Top Ten Maritime News Stories 26/07/2017

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 26/07/2017

1. More Takeover Details Emerge
China Cosco Shipping has announced more details for its recent offer to take over Hong Kong’s OOIL, the parent of OOCL, in a response to Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE)’s inquiry. SSE sent an inquiry letter to Cosco last week requesting further information on the takeover, including necessary prerequisites of the deal.
Cosco said the deal still needs to be reviewed by a number of overseas anti-monopoly authorities and currently the company is collecting information according to the requirement of these authorities to ensure that the deal passes the reviews.
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2. Business Hackers Wanted
Move over Love Island, this reality contest requires some shipping skills. Maersk Tankers has opened the door to "hackers". Unlike the cyber-attack on parent AP Moller-Maersk this summer, however, this encounter with disruptive forces is welcome. The products tanker giant has called on “business geeks”, investors, coders, entrepreneurs and data scientists to help the company boost performance. Its “hackathon” event will take place in August and will have a feel of a reality TV show as participants go head to head for the DDK 25,000 ($4,000) prize.
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3. Australian ECDIS Focus
P&I Clubs have been making members aware of the release of AMSA Marine Notice 7/2017 which supersedes 8/2016. The Marine notice 7/2017 addresses the following areas, software quality assurance, ECDIS data presentation and performance check dataset, Chart carriage requirements, Mode of ECDIS operation, ECDIS training requirements, Port state control inspections. It states that PSC inspectors may take account of ECDIS related issues, including master and navigating officers being familiar with the operation of the ECDIS equipment fitted and able to demonstrate operational competency.
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4. Vessel Hits Navy Ship
A merchant ship collided with a United Arab Emirates navy boat as it was taking part in a routine mission off UAE territorial waters in the Gulf on Tuesday, the UAE armed forces said. There were no casualties in the incident and “other damage is being evaluated”, state news agency WAM said, citing a statement from the General Command of the Armed Forces. It gave no details on the type of merchant ship, the cargo it was carrying or any details on whether shipping routes were affected.
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5. Humanitarian Groups on Notice
The Italian government on Tuesday threatened to shut humanitarian groups that operate migrant rescue ships in the Mediterranean out of the country’s ports if they do not sign a “code of conduct.” Italy fears that the ships are making it too easy for smugglers to operate and that they act as an incentive for migrants who want to reach Europe. An Italian court has also suggested they collude with Libya-based smugglers, which the charities deny. Italy’s coastguard coordinates all rescues off the coast of Libya, which has been shattered by years of civil war. Almost 100,000 have been brought to Italy this year.
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6. Dockers Killed by Logs
Two Chittagong dockworkers were found dead this morning. The two men were helping unload logs from a Precious Shipping vessel, the Latika Naree. The pair were found deep inside one of the holds of the ship. A local police chief commented: “We are still not sure about how they died. They might have slipped from the stairs in the ship and died while working late at night.”
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7. US Fires on Iranian Boat
On Tuesday afternoon, the Cyclone-class patrol vessel "USS Thunderbolt" fired multiple warning shots at an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps patrol boat. The IRGC Nassar-class boat came to within 150 yards while Thunderbolt was in formation with two Coast Guard cutters and one Army logistics ship near the cruiser USS Vella Gulf, according to USNI News. A defense official told media that the boat was approaching swiftly and did not respond to flares, whistle signals or radio calls, leaving the Thunderbolt’s crew with no choice but to fire warning shots from one of her .50 caliber machine guns.
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8. Rapid Satellite Growth
Industry forecasts tell us that the number of VSAT-equipped vessels will grow from 13,200 in 2015 to 32,700 in 2025. The merchant segment will see the biggest growth in installed VSAT terminals during this period, increasing from 6,000 to nearly 20,000.  This growth in maritime demand for connectivity comes at a time when satellite broadband to mobile VSAT platforms is being dramatically improved. Leading the improvement is the introduction of transformational technology in the form of high-throughput satellites and the development of next-generation ground antennas and modems.
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9. Cruise Fire Evacuation
Almost 200 passengers and crew on a cruise along the Danube river had to be evacuated from their vessel on Monday when a blaze broke out on board, the Austrian fire service said. The passengers, who were on a trip with German river-cruise line A-Rosa from Linz to Budapest, were taken off and moved to a nearby ship after the blaze started close to the village of Schoenbuehel-Aggsbach in Lower Austria, a fire brigade spokesman said. No-one was hurt. Twelve fire trucks and several boats with around 150 fire fighters fought the blaze before bringing it under control after two hours.
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10. Alliance Shifting Ships Around
Maersk Line and its 2M partner MSC are diverting four boxships from their joint Transatlantic TA3 service from APM Terminals to Europe Container Terminals (ECT) in Rotterdam. The impacted vessels will be "Maersk Kawasaki", "Maersk Kure", "MSC Charleston", and "Maersk Kowloon", Maersk Line said in an advisory.
“This change is dictated by the current situation at APMTR where we experienced delays in the past weeks. By changing the terminal we can ensure on time departure and avoid delays at destination ports in USA,” Maersk Line added. The affected calls range from July 27 till August 17.
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