Top Ten Maritime News Stories 23/11/2016

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 23/11/2016

1. Box Giants Working Together
Maersk Line says it and MSC are still trying to find a way to partner with Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) but the Korean line will not become a member of 2M, the vessel sharing alliance between Maersk and MSC. In lieu of joining 2M as a member, Maersk Line said: “The parties are therefore discussing the possibility of HMM partnering with the 2M network through a slot exchange and purchase agreement. “The partnership discussions are ongoing and include the possibility of Maersk Line taking over charters and operations of vessels currently chartered to HMM with the aim of deploying them in the 2M network.”
2. Hopes Somali Attack is a Blip
The attack on a chemical tanker off the east coast of Somalia seems likely to have been a one-off, according to Dryad Maritime. The incident was the first reported attack on a merchant vessel off the Somali coast for two and a half years, according to EU Naval Force (Somalia). Some details of the attack suggest it may have been an isolated incident, said Mike Edey, Dryad’s head of operations. In the past, Somali pirates would continue to attack a ship until they were successful or were disrupted by naval forces.  Edey also pointed to the fact that the skiff had not attacked fishing boats. Certainly one to watch.
3. Reluctant Heroine Rewarded
The Master of an oil tanker who says she was “just doing her job” has received the highest International Maritime Organization (IMO)  bravery recognition for saving the lives of seven fishermen from a sinking fishing boat during a tumultuous storm in the Bay of Bengal in June 2015. “It is every seafarer’s and Master’s solemn duty and obligation to save souls in distress at sea. I just did what a seafarer should do for a fellow soul in distress at sea. Yes, it was an instant decision, but not without assessing the risks involved. I just did my duty,” said Captain Radhika Menon, Master of the oil products tanker Sampurna Swarajya.

4. Red Faces in Canal
The Navy’s newest and most technologically advanced guided missile destroyer had to be towed from the Panama Canal after experiencing “engineering issues,” a spokesman for the service said Tuesday in a statement. The USS Zumwalt, which cost $4.4 billion, will remain at Naval Station Rodman, a former U.S. base in Panama, to repair problems that surfaced this week while the ship cruised to its new homeport in San Diego, said Cmdr. Ryan Perry, a spokesman for the Navy’s Third Fleet. He said it was unclear how long the ship would remain in Panama.
5. Bulker Thwarts Attack
A Japanese-owned bulk carrier was able to thwart an attack on Sunday in the Sulu Sea off the Philippines marking the latest incident in an area where the Islamist militant group Abu Sayyaf has been kidnapping crews for ransom. According to incident report from the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre, the Japanese bulk carrier Kumiai Shagang was “attacked by pirates or militants”” on November 20 in Sulu Sea, north of Tawi-Tawi Island in the Philippines. “The bulk carrier thwarted attack by anti- pirates maneuvering, vessel continued voyage from Port Hedland, Australia to Qingdao, China,” the ReCAAP report said.
6. Offshore Woes Deepen
Norway’s Havila Shipping has laid up three vessels due to “market conditions” it said in a statement. Platform supply vessel pair Havila Fortune and Havila Borg, along with anchor handling tug supply vessel Havila Mercury will all be laid up “as soon as practically possable” the company said. Around 70 crew will lose their jobs as a result of the layups. This mirrors the cuts made across the offshore sector, and many seafarers and workers in offices ashore have lost their jobs.

7. Fatal Collision Vessel Held
Authorities in Indonesia have detained the Vietnamese-flagged cargo ship MV Thaison 4 as part of an investigation into a fatal collision involving the ship an Indonesian fishing boat over the weekend. According to local media the MV Thaison 4 was boarded by officials Monday in Surabaya, East Java. The ship, with 22 crew, is believed to have collided with the fishing boat Mulya Sejati early Saturday in the Java Sea off East Java, causing the boat to sink. Of the 27 people on board, 12 were rescued and so far three bodies have been recovered. A search for 12 people still missing has intensified.
8. False Navy Officers Arrested
The Nigerian Navy says it has arrested six persons posing as Naval Officers in Badagry, Lagos State, South west Nigeria. In a statement on Monday, the Navy says the suspects who claimed to be members of a proscribed Maritime security organisation called "Nigerian Merchant Marine" were arrested. The Navy also says it has began massive crackdown on impostors who are using naval uniforms and accoutrements to deceive, and defraud unsuspecting members of the public. The Navy has advised the public to report suspicious behaviour of anyone or group of persons who claim to be personnel of the Nigerian Navy.
9. Crude Collision in Port
The crude carrier "UACC Shams" collided with container ship "Celina Star" in the Bay of Algeciras off the Getares beach, Spain. The tanker was proceeding to enter the port, while the container carrier was leaving the port, on crossing routes. The crude carrier UACC Shams suffered dented bulwark at the portside foreship, while the container ship Celina Star suffered dents and bruises at the starboard side aft. The accident was reported to the local authorities and both ships were ordered to anchor in Bay of Algeciras for special survey and inspection. Fortunately during the accident there were no injured people and no oil leak.
10. Charity Providing Support
Seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) is providing support for a group of seafarers who have been stranded since the 20th September in Baltimore harbour, USA. The ship’s owner is behind on payments for the operation of the vessel meaning that it has been stranded at anchorage. AoS has been working to provide the crew with material, spiritual and emotional support. AoS port chaplain, Father John Fitzgerald said: "Thanks to the generosity of the Knights of Columbus we have been able to obtain a new flat screen TV for the crew, this will help keep their spirits up at this difficult time".

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