Worldwide there are approximately 3,000 merchant ports and the work of the Harbour Master can vary widely from country to country and from port to port even within the same country.
It was reported on 3 January by Ocean Network Express (ONE*) that it had collaborated with PSA Singapore (PSA) for a joint corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative to promote the learning of container shipping for elementary students from The Japanese School Singapore.
This initiative is deemed to help the students to better understand the operational activities of a container terminal, and to support the school’s curriculum in trade and transport.
Led by a dedicated team from ONE, over 240 participants (illustrated) including teachers attended the educational activity which was held at the PSA’s Pasir Panjang Terminal on 7 and 14 December 2018.
As part of the event, participants were educated on the operational procedures of container handling with the berthing and departure of container vessels.
Specifically, this encompassed a step-by-step process of how containers are handled either manually or through advanced automated systems.
To better augment the students’ understanding of the subject, a fun-filled information booklet was further developed by ONE and distributed to each of the participants for their additional learning.
As a whole, and with such a form of CSR programme delivery, ONE has managed to play a vital role in educating the young public on facets of container shipping, as well as to contribute to a better awareness of this essential industry.
Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd is based at 7 Straits View #16-01 Marina One East Tower, Singapore 018936.
*A group comprising ‘K’ Line, MOL and NYK.
At its 2019 AGM held in the Faroe Islands in week ending 15 June representatives of the world’s national shipowners’ associations reviewed the priorities of the global shipowners’ association, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).
Sadly, the ICS Annual General Meeting was overshadowed by the attacks against two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman and the very serious threat this presents to the lives of seafarers and maritime trade.
Action on CO2 Reduction
ICS agreed a suite of actions in support of the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) strategy to decarbonise international shipping in line with the United Nations 1.5 degree climate change goal.
Speaking from the Faroe Islands, ICS Chairman, Esben Poulsson (illustrated) said: ‘It is imperative that IMO Member States adopt a new global regulation to mandate further short term CO2 reduction measures at the next session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee in 2020. This should deliver further CO2 reductions by 2023 to help us meet the IMO target set for 2030. We will work with a broad coalition of governments to produce a comprehensive proposal that can be submitted to IMO in September this year.’
Pan-European multimodal service provider Samskip have indicated experience gained up to 31 March 2019 find it fully prepared for a North Sea container traffic surge, as attitudes harden in the run up to October’s revised UK Brexit deadline. (An illustration of Samskip’s traffic is provided here with thanks ©)
Europe’s largest multimodal transport group by freight volume reports that it expects UK exporters and importers to start switching away from trailers and towards containerisation, repeating a trend established in the run-up to the original deadline for Brexit of 31 March this year.
David Besseling, Samskip UK Trade Manager commented: ‘We saw a significant push in container volumes up to March 2019, especially into Hull, as decision-makers facing uncertainty opted for the reliability and proven procedures of container shipping. Concerns over supply chain security are fast re-emerging.’
Besseling reflected that stockpiling contributed to the earlier traffic surge, but added that the experience also confirmed robustness in new Hull-Ghent and Hull-Amsterdam links established by Samskip at the end of 2018. The services add to existing high-frequency connections between Rotterdam, Tilbury, Hull and Grangemouth.