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March 6, 2018

From the desk of Capt. Jeff Monroe, MM, AMPE

International Association of Maritime and Port Executives


The new worldwide bunker fuel sulfur cap is scheduled to take effect 2020 but some believe the convention will not actually come into effect as currently scheduled. The IMO regulations, which are relevant to the convention, in terms of how to apply and implement the convention, have still not been finalized. The majority of shipping companies have still not made up their minds on what measures they will be taking, to comply with the convention. Also, refineries are not expected to be able to produce a sufficient amount of low sulfur fuel oil for ships, in time. It is anticipated that there will be a regional shortage of low sulfur fuel oil after 2020. However, if low sulfur fuel oil is not available at the place of bunkering, under MARPOL Annex IV/18.2, the ship is simply allowed to be exempt from compliance with the Sulfur Cap regulation. Therefore, a shortage of low sulfur fuel oil will not be a legitimate excuse for postponement. Also, some ships will be fitted with exhaust gas cleaning systems to comply with the Sulfur Cap. The availability of these may not fully meet the demand before the year 2020. In such cases, a ship will be allowed to use low sulfur fuel oil until it is equipped.

In the last two IMO meetings, the 4th Pollution Prevention Response (PPR) held in February 2017 and MEPC 71, several member states highlighted their concerns regarding the difficulty of implementing the global Sulfur Cap. In addition, to amend the conventions, the proposal must not attract objections from more than one-third of the contracting Governments. At the moment the number of member States that have ratified MARPOL Annex IV is 89, and the number of states objecting the postponement of implementation is likely to be more than 30. With the E.U. member states objecting, the likelihood of postponing the implementation of the Sulfur Cap 2020 convention seems very low. (Source: Korean Register)


China has surpassed South Korea to become the world’s second-largest importer of LNG in 2017, according to data from official Chinese government statistics. Chinese imports of LNG averaged five billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2017, exceeded only by Japanese imports of 11 Bcf/d. Imports of LNG by China increased by 1.6 Bcf/d (46 percent) in 2017, with monthly imports reaching 7.8 Bcf/d in December. China’s imports of natural gas have grown to meet increasing domestic natural gas consumption, which has been primarily driven by environmental policies to transition away from coal-fired electricity generation. The Chinese government has also implemented policies to convert several million residential households in China’s Northern provinces, which traditionally rely on coal heating in the winter, to use natural gas-fired boilers instead. Natural gas storage capacity in China is relatively limited, estimated at just three percent of total natural gas consumption. China’s seasonal peak demand is met primarily by natural gas imports, either by pipeline from Central Asia or by shipments of LNG. Despite increases in China’s domestic production and in pipeline imports in 2017, natural gas shortages in northern China led to record levels of LNG imports during the 2017 winter. Overall, natural gas imports accounted for 40 percent of China’s 2017 natural gas supply. (Source: Maritime Executive Newsletter)


The Maine Maritime Academy LOEB-SULLIVAN SCHOOL (LSS) Master of Science degree programs prepare students for the challenges of managing logistics operations for global supply chains in a variety of industries. Student’s gain the ability to study, analyze, and evaluate the flow of goods, customer service, finance, and information from the suppliers to the ultimate consumer. All courses are taught by industry experienced faculty.

Master of Science Programs On Campus- Global Logistics & Maritime Management: 10 months Online - International Logistics Management: as soon as 19 months On Campus & Online - Maritime Management (“Master’s & Commander”): 2 years

After completing your degree you will:  Understand the global logistics environment  Be introduced to the latest supply chain technologies and concepts  Develop analytical reasoning skills to enable informed decision making  Gain familiarity with international trade  Explore leadership and management styles in a socially responsible manner  Develop professional communication skills, both oral and written

We prepare our students for a career as managers or directors in: logistics, supply chain management, production & operations, transportation, procurement, project management, inventory management, and imports and exports. All graduates receive a professional certification through the IAMPE. All International Association of Maritime and Port Executives MPE and IMPE alumni receive 4 graduate program credits in the L-S graduate program.

The Loeb-Sullivan School is constantly evolving. Our newly constructed Logistics Lab is available to our on campus students. The lab, which is one of only a few of its kind in the Northeast, allows students to simulate supply chain and manufacturing environments. The vision of the Logistics Lab is to have an integrated curriculum across all business classes.


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The Continuing Education program for 2018 which will be held in Portland (OR), Port Tampa Bay and the Port of South Louisiana (see schedule below), will feature a tariff a practical workshop including tariff development and revision requirements, rates and charges, fee development, terminal issued rules and regulations, foreign trade zones, an industry update and pending new federal regulations and judicial impacts. The 2 day program offers 16 continuing education credits for the Accredited Marine Port Executive (AMPE) certification. Cost for the 2 days is $975.00 USD.


The MPE Seminar in Houston will be held at the offices of our education partner the Greater Houston Port Bureau, 111 East Loop North, Houston, TX 77029 (inside the Port of Houston Authority Executive Building). The program is co-sponsored by the Port Bureau and HDR. Greater Port Bureau members receive a member discount on the seminar fee. A port tour is being planned. Contact for more information or to register. Registration ends April 4th. Size limit is 15 participants.


April 9 - 13: Houston, TX (MPE) Host Houston Port Bureau/HDR

May 14 - 18: New York-New Jersey (MPE) Host PANYNJ

June 6 - 7: Portland, OR (Continuing Education) Host HDR

June 18 - 22: Milwaukee, WI (IMPE) Host MPA-IRPT

Sept 10 - 14: Connecticut (MPE) Host CTPA

Sept 24 - 28: Tulsa (IMPE) Host Port Tulsa

Oct 15 - 16: Tampa (Continuing Education) Host Port Tampa Bay

Oct 17 - 18: Louisiana (Continuing Education) Host POSLA

Nov 5 - 9: Vicksburg (IMPE) Host Vicksburg, MS

Hosts: GPA-Georgia Ports Authority, HDR-HDR Engineering, PANYNJ-Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, MPA-Milwaukee Port Authority, IRPT-Inland Ports and Terminals Association, Port Tulsa-Tulsa Port Authority, CTPA-Connecticut Port Authority, PortTampaBay-Tampa Florida Port Authority, POSLA-Port of South Louisiana, Port Vicksburg-Vicksburg Mississippi Port Authority. MPM-16 Hour Marine Port Manager Program MPE-36 Hour Marine Port Executive Program IMPE-36 Hour Inland Marine Port Executive Program Continuing Education-16 Hour Program -Accredited Marine Port Executive Certification

MTO - 16 Hour Marine Terminal Operator - Custom Sponsored and Scheduled

For additional information: Capt. Michelle Ross

To register for classes, contact John Gleason at

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“For A World Connected By Water”

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