The UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has started a safety study, in collaboration with the Danish Maritime Accident Investigation Board, looking at the way electronic chart and display information systems (ECDIS) are currently being used onboard ships. The study comes in the wake of MAIB’s just published report into the December 2016 grounding of the Muros bulk carrier off the coast of eastern England, in which it was found that ECDIS use onboard was not as envisaged by regulators or equipment manufacturers, an issue MAIB has noted on a number of other shipping incidents in recent years.
Not for the first time, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has spoken about his keenness to get very aggressive with pirates in the region. Speaking at an ASEAN-related event yesterday the Philippine president urged the country’s neighbours to take “drastic action” to fight the piracy scourge in Southeast Asia.
Malaysia is negotiating a deal with U.S.-based survey company Ocean Infinity to take up the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The Boeing 777 aircraft was lost on March 8, 2014 during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing carrying 12 crew and 227 passengers. The search continued for 1,046 days until January 17, 2017 when it was suspended in accordance with a decision made by the governments of Malaysia, Australia and China. Proposals to restart the search have reportedly been put forward by Ocean Infinity, Fugro and an unidentified Malaysian company.
Consolidation within the liner sector is set to continue in the coming few years, according to a survey carried on this site. Nearly three quarters of the more than 250 people to have taken our latest quarterly survey, MarPoll, believe there will be no liners with fleets of less than 1.5m teu operating on the main east-west trades by the start of the next decade. Currently just five companies C Maersk, MSC, CMA CGM, Cosco and Hapag-Lloyd C have fleets above the 1.5m teu threshold.
This week, in a court in Armagh, Northern Ireland, Capt. Aleksandr Iakovtsov pled guilty to charges of failing to safely navigate his ship and causing serious damage to his vessel. Capt. Iakovtsov’s ship, the Dutch-flagged freighter Ruyter, was en route to Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland on October 10 when she went aground on Rathlin Island, near the northern entrance to the Irish Sea. Her crew reported the grounding to the UK Coastguard’s Belfast station, and they managed to refloat the Ruyter themselves shortly thereafter. Capt. Iakovtsov was able to pay the fine, and he was released the same day.
The presence of organic chlorides has been identified in four cases of fuels bunkered in South East Asia. The organic chlorides were present at levels of 23 ppm to 56 ppm. The specific chemicals found were 112 Trichloroethylene, Tetrachloroethylene, 12 Dichloroethylene, Chlorobenzene and Chloroform. Organic chlorides are used as cleaning agents by the dry-cleaning industry and other chemical cleaning such as air cooler cleaning. “Organic chlorides have been known to cause serious problems to marine machinery even at very low levels, as low as 5ppm,” stated Dr. Vis, CEO of fuel management company Viswa Group.
Shipping companies are paying out unnecessary high costs by continuing to pay seafarers with cash, says leading financial services provider ShipMoney. EVP Greg O’Connell says that on an average fleet of 50 ships, shipping operators face spending nearly $500,000 in delivering cash to vessels. Annually more than $6billion in hard currency is delivered to the global merchant fleet. With the cost of delivering cash to vessels ranging from 3% to 10% of the value being transported, shipping companies are losing significant amounts of money by paying crew via hard cash or wire transfers, ShipMoney says.
The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose for a 12th straight session on Thursday, driven by firm demand for capesize vessels. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, rose 16 points, or 1.02 percent, to end at 1,582 points. The capesize index was up for a fifth straight session and rose 52 points, or 1.66 percent, to close at 3,186 points, its highest in nearly three years. Average daily earnings for capesizes, which typically transport 150,000-tonne cargoes such as iron ore and coal, were up $368 at $22,420.
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