New ISO 9001 Standard Released

By MarEx 2015-09-28 21:10:39

The revised ISO 9001:2015 for Quality Management was published on September 23 after being approved unanimously by 75 member countries.

This concludes over three years of revision work by experts from nearly 95 participating and observing countries to bring the standard up to date with modern needs.

With over 1.1 million certificates issued worldwide, ISO 9001 helps organizations demonstrate to customers that they can offer products and services of consistently good quality. It also acts as a tool to streamline their processes and make them more efficient at what they do.

The 2015 edition features important changes, which Nigel Croft, Chair of the ISO subcommittee that developed and revised the standard, refers to as an “evolutionary rather than a revolutionary” process. “We are just bringing ISO 9001 firmly into the 21st century. The earlier versions of ISO 9001 were quite prescriptive, with many requirements for documented procedures and records. In the 2000 and 2008 editions, we focused more on managing processes, and less on documentation.

“We have now gone a step further, and ISO 9001:2015 is even less prescriptive than its predecessor, focusing instead on performance. We have achieved this by combining the process approach with risk-based thinking, and employing the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle at all levels in the organization.

“Knowing that today’s organizations will have several management standards in place, we have designed the 2015 version to be easily integrated with other management systems. The new version also provides a solid base for sector-quality standards (automotive, aerospace, medical industries, etc.), and takes into account the needs of regulators.”

ISO 9001:2015 replaces previous editions and certification bodies will have up to three years to migrate certificates to the new version.


MHI Divides Shipbuilding Business

By MarEx 2015-09-28 20:41:05

On October 1 two new wholly owned group companies of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) will commence business operations.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. will handle ship constructions, while Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Hull Production Co., Ltd. will manufacture hull blocks. By making full use of the diverse resources cultivated at the Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works, the two new companies will pursue enhanced competitive strength by narrowing product lines to areas of core competence and engaging in more compact business operations, said the company in a statement.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Shipbuilding will focus on the construction of LNG and LPG gas carriers, a type of vessel in which MHI says it excels. Efficiency enhancement will be pursued primarily through production streamlining from continuous construction of the same ship type and supply chain management reforms. The new company will also achieve greater speed and mobility from a compact organizational structure, while measures will be taken to promote active communication within the organization, to strengthen cost competitiveness and to stabilize earnings.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Hull Production will specialize in the production of large-scale hull blocks, an area in which the Nagasaki Shipyard’s Koyagi Plant excels. The new company will pursue expansion in production scale, continuous production of identical blocks and investments aimed at production streamlining. Plans also call for the company to market its large-scale hull blocks to other shipyards and steadily expand its production volumes.

Leveraging its distinctive capabilities – for example, the ability to manufacture large-scale hull blocks indoors and its ability to supply multiple blocks simultaneously – the company says it will obtain assured quality and high productivity as well as short delivery times and lower costs.

Through the years the Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works has handled a broad range of technologically advanced large-scale commercial ships. Going forward the two new companies will strive toward further development of MHI’s commercial ships business by taking full advantage of and reorganizing these robust resources in terms of technology, production and staff.


China to Launch National Emissions Trading Scheme

By MarEx 2015-09-28 20:24:35

President Xi Jinping has announced plans for an emissions trading scheme whilst on a state visit to Washington. The announcement was made as Xi and Barack Obama issued a U.S.-China Joint Presidential Statement on Climate Change. The statement describes a common vision for a new global climate agreement to be concluded in Paris at COP21 this December.

In the statement, China confirmed that it plans to launch in 2017 a national emission trading system covering power generation, steel, chemicals, cement and other key industrial sectors, as well as implement a “green dispatch” system to favor low-carbon sources in the electric grid.

China is the world’s top polluter, accounting for around one quarter of the world’s emissions, and the nation has already launched seven pilot trading schemes in locations such as Beijing and Shanghai.

The trading scheme announcement complements the recent finalization of the U.S. Clean Power Plan, which will reduce emissions in the U.S. power sector by 32 percent by 2030.

However, Professor John Mathews of Australia’s Macquarie University says: “It will not be lost on observers that China will be introducing the very kind of scheme that failed to get through the US Congress, passing the House but being defeated in the Senate. How interesting that China the Communist country is introducing the kind of market-based emissions trading scheme that the United States was unable to launch.”

Anita Talberg, Ph.D candidate at the University of Melbourne says the E.U. and the rest of the world will be looking closely at the integrity and robustness of the Chinese design. If China gets it right, and can elicit enough buy-in, it could represent a turning point for climate change, she says.

Both countries are developing new heavy-duty vehicle fuel efficiency standards, to be finalized in 2016 and implemented in 2019. Both countries are also stepping up their work to phase down super-polluting hydrofluorocarbons.

Looking beyond their shores, the two countries announced further steps to help accelerate the transition to low-carbon development internationally, including a new climate finance commitment by China of CNY 20 billion ($3.1 billion) to help developing countries combat climate change and new steps to control public support for high carbon activities. The two countries also re-affirmed their commitment to bilateral cooperation, both at the federal and sub-national levels.

Building a Common Vision for the Paris Agreement

On mitigating the impact of climate change, the two leaders agreed on three elements of a package to strengthen the ambition of the Paris outcome. First, they recognized that the emissions targets and policies that nations have put forward are crucial steps in a longer-range effort to transition to low-carbon economies and agreed that those policies should ramp up over time in the direction of greater ambition.

Second, they underscored the importance of countries developing and making available mid-century strategies for the transition to low-carbon economies, mindful of the below 2 degrees Celsius global temperature goal.

Third, they emphasized the need for the low-carbon transformation of the global economy this century.

The two leaders recognized the crucial role of major technological advancement in the transition to low-carbon economies and endorsed significant increases in basic research and development into clean energy technologies in the coming years.


Low-Carbon Project Launched in Singapore

By MarEx 2015-09-28 19:55:19

The Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships Project (GloMEEP), which aims to support increased uptake and implementation of energy-efficiency measures for shipping, was formally launched on Monday September 28 in Singapore, at the IMO-Singapore Future-Ready Shipping 2015 conference.

This Global Environment Facility (GEF)/United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)/IMO project, formally designated “Transforming the Global Maritime Transport Industry towards a Low Carbon Future through Improved Energy Efficiency”, will focus in particular on building capacity to implement technical and operational measures in developing countries, where shipping is increasingly concentrated.

Funding for the two-year project was agreed in July. IMO will execute the project, which marks the beginning of a new blueprint for creating global, regional and national partnerships to build the capacity to address maritime energy efficiency and for countries to mainstream this issue within their own development policies, programs and dialogues.

Attending the GloMEEP launch were representatives of the lead pilot countries for the project: Argentina, China, Georgia, India, Jamaica, Malaysia, Morocco, Panama, Philippines and South Africa. The lead pilot countries will be supported in taking a fast-track approach to pursuing relevant legal, policy and institutional reforms, driving national and regional government action and industry innovation to support the effective implementation of IMO’s energy efficiency requirements.

The project inception meeting and global project task force meeting will take place in Singapore on September 30 and October 1.

Speaking at the project launch, IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu expressed his appreciation to Dr. Naoko Ishii, CEO of the GEF and Dr Andrew Hudson from UNDP, for their support for the project.

Sekimizu also thanked Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, an official strategic partner for the project and host of the Future-Ready Shipping 2015 conference. The conference has gathered some 200 delegates to discuss ways forward in encouraging the uptake of energy-efficient ship technologies.

IMO energy-efficiency requirements

Mandatory technical and operational energy-efficiency measures were adopted by Parties to Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) in July 2011 and entered into force on January 1, 2013. These regulations made mandatory the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for certain types of new ships, and the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) for all ships. Since the entry into force of the regulations on energy efficiency for ships in 2013, further work has been undertaken to extend the scope of application of the EEDI to include several additional ship types, to further develop guidelines to support uniform implementation, and to promote technology transfer.

IMO’s third study on greenhouse gas emissions from ships (2014) estimates that international shipping emitted 796 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) in 2012, down from 885 million tonnes in 2007. This represented 2.2 percent of the global emissions of CO2 in 2012, down from 2.8 percent in 2007. However, the study’s “business as usual” scenarios forecast a growth in CO2 emissions for international maritime transport of between 50 percent to 250 percent in the period to 2050, depending on future economic and energy developments.


IMO Welcomes Adoption of Sustainable Development Goals

By MarEx 2015-09-28 19:24:50

IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has welcomed the adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the U.N. as an ambitious set of targets with the potential to transform the world.

“I truly believe that the sustainable development goals provide a clear pathway for the future of the world. Along the way to growth and prosperity for all, international maritime transportation will of necessity be a key player, supporting trade and helping to build and expand economies,” Sekimizu said.

“The IMO stands ready to support the further development and implementation of the SDGs and I am confident that all IMO Member States will engage in discussions on how best to realize them, thorough IMO’s work, particularly through the IMO Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme.”

The United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on Friday adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets, to follow on from and build on the millennium development goals (MDGs), which were agreed by governments in 2001. The Summit, which concluded on Sunday, was attended by several Heads of State which during the Summit further discussed how to implement the SDGs.

The SDGS are intended to be integrated and indivisible and to balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental. The SDGs form part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity which seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. It recognizes that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.

The IMO has a comprehensive technical cooperation program which supports the effective implementation of those global standards (including those relating to maritime safety and security and prevention of pollution form ships) through capacity building activities. Technical cooperation projects and programs also serve to strengthen and promote the maritime transportation industry in developing countries, including those which provide the international labor force for shipping.

International shipping is inherently indispensable for economic growth and sustainable development and therefore indirectly plays a role in all of the SDGs. However, three of the SDGs have particular resonance for IMO:

Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

The IMO participated in the Sustainable Development Summit and has been engaged in the development of the SDGs through various mechanisms including the U.N. Chief Executives Board, which gathers together all the heads of the specialized agencies of the U.N.

The IMO has also developed the concept of a sustainable maritime transportation system, which identifies the various imperatives that must be met to implement an SMTS, and the activities that will need to be undertaken to achieve them. The concept was developed to draw attention the vital importance of shipping, but also highlight that cooperation is needed amongst all maritime stakeholders to realize the potential.

“IMO’s role in the U.N. system is to set standards for international shipping, an international transportation system which supports sustainable development across the globe, moving goods including food and energy at low cost. IMO fully supports an agenda aimed at discouraging unilateral economic, financial and trade measures order to ensure growth for all,” Sekimizu said.

“I would also like to welcome the fact that the 2030 agenda calls upon partnerships not just amongst countries, but also other stakeholders including the private sector. IMO has been working with many different partnerships in its global and regional projects and I look forward to further strengthening these links.”

The Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries

Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*

Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development


Latest Oscar-Class Container Ship Christened

By MarEx 2015-09-28 18:40:59

On Saturday September 26, MSC welcomed 500 guests to the new MPET Container Terminal, in the port of Antwerp, to celebrate the christening of MSC Maya.

The fourth Oscar-class container ship of 19,224 TEU is named after Maya Aponte, the four-year-old daughter of Diego Aponte and Ela Aponte. MSC Maya follows the recent deliveries of MSC Oscar, MSC Oliver and MSC Zoe, which are all named after the grandchildren of the company’s founders Gianluigi Aponte and Rafaela Aponte.

The ceremony started with the customary exchange of crests between the ship’s master, Kreso Orsic, and selected guests.

Addressing the guests gathered on the quayside Diego Aponte, MSC’s President and CEO, said that Belgium holds a special place in the hearts of the Aponte family. Aponte explained: “MSC was founded in Belgium in 1970. My parents had a single conventional ship and five thousand U.S. dollars.” Aponte then took a moment to highlight the importance of family “I believe it is through this kind of moment that we can hand down to future generations the passion of the sea and shipping. I truly hope that MSC will be a family story for many generations to come.”

After the speeches, Monseigneur Bonny and Father Van Hoof performed the blessing before little Maya cut the rope to set the huge bottle of champagne on its way.

The Aponte family and their guests then took a tour of MSC Maya and inaugurated the ship’s bridge with a ribbon cutting. Maya, Oscar and a few of MSC’s senior managers took great delight in sounding the ship’s horn.

The vessels are equipped with a modern, low fuel consumption diesel engine which has been optimized so that fuel consumption can be automatically controlled to take into account both speed and weather conditions, and they have a broad optimal speed range for enhanced operational flexibility. They have a double hull structure that provides additional strength and resistance for heavy cargo loads in all weather conditions.


Singapore Invests Heavily in Maritime Future

By MarEx 2015-09-28 15:45:05

The City-Nation of Singapore has invested millions of dollars in infrastructure and reclamation projects in an effort to become a LNG bunkering hub. The port, which is already the largest bunkering port in the world, wants to be a top LNG destination for LNG by 2020.

Singapore’s Maritime Port Authority (MPA) and the Sectoral Tripartite Committee for Transport has earmarked about S$8 million for maritime training programs. The maritime training program will be funded by SkillsFuture, which is a Earn-and-Learn jobs program.

The City-Nation wants to create more than 1,200 new jobs for mariners and port operation personnel. Graduates of the program will receive a sign-on incentive of S$5,000 when they complete the year-long training. And, employers will be eligible for grants of up to S$15,000 per trainee. Singaporeans already working in the maritime industry will also get grants to further their skills.

A monetary award of up to S$2,000, will be offered to candidates who complete shipboard training and become junior deck and engineering officers. Singaporean marine officers, with higher-class certificates, can also receive grants of up to $3,000 to continue their education and upgrade their licenses.

About half of the S$8 million investment will go to the Maritime Singapore Connect Office, a maritime related education and career guidance center, which will be managed by the Singapore Maritime Foundation. The remaining $4 million will go towards subsidies and cash rewards for job candidates.

The Singaporean maritime industry employs more than 170,000 people and accounts for about seven percent of GDP. Since 2007, about S$115 million has been committed to the Maritime Cluster Fund–Manpower Development (MCF-MD) program, which supports maritime companies in the development of manpower, training initiatives and building capabilities.


Somalis Want Pirates Repatriated

By MarEx 2015-09-28 15:24:10

The Federal Government of Somalia has demanded that Kenya return of 92 imprisoned pirates due to what it considers poor living conditions. Somalia’s ambassador to Kenya, Gamal Mohamed Hassan, submitted the demand after recently visiting the Shimo La Tewa prison.

The Somali prisoners were convicted for hijacking vessels Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden.

Hassan hopes the two nations can reach an agreement. According to reports, there are more than 1,000 incarcerated Somalian pirates throughout the world.

In July, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) approved the repatriation of 62 Somali pirates detained in Kenya as part of its Piracy Prisoner Transfer Program. UNODC has detention facilities Puntland and Somaliland to facilitate prisoner transfers.


More Wind Power for U.S. Atlantic Coast

By MarEx 2015-09-28 15:17:41

The U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has confirmed it will auction 344,000 acres of the ocean floor off the New Jersey coast for offshore windmill development. BOEM said the area can support 3,400 megawatt turbines and generate enough energy to power 1.2 million homes and business when fully developed. The Feds plan to auction two leases from November 9 to November 13.

The government has already granted $14.5 million in wind leases for projects off the coasts of Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maryland and Virginia. Construction has already begun on the Rhode Island project.

BOEM recently approved an offshore wind energy leasing project off the North Carolina coast for about 480-square mile area in the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic Seaboard has a shallow seabed as well as largest energy demand areas in the nation.