Seacurus Top Ten Daily News Stories 02/09/2014

Seacurus Top Ten Daily News Stories 02/09/2014


1. Major Migrant Maersk Rescue

The container ship "Evelyn Maersk" took 352 boat people on board in the Mediterranean on Sunday. The people have now landed safely in Sicily. On Saturday evening, the Evelyn Maersk was approached by one of the Mediterranean’s rescue coordination centers with the message that a fishing boat was taking in water. According to the chief press officer in Maersk Line, Michael Christian Storgaard, the notice also said that a number of refugees were on board the vessel. After a few hours of sailing to the distressed fishing vessel, the crew found the vessel was taking on water and that its engine had broken down.




2. Rate Hikes Follow Ebola Fears

Following the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is has been reported that European shipowners have increased freight rates on cargoes and have imposed a surcharge on vessels coming to Nigeria and other countries battling to contain the virus. Nigerian importers have expressed concern that their fears over a rise in insurance rates, surcharges and freight rates have been imposed. The Nigerian Chamber of Commerce has blamed the rise on "foreigners" looking to take advantage of the situation to increase rates.




3. Increasing Concerns of Insider Piracy

With the trend of oil siphoning, "petro piracy" attacks off Singapore and Indonesia – it is increasingly thought that the pirates are acting on detailed inside information. The fact that pirates can carry out complex procedures extremely quickly, which requires substantial details of ships’ systems, strongly hints at them having been granted prearranged insider intelligence.  According to a new report six of 16 incidents since the siphoning attacks began in 2011 have hit the same company and the vessels "Ai Maru" and "Moresby 9" were both hit twice. While crew collusion has also been intimated in some cases.



4. Massive Oil Losses Hitting Nigeria

The Nigerian Federal Government loses about $25 billion yearly to oil theft, sea piracy and poaching. A breakdown showed that $800 million is lost to poaching, $9 billion to piracy and $15.5 billion to oil theft. A former senior member of NIMASA has said the amount the country is losing is huge. He called for the sharing of information by the security agencies to stem criminalities on the waters and make it safe. He also  raised the alarm that over 70 per cent of about eight million illegal arms and ammunition in West Africa are in Nigeria. He urged the government to pay attention to policing of the waters locally.



5. Banned Vessel Pops In

The Liberian-flagged ship banned from Australia ports for failing crew welfare provisions is being detained at the New Zealand Port of Tauranga. The "Vega Auriga" must resolve 11 of its 14 deficiencies before being allowed to leave, says Maritime New Zealand. Spokesman Steve Randle says the deficiencies related to maintenance, sea worthiness and a crew rest period. The ship was inspected yesterday after its arrival. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has banned the vessel from using or entering Australian ports. It has detained the vessel three times since July last year due to crew welfare concerns.




6. US Anti Piracy Chopper Crashes

A US Marine Corps Helicopter has crashed while attempting to land aboard "USS Mesa Verde" (LPD 19) in the Gulf of Aden. All 25 people aboard – including 17 Marines and eight Navy Sailors – were recovered safely and brought aboard the USS Mesa Verde. Personnel who sustained minor injuries in the crash were treated aboard USS Mesa Verde, the Navy said. The helicopter is assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and was transferring the Marines and Navy sailors back to USS Mesa Verde from training ashore in nearby Djibouti, the Navy said. The crash was not a result of hostile activity, the Navy added.




7. Mystery Tanker Resurfaces with Cargo

A tanker carrying disputed Iraqi Kurdish crude oil reappeared on satellite tracking on Monday near Texas, days after having gone silent with a $100 million cargo, but the latest vessel data showed it had not offloaded at sea. According to AIS ship tracking data used by the U.S. Coast Guard and Reuters, the United Kalavrvta, which has been in limbo for weeks, was still 95 percent full. Its would-be U.S. buyer has balked at taking delivery of the cargo, and Baghdad has filed a lawsuit in a U.S. court saying exports by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) are illegal. The KRG argues they are allowed under the Iraqi constitution.




8. Bunker Detection Company Grows

Specialist marine surveying organisation Bunker Detectives has announced it has established a subsidiary in Singapore, Bunker Detective Asia Pte. Ltd. Surveyor Abdul Farhan has been appointed to head up the new operation, and he will also be involved in business development and the training of new surveyors. Farhan comes from mercantile marine background with extensive hands-on experience in ship operations followed by 2 years of service in the Singapore Police Coastguard. To date he has a personal record of finding 494 metric tonnes of unreported bunker fuel onboard a single vessel, giving approximately $300,000 in savings.




9. Fire Fighting Training from Videotel

Maritime e-learning specialist Videotel Marine International, part of KVH Industries, Inc., has launched an updated five-part series: Fire Fighting At Sea. Made with support and expertise from marine fire specialists and industry experts, the training includes scenes filmed on board the Vectis Osprey and aims to give seafarers basic and refresher training on how fires start, how to prevent them, and their respective role in combatting a fire on board ship. Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel, explains: "Fire Fighting at Sea is designed to educate all crew and help them to take immediate and life saving action."




10. Accused Italian Marine Taken Ill

One of the two Italian marines detained in India, Massimiliano Latorre, has been hospitalized in New Delhi. Doctors treating Latorre said they were "pleased with how he responded to the first treatment," according to a statement from the Italian defence ministry. Latorre and Salvatore Girone are living at the Italian embassy in New Delhi after being detained in connection with the shooting deaths of two Indian fishermen during an anti-piracy mission in 2012.





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