Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 17/02/2016
1. Libya No Go Zone
It seems that Libya, the African country which holds the largest oil and gas reserves in the continent will remain “off the radar” shipping-wise, as oil exports remain a dangerous “game” for any tanker owner looking to work in this part of the world. However, it’s worth noting that, as shipbroker Gibson noted that February 15th marked the fifth anniversary of the start of the Libyan revolution, which ended in the overthrow of the Muammar Gaddafi’s regime after 42 years of rule. Since the overthrow of the regime in 2011, the National Oil Corporation (NOC), remains one of Libya’s few functioning institutions.
2. Emma Maersk Has to Shift
The container ship "Emma Maersk" left anchorage in Bay Brest off Brest, France under danger of storm and strong winds. The big container carrier was under ballast without cargo on board, waiting to dock at Port of Brest. The container ship Emma Maersk has large free boards, which made her irresistible to the expected strong winds. The master decided to leave anchorage either due to dragged anchor, or to master wanted to prevent the ship from possible accident and play on sure going to open sea. The ship went outside the anchorage and took course against the wind and waves. The vessel returned after weather improved. http://goo.gl/l6S6uq
3. El Faro Hearing Starts
The US Coast Guard has begun hearings today to determine why the cargo ship "El Faro" sank near the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin, killing all 33 crew members. The U.S.-flagged vessel was loaded with hundreds of containers and vehicles on its way from Jacksonville, Fla., to San Juan, Puerto Rico, when it lost propulsion, began leaning at a 15-degree angle and took on water. The ship lost contact with emergency officials ashore at 7:20 a.m. Oct. 1. Victims’ family members have claimed the 1970s-era ship wasn’t seaworthy and that the ship’s captain negligently guided it into the path of a storm.
4. Tanker Seized for Illegal Entry
Libyan naval forces have seized a Sierra Leone-flagged oil tanker on suspicion of illegally entering Libyan waters in an attempt to smuggle gasoline, authorities said. The vessel, the "Captain Khayyam", was stopped in Libyan waters northwest of Zuwarah city, and was carrying 1.6 million litres of gasoline, said Ayoub Qassem, a spokesman for the naval forces allied to Tripoli’s self-declared government. "The tanker was seized due to illegal entrance to Libyan waters without permission," Qassem said. He said more details would be announced when the tanker was docked in Tripoli.
5. All Change for Antwerp
The container terminal MSC PSA European Terminal (MPET) at the port of Antwerp in Belgium has received five new STS cranes, manufactured by Chinese company ZPMC. The new cargo handling equipment will be used for installation on the new site of the terminal in the port area Deurganck on the left bank of the Scheldt, where the terminal is currently shifting their operations. The daily turnover of the MSC PSA European Terminal is more than 12,000 TEU.
6. Death Inquests Continue
The Australian inquest into two of the deaths on board the Sage Sagittarius, dubbed the death ship, resumed on Monday with an examination of the forensic evidence gathered after the chief engineer’s death. The inquest heard that foul play could not be ruled out. Hector Collado, 57, died as a result of an 11-meter (36 foot) fall on board the bulk carrier in September 2012. He was the second of three men to die on board the Sage Sagittarius in a short period.
7. Seafarer Sleep Study
A new study into the sleep patterns of crew members has been conducted for the US Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The study analysed several recent studies suggesting that when sleep is split into more than one period per day, performance is comparable, and in some cases, better than when the same duration of sleep is obtained in a single sleep period.
8. Ukrainian Seafarer Issues
Black Sea shipping could face a serious crewing conundrum with news that Ukrainian authorities are looking to hand out three-year bans to any foreign crewmember who has called at Crimean ports held by Russia. The internationally recognised Ukrainian territory of Crimea was annexed by the Russian Federation two years ago, a dispute that has brought relations between the two nations to a new low. Authorities in Ukraine are now compiling a black list of crew.
9. Repair Yard Allision
The general cargo ship Marie Lehmann collided with pier at Kaliningrad Ship Repair Yard in sea canal, suffering large breach and hull damages. The vessel was proceeding to Kaliningrad Port, but lost propulsion power after blackout of main engine, which caused collision with the pier. The general cargo ship Marie Lehmann suffetred large breach in the forepeak starboard area above the water line. A 1.00 m x 0.50 m hole half meter above the waterline resulted.
10. Record Year for Singapore Bunkers
Singapore has followed its record bunker sales volume for full year 2015 with strong bunker sales for the first month of 2016, the latest preliminary data from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) shows. January’s total of 4,134,000 metric tonnes (mt) for all products marks the port’s second highest ever monthly total, and only the third time monthly sales have been over 4 million mt. All three of those occasions have come in the last six months.
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