Clean Energy Joins World Fuel Services to Supply LNG to Pasha, Among First Maritime LNG Bunkering Operations on US West Coast

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced it will supply World Fuel Services with an estimated 78 million gallons of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for two Pasha Hawaii container ships.

When operating from the Port of Long Beach, these ‘Ohana Class’ vessels will become one of the first natural gas-powered containerships to call on the U.S. West Coast and the first to service Hawaii. Both ships will surpass the International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2030 standards for ocean vessels with zero sulfur emissions, a 90 percent reduction in nitrogen oxide and 25 percent reduction in carbon dioxide as compared to liquid fuel oil.

M/V George III and M/V Janet Marie are the two LNG-powered container ships that will join Pasha Hawaii’s fleet serving Hawaii. The George III is expected to begin operation in Q4 2021 and the Janet Marie shortly thereafter. Ship construction is supported by Clean Energy’s Cryogenics division, which will perform tank conditioning and first LNG bunkering at Keppel AmFELS’ Brownsville, Texas shipyard.

“Named after my late parents, the M/V George III and the Janet Marie were specifically designed to utilize the latest in technologies to construct clean fuel ships that we hope will set a precedent for environmental sustainability within our shipping industry,” said George Pasha, IV, president and CEO of Pasha Hawaii. “These ships represent our commitment to our customers and the environmental health of both Hawaii and Southern California. Partnering with Clean Energy and World Fuel Services brings us one step closer to achieving this goal.”

The LNG that will power the Pasha Hawaii container ships will come from the Clean Energy plant in Boron, CA. Clean Energy is expanding the Boron LNG plant by adding a production train that increases production by 50 percent. For LNG delivery, World Fuel Services has contracted with West Coast Clean Fuels, LLC to transport and load the LNG into the ship fuel tanks. West Coast Clean Fuels provides end-to-end supply chain solutions for low-carbon fuels, such as LNG and hydrogen, to marine transportation operators on the U.S. West Coast.

“Pasha Hawaii has quickly become a leader in sustainability shipping with these new ships powered by LNG. The environmental benefits will result in the immediate reduction of air pollutants around the ports in Hawaii and Southern California,” said Andrew J. Littlefair, president and CEO, Clean Energy.

“World Fuel Services congratulates Pasha Hawaii and Clean Energy in their commitment to developing new LNG ships and supply. Together, we have made a significant step in providing cleaner marine fuels that positively impacts the marine industry and environment,” said Michael Kasbar, chairman and CEO, World Fuel Services Corporation. “As demand for cleaner fuel increases, World Fuel will continue to provide our customers with sourcing and logistics solutions to meet these requirements.”

New Report by QinetiQ: Becoming ‘The Hardest Target’ for Adversaries

The nations able to perfect a holistic approach to technological deterrents will make themselves the hardest targets for enemies to strike, according to a new report released by QinetiQ. Superior technologies, deployable with powerful and immediate effect, and exploiting them to their fullest potential is critical for gaining future competitive advantage.

Owning the most advanced technology is not enough to secure a competitive advantage in today’s geopolitical environment. To seize the technological advantage, the way in which the technology is used is just as important as what it does. Effective exploitation of technology is a powerful deterrent in its own right. QinetiQ’s new report, released at DSEI 2021, provides recommendations on how nations can exploit technology more effectively to make themselves the hardest target for adversaries to strike; being superior to the adversary in understanding the threat environment, being more innovative in the application of technology and acting and reacting faster.

The report will address the challenges and look at technologies and other factors that will transform defense over the next decade and beyond to 2040. Download a copy at www.qinetiq.com/insights.

Record Exports but Shipping Concerns Remain at Chinese Ports

In spite of the global shipping crisis reports say China’s exports rose 25.6% in August from a year ago to $294.3 billion, according to customs statistics published earlier this month. Imports jumped 33.1% over the same period to $236 billion. Both figures are records. However, challenges to trade including the shutdown of the port of Ningbo-Zhoushan, China in July due to a dock worker testing positive for Covid remain a concern. It is the world’s third largest container port. The port was for weeks after the worker was tested positive. That sent ripples that experts say could make the backlog at Chinese ports worse and add another chink in the supply chain links. A larger Covid outbreak in China is being reported now.

New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania Caught Off Guard by Weather, Transportation Flooded

New York City’s subway system flooded in areas as a result of intense rains that first devastated New Orleans, the state of Louisiana and then headed north. Reports says first responders rescued commuters from halted subway trains on Wednesday evening after a two onslaught of rain flooded subway stations. Some riders were left to fend for themselves overnight in subway stations, sleeping on benches while service was suspended. Riders said they had never seen anything like the flooding happening Wednesday evening.

Reports of deaths due to the flooding have steadily increased as reports are arriving from the community and as it stands now 45 people have been reportedly died due to the weather event. There are reports of more than 500 abandoned vehicles on the streets of New York City. In a press conference in the Queens borough of New York, newly sworn in Governor Kathy Hochul said, “We need to foresee these in advance and be prepared.” Some reports say that more than six inches of water fell in two-to-three hours. Central Park recorded 3.15 inches of rain in one hour. First responders were forced to rescue people by boat from the roofs of their cars. Many were evacuated from the trains and subways in the area. Some subway lines were still not operating into late Thursday, September 2.

Philadelphia, Penn. was also severely impacted with flooding and water rescues ensuing. Some reports called damage in that area “vast.”

Satellite-Based AI Surveillance System Being Created in Japan

Reports say Japan is developing an artificial intelligence (AI) surveillance system that will use advanced satellite technology to identify and track foreign ships operating close to its waters or that may breech its territory.

The reports say the Japanese government is setting an initial 450 million yen ($4.1 million) aside for the project, and is asking technology companies to submit proposals for the system. Analysts indicate that Tokyo is having a hard time keeping track of the vessels trying to illegally entering the waters and territories surrounding the island nation.

Crimson Polaris Runs Aground, Breaks

The Crimson Polaris ran aground August 12, 2021 and proceeded to break in two off the north coast of Japan. The crew, mostly Chinese and Fillipino, was rescued and brought to safety by local coast guard. The ship was registered in Panama. Photos show the stern tipping up and the rest of the boat listing away from the stern. The rupture caused a fuel leak that spread 15 miles out and there was difficulty creating a fence around it to prevent the spread and environmental impact of the oil.

Oil Leaking onto Georgia Beach Continues

Several miles of beach on St. Simons Island, Georgia was fouled with oil as it spilled into the waters nearby earlier in the week. The remains of a cargo ship that overturned but is being dismantled on the Georgia coast continued to leak oil. Workers were trying to keep up with the spill clearing away thick swaths of sand that were darkened by the oil.

Nearly 70 workers were sent to the area and cleanup is expected to take days. The oil also found its way into marshlands around the island.

The freighter, a South Korean flagged ship – the Golden Ray, capsized nearly two years ago. Salvagers have been cutting it up to remove it for months. Around 320,000 gallons of oil had been drained from the fuel tanks of the vessel before the salvage operation began. As the some of the final section was removed by crane, oil that had been collecting in the ballast tanks began gushing out of the section, according to a Coast Guard spokesman.

G7 and EU say Iran Behind Mercer Street Vessel Attack

The Defense Department of the United States has announced the drone used in the attack of the Mercer Street commercial vessel was produced in Iran, U. S. Central Command said in a statement Friday, August 6, 2021.

The statement outlined that a team sent to the vessel to investigate found that the ship off the coast of Oman was targeted by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) “loaded with a military-grade explosive.” The drone attack on July 29, 2021 killed two.

“The use of Iranian designed and produced one way attack ‘kamikaze’ UAVs is a growing trend in the region,” the executive summary of the report said. “They are actively used by Iran and their proxies against coalition forces in the region, to include targets in Saudi Arabia and Iraq.” https://3d56db11c1e8530c3ccfd5213b27cdd9.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union:

“We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union stand united in our commitment to maritime security and the protection of commercial shipping. We condemn the unlawful attack committed on a merchant vessel off the coast of Oman on 29 July, which killed a British and a Romanian national. This was a deliberate and targeted attack, and a clear violation of international law. All available evidence clearly points to Iran. There is no justification for this attack.

Vessels must be allowed to navigate freely in accordance with international law. We will continue to do our utmost to protect all shipping, upon which the global economy depends, so that it is able to operate freely and without being threatened by irresponsible and violent acts.

Iran’s behavior, alongside its support to proxy forces and non-state armed actors, threatens international peace and security. We call on Iran to stop all activities inconsistent with relevant UN Security Council resolutions, and call on all parties to play a constructive role in fostering regional stability and peace.”

Beirut Still Recovering from Blast One Year Later

One year after one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history, the Beirut, Lebanon blast that demolished the port and caused damage throughout the area, the city is still recovering. People gathered to at the site of the explosion to mark the anniversary. The explosion resulted from the detonation of tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a commonly used agricultural fertilizer. It can be highly explosive and can also be used to make explosives. The ammonium nitrate entered Beirut’s port on a Moldovan-flagged ship, the Rhosus, in November 2013, and had been offloaded into a storage facility, referred to as hangar 12 in Beirut’s port in October, 2014.

The Beirut explosion killed 218 and wounded 7,000 people. Many of the injured acquired a physical disability. The blast damaged 77,000 apartments and displaced 300,000 people.

On the anniversary, the U. S.  Biden Administration pledged $100 million (in addition to several hundred million that has already been promised) to support the Lebanese efforts to rebuild.

Ned Price, Spokesperson for the Department of State said at a daily briefing: “It is the one-year anniversary of this tragic explosion in the Port of Beirut that killed hundreds of innocent Lebanese citizens. As you know, the International Support Group for Lebanon met earlier this week on the eve of the anniversary. Those members expressed their solidarity, as do we, with the families of the victims and with those whose lives and livelihoods have been affected by it. In addition to those killed, thousands more were injured and thousands more from there, their livelihoods were impacted by this. The International Support Group did indeed urge authorities to swiftly complete the investigation into the port explosion so that the truth may be known and justice may be rendered. The ISG observed with deep concern the broader context in which this anniversary takes place. Of course, that includes the worsening economic crisis that has affected nearly all elements of Lebanese society, its people, its institutions, its services. And the ISG did call upon Lebanese authorities as a matter of national responsibility, as has the United States in this context and previously, to urgently take every possible step to improve lives for the Lebanese people. And in this case, that means putting aside their political, their personal, their partisan differences for the good and for the benefit of the Lebanese people. A year has now passed without a government in Lebanon. Of course, there is now a designation of a new prime minister, but Lebanon’s leaders do need to, without delay, support the formation of an empowered new government, a new government that is empowered to take on the reforms that are long overdue.”

Possible Hormuz Hijack Situation Resolves Peacefully

An incident that was initially reported as a “potential hijack” amid heightened tensions around the Strait of Hormuz has resolved.

The British maritime agency reported boarders of a vessel off the coast of the United Arab Emirates’ Fujairah region in the Gulf of Oman have left. The incident was initially regarded as a “potential hijack” was now over.

On their Twitter account on Wednesday The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) said the vessel was “safe” and the “incident complete.” No other details were provided.

UKMTO had warned ships to use “extreme caution” due to an incident approximately 60 nautical miles (111km) east of Fujairah. The incident is reported “complete.”