Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 08/12/2017

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 08/12/2017

1. COSCO Purchase Green Lit
COSCO Shipping Holdings’ acquisition of the parent of Hong Kong-based liner carrier Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) gained approval from the European Commission, the anti-trust watchdog of the European Union. Under the proposed transaction, COSCO
will own 90.1 percent of Orient Overseas (International) Ltd. and Shanghai International Port (Group) Co., Ltd. will own the remaining 9.9 percent share. COSCO’s shareholders approved the acquisition in October, and COSCO and OOIL also revealed in October
that U.S. government regulators found no antitrust violations with the proposed deal.

2. Recognition of Good Work and Deeds
Stephen Askins, a partner at Tatham Macinnes LLP, who acted pro bono for six British former soldiers — the “Chennai Six” — who had been guards on a US anti-piracy ship off the Indian coast has been recognised as The Times, Lawyer of the Week. They won
an appeal against their convictions on weapons charges and have been released from prison. Askins has to explain the international maritime legal principles of innocent passage and the complexities of the private maritime security world to sceptical local
judges. The real challenge was maintaining the trust of the clients on a rollercoaster ride through the Indian legal system.

3. Liz Meets Big Liz
The Queen has officially welcomed the UK’s new aircraft carrier, "HMS Queen Elizabeth", at a ceremony to commission it into the Royal Navy fleet. The monarch boarded her namesake ship in Portsmouth to see the Royal Navy White Ensign raised on the vessel
for the first time. Princess Anne, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones also attended. The ceremony took place on the giant hangar deck of the £3.1bn carrier. "HMS Queen Elizabeth" and its sister ship "HMS Prince of
Wales" are the most expensive in the Royal Navy’s history.

4. NORTH Celebrates Success
Marine insurer North P&I Club marked the 10th anniversary of its office in Singapore with a reception in Duxton Hill, attended by ship owners and representatives of the Singaporean and Asia-Pacific shipping community. The Club’s Singapore office has expanded
to 17 staff over the past decade, providing P&I, freight, demurrage and defence (FD&D) claims, and loss prevention services that complement its additional Asia-Pacific offices in Hong Kong and China, as well as Japan, where North observed its fifth anniversary
in Tokyo this year.
5. Drug Find and Shoot-out
Ship with 10 tons of hashish intercepted in Greek waters. The tug "Andreas" was intercepted by Greek Coast Guard on the night Dec 6 in Mediterranean sea near Chrisi island, south of Ierapetra, Crete, on suspicion of drug trafficking. She was taken to Agia
Galini port, southwest Crete, and searched. About 10 tons of hashish were found in tug’s cargo hold, hidden beneath drums. All 6 crew of Syrian nationality were arrested, and there have even been reports of a shootout taking place during seizure of the ship.
6. Unauthorised Cargo Blast
A man was airlifted off a ship suffering second degree burns after an explosion caused by unauthorised waste from a Devon incinerator. Cargo ship "Nortrader" was carrying unprocessed incinerator bottom ash (U-IBA) from the Plymouth energy from east incinerator
run by MVV Environment Services Ltd (MVVD).
The ship was heading for Beverwijk in the Netherlands where the ‘unauthorised and dangerous’ waste was set to be processed. But there was an explosion while the shop was anchored in Plymouth Sound and the 31-year-old chief engineer was airlifted to Derriford
Hospital on January 13 this year.

7. Greenest Cruise Ship Ever
The world’s greenest ever expedition ship – part luxury cruise vessel and part research station – will be launched next year. The MS Roald Amundsen will be setting sail in 2018 destined for the seas and oceans around South America and Antarctica. On its first
voyages, it will explore the fjords of Chile, the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), Patagonia, the Polar Circle, and the wilderness of the ‘White Continent’.
8. Modern Slavery in the UK
A ship where the crew were living in conditions ‘close to modern day slavery’, drinking sea water and eating out of date food is still detained in Gloucestershire more than five months after it docked. The "Tahsin" is one of seven ships detained in UK
ports because of the sub-standard conditions they are in, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said. The 81 metre,1598 ton ship left Turkey on March 25 , stopped in Italy on April 27, and since May 31 has been detained at Sharpness in the Stroud district after
the intervention of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
9. Internet of the Ocean
The US, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has announced its Ocean of Things program, which seeks to enable persistent maritime situational awareness over large ocean areas by deploying thousands of small, low-cost floats that could form
a distributed sensor network. Each smart float would contain a suite of commercially available sensors to collect environmental data—such as ocean temperature, sea state, and location—as well as activity data about commercial vessels, aircraft, and even maritime
mammals moving through the area. The floats would transmit data periodically via satellite.
10. Plotting a Northern Passage
Climate change and the associated warming of the Arctic seas has opened up the Northern Sea Route as a possible alternative to more southerly trading routes between Europe and Asia Pacific, but it presents unique challenges to any ship using it. The information
paper, released on 7 December, highlights the challenges and best practices that ship managers and Masters should consider when planning and executing a transit of the Northern Sea Route, so that they can make an informed decision about the transit.

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