One of the House Representatives stated:Key components of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021 include:
- establishing reciprocal trade to promote U.S. exports as part of the Federal Maritime Commission’s (FMC) mission;
- requiring ocean carriers to adhere to minimum service standards that meet the public interest, reflecting best practices in the global shipping industry;
- require ocean carriers or marine terminal operators to certify that any late fees —known in maritime parlance as “detention and demurrage” charges—comply with federal regulations or face penalties;
- shifting the burden of proof regarding the reasonableness of “detention or demurrage” charges from the invoiced party to the ocean carrier;
- prohibiting ocean carriers from declining opportunities for U.S. exports unreasonably, as determined by the FMC in new required federal rulemaking; and
- requiring ocean common carriers to report to the FMC each calendar quarter on total import/export tonnage and twenty-foot equivalent units (loaded/empty) per vessel that makes port in the United States.
Rep. Johnson said in a statement that the U.S. has been impacted by the backlog in the supply chain and shipping delays, noting that China and the foreign-flagged ocean carriers are not playing fairly, with accountability long overdue.
“If you want to do business with American ports, you need to play by our basic rules,” he said. “I am proud of the coalition Congressman Garamendi and I have worked to build over the last year. The Ocean Shipping Reform Act puts American consumers, farmers, retailers, truckers, manufacturers, and small businesses first. Our bill passed the U.S. House with strong bipartisan support and I look forward to seeing it pass the Senate.”
Conversely, John Butler, President and CEO of the World Shipping Council, said it does not do enough to materially move the needle towards making meaningful improvements.
“The House today passed HR 4996 without proper debate or committee process,” said Butler. “The bill is a political statement of frustration with supply chain challenges—frustrations that ocean carriers share. The problem is that the bill is not designed to fix the end-to-end supply chain congestion that the world is experiencing, and it will not and cannot fix that congestion.
The World Shipping Council will continue to work with the Congress to seek real solutions that further strengthen the ocean transportation system that has supported the U.S. economy throughout the pandemic.”
More on them here:The World Shipping Council is committed to working with the EU Institutions to achieve the Green Deal’s goals through good policy that will support industry greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets and move as fast as possible to zero GHG emissions. EU Policy, including the revision to the EU ETS Directive has a unique opportunity to strengthen, motivate and complement global policy for reducing GHGs in international shipping.
As per reports from Syrian government officials, an enormous fire erupted at the port of Latakia on 28 December, engulfing the port's container terminal.
This is the second incident in a month, where government officials have claimed Israeli missile strikes to be the cause of the incident.
Citing a military source, Syrian state news agency, Sana said, “At around 3:21 am [01:21 GMT], the Israeli enemy carried out an aerial aggression with several missiles from the direction of the Mediterranean, targeting the container yard in Latakia port.”
Pictures released by Sana showed firefighters trying to put off blazing containers that had 'lit up the night sky. The state-owned media stated that the containers had “engine oil and spare parts for cars and other vehicles”.
A secondary explosion was consequently heard for miles after the primary explosion, as per Syrian officials. The resulting fire had burned for hours, setting containers ablaze in its trail.
Intelligence analysts from around the world noted the Shiba, an Iranian flagged container ship calling the Syrian port on 24 December, fueling speculation that the container terminal 'air strike' might have targeted military-grade equipment unloaded from the container vessel.
This one slipped by me while on Holiday, but seems like more Israeli hybrid warfare shenanigans took place on a Syrian port. The target - containers from Iranian vessel with suspected military equipment:
Enormous fire engulfs Syrian port as Government cries Israeli attack
At the moment of the attack, an aircraft of the military transport aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces was landing at the Khmeimim airfield located in the affected area of the anti-aircraft complexes.
Russia operates an air base at Khmeimim some 20 kms (12 miles) away from Latakia.
Egypt: Record cargo shipped through Suez Canal last yearRecord revenues raised from ships transitting the canal in 2021, despite the Covid-19 pandemic and a six-day blockage by giant cargo ship Ever Given
Published date: 2 January 2022 13:46 UTC | Last update: 2 hours 16 mins ago
Egypt's Suez Canal Authority said the key waterway netted record revenues last year, despite the coronavirus pandemic and a six-day blockage by giant cargo ship the Ever Given.
Connecting the Red Sea and the Mediterranean, the canal accounts for roughly 10 percent of global maritime trade and is a source of much-needed foreign currency for Egypt.
In 2021, some 1.27bn tons of cargo was shipped through the canal, earning $6.3bn dollars in transit fees, which was 13 percent more than the previous year and the highest figures ever recorded, Suez Canal Authority (SCA) chief Osama Rabie said, according to Reuters.
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The number of ships using the canal rose from 18,830 in 2020 to 20,694 in 2021, or more than 56 ships per day, the SCA said in a statement.
In March, the Ever Given supertanker - a behemoth that could carry 199,000 tons - got stuck diagonally across the canal during a sandstorm.
An around-the-clock salvage operation took six days to dislodge it, and one employee of the SCA died during the rescue operation.
Egypt lost some $12m to $15m each day during the canal closure, according to the SCA.
The Ever Given safely returned through the canal without a hitch in August.
In November, the SCA said it would hike transit tolls by six percent starting in 2022, but tourist vessels and liquefied natural gas carriers were to be exempted.