Y LD needs to fill two vacant seats The Young Lawyers Division is seeking applicants for two vacant seats on its Board of Governors, to be filled by appointment by the YLD Board of Governors.The vacancies are for Seat 1 in the 16th Circuit and Seat 1 in the 18th Circuit.Any Bar member in good standing in those circuits who is 35 or younger or who has been a member of the Bar for less than five years may apply by the February 28 deadline. Applicants must send a letter stating their desire to be appointed to Mustafa Mahdi, YLD Program Administrator, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32309-2300, or via e-mail at [email protected] February 15, 2006 Regular News YLD needs to fill two vacant seats
The Port of Singapore, one of the leading global bunker ports, is gearing up for the IMO’s new sulphur regulations that will change the landscape for the bunker industry.Namely, as of January 1, 2020, the shipping industry needs to switch to fuels containing 0.5 pct levels of sulphur, considerably down from the current 3.5 percent.One of the major concerns for owners has been the availability of compliant fuels across global ports.To prepare the industry for the global sulphur cap, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) plans to publish an information sheet on the list of licensed bunker suppliers of low-sulphur fuels in Singapore by mid-2019.The information sheet will be made available online.As disclosed, several bunker suppliers and oil majors including Shell, ExxonMobil and BP have affirmed their readiness to supply 0.5 percent compliant fuels by January 1, 2020.“This year marks the 20th edition of the Singapore International Bunkering Conference and Exhibition (SIBCON) and it remains the key global platform to provide thought leadership for the industry. In light of the International Maritime Organization’s global sulphur limit from 1 January 2020, Singapore is committed to ensure a sufficient and broad range of solutions available to ship owners,” Andrew Tan, Chief Executive, MPA said.MPA also plans to set up a new work group with the industry to develop a roadmap that will include drivers such as digitalisation and innovation, and transparency and productivity in the sector. The work group will work towards completing the roadmap by fourth quarter of 2019.LNG bunkering has been one of the key projects in the port’s preparations for the future of the bunker industry.In 2014, MPA formed an international focus group to deepen cooperation and information sharing on LNG bunkering. Since then, the LNG bunkering port focus group has grown from three to 11 participants.The Suez Canal Economic Zone Authority joined the group formally on Wednesday, October 3, becoming the first one from the Middle East. The expansion was formalized via an MoU signing during the Singapore International Bunkering Conference and Exhibition’s (SIBCON) opening ceremony.“To kick-start the use of LNG as a marine fuel, MPA has co-funded the construction of eight LNG-fueled vessels. The first two were delivered this year to Keppel SMIT Towage and Maju Maritime, which have since conducted a total of 15 LNG bunkering operations. We expect this number to grow as more LNG-fueled vessels are delivered,” Singapore’s Minister of transport and Health, Lam Pin Min, said.“Outside of Singapore, MPA continues to work closely with ten other like-minded ports through the LNG Bunkering Port Focus Group. I am glad to note that the focus group will be releasing a joint timeline today, showing the readiness of each port to provide LNG bunkering facilities.”The focus group released an infographic jointly developed by the members:Image Courtesy: MPA Singapore Click to enlargeBeyond the use of LNG as a marine fuel in the Port of Singapore, the MPA has allocated SGD 5 million to the Green Energy Programme (GEP) to support the development of other cleaner alternative marine fuels. Companies can tap on the fund to carry out various activities including the conduct of research and development for cleaner marine fuel solutions in Singapore.Earlier this year, MPA announced the mandatory use of mass flow metering (MFM) system for delivery of distillates in the port as of July 2019, to boost transparency and productivity of the bunker industry.MPA has commenced the acceptance tests to roll out MFM on bunker tankers for the delivery of distillates.“The first test was completed in September 2018 and MPA is working closely with owners to schedule acceptance tests for all distillates bunker tankers. MPA is on track to implement the mandatory use of MFM on all bunker tankers delivering distillates by 1 July 2019,” the port authority said.In the coming months, the port authority plans to pilot an electronic Bunker Delivery Notes (e-BDN) to drive greater productivity, efficiency and transparency in the bunkering process. e-BDNs allow important bunkering information to be transmitted almost instantaneously to both buyers and sellers. MPA will continue to work with the industry to roll out this initiative as early as 2020.
AFTER a lacklustre response to a call for proposals for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) is now calling on its 23 affiliated sporting associations and federations to submit another proposal – this time one to be presented to the Pan American Sports Association (PASO) next week.GOA president K.A. Juman-Yassin is expected to be in Miami, USA next week, and according to him the associations have been asked to submit proposals. The deadline for the PASO proposals is tomorrow, June 21.“I’ve asked all the major sports to give us their plans and then we will compile it … because I have to go up to Miami to present our proposals to PASO to see what they would be able to give us.“We can’t get everything but I’m waiting to see what they (Associations) submit, so we can move forward, and when we put it to PASO to see what we can get.” Yassin admitted that only “four or five” of the associations submitted the previously-asked for ‘Tokyo 2020’ proposals for their athletes, which the GOA had requested since January.Proposals still haven’t been submitted by most of the associations, including major associations like athletics, whose president Aubrey Hutson admitted that the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) had not submitted. However, Yassin was tight-lipped on naming any of the tardy associations.Aside from athletics the other 22 sporting fraternities under the GOA are badminton, baseball, basketball, bodybuilding, boxing, canoeing, cycling, fencing, football, hockey, judo, karate, netball, rifle-shooting, rugby, weightlifting, table tennis, taekwondo, lawn tennis, swimming, squash and volleyball.Badminton, judo and boxing have all confirmed that they were among those fraternities that submitted their Tokyo proposals. The Tokyo 2020 proposal was expected to include plans of what each respective discipline wished to see happen to help prepare their athletes, from now, in the hope of having them qualify for the 2020 Olympics.However, the problem wasn’t just with the errant non-submitting associations.“A lot of the plans were not very good in detail,” Yassin said. He however is more optimistic about the PASO proposals.With the PASO proposal, he hopes for better submissions, as it asked specific questions and addressed specific areas. The PASO proposals are for support in the lead-up to the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.This PASO proposal is expected to work in tandem with the Tokyo proposal, with Pan Am being just one year before the Olympics, and PASO being a subsidiary of the governing International Olympic Committee (IOC).“All of this will work in conjunction to that (the Tokyo 2020 plan) because this will go towards the Pan American Games in 2019 and then the following year is the (Tokyo) 2020,” Yassin explained.However, as it pertains to the Tokyo 2020 plan, up to late last month when contacted several of the associations appeared to have no knowledge of the request for the proposals.“Well, too bad for them. It’s a poor excuse,” Yassin remarked.“I’ve been sending the information to them. The office would have sent the information to them. Mr (Hector) Edwards would have sent the things to all the associations. And when we have council meetings every month we tell them, look we haven’t received it; please send in.”Yassin, however, admitted that not all of the associations have been up to date in attending the council meetings, which are held on the last Thursday of every month. That responsibility falls on the associations.Many of the associations themselves also admitted that their lack of attendance may have played a role.President of the Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) Ivan Persaud knew nothing of the plan last month. However he says he has since had an arrangement with the GOA to submit their proposal after they hold their Goodwill Swim Meet in August. Hockey and tennis, and rugby were also not aware.Bodybuilding president Coel Marks, noted that a recent change of executive left that fraternity in a bad position. Last month was the first GOA council meeting that the new executive attended.“We took over in February. The transition did not happen smoothly. So we now had to piece together a lot of information. So things are coming in bits and pieces, and now filling in the gaps. So I’m aware of it now and I will be sending a representative on the way forward.”