Top Ten Maritime News Stories 27/10/2016

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 27/10/2016
1. Shipping Changed Fundamentals
Anne Steffensen, director general of the Danish Shipowners’ Association, at the Danish Maritime Forum has said, “It’s no secret that most of the industry is in some sort of crisis,” the former ambassador said, not mincing her words. “This time it is maybe more than cyclical,” she added, “Some of the fundamentals for shipping are changing.” Global trade will not double by 2030 as she originally thought at the first forum back in 2014.
2. Teekay Tanker Confirmed Attacked
A number of private security firms have confirmed to to the media that the laden Teekay LNG vessel "Galicia Spirit" was fired on by an RPG off the coast of Yemen today. The 2004-built ship and its crew escaped unharmed. The incident happened mid-morning eight nautical miles off of Perim Island. A group on a skiff approached and fired an RPG which fortunately did no harm to the gas ship, which has since continued its voyage towards Egypt. 
3. Warning of More Attacks
Maritime security experts are warning of a step change in violence seen in waters in the southern Red Sea in the past month. With three instances of skiffs approaching three ships in the past month, including one where an RPG was fired at an LNG carrier resulting in damage to the poop deck and citadel, the British firm is warning pirates in the region are stepping up activities further ashore with a view to boarding larger ships.
4. Abandoned Seafarer Suicide
A seafarer onboard "Swiber Explorer," one of three vessels managed by Singapore’s Vallianz Holdings and stranded at an anchorage off Dubai, has attempted to commit suicide today by jumping from the vessel. Swiber Explorer, along with Swiber Navigator and Swiber Sandefjord, have all been left to fend for themselves off Dubai since June and the crew are now serving their eighth month onboard the vessels despite only signing three-month contracts.
5. More Bankrupticies Loom
While expressing pity for his Korean peer Hanjin Shipping, Rodolphe Saadé, vice chairman of CMA CGM, warned other bankruptcies in the liner sector are on the cards. Speaking at the Danish Maritime Forum in Copenhagen he said, “I believe consolidation is the name of the game in our industry". “We have experienced some in the past few months … I am sure there will be more to come" as today’s box sector was a “very challenging environment”.
6. Companies Convicted of Crime
Two German shipping companies that owned and operated the M/V Nils B, pleaded guilty today to an environmental crime in federal court in San Diego before the Honorable Jan M. Adler, announced Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden and U.S. Attorney Laura E. Duffy. Sentencing for this case has been set for Nov. 3, the United States agreed to recommend that the court impose a total criminal penalty of $750,000.
7. All Onboard Autonomous Ships
The Mayflower Autonomous Ship project in Plymouth has secured a number of international investors following the launch of a crowdfunding campaign. The UTC and Silicon Sensing, both of which have offices in Plymouth, as well as Lockheed Martin UK and a host of individuals both in the UK and US, have pledged finance on Crowdfunder. The campaign aims to raise £300,000 to support plans to build the unmanned ship.
8. Class and Builders Meet
Representatives of classification societies, shipbuilders and shipowners came together in Tokyo last week for their annual ‘Tripartite Meeting’ on issues of common interest. At the meeting one of the milestones of the IMO Goal Based Standards (GBS) for bulk carriers and oil tankers, which entered into force for ships contracted for construction from July 2016 was noted. The Tripartite Meeting will reconvene in China in 2017.
9. Charities Against Ship Transfers
A coalition of conservation charities have voiced their concerns over controversial plans to transfer millions of tonnes of crude oil between tankers anchored in a dolphin hotspot off Scotland. Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), the Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT), RSPB Scotland, WWF Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland have united to express their concerns about ship-to-ship oil transfers in the Cromarty Firth.
10. Solid Bulk Advice
Lloyd’s Register, UK P&I Club, and Intercargo have released an update to the popular International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code pocket guide, designed for ships’ officers and agents who arrange cargoes for loading. When bulk cargoes shift, liquefy, catch fire or explode due to poor loading procedures, the consequences can be critical – ships could capsize, lose stability or sustain severe structural damage.
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