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miércoles, 3 de enero de 2007

KPT chief urges review of maritime standards

Fuente: The News International Pakistan
Dec 21, 2006

KARACHI: The International Maritime Organization (IMO) should review the standards and recommended practices contained in the FAL Convention and determine whether these should be amended to make them more universally acceptable.

Chairman Karachi Port Trust Vice Admiral Ahmad Hayat said this while addressing the concluding session of a four-day IMO workshop here on Thursday.

He said the IMO might provide a mechanism to assist those trying to implement the FAL Convention to review the differences and other measures taken by them to align national requirements and procedures with those of the convention.

“IMO may consider the proposals made here by the participants and take appropriate action. Their recommendation on stowaways and International Ship and Port Facility Security Code have to be seen more closely as the menace of stowaways continues to impose a heavy burden on ships and crews and on the shipping industry as a whole,” he said.

He said there were few teething problems reported about the new Pakistan Customs Computerized System (PACCS), but hopefully those would be addressed. He said Pakistan Customs, the shipping and port industries have now entered a new era in their joint efforts to facilitate the maritime traffic.

As regards developments relating to E-business in the area of maritime traffic and submission of information to a single point (single window), we have to look beyond the FAL forms, and develop single window operation, he said and added that in this way all data would be entered once and would be available on the Port Net for all parties to share.

He said revolution in information technology, phenomenal growth in world trade and demand for timely delivery of goods had necessitated trade facilitations and that documentation requirements and non-transparent regulations were the impediments to facilitation.

Realizing these factors the KPT adopted computerization with the aim to reduce paper work to the barest minimum, he said. E-commerce has been introduced at different functional levels including e-PAS for electronic submission of IGM, the e-Wharfage for lodging Wharfage claim, the e-NDC for shipping lines, and e-MMD for Marine Mercantile Department to send their MMD certificate information prior to sailing of vessel, he added.

He said like all other international ports, the KPT’s computerization efforts are based on paperless port concept. Electronic information transfer is the order of the day and the time and volume of documentation has greatly reduced, he added.

He thanked IMO consultants Brian Rodney Watt (South Africa) and Anthony Nicholas Perry (UK) for conducting the workshop.

Muhammad Rajpar of Chairman Ship Agents Association, Sabir Hassan of Stevedore Conference and Javed Mansoor of National Trade and Transport Facilitation Committee were also present on the occasion.

Alfa Laval launch ballast water treatment system

Fuente: Processing talk

Alfa Laval, the market leader in separation, heat transfer and freshwater generation, has released PureBallast, the first viable system for preventing the transport of potentially invasive species via ballast water. The historic launch was marked by a symposium in Greenwich, England, at which top representatives of the global shipping industry were gathered. Alfa Laval chose Greenwich, England - a site forever associated with the marine chronometer - for the release of PureBallast, its groundbreaking and chemical-free system for ballast water treatment.
PureBallast, whose technology was developed in cooperation with Wallenius Water, arrives more than two years in advance of International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations to prevent the transport of potentially invasive species.

The system, which forms the crowning jewel in the growing Alfa Laval environmental portfolio, was presented today at a PureBallast Symposium at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.
In attendance were leading figures from the global shipping industry, as well as officials from IMO and DNV.

The symposium, which was a full-day event, featured presentations and keynote addresses from DNV, Wallenius Marine and Alfa Laval.

The problem of invasive species has long been a matter of international focus.

Species transported via ballast water from one ecosystem to another have devastated marine life, collapsed local businesses and economies, and necessitated billions of dollars in control measures.

IMO legislation designed to combat the problem is set to take effect in 2009.

Until now, however, no treatment system has been commercially viable or able to meet the proposed requirements without chemicals.

'The PureBallast chemical-free technology is unique,' says Peter Carlberg, General Manager of Alfa Laval Marine and Diesel, 'in that it solves this environmental problem without contributing to another'.

The choice of Greenwich for the launch of PureBallast was no coincidence.

The village, now part of London, was the site at which John Harrison fixed his measurements of longitude when he invented the marine chronometer.

While PureBallast is designed to protect the world's oceans rather than help in navigating them, its impact on the shipping industry has the potential to be as sweeping and as positive as the chronometer was, in its time.

'The launch of a viable, chemical-free ballast water treatment system is as critical for the industry as it is for the world's fragile marine ecosystems,' says Carlberg: 'Now that PureBallast is commercially available, shipyards and ship owners can finally begin ensuring their compliance with the stringent IMO regulations soon to take effect'.

Like other products in the Alfa Laval environmental portfolio, PureBallast is compact and designed for real-life conditions at sea.

While removing micro-organisms to IMO-compliant levels without the use of chemicals, it accommodates the short and long-term needs of shipyards, ship owners and ship operators.
'In developing PureBallast together with Wallenius Water, we've been careful to look at both local and global requirements,' says Carlberg: 'Though the transport of invasive species in ballast water is a worldwide issue, it is individual ships that must carry the solution.

Simple installation, a small footprint, operating economy and ease of use are all essential factors that are just as important as IMO compliance'.

PureBallast, which has met the stringent IMO ballast water requirements in pilot tests supervised by Det Norske Veritas (DNV), is well underway with the year-long official approval process.

Moreover, its ability to perform at sea has already been confirmed in three years of full-scale on-board tests, in one of the ships of the Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics line.

Atienden Encallamientos y Hundimiento

Gobiernos Federal y Estatal

Atienden Encallamientos y Hundimiento de Barcos en Costas Veracruzanas

Fuente: Diario Noticias

Veracruz, Ver.- Los gobiernos federal y estatal, atienden coordinadamente los dos encallamientos y el hundimiento de buques que se registran actualmente en costas veracruzanas, para evitar mayores daños ambientales a los provocados por esas embarcaciones, se expuso este día en rueda de prensa.

Manuel Molina Martínez, delegado federal de la SEMARNAT; el delegado de la PROFEPA, Francisco Luis Briceño Cortéz y la directora del Parque Nacional Sistema Arrecifal Veracruzano (PNSAV), Elvira Carvajal Hinojosa, coincidieron en lo anterior al dar a conocer los pormenores de los encallamientos de los buques “Tortola Fast Ferry” que se encuentra sobre el arrecife de Pájaros; el “Peñamar 5” encallado en los bajos de la Isla de En medio y el hundimiento del Buque Oceanográfico “Ocean Leader”,en la zona arrecifal de Tuxpam, al norte del estado.

En ninguno de estos barcos se ha registrado derrame de combustible, advirtieron los representantes del gobierno federal, luego de haber recorrido la zona de los bajos de la Isla de Enmedio se encuentra varada la embarcación Peñamar 5.

Reconocieron los funcionarios que en los tres casos el mal estado del tiempo en el Golfo de México, impide realizar maniobras constantes.

Explicaron que por cuanto hace al Buque Oceanográfico “Ocean Leader” que se encuentra sumergido a 53 metros de profundidad en la zona arrecifal de Tuxpan,, éste contenía aproximadamente 109 mil galones de Diesel, al momento de su hundimiento, por lo que se realizaron tareas de reconocimiento con personal de la Secretaría de Marina, sin observarse fugas ni presencia de iridiscencias, que indicaran la posible fuga de combustible.

Sobre el buque “Tortola Fast Ferry” que se encuentra sobre el arrecife de Pájaros desde el pasado 13 de octubre, se dijo en rueda de prensa que se ha procedido jurídicamente como el caso lo amerita y que en cuatro ocasiones se ha intentando sacar la embarcación del lugar donde se encuentra, sin que hasta el momento se haya logrado moverlo lo suficiente.

Por último se dijo desconocer las causas por las que el “Peñamar 5”, encallado en los bajos de la Isla de En medio se haya incendiado.

Marmedsa crea una ‘joint venture’ con Cía. Sudamericana de Vapores

Fuente: Tylog

El Grupo Marmedsa (Marítima del Mediterráneo), perteneciente a Dragados SPL, y la Compañía Sudamericana de Vapores, grupo naviero de Chile, han anunciado la creación de una nueva empresa, la Compañía Sudamericana de Vapores Agencia Marítima, SL, CSAV Agency Spain, a través de una joint venture al 50 por ciento.

La nueva empresa desarrollará la labor de agente general para España y Portugal, y tendrá oficinas en Barcelona y Valencia. CSAV Agency Spain se apoyará en la estructura de Universal Marítima para dar servicio y cobertura en toda la Península Ibérica.

La nueva entidad se incorpora a la red de agencias que CSAV ha creado bajo la misma modalidad en Gran Bretaña, Alemania, Bélgica y Holanda.