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.
At its Nor-Shipping press conference in Oslo on 3 June DNV GL Maritime CEO Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen (illustrated here, image kindly provided by DNV GL) emphasised the classification society’s dedication to maritime safety. Although shipping losses have declined over the last decade, challenging markets, demanding environmental regulations, and new technologies threatened to pull the industry’s focus away from marine safety, he said.
He added: ‘At a time when shipping is rapidly transforming, I believe it is crucial to put our primary focus on safety, making sure it is at the core of all changes – whether it is ways of working, technology, or regulations.
He noted there were tectonic shifts within the maritime industry on three fronts: (a) in the market, which are increasingly unpredictable; (b) in regulations, headed by the upcoming 2020 global sulphur limits; and (c) in technology, driven by the constant evolution in digitalization.
The tectonic shifts were creating their own safety challenges, Ørbeck-Nilssen said: (i) from growing ship sizes, (ii) fire risks due to new cargo types such as cars with Li-ion batteries, to (iii) environmental regulations with unintended consequences, as well as (iv) the increased risk of cyber-attack due to vessel automation and ship-to-shore connectedness.
Ørbeck-Nilssen continued by indicating that the industry needed to be both aware of these challenges, but also to embrace the opportunities they created. However, a safety net was needed to unlock these opportunities, which was where class and DNV GL could be instrumental.
He explained: ‘I have five proposals that I believe could benefit our industry and improve safety at sea. Firstly, to develop holistic regulations with safety at the core – this is a challenge to the IMO and the classification societies when they are developing rules. Secondly, to improve the safety culture within shipping companies. Thirdly, to apply barrier management lessons from other industries. The fourth proposal is to increase transparency on incident findings. And finally, to unlock data silos for deeper insights into incidents and near-misses.’
There were already many substantial examples of how DNV GL had been working on projects that built on these proposals, he said: ‘We have been working with Carnival on a holistic safety management system, which integrates the human, organizational and technical dimensions of safety to help develop a more efficient incident investigation process. Also in the cruise industry, we have developed barrier models for critical areas, such as fire in machinery or escape and evacuate. And we have carried out more than 200 surveys where we have put class and statutory findings into context by presenting the results in a barrier dashboard on the industry data platform Veracity.’
As a classification society, DNV GL was also providing safety-related research and technical expertise that was leading to informed debates and better decisions. To continue Ørbeck-Nilssen added: ‘In a recent joint development project, we tested the properties of the new Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) after a series of stern tube bearing failures were reported. Based on the results, we updated our design rules, to add a viscosity influence parameter as a safety margin.’
Furthermore, DNV GL has been sharing its expertise on critical issues such as cargo liquefaction. ØBeck-Nilssen noted: ‘In 2015, we published our first guideline for the design and operation of vessels with bulk cargo that may liquefy. This was created to raise the awareness of the risks of liquefaction and to offer mitigating actions for crews, owners and operators. We have been working on this over the past years and have published an updated version at Nor-Shipping.’
New hubs of business and enterprise will be opened across the UK creating thousands of jobs, regenerating communities and turbocharging Britain’s post-Brexit growth, the Government announced on 10 February.
Up to ten new innovative Freeports will be opened across the UK as the Government seeks to level up the country and seize on the opportunities leaving the EU has presented. This was the style of a news item delivered on behalf of HM Treasury.
A consultation has been launched setting out the Government’s vision for Freeports, with the aim of announcing the location of the new zones at the end of this year so they can be open for business in 2021.
It is understood that once the ten-week consultation is completed, the Government will invite sea, air and rail ports to bid for Freeport status on a competitive basis.
Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Rishi Sunak, said: ‘Freeports will unleash the potential in our proud historic ports, boosting and regenerating communities across the UK as we level up. They will attract new businesses, spreading jobs, investment and opportunity to towns and cities up and down the country.
‘This is all part of our mission as an open, outward-looking country, championing global free trade with vibrant Freeports that work for all of the UK.’
BEST* Terminal turns into reality an ambitious project of expanding its hinterland at international level through collaboration with the Port of Bayonne, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in SW France.
The port of Bayonne, historically specialists in bulk, wants to take a step forward in intermodality by implementing a cross-border door-to-door intermodal service. In this way, BEST and the Port of Bayonne have joined forces to offer a new intermodal service to importers and exporters in SW France, through BEST's logistics operator, Synergy, and the transport company GIMEX, based in Navarra (Navarre), Spain.
Trade event on 20 February
Union of the partners of this innovative project will be presented by both parties at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Bayonne on 20 February in order to identify potential future users and present the proposal of service offer to the needs of logistics professionals on both sides of the border.