Seacurus Daily Top Ten Maritime News Stories 02/12/2014
1. Hijacked Tanker Found
An Indonesia-flagged tanker has been found off Narathiwat province, Thailand, after being hijacked by armed robbers for nearly one and a half months, according to a report from anti-piracy watchdog ReCAAP. Srikandi 515 with IMO number 9710828 was laden with 3,100 tons of palm oil en route to Gresik, East Java from Sampit, Indonesia before being boarded by armed robbers while underway in the Java Sea approximately 57nm south of Sampit. The 3,200 dwt vessel’s last known position was in Lat. 03 29S., Long. 113 03E. at 0600 hours Indonesian time on 9 October.
2. ICS Pushed Compliance and Alternatives Fuels
The shipping industry is fully committed to total compliance with the 0.1% sulphur in fuel requirements, in Emission Control Areas, from January 2015. And there is no reason to suggest that there will not be full compliance, says the industry’s global trade association, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). “But there is nevertheless concern amongst those owners who know that they themselves will comply but who may worry about their competitors” said ICS Director of Policy & External Relations, Simon Bennett. Bennett stresses the huge investment being made and called for governments to apply uniform implementation. http://goo.gl/U43ytH
3. Crew Missing on Sunken Giant Trawler
Thirteen Filipinos are among the missing crew members of a South Korean fishing vessel that sank off in eastern Russia on Monday. "Our embassy in Moscow has reported the sinking of South Korean fishing vessel Oriong 501 along the east coast of Russia’s Chukotka region," DFA Spokesperson, Assistant Secretary Charles Jose told ANC. Jose said the vessel, operated by Sajo Industries, had on board 60 people including 1 Russian inspector, 11 South Koreans, 13 Filipinos, and 35 Indonesians. "Seven have already been rescued but no information yet on their nationalities," he said. The boat was hit by strong waves and then sank.
4. Angola Getting Real on Piracy
The Angolan permanent representative to the Maritime Organisation (IMO), Miguel Gaspar Fernandes Neto, recently said in London that the Angolan Government remains committed to the prevention and suppression of piracy and other illegal maritime activities in the Gulf of Guinea. Miguel Neto who is also the ambassador of Angola to the UK, was speaking at the opening of the 94th session of the Maritime Safety Committee, held in London, having reaffirmed the position of the Angolan Government on the fight against maritime piracy and applauding the the efforts of all countries in the region.
5. IMO Must Be The Lead and Only Emissions Body
The IMO is developing additional measures to reduce CO2 emissions from shipping, and the UN Climate Conference in Lima (December 1-12 ) needs to maintain its support for IMO as the principal forum for addressing emissions from maritime transport, which cannot be attributed to individual national economies, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) said. ICS emphasises that any decision, for example, on whether to develop a Market Based Measure for shipping that might be linked to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) should be a matter for IMO Member States. IMO will be best placed to develop the right approach.
6. Offshore Blaze Prompts Rescue
The U.S. Coast Guard says it medevaced four people after their vessel caught fire 35 miles southwest of Grand Isle, Monday. The Coast Guard said it received a report from the offshore supply vessel Dustin Santos at approximately 7 a.m. reporting a vessel fire and four people in a life raft. The Dustin Santos recovered the four people and transferred them to a nearby offshore platform in ship shoal block 154. Sector New Orleans issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed two Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews to respond to the incident.
7. Tanker Market Boosted by Demand
Limited fleet growth, coupled with strong demand from nations such as India and China have been the main driving forces behind the rebound of tanker rates over the course of the past few months. According to recent reports from shipbroker Poten & Partners, since the summer of 2013, VLCCs on the AG-East route, for example, have returned $30,500/day year-to-date versus $12,300/day during the same period of 2013. It added that this recovery of the spot market has manifested itself in two ways: (1) increased volatility due to a tighter supply/demand balance and (2) higher peaks and troughs.
8. Bunker Fraudsters Arrested
Three men last week were arrested in Singapore on suspicion of misappropriating S$57,000 ($43,700) worth of marine gasoil (MGO). The three were arrested after Singapore’s Police Coast Guard received information on Thursday that fuel had gone missing from a Singapore-registered vessel. Preliminary investigations are said to have shown 67 tonnes of MGO were missing. $8,100 in cash, believed to be connected to the case, was also confiscated. The men are understood to have been the ship’s Superintendent, Chief Engineer and Third Engineer and were said to be awaiting charges, but could be jailed for 15 years and fined.
9. New Guide to Welfare Centres
The new edition of the ISWAN Seafarer Centre Directory has been printed and is now being distributed to nearly 400 seafarer centres around the world. Thanks to a generous grant from the ITF Seafarers’ Trust, ISWAN has been able to update the directory in hardcopy and online. With an added geo-map of centre locations. The directory includes 429 bona-fide seafarer centres, all operating for the welfare of seafarers. It lists available facilities, contact details and opening hours, and it continues to be extremely valuable to seafarers looking for their nearest centre. A total of 60,000 copies of the directory are being printed and distributed.
10. Somali President Inspects Maritime Police
The President of Somalia’s Puntland Government Abdiweli Mohamed Ali has toured Puntland Maritime Police Force (PMPF) base in the outskirts of the Gulf of Aden port city of Bossaso on Monday, Garowe Online reports. President Ali’s delegation including Minister of Ports and Marine Trasport Abdullahi Jama Salah, Aviation Minister Hassan Haji Saed, Puntland Army Commander-in-Chief Gen. Saed Mohamed Hirsi (Saed Dhere) and Deputy Police Commander Mohayadin Ahmed Musse was received by PMPF Commander Abdirizak Farah Qare. The professional security unit operating in territorial waters was set up in 2010.
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