Seacurus Daily Top Ten Maritime News Stories 30/10/2014
1. Migrant Rescue is a Must
As rumours abound that political decisions are being taken to pull back on migrant rescues at sea the ICS has stressed that the rescue of all persons in distress at sea – including illegal migrants – is an obligation under international maritime law, as well as being a long established humanitarian duty. ICS said that its member commercial ship operators are involved on a daily basis in the rescue of refugees at sea in the Mediterranean. “Whatever may be decided by policy makers in EU Member States, the legal and humanitarian obligation of merchant ships to provide assistance to anyone in distress at sea will remain unchanged, “says ICS.
2. Latest Attack Data From IMB
According to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), in the first nine months of 2014 some 17 vessels were hijacked, 124 boarded, 10 fire upon and 369 seafarers held hostage. “It’s encouraging to see the huge decrease in maritime piracy and armed robbery over the last few years, thanks mainly to international navies deterring pirates off East Africa, and improved onboard security,” said IMB director, Pottengal Mukundan. “However, there has been a worrying new rise in attacks against small coastal tankers in Southeast Asia. We advise small tankers in particular to remain vigilant in these waters and report all attacks.
3. New Tankers Coming On Stream
Some 124 vessels are expected to enter the oil tanker trading fleet in 2014, while 60 tankers were forecast to be sold for demolition or conversion, according to the latest report by McQuilling Partners. Through 3Q 2014, based on the forecast, 93 vessels should have delivered to the fleet and 60 tankers should have exited the fleet. Actual proprietary data shows that 79 vessels have delivered – 17% below original expectations and 64 vessels have exited, which not only exceeds the group’s year-to-date forecast, but the full year-forecast as well, McQuilling reports. There has been limited net fleet growth in the larger crude tanker segments. http://goo.gl/zGggSP
4. Brazil Issues New Shipping Requirements
The Brazilian Navy, Directorate of Ports and Coasts has now provided a translation in English of its Maritime Authority Standards for Traffic and Permanence of Vessels in Brazilian Jurisdictional Waters. These standards cover a number of important matters including: clearance procedures for commercial ships entering Brazilian ports or waterways, or are navigating through in transit, navigational safety, saving life at sea, prevention of pollution from ships, and details of the Maritime Traffic Control Information System (SISTRAM).
5. Shell Wants More Time In Arctic
Environmental group Oceana has released a letter from Shell to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), requesting that BSEE take the unprecedented step of suspending leases retroactively for years the company was unable to drill exploration wells in the U.S. Arctic Ocean. The letter justifies the request on the grounds that: 1) the company has already made a considerable investment; and 2) the problems Shell encountered were unforeseen. Shell identifies “factors,” including accommodating Native whaling, government failures brought to light in lawsuits and agency appeals, and proposed new regulations.
6. Quantum of the Seas Delivered
Royal Caribbean International took delivery today of the newest and most anticipated addition to the cruise line’s fleet, Quantum of the Seas, from Germany’s Meyer Werft shipyard. RCCL’s Chairman and CEO, Richard D. Fain , right, and Meyer Werft’s Managing Partner, Bernard Meyer, left. Photo credit: Royal Caribbean
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s Chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain and Meyer Werft’s Managing Partner Bernard Meyer attended the official signing ceremony in Bremerhaven, Germany. Quantum of the Seas will now sail from New York harbor to the Bahamas and the Caribbean for her inaugural season.
7. Life at Sea On a Giant
A number of books have been written about life at sea today – but a new video now seeks to shine light on what it is to be a seafarer on the biggest container ships in the world. The video offers a glimpse of what life is like aboard a Triple E containership, the MV Mary Maersk, which at 400 meters and with a capacity of 18,200 TEUs is one of the largest containerships in the world along with her sister vessels. Maersk Line has order a total of 20 of the ships to be delivered by the end of 2015 from the DSME shipyard in South Korea.
8. Nigerian Pirates Kill Again
Pirates in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta hijacked a police gunboat, killed three officers and kidnapped six local oil workers, the military said Tuesday. Joint Task force spokesman Col. Mustapha Anka said the gunboat and police were escorting a barge-load of oil for the Nigerian Agip Oil Company, which was not attacked. The attack happened on Friday on the Barbara River in southern Bayelsa state, Anka told The Associated Press. The day before, the Bayelsa police command reported that six Nigerians working for Agip had been kidnapped by pirates. Oil workers usually are held for ransom and released unharmed.
9. Lucky North Sea Chopper Escape
A Bond Super Puma helicopter has made an emergency landing on a North Sea oil platform the operator has said The Bond Super Puma EC 225 was on route to the Forties Unity platform on Tuesday, but made a ‘precautionary’ landing on the Forties Charlie installation instead after warning lights activated. The issue is understood to have been within the EC 225’s tail rotor The Super Puma was fully loaded with 18 passangers and 2 pilots It is understood that Bond engineers are en-route to examine the helicopter, before arrangements are made to transport all passengers back to Aberdeen
10. China Effect Leads to Bulk Boom
Over the course of the past few days, China’s restocking of iron ore has led to a boom for the dry bulk market and more specifically the Capesize segment, while more could be on the way as a result of Brazil’s expected increase in iron ore exports as well. Yesterday, the Baltic Dry Index was up by an impressive 110 points, to reach 1,395 points. It’s yet another indication of the expected recovery of the market, which was slated for the fourth quarter of the year. Allied Shipbroking has noted that “Capesize charter rates increased significantly with the BCI surpassing the level of 2000 points after 1 month and TCA increasing by 86% w-o-w". http://goo.gl/wHf3ei
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