Australian shippers breathed a sigh of relief today with the scrapping of the controversial plan for a biosecurity import levy.
The department of agriculture said the move followed industry consultation which suggested the levy “could not be implemented without significant regulatory impacts on industry and proposed levy payers.”
The Fiji Ships and Heavy Industries Limited have re-fitted 16 vessels so far this year.
The re-fitting works include the repairing of ships on slipways, painting and maintenance of some local and regional vessels.
Fiji Ships and Heavy Industries Limited Operations Manager Lopeti Radravu says their numbers dropped compared to last year due to the impacts of COVID-19.
The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) has been recognized as a top performing major flag State in the Tokyo Memorandum of Understanding’s (MoU’s) Annual Report on Port State Control in the Asia-Pacific Region (the “Report”).
Covering port State control performance in 2019, the Report finds that the rolling average detention ratio for RMI vessels over the past three years was 2.19%. This is the lowest detention ratio of any of the top three registries. There were 2,995 RMI vessels inspected in 2019.
Last year, we joined dozens of researchers to release a report that found countries around the world are planning to produce far more oil, gas, and coal than compatible with climate goals.
Little did we or anyone else expect that, just four months after that first Production Gap Report, major oil-producing regions would be reeling from the consequences of over-investment in and over-dependence on fossil fuels, exposed by a virus that has wreaked havoc across sectors and livelihoods.