Top Ten Maritime News Stories 15/11/2017

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 15/11/2017

1. Getting Crew Paid

Getting crew paid will be a top priority when the LPG carriers belonging to Varun are sold, an admiralty court in Mumbai has ruled. The order came following petitions filed by the crew employed on the eight LPG ships of Varun and its shipmanager — Fleet Ship Management — who are owed hundreds of thousands of dollars. The ships are currently under arrest by the admiralty court at the behest of the crew and the shipmanager. Varun, India’s largest LPG shipowner, faces separate bankruptcy proceedings following an order of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) brought by Indian Bank, as part of a 12-bank consortium.
2. Maersk Slams Progress
As world leaders talk climate change solutions at COP23 in Bonn, A.P. Moller – Maersk has lashed out its shipping line peers as well as the International Maritime Organization over the slow progress being made to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint. John Kornerup Bang, chief advisor on climate change at A.P. Moller – Maersk, stated shipping must step up its efforts to pollute less. Not for the first time, Maersk has made a call for the urgent introduction of regulation to ensure laggards are brought up to speed emissions-wise.
3. Box Ship Detained 
According to yet unconfirmed report from Egypt, HK-flagged cargo ship was detained in Dekheila port, Alexandria, Egypt, shortly after arrival on Nov 12. The ship collided with a pier at Container Terminal while mooring, and damaged two cranes, incurring, allegedly, heavy losses. The ship to be under detention until damages cost assessment, and receiving bank guarantee. Port claims the ship was approaching pier at too high speed. According to press reports, it has been claimed the ship in question is "CSCL Yellow Sea". 
4. Port Blaze Reported
An explosion and fire has been reported at Yantian Shenzhen Container Terminal. In the evening Nov 10 explosion and ensuing fire reportedly occurred in the containers stacked at Yantian Container Terminal, Shenzhen, Guandong, China. Fire said to be major, one or more containers’ bottom was burned through, probably container was loaded with lithium batteries. Container or containers which suffered explosion were to be shipped soon – luckily, they exploded while at Terminal, not on board of container ship.
5. BBC Assesses Mental Health
The BBC has produced a film that looks at the pressures faced by people working at sea, expressed through the eyes of an Ethiopian seafarer. In the storyline, Amaha Senu left his home in Ethiopia to become a merchant seafarer, attracted by the financial opportunities. Soon he began to regret his decision and considered taking his own life.  Suicide rates among seafarers have more than tripled since 2014 and are now the most common cause of death at sea, according to figures from the UK P&I Club. Crew deaths attributed to suicide have increased from 4.4 percent in 2014-2015 to 15.3 percent in 2015-2016.
6. New Box Job Beckons
Sixteen months since he left his top post at Maersk, Nils Smedegaard Andersen has wound up at another Danish containerline. Aarhus-based Unifeeder, Europe’s largest feeder/shortsea operator, has tapped one of the most famous names in shipping to succeed another ex-Maersk man, Jesper Præstensgaard, as chairman. In remarks to the press on taking the new position, Andersen hinted that his new company could be set to expand rapidly under his tenure. Unifeeder’s top investor is private equity outfit Nordic Capital, where Andersen is also a board member.

7. Giving Seafarers Welfare Skills
According to a new initiative by Wallems, seafarers need to be adequately equipped to manage their personal wellness.  One aspect of wellness that Menon believes is critical to address both by mitigating and responding to is mental health. He believes that, “All shipping companies should ideally have a wellness management system so that a comprehensive approach is taken to provide proactive programs that help build awareness, resilience and wellness in all seafarers as well as remedial support that is provided to identify and help seafarers who may be struggling with mental health issues.”
8. Autonomous Ship Flies UK Flag
The UK Ship Register has signed its first autonomous vessel, C-Worker 7, to the flag. The unmanned ship can be used under direct control, semi-manned or completely unmanned, and has been built by ASV Global, a leading supplier of unmanned and autonomous marine systems. C-Worker 7 will be used for subsea positioning, surveying and environmental monitoring work. The director of the UK Ship Register, Doug Barrow, said that by supporting emerging technologies such as autonomous systems, the register is ‘helping to keep the UK at the forefront of the global maritime industry’.
9. Concerns For Future Safety
The Nautical Institute’s Command Seminars have been assessing industry concerns on safety. The seminars were based around the theme of navigation accidents and their causes, looking in some detail at how the industry can best cope with the changes expected over the next 15 years. Concerns include: The need to address the human element in maritime incidents, the problem of fatigue, and false reporting of working hours, challenges of increasing automation on board ship, including autonomous vessels, and ensuring training is properly carried out – and that the results are monitored.
10. Foreign Seafarer Woes
In October, the "Atlantic Tonjer" was working at sea in German waters when the German police boarded the ship and issued an order to the Master and owners to remove two crew, both non EU nationals, from the ship immediately. They also ordered the two crew members to leave the country. This order was issued by the marine police on the basis that the non EU nationals were not entitled to be working on board a “mobile working platform” inside German waters (12M limit). One of the crew members was the Chief Engineer and this action was taken whilst the ship was actually at work, at sea – and is being challenged.

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