1. Crew Murder Suspects
Two crewmembers of the "MSC Giannina" have been arrested, suspected of having killed Yurii Kharytonov, master of the containership which is still under arrest alongside the Voltri Terminal Europa in the port of Genoa. Both the officers arrested are Ukrainian as was the 54-year old captain, whose body investigators believe was thrown into the sea while the ship was en route from Gioia Tauro to Genoa three weeks ago. First officer Dmytro Savinykh and third officer Oleksandr Maltsevdi were held in Genoa and faced further questioning by the police. A bloodstain found on the vessel prompted further investigation.
The last men onboard the detained OSV "Malaviya Seven" are heading home from Aberdeen to India after a buyer was found for the ship. Bust GOL Offshore from Mumbai owes hundreds of thousands of dollars in salaries to staff both ashore and at sea. The Malaviya Seven has been detained in Scotland for a year with six of the crew still onboard after more than 16 months. The ITF said the 24 crew of the vessel were owed more than £600,000 in total. An auction of the ship saw the ship withdrawn from sale, though it seems a bid has now been accepted.
The huge divergence on shipping’s CO2 emission promises spilled out onto social media this morning as the chief lobbyist for shipowners lashed out at one of the nations seeking the greatest and quickest emission targets. The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), which is representing the world’s national shipowners’ associations and over 80% of the world merchant fleet at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 23) in Bonn this week, took to Twitter today to decry one its chief critics in the increasingly fierce environmental debate surrounding the future of shipping.
A report out this week urges ship financiers to move together in creating a global standard for maritime-specific climate risk assessments. The report – Preparing shipping banks for climate change: How can internal carbon pricing help ship-financing banks in risk management? – was published by the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition and global NGO Carbon War Room Also contained in the eight-page document are suggestions for shipping to consider methods such as internal carbon pricing whereby the future potential costs of investments are factored into the bottom-line as dollars per ton of CO2.
The number of incidents of piracy against ships in Asia in October increased compared to the same period in 2016. Nine incidents were reported in October 2017 compared to seven incidents reported in October 2016. Two of the nine were failed attempts where the ship’s crews prevented the pirates from boarding.
MSC’s record-breaking order for 11 giant boxships in South Korea are larger than initially reported. Analysts at Alphaliner believe the ships, originally reported as 22,000 teu class, could carry 23,356 teu. The ships are believed to be one row wider than the existing largest boxships with a length of 402 m and a breadth of 61.40 m. They feature a length of 24 container bays, a breadth of 24 deck rows, a height of 24 container tiers – 12 in the holds and up to 12 on deck, leading Alphaliner to christen this ship type the Megamax-24.
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