Top Ten Maritime News Stories 28/06/2016

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 28/06/2016

1. Philippines Set for Kidnap Negotiations
On Friday, Indonesia suspended vessel traffic to all Philippine ports, following a spate of tug hijackings by the militant group Abu Sayyaf in the Sulu archipelago. Indonesian legislators urged the government to declare Philippine waters a hijacking-prone area and to implement precautions – including mandatory vessel reporting and, potentially, protective measures from the Indonesian Navy.  While Philippines president-elect Rodrigo Duterte said on Saturday that "the Abu Sayyaf is not my enemy." He suggested that he would be open to dialogue with the organization.
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2. Broad Brush Weight Advice
The World Shipping Council (WSC), the TT Club, the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA), and the Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) jointly released a second Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document designed to support the smooth implementation of the container weighing regulations that take effect globally on 1 July 2016. The amendments to SOLAS (International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea) require packed shipping containers to have a verified gross mass (VGM) before they can be loaded on a ship for export.
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3. Fall in Demand Eases Crew Need
The slowing growth in the size of the world’s shipping fleet is likely to reduce the persistent shortage of officers over the coming years, according to the latest Manning report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. The global shipping fleet, encompassing all sectors except the non-cargo carrying ship types (such as tugs, passenger ships, and oil tankers and bulk carriers less than 10,000 dwt), is expected to rise by a mere 300 vessels through 2016-2020. As a result, the shortage in officer supply is forecast to reduce from 20,900 at the end of 2015 to 7,700 by the end of 2020, Drewry estimates.
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4. Thunderclap for Seafarers
A Twitter Thunderclap for the Day of the Seafarer on June 25 reached nearly 13 million people, says the IMO. Across social media, the message that seafarers are indispensable to the world gained momentum in 165 countries across all the continents. More than 12,000 people have taken part in an interactive quiz, which is still available on the IMO website, and the IMO’s online Photo Wall is still open for new photos. This year’s campaign theme was #AtSeaForAll . IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim celebrated the day at a special Day of the Seafarer event in Manila, Philippines hailing seafarers as the “beating heart” of shipping.
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5. Hyundai Buy Out Rumours
Following news that Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) intends to join the 2M Alliance, rumours have begun to swirl of a possible acquisition of HMM by Maersk Line. A report by IHS notes that neither company has so far officially commented on the possibility of such a deal, but in an interview last week with Reuters, Maersk Line management board member Jakob Stausholm suggested such a move might be in the cards. "We are defending our leadership position. If we are strong, there is no reason for us not to grow," he said. "If the right opportunity is there we will look into it" Maersk Group chairman, recently said.
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6. Remember the Courage of Seafarers
Gerardo Borromeo, Vice Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) took the opportunity today to highlight the courage that is currently being displayed by seafarers, of all nationalities, with respect to the rescue at sea crisis taking place in Europe and in the Mediterranean. Seafarers can be called upon to take on other extraordinary tasks, beyond the call of normal duty. “The shipping industry fully accepts its humanitarian responsibility to come to the assistance of anyone in distress at sea. But one aspect of this terrible situation, which is often overlooked, is the effect that this is having on merchant seafarers" he said.
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7. Owners Want Emissions Alignment
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) member national shipowners’ associations have agreed to launch a campaign to persuade the EU that aligning its regulations on CO2 shipping emissions monitoring with that of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is of "vital necessity." "While ICS fully supports the mandatory IMO data collection mechanism, many non-EU governments initially had some reservations which were only overcome by the industry arguing that the alternative to IMO making progress would be a unilateral regional regime being imposed by the EU," said Esben Poulsson, newly elected ICS Chairman.
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8. Not So Happy Company
A cargo ship owned by New Happy Company, which was sailing from Dar es Salaam Port to Zanzibar capsized and sank in the Indian Ocean on Saturday night. Hundreds of curious people gathered on the seashore at Maisara in Unguja, and some of them gave a helping hand to the rescue team. Unguja West Regional Police Commander Mkadam Khamis Mkadam said the ship, which was approaching Chumbe Island, close to Unguja island, started to submerge at around 02:30 am. "We are conducting an investigation to establish the cause of the accident. The Zanzibar government promised to help rescue operations.
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9. New Traffic Separation Schemes
On December 1, two new Traffic Separation Schemes (TSS) will come into effect off the south-west coast of Western Australia. The two schemes, off Cape Leeuwin and Chatham Island in the state’s south-west, stem from shipping traffic data which raised concerns about ships on reciprocal courses and navigating close to the coast line. With around 6,500 unique voyages made through this area every two years (around nine ships per day), the schemes aim to improve safety. There will be no increase in typical voyage distances for ships traversing the area. Australia’s proposal was approved by the IMO earlier this year.
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10. Four New Dual Fuel Buys
Containerships Ltd Oy and Nordic Hamburg Shipmanagement have ordered four 1,400 TEU dual-fuel container ships from China’s Huangpu Wenchong Shipyard. The contract, which was signed in Helsinki, Finland, is said to include the option for a further four container ships. The vessels will be owned and managed by Nordic Hamburg and put on long term charter with Containerships. The four vessels are said to be expected for delivery during 2018.
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