Top Ten Maritime News Stories 11/08/2017

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 11/08/2017

1. Tanker Parking Bays
A cluster of supertankers anchored off the Suffolk coast in the UK has fuelled fresh fears about the potential for pollution on the beaches of one of the country’s best-loved resorts. 15 crude oil tankers have been sitting close together between 10 and 15 miles off the coast at Southwold – an area designated by Government as a zone for ship-to-ship transfers. The local Council has asked ministers to reconsider because of alleged pollution.
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2. Indian Seafarer Wage Success
Indian sailors stranded in Scotland are a step closer to home after a court ruled they are due more than £668,000 in unpaid wages. The crew of the Malaviya Seven have not been paid in a year and the ship has been barred from leaving Aberdeen since October. Many of them have not seen their families for even longer and several have been forced to take out loans to provide for their loved ones.
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3. Warning on Bogus Jobs
The Consulate General of India (CGI) in Dubai has warned Indian nationals against taking up seafaring jobs offered by unscrupulous agents who are not registered with the authorities. The CGI recently issued the advisory following the rising number of seafarer complaints regarding non-payment of salaries, poor working conditions, lack of food, water and bunker (fuel), delays in sign-off and no proper medical care.
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4. Busy Month for Box Ports 
August is expected to be the busiest month on record for imports at the U.S.’ major retail container ports. Additionally, 2017 is on track to set a new annual high, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released on Wednesday by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. Ports covered by Global Port Tracker handled 1.69 million TEUs in June, the latest month for which after-the-fact numbers are available. 
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5. Animal Export Port Protests
About 100 turned out to protest this morning as another live shipment of animals has left from the Port of Ramsgate. Three animal transport lorries arrived at 8:50am, believed to be carrying 400 to 500 sheep each. Three lorries arrived just before 9am. It is the first export to take place this year, with Kent Against Animal Live Exports (KAALE) saying the trade is expected to resume for three weeks to coincide with the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha.
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6. Uncomfortable Cyber Risks
According to the TT Club, the uncomfortable realities of maritime cyber risk are twofold: firstly, the interconnected infrastructure on which global business relies is inherently insecure and, secondly, human nature and ingenuity is at once the greatest strength and the greatest weakness. If any doubted the intensity of the struggle of ‘good’ and ‘evil’ in this arena, the launch of Operation #LeakTheAnalyst at the end of July should be a claxon wakeup call.
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7. Rumours of Sale Denied 
US terminal operator Ports America has denied rumors on a possible sale of the company to Turkish port operator Yildirim Holdings or any other parties. “At this time Ports America is not in a sale process and is not for sale,” a representative of Ports America told World Maritime News, adding that any reports of a sale “are incorrect”. The representative further informed that Ports America is owned by Highstar Capital and “expects to continue to be.”
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8. Giant Maersk Visitor 
"Munich Maersk", recently berthed at EUROGATE Container Terminal Hamburg on its maiden voyage. With a nominal capacity of 20,568 TEU, the container vessel is one of the largest in the world. The boxship, which flies the flag of Denmark, features a length of 399 meters and a width of 58.6 meters. Currently, Munich Maersk is worth USD 153.9 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.
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9. Detained Vessel Finally Departs 
Having been detained for the last ten months, the 5,900 dwt tanker "Asphalt Trader" departed Baltimore on August 5, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) said. The Greece-flagged "Asphalt Trader",  previously known as "Newlead Granadino", was detained for numerous safety discrepancies found during compliance inspections in 2016 and 2017. The tanker departed Baltimore with all of its life saving and fire fighting systems intact and operational.
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10. Be Ready for Inspection 
Global Navigation Solutions (GNS), has urged companies to be ready for the upcoming Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Navigation Safety with advice, information and checklists that can help vessels successfully demonstrate compliance. The Port State Control CIC will be the most comprehensive yet undertaken, with inspectors from the Paris, Tokyo, Black Sea, Indian Ocean MoU and Vina del Mar commencing the programme.
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