Top Ten Maritime News Stories 08/08/2016

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 08/08/2016

1. Shipowner Defaults Beckon
At least one shipowner has defaulted on Royal Bank of Scotland during H12016, and there could be more defaults to come, the taxpayer-owned lender has admitted in its first-half results. The revelation comes in the small print of a set of car-crash numbers for RBS, which for decades held a leading position in the Greek market through the activities of its Piraeus office. RBS also booked a net impairment charge of £264m ($348m) in its internal ‘bad bank’.
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2. Canal Shaping Box Shipping
The opening of the new, expanded Panama Canal locks in June has ushered in a new era for container ship sector, and is prompting significant changes in asset and deployment trends.  The ability for a containership to transit the Panama Canal has long been a defining vessel characteristic, with the emergence of a distinct Panamax sector above 3,000 TEU, comprising vessels with a maximum beam of 32.3m. 
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3. Cruise Terror Alert Quashed
The "Caribbean Princess" has made its way to Belfast Port after nine hours adrift in the Irish Sea. The 290-meter (950-foot) ship had 3,306 passengers and 1,158 crew on board when it suffered engine failure 25 miles southeast of Dublin on the Wicklow coast on Wednesday. It was en route from Cobh in Cork to Dublin. Princess Cruises quashed terrorism rumours saying it was “never considered to be anything other than a technical glitch.”
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4. Aberdeen Wages Paid
An offshore supply ship detained in Aberdeen on the grounds of non-payment of crew wages has been released. The "Malaviya Seven" was detained in June under merchant shipping regulations. The crew was said not to have been paid for several months. The Martime and Coastguard Agency said: "The Malaviya Seven was released from detention following the payment of crew wages and repatriation of seafarers with expired employment agreements."
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5. China to Grow GoG Influence
China’s military will assist countries in West Africa combat piracy in the Gulf of Guinea and other maritime security threats. This is according to Qian Lihua, former head of the foreign affairs office of China’s Ministry of National Defence. Lihua was visiting Lome, Togo, late last month when he made the comments, according to Xinhua.  China will join the international anti-piracy effort in the area, helping littoral states to build necessary infrastructure. 
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6. Grounded on Old Charts
Arctia’s icebreaker "Fennica" grounded near Dutch Harbor, Alaska, on July 2, 2015, during a high profile drilling operation in the Chukchi Sea, and an investigation has blamed the inaccuracy of navigational charts which were based on soundings made in 1935.  Arctia announced the findings this week saying the Finnish Safety Investigation Authority has released the U.S. Coast Guard’s Report of Investigation. 
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7. Fire Engulfs Ship
Fire erupted on board of Turkish general cargo ship "Derin" at Port of Chioggia, Italy. The vessel unberthed from the pier and was maneuvering to leave the port, when thick smoke appeared from the superstructure. The crew reported the fire and started firefighting, while the vessel was moored at another quay. At the scene of the accident were dispatched two firefighting teams with machines, which assisted with extinguishing the flames for less than an hour.
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8. RNLI Rescues Stricken Master
Lifeboat volunteers were called out after a ship’s captain took ill at sea. A crew from Plymouth lifeboat station was called out at about 3.23pm today to reports of someone taking ill on board a merchant ship. Pictures captured by RNLI volunteer Chris Cook show the Plymouth crew’s all-weather lifeboat speeding towards the vessel to evacuate the casualty, who was later taken to Derriford Hospital.
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9. Cruise Home as Asylum Banned
The owner of a luxury cruise ship due to house asylum seekers in Sweden before the migration board pulled the plug has been told the craft must leave its port by a court. Floating Accommodations has been fighting to keep the Ocean Gala at Utansjö port on the Sweden’s east coast ever since Härnösand municipality denied it the right to reside there last April. The municipality subsequently banned the ship from docking in its harbour.
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10. Plan to Save SS United States Ends
A plan to save the famed ocean liner SS United States from the scrapyard by converting her into a modern cruise ship has foundered. Crystal Cruises, which had announced its intention to buy and retrofit the 64-year-old vessel, said Friday that after a six-month technical study, the ship is structurally sound but rehabilitation to sailing condition was technically and economically unfeasible. Plans will now focus using the vessel as a museum, hotel and events space. 
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