Top Ten Maritime News Stories 05/12/2016

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 05/12/2016

1. Rolls-Royce More Jobs Slashed
Rolls-Royce is cutting another 800 jobs from its struggling marine business in a move it says will save the engine manufacturer $63m a year. The marine headcount today stands at 4,800, mainly based in Norway. Last year, Rolls-Royce axed 1,000 staff from its marine division as newbuild orders at yards across the world slipped to their lowest levels seen in a generation. “The actions being taken will enhance the competitive strength and resilience of the (marine) business in what remains an attractive market for Rolls-Royce,” said the company’s chief executive Warren East.

2. Pointing Way on Safety
Failure to maintain a magnetic compass in good working order or to monitor deviations may result in a vessel being delayed or detained. The presence onboard of a magnetic compass is a requirement under SOLAS Reg.V/19. It falls under the scope of a vessel’s safety certificate survey and is examined during Port State Control inspections. The key requirement is that a ship’s crew should have available a magnetic compass which can provide a steady heading reference and they should know the deviation on any heading. AMSA has drawn attention to the importance of the magnetic compass as a tool for the safety of navigation.
3. Brand Owners Look at Shipping
Brand owners and representatives from the international shipping industry have joined forces in signing an historic declaration of intent aimed at preventing the maritime transport of counterfeit goods. Leaders from global shipping firms, freight forwarders, brand owners – whose products are counterfeited – and industry organizations, representing both industries signed a joint "Declaration of Intent to Prevent the Maritime Transport of Counterfeit Goods" in Brussels. It marks the first time the global shipping industry and brand owners have made a public commitment to work together to stop the transport of counterfeit goods.

4. New Nigerian Navy Approach
The Nigerian Navy has on Thursday launched a new security operation in the Niger Delta region known as as “exercise Eagle Eye” leading to the arrest of four sea pirates along the waterways of Brass in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. The team of observers of the Chief of Naval Staff and special forces of the Nigerian Navy,who were in Bayelsa State between Thursday and Saturday to appraise the operational capabilities of the forces on ground,said the new plan is special security action in synergy with men of the NNS SOROH, Yenagoa and the Forward Operation Base, Formoso, Brass.
5. NATO Security in the SHADE
Bahrain was the stage for the 39th Shared Awareness and Deconfliction (SHADE) conference. A forum to discuss counter-piracy in the Gulf of Aden and in the Indian Ocean and the importance of cooperation between naval units in the region, industry and other concerned organizations. NATO as a deployed operational partner, co-chaired for the last time, this bi-annual forum. The Chairmanship is a role that has rotated among NATO, the European Union Naval Forces (EU NAVFOR) who runs EU Operation ATALANTA and Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) who deploys Combined Task Force 151 (CTF151).
6. Results of IMO MSC97
The highlights of IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee’s (MSC) 97th session, which met between 21-25 November, 2016 include revision of the Enhanced Survey Program (ESP) Code by clarifying how close-up surveys and thickness measurements are to be performed for oil tankers and bulk carriers. STCW 1978, Amendments for Polar Operation, amongst other issues requiring those in charge of a navigational watch on ships operating in open waters in Arctic waters and/or the Antarctic area (ie Polar Waters) to hold a certificate in basic training for ships operating in Polar Waters after approved basic training.

7. Exclusion Round Anglesey Blaze Ship
A 500m exclusion zone has been set up around a cargo ship which caught fire on Thursday. A blaze broke out in the hold of the Maltese bulk carrier "V Due" on Thursday. The 23,000 tonne ship has been at anchor off the coast of Anglesey , since then. It had sailed from Liverpool, and has dropped anchor four miles away from the village of Moelfre . A representative of HM Coastguard has been on board to assess what damage the fire has caused. Plans for the future of the vessel have been discussed between the owners, insurers, salvors, coastguard, and environment groups.
8. Run Aground Off UK
The general cargo ship "Muros" ran aground at North Sea off Happisburgh in Norfolk, UK. The vessel suffered mechanical failure during a voyage from Tees, UK to Rochefort, France, leaving the shipping way and stuck into the sandbank. The accident was reported to local authorities and at the scene was dispatched tug to refloat the cargo vessel. Shortly after grounding at high tide the general cargo ship Muros was towed to safe depth and anchored near the accident site for special survey and safety inspection. It was understood that vessel did not suffered damages during grounding and there was no reported oil leak.
9. Hyndai After IRISL Work
Hyundai Heavy Industries is in advanced negotiations for contracting the construction of 10 ships for Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL), according to unofficial information by senior managers of South Korean shipbuilder. The estimated value of the agreement is 650 million USD, including the construction of four 14,400 TEU container carriers and six 50,000 DWT product tankers. According to preliminary estimated, the expected delivery date will be in third quarter of 2018. The negotiations between the two companies are in advance stage, but the agreement is not yet signed and final value is under discussion.
10. Box Ship in Elbe Trouble
The container ship "Hanni" ran aground in Elbe River near Muhlenberg, Germany. The vessel lost propulsion shortly after leaving Hamburg, which caused the vessel to become stuck on an embankment. The crew reported the accident to the local authorities and requested assistance. At the scene of the troubled container carrier were dispatched two tugs, but attempts for towing to safe depth failed. The salvage operations were delayed for the night during high tide. The traffic at the area was not affected by the grounding, because the ship is outside the fairway.

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