Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 18/12/2017

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 18/12/2017

1. Looking Back on Year

Looking back at The Maritime Executive’s most-read articles, they see a year that reflected on tragedy and then forged ahead with solutions. According to the website, the most important articles have been on the El Faro Tragedy, the U.S. Navy Shake-Up in the
wake of a string of accidents. They have also seen a huge audience for their up-to-the-minute Coverage of the recent hurricane season – prompted by the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The news of the Seaman Guard Ohio Crew being acquitted
also stole the headlines, as did the spoofing attack on vessel GPS signals.

2. New Autonomous P&I Cover
Developments surrounding autonomous shipping continue apace and leading industry players expect to start seeing remotely operated vessels in commercial operation by 2020, if not before. One of the first types of commercially operated unmanned vessels is expected
to be offshore industry support vessels. There has also been significant interest in the new technology from builders and owners of tugs, with one major operator having trialled the navigation of a tug controlled from land this year. The Club has been actively
monitoring to ensure they are ready to assist Members as they embrace these new technologies.
3. Smart Ship Eco System
A couple of weeks ago, Wärtsilä announced its vision of a Smart Marine Ecosystem. Here in the words of Roger Holm, president of its marine solutions business, we find out what exactly it all means. The shipping industry is not going to be (and should not want
to be) spared an increasingly inter-connected future. New technologies that were considered completely unachievable just a few years ago are rapidly being introduced, creating new levels of efficiency and cost savings that are influencing the future of shipping.
We at Wärtsilä have committed ourselves to being at the forefront of these changes.

4. Argentina Sacks Admiral
Argentina fired the head of its navy a month after a submarine disappeared in the South Atlantic with 44 crew members onboard, a government spokesman said on Saturday. Letting go of Navy Admiral Marcelo Eduardo HipĂłlito Srur was the first known disciplinary
action taken by President Mauricio Macri’s administration since contact was lost with the ARA San Juan on Nov. 15. “It was decided to remove him,” a government spokesman said. Families of the crew members criticized Macri’s government for not clearly communicating
with them and for abandoning rescue efforts.

5. MSC Converting Vessels
Container shipping giant Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has commissioned CSIC-affiliated Beihai Shipbuilding Industry for the conversion of up to eleven mega containerships. They have signed a firm contract to upgrade the capacity of nine 14,000
teu vessels, and MSC will confirm the contract for another two 14,000 teu vessels in January 2018. The conversion will increase the capacity of each vessel from 14,000 teu to 17,000 teu by expanding the length of the ships from 365.5m to 394.4m. MSC currently
has eleven 22,000 teu ultra large containerships under construction at South KoreaÂ’s Daewoo Shipbuilding.

6. Danger to Marine Cables
Britain and its NATO allies must defend deep sea cables against a potentially catastrophic attack by the Russia navy that could disrupt trillions of dollars in financial transactions, the head of BritainÂ’s armed forces warned. The cables which crisscross
the world’s oceans and seas carry 95 percent of communications and over $10 trillion in daily transactions. “There is a new risk to our way of life, which is the vulnerability of the cables that criss-cross the seabeds,” the BBC quoted Stuart Peach, chief
of the defence staff, as saying. The Soviet navy now poses a serious threat to Western communications.
7. Crew Falls to Death
A mariner fell from the open hatch bulk carrier "Federal Champlain", owned by Canadian shipowner Fednav. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) said on Thursday, December 14 it was deploying a team of investigators to Montreal, Quebec, to assess
the man overboard incident from the bulk carrier.
As informed, there were no fatalities. Further details on what was the cause of the incident and the condition of the mariner were not disclosed. “The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence,” the agency added.
8. Shadowy Animal Sea Trade
An average of 20 tons of pangolins and their parts have been trafficked internationally each year with smugglers using 27 new global trade routes annually. The report, The Global trafficking of pangolins: a comprehensive summary of seizures and trafficking
routes from 2010–2015, was released in the wake of the worldÂ’s largest ever pangolin seizure, when China announced the seizure of 11.9 tons of scales from a ship in Shenzen last month.  Known as the worldÂ’s most trafficked mammal, all eight (four Asian and
four African) species of pangolins are prohibited from international trade under CITES.
9. Viking Sees Huge Growth
Viking Ocean Cruises has contracted to build four more ocean cruise ships according to an announcement from Fincantieri. With these new ships, VikingÂ’s ocean cruise fleet will reach 10 sister ships and further solidify VikingÂ’s position as the largest
small ship cruise line. In April 2017, Viking and Fincantieri signed a memorandum of agreement for the construction of two cruise ships, the seventh and eight for Viking, along with an option for two additional ships. Fincantieri now says that the construction
contracts have become effective and that the company has exercised the option for the two additional ships.
10. Nigeria War Risk Concerns
Recent concerns expressed by stakeholders over NigeriaÂ’s identification as a growing war risk insurance zone have cast doubt on local security agenciesÂ’ capacity to halt the menace soon. NigeriaÂ’s maritime trade is gradually being threatened due to increasing
war risk insurance premium now being paid by Nigeria-bound vessels. Although reports of piracy in the Niger Delta appears to be waning, stakeholders in the industry are worried that offshore underwriting firms still insist on very high premium to be paid by
those conveying cargoes to Nigeria.

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