Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 28/11/2017

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 28/11/2017

1. IMO Making a Difference
Be bold, make a difference and create something of lasting significance. That was the message this week from Kitack Lim, addressing member states at the opening of the 30th assembly session at the International Maritime Organization (IMO). “Next year really
will be a time when the world will expect IMO Member States to deliver a clear vision as the first stage of the approved roadmap. I urge you, be bold; set ambitious goals that really will make a difference. You have a real opportunity here to do something
of lasting significance. Make the most of it,” Lim, told the packed plenary hall at IMO headquarters in London.
2. Chennai6 Freed
A judge in India yesterday acquitted the 35 men onboard the anti-piracy vessel Seaman Guard Ohio of weapons charges. They were previously convicted in January 2016 and handed down a five-year prison term. “The families will be overjoyed – but it can take
considerable time and support to recover from an ordeal like this. Ben Bailey, director of advocacy at The Mission for Seafarers, commented: “The case of the Seaman Guard Ohio highlights once again the issue that millions of merchant seafarers often face when
carrying out their everyday jobs. The criminalisation of seafarers remains a constant threat.”
3. Sights on Errant Employer
The ITF has welcomed the freeing of the crew of the Seaman Guard Ohio as “some form of justice”, but attacked the role of the vessel’s owner AdvanFort. The 35 crew of the Seaman Guard Ohio, including six former British soldiers – the Chennai Six – were
acquitted by an Indian court on weapons smuggling charges. The US-headquartered owners of the Seaman Guard Ohio maritime security company AdvanFort were initially supportive of the detained crew members, but later walked away leaving them stranded and unpaid
in India.

4. Ship Full of Bodies
Eight bodies that washed ashore aboard a boat in northern Japan are believed to be North Korean defectors. When spotted on a beach Sunday morning, the wooden vessel was so battered that some of bodies had been reduced to just bone, according to Japan’s Kyodo
News. “I was surprised to see the boat in such a bad condition,” the 68 year-old woman who first saw the boat told rescue workers, Kyodo News reports. The Japan Coast Guard said it first saw the craft last Friday, but bad weather prevented quicker inspection.
Clues left behind on the boat suggest the itinerants defected from North Korea, 450 miles from the shore.

5. Hackers Find More Weaknesses
Ethical hackers Pen Test Partners have highlighted a vulnerability in the load planning processes used by containerships. “Intercepting and modifying the messaging used in bay planning can be relatively straightforward if you know what you’re doing,” said senior
partner, Ken Munro. “When asked to investigate this, we noticed a lack of security in the validation of the message’s integrity and a simple phishing attack is all it takes to gain access,” he continued. By modifying the messages, and therefore the loading
plan itself, a hacker could cause a vessel to list by swapping the order that the containers are loaded.

6. LPG Ships on Slide
Among the different size categories of LPG ships, the small vessel segment is expected to be the best performer in 2018 while Handysize vessels will be the worst, according to the latest edition of the LPG Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy
Drewry. The LPG shipping market is currently oversupplied with vessels (with the exception of the small segment 1,000-5,000 cbm), as a result of strong fleet growth during the last three years. The global LPG fleet expanded at an annual average rate of 17
percent in 2015 and 2016, and is expected to grow by nine percent in 2017.

7. Destroyer by Name
The "USS Fitzgerald", a Navy destroyer that was damaged in June after a deadly collision with a cargo ship off the coast of Japan, suffered two punctures to its hull on Sunday while being loaded onto a transport ship destined for the US, according to the service.
Already crippled as a result of the June 17 collision that killed seven US sailors, the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer was headed to Mississippi for repairs but was forced to return to its home port in Yokosuka, Japan, when it sustained additional
damage in an incident involving a heavy lift transport vessel called the Transshelf.

8. Seafarer Mental Health Guide
A new self-help guide has been launched by ISWAN as part of its series of Good Mental Health Guides for seafarers. Psychological Wellbeing at Sea provides seafarers with guidance on how best to enhance their wellbeing despite many of the challenges of life
at sea. This new guide brings together evidence from the field of Positive Psychology to help seafarers recognise critical elements of their psychological wellbeing, and provides straightforward, practical tips that could help while they’re away at sea. The
guide provides a detailed background to ISWAN’s Steps to Positive Mental Health.
9. Greek Shipping Personalities
Shipowner Evangelos M. Marinakis was named Greek Shipping Personality of the Year for 2017 and veteran Onassis Group personality Pavlos J. Ioannidis was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Athens on Friday, November 24 at the 14th annual Lloyd’s List
Greek Shipping Awards. A record attendance of fully 1,200 Greek and international shipping personalities gathered at the Athenaeum InterContinental Hotel for the 2017 event, organised by Lloyd’s List, the international maritime information provider since 1734.

10. Asbestos Time Bomb
The IMO should amend the SOLAS Regulation banning the use of asbestos and asbestos containing materials (ACM) in ships, according to experts. Currently, if asbestos is found onboard a ship built after July 2002 then the vessel’s flag registry, in conjunction
with its classification society, issues a non-extendable exemption certificate, providing the owner with a three-year window in which to remove the asbestos. The amount of asbestos depends on several factors, including where the ship was built. Ships built
in the Far East and Turkey have a high percentage of items containing asbestos.

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