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Monday, May 20, 2013 Headland SatNews
Brazil approves law to modernise ports
Brazil plans to modernize and expand its overcrowded ports, attract private investments to the sector and make it easier for companies to hire skilled foreign workers, in a bid to spur economic growth, The Brazilian Congress approved legislation late Thursday that allows the private sector to invest in stateowned ports and lifts restrictions that have hindered the building of private terminals, The Associated Press reported. The legislation, which must still be approved by President Dilma Rousseff, eliminates a rule that forced private companies with their own terminals to only handle their own cargo. They now can handle third-party goods. The government has said the legislation will help eliminate bottlenecks that have hurt exports such as soybeans. It is part of a government plan to invest USD27 billion to make the country's ports more efficient and improve the competitiveness of Brazilian exports by reducing freight costs by 20%. Also on Thursday, the government's official gazette published new measures that reduce the paperwork foreigners need to go through to obtain visas for temporary or permanent work permits. The changes, approved earlier this week by the National Immigration Council, make life easier for companies in need of skilled labour. Skilled professionals can obtain visas without a contract and no longer have to leave the country and get a new visa every time they move to a new job or company. In addition, students working on their masters or doctoral degrees who want to work for up to 90 days for a Brazilian company will be able to easily obtain visas.
Greece to purchase 142 ships from China
Greek Shipping Minister Kostis Moussouroulis said here Saturday Greek shipowners have recently signed contracts to buy 142 new ships from Chinese shipbuilding companies, Xinhua reported. The orders, which were signed in April, accounted for more than 60% of the recent global orders of Greek shipowners, said the Greek official. The shipping industry, including shipbuilding, is one of the most important sectors for economic and trade cooperation between the two countries. In the next decade, China will remain an important global exporter and become an increasingly important importer, according to the minister.
SAFETY SPDs aboard vessels
The Coast Guard recommends that vessel owners, operators, Class Society Surveyors, Insurers and other inspection personnel examine the risks associated with the use of Surge Protective Devices (SPDs) aboard vessels, and if necessary ensure their organisations have policies and procedures relating to their use. Vessels should have defined procedures for checking the condition and grounding capabilities of personal/ portable electrical equipment and trained shipboard personnel should be assigned to check and approve all
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The invoice was sent to the disponent owner but was not paid when due. for the cost of the bunkers. and an order was placed with a supplier.278. ITIC cites the case of a chartering broker which arranged a fixture for a voyage from the Black Sea to Singapore. SPDs in use or brought on board for compatibility with the vessel's electrical distribution system prior to use. I have passed to the financial side and they should be arranging payment. In this instance. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/DCO%20Master/Desktop/NL%20MARITIME%20NEWS.. It was discovered that a ground had developed on another circuit that was connected to the same distribution panel providing power to the staterooms. was brought to court and lawyers blamed the shipbroker for breach of warranty and authority. Routine checks of switchboard and distribution system 120 VAC ground detection systems are necessary to detect the presence of grounds that might cause similar circumstances with non-marine type SPDs. A PSSA is an area that needs special protection through action by IMO because of its significance for recognized ecological or socioeconomic or scientific reasons and which may be vulnerable to damage by international maritime activities. overheating and subsequently. together with a special insight on IMO's work on this topic. only one power conductor would have been secured while the other would continue to provide power. The recap showed the identity of both the registered owner and the disponent owner with whom the negotiations had been concluded.htm (2 of 5) [5/20/2013 5:19:36 PM] . possibly shorting to the device's ground wire and the structure of the vessel. the delay is due to our company currently being audited and will be ending in the coming weeks.org/. A recent marine casualty investigation of two separate stateroom fires onboard a ship revealed that the sources of the fires were attributed to the use of SPDs plugged into a lighting circuit. Germany. IMO has designated 14 PSSAs. instead of ordering the bunkers on behalf of the disponent owner. the disponent owner replied. This ground created an imbalance of voltage between the two power conductors supplying the SPDs which caused excessive currents. pictures. the Netherlands. a fire. "Regarding the payment for bunkers. and graphic displays. even if the SPDs automatically tripped as designed. care of the broker. the broker mistakenly ordered them on the registered owner's behalf. However.imo.2 million seafarers manning the world's merchant fleet. IMO is the United Nations body that looks after the welfare of 1. the head of an office in charge of relations said Sunday. The cost of the bunkers was USD777." The case. present and future. Source: USCG Broker foots bunker bill after clerical error A shipbroker was forced to arrange a settlement over an invoice error that resulted in a whopping USD777.NL MARITIME NEWS IMO launches new interactive PSSA display The International Maritime Organization (IMO) over the weekend announced that it has launched a new interactive display on Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSA) at its headquarters in London. United Kingdom and online at pssa. INCIDENTS Philippines waiting for Taiwan anger to cool The Philippines is waiting for tempers in Taiwan to cool before settling the dispute over a shot Taiwanese fisherman. past. AFP reported. Finland. maps. The disponent owner asked the broker to arrange the purchase of bunkers. The bunker supplier invoiced the registered owner. taking the name from the recap.278 bill. The display and website have been funded with the support of generous contributions from Australia. In its latest Claims Review. the Republic of Korea and Sweden. cited by the ITIC in a review. PNA reported. The new display and website include videos. To date. When chased for payment. telling the unique story of each of the 14 PSSAs. The bunkers were duly supplied and the ship signed for them.
NL MARITIME NEWS Issues like Manila's "one-China" policy and comments by Taiwanese investigators branding the incident as murder have complicated the situation.htm (3 of 5) [5/20/2013 5:19:36 PM] ." deputy justice minister Chen Ming-tang told reporters. vowed not to allow the Tamil Tiger rebels or any other separatist group to create trouble in the ethnically dived nation of 20 million people. chairman of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office. The body was found near a beach in Colombo where his small boat capsized while taking part in the victory celebrations presided over by President Mahinda Rajapakse on Saturday. defied a military ban and staged a remembrance ceremony for those who died in the final battle which also killed Tigers leader Velupillai Prabhakaran." Anger has grown in Taiwan after a 65-year-old Taiwanese fisherman was shot dead on May 9 by the Philippine coastguard. "The boat was salvaged on Saturday and four crewmen were rescued. adding that the boat had got into trouble in choppy waters. In the north the main opposition ethnic Tamil political party. "We are waiting for the right time because I was told by the secretary-general for Asian affairs. Taiwan has imposed sanctions against the Philippines. The coastguard said the fishing vessel had intruded into Philippine waters and tried to ram their own patrol boat. but one officer went missing and his body was recovered only this morning. said Amadeo Perez.. "The Taiwanese are highly emotional and. the Tamil National Alliance (TNA)." a military official said on condition of anonymity. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/DCO%20Master/Desktop/NL%20MARITIME%20NEWS. land and air). His troops declared an end to 37 years of ethnic bloodshed after killing the top Tamil Tiger leadership in May 2009. Rajapakse. banning the entry of any more workers. an official said. Meanwhile. A team of Taiwanese investigators returned to the island Saturday. the media in Taiwan is heating things up so tempers are running high. who addressed troops at the land and sea parade." Perez said in an interview with DZMM radio. SECURITY EMSA-Frontex agreement boosts Euro maritime awareness The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and Frontex have reached an agreement wherein the latter will get help in reinforcing the Schengen external border. recalling its de facto envoy and holding a military exercise in waters near the northern Philippines last week. AFP reported. Frontex assists Member States in cooperation at the operational level at all types of borders (sea. Sailor dies during Sri Lanka victory parade Sri Lanka's navy Sunday recovered the body of a sailor who drowned during a parade marking the fourth anniversary of the defeat of Tamil Tiger rebels. accusing the Philippine government of failing to honour its agreement to conduct a joint probe. Frontex will tap EMSA's integrated maritime services in boosting security.. we should wait for the temperature in Taiwan to cool. "The decision to send the investigators to Manila came only after the Philippine government had agreed to let us to do so. Taiwan has repeated calls for a joint investigation into the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by Philippine coastguards.
8% over 2012. As of 2006.htm (4 of 5) [5/20/2013 5:19:36 PM] . port-to-port logistic platform. With this peformance. This is 9. The floods in the city's area provoked illnesses and at one time in the 18th century. including ship position reports and satellite images. and to working with Frontex in the years to come. EMSA will develop tailored monitoring services. This will build on previous pilot project services developed by EMSA for Frontex. We look forward to fulfilling the new role entrusted to us. In the early 20th century. apart from the Vehicle Terminal of the Port of Santos. The terrestrial access system to the port is made up by the Anchieta and Imigrantes highways and by the railroads operated by Ferroban and MRS. and ships often avoided docking at the wood plank port.4% higher than the same month in 2012. and tools. will be provided to Frontex to enable them to construct a more comprehensive overview of activities at Europe's maritime borders. it is the busiest container port in Latin America. and Tecon Vila do Conde.87 million tons. All of these terminals are integrated into the logistic operation. state-of-the-art technology.NL MARITIME NEWS Upon signing the agreement. Highly specialised work teams. It is equipped with a wide variety of cargo handling terminals for solid and liquid bulk. The Port posted its busiest month in March. quality. Today it is the region's most modern and largest port.39 million tons. major overhauling and urbanization created the port's modern structure seen today. and on integrated services which EMSAalready offers to Member States and other EU bodies. information products. security. EMSA's Executive Director stated. Frontex has requested operational support for the detection of various illegal activities at sea. a new record. the first quarter of 2013 reached 24. The terminal operates three container terminals located at strategic points along the Brazilian coast: Tecon Santos. offering customers a single. Data from EMSA's Integrated Maritime Data Environment (IMDatE). Markku Mylly. PORT OF THE WEEK Port of Santos The Port of Santos is located in a coastal city in Brazil that carris the same name." Realising that EMSA's expertise can be used to improve maritime awareness. bubonic plague almost decimated the entire population. The total number of vessels fell by 8. Under the new agreement. industrial-age infrastructure. SHIPPING DATA file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/DCO%20Master/Desktop/NL%20MARITIME%20NEWS. and general loads. when it handled an estimated 9. It was once considered the "port of death" in the 19th century due to the presence of yellow fever. The Port of Santos's LOCODE is BRSSZ. and productivity provide a highly-efficient cargo-handling service. It is also Brazil's leading port in container traffic. "We are delighted to be part of this venture.2% compared to March of last year. containers. Tecon Imbituba. It is gratifying to see our maritime service capabilities being used to support Frontex and the Member States. up 12. eliminating the risk of diseases and providing the port with modern.
1707 0.NL MARITIME NEWS BALTIC EXCHANGE Market snapshot: 12:25 GMT Dry Capesize Panamax Supramax Index Index Index Index BDI BCI BPI BSI 841 1326 930 851 -9 -8 -21 -2 -1 .7795 54.2829 0.7949 file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/DCO%20Master/Desktop/NL%20MARITIME%20NEWS.00 103.2500 31. Handysize Index BHSI 553 EXCHANGE RATES New York (Fri Cls) Fgn Currency in USD Britain (Pound) Canada (Dollar) China (Yuan) Euro India (Rupee) 1.1628 1.0243 0.0284 6.6591 1.5173 0.1800 5.2580 Indonesia (Rupiah) 0.9723 0.000102 Japan (Yen) Norway (Krone) Philippines (Peso) Poland (Zloty) Russia (Ruble) Singapore (Dollar) 0.0318 0.8860 9757.2300 3.1435 0.0182 USD in Fgn Currency 0.009691 0.8574 41.3075 0.4400 1.htm (5 of 5) [5/20/2013 5:19:36 PM] .
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