Top Ten Maritime News Stories 16/05/2016

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 16/05/2016

1. BIMCO Rallies for Seafarers

BIMCO has stated its belief the unfair treatment of seafarers poses a threat to the future sustainability of merchant shipping. The shipowners organisation believes such treatment causes a damaging effect to the image of the shipping industry and its thus affects its ability to attract and retain qualified seafarers. BIMCO promotes fair treatment of seafarers in all respects and will continue to advocate against the increasingly severe liability regimes, including presumption of guilt rather than innocence of seafarers and, in particular, the introduction of strict criminal liability for oil pollution or other severe environmental incidents.




2. Niger Delta Avengers Emerge

It’s not the latest X Men movie – but you could be forgiven for thinking that Marvel is behind the latest threat to emerge in West Africa, as the self proclaimed "Niger Delta Avengers" have burst onto the scene. Little is known about the new radical group that has claimed a series of pipeline bombings in Nigeria’s oil-producing region this year and who have had gunboats and soldiers trawling swamps and villages. Their attacks have driven Nigerian oil output to near a 22-year low and, if the violence escalates into another insurgency in the restive area, it could cripple production in a country facing a growing economic crisis.



3. US Slams West Africa

Ambassador Michele J. Sison, the United States’ Deputy Representative to the UN, believes the root causes of piracy in West Africa are ineffective governance structures, weak rule of law, precarious legal frameworks, and inadequate naval, coast guard, and maritime law enforcement. “The absence of an effective maritime governance system, in particular, hampers freedom of movement in the region, disrupts trade and economic growth, and facilitates environmental crimes,” she said. That global attention is now on Nigerian waters is understandable, as the nations waters are experiencing a spike in piracy.



4. New Goal Based Standards Here

IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has confirmed that ship construction rules for oil tankers and bulk carriers submitted by 12 classification societies conform to the goals and functional requirements set by the Organization for new oil tankers and bulk carriers. This marks a significant new development in how international standards for ship construction are determined and implemented. For the first time, IMO has been given a role in auditing and verifying the structural rules developed by the classification societies for new-build oil tankers and bulk carriers.



5. Good Training Cuts Costs

MISC Berhad has reduced vessel costs by almost 10 per cent through the use of a computerised crew competence management program and other initiatives. The operator of gas carriers and chemical tankers has been using a crew competence management system, supplied and organised by Videotel, since 2014 on LNG carriers and chemical tankers. It has seen improvements in safety, seafarer performance and vessel availability. MISC head of fleet management services and customer relationships said the shipowner has reduced vessel operating costs by 9 per cent and drydocking costs by 10 per cent.



6. Maersk Embraces Alang Scrappers

Maersk Line is sending its first two end-of-life vessels to Alang, India to be scrapped under a new company plan aimed at developing more responsible recycling options along Alang’s infamous stretch of beach. In a statement Maersk said that it has reached an agreement to send the Maersk Wyoming and Maersk Georgia to Alang in late May to be recycled at the Shree Ram yard, which is certified to the standards of the Hong Kong Convention. The move comes following an announcement from Maersk Group on a commitment to help selected ship recycling yards in Alang to upgrade facilities and practices.



7. Search for Passenger Gone Overboard

The US Coast Guard is searching for a woman believed to have been seen on CCTV footage falling overboard from a cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico. Officials from the agency said that the district command centre in New Orleans was contacted by the 13-deck cruise ship Carnival Liberty and alerted about a missing passenger.  The ship reported that surveillance video showed a woman falling overboard at about 2am on Friday morning. A Coast Guard aircraft was dispatched from Mobile, Alabama, to search the area – about 200 miles southeast of Galveston – where she is believed to have fallen, the Associated Press said.



8. Stupid ISIS Stunt Backfires

International movie celebrities were nearly scared to death by a failed PR stunt staged by an internet company, which hired fake Islamic State looking commandos to make a sea landing at a hotel where the stars are staying during the Cannes Film Festival. Guests at the five-star Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc said that men dressed as “ISIS-like” (Islamic State formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists and flying a black flag resembling the jihadists’ banner approached on a speedboat before docking at the resort harbor. The landing at the French Riviera resort caused a number of VIP guests to panic, police said on Saturday.



9. Shipyard Paralysed by Strike

Workers at China’s Qingdao Yangdan Shipbuilding blocked the main entrance to the shipyard on Friday, protesting that they haven’t been paid since December 2015. While the yard is back to business as usual today, a source told Splash that work has been suspended on two out of four 206,000dwt bulkers ordered by Swiss owner Trafigura which are scheduled for delivery during 2016. An official at Yangfan told the media the yard’s management is still trying to work out a solution for the workers, but didn’t give a time frame.



10. SOLAS Safe Return

The SOLAS Safe Return to Port (SRTP) regulations place significant responsibilities on seafarers manning new medium and large passenger vessels and highly occupied Special Purpose Ships. Experts are beginning to appreciate the implications of SRTP requirements on crew, and the measures shipowners and operators can take to prepare their teams for flood or fire emergencies. The scale of the SRTP compliance challenge is considerable, but not insurmountable. To achieve compliance, shipbuilders typically carry out Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA) for each essential system, culminating in an extensive FMEA report for each system.




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