February 12, 2019
From the desk of Capt. Jeff Monroe, MM, AMPE
International Association of Maritime and Port Executives
PERISHABLE CARGO INCREASE
The transport of perishable cargoes, including fresh produce, had a growth of containerized reefer cargo by 8%. Fresh produce grew by 5% up to116 million tons in 2017. According to Dynamar’s Reefer Analysis cargo has shifted from conventional reefer ships to containers with a drop of 18% in 2017, down 55% since 2000. The report noted that there are 574 conventional reefer ships with a capacity of 183.9 million cubic feet. Almost 56% of the world’s fleet is managed by 15 of the largest ocean carriers. The handling of reefer containers and capacity is increasing worldwide. At the close of 2018, world capacity was approximately 2.9 TEU’s. New conventional reefer ships continued to be deployed with most carrying palletized product and reefer boxes. Older reefer ships are being scrapped mostly due to changes in the worldwide low sulfur fuel standard and age. (www.dynamar.com)
SOLID BULK CARGO CODE CHANGE
On January 1, 2019 changes to the International Solid Bulk Cargoes Code (IMSBC 04-17) were implemented which is intended to reduce the risk of liquefaction of cargo casualties. The changes focus on the intervals for testing of the Transportable Moisture Limit (TML), reclassification of coal as Group A and B cargoes and new procedures for testing. Between the years of 2008 and 2017, 9 bulk carriers were lost and 101 lives due to liquefaction. Some of the cargoes carried included coal, nickel ore, laterite (a form of clay), iron ore and bauxite. No casualties were reported in 2018. A guide to the code is available at www.ukpandi.com.
OIL AND GAS EXPLORIATION ECONOMICS IMPROVE
In 2018, the production of oil and gas from conventional fields increased with 10.5 billion barrels of oil equivalent off Africa and Australia alone and 11.3 trillion cubic feet of gas from 3 fields off Russia, Cyprus and Guyana which were part of 18 large discoveries totaling 80% of discovered resources. Southern and Western Africa are seeing an increase in exploration in spite of the overall decrease in new drilling by many companies. www.woodmac.com.
KIRBY BECOMES LARGEST TANK BARGE OPERATOR IN THE US
Kirby Corporation will acquire the vessels of Cenac Marine Services which operates more than 60 inland tank barges, 34 inland towboats and 2 offshore tugs. Kirby will operate 300 towboats and 1,000 barges not including the offshore division’s vessels. With a reported inland vessel utilization of 90%, the company moves petrochemicals, crude oil and refined petroleum products and other liquid bulk commodities. A portion of the market they serve include the Texas Permian Basin Oil Fields which has seen significant production in the last several years. Kirby serves in addition to other areas, a large portion of the US Gulf Coast, Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the Western Rivers including the lower Mississippi.
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Capt. Jeffrey W. Monroe, MM, MTM, AMPE Director: Education, Standards and Training Programs International Association of Maritime and Port Executives 11 Katahdin Road. Portland, ME 04107-2828 USA Phone: (207) 741-7000, Cell: (207) 615-7989