Top Ten Maritime News Stories 06/10/2017

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 06/10/2017

1. Maritime Renewed Role
Britain’s maritime industries will become “more important than ever” in the period following Brexit, UK Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox has told Lloyd’s List. The international trade secretary stressed that shipping is crucial to his department’s efforts to boost UK exports, opening up what he sees as the enhanced trading opportunities offered by departure from the European Union in 2019. The post-EU game plan will see maritime employers encouraged to double the number of apprenticeships on offer, and there will be a renaissance in British shipbuilding under the National Shipbuilding Strategy, he pledged.
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2. Reliable Firms Make More
It is perhaps not rocket science, but apparently financial evidence has been revealed that suggests the most reliable container carriers are also the most profitable. SeaIntel Maritime Analysis has analysed carriers’ quarterly financial results from Q1 2014 to Q2 2017, comparing them with the schedule reliability each carrier delivered in each quarter. The results suggest shippers are willing to pay for reliability. SeaIntel posits that if a carrier is more reliable than its competition in a given quarter, then the same carrier will also be slightly more profitable than the same competitors. 
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3. UAE Wants IMO Role
The UAE’s bid for a seat in a select decision making body of the International Maritime Organisation will help the country take strategic decisions for its security and benefit local and regional industry. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development and chairman of the board of directors of the Federal Transport Authority, on Monday outlined the steps the country was taking to secure a seat competing against 12 other nations for a voice in a global authority that sets standards for maritime security.
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4. Need for Port Incentives
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has pitched the case for greater port-based incentives as a way for shipping to cut emissions. The OECD has recently submitted a proposal to the IMO for its intersessional working group on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from shipping, suggesting port-based incentives can play a larger role, if existing schemes are upscaled, harmonised and become less voluntary and more mandatory in nature. Although it might not fall under the direct IMO jurisdiction, member states could adopt bottom-up initiatives at national and regional level.
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5. The Safety Culture Question
“When even the master doesn’t bother to look out of the bridge windows when leaving port, you probably have a problem with you safety culture,” said Steve Clinch, chief inspector of marine accidents for the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB), in a presentation to the UK Chamber of Shipping. But what is “safety culture”? This question was something the event sought to define and how shipping companies might go about establishing or improving safety culture within their own organisations. In other words, it’s what makes people care about working safely. 
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6. Review of Aussie MLC Stance
In July and September 2017, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) detained the ships Rena and DL Carnation respectively for non-payment of crew wages and other breaches under the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC). AMSA is the governing body which bears responsibility for the regulation and implementation of the MLC in Australia. Its powers are wide and include investigating any complaint alleging a breach of the MLC reported by seafarers or interested parties (eg trade unions).
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7. Seafarer Disappearance Investigated
Canadian authorities are still looking into the disappearance of a crewman from a ship that was docked in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. The country’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) and the provincial police force Surete du Quebec on Wednesday said they had no new light to throw on the case of the 23-year-old third officer missing from the Dutch vessel Amazoneborg, not even to the extent of revealing the man’s name or nationality. But both agencies said that updates on the case were imminent. TSB spokesperson Chris Krepski said: “Our investigative team attended the site…the occurrence continues to be under assessment.”
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8. Massive New Jobs Boost
An audit of the offshore renewable energy industry in the north of England and Scotland said offshore wind is making a significant contribution to growth in the region and to employment opportunities. The report highlights the area’s ‘world class’ research in the field of offshore renewable energy, the strong supply chain, and the many innovation programmes and strong collaborations between industry and academia. It noted that the number of people directly employed in offshore wind in the UK could double between 2017 and 2032. 
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9. North Korean Arms Denied
In response to a report in the Washington Post, Egypt’s Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zied denied claims in the article that a North Korean ship with anti-tanks missiles was bound for Egypt. The Washington Post report noted that a North Korean ship with a Cambodian flag was confiscated and inspected by Egyptian authorities in 2016, following the US warning Egypt of its arrival to the Suez Canal. The report highlighted that anti-tanks missiles found on the ship were arranged for Egypt and bought indirectly through a number of Egyptian businessmen. However, this is being denied.
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10. Dead Whale in Kent Port
First it was Greenpeace protestors. Now Sheerness docks has had an unexpected visit from a whale. The body of what is thought to be a 25-feet long pilot whale was found stuck to the bow of the 49,000-tonne car transporter American Highway as it arrived. The Sheerness firm Medway Marine and Shipping Services when he had the surprise call to remove the whale carcass. Veteran dockworkers have told said there have only been three whales found in the harbour over the past 50 years. It is believed the creature was a long-finned pilot whale. They are common around the UK especially along the English Channel in the winter.
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