Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 01/12/2017




Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 01/12/2017

1. Maersk Seals The Deal
One year after Maersk Line announced it had agreed a deal to acquire Hamburg Süd, the acquisition of the German line has been completed. Maersk said it has obtained the necessary regulatory approval in 23 jurisdictions, the final approval coming from the
Korea Fair Trade Commission earlier this week. The enlarged Maersk Line fleet now numbers 773 vessels, both owned and chartered, with the addition of Hamburg Süd’s 105 ships. Total container capacity has increased to 4.15m teu.
https://goo.gl/144Ktg
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2. Indian Going Green
India has drafted legislation to implement the ‘Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships’, which was adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2009, Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari has said.
“To make the ship recycling industry safe for its workers and the environment, draft legislation to implement the Hong Kong Convention (HKC) is now undergoing pre-legislative consultations; I am confident that we will ratify this convention in the not-too-distant
future,” Gadkari told delegates at the 30th Assembly Session of the IMO in London.
https://goo.gl/7WnK1i
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3. China Ship Inspections
China launches a year-long inspection campaign on ’Ship Pollution Control’ in the Hainan Province as part of its efforts to reduce air and water pollution associated with shipping. According Gard’s local correspondent, Huatai Insurance Agency & Consultant Service
Ltd, the Chinese Maritime Safety Authority (MSA) has announced that it will conduct an inspection campaign on ‘Ship Pollution Control’ at ports in the Hainan Province between 3 November 2017 and 3 December 2018. The inspections will focus on compliance with
MARPOL Annex VI on air emissions as well as the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention.
https://goo.gl/KuQfjv
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4. Impassioned IMO Plea
Liberia has made an impassioned case for it re-election to the Council of the International Maritime Organization, at its 30th regular assembly currently convening in London. The plea was made in Liberia’s principal statement read on behalf of Maritime Commissioner
Dr. James Kollie by Liberia’s Permanent Representative to the IMO, Ambassador Isaac W. Jackson, Jr. Liberia has served as a Category C member of the International Maritime Council since 2012. The council is the executive organ of IMO that takes decision in
the absence of Assembly, and coordinate all activities of the Organs of the organization.
https://goo.gl/xPsek3
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5. Connectivity Catalyst
Connected ships can act as catalysts of digital change towards smarter shipping and intelligent fleet management, believes Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce Inmarsat chief executive Rupert Pearce believes unprecedented change is coming to the global maritime industry
from a worldwide technological revolution that is driven by broadband communications. He expects this will bring digital disruption and enable owners to develop smarter ships and experience intelligent fleet management. “The changes we are seeing are extraordinary
and are being experienced across virtually every sector and every region,” he said.
https://goo.gl/ipVK8T
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6. Bulk Market on Fire
Freight rates for large dry cargo ships on key Asian routes, which hit three-year highs this week, are likely to rise further on a shortage of ships available for immediate charter, brokers said. Rates for 180,000 deadweight tonne (DWT) capesize ships
are set to break $10 a tonne from Australia to China in the next few days, while rates could also surpass $20 a tonne from Brazil to China. "There are more chances of rates breaking $10 than $20 because the Australian market is more active among miners and
vessel operators," a Singapore-based capesize broker said on Thursday.
https://goo.gl/R1aCyh
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7. Welfare Questions Asked
How are welfare services in Chinese ports, offered to seafarers from countries around the world (including those from China), organised and operated? What are the most valued services that seafarer organisations and other players can provide in these ports?
To answer these and others questions, on the basis of a detailed survey and analysis, a research project ‘Seafarers Shore-based Welfare in Chinese Ports’ (SWiC) has begun at the China Centre Maritime (CCM) at Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering
(WSMSE), Southampton Solent University. 
https://goo.gl/WqGh42
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8. Auction of Detained Ship
The Malta-registered bulk carrier "Trading Fabrizia" will finally be auctioned off on January 8 after spending more than a year in Kingston Harbour. The ship was detained on behalf of Italian outfit Jebmed in its capacity as mortgagee of the vessel, over
a debt of $699,046.38 allegedly due from Capitalease, the Milan-based owner of the ship. The shipowner also owes significant bunker dues as well as back pay to the ship’s crew. Capitalease became the owner of the Trading Fabrizia following the demise of D’Amato
di Navigazione. The 34,529 dwt ship has been tied up in a series of complex legal battles for the last 13 months.
https://goo.gl/p25CGT
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9. Hurricane Season Over
Thursday marked the official end of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, which spans from June 1 to November each year. The 2017 season produced 17 named storms of which 10 became hurricanes including six major hurricanes (greater than Cat 3) – including
the first two major hurricanes to hit the continental U.S. in 12 years. According to NOAA, 2017 marked the seventh most active season since records began in 1851, and the most active season 2005. This claim is based on the Accumulated Cyclone Energy index,
which measures the combined intensity and duration of the storms during the season.
https://goo.gl/BqZpiJ
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10. Giving Up on Lost Sub
Argentina has given up on rescuing 44 crew members on a submarine that disappeared 15 days ago, though it will continue the search for the vessel with international assistance, a navy spokesman said on Thursday. The "ARA San Juan" had a seven-day supply
of air when it reported its last position on Nov. 15. The crew had been ordered to return to a naval base in Mar del Plata after reporting water had entered the vessel through its snorkel. “More than double the number of days have passed where it would have
been possible to rescue the crew,” navy spokesman Enrique Balbi told a news conference. 
https://goo.gl/YuQMfs
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