Top Ten Maritime News Stories 25/08/2017

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 25/08/2017
 
1. Hong Kong Typhoon Suspension
Hong Kong’s port authority suspended all operations on Wednesday as Typhoon Hato struck the city with high winds and heavy rains. No vessels were permitted to enter the port, and ferry services to Macau and to Hong Kong’s outlying islands were canceled. A popular passenger service to Zhuhai in mainland China was suspended indefinitely due to storm damage to a terminal. 
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2. Playing Regulatory Catchup
With the acceleration of digitalisation across maritime, the cyber threat to shipping is racing ahead of efforts by industry bodies and regulators to combat the menace. IBM’s 2016 Cyber Security Intelligence Index showed that transportation was the fifth most cyber-attacked industry. Stricter regulations could, of course, harden security, but would come at a price in a cost-sensitive market. Ultimately, it remains to be seen if a new legal framework is needed.
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3. Greeks Gearing for Fight
Another Greek owner with links to controversial Kalani Investments has seen lawyers gear up for a fight. American law firm Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, and at least two other law firms, have revealed that a class action has kicked off in New York on behalf of purchasers of Top Ships common stock during the period between January 17 this year through to August 22
 
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4. Collision Bulker Held
A bulk carrier has been detained off Basra in southern Iraq after it was involved in a deadly collision with a local offshore support vessel. The "Royal Arsenal" cannot leave the country. It was involved in a collision with the Al-Misbar OSV on Saturday. The OSV with 21 crew capsized and up to 16 people are feared to have died. A floating crane was deployed this week to raise the OSV. The bulk carrier is owned by North Baltic Maritime, according to Equasis.
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5. Sailor Search Suspended
After more than 80 hours of multinational search efforts, the U.S. Navy suspended search and rescue efforts for missing USS John S. McCain Sailors in an approximately 2,100-square mile area east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.  10 Sailors went missing following a collision between the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and the Liberian-flagged merchant vessel Alnic MC on August 21. 
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6. Owners Urged on ECDIS
Ahead of the IHO’s compliance deadline of 31 August 2017, the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) today urged owners and operators to ensure their ECDIS systems are using S-52 Presentation Library Edition 4.0. The presentation library in S-52 governs how ENC data is portrayed on ECDIS screens and supports consistent display of navigational information across type-approved ECDIS.
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7.  First Gas Box Ship
The world’s first containership retrofitted with a liquefied natural gas (LNG) engine was launched on August 23, 2017. Since May 2017, the 1,000 TEU containership Wes Amelie, owned by Wessels Reederei based in Harem/Ems, has undergone an engine conversion at the German Dry Docks in Bremerhaven, and from this point forward will run on LNG fuel.
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8. Ban on Old Livestock Ships
The Australian government is looking at banning elderly ships being used for live export to the Middle East. Transport minister Darren Chester has revealed the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is currently reviewing Marine Order 43, which governs the age of export ships as well as welfare conditions for animals being carried. The review comes in the wake of another recent exposé into a deadly livestock shipment. 
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9. Maersk Fire Extinguished
A fire that broke out on this week in an auxiliary engine of Maersk Pembroke containership while en route to Montreal, Canada has been extinguished. “It (the fire) has been contained and extinguished and power has now been restored to the vessel, including power to the reefer units,” a spokesperson of Maersk Line, owner of the ship, told World Maritime News in an update. The ship’s crew reported the fire while some 125 nautical miles SW of Ireland.
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10. Shipping Forecast Continues
The hymnal cadences of Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, through Shannon, Rockall, Malin all the way to south-east Iceland, are being celebrated as the shipping forecast marks 150 years of uninterrupted service. The shipping forecast, the longest continuous weather forecast ever made, has been a public service since 1867 when it was used to warn of storms. The warnings were first issued using the electric telegraph until radio became available. 
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