Top Ten Maritime News Stories 17/07/2017

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 17/07/2017

1. Maersk Near Miss
The container ship "Laura Maersk" lost power off Akutan in the Aleutian Islands and began to drift towards shore. She contacted the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center and requested assistance. Three tugs were dispatched, and they successfully took the container ship in tow and brought her to Dutch Harbor. No pollution or injuries were reported, and initial reports of an engine room fire turned out to be unfounded. The Coast Guard did not immediately disclose the nature of her difficulties. 

2. Software Error Grounding
Due to a software mistake the brand new "Siem Cicero", having sailed from Pula on July 1, lost steering and ran aground on the Ems afer it got off its course in the Dollart-Bight on July 13, 2017, at 12.30 p.m. The ship could no longer be steered and encountered the bottom outside. The master ordered two tugs which pulled the vessel, into port. Divers conducted a bottom survey, but found no damage. After the software mistake was corrected, the sailing ban which had been pronounced by the relevant authorities was lifted, and the ship left port bound to Halifax.

3. Major Ferry Rescue
On Saturday, Indonesian SAR forces and maritime police units evacuated 116 passengers from the ro/pax ferry "Madani Nusuntara" after it went aground near the island of Suwangi, South Kalimantan (coordinates S 3.425 E 116.057).  The vessel departed the port of Batulicin at 1330 hours and went aground about an hour later at a position about 3.5 nm off the pier. The vessel made a distress call, and the ferry’s master ordered the passengers to abandon ship into liferafts because the water alongside was too shallow for rescue vessels to approach. 
4. Box Alliances Continue
The container shipping consolidation claimed another mid-size player and, if approved, will catapult the buyer into the small group of the largest container lines in the world. While the gossip of OOCL being on the market has been around the industry for a good 12 months, the price paid by the buyer was a sheer surprise. Even with the rates inching up, it takes a lot of guts to offer 38% premium over OOIL’s closing price for a mere 3.2% of global market share, of which about 30% is already overlapping existing Cosco services. Could unnamed “other” assets of OOIL add up to the deal price?

5. Maersk Struggles to Recover
Weeks after the global "Petya" malware attack took down multiple computer systems at Maersk Line, the leading container carrier is still working to bring its operations back to normal.  In a statement Friday, Maersk gave an update on its "road to full recovery," and it recognized the reputational effects of the attack. "You may still encounter delays in response time and feel reluctant to return your full booking volumes with us," Maersk wrote. "Rest assured that no one feels more committed to alleviate your concerns, and we are diligently working through backlogs and manual processes to be able to serve you effectively again."

6. Fire on Wind Farm
A fire broke out on an offshore substation platform at the SPIC Binhai North windfarm near Yancheng, Jiangsu on Saturday. According to Huadian Heavy Industries, the construction contractor of the windfarm, 19 workers onboard the platform jumped into the ocean after they failed to contain the fire during a thunderstorm at the time the incident occurred. The local maritime safety authority started rescue operations immediately and managed to rescue 18 workers and put out the fire, but one worker remains missing. The SPIC Binhai North windfarm is being developed by China’s State Power Investment Corporation.

7. Costa Concordia Recycled
The dismantling and recycling of the Costa Concordia has been completed in Genoa. The 290-meter (950-foot), 13-deck Costa Concordia ran aground in the waters off Giglio Island, Italy, in January 2012. The wreck arrived in Genoa on July 27, 2014, and approximately one million hours of work has gone into her recycling. About 90 percent of the ship was able to be used, and it was a huge undertaking from recovery to recycling.
8. Massive Wave of Consolidation
Since 2014, the container shipping industry is witnessing a massive wave of carrier consolidation. The consolidation wave went hand in hand with a massive reshuffling in alliances. In early 2017, CKYHE, G6, 2M and Ocean Three made room for THE Alliance, Ocean Alliance and 2M. The latest consolidation wave is having a significant impact on the container carrier ranking. In 2010, the market was still characterised by three mega carriers with fleet capacities above 1 million TEU (i.e. Maersk, MSC and CMA CGM) followed by about 17 global carriers each having a slot capacity between 200,000 and 650,000 TEU.

9. Fighting for Connectivity
Seafarers can be on vessels for months at a time, while at home the world keeps turning without them. It is not unusual for the men and women manning the global fleet to miss Christmases and birthdays, family milestones such as first steps, weddings and graduations. Even for those without children, spending such long periods away from friends and loved ones can lead to isolation, loneliness and depression. For many working under these conditions, internet access provides a vital link to their families, allowing them to access emails, make calls and even watch videos snapped for them by their loved ones. 
10. BIMCO Embraces Digitalisation
BIMCO and Shipdex have signed an agreement to support the development and exchange of technical and logistic data across the shipping community, and to include BIMCO as an executive member of Shipdex steering committee. The agreement was signed at BIMCO Head office, Copenhagen by Lars Robert Pedersen, BIMCO Deputy Secretary General and representatives from the original nine executive members – Grimaldi Group, Mastermind Shipmanagement, Alfa Laval Tumba, MacGregor Group, Man Diesel & Turbo, Shipdex Consulting, Yanmar Company, G&C Shipping and Rolls-Royce.

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