Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 07/12/2017

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 07/12/2017

1. Delight as Chennai6 Return Home

As various Emirates flights hit the tarmac, the #Chennai6 have started to arrive back home into the UK. The Mission to Seafarers has spoken of its delight at the acquittal of 35 sailors held in captivity in India on weapons charges. Throughout the past four
years, Mission to Seafarers has been supporting the crew and their families, support for which the Chennai Six were quick to acknowledge. The Mission to Seafarers said it welcomed the Appeal Court’s decision. Within 36 hours of the men being arrested, The
Mission to Seafarers provided counselling, advice, and financial support around the clock to the men and their families.

2. Labour Fears Prompt Strikes
Contract talks between the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) broke down on Wednesday over union concerns about potentially job-killing automation. Talks were about making a five-year extension to the
existing labour contract which expires on 30 September, 2018. USMX represents an alliance of employers, port associations and container carriers serving the US east coast and Gulf coast. The ILA represents dockworkers on the east coast of the US and Canada,
the Gulf coast, the Great Lakes, Puerto Rico and inland waterways.
3. Autonomous Ships Celebrated
Whether spread across its vast exhibition halls or at myriad press events or industry conferences, the topic of autonomous shipping has been a central theme at this year’s Marintec China event in Shanghai. ABS executive vice president for global marine Dr Kirsi
Tikka chaired a panel session during the event on the marine industry’s journey to autonomy and the collective benefits realised along the way. “With fast-paced advances in technology, we are on a journey to autonomous transportation at sea,” Tikka said. “For
the shipping industry, at sea and ashore, it will be a gradual process of evolution.”
4. Heavy Losses for Samsung
Samsung Heavy Industries’ stock lost thirty percent of its value on Wednesday after the number three shipbuilder announced new losses and a $1.4 billion rights offering, which will dilute existing shareholders. It will be the second time that Samsung has issued
new shares in a year, following a $900 million rights issue in November 2017. The price drop wipes out most of the gains that Samsung’s stock made over the course of this year, and the news of SHI’s losses also led to a fall in the share prices of competitors
DSME and Hyundai Heavy Industries.
5. Boston Boxship Breaks Moorings
A large containership broke free from its mooring at the Paul W. Conley Container Terminal in Boston on Wednesday and drifted into the main shipping channel before being corralled by harbour tugs. The U.S. Coast Guard confirmed that the containership, the 1,065-foot
Helsinki Bridge, broke free from its mooring Wednesday at around 12:45 a.m likely due to strong winds. A docking pilot boarded the vessel, and along with the container ship’s crew, they were able to safely escort the vessel to Broad Sound, where it remained
anchored as of Wednesday afternoon.
6. Looking Back for New Name
CMA CGM has delved into the archives in renaming a pair of boxships it bought for subsidiary APL recently. CMA CGM has resurrected the President vessel naming tradition at APL, a line whose history stretches back to the 19th century and was known as American
President Lines until it was bought by Singapore’s Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) in 1997. CMA CGM bought the HS Rome and HS Paris – a pair of 6,552 teu boxships – from Germany’s Hansa Shipping recently. The two ships have since been rechristened President Truman
and President Cleveland, a nod to how APL used to name its ships in the last century.
7. Six Flags of Convenience
Indonesian maritime authorities seized a Chinese fishing boat carrying the flags of six different states, including East Timor, Malaysia, Singapore, China, the Philippines and Indonesia. There are legitimate reasons to carry multiple flags, but Maritime Affairs
and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti said that the vessel was suspected of changing flag in order to evade fishing regulators.  The interdiction of the vessel, the Fu Yuan Yu 831, was a cooperative effort involving Indonesian fishermen, the Australian Fisheries
Management Authority, Global Fishing Watch and Indonesia’s Maritime and the Fisheries Monitoring Task Force.
8. Ceasing Ballast Testing
The University of Maryland’s Maritime Environment Resource Center (MERC) has decided to stop testing ballast water management systems, citing alleged flaws in testing standards. MERC will complete the testing for which it is currently contracted, but it will
suspend all future testing for BWMS. MERC asserts that both IMO and USCG testing guidelines allow certification laboratories to ignore the larvae of zebra mussels, certain eggs and large algal cells because they do not move. Under this standard, non-moving
objects may be presumed to be dead, even though other testing methods may show that these organisms are in fact alive.
9. US Navy Promotes Itself
The U.S. Navy has unveiled a new logo and tagline as part of a new, multifaceted branding campaign aimed at attracting a new generation of recruits to the service. The new branding campaign will be officially launched this Saturday during the Army-Navy football
game in Philadelphia, with the first TV commercial featuring the new material airing on CBS during the second quarter of the game. The launch will also mark the debut of the Navy’s new tagline, “Forged by the Sea.”
10. UK Embracing Autonomous Craft
As unmanned surface vessels continue to gain ground globally, a new project in the U.K. sets out to address challenges relating to the coexistence of autonomous systems and traditional manned vessels in shared water space. The £1.2 million ($1.6 million) research
project, dubbed SWANS (Shared Waterspace Autonomous Navigation by Satellite), is funded by the U.K.’s innovation agency Innovate UK. Project lead BMT will work with partners ASV Global and Deimos Space UK to enable beyond line of sight, over the horizon, autonomous
behaviour by unmanned surface vessels in areas of congested maritime traffic.
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