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Archives for December 2015

TT Club Warns of the Changing Risk Profile at Ports and Terminals

Dubai and London, 17 December, 2015

Horn, Julien Mar 2014 #2

As pivotal hubs within global trade, container ports and terminals face risks that have potentially serious consequences for international supply chains.  At a recent speech to the TOC Middle East Conference in Dubai, Julien Horn, of leading insurance provider to the ports, terminal, transport and logistics sector, TT Club, took the opportunity to outline such risks.  He highlighted the lessons to be learned from recent incidents such as the explosion at Tianjin and the increasing occurrence of cyber crime at port facilities.

Fire and theft consistently lead the list of causes in TT Club’s on-going analysis of claims it receives, which is used as a focus for loss prevention in relation to the damaging consequences to life, property, supply chain stability and business reputation, being a primary role of the insurance provider.  Such advice formed the core of Horn’s presentation in Dubai.  “Port terminals are often seen as the weak link in global supply chains.  Clearly as cargo shifts from one mode to another and is stored for a period of time, operationally it becomes more susceptible to risk.  Greater preventative measures must therefore be employed here.  This is particularly true in the Middle East region where rapid trade growth and aggressive port expansion continue at rates higher than in other parts of the world,” said Horn.

The serious incident in Tianjin last August clearly brought into focus the dangers on which TT Club habitually issues warnings.  Recent IMO statistics point to some 15% of dangerous goods shipments being in some way deficient in safety measures and the declaration, packing and handling of such cargoes must be of primary concern to terminal operators. Horn cited a number of problems in need of attention, including poor practices for cargo segregation, lack of adequate storage facilities for dangerous goods, inadequate training in sound practice and lack of coordination with fire & rescue services.

With regard to the escalating incidence of cyber crime, Horn commented, “A PwC report in 2013 revealed that 11% of companies worldwide lost over US$50,000 as a result of cyber crime and there is evidence that the peril has become much worse over the last two years.”  Reliance on IT systems for data storage and communication will not diminish and the supply chain by its very nature is more exposed than other areas of commerce to such risk.  “In common with prevention of all operational risk, our advice to combat such threats,” concluded Horn, “Includes a constant awareness of the dangers of infiltration into IT systems, vigilant data protection, careful staff background checks and training, planning for the consequences of a compromised system and immediate reaction to such an event.”


Notes to Editors

TT Club

The TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services.  As a mutual insurer, the TT Club exists to provide its policyholders with benefits, which include specialist underwriting expertise, a world-wide office network providing claims management services, and first class risk management and loss prevention advice.

Customers include some of the world’s largest shipping lines, busiest ports, biggest freight forwarders and cargo handling terminals, to companies operating on a smaller scale but whose operations face similar risks. TT Club specialises in the insurance of Intermodal Operators, NVOCs, Freight Forwarders, Logistics Operators, Marine Terminals, Stevedores, Port Authorities and Ship Operators.

The TT Club is managed by Thomas Miller.

Thomas Miller is an independent and international provider of insurance, professional and investment services. Founded in 1885, Thomas Miller’s origins are in the provision of management services to mutual organisations, particularly in the international transport and professional indemnity sectors; where today they manage a large percentage of the foremost insurance mutuals. Thomas Miller also manages insurance facilities for all the self-employed barristers in England & Wales, as well as trustees of pension schemes, patent agents and housing associations.

Principal activities include:

  • Management services for transport and professional indemnity insurance mutuals
  • Investment management for institutions and private clients
  • Professional services
  • Building defects insurance

Evergreen Celebrates a New Berth at its Colon Terminal

17 December 2015

Evergreen Group’s Colon Container Terminal, S.A. (CCT) held a ceremony yesterday to mark the completion of its newly built Berth No. 4. The President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, Administrator of Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), Jorge Barakat Pitty, and a number of government officials joined the company’s chairman Captain Yen-I Chang for ribbon cutting. Many dignitaries from shipping and related industries were present at the event to witness the grand opening of the new facility.

CCT is located on the Atlantic side of Panama Canal and enjoys a dominant strategic location as a transit hub for North America, South America and the Caribbean.  In light of the demand for expanded terminal facilities for large vessels following completion of the Canal’s expansion program, Evergreen has planned, designed and built the new Berth No. 4 to upgrade its terminal services.

Berth No. 4 is 16.5 meter in depth and is equipped with three super post-panamax gantry cranes capable of handling 23 rows of containers.  Together with Berth No. 3, the facility offers an overall quay length of 640 meters, which can accommodate larger container ships of up to 14,000 TEU.

Bronson Hsieh, Evergreen Group’s Second Vice Group Chairman said, “The current expansion of the Panama Canal is an epochal milestone in the history of maritime transportation.  It will have revolutionary consequences in terms of  influence on the future development of international transportation. After the expansion project is completed, the Canal will be able to accommodate vessels of around 13,000 TEU, a significant increase on the 5,000 TEU ships which are currently the largest to transit .”

Hsieh added, “CCT is an important container hub catering for the whole region and offers trans-shipment services to many international shipping lines.  Evergreen’s investment in upgrading the terminal facility indicates our commitment to the smooth and efficient operation of the whole international supply chain.”

Berth No. 4 is undergoing various system tests and is scheduled to commence operation in the first quarter of 2016.  The overall handling capacity of CCT is expected to increase from its current level of 1.5 million TEU to 2.4 million. Besides, CCT is continuing with the next stage of expansion program to further increase the quay length of Berth No. 3 and Berth No. 4 to 780 meters.  After its expected completion around the first quarter of 2017, the facility will be able to handle two large vessels of 12,000 – 14,000 TEU simultaneously.

Winners of the 2015 Seahorse Journalist of the Year Awards

Award Winner Publication
Seahorse Winner Max Tingyao Lin Lloyd’s List
Seahorse Runner-up Roger Hailey Air Cargo News
International Editor Richard Meade Lloyd’s List
Newcomer Joe Lo Container Management
Feature Winner Louise Cole Roadway
Feature Runner-up Eric Johnson Breakbulk
News Winner Jaya Prakash BC Shipping News
News Runner-up Jim Wilson Lloyd’s List Australia
Supply Chain Winner Tim Maughan BBC
Supply Chain Runner-up Alex Lennane The Loadstar
Environmental Winner Danny Shorten & Namrata Nadkarni The Marine Professional
Environmental Runner-up Tim Maughan BBC
Air Cargo Winner Randy Woods Air Cargo World
Social Media Winner Holly Birkett Asia Shipping Media




Today, the World Shipping Council (WSC), the TT Club, the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA), and the Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) jointly released a new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to address issues arising from the new container weighing regulations due to take effect globally on 1 July 2016. The amendments to the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) Convention require packed shipping containers to have a verified gross mass (VGM) before they can be loaded on a ship for export.

The amendments were adopted by the IMO (International Maritime Organization) to enhance maritime safety and reduce the dangers to containerships, their crews, and all those involved in container transport throughout the supply chain. The FAQs have been developed by the industry coalition in response to numerous questions from shippers, carriers, forwarders, and terminal operators about the steps they must take to ensure successful implementation of the new regulations.

This initial FAQs document seeks to clarify how the SOLAS container weight verification requirements will function in various situations. It identifies commercial and operational arrangements that will have to be addressed, and it flags issues that must be dealt with by national governments. The FAQs are based on actual questions from affected stakeholders, and they will be expanded as new issues emerge. Stakeholders are invited to approach any of the collaborating organizations with additional questions that may come up. Contact details of ‘subject-matter experts’ from each of the organizations can be found at the end of the FAQs document.

Container safety is a shared responsibility, and all parties have an interest in improving the safety of ships, the safety of cargo and the reduction of the risks to the lives of ships’ crews and others throughout the containerized supply chain.

The FAQs document can be accessed here:


The World Shipping Council (WSC) represents the global liner industry on regulatory, environmental, safety and security policy issues. The WSC has observer status at the IMO and was actively involved in the development of the SOLAS container gross mass verification requirements. More information is available at:

The TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services. The TT Club participated throughout the IMO consultation process leading to the amendment of SOLAS and the related implementation guidelines. More information is available at:

The International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA) is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the safety, security, sustainability, productivity and efficiency of cargo handling and goods movement by all modes and through all phases of national and international supply chains. ICHCA actively participated in the debates leading to these SOLAS amendments. More information is available at:

The Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) is the world’s leading global trade association representing shippers’ engaged in international trade moving goods by all modes of transport. GSF was actively involved in the debates at the IMO leading to these SOLAS amendments. More information is available at:

World Shipping Council (WSC) TT Club
Ms. Anne Kappel Peter Owen

Isis Communications

TEL:       +1 202 589 1235 TEL:       +44 1737 248300

Annelies Theodorou

ICHCA Secretariat,

TEL: +44 (0) 20 3327 7560

Global Shippers’ Forum

Julie Maddocks

Head of Media Relations

TEL:     +44 (0)1892 552255


“K” Line’s New LNG Carrier for Chubu Electric Named “BISHU MARU”

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) held a naming ceremony for the newly-built liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier (*1) for Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. (Chubu Electric) at Sakaide Shipyard of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI) today.

The new vessel was given her name “BISHU MARU” by President & Director Satoru Katsuno of Chubu Electric, the Charterer.

“BISHU MARU” comes from the name of an old district in western Aichi Prefecture named “Owari” where an LNG receiving terminal of Chubu Electric is located. In addition, she is the second generation with this name which was handed down from an earlier LNG carrier, the first to have been managed by a shipping company in Japan, which was also managed by “K” Line and completed at the Sakaide Shipyard of KHI in 1983 as well.

“BISHU MARU” will mainly serve on the transportation route between Australia and Japan after delivery, and is expected to contribute to stable transportation of energy in Japan which her predecessor faithfully carried out for many years.

“K” Line is dedicated to contribute in meeting the expanding needs of LNG transportation with a view to simultaneously developing a more stable earnings structure as a part of our medium-term management plan “(“K” Line) Value for our Next Century” that was newly introduced earlier this year.

Main Particulars of the Vessel:

Charterer Chubu Electric
Construction Yard KHI Sakaide Shipyard
LOA About 293m
Beam 48.9m (*2)
Tank Capacity 164,700m3
Boil Off Rate (*3) 0.08% per day
Propulsion System Reheat Steam Turbine (Kawasaki Advanced Reheat Turbine Plant) (*4)
Speed 19.5 Knot


(*1) Please refer to the press release on March 29, 2013:

“K” Line to enter Long-Term Time Charter and Construction of LNG Carrier to serve Chubu Electric


(*2) Allowable width to pass through the Panama Canal after the expansion.

(*3) Boil Off Rate (BOR): Ratio of natural vaporized gas against maximum tank capacity to indicate capability of tank heat-insulation system.

(*4) Reheat Turbine Plant: Next-generation LNG carrier propulsion plant of high thermal efficiency and high reliability, incorporating the most advanced materials and control technologies including improvements in steam conditions to raise the thermal efficiency.