Top Ten Maritime News Stories 13/11/2017

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 13/11/2017

1. Pirates Release Crew

Pirates have released the six crew members of the container ship "Demeter" who were kidnapped on October 21 off the coast of Nigeria. Ship management company Peter Doehle Schiffahrts-KG reported the men are in good condition and returned to their families. Detail of the release are unknown. The Liberia-flagged 3,000 TEU container ship was attacked before entering the port of Onne, Nigeria. Eight pirates boarded the vessel early in the morning, taking six hostage and leaving the remaining 12 crewmen unharmed. The kidnapping victims include the Demeter’s cook, bosun, second engineer, second officer, captain and mate.
2. Greeks Spend Big
Renewal of the Greek fleet continues at pace as cash rich owners continue to build ships and buy ships. A survey by Naftiliaki Greek Shipping Review of the Greek orderbook has revealed 237 ships of some 23.8m dwt were on order for 59 Greek companies, at the beginning of October. Tanker orders led the way with 105 vessels. There were 64 bulk carriers, 12 LPGs, 18 LNGs, two liquid ethylene gas carriers, 21 container ships, 12 offshore supply vessels and three drilling rigs contracted. In the first nine months of the year, 86 ships were contracted, lifting Greece back to the top of global newbuilding activity. 

3.  EU Excludes Ship Emissions

European Parliament and E.U. member states agreed on a revision of the E.U.’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) that, for the time being, excludes shipping.  The Parliament will move to include shipping in the trading system from 2023 if IMO progress in a CO2 strategy is considered insufficient. The decision was reached after negotiations that extended late into the night.  "We are very pleased that the two processes are now adapted to each other, instead of the E.U. impeding the current IMO work," says Casper Andersen, Director of E.U. Affairs at Danish Shipping. 

4. Shipping Attacked off Yemen
Houthi militias have repeated they are out to target commercial ships transiting near war-torn Yemen. “We will take measures we have not taken before and we can target oil ships. We can do anything,” Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, the head of the so-called supreme revolutionary committee of the Houthi militias, said on Facebook. Abdulmalik al-Houthi, the Houthi leader, is also reported as saying that if “the Saudi-led coalition wants oil ships to be safe then it better not invade” Hodeidah. Saudi Arabia has become heavily embroiled in the bitter civil war in Yemen.
5. Yards Affecting Shipping Cycles
Natural shipping cyclicality has been disturbed by several factors, principally shipyards’ capability to churn out ships faster, but the industry is slowly moving back to more normal ship cycles. Henriette Brent-Petersen, head of shipping and offshore research at DVB bank, has presented a series of videos looking at the various shipping sectors and megatrends within the industry. Brent-Petersen argued that continued overcapacity in shipping is down largely to the fact that where as before the supercycle last decade yards took two and a half years from contracting to build a ship, now it tends to be just 18 months. 
6. Company Hopes Slipping
Naples-based RBD Armatori is seeing its rescue hopes slip away as shareholders of the firm (Rizzo Bottiglieri De Carlini families) and main creditor Pillarstone Italy have yet to find the common ground necessary to submit plans for a third chance to save the company under Italian bankruptcy law. Even though shareholders recently accepted an offer for Pillarstone to buy all the assets of the company, both ships and real estate, former CEO Giuseppe Mauro Rizzo wants guarantees for the company to remain based in Torre del Greco (Naples) and for the company’s workforce to be preserved.
7. Investigation into Ship Death
The second officer onboard the Russian car carrier  Iman was found dead on Sunday while the ship was docked at Japan’s Toyama Shinko port. According to local Japanese reports, the officer was found dead in his ship cabin with blood on his head. Local police have received a report from the ship’s agent regarding the incident and launched investigations into the case. The 20 crew members onboard the ship, all Russian nationals, are being interviewed by police. The 1,000 ceu Iman, built in 1985, is operated by Vladivostok-based Inderton, and transports secondhand cars from Japan to Russia on a regular basis.
8. Ferry Fire Breaks Out
At least 29 people have been injured after a fire broke out on a passenger ferry on route to Algeria from the French city of Marseilles. The fire broke out in the cargo hold of the "Tariq-Ibn-Ziyad", built in 1995, forcing the ferry to dock in Alcudia on the Spanish Balearic Islands. People have been treated for smoke inhalation, and three taken to hospital for injuries not thought to be life-threatening. At least 20 cars have also been damaged. Around 470 passengers, mostly French and Algerian, and 137 crew members were on board the Algerie Ferries vessel at the time of the fire. The fire is now believed to be under control.
9. Battered Box Ship Arrives
The MV Ever Smart arrived at the port of Los Angeles on Wednesday showing clear evidence of the dozens of containers which were lost from the vessel during its voyage across the Pacific.  The British-flagged Ever Smart lost 42 containers overboard approximately 700nm east of Japan on October 30, 2017. The UK MAIB has launched an investigation into the incident.  The incident occurred as the ship was underway from Taipei, Taiwan to the Port of Los Angeles.  On the day the containers were lost, meteorologists were tracking a powerful hurricane force low-pressure system over the northwestern Pacific.
10. Body of Seafarer Found
Quebec provincial police have identified a body found in the St Lawrence River last month as that of Jeyson Barbante, the crewman who went missing from cargo ship Amazoneborg at the port of Trois-Rivieres on September 30. Sgt Eloise Cossette of the Surete du Quebec said DNA tests on the body – discovered on October 7 – had confirmed it was the 23-year-old Filipino, who had not previously been named by the police. But the investigation continues into how Mr Barbante died, Sgt Cossette added. The missing crewman was believed to have been checking the ship’s draft before he disappeared.

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