Top Ten Maritime News Stories 13/09/2017

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 13/09/2017

1. UK Bold Flag Pledge
The UK has pledged to double the size of its ship register putting in the top 10 globally. At the start of London International Shipping Week (LISW) the UK’s Shipping Minister John Hayes said that the government is working to double the size of the UK Ship Register from 16m gt to 30m gt. Hayes highlighted that ships flying the Red Ensign enjoyed international tax breaks, British consular support and protection from the Royal Navy.
2. Refinery Back Up and Running
America’s biggest oil refinery, the Motiva Enterprises facility at Port Arthur in Texas, restarted production on Monday after being shut since August 30 because of flooding from Hurricane Harvey, according to Reuters. The facility, which can produce 603,000 bpd at full capacity, was starting easy at lower output levels and will take four-to-eight weeks to regain maximum production.
3. 3d Propeller Printed
A prototype of the world’s first class approved ship’s propeller has been produced using 3D printing techniques. The 1,350 mm diameter propeller – named WAAMpeller – is the result of a cooperative consortium of companies that includes Damen Shipyards Group, RAMLAB, Promarin, Autodesk and Bureau Veritas. The WAAMpeller was fabricated from a nickel aluminium bronze (NAB) alloy at RAMLAB (Rotterdam Additive Manufacturing LAB).
4. Port Chief Detained
China’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection has announced that it has detained Zhang Lili, former chairman of Tianjin Port Group, as part of a series of corruption investigations. According to the commission, Zhang was involved in a number of illegal activities including taking bribes and selling official positions. Zhang was sacked in 2015 for dereliction of duty after the huge chemical blasts at the port’s warehousing area.
5. BIMCO Acts on Safety
In a measure of the continued safety risks posed by lifeboat accidents, BIMCO has issued a reminder that seafarers should use safety devices that prevent on-load release hooks from prematurely releasing the boat before it is lowered to the water. Lifeboat accidents resulting in fatalities and serious injuries are all too frequent, despite efforts to reduce them, BIMCO noted. Most of the accidents happen in boats using conventional davits and on-load release systems. 
6. UN Acts on North Korea
The UN Security Council unanimously agreed to impose tighter sanctions on North Korea, imposing limits on oil exports, banning the country’s textile imports and access to gas liquids, and more closely inspecting cargo ships going in and out of its ports. In the approved text, the 15-member Council seeks to cap refined petroleum products up to 500,000 barrels beginning in October, and up to two million barrels per year starting in January for a period of one year.
7. Digital Boss Big Award
Transas Chief Executive Frank Coles has won the Most Influential People of the Year category of the 2017 Golden Bridge Business and Innovations Awards. The award acknowledged his ability to communicate his vision for the maritime industry in the digital age. The Golden Bridge Awards honour the best companies, products, innovations, management teams, executives and influencers.
8. Making Future Mariners

It is suggested that technology will enable the further reduction of seafaring officers and thus be a worthwhile cost saving, this being a powerful driver to anyone trying to operate ships cheaper. But if those who man ships afloat are to be no more than machine-minders, how are they ever to gain experience that might fit them for the inevitable emergencies that are bound to arise?

9. VR on Ships
Danish technology company Virsabi is teaming up with Viking Supply Ships and MAN Diesel and Turbo on the development of a mixed reality system that will be used for onboard vessel maintenance and trouble shooting. While virtual reality involves wearing special glasses that present an alternative reality that is disconnected from the wearer’s current physical presence, mixed reality enables the wearer to see reality through glasses and in the glasses. 
10. Seaspan Flexing Muscle
Seaspan remains highly active changing its fleet following the news its co-founder, Gerry Wang, is retiring. Brokers Braemar ACM links the Vancouver owner to taking a resale at one of its favoured yards, Yangzijiang in China. Seaspan has come in for an 11,000 teu ship that will deliver in January next year. The Canadian company has already secured a charter to CMA CGM for the vessel for a three-year period at $29,000 per day.

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