Top Ten Maritime News Stories 07/09/2016

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 07/09/2016

1. Blacklisted Abandonment Owner
Bahrain has blacklisted Dubai-based shipping company Sea Links Shipping after it abandoned the general cargo vessel, "Sea Lord", and 11 crew for almost six months without paying the sailors their wages, according to the Bahrain Ports and Maritime Authority. The "Sea Lord" was left three nautical miles off Khalifa Bin Salman Port. It suffered a power outage that made living conditions onboard horrendous. Abdulla Hassan, the ship’s captain, said the experience was like “living in a burning furnace.” Bahraini authorities are now moving to repatriate the sailors who hail from Sudan, Pakistan, Syria, India and Myanmar.
2. Smart Phones, Stupid Position
Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s biggest smartphone maker, said about $38 million of its goods and parts were on board two vessels operated by the distressed Hanjin Shipping Co., which applied for bankruptcy protection last week. Supporting Hanjin’s Chapter 15 U.S. Bankruptcy Court petition, Samsung said in a court filing Tuesday that without an order protecting the shipping line against creditors, the vessels won’t be able to dock, causing the South Korean electronics maker losses that may “continue to escalate so long as the cargo aboard these ships remains unloaded.”
3. Rehabilitation Repercussions
Following Hanjin obtaining a rehabilitation order protecting its assets from creditors in South Korea, the serious repercussions continue to shake global trade. As a first step to extend the rehabilitation order’s geographical reach, the Tokyo District Court in Japan issued an order recognising the South Korean Court proceedings and issued a comprehensive stay order on 5 September 2016. Hanjin will be taking similar steps across the globe during the course of this week where Hanjin assets, particularly owned or chartered vessels, are vulnerable to arrest and where proceedings will be commenced.
4. Piracy Introspection
Introspection is rife among those who once claimed a stake in the safety of seafarers transiting off Somalia. It is evidence enough that there has been a quick-fix to what was apparently an all-consuming threat to global trade. In fact, a working paper published earlier this year finds embarked security teams had a far more quickening effect on reducing piracy- and the cost of piracy- off Somalia than did the much-lauded coalition forces. And while it is not always the case that the private sector leads where others follow, consolidation has begun and naval mandates will likely retire in the months ahead.
5. Unmanned Tech Show
The UK’s Royal Navy has just made a public show of its latest unmanned surface vessel (USV), speeding the vehicle through the tidal Thames. Named the Maritime Autonomy Surface Testbed (MAST), the Royal Navy’s drone is being developed by Portchester’s ASV Ltd with funding from the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL). The 32ft long MAST is based on the Bladerunner hull that’s part catamaran, part hydrofoil. At its heart, the Blade Runner hull is designed to make a vessel as stable as possible while planing across a waterway at high speed.
6. SMM Opens with New Focus
SMM, the leading international maritime trade fair features over 2,200 exhibitors from 66 countries – Digitalisation and alternative propulsion technologies are focal topics – While Iran returns with exhibitors and delegation after long absence. The leading fair has a leitmotif: Digitalisation in the shipping industry is the main topic of this year’s SMM. Smart Shipping – comprehensive network integration of ships and smart use of data to enhance efficiency is a common theme. “Digitalisation is a key factor for the future success of this industry,” says Bernd Aufderheide, President and CEO of Hamburg Messe und Congress.
7. Tanker Ravaged by Fire
Fire broke out onboard an aframax tanker berthed in the Deer Park area of the Houston Ship Channel early on Tuesday morning. Firefighters attended Hellenic Tankers’ "Aframax River", which is berthed at the Intercontinental Terminals Company facility, at around 02:00hrs (local time) and extinguished the blaze successfully. The vessel’s 25 crew were evacuated. The US Coast Guard said the tanker had somehow developed a gash, which caused it to leak an unknown volume of fuel, which later ignited, according to reports from ABC13. The tanker is thought to have hit a submerged sewer line, which caused the rupture.
8. Economic Slowdown Fears
Without doubt the slow economic growth globally and the moderate recovery in Europe results in slow growth in world trade – including container trade. Q1 was especially poor in terms of global container throughput, which, according to Drewry, went up by just 0.5%. Q1 saw no growth year on year in throughput in Chinese ports, whereas they grew by 3.2% in Q2-2016 compared to the same period in 2015. Overall container demand grew around 2% in Q2-2016 compared to Q2- 2015. Global container demand is struggling to achieve a GDP-to-trade multiplier of one.
9. DNV GL On Cyber Threats
What are the best options for securing remote connections on ship and offshore systems? Which operational technology on board is most vulnerable to cyber-attacks? DNV GL has published a Recommended Practice (RP) on “Cyber Security Resilience Management” to help the industry address potential cyber hazards. “With ships and mobile offshore units becoming increasingly reliant on software-dependent systems, cyber security is an important operational and safety issue for the maritime world,” said Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime, in his presentation at the DNV GL press conference at the SMM trade fair.
10. New Thinking on Port Security
The International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) has published a new focus paper focusing on the importance of biometrics in ensuring security at all maritime bases. The paper, Maritime Security Enhanced through Biometric Readers, was authored by Walter Hamilton, Vice Chairman, IBIA. It comments on the U.S. Coast Guard’s recently published final rule, which outlines the implementation requirements for electronic biometric readers used in conjunction with the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) – a biometric-enabled identity card.

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