Top Ten Maritime News Stories 22/07/2016

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 22/07/2016

1. New Niger Group Emerges
The Concerned Militant Leaders (CML), another Niger Delta militant group on Wednesday hijacked a vessel with a Liberian flag along Bakassi Peninsula of Nigerian waterways. The ship was heading to the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), Bonny, Rivers State before it was seized by the group. The group said it seized the ship as part of its grievances against the Federal Government and to cripple the economy. A spokesman noted that the group had not decided what to do with the vessel and crew members now, but would inform the government of their intention before Wednesday, July 27.
2. Astute Submarine In Foolish Error
A nuclear-powered submarine has collided with a ship off the coast of Gibraltar, with the accident coming despite the Royal Navy saying it has "world leading sensors". The Astute-class submarine, which is the largest nuclear-powered attack craft in the Royal Navy, was submerged below the water as part of a normal training exercise when it had a "glancing collision" with a merchant ship passing by. HMS Ambush took a hit to its outer body but the Ministry of Defence has said there was no damage to its nuclear plant and none to the other vessel. In a statement, the Royal Navy said: "An immediate investigation is being conducted."
3. Chamber of Shipping Sets Course
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) will focus clearly on its core agenda this year, with experts from key areas of industry across the board speaking at its 2016 International Shipping Conference, to be held at the British Library on Wednesday 7th September. Principal speakers include Kitak Lim, Secretary-General, IMO; Ian Parry, Principal Environmental Fiscal Policy Expert, International Monetary Fund (IMF); and Esben Poulsson, new Chairman of ICS. Reducing CO2 emissions is high on the list of priorities for the industry, and this is reflected in the programme, with an ‘all parties’ session on the issue.
4. New Piracy Laws Beckon
In a bid to curb the activities of sea pirates and waterways robbers in Nigerian territorial waters, the Federal Government has been urged to formulate a legal framework to prosecute such offenders in a competent court of jurisdiction. A stakeholder in Maritime business Chief Ifeanyi Okorie Ibe said lack of competent jurisdiction to try all maritime related offences and proper legal framework had been responsible for the high rate of sea piracy and robberies on the waterways. According to him, if those criminals and offenders are prosecuted accordingly, it would serve as deterrant to others.
5. Source of Cruise Fire Found
Investigators say they have found the source of a fire on a French cruise ship that led to a rare passenger evacuation at sea last November. The engine room fire on the luxury expedition ship Le Boreal left it drifting without propulsion near the Falkland Islands off the coast of Argentina. French investigators said the fire was caused by a ship’s officer who mis-identified a clogged fuel filter. When he mistakenly tried to change a nearby filter that was unclogged, fuel oil sprayed onto a hot engine part causing a fire that eventually spread through copper cables from the engine compartment.
6. IMO Hosts Energy Workshop
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Thursday announced it held a three day workshop in Rabat, Morocco to raise awareness of IMO’s regulatory regime for improving energy efficiency and controlling green house gas (GHG) emissions. The workshop, held from July 19-21, was organized under IMO’s Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships (GloMEEP) project, of which Morocco is one of the 10 lead pilot countries. GloMEEP is a joint effort of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and IMO, aimed at encouraging the adoption of energy efficiency measures for shipping.
7. SeafarerHelp Busy Assisting Seafarers
SeafarerHelp is the 24 hour multilingual helpline for seafarers run by ISWAN. 2015 was a busy year for the SeafarerHelp team, with a 17% increase in the number of cases compared to 2014. Cases and seafarers helped have tripled since 2011, as seafarers have become more aware of the support we can provide. With ten team members speaking over 11 languages, SeafarerHelp assisted nearly 10,000 seafarers of 86 different nationalities in 2015. Seafarers contacted us from 129 countries. The most common problem was unpaid wages while repatriation and contractual problems were also recurring issues.
8. Shipowners Club Stresses Fitness
The ability to maintain a fitness regime on board a vessel can be challenging, especially in instances where a ship does not have sufficient or suitable facilities for sport. However, these limitations need not stop a seafarer from taking regular exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle. Claims related to illness are frequently notified to the Club, with the number of claims reported remaining steady in number over the last five policy years. The Club has partnered with ISWAN to raise awareness of crew-related illness and to assist our Members in mitigating against related incidents.
9. You Break, You Pay
Following an allusion in which a ship smashed into a local landmark City officials in Naga in southern Cebu are demanding damage payments from the owners. The unfortunate ship reportedly smashed into the city’s boardwalk after it was swept to shore by strong winds and waves on Tuesday. The "Unilink II" has not been allowed to leave the city until payment has been made. The ship’s owner, Cebu-based Unilink Shipping, have agreed to get the damage assessed.

10. Maersk Rejigs Panama Plans
Maersk Line unveiled plans to deploy 11 vessels of 8,500 TEU on a rerouted service that will make use of the newly expanded Panama Canal. Maersk Line is one of the Canal’s biggest customers, and with the opening of the Canal’s expansion last month the company said it was ‘likely’ to add capacity and reroute larger vessels to make use of the new locks. The deployments were announced as part of a series of service changes, including one that will transform its TP12 service into a standalone, around-the-world service that Maersk says will provide significantly faster transit times between Far East Asia and the US East Coast.

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