Top Ten Maritime News Stories 12/10/2017

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 12/10/2017

1. Insurers Back Away from Campaign
A key part of a new crew abandonment campaign has been to engage as many different sectors of shipping as possible in order to attack this problem from multiple angles. When it came to insurance, the campaign organisers Splash felt it might have found an ideal industry to take the punitive action necessary to rid shipping of this vile practice. However, while the world’s top P&I Clubs have actually done more than most to assist the thousands of stranded seafarers during the downturn, they do still have many repeat crew abandonment repeat offenders on their books and appear unwilling to show these owners the door.
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2. CMA CGM Business Incubator
Rodolphe Saadé, CEO of France’s top containerline CMA CGM Group, has revealed plans to create a start-up incubator to attract tech talent from around the world. This project complements various and local initiatives developed by CMA CGM, which include support for the Carburateur, the incubator for the northern districts of Marseille, CMA CGM’s partnership with Aix Marseille French Tech, as well as its partnership with The Camp, a campus bringing together large companies, start-ups, teachers and researchers and its partnership with Infosys to accelerate the transformation of its information systems.
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3. MSC Ship Blocks Durban
A large MSC containership to broke free from its moorings Tuesday at the port of Durban, South Africa as a powerful storm swept through the area, blowing the ship across the harbour before blocking the entrance to the port. Photos show the Panama-flagged "MSC Ines" in a precarious position at the mouth of the harbour as tugs try to corral the 348-meter containership. Tugs were despatched to retrieve the vessel, but some time later AIS data showed the ship still in the channel with its status as ‘moored‘. 
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4. Decarbonisation Woes to Come
In launching a new initiative to reduce shipping’s carbon footprint a senior figure in classification has given a stark warning to the industry about continued environmental inertia. Alastair Marsh, CEO of UK class society Lloyd’s Register, said today: “The later we leave decarbonisation, the more rapid and potentially disruptive it will be for shipping.” Marsh is one of the high profile names to have signed up to a new team looking to cut shipping’s emissions. The industry-led initiative will develop “tangible pathways” for shipping’s decarbonisation through five working groups, each focussed on a key area of the industry.
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5. Hurricane Season Continues
Ophelia has become the 10th hurricane of the 2017 season as it continued to strengthen over the eastern Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday posing no threat to land, the National Hurricane Center said in an update today. The NHC upgraded Ophelia to a category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph as of its 5 p.m. ET update. Ophelia is centered over the far eastern Atlantic Ocean about 760 miles southwest of the Azores and moving toward the east near 3 mph, according to the NHC. A slow northeast drift is expected tonight and tomorrow, followed by an acceleration toward the east-northeast or northeast.
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6. Fugro Sells Cable Business
Fugro has signed an agreement to sell its trenching and cable laying business to UK-based subsea cable installation and maintenance company Global Marine Group (GMG). Fugro will transfer 23 staff, "OCV Fugro Symphony", two trenchers and two ROVs over to GMG, and take an equity stake of around 24% in the combined business, valued at $65m, and a one year secured vendor loan of $7.5m. Paul van Riel, CEO of Fugro, commented: “A key objective of Fugro’s ‘Building on Strength’ strategy is to seek a partnership or divest our construction and installation related marine activities". 
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7. COSCO New President
Cosco Shipping Energy Transportation, the tanker unit of China Cosco Shipping has appointed Huang Xiaowen as the new company president, replacing Sun Jiakang who has resigned. Last month, Sun Jiakang also resigned from the president position of Cosco Shipping Specialized Carriers. Huang Xiaowen, 55, joined Cosco Group in 1981 and has served various postions in the group including vice general manager of Cosco Group and vice president of China Cosco Shipping Holdings.
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8. Cyprus Smoke Focus
The “Maritime Cyprus 2017” Conference has focused on the topic of air pollution. In one session, “The cost of smoke”, moderated by Mr. Ioannis Efstratiou, Acting Director, Department of Merchant Shipping, Ministry of Transport, the debate focused on the air pollution burden imposed by shipping, which in recent years has led to an upsurge of international, regional and national regulations. Some of these regulations will enter into force in the near future, while others are still being developed. The panel discussed how greenhouse gas emissions, particularly CO2 and SOx, is the key environmental issue in shipping today. 
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9. Cargo Ship Sinks
An Iranian cargo ship sank in the Persian Gulf off Kuwait City on Monday and the entire incident was caught on video. According to media reports, all six crew members escaped the sinking ship and were rescued by nearby vessels. In the video, you can see the pilings for the Sheikh Jabir Al-Ahmad Bridge which will cross Kuwait Bay between near Kuwait City and the Subiyah area.
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10. ACL Slammed by NGO
During the summer, the Swedish-flagged "ATLANTIC CARTIER" and "ATLANTIC CONVEYOR", the two last G3 vessels operated by the Italian Grimaldi Group’s subsidiary Atlantic Container Line (ACL), were sold for demolition. The German competent authorities were alerted about the imminent illegal export of the ships from the port of Hamburg and prompted to take action to stop the vessels from departing. Despite the warnings and the clear signs that the ships were destined for scrap, the authorities did not halt the ships. The vessel tracking providers curiously indicated that the container carrier was “Steaming 4 Sunshine”.
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