Seacurus Top Ten Daily News Stories 26/08/2014

Seacurus Top Ten Daily News Stories 26/08/2014
  
1. Weather Hampers Tanker Rescue
Disabled mixed-products tanker "Pine Galaxy" is expected to arrive in San Francisco later this week. The ship, which is being towed by a commercial tug, reportedly encountered heavy weather that slowed its progress. The Coast Guard will escort the ship and establish a safety zone around the vessel. The 485-foot Bahamian registered "Pine Galaxy" experienced an engine room fire on Aug. 13 that resulted in the death of one crewman and the vessel without power. 
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2. Seafarers Suffer Unexplained Injuries
The captain and an electrician of an Egyptian ship, "Wadi Sudr", have been found dead under mysterious circumstances at India’s Dahej port. The bodies were found onboard and both were pronounced dead by the local hospital. Media reports states, the electrician had gone into the cofferdam but did not return. The captain went there to look for him and he too failed to return.  Both men had head injuries, and a criminal investigation is under way.
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3. Seafarer Tested for Ebola
A Filipino seafarer is being tested for the Ebola virus in Togo, West Africa and the test results are being awaited. Togo health officials had reported two suspected cases of Ebola involving a Filipino seaman and a Togo citizen. The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said Filipino seafarers may soon be prohibited from leaving the ports of Nigeria due to the threat of Ebola.
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4. Bulkers Arrested for Bunker Debts
Bunker suppliers have arrested bulk carriers in India over unpaid debt. A Gujarat High Court judge ordered the arrest of the 56,800 deadweight tonne (dwt) "Bao Flourish", the ship’s owner, HTM Shipping of China, was told to deposit $695,054 as security with the court.  In the second case, "Ocean Hope", a 29,500 dwt vessel owned by Oldendorff Carriers, was arrested after a complaint by Glandar International Bunkering seeking $54,431.
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5. Yards Hit Bottom as Vultures Circle
South Korean shipbuilders are attracting buy recommendations from three of the nation’s biggest brokerages after valuations sank to records. Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Samsung Heavy Industries Co. and three other listed shipbuilders lost an average 40 percent this year. “The only way they can go now is up,” said Park Moo Hyun, an analyst at Hana Daetoo Securities in Seoul. The bright side to this is that there is still strong demand for new ships.”
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6. Wallems Fleet Wins AMVER Award
More than ten per cent of Wallem’ Ship Managements fleet was presented with Amver (Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System) Awards recently. Simon Doughty, Wallem Group CEO, received the Awards on behalf of the crew on board each of the vessels recognized for their involvement.  Of the 47 Wallem-managed vessels receiving an award, the "Banda Sea" stands head and shoulders above the rest, being recognised for 23 consecutive years.
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7. Human Rights Investigation Initiated
The Human Rights at Sea organisation has announced the commencement of its own international investigation into the murders of seafarers in international waters, HRAS said in its media release. HRAS Founder, David Hammond stated that: “Since the public airing of the YouTube footage" HRAS has, decided to launch an investigation of what amounts to gross human rights abuses. HRAS will additionally provide Interpol with any applicable intelligence.
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8. Nigerian Calls for Greater Cooperation
Amidst  increasing wave of oil theft activities in the Niger Delta, security experts have called for more cooperation among security agencies to tackle the menace. Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson recently noted that security was one of the major challenges confronting the nation. He added, “It is through our collaboration and the participation of all Bayelsans that the much needed security will not only be attained but also sustained".
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9. Somalia Still Rife for Piracy
Despite improvements in piracy at sea, there is little room for complacency. According to many, pirates are merely biding their time waiting for the right conditions to return to their attacks. They are patient and can wait for a few years until the ship owners get tired of the cost of extra guards and leave their ships defenceless. Somalia has not addressed the problems at all, piracy is merely a symptom of the disintegration of the country as a whole.
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10. Next Generation Ro-Ro Vessels on Horizon
A new generation of RORO vessels will enter service next year. These post Panamax pure car and truck carriers (PCTC) will be capable of carrying over 7,000 cars. K Line and NYK have both ordered more than five such vessels each, and Höegh Autoliners has ordered six due for delivery in 2015 and 2016. Höegh’s New Horizon design will be the world’s largest PCTC with a carrying capacity of 8,500 car equivalent units (CEU).
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