Seacurus Top Ten Daily News Stories 10/09/2014

Seacurus Top Ten Daily News Stories 10/09/2014


1. Container Rivals Come Together

French container shipping group CMA CGM has sealed an alliance with two rivals after a failed attempt to partner with bigger peers Maersk and Switzerland’s MSC, vetoed by China earlier this year due to competition concerns. CMA CGM said on Tuesday it had agreed a route-sharing alliance with China Shipping Container Lines Co Ltd (CSCL) and United Arab Shipping Co (UASC) to be known as Ocean Three in a bid to save costs on key container routes. The shipping industry has been battling overcapacity linked to a glut of new vessels ordered during a boom period before the global financial crisis of 2007-2009, forcing new efficiencies.



2. Nicaragua Canal Shapes Up

The construction of the 287km-interoceanic canal through Nicaragua should begin in December with the construction of a port on the Pacific coast, Temaco Talavera, president of the National Universities Council, who serves as a spokesman for the government’s Canal Technical Advisory Commission, told local media. The port would be located at Britto, in the Rivas department on the Pacific coast and “would create all the necessary work to move forward," he said,In June of last year, a parliament controlled by President Daniel Ortega and his Sandinista National Liberation Front approved the project with scarcely a debate.



3. Class Acts On Performance Measurement

DNV GL has introduced ECO Insight, a portal allowing shipowners to manage the performance of a fleet, including voyage, hull & propeller, engine & systems performance. The tool, presented at the SMM trade fair in Hamburg this Tuesday, enriches customers’ own fleet reports with industry data, such as Automatic Identification System (AIS), weather, or fuel, and provides benchmarking capabilities. Systems such hull fouling prediction are also packaged into the portal. ECO Insight will combine with Navigator Insight, which will ensure quality data collection onboard through plausibility checks against specific vessel particulars.



4. Ballast Water Time Running Out

Time is running low for shipowners to act on ballast water management as the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) could possibly be ratified within the next 12 months, yet installations of the system have dropped as owners continue to delay purchasing decisions. The US Coast Guard’s (USCG) rules on ballast water management are already in place, although the lack of a type approved system from the USCG and the wait for the BWMC to be ratified continues to leave owners inactive on the pricey decision of which system to install. The financial burden on a ship for the installation of a system ranges from $50,000 up to $5m.




5. Box Data Runs Counterintuitive

The strength of first-half 2014 container flows from Asia to Europe flies in the face of the macro-economic data coming out of Europe.  Disappointing recent economic news coming out of Europe does not chime with the robust growth reported for some of the big ocean container markets. Eurozone GDP flat-lined in the 2Q as its three largest economies; Germany, France and Italy all stuttered. Germany, which accounts for roughly one-third of the entire Eurozone economy, contracted at an annualized 0.6% in the second quarter, held back by weaker exports. In Asia, China continues to set the pace with second quarter GDP growth.




6. Drunken Man Swims At Ship

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution in Blyth has issued an urgent warning the public after a drunk man narrowly escaped death after swimming into the path of an inbound cargo ship in the River Blyth.  RNLI Blyth reports that shortly after 3 p.m. on Sunday it received reports from someone on shore and a port employee that a person was swimming in the water near 4,000 ton MV Karla C as the ship was being escorted by a local pilot. The drunk refused assistance and advice to swim to shore, exclaiming “I’m coming for a swim here because it’s cheaper than the local pool”.




7. Very Large Crude Carrier Deal

Bermuda-based crude oil shipping firm DHT Holdings has announced it has acquired Samco Shipholding Pte. Ltd, a Singapore firm that owns and operates a fleet of seven very large crude carriers (VLCCs) with an average age of 4.5 years. With this acquisition, DHT’s fleet expands to 20 VLCCs (including six VLCCs under construction at Hyundai Heavy Industries), two Suezmaxes and two Aframaxes. The company said, “This is a big step for DHT.  The Samco fleet consists of modern high quality vessels all being fitted with fuel saving devices.  The time charter contracts are with first rate counterparties."




8. Different Languages, Same Problems

The Swedish Club has been examining how different languages spoken on the bridge can lead to trouble. It was around midnight and the officers were doing the watch handover on the container vessel, which was sailing outside the Chinese coast. On the bridge was a Chinese officer who had signed on in the previous port but there were also the 3rd and 2nd Officers there. They were both Filipinos and they carried out the watch handover in Tagalog. The Chinese officer did not understand Tagalog so he just familiarized himself with the bridge equipment. Then the problems really began…




9. Ship Monitoring Hits The Cloud

Classification society ClassNK is embarking on a joint research project with Daihatsu Diesel Mfg Co Ltd to test the feasibility of cloud based condition based monitoring and automatic diagnostic systems on auxiliary equipment. During the project, the ClassNK CMAXS LC-A system will be used to relay the condition of a wide variety of Daihatsu auxiliary equipment in real-time to help improve lifecycle costs and enhance the safety of ship operations. ClassNK said that although there has been a significant amount of research into these cloud based systems on main diesel engines, auxiliary equipment has been under researched.



10. Show Your Colours For Seafarers

A new Sailors’ Society campaign is calling on people to Signal their Support for seafarers this World Maritime Day, Thursday 25th September. Supporters the world-over will be dressing head to toe in the colours of their country’s ensign flag as part of the charity’s Signal Your Support campaign. Sailors’ Society operates in 47 global ports and 22 countries transforming the lives of the world’s 1.5 million seafarers and their families. The charity offers welfare support, education, and relief from poverty and distress; meeting the needs of seafarers in port, at sea and at home.




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