Pop-up container yards offer pressure valve for port congestion

US retailer Walmart has developed a pop-up container yard in an empty space near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. It will store containers off dock and alleviate the pressure the ports have come under since import volumes rebounded so heavily last year. The move also means that the company would avoid dwell…

BIMCO calls for continued naval support in Gulf of Guinea

Denmark-based independent shipowners’ association BIMCO has called on all naval forces in the Gulf of Guinea region to increase the pressure on piracy groups. BIMCO’s call followed an incident in the Gulf of Guinea on November 24th that saw members of Danish frigate Esbern Snare shoot dead several pirates in a firefight. BIMCO said that…

VAT handling for claims-related expenses on EEA risks

UK Club has released a circular on the procedure for making claims-related supplier fee payments on EEA Risks. The rules will change from February 20th 2022 for risks written by UKNV. The Club may engage in appointing and working with suppliers on a Members behalf, but the contract for services remains solely between the appointed…

IMO appoints Special Advisor on Maritime Security

The IMO Secretary-General has appointed Peter Adams, Head, Maritime Security, Maritime Safety Division, as “Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on Maritime Security”. The IMO said that the appointment of the special advisor would “support the provision of assistance and advice at the highest levels in IMO on maritime security matters and facilitate external engagement to…

Human trafficking operation allegedly uncovered on livestock carrier

Livestock carrier Elita (IMO 7601073) arrived at Cartagena anchorage, Spain, from Libya on November 12th and was berthed on November 20th. The vessel was later detained by the Spanish Guardia Civil. Eight Syrians with fake papers, allegedly crew members, were arrested but then released. The Master remained in custody under suspicion of human trafficking, belonging…

ABS approves 3D-printed parts after six-month trial on US tanker

A sequence of 3D-printed mechanical parts that have been used on board an in-service oil tanker have been validated as being in good working condition at the end of a six-month trial. ABS, which participated in the project along with ConocoPhillips Polar Tankers, Sembcorp Marine Ltd, and 3D Metalforge, said that the project marked a…

Where to after COP 26 with the decarbonization of shipping?

Kim Jefferies, Special Adviser at Gard, based in Arendal has written on the prospects for the decarbonization of shipping after COP26, held recently in Glasgow. Jeffries noted that international shipping emitted between 2% and 3% of global GHG emissions. It transported approaching 80% of global trade by volume. The IMO target for reduction of GHG…

Piracy decreasing massively in Nigerian Waters, says NIMASA

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has reported a “massive reduction” in piracy in the Nigerian waters. Spokesman Ubong Essien said in Port Harcourt that explained that this was a result of Nigeria’s security project Deep Blue. Essien said the security achievement had been the result of collaboration with the Navy, Air Force,…