Top Ten Maritime News Stories 25/01/2016

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 25/01/2016


1. Calais Closes After Ship Attack

The Port of Calais had to be temporarily closed after dozens of refugees and migrants stormed on to a ship in the hope of reaching the UK. About 50 people made their way on to a P&O-operated vessel called Spirit of Britain. It is alleged that British anarchists were among some 35 people under arrest in Calais on Sunday after leading a ‘scandalous’ invasion of the ferry port by some 500 migrants. Police attended the incident, which was resolved later in the evening and the port reopened. Services to and from Calais had been severely disrupted while it was dealt with. Port of Dover said services were disrupted due to "migrant activity".




2. BIMCO on Shipping’s Year Ahead

The global production of steel dropped in 2015 compared to 2014, to a larger extent outside China, as China exported its surplus of steel to destinations across the globe. Going forward, the Chinese steel industry is set to grow its global market share, currently at 50%. Depending on domestic steel consumption in China, use of domestically mined iron ore and profitability in the steel industry, the dry bulk market will be impacted. BIMCO forecasts coal imports into both India and China will go down in 2016, following the trend of 2015.Volume losses into India in 2015 were not originally predicted. BIMCO expects transported volumes to diminish.



3. MSC Ship Grounds in St Lawrence

"MSC Monica", Mediterranean Shipping Company container vessel, ran aground on the St. Lawrence River near Saint-Laurent, between Bécancour and Levis. The box ship left Montreal and headed down the river, but suffered steering gear failure, which caused leaving the fairway and grounding in the sand-mud shallow. Media reports say that the ship hardly stuck and was not able to refloat by own power. The crew requested assistance from the local authorities, which started organizing of salvage operation. In 2008, another ship from the same company, "MSC Sabrina", grounded in the same area.




4. Latest Security Data from Dryad

Dryad Maritime, has released its analysis of worldwide reported incidents of piracy and crime against mariners for 2015. Dryad’s latest figures show that Southeast Asia continues to dominate maritime crime incidents globally, with 236 reports of piracy and maritime crime instances occurring in the region since 1st January 2015, an increase of 10% compared to 2014. Of these reported incidents, Dryad recorded 106 reports of incidents in the Singapore Strait during 2015, an increase of 72% from 2014. Indian Ocean remains quiet, but the detention of 3 Iranian fishing vessels highlights the need for continued caution in the area.



5. Lloyd’s List Top Stories

Vessels and companies may play a big role in the shipping industry, but this week’s top five is a reminder of the importance of the people behind the companies, and the crew on the vessels. The plight of a crew imprisoned thousands of miles from home tops this weeks’ list, followed by a pair of stories on the death of an industry pioneer. The easing of sanctions against Iran has brought about a complex legal situation, particularly for companies with ties to the US and US employees. Hundreds of vessels and companies dropped from US sanctions lists are now being identified, and their aliases also attached.




6. Spanish Ship Heroin Shame

Two Colombians ran a major heroin and cocaine smuggling operation to New York aboard the Royal Spanish Navy’s official training ship, paying thousands of dollars in bribes to midshipmen on the vessel, prosecutors said on Friday. The two men were arrested late on Thursday in Colombia, said the office of New York’s special narcotics prosecutor, Bridget Brennan. They were charged with drug trafficking out of Cartagena in Colombia to supply New York City-based dealers. In 2014, the two men paid $32,000 in bribes to Spanish midshipmen serving on the ship Juan Sebastian Elcano, authorities said.




7. Bulk Owner on Hard Times

Nick Fisher, CEO, Masterbulk has been speaking on the predicament facing the industry. He says, "You know times are bad when the Baltic Dry Bulk index reaching a new low is no longer newsworthy". The offshore sector in crisis, global markets in bear territory, unhappy mergers, bankruptcies, and China slowing – this is the reality we find ourselves in. None of this can be a surprise. For too long, too many shipping companies have been under extraordinary commercial pressure. Commentators have long been predicting the tipping point, and now it seems we might just be there. So he asks, do businesses wait too long to restructure?



8. Super Yacht Goes Up in Flames

The GBP4million super yacht Princess 95 "Queen Anna" has been destroyed after it went up in flames in Turkey. The 90-foot superyacht yacht was completely gutted by the blaze in Ege Saray marina in Fethiye on Thursday. Smoke then completely engulfed the vessel and there were fears the flames could spread to other luxury yachts docked in the marina. The yacht is  owned by a wealthy Russian businessman, who had docked it in the Turkish resort of Mugla. The semi-custom superyachts series was launched in 2009, and has a master suite, VIP and two twin rooms.  The captain was taken to hospital after suffering from smoke inhalation.




9. New Bridge Design Unveiled

EU-funded researchers have developed an adaptive bridge design methodology that improves onboard efficiency and minimises the risk of accidents at sea. Drawing directly from the experience of seafarers, cross-discipline collaboration, and using innovative modelling and simulation techniques, the EU-funded CASCADE project has developed its Adaptive Bridge System that recognises, prevents, and recovers from human error by improving the interaction between a ship’s bridge crew and electronic equipment. The project utilised a holistic perspective which allowed for the detection and solving of potential problems or conflicts.



10. Insurer Embraces Seafarer Wellness

The UK P&I Club will be supporting the Sailors’ Society Emotional Wellness training module within its Wellness at Sea coaching programme. The training, the second in a set of five modules, is designed to improve emotional well-being through early identification of mental health issues and empowerment of the seafarer to handle challenging situations at sea. Wellness at Sea seeks to combat issues by addressing ‘wellness’ as a holistic concept made up of five areas of well-being: Social, Emotional, Physical, Intellectual and Spiritual. The well-being of crew is a priority for UK P&I Club




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