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Hay Point, Australia
Hawaii, USA
Gothenburg, Sweden
Bosphorus, Turkey
Third coal berth opens
Friday, December 18, 2015, Hay Point, Australia
BHP has marked a new milestone in their coal sector expansion as BMA opened the new third berth at the Hay Point coal export terminal this week.The new infrastructure increases Hay Point Coal Terminal’s capacity from 44 million to 55 million tonnes per annum.Hay Point has been in operation since 1971, and the third berth and ship loader has been under construction since 2011.

For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

Full speed ahead with climate-change measures at IMO following Paris Agreement
Friday, December 18, 2015, Worldwide
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has welcomed the historic achievement of the 2015 Paris Climate Change conference (COP21).The Paris Climate Change Agreement identifies a clear goal of “holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels.”IMO has contributed, and will continue to contribute, to global GHG reduction goals. IMO and its Member States recognise the important need for international shipping, which accounts for 2.2% of CO2 anthropogenic emissions, to support global efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change….

….To date, IMO is the only organization to have adopted energy-efficiency measures that are legally binding across an entire global industry and apply to all countries. Mandatory energy efficiency standards for new ships, and mandatory operational measures to reduce emissions from existing ships, entered into force under an existing international convention (MARPOL Annex VI) in 2013. By 2025, all new ships will be 30% more energy efficient than those built last year. This is more than a target, it is a legal requirement, and demonstrates that IMO is the correct and only forum to identify solutions and an appropriate pathway for international shipping to de-carbonize with the rest of the globe.

Continuing efforts will include development of a global data collection system for ship’s fuel consumption to be discussed in detail at the next meeting of IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee in 2016, further consideration of a total-sector reduction target for GHG emissions from international shipping as proposed by the Marshall Islands in 2015, and continued investigation of additional mechanisms for ships to support the implementation of the Paris Agreement….

(For information about operations worldwide contact the respective GAC office. For details go to http://gac.com/gac-worldwide/)

Source: Extract from International Maritime Organisation (www.imo.org) Briefing No. 55

Security zone in Kailua Bay on Oahu
Friday, December 18, 2015, Hawaii, USA
Coast Guard personnel, federal, state and local law enforcement partners will enforce a temporary security zone in waters of Kailua Bay, Oahu, Hawaii running through Jan. 3, 2016.The temporary security zone is necessary to ensure the safety of a distinguished visitor.The security zone will be in effect from 6 a.m. Dec. 18, 2015, to 10 p.m. Jan. 3, 2016, unless canceled earlier by the Captain of the Port Honolulu, Capt. Shannon Gilreath.

The Coast Guard is coordinating with the Honolulu Police Department, Marine Corps Base Hawaii and other federal, state, and county law enforcement agencies to conduct patrols of the area under the direction of the U.S. Secret Service.

The maritime security zone includes a portion of Kailua Bay, beginning at Kapoho Point and extending westward to the shoreline near Kailuana Loop. The zone also includes the adjacent canal beginning near Kapoho Point to a point extending the canal way to approximately 150 yards south of the North Kalaheo Avenue Road Bridge.

A marker will be placed on Kailua Beach, a yellow buoy will be placed on the water and an orange marker will placed in the canal for visual references of the zone.

Under the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations 33 CFR 165.33, the temporary law prohibits any unauthorized person or vessel from entering or remaining in this security zone.  Any person entering the zone without the permission of the Coast Guard captain of the port is subject to a penalty of not more than $40, 000 for each violation or a criminal penalty resulting in imprisonment of not more than 10 years.

(For information about operations in the USA, contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)

Source: US Coast Guard 14th District News Release dated 17 December 2015

New rail shuttle between Gothenburg and Katrineholm
Friday, December 18, 2015, Gothenburg, Sweden
The town of Katrineholm – a logistics hub in the middle of Sweden – is about to acquire a second rail shuttle link with the Port of Gothenburg. More companies in the Swedish inland regions can now benefit from the wide range of services from the Port of Gothenburg to destinations worldwide.Commencing in January, the Gothenburg-based rail operator SCT Transport AB will bring a new container shuttle into service between the Port of Gothenburg and Katrineholm. Initially, it will operate three days a week although the aim is to gradually increase the number of departures during the spring with the hope of eventually making it a daily service.The logistics company Green Cargo already has a container shuttle operating on this route. The town of Katrineholm will now have two shuttles to the Port of Gothenburg and the world beyond….

….The Port of Gothenburg has Sweden’s broadest range of services, both European and global. The rail shuttle runs straight into the Port of Gothenburg container terminal APM Terminals, allowing freight to be transferred rapidly from rail to ship for export or ship to rail for direct transport to Katrineholm….

…The new shuttle is part of the Railport Scandinavia system, which is in fact much more than just rail shuttles. A number of the terminals in the system offer services that were previously carried out at the port. These include freight storage, import customs clearance and distribution.

The system also brings major environmental benefits. During 2014, around 60, 000 tonnes of carbon emissions were saved by transporting freight to and from the Port of Gothenburg by rail instead of by road. This is equivalent to over 200, 000 flights between Gothenburg and Stockholm or emissions from 14, 000 cars.

(For information about operations in Sweden, contact GAC USA at sweden@gac.com)

Source: Port of Gothenburg (www.portofgothenburg.com)

Closure to traffic for bridge works rescheduled
Friday, December 18, 2015, Bosphorus, Turkey
The planned closure of the Bosphorus for bridge works on Monday 21 December has been cancelled.Instead, the waterway will be closed to traffic between 05:00 and 16:00 hours on Tuesday 22 December, due to works on the 3. bridge (Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge).For information about operations in the Turkish Straits, contact GAC Istanbul at turkey@gac.com

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