Seacurus Bulletin 20/06/2014
MARITIME LABOUR CONVENTION AND SEAFARER NEWS
Seacurus has called for proper enforcement of Port State Control regulations in the lead-up to adoption of amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 designed to protect abandoned seafarers and seafarers injured in occupational accidents. The MLC amendments are scheduled to enter force in early 2017, at which point those countries which have ratified MLC 2006 will be bound by those amendments unless 40 per cent of ratifying nations reject the new provisions in writing. Before then an ILO resolution comes into effect whereby full Port State Control (PSC) can be applied by nations which are a party to MLC 2006.
Mamdouh Maritime Legal Solutions (MMLS) moved on Wednesday to execute an arrest order for the RORO ship MV Al Hurreya, in the Red Sea Port of Safaga. The Red Sea Court issued Arrest Order Number 31/2014, signed by High Judge Ahmed Nahfouz, on June 17, 2014. The action was initiated by MMLS client, Admiral Salem El Rafie, Executive Manager of United Captain Group Oil Services of Alexandria, due to unpaid maritime debits in excess of $900,000 USD owed to it by the Egyptian Ministry of Defense (MOD)-owned company, Marine Industries and Services Organization (MISO).
The Standard P&I Club has seen a recent upsurge in the number of navigation related incidents where the bridge team has failed to take early and positive action in accordance with the COLREGS. Increasingly, emphasis on the lookout is neglected and reliance is given to the electronic aids to navigation. Recently there has been a spate of collisions which are of particular concern to the insurance industry. Navigational incidents are one of the biggest costs of shipping insurance claims; they are a major cause of environmental pollution and the largest threat to a company’s reputation and its commercial health.
A court in Malta has ordered the owners of the Panama-flagged A Ladybug to pay EUR43,152 in back wages owed to 22 crew members. The ruling comes just two months after the court made a similar ruling covering the crew of sister ship B Ladybug. Seafarers on both ships were left stranded off the coast of Malta for almost a year after the Taiwanese owners, TMT, went bankrupt. The ITF, with Malta inspector Paul Falzon, has helped them in their legal case to win their back pay and costs of repatriation. The owners were also ordered to pay money owed for unpaid work, supplies and the costs of anchoring in the island.
High cube 40ft containers are stealing a march on traditional 40ft equipment and by the end of 2013 represented just short of 50% of the maritime container fleet, according to Drewry’s Container Census report. The overall fleet of maritime 40ft high cube containers grew by over 7% in 2013, a much faster pace than the global container fleet whose growth was limited to just 4.3%. "Gains made in the maritime standard fleet came wholly at the expense of standard 40ft equipment, whose count continued to decline, although the 20ft share held stable at about a third," said Andrew Foxcroft, editor of Drewry’s Container Census report.
The IMO Council agreed to present the internal Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea to the Captain and crew on board the DFDS ship BRITANNIA SEAWAYS. The IMO Council agreed with the decision of the Assessment Panel to present the award to the Danish crew. The award is awarded by United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO). The crew receives the award for the efforts made when a fire broke out on the ship on Saturday, 16 November 2013, while it was carrying military equipment along the Norwegian coast. It was an extensive fire with flames extending more than 30 metres in the air, extreme heat and explosions.
PIRACY AND MARITIME SECURITY NEWS
Unosat issued a report on Maritime Piracy identifying several important trends related to maritime security. Based on a refined and detailed analysis of primarily data from International Maritime Organization (IMO) Global Integrated Shipping Information System (GISIS) «Piracy and Armed Robbery» module UNITAR has been able to explore how trends in geospatial patterns and severity of reported piracy incidents are developing, from 1995 to 2013. Some detailed geospatial analyses focus on the period 2006-2013 due to improved records for geo-locating incidents. The analysis includes the added cost of piracy for the maritime industry.
The Master of the MT Arsenal, missing since June 17th, has now made contact with the ship’s owners, we understand. According to reports received, there was a equipment failure on board which left them unable to use communications. Although not confirmed, we are led to believe that there was no foul play involved.
Given the recent spate of hijackings in the region, it is not surprising that there was concern when contact was lost, although the authorities had a number of methods with which to confirm the ship’s well being, not least contacting the tug it was travelling with via VHF.
A group of pirates abandoned their plan to hijack a ship because the vessel’s cargo was not what they were after, revealed anti-piracy body ReCAAP ISC’s May report. The report stated that on 25 May, eight armed pirates boarded the 4,147dwt asphalt/bitumen carrier New Glory via its port side from a speed boat.
The pirates were seeking diesel. At the time, New Glory, operated by Shell Eastern Trading, was en route from Singapore to Thailand. ReCAAP ISC said: The pirates searched the tanker’s cargo and realised that the vessel carried hot asphalt and not diesel. When this was realised the pirates made their escape.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is urging people to beware of a global scam offering overseas residents a Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC) and Australian visas to gain jobs with cruise companies. Scammers have been targeting people in several countries via emails offering job opportunities with cruise line operating in Australia and a relevant visa. AMSA became aware of the email scam in October last year and a number of people have reported being targeted by the scam or have been scammed. The email scam offers job opportunities with bogus cruise lines, including Silver Cruise and Princess Line Australia.
The latest security advisory for Nigeria issued by the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) effectively renders the use of armed guards commercially placed on merchant vessels illegal and is highly likely to have major repercussions for the ship owner and the charterer should they be caught with un-authorized armed police or marine police on board says one maritime security company. According to BIMCO there have been a number of ‘blue on blue’ incidents in the last six months and the industry as a whole is concerned about the safety of crew transiting the region.
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