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PARIS, HAMBURG, CHANDIGARH, BUSAN: May 20, 2019. Zeaborn Ship Management, a partnership of E.R. Schiffahrt and Rickmers Shipmanagement, is using Verifavia Shipping and the Korean Register (KR) to prepare an Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) and certification for over 100 vessels.

The move is to comply with EU Ship Recycling Regulation (EU SRR) and the Hong Kong (HK) International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships.

ZeamarineThe HK Convention has already been implemented for EU-flagged vessels and vessels from third countries calling at an EU port or anchorage.

From December 31, 2018 the EU SRR prohibits or restricts the installation and use of hazardous materials on new EU-flagged ships, or those going for recycling, as well as making it mandatory to carry on board a certified IHM specifying the location and approximate quantities.

Verifavia has received approval from KR to act as a service supplier for IHM, meaning it can conduct IHM investigations for vessels and KR will verify and certify their results.

Thiemo Ullrich, senior vice president Projects & Performance for Zeaborn Ship Management commented: “We need partners that are knowledgeable, responsive, and reliable – and we trust that the combined Korean Register and Verifavia team can effectively support us as we strive to meet these regulatory requirements and deadlines.”

Korean Register Technical and Commercial director Michael Suhr added: “Under the new regulations, by end of 2020 every ship with an EU Flag or any ship entering EU waters must have on board an inventory of hazardous materials (IHM) verified by a recognised organisation like the Korean Register. In Verifavia we have found a partner that aligns with our way of working and we are delighted to work with them to support Zeaborn Ship Management in achieving compliance.”

COPENHAGEN: May 16, 2019. A.P. Moller - Maersk is combining its APM Terminals Inland Services business with Maersk Logistics & Services from August 01, 2019 in a bid to offer customers end-to-end solutions.

The Inland Services portfolio is a network of 36 business units with over 100 locations worldwide.

AP MOller Maersk Inland Terminal Services Peru"APM Terminals can fully focus on becoming a world-class port operator, while Maersk, with the integration of Inland Services, will continue to focus on ocean transportation as well as logistics and services product development and delivery," explained Søren Toft, EVP and COO of A.P. Moller – Maersk.

"By structurally adding Inland Services to Maersk, customers will have a seamless access to a wider range of logistics and services offerings. It puts Maersk in an even better position to differentiate its offering and scale the Logistics & Services portfolio to an even broader customer base."

APM Terminals will continue to serve shipping line and landside customers with services on and around the port premises such as traditional storage and terminal handling as well as newly developed services such as fast-gates.
While focusing on its core offering, APM Terminals is also continuing to collaborate with Maersk for customers who are looking for end-to-end solutions.

"The even closer collaboration enables both APM Terminals and Maersk to reduce complexity and eliminate service overlaps, so that both brands can focus on their core strengths and provide greater value and a better experience to customers," added Morten Engelstoft, CEO APM Terminals and EVP A.P. Moller - Maersk.

Inland Services provides marine customers depot, container equipment maintenance and transportation while landside customers are supported with warehouses and temperature-controlled handling and storage.

Pictured: APM Terminals Inland Services, Peru.

COPENHAGEN: May 14, 2019. The Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) has acquired five new members: CMA CGM, Evergreen Line, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Yang Ming, and ZIM, subject to regulatory approval.

The five carriers join A.P. Moller – Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd, MSC and ONE in a bid to enable digital standardization in the container shipping industry.

Evergreen Ever Lambent 2“CMA CGM is always looking for best practices and standards to support the innovation and digital strategy of the company. Being a founding member will enable us to work together on setting the standards for digitization of the entire industry,” commented Rajesh Krishnamurthy, EVP IT & Transformations.

CMA CGM, originally announced as a founding member last November, has now confirmed it is part of the organisation’s Supervisory Board.

“We are thrilled to have additional members joining the DCSA on our journey to drive standardization and interoperability in the industry, with CMA CGM joining as a founding member,” said CEO Thomas Bagge. “It is critical for our success that the standards developed will be implemented, and the commitment and engagement of many container shipping lines is therefore crucial.”

The organisation has also announced Henning Schleyerbach as COO from July 01. He is the former senior director Customer Relationship Management at Hapag-Lloyd.

Commenting on its joining DCSA, Evergreen Line vice president of International Customer Service Kay Fang said: “In keeping up with industry trend toward digitalization, Evergreen has been pursuing to offer customers ever-productive and ever-efficient service. In a more and more connected shipping supply chain, we are convinced that standardization is the prerequisite for all associated stakeholders to realizing effective digitalization and interoperability, which are urgently needed not only by us but the whole industry to help carry out the joint pursuit.”

HAMBURG: May 09, 2019. The OCEAN Alliance 14,424 TEU MV Taurus is the first containership in the Alliance’s Asia service Loop 7 to call the Port of Hamburg. The service is part of a new ‘Day 3’ product from CMA CGM, Cosco, Evergreen and OOCL.

The group has 330 containerships in 38 services for a total capacity of 3.8 million TEU. With Loop 7, six out of seven OCEAN Alliance Asia-North Europe services call at Hamburg. In total 21 liner services currently sail to and from Asia, of which 14 are container liner services.

MV TaurusEvergreen operates Loop 7 with 10 vessels ranging in size from 13,000 to 14,000+ TEU linking the port on a weekly basis via Port Klang, Ningbo, Shanghai, Kaohsiung, Shekou and Colombo.

The Hamburger Hafen und Logistik (HHLA) reported a 10.3 percent rise in Q1 revenue to €347.6 million and an operating result (EBIT) of €59.7 million, an increase of 24.5 percent over the same period last year.

HHLA’s Executive Board chairwoman Angela Titzrath commented: “The results attained in the first quarter provide a firm basis for us to reach our guidance for the year. We are therefore intensifying our efforts to systematically implement our strategy, which is focused on strengthening our creative power and future viability.”

Hamburg-based Hapag-Lloyd reflected the port’s results with an EBIT of €214 million compared to €51 million in Q1 2018. Net profit rose to €96 million from a loss of €34 million in the same period.

“Thanks to higher transport volumes, better freight rates and a stronger US dollar, we achieved a good result and got the year off to a very decent start,” said Hapag-Lloyd CEO Rolf Habben Jansen.

ESPOO, Finland: April 03, 2019. CMA CGM has combined its short-sea subsidiaries Containerships and MacAndrews under the single Containerships brand.

Containerships first LNG containership NordThe company operates a fleet of 32 vessels and 700 trucks, calling 64 ports through 26 maritime and eight inland services. Claude Lebel, current head of MacAndrews, has been appointed the new CEO following the resignation of the Containerships CEO Kari-Pekka Laaksonen who had held the position since January 2012.

Lebel had been CEO of MacAndrews since March 2018 after nearly 13 years in senior vice president roles with CMA CGM including Gulf Region, Freight Forwarding & Logistics, Asia Region, and Marketing & Sales – Global Accounts.

CMA CGM says the integration of the two companies’ local agencies networks will allow for the creation of a tailored intra-regional service.

“By joining two recognized and complementary intra-European experts, the CMA CGM Group will create and develop a multimodal transport intra-European leader,” declared Guillaume Lathelize, senior vice president – Short Sea Lines Med & North Europe.

Containerships provides door-to-door shortsea shipping and logistics solutions between Finland, Russia, the Baltic States, Continental Europe, the UK and Ireland as well as in the Mediterranean region between Turkey and North Africa.

Net sales in 2018 totalled €268 million.

Pictured: Containerships first LNG-powered vessel the 1,400 TEU M/S Nord. Three more sister ships are scheduled for delivery during the first half of 2019.

BREMEN/HAMBURG: April 30, 2019. The Zeaborn Group is to acquire CPO Tankers, the management subsidiary of the Offen Group, subject to antitrust approval. Terms of the transaction have not been made public.

The Offen Group is one of the world’s largest charter owners of Post-Panamax container vessels with over 500,000 TEU under management. Company founder Claus-Peter Offen commented: “We, as Offen Group, want to grow our leading position as owner/manager of post-panamax container vessels through significant investments in this sector. Pure ship management services in tank or bulk are no longer in our focus.”

Zeaborn JHToebbe OMeyerFounder Claus-Peter Offen commented: “We, as Offen Group, want to grow our leading position as owner/manager of post-panamax container vessels through significant investments in this sector. Pure ship management services in tank or bulk are no longer in our focus”.

Zeaborn Ship Management said the acquisition allows the company to expand its service portfolio to the wet market for oil and product tankers as an integrated and globally active shipping company.

“With CPO Tankers, a well-known and very reputable company joins our ship management activities. CPO Tankers, the management and the employees are a great fit for our organization, enabling us to expand our service portfolio with a first-class tanker management,” explained Ove Meyer and Jan- Hendrik Többe, managing partners of the Zeaborn Group.

Zeaborn was founded by Kurt Zech, Ove Meyer and Jan-Hendrik Többe in 2013 and its management company provides technical, crewing, operations and commercial serivces from locations in Germany, Singapore, Cyprus, the Philippines and Romania.

Pictured: Jan-Hendrik Többe and Over Meyer, Zeaborn Group managing partners.

PARIS: April 02, 2019. Verifavia, an emissions verification company for the aviation and shipping industry, has launched an Inventory of Hazardous Material (IHM) service for owners and operators subject to the EU Ship Recycling Regulation (EU SRR), and the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships.

The IHM service include document collection, an onboard sampling check and laboratory analysis that is shared with a class society to identify hazardous material for removal prior to ship recycling.

veriaviaUnder the EU SRR, newbuild vessels flying an EU member state flag have been required to have on board a certified IHM since 31st December 2018 - meaning that all newbuild contracts signed after this date must have an IHM certificate in its specifications.

For vessels in operation and flying the flag of an EU member state, as well as for non-EU flagged vessels calling at an EU port or at an anchorage within EU jurisdiction, IHM certification is required from December 31, 2020.

In addition, all EU and non-EU flagged vessels calling at an EU port or anchorage due to be recycled after December 31, 2018 are now required to have a Ready for Recycling Certificate (RRC). According to Verifavia this means as many as 35,000 vessels will require IHM certification.

The company, which is in the process of building a team of HazMat experts, has anticipated the demand with the opening of an office (pictured) in Chandigarh, capital of the northern Indian states of Punjab and Haryana.

Verifavia Shipping CEO Julien Dufour commented: “While shipowners and managers might not be too happy about another raft of environmental regulation, at Verifavia our consultants have the expertise and experience to take the headache away from the IHM process. This is why we seek to offer an all-inclusive competitively-priced package that includes IHM preparation until certification by class, and IMH maintenance.”

Based in Paris, Verifavia provides global independent environmental verification, certification and auditing services for airlines, business jets and helicopters airports, ports and ships.

AMSTERDAM: April 15, 2019. A.P. Møller – Mærsk, Hapag Lloyd, MSC and Ocean Network Express have formed the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) following regulatory approval from the US Federal Maritime Commission.

Andre SimhaOriginally announced in November 2018 with the inclusion of CMA CGM, the DCSA launch was subsequently delayed by Donald Trump shutting down parts of the US government for 35 days in December/January.

Newly-appointed CEO Thomas Bagge, a former employee of Maersk Transport & Logistics, said the DCSA is a neutral non-profit organization to drive interoperability in the shipping industry through standardization. According to his LinkedIn profile, Bagge has over 10 years of experience in dealing with C-level executives in multinational organizations.

DCSA Board members also include chairman André Simha (pictured), MSC CIO; Adam Banks, Maersk CTO/CIO; Martin Gnass, Hapag Lloyd managing director IT; and Noriaki Yamaga, managing director Corporate & Innovation ONE.

“For the first time in 20 years the container shipping industry has come together with a common goal to move the industry into the digital era,” observed Simha. “With the regulatory approval in place, we look forward for the association to take up work and to begin to collaborate with multiple stakeholders from the entire value chain.”

The association said it has “no intention of developing or operating any digital platform” and won’t exchange any commercial or competitive information. The goal is to develop IT and security standards that help to exchange data for the benefit of the entire container shipping industry, its partners and stakeholders. One of its first projects is focusing on standards to overcome the lack of a common foundation for technical interfaces and data.

DEN HAGUE, Netherlands: March 22, 2019. A.P. Moller – Maersk has joined with members of the Dutch Sustainable Growth coalition (DSGC) to test second-generation biofuel on a Maersk Line Triple E vessel.

Between March and June this year the ship will travel from Rotterdam to Shanghai and back on biofuel blends from used cooking oil supplied by Shell - saving 1.5 million kilos of CO2 and 20,000 kilos of sulphur.

Maersk Triple E RotterdamMaersk customers and DSGC members FrieslandCampina, Heineken, Philips, DSM, Shell and Unilever say that cross-industry collaboration is required to develop, test and implement new solutions to decarbonise the ocean shipping industry.

"This pilot testing biofuel on a cross ocean shipping lane marks an important step. However, many more innovations are urgently needed. These can only be successfully developed, tested and implemented in industry collaborations like this," declared DSGC chair Jan Peter Balkenende.

Shipping accounts for 90 percent of transported goods and 3.0 percent of total global CO2 emissions - a figure that will increase to 15 percent by 2050 if left unchecked. The CO2 savings of the Shanghai round trip will equal the annual emissions of over 200 households.

"To reach our net zero CO2 target by 2050, in the next 10 years we need big breakthroughs. Maersk cannot do this alone,” added A.P. Moller - Maersk chief operating officer Søren Toft. “That is why this collaboration with DSGC and its members is such an important step in identifying and bringing low carbon solutions to life. It lays the foundation for how cross-industry partners can work together to take steps towards a more sustainable future. We welcome others to join in our efforts, as this journey is just beginning."

LONDON: April 11, 2019: A report by consultant thinkstep for the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF) and SEA/LNG, a multisector industry coalition, claims the use of LNG can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 21 percent compared with current marine fuels.

It also confirms that emissions of other local pollutants over the entire life-cycle from Well-to-Wake (WtW) such as sulphur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM), are close to zero when using LNG compared with current conventional oil-based marine fuels.

LNG terminal Rotterdam[This] “Life Cycle GHG Emission Study is a long-awaited piece of the ‘LNG as a marine fuel’ puzzle,” declared SEA\LNG chairman Peter Keller. “It not only confirms what we already knew in terms of LNG’s immediate impact on air quality, human health and its cleanliness, but clearly highlights the genuine, substantiated GHG benefits of using today’s marine engines capable of burning natural gas.”

The report says ongoing optimisation in supply chain and engine technology developments will further enhance the benefits of LNG as a marine fuel while bioLNG and Synthetic LNG - both fully interchangeable with LNG derived from fossil feedstock - can reduce GHG emissions by a further 13percent when compared to 100 percent fossil fuel LNG.

Oliver Schuller, team lead Energy & Mobility at thinkstep said the main goal of the study was to provide an accurate report of the life-cycle GHG emissions from LNG as a marine fuel compared with conventional marine fuels.

The company based its conclusions on data provided by OEMs including Caterpillar MaK, Caterpillar Solar Turbines, GE, MAN Energy Solutions, Rolls Royce (MTU), Wärtsilä, and Winterthur Gas & Diesel, as well as major fossil fuel suppliers ExxonMobil, Shell, and Total.

Schuller said the results are quality assured in assessing the supply and use of LNG as a marine fuel according to ISO standards “having been peer-reviewed by leading academics from key institutions in France, Germany, Japan and the USA."

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ROTTERDAM: March 12, 2019. IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, the GoodShipping Program and the Port of Rotterdam are to test the use of sustainable marine biofuel oil with the bunkering of a CMA CGM vessel on March 19.

The GoodShipping Program, a sustainable initiative dedicated to decarbonising ocean freight, is the latest step in the scaling of low carbon marine bio-fuel oils for wider commercial use within the maritime industry.

CMA CGM Christophe ColombXavier Leclercq, vice president CMA CGM Ships said: “In a few days we will be testing second-generation biofuel in one of CMA CGM’s vessels for the first time. Having an heavy fuel oil equivalent solution in biofuel oil available with no engineering or operational changes required to our vessel offers a safe, manageable and innovative opportunity to facilitate shipping’s wider transition to new fuel solutions.”

The sustainable marine biofuel oil, derived from forest residues and waste oil products, has been developed by GoodFuels after three years of testing with marine engine manufacturers. The oil is expected to deliver an 80-90 percent CO2 reduction versus fossil equivalents and virtually eliminates sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions – all without any requirement for engine modifications.

“Through our pilot we want to show that the means for decarbonisation in terms of alternative fuels are available,” explained Elisabeth Munck af Rosenschöld, head of Sustainability for IKEA Global Transport & Logistics Services. “With a successful pilot completed, our intention is to put the equivalent of at least all our containers out of Rotterdam on biofuel.”

In addition to switching to low sulphur fuels by 2020, the industry faces impending IMO greenhouse gas reduction, including an objective to reduce average carbon intensity from shipping by at least 40 percent by 2030, and 70 percent by 2050. So the partnership aims to demonstrate the scalability, sustainability and technical compliance of switching to marine biofuel oil.

“The Port of Rotterdam considers this initiative by IKEA, CMA CGM and GoodShipping to be a strong rallying cry to the shipping industry,” added Allard Castelein, CEO, Port of Rotterdam. “This bunkering shows that decarbonisation of sea trade is well achievable. It’s clear that shippers play an important role in decarbonising the industry.”

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