd, originally named John Buckingham’s, a ropemakers, started life in the 1500’s and moved to London’s Shaftesbury Avenue 150 years ago where it supplied both vessels, explorers and Everest mountaineers. The company will close its shop but continue on line sales.

UK – Davies Turner PLC has received a RoSPA Gold Award in recognition of the high standards of its health and safety performance during the period from January 01, 2020, to December 31, 2020. The latest award is in addition to last year’s certification of the Environmental Management System that is in place at four of the Davies Turner Group’s regional distribution centres in the UK to the ISO14001:2015 standard. Chairman Philip Stephenson said:

“The formal recognition of our health and safety standards makes sound business sense, and demonstrates the company’s governance ethos and commitment on these issues. Over the last few years, we have also seen our clients seeking greater evidence that Davies Turner is fully engaged with environmental, social and compliance issues or objectives as they seek reassurance that they are dealing with a company that fully understands its corporate responsibilities.”

SWEDEN – The Energy Port in Gothenburg will be next in line in the expansion of the shore side power network at the Port of Gothenburg. It is estimated that shore side power at the Energy Port will reduce carbon emissions from vessels by 1,800 tonnes per year as part of Port of Gothenburg's ambitious target of reducing carbon emissions by 70% through to 2030.

With several tanker operators, including a large contingent from the local island of Donsö, having a strong environmental focus, with a number switching to LNG/LBG to power their vessels, the use of shore side power points, rather than traditional marine gas oil generators, is more complicated in an explosive environment, and the Port looks as if it will become the first port in the world to offer this option.

In other news the Port has also signed a letter of intent with property company Castellum to develop a giant logistics hub. The aim of the partnership is to facilitate planning, development, and construction at Halvorsäng, with a view to owning, managing, and leasing the completed facilities.

The land area is approximately 270,000 square metres, including 155,000 square metres of building space. Construction is due to commence during 2021 and will take four years to complete. A joint venture company will be established in which both parties will have equal shares.

AUSTRALIA – WORLDWIDE – CHEP, the company known for its distinctive blue pallet stock, says it has become carbon neutral in all its operations, a first key step towards decarbonising its whole supply chain. The company’s net CO2 emissions have been brought down to zero across scope 1 and 2 of the standardised Greenhouse Gas Protocol, emissions generated from the burning of fuel and indirect emissions resulting from the production of electricity purchased. CHEP is owned by the Brambles group which itself has a wide range of sustainability targets.

NORWAY – DNV has revised its ST-0033 Maritime Simulator Systems standard with the introduction of a new class D for all function areas covering cloud-based simulation. The new standard sets an industry first, and DNV is ready to begin certification of simulators that are compliant.

With an increase in remote training methods since the start of the pandemic the core focus of the revision was on the replacement of hardware with a software-enabled artificial environment presented in such a way that the user suspends belief and accepts it as a real environment (VR) while still maintaining the required behavioural realism.

The most important aspect in remote setups are instructor and assessor facilities. The new class now divides between: (a) interactive, synchronous, continuous online instructor-led simulation; (b) detached, asynchronous student-led simulation; or a combination of (a) and (b) when operated synchronously or asynchronously depending upon the nature of the exercise to meet training objectives.

UK – US – The TT Club has opted for Oceanwide Marine Suite from US software provider Insurity with the intention of streamlining the cargo insurance policy configuration process, facilitating faster collaboration with brokers and clients, and enhancing customer offerings, in line with the Club’s digital strategy.

BRAZIL – Maersk Supply Service has been contracted by the Libra Consortium to pre-lay anchors to a new build FPSO in Brazil. The project is integrating engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) with offshore execution, and will be carried out in 2021 and 2022.

The company says this is the largest contract it has ever received and the work consists of pre-laying 24 torpedo anchors, each weighing 120 tonnes and 23 metres long, in 2,000 metres of water depth offshore of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, at the Mero 2 Project, and Maersk Supply Service will be responsible for all activities from engineering, procurement and offshore execution.

CHINA – Kuehne+Nagel, says it has developed a strong footprint in the country via KN Sincero, a joint venture dedicated to supply chain services for the automotive industry. Having instigated an integrated solution for Honda to convert domestic long-haul trucking to rail it claims that after six months of operation, supply chain reliability and efficiency has improved significantly. With this road-to-rail model, approximately 16,000 fewer tonnes of CO2 will be emitted on a yearly base, a reduction of 70% compared to the trucking model.

Photo: Courtesy of DNV.