Top Ten Maritime News Stories 06/09/2017

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 06/09/2017

1. Gas is the Future
Oil and gas will be crucial components of the world’s energy future, according to DNV GL’s forecast of the energy transition. While renewable energy will grow its share of the energy mix, gas will become the largest single source of energy from 2034. DNV GL’s Energy Transition Outlook, a forecast that spans the global energy mix to 2050, predicts that global demand for energy will flatten in 2030, then steadily decline over the next two decades, thanks to step-changes in energy efficiency. Total final energy demand by mid-century is estimated at 430 exajoules (EJ), up from 400 EJ in 2015. 
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2. Cruise Pollution Claims
The world’s cruise ships have done virtually nothing to reduce their pollution over the past year, with some still emitting as much particulate matter as 1m cars a day, a report says. The annual survey of 63 ships, conducted by the German environment group Nabu, refused to recommend a single one for adequately reducing its environmental impact in 2017. It accused the industry of having “contempt” for the health of its customers, saying companies had reneged on promises to clean up their fleets.
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3. Guards Still Held
The legal case for the 35 men held in India as part of the Seaman Guard Ohio case has come to a standstill. They filed an appeal against their conviction in February 2016; it was heard in court in November 2016 at which point the judge reserved orders. The judge has still not released his judgment on the appeal, meaning the crew and their families have been waiting every day since November 2016 to hear something. In October the men will have been held in India for four years. The British families have created a campaign called the #Chennai6, which is the name the British Government uses to refer to the six British men. 
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4. Phoenix on the Rise
Chinese domestic dry bulk shipping operator CSC Phoenix has announced that its controlling shareholder Tianjin Shunhang Shipping has reached an agreement with Guangdong Wenhua Furui to terminate a proposed share transfer deal of the company. In April, Tianjin Shunhang Shipping signed an agreement to sell its 17.89% shareholdings in CSC Phoenix to Guangdong Wenhua Furui for RMB1.9bn ($274m) following its failure to restructure CSC Phoenix into a dredging company. Later Shenzhen Stock Exchange questioned the deal and requested an explanation from Wenhua Furui on the basis and rationality of the pricing.
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5. Fears of Chinese Control
With China Development Bank (CDB) and the Greek Public Power Corporation (PPC) set to sign a cooperation agreement which could be worth many tens of million of dollars, China’s has sought to stress the economic and social benefits of investment cooperation between Chinese and Greek companies as they have been cited as a source of concern for some Western countries. The CDB / PPC agreement will be signed in Greece’s second city Thessaloniki, 9 September, within the framework of the 82nd Thessaloniki International Fair and will be a feature of the fair, at which China is the honoured country. 
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6. Drillship Removed and Recovered
The drillship DPDS1, which had been grounded in the access channel to the Port of Corpus Christi after being dislodged by Hurricane Harvey, has been safely recovered and removed according to the US Coast Guard (USCG). Owned by Houston-based rig operator Paragon Offshore, the ship had run aground in Aransas Pass after the force of the storm broke its moorings. The 450-foot DPDS1, which had been stacked since November 2014, was salvaged in a combined effort of Paragon, a salvage company, the Port Authority, port pilots and the USCG. Some damage was detected but none in the hull and no pollution was reported.
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7. Danes Release Ballast Guide
Danish Shipping has launched a new guide on the implementation of the Ballast Water Management Convention, which will enter into force on September 8. All new ships will have to be equipped with a ballast water treatment system, while existing ships will need to have systems installed from September 8, 2019 to September 8, 2024. Once the vessel has to comply with the Convention’s D-2 standard calling for a treatment system rather than ballast water exchange, she must have on board a range of items and documentation, which the guide lists in detail. The new rules are complex, says Danish Shipping.
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8. Incident Closes Port
DP World’s Prince Rupert, B.C. container terminal reopened Tuesday after an unidentified "incident" forced the facility to shut down over the holiday weekend. At about 0500 hours on Sunday, an undisclosed event at the Fairview terminal container yard injured 11 dockers. The facility was evacuated, and the affected workers were taken to the hospital to treat respiratory complaints and eye irritation. “Two were initially kept for observation and thankfully all were discharged within hours of their arrival. We continue to check on their well-being,” DP World said in a statement.  
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9. Migrant Rescues Suspended
The Malta-based Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) search and rescue NGO has suspended all rescue operations in the Mediterranean citing, among other reasons, concern about the lawfulness of returns to Libya and alluding to the conditions of those returnees held in detention facilities in Libya. On September 4, MOAS announced that it was shifting its operations to SE Asia, saying: “MOAS was founded in 2014 as the first search and rescue operation of its kind, determined to mitigate the loss of human life on deadly maritime migration routes.
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10. South Korean Back to Number One
South Korean shipbuilding industry has surpassed China in three months and reached the top of global monthly shipbuilding orders. A report in Yonhap said that South Korean shipyards recaptured the No. 1 position in new orders worldwide in August amid a plunge in overall numbers. The local shipbuilders clinched new orders worth a combined 130,000 compensated gross tons (CGTs) last month to build nine vessels, the report said quoting  data compiled by global research firm Clarkson Research Institute.
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