Top Ten Maritime News Stories 25/11/2015

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 25/11/2015


1. Seafarer Unemployment Beckons

Mark Charman, CEO of recruitment firm Faststream says he’s able to assess the mood of the industry via the ebbs and flows of people moving to different jobs. Here’s one bold prediction he’s making for 2016: we’ll see plenty of seafarers without jobs. “With a declining offshore sector, a flat dry sector and overcapacity in liner we are going to see for the first time in a long time unemployed seafarers", adding: “The common theme in shipping for the next 12 months is going to be change. And there is going to be a lot of it.” Many in offshore will struggle to survive, Charman says, with consolidation all but inevitable.


2. ICS Fights Back on Environment

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has issued a rebuttal of yesterday’s statements by environmental groups on shipping’s emissions performance, arguing that the industry is already delivering reductions in excess of governments’ commitments to cut carbon. In an exchange of views ahead of next month’s UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, the ICS cites a reduction of “more than 10%” in ship CO2 emissions that has taken place between 2007 and 2012, despite continuing growth in maritime trade, and a reduction per cargo tonne-kilometre of “around 20% in the past 10 years”.



3. Making Fuel from Slops

France-based Ecoslops has said its refinery in Portugal’s Port of Sinès has started industrial production of recycled marine fuel made out of marine oil residue (slops). The company says it is now accelerating production, and developing infrastructure in order to drive "ambitious growth plans." Ecoslops’ refinery, which is said to have the capacity to produce 30,000 tonnes of recycled fuel per year, is reported to have already delivered the first volume of ISO8217 compliant marine fuel products, a development that Ecoslops says validates the commercial proposition of the company.


4. Refinery Shutdown for Security Breaches

The Nigerian  Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, has shut down Obat  oil and gas facility at Ibafon area of Apapa for non-compliance of the International Ship and Port Facility Security, ISPS, Code. Confirming the development, Head, NIMASA’s PR department, Hajia Lami Tumaka said that the facility was shut down for failing to comply with the Code, adding that any facility that falls short of the agency’s expectation with regards to the Code will also be sanctioned henceforth. Tumaka said that Obat will remain shut until every requirement for compliance of the Code is met.


5. Ship Rescue off Orkney

Two lifeboats, a coastguard tug and helicopter have been involved in an operation to help a cargo vessel which got into difficulties off Orkney. The Barbados-registered "Skog" began taking on water west of the islands in the early hours of Tuesday. The Skog has now been taken under tow by the tug "Herakles". Pumps were winched aboard and all 10 crew members will remain on the 99m ship, which is carrying a cargo of paper, while it is towed to port. Sea conditions were described as moderate to rough.  The 99m long Skog is carrying a cargo of paper.



6. Class Releases New Box Rules

Classification society ClassNK has released draft amendments to its rules and guidance for container carriers. The amendments were approved by the ClassNK Technical Committee in Tokyo. In response to a large container ship casualty in June 2013, ClassNK established The Investigative Panel on Large Container Ship Safety, which comprised of shipbuilders, shipping companies, and people with relevant knowledge and experience, to investigate the possibility of casualty occurrence and the structural safety of large container carriers. The results from the investigation and ClassNK’s action plan were released last year.



7. Reefer Nearly Smashes Gas Station

Last night the reefership  Crown Emma ran aground in the Bosporus near Kirecburnu on the western bank. The ship failed to respond to traffic control calls prior to the grounding. It came perilously close to ploughing into a petrol station on the shore after its rudder failed. AIS data shows the vessel has since not moved. It was en route from Varna in Bulgaria to Algeciras in Spain. The 10,351 dwt, 19-year-old ship belongs to Sweden’s Amalia Shipping. This year there has been a spate of groundings in the Bosporus. With ships calling the Black Sea getting ever larger authorities are reassessing how traffic flows through this congested artery.




8. IMO Session Opens With Fresh Challenges

The 29th session of the IMO Assembly opened this week at IMO Headquarters in London. More than 1,000 delegates from IMO Member States, international governmental and non-governmental organizations were present to hear Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu outline some of the Organization’s major achievements. He singled out the adoption of the mandatory Polar Code as a historic milestone in IMO’s work to protect ships, seafarers and passengers in Polar waters and the fragile environment itself. He also highlighted the adoption of the new mandatory code for ships fuelled by gases or other low‑flashpoint fuels, the IGF Code.



9. P&O Five Ship Spectacle

No stranger to epic spectacles, Sydney Harbour brought its sparkling A-game as five massive cruise ships glided in on Wednesday.  To welcome P&O’s two new ships "Pacific Aria" and "Pacific Eden", they formed a flotilla with "Pacific Pearl", "Pacific Jewel" and "Pacific Dawn" through the harbour in formation as the sun rose before a naming ceremony at Fort Denison. Ann Sherry, CEO of Carnival Australia which operates P&O Cruises, said the event marked a new era for P&O, as more Aussies wanted to spend their holidays wining and dining on an enormous, floating resort.


10. Marshall Islands Tops Greek Fleet

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) flag moved into the top position for the Greek merchant fleet in terms of number of vessels and is now the largest international flag overall in Greece in terms of deadweight tonnage (DWT). International Registries, Inc. and its affiliates (IRI), who provide administrative and technical support to the RMI Maritime and Corporate Registries, have been cultivating deep ties to the Greek shipping community, Piraeus is the largest IRI office outside of its headquarters in Reston, Virginia.





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