Top Ten Maritime News Stories 19/10/2017

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 19/10/2017

1. ICS Tanker Concerns
The Canadian Parliament is giving consideration to legislation that could ban the shipment of crude oil in the waters of northern British Columbia. The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has voiced its “deep concern” about this proposed legislation which it says will interfere with international maritime trade.
“Such a draconian step could lead to serious concerns being raised by Canada’s international trading partners,” said ICS director of policy and external relations, Simon Bennett.
2. Slow Steam Means Green
Greenhouse gas emissions from three ship types – containerships, bulkers and tankers – could be reduced by a third, on average, by reducing their speed, according to a new study that will be presented to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) next week. The cumulative savings from reducing the speed of these ships alone could, by 2030, be as much as 12% of shipping’s total remaining carbon budget if the world is to stay under the 1.5ºC global temperature rise, the CE Delft study for NGOs Seas At Risk and Transport & Environment, founding members of the Clean Shipping Coalition (CSC), found.

3. Seafarers Wage Hopes Dashed
A solitary lowball bid for a detained OSV in Aberdeen yesterday saw an auctioneer cancel the ship’s sale, in the process prolonging the anguish of the crew and families of the "Malaviya Seven" who are owed many months of back pay. Bust GOL Offshore owes hundreds of thousands of dollars in salaries to staff both ashore and at sea. The "Malaviya Seven2 OSV, had been detained in Scotland for a year with six of the crew still onboard after more than 16 months. The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) said the 24 crew of the vessel were owed more than £600,000 in total.
4. Global Piracy Concerns
Global piracy continues to be a concern in the Gulf of Guinea, Southeast Asia and Venezuela, according to statistics released yesterday by the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau (IMB). In the first nine months of 2017, 121 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported, including 92 vessels boarded with five hijackings, 11 attempted attacks and 13 vessels fired upon. While this is a decrease compared to statistics from the same period in 2016, the report shows that attacks in the Gulf of Guinea and Southeast Asia are still an issue.
5. Maersk Black List Switch
Four Maersk Line vessels switched to black-listed flags shortly before they departed on their final journey to shipbreaking yards in Alang. This move was likely done to save money on salaries, safety and insurance before the vessels were to scrapped on the Indian beaches, several observers tell ShippingWatch. All four vessels have been sold to the cash-buyers in Singapore and the flag change happened under their control and ownership, for the final trip to Alang" MAERSK GROUP The four container ships arrived in India from January 2017 to July 2017. Before then, they were re-flagged to the flag-states Comoros and Palau.
6. Box Ship Price Drop
The price of the six 22,000 teu containerships that MSC ordered at Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) in late September has been revised downwards from $164m per ship to $138m, according to a statement issued this week by the yard. SHI’s initial price of $164m included propulsion options, which look like they have been jettisoned, according to the latest weekly report from container analysts Alphaliner. MSC had originally mulled going down the LNG fuel route for its new ship orders. The six 22,000 teu ships are all scheduled for delivery by December 2019. 

7. Rotterdam on the Rise
Strong growth in Europe, and gains from alliance traffic as well as better productivity have contributed to a 10.1% increase to 10.2m teu in container throughput at the Port of Rotterdam in the first nine months of the year. Sequentially, volumes rose 3.1% in the third quarter from the second quarter, which was already at a record level. The increased throughput of containers is down to new sailing schedules recently adopted by the major alliances, increased productivity and throughput volumes at the Maasvlakte 2 terminals and Rotterdam’s strengthened appeal as a transhipment port.
8. Heartbeats Reveal Stowaways
The city-state of Melilla, a Spanish enclave surrounded by Moroccan territory has been suffering from stowaway problems. State security personnel located 67 migrants – including 40 minors – who were attempting to make the crossing to the Iberian Peninsula as stowaways aboard a ro/pax ferry, the Volcan de Tinamar. The immigrants gained access to the port’s truck loading area, intending to hide in trailers and make their way on board. 30 of them were found using heartbeat detectors. The detectors have been developed by NASA, and are increasingly being used for defence and security purposes.
9. New Floating Wind Farm
Hywind Scotland, the first floating wind farm in the world, has started to deliver electricity to the Scottish grid.  The 30MW wind farm, operated by Statoil in partnership with Masdar, is located 25 kilometers offshore Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and will power approximately 20,000 households. The onshore operations and maintenance base for Hywind Scotland is located in Peterhead, while the operations center is located in Great Yarmouth. Linked to the Hywind Scotland project Statoil and partner Masdar will also install Batwind, a 1MWh Lithium battery storage solution for offshore wind energy. 

10. Tabletop Exercise Announced
Mitsui O.S.K Lines, Ltd. has announced that it conducted a tabletop drill based on an incident involving a car carrier managed by an MOL Group ship management company. MOL holds these drills periodically to confirm its emergency response system in preparation for serious marine incidents. The drill has the goal of raising company-wide safety awareness through the simulated experience of a serious marine incident. It was designed to ensure that the company can respond swiftly and appropriately in case of a serious marine incident, and maintain the timely flow of accurate information.

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