July’s top news stories

7 August 2019 (Last Updated August 14th, 2019 14:06)

ESA and One Sea agreed to share autonomous shipping information and Singapore MPA started second phase of Tuas Megaport construction. Ship-technology.com brings you the top news from July 2019.

July’s top news stories
ESA signs MoI with One Sea Alliance to support maritime digitalisation and autonomous shipping technology. Credit: ESA.

ESA and One Sea to share autonomous shipping information

European Space Agency (ESA) and One Sea agreed to share knowledge on maritime digitalisation and autonomous shipping technology.

A memorandum of intent (MoI) covering future co-operation was signed by the two organisations in an industry alliance aiming to garner more information on autonomous ships.

The partners are looking to promote the development of space-based applications to analyse, enable and implement maritime digitalisation and autonomy.


Singapore MPA starts second phase of Tuas Megaport construction

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) started construction in the second phase of Tuas Megaport by installing the wharf’s first concrete structure.

The MPA is responsible for the development of the Tuas facility and has drawn a four-phased plan for the development of the port over 30 years.

In 2018, the authority awarded the Tuas Terminal Phase 2 reclamation project to Penta-Ocean Construction / Hyundai Engineering & Construction / Boskalis International BV (PHB) joint venture (JV).


Future plans revealed for Port of New York and New Jersey

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) unveiled a detailed 30-year plan to develop the ports of the US states.

The Port Authority unveiled a detailed three-decade plan to accommodate future growth and development of Port of New York and New Jersey.

Port Master Plan 2050 underlines major projects to be executed over the next three decades to ensure the ports remain a major maritime gateway in the US.


Dublin Port files planning applications for €320m expansion

Dublin Port submitted a planning application for the second stage of its main expansion plan, known as MP2 Project.

The project is part of the port’s post-Brexit plan and was estimated to cost approximately €320m. It includes phased development within the existing port to accommodate predicted traffic to and from continental Europe.

State-owned Dublin Port Company is preparing detailed plans for the MP2 Project, which is part of the port’s Masterplan 2040.

The second stage of MP2 involves five important projects, including the development of a new ro-ro jetty, widening of an existing river berth, and redevelopment of a deepwater container berth.


UK to only allow orders of zero-emission ships from 2025

The UK Government announced that new ships ordered from 2025 must have zero-emission technologies if they are to be used on British waters.

Under plans to reduce maritime pollution set out in July, the government is aiming to have net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, the first such commitment made by one of the G7 countries.

The clean maritime plan formed part of the Maritime 2050 government initiative, a long-term strategy setting out the future vision of the British maritime sector that was published in January.

A consultation will take place in 2020 to discuss how the transition to zero-emission shipping can be incentivised.


DP World Australia to cut 200 jobs in Sydney and Melbourne

Port operator DP World Australia (DPWA) is set to cut a further 200 jobs in Sydney and Melbourne following business volume losses.

The company’s decision to announce redundancies of stevedores personnel nationwide came as a direct result of a drop in business since September last year.

50 stevedores personnel left DP World Australia in Melbourne through voluntary redundancies.


Kerala’s Kochi Container Terminal to set up mobile scanner

The Custom Department is set to install mobile scanners to improve security measures at Kochi Container Terminal in Kerala, India.

The technology is also being introduced in order to prevent wrong declaration and the smuggling of goods in concealed formats.

Custom House Cochin customs commissioner Sumit Kumar told The New Indian Express that the deployment of mobile scanners is expected to improve the local risk management system.


Port of Los Angeles invites bids to develop cyber resilience centre

The City of Los Angeles Harbor Department invited companies to submit bids for the development of a cyber resilience centre for its city’s port.

In accordance with the request for proposals (RFP) issued by the department, qualified contractors will be required to design, install, operate and maintain the Port of Los Angeles’ planned centre.

The cyber resilience centre has been suggested in order to help mitigate a cyber incident risk that could interrupt cargo flow across the port, which is Southern California’s gateway to international commerce.

Spread across 7,500 acres, the Port of Los Angeles covers 43 miles of waterfront and features 27 cargo terminals.