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NorthStandard publishes new pollution prevention regulations in Yangtze River

Club Correspondent Huatai Marine has issued the circular to give guidance on the new requirements which came into effect from 1 March, including bunker fuel quality standards.

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Global marine insurer NorthStandard on Wednesday (22 March) released an article on a circular regarding new pollution prevention regulations in Yangtze River, including bunker fuel quality standards. 

To prevent and control pollution from ships in the Yangtze River, the Shanghai Municipality and Jiangsu Province have enforced new regulations which came into effect from 1st March 2023.

Club Correspondent Huatai Marine has issued a new circular PNI[2023]03 giving guidance on the new requirements. 

The applicable waters of Shanghai Regulations shall be: the navigable waters of Shanghai and the port waters under state authorized management (collectively referred to as the waters under the administration of Shanghai).

The applicable waters of Jiangsu Regulations shall be: the Yangtze River Waters in Jiangsu Province, which refers to Yangtze River main stream waters, including main stream bypaths, short-cut routes and its connecting harbour basin waters.

The new regulations refer to:

  • Use of shore power
  • Bunker quality standards
  • Transfer of bulk liquid cargo
  • Transfer of cargoes which emit toxic and harmful gases or dust
  • Shipboard emergency plan
  • Ballast water discharge
  • Discharge of washing water and residues from EGCS
  • Maintenance of the machinery

And prohibition on:

  • Discharge of untreated sewage and oily water
  • Sounding of ships whistle
  • Use of incinerators
  • Venting of toxic fumes

According to the circular, the new regulations respectively set the obligations for relevant subjects, including ships, port operators, ship repair yards, and bunker suppliers, regarding prevention and control of water and air pollution from ships, prevention and control of pollution from ship operations and ship emergency response, as well as the legal liabilities for violation of the regulations.

The circular stated the bunker fuel used by ships shall meet specified quality standards, bunker delivery note shall be kept for three years while the bunker fuel samples shall be kept for a year. 

Huatai commented in the circular that the requirement is consistent with paragraphs 6 and 8.1 of Regulation 18, Annex VI, MARPOL Convention on the retaining period of bunker delivery note and bunker sample, which shall be strictly complied with.

Note: The English and Mandarin versions of the full circular can be found here and here respectively.

 

Photo credit: NorthStandard / Huatai Marine
Published: 30 March, 2023

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Winding up

Singapore: Liquidators arrange creditors meeting for Otto Marine Limited

Meeting will be held from 3pm on 24 July at 8 Wilkie Road #03-08 Wilkie Edge Singapore 228095, according to Government Gazette notice.

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A meeting for creditors of Otto Marine Limited, which is in liquidation, has been scheduled to take place on 24 July, according to a Government Gazette notice on Thursday (11 July). 

The meeting will be held from 3pm at 8 Wilkie Road #03-08 Wilkie Edge Singapore 228095

The agenda of the meeting will be as follows:

  • To update on the liquidation administration;
  • To approve the Liquidators’ fees and disbursements;
  • To approve the declaration of preferential dividend(s) pursuant to Section
  • 328(1)(b) to 328(1)(f) of the Companies Act, Cap. 50;
  • To consider and if thought fit, to appoint a committee of inspection; and
  • Any other business.

The details of the liquidators are as follows: 

Chee Yoh Chuang
Lin Yueh Hung
Liquidators
c/o 8 Wilkie Road
#03-08 Wilkie Edge
Singapore 228095

 

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Published: 12 July, 2024

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Titan completes first STS LNG bunkering operation in Cuxhaven

Port of Cuxhaven in Germany had previously only seen LNG operations conducted via truck and currently only permits LNG bunkering at one berth, says Titan.

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Titan completes first STS LNG bunkering operation in Cuxhaven

LNG bunker fuel supplier Titan on Thursday (11 July) said it completed the first-ever LNG bunkering operation by ship in the port of Cuxhaven.

Titan’s bunker vessel Optimus successfully delivered LNG to dredger Vox Ariane operated by its long-term client Van Oord. 

“Our ship-to-ship bunkering in Cuxhaven represents a pioneering step in the region's LNG infrastructure development, as the port had previously only seen LNG operations conducted via truck and currently only permits LNG bunkering at one berth,” it said in a social media post. 

“LNG infrastructure development is part of a broader trend, with more ports across Germany adopting LNG operations to support shipping’s clean fuels transition.”

Titan added the improved LNG bunkering capabilities in Cuxhaven, a Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co. KG port, also opened up the pathway to maritime decarbonisation via liquified biomethane (LBM) and then renewable e-methane going forward.

 

Photo credit: Titan
Published: 12 July, 2024

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UECC “Auto Achieve” receives first LNG bunker fuel delivery by barge in home country

Firm said it received the first ever supply of LNG by barge to their multi-fuel LNG battery hybrid car carrier in the Port of Drammen, Norway.

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UECC “Auto Achieve” receives first LNG bunker fuel delivery by barge in home country

Norwegian roll-on/roll-off shipping line United European Car Carriers (UECC) on Wednesday (10 July) said it received the first ever supply of LNG by barge to their multi-fuel LNG battery hybrid car carrier Auto Achieve in the Port of Drammen on 4 July.

The firm said this was the first time UECC received LNG by barge to any of their vessels in their home country Norway. 

“We also believe that it was the first time LNG was delivered by barge to any vessel in Drammen, and most likely the entire Oslofjord,” UECC said in a social media post.

The LNG was supplied by the Molgas Energy Holding vessel Pioneer Knutsen, owned by Knutsen Group OAS.

“UECC is very pleased to see the expansion of the LNG barge network in Norway,” it said. 

 

Photo credit: UECC
Published: 12 July, 2024

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