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.
News was received on 24 April that the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and representatives from the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) have formed a joint industry project to develop best practices for carriage of dangerous goods
The teaming up is to develop actionable recommendations to help mitigate risks posed from the stowage of dangerous goods in containerships.
CINS is a shipping line initiative (see below), whose aim is to increase safety in the supply chain, reduce the number of cargo incidents on-board ships and highlight the risks caused by certain cargoes and/or packing failures.
It was reported that ABS has been working with CINS members over the past six months to develop best stowage strategy guidelines.
Following a three-month trial, the best practice guidelines are intended to be published on the CINS website to be found at: www.cinsnet.com This collaboration assembles key industry stakeholders to examine the challenges and risks that containership owners and operators face, when stowing dangerous goods.
ABS Vice President for Technology, Gareth Burton, commented: ‘Carriage of dangerous goods, not properly identified or accounted for, can be detrimental to the safety of the ship – and, more importantly, to the people on board that ship. Central to our joint effort is advancing safety by developing a set of best practices incorporating key lessons learnt provided by CINS members from past incidents.’
It is understood that the objective of this project is a comprehensive set of best practices to improve stowage planning and hazard mitigation for dangerous goods carriage, leading to a focused application of existing risk assessment processes.
Uffe Ernst-Frederiksen, CINS Chairman continued by saying: ‘By working together with ABS and other leading international partners, we can share our experiences and help to improve the safety of stowing dangerous goods. We are looking forward to channelling these experiences into the development of this new industry best practices document and welcome views, insights, and other risk-based approaches from various carriers that can help improve fire safety in our industry.’
The Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) is a shipping line organisation which was launched in September 2011. Its aim is to increase safety in the supply chain, reduce the number of cargo incidents on-board ships and highlight the risks caused by certain cargoes and/or packing failures.
Its Board includes five of the world’s largest container shipping lines (Maersk Line, Hapag Lloyd, MSC, CMA CGM and Evergreen Line), together with three Advisory Board Members (International Group of P&I Clubs, TT Club and Exis Technologies).
CINS membership comprises over 80% of the world’s container slot capacity.
For more than 50 years, ABS has been a trusted technical advisor for the containership sector. From the very first containership in operation to today’s most advanced ships. As a classification society, ABS has a strong track record for aiding the containership sector in identifying and leveraging new concepts to improve operations, protect the environment and enhance safety.
It was reported on 19 September that ABB will install the Port of Incheon’s first shore-to-ship power facility, enabling passenger vessels to cut emissions, noise and vibrations at the berth
ABB has secured the contract covering the Republic of Korea’s commitment to sustainable shore-to-ship power, after a pilot scheme for passenger ships to plug into the local grid received approval from Incheon Port Authority (IPA). (Our attached illustration is reproduced by kind permission of the Port of Incheon ©)
Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports commented: ‘As the first agreement covering shore-to-ship power in South Korea, this is a truly significant breakthrough for ABB. We are honoured to be selected by IPA to support their efforts in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships, as well as moving towards increasingly sustainable port operations.’
In addition to a new $160 million ferry terminal opened in April 2019, the Port of Incheon inaugurated South Korea’s largest cruise terminal in June this year. Given its metropolitan location and IPA’s ambitions to develop its ‘Golden Harbor’ vision for Incheon as a new tourism hub for the Northeast Asia, environmental credentials rank highly in port priorities, it is reported.
At the start of this year’s London International Shipping Week on 9 September Nusrat Ghani, Maritime Minister, on behalf of the UK Government, confirmed that it will enable construction of a new advanced ship for the General Lighthouse Authority, Trinity House, to replace the ageing THV Patricia (illustrated, © Trinity House), built in 1982 by Henry Robb of Leith.
The new vessel, yet to be named, will provide and service aids to navigation in some of the most dangerous waters, marking channels and hazards and taking advantage of the latest technology.
Of this provision Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani, said: ‘Our maritime sector is crucial to UK trade with 95% of our imports and exports transported by sea. With our waters becoming busier all the time, dealing with incidents quickly and efficiently is more important than ever. This new ship will support the General Lighthouse Authority to help future-proof their fleet and continue to support maritime safety and trade for generations to come.’