Top Ten Maritime News Stories 26/09/2017

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 26/09/2017

1. Carnival Cunard Line Up Boost
Carnival Corporation has signed an agreement to build a new cruise ship for its iconic Cunard brand with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri. The world’s largest cruise company said it has signed a memorandum of agreement for the ship to be built at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, with an expected delivery date in 2022. The new ship will join Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth as the fourth cruise ship in the Cunard fleet. Delivery will mark the first time since 1998 that the luxury cruise brand will have four ships in simultaneous service.
2. Ballast Company Busted
Norwegian ballast water system maker OceanSaver has filed for bankruptcy prompted by the decision of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to postpone the implementation of the Ballast Water Management Convention to 2019. The delay has had a major impact on the market for retrofitting ballast water systems. In addition, the ship newbuilding activity continues to be low. As explained, these factors have led to “significant downward pressure” on prices and uptake of ballast water treatment systems.
3. Mega Social Ocean Cable
Microsoft, Facebook, and the telecoms infrastructure company Telxius have announced the completion of the highest capacity subsea cable to ever cross the Atlantic Ocean. The cable is capable of transmitting 160 terabits of data per second, the equivalent of streaming 71 million HD videos at the same time, and 16 million times faster than an average home internet connection, Microsoft claims. The cable will be operational by early 2018. Called Marea, which is Spanish for “tide,” the 4,000 mile long subsea cable lies 17,000 feet below the ocean surface and extends between Virginia Beach, Virginia and the city of Bilbao in Spain.
4. Drunken Crew Arrests
The Swedish Coast Guard has taken the master and chief mate of the coastal freighter Atlantic into custody after their vessel went aground off Oskarshamn, a small port on the east coast of Sweden. The men may face charges related to the accident. Coast Guard officials boarded and found the officer on watch and the master of the ship to be intoxicated. The vessel is hard aground in very shallow water – as little as three feet – and local media report that she is touching bottom in only three locations. She is carrying about 11,500 gallons of diesel, which will have to be pumped off before she can be refloated.
5. Injured Seafarer Airlifted
An injured crewman has been safely airlifted by helicopter from a tanker off New York, according to The Associated Press. The medevac was conducted by the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) air sea rescue division after the man aboard the 2005-built Italian-owned vessel High Courage fell from a height of about 35 feet. At the time, the ship was about 15 miles off of Breezy Point in Queens, New York. The man, believed to be from India, was taken to a hospital in Staten island where he was said to be in stable condition.
6. Korea Looks to LNG
South Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries is launching a pilot program to build the world’s largest LNG-fuelled ship. The ministry said it would work with local shipyards to develop a class of 180,000-ton LNG-propelled vessels. The plans, to be signed on Tuesday, will also include POSCO, South Korea’s top steelmaker, Korea Gas Corporation and Korea Development Bank. South Korean shipyards have extensive experience in building LNG carriers but less experience with LNG-fuelled ships and their associated bunkering infrastructure. Currently, only one LNG-fuelled vessel is operated in the country.
7. Cyprus Guides on Cyber Issues
The Cyprus Shipping Chamber has issued cyber security guidance in the form of a case study with a shipowner, technical-operations manager and crew manager. The guidance covers a wide range of issues, including satellite communications issues, increased access to the internet, the use of equipment by crew, the provisions onboard of antivirus software,  and the evolution of equipment but also the threats facing it. 
8. Hapag Lloyd Dismantles Carefully
Three of UASC’s A4-class units taken from the market / Environmentally friendly dismantling at certified shipyards in Turkey and China / Hapag-Lloyd an industry pioneer as a result The liner shipping company Hapag-Lloyd has now completed the sale of three of its older container ships. The “Deira”, the “Najran” and the “Sakaka” will be transferred to shipyards in China and Turkey, which are specially equipped and certified for safe and environmentally sound recycling. The ships have a capacity of 4,101 TEU each and were delivered to UASC from Japanese shipyards in 1997 and 1998.
9. Making Rules into Laws
Shipping has been reminded that once technical standards have been developed by IMO and adopted into national laws, the next step is implementation on board ships. It may seem straightforward, but this is a stumbling block which many rules seem to fall foul of. As the IMO readies itself for the final revision of updated port State control guidance, members are taking the opportunity to review the ways in which ships are inspected and problems identified.
10. Maersk Drilling Next to Go
Oilfield-services company Rowan Cos. is in talks to acquire the drilling business of A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S, which is selling energy assets to focus on transportation, people familiar with the matter said. The drilling business assets could be valued at about $4 billion, although the valuation could change as the talks proceed, the people said, asking not to be identified as the information is private. Rowan, an offshore contract driller, has a market value of $1.4 billion, down from $5.6 billion in 2011, when oil sold for more than $100 a barrel.

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