Seacurus Top Ten Daily News Stories 08/09/2014
1. Box Port Security Success
Peel Ports operators of the Port of Liverpool, says it has been accredited by US Customs and Border Protection as a certified partner in the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) programme. The accreditation system validates ‘best in class’ security and detection capabilities aimed at identifying illegal cargo being transported to and from the US. All organisations accredited under the partnership scheme have demonstrated the highest standards in security processes and systems. As a result, inspections are less likely at C-TPAT member ports meaning smoother progress for goods imported into the US.
2. IMO Joins Ebola Fight
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) informs it has joined the international ad hoc Ebola Travel and Transport Task Force and is working with other United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations to monitor the situation and provide timely information in response to the outbreak of the disease. IMO has issued a circular letter (No. 3484) which is available through the IMO website (www.imo.org), providing information and guidance, based on recommendations developed by WHO, on the precautions to be taken to minimize risks to seafarers, passengers and others on board ships, from the Ebola virus disease.
3. Spotting Polluters from the Sky
CleanSeaNet is a European satellite-based oil spill and vessel detection service. It offers assistance in identifying and tracing oil pollution on the sea surface, monitoring accidental pollution during emergencies and contributing to the identification of polluters. The service has just received European Union funding of 160.5 million EUR ($200m) to continue to December 31, 2020. Radar satellite images that cover all European sea areas are analyzed for possible oil spills on the sea surface. The images can be available within 30 minutes of the satellite passing overhead. Approximately 2,000 images are ordered and analyzed each year.
4. Spotlight on Superyacht Careers
"Sun, sea and silver service: what’s it like crewing on a superyacht?" That is the question posed in as The Observer this week looked into the dreams and realities of those manning superyachts. Working on a superyacht is the dream job for many young people. Their life below deck is surreal, funny and sometimes downright disturbing. The promise of a peek into this rarefied kingdom is the reason thousands of young people head to the Mediterranean each spring. They are motivated by the same reasons people have always gone to sea: money, adventure and escape.
5. Understanding the Drive of Asian Pirates
Somali pirates were supposedly just poor fishermen, Nigerian pirates started out as environmental activists…yes, academics spend an awful lot of time trying to understand what turns people into pirates. The latest study has been exploring the SE Asian problem. According to the study the most self-evident explanation for the difference of low- and high-profile piracy in Indonesia and Malaysia is the disparity in living standards and wealth. In Indonesia, where the GDP per capita was US$5,100 in 2012, piracy attacks are much more likely to be motivated by poverty. While in Malaysia, poverty is not as high so criminal syndicates are the driver.
6. ABS Looks East and Classes Japanese
ABS has added the first Japanese-flagged vessel to its classed fleet after having been awarded the status of a ‘Recognized Organization’ by the Japanese government, the company said in its press release. YAMATOGAWA, a 302,488 deadweight-ton very large crude carrier owned and managed by Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. recently transferred flag, a move which made ABS the first foreign classification society to class a vessel flying the Japanese flag. “We are honored to become the first foreign class society to include a Japanese-flagged vessel in our fleet” says Derek Novak, President and COO for ABS’ Pacific Division.
7. Yachties Emerge Back in HRA
Whilst conducting counter-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden, the EU Naval Force flagship and Italian Navy destroyer, "ITS Andrea Doria", was summoned to give assistance to a stricken yacht in the Gulf of Aden. The yacht’s two French crewmembers had put out a mayday signal after they suffered engine failure. As she was the nearest warship to the yacht, ITS Andrea Doria launched her helicopter and closed the sea area to provide assistance. Upon arrival at the scene, a team of Italian Navy marine engineers went on board the yacht and after a couple of hours repaired the damaged engine. Yachts are still advised not to transit the HRA. http://goo.gl/jQhGEa
8. Grounded Vessel Refloated
The grounded cargo ship "Samskip Akrafell" was refloated at about midnight on Sunday after spending most of Saturday hard aground along the east coast of Iceland. The vessel was floated free and towed to nearby Reyðarfirði by the fishing trawler Aðalsteinn Jónsson and accompanied by the Coast Guard vessel Aegir.
The Icelandic Coast Guard reported that no pollution was observed during the salvage operation. An update later Sunday said that once in port crews began pumping water from the engine room of the Samskip Akrafell, and it is believed that oil did leak from the vessel. Six people were aboard the vessel during the operation. http://goo.gl/NaFkZY
9. SMM Takes a Wide Industry View
SMM has come around again and Hamburg is set to be flooded with representatives from across the globe and the length and breadth of the shipping sector. The show will have 2,100 exhibitors from 67 countries and the show is expecting 50,000 visitors. Adding some structure to the fair, each day has been assigned an overarching theme, from Monday to Friday: finance, environment, security, offshore and crewing. A headline conference on the first four days will discuss and investigate the hot topics in the maritime industry and offer delegates the chance to quiz the executives making decisions at the top,
10. Syrian Owners Buy Spree
Two undisclosed Syrian shipowners are reported to have spent a total of US$16m to purchase two vessels. According to shipbrokers reports from Athens, Syrian owners have acquired two dry bulkers in the last week. The first ship is the 47,301-dwt Alam Amam II (built-2001) which was purchased by a Syrian owner for $12.5m). Syrian owners are also believed to have picked up the 26,530-dwt Bosna (built-1985) for $3.25m
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