Seacurus Top Ten Daily News Stories 18/09/2014

Seacurus Top Ten Daily News Stories 18/09/2014

1. IMO In Transition 
Koji Sekimizu IMO Secretary General has spoken on the transition shaping shipping. According to Sekimizu, "IMO is in transition. Internally, we are making changes within the Secretariat designed to improve efficiency and transparency."  With a revised sub-committee structure, ensuring efficiency of work to meet current and future challenges in regulatory fields it is to hoped the right change can come at the right pace.
2. Tackling The Green Battle
The Carbon War Room has shaken up shipping and has its sights firmly set on proving profits can be made while solving climate change. While the name may not suggest a collaborative approach, five years after its founding by Richard Branson and other leading business figures, the self-styled ‘business NGO’ continues its remit to accelerate "the adoption of business solutions that reduce carbon emissions at gigaton scale and advance the low-carbon economy".
3. Owners On Ballast Issues
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has reiterated its call for governments to see sense concerning the proposed implementation of the IMO Ballast Water Management (BMW) Convention. Esben Poulsson, vice chairman of ICS, explained that the governments need to address issues including the IMO type-approval process, the criteria to be used for sampling ballast and the need for ‘grandfathering’ of already fitted type-approved equipment.
4. Philippine Cargo Ship Rescue
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) rescued 15 seafarers of a domestic cargo ship Sunday night, after the vessel submerged outside the breakwater of Manila Bay due to heavy rains and big waves brought by Typhoon Luis. According to PCG, MV Super Shuttle RoRo 7 was half-submerged around 7:00 pm. Three hours later seven crew members were rescued onboard a life raft, while others scrambled ashore using debris from the sunken vessel. 
5. UK Chamber Scottish Stance
Given its very name, it may seem surprising that the the UK Chamber of Shipping is reportedly taking a neutral position in the Scottish independence debate and has given both the Yes and Better Together sides space on its website to argue their respective positions in articles focusing on the future of Scotland’s shipping industry. UK Chamber CEO, Guy Platten, said: "The UK Chamber has been helping to lead the debate in Scotland for some time".
6. Iran to Rescue Again
The "timely presence and action" of the Iranian Navy’s 31st Flotilla has reportedly yet again thwarted an attack by eight pirate speed boats, equipped with various light and semi-heavy weapons. This time the attack was on a Chinese container-carrier ship in the waters of the Gulf of Aden, the ship was traveling en route from Singapore to Jeddah. The Iranian intervention forced the pirates to flee the scene.
7. Helping Hand to Suffering Piracy Victims
Chirag Bahri, MPHRP’s Regional Director for South Asia, attended a ceremonial event organised by the Ministry of Shipping, Bangladesh to facilitate financial help to the 7 Bangladeshi crew members of MV Albedo. The event was held at the Ministry of Shipping’s office in Secretariat, Dhaka. Bahri thanked the Government of Bangladesh and said that no one can even imagine the suffering of these seafarers and their families.
8. Ship Rescues Stricken Yachties
The Hansa Heavy Lift vessel "HHL Elbe" was passing through the Red Sea when the crew spotted two distress flares. Diverting to intercept the incident developed into a full blown rescue when a small, white rubber dinghy was seen showing a blinking flashlight. The Master brought the ship alongside the dinghy and held his position whilst a heaving line and buoy were sent out to the stranded seafarers and they were brought abroad.
9. Setting Gas Bunker Prices
Shell Marine Products (Shell) has revealed its intention to make the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkers commonplace, and to create an LNG network for container shipping. "The trick is to make [using LNG] more competitive compared to fuel oil, and this hasn’t been done yet," said Surinderdeep Singh, General Manager of Shell Marine Products. The fuel is set to become popular, but technical challenges remain.
10. Carnival UK All Set for Change 
It’s all change at the top of Southampton-based cruising giant Carnival UK. David Dingle has been appointed chairman of the powerful cruising empire and David Noyes, currently executive vice president of operations, has been promoted to chief executive. Mr Dingle, together with Mr Noyes, who will also have operating responsibility for the UK-based brands P&O Cruises and Cunard Line, will take up their new roles on October 1 2014.
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