Seacurus Bulletin 04/06/2014
MARITIME LABOUR CONVENTION AND SEAFARER NEWS
European Union antitrust regulators have approved an alliance planned by world No. 1 container shipping company AP Moller-Maersk and another that includes Japan’s largest shipper Nippon Yusen Kaisha aimed at tackling excess capacity. Maersk unveiled the proposed tie-up with Switzerland-based MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company and France’s CMA CGM , called the P3, in March, as the companies agreed to pool about 250 ships.
DNV GL has called for a dramatic reduction in the amount of accidents occurring throughout the shipping industry in 2014. Speaking at a press conference, DNV GL’s Tor Svensen stated that “the trend that was positive has been reversed – the amount of accidents is going up.” “Crew fatalities are 10 times higher than land-based best practice,” said Svensen. “We do not have a global system where we can learn from accidents.”
Bureau Veritas (BV) is to launch Lashing WW, a voluntary notation that opens up more flexible stowage on containerships through revised calculations from the international class society’s research into ships in service. The notation is due to be launched on 1 July, the society’s marine technical director, Jean-Francois Segretain said. Lashing WW can be used on ships fitted with an approved lashing computer that can calculate container stack weights.
An inspector from the Korean Register of Shipping and a manager of Korea Shipping Association have been arrested for their alleged careless checks on the capsized ferry Sewol, the Gwangju District Court’s Mokpo branch announced. The KR inspector was in charge of safety inspection of the Sewol when it was renovated in February 2013 at a dockyard in Yeongam, South Jeolla Province. KR had classed the Sewol, which capsized on 16 April and killed hundreds.
Two vessels have been detained by the Spanish maritime authorities following a collision in which both sustained serious damage in the early hours of last Friday at the entrance to the Bay of Algeciras. The 15,525gt Chinese-flagged general cargo vessel "Le Sheng", which was entering the bay with a cargo of nickel to refuel, had its bow crushed after it collided with the 93,003gt bulk carrier "Cape Med", which was heading out of the bay.
If crude tanker owners embark on a newbuilding ordering spree they could kill the market for 10 – 15 years warns Euronav ceo Paddy Rodgers. Rodgers noted that the large tanker market at the end of 2013 was very positive. “The most important thing about that market wasn’t the rates but the fact there was tension in the market we hadn’t expected and the market was much tighter on supply and demand than anyone had expected.
PIRACY AND MARITIME SECURITY NEWS
Despite assurances from the Nigerian Navy regarding security, it appears that another ship has been attacked in Nigerian waters. The IMB reports that a bulk carrier (not named in the report) was approached by two high speed boats yesterday (June 2nd) at 1900 LT in the Calabar River, Nigeria in position 04:49N-008:18E. The pirates/armed robbers fired on the bulk carrier and the attackers saw the armed security team and aborted their attack and moved away.
The Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command, Rear Adm. Obiora Medani, said the Nigerian Navy would sustain security patrols to prevent oil theft. Medani gave the assurance during the Nigerian Navy fleet review evacuation exercise. The exercise was part of the activities to mark the 58th anniversary of the Nigerian Navy. He said that oil theft would no longer be business as usual as they seek to keep the water ways are free from criminals.
A long-term plan to ramp up NATO’s military readiness is underway, but political consensus on the details isn’t likely until alliance heads of state assemble for September’s summit in Wales, NATO’s top official said. A range of threats, including terrorism, piracy and cybercrime — means the 28-nation alliance must adapt, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said. He called for a NATO that is "fitter, faster and more flexible"
The Togolese Navy has taken delivery of a new 33 metre patrol boat from French naval defence equipment manufacturer Raidco Marine to enhance the operational capacity of its small navy. Last year Togo ordered two RPB 33 patrol boats, originally slated for delivery in March and July this year. President Gnassingbe said the boat will be used to fight maritime crimes within the country’s waters and contribute to the fight against rampant piracy.
Twelve stowaways — 11 Nigerians and a Ghanaian — rescued from a Spain-bound vessel, MV African Osprey, have told of how they almost suffocated inside the cabin where they hid. The stowaways, discovered to be casual workers on the ship, said that had the crew members delayed opening the cabin where they hid, they would have died. The stowaways claimed to have made 6 earlier attempts to get onboard a vessel.
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