Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 20/12/2017

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 20/12/2017

1. Record Abandonment Cases

The Mission to Seafarers claims 2017 marked a high point in the number of cases of abandoned crew the charity has handled. In a year-end release issued yesterday, the Revd Canon Andrew Wright, secretary general of the Mission to Seafarers, described 2017 as
a year of “challenges and successes”. “We have seen more seafarers than ever need our help after being abandoned, far from shore, without payment, food and water,” Wright noted. Wright has spoken of the damage caused by what he described as “this immoral practice”.
2. Shipping Confidence High
Shipping confidence held steady at its highest rating in the past three-and-a-half years in the three months from September to November 2017, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens.
The average confidence level expressed by respondents was unchanged at the level of 6.2 out of 10.0 recorded in the previous survey in August 2017. Confidence on the part of charterers was significantly up, from 4.7 to 7.7, the highest rating recorded for
this category of respondent since the survey was launched in May 2008 with an overall rating of 6.8.
3. HK Owners Swoop
This week broker reports have been filled with Japanese built handies going to unidentified Hong Kong owners, and only one taker is identified. Sources say that the tradition bulker owner Ocean Longevity has snapped up one ship, the seven-year old 33,000
dwt Global Horizon, for $11m from Fairmont Shipping.
Ocean Longevity has been busy in the market all year snapping up a secondhand Japanese-built tonnage. It has added two panamax bulkers ships to its 24-strong fleet list while on the newbuilding side it has inked three panamax contracts at two Japanese

4. ITF Fights Low Wages
The International Transport Workers’ Federation has inspected the Bahamas-registered vessel Diana in Melbourne, Australia, and claim that the company is underpaying the Filipino seafarers on board as they are effectively operating full time on the Australian
coast. Under coastal trading rules introduced in 2012, foreign crew must be paid award rates, as the vessel is working more than two domestic voyages in Australian waters. However, the inspection showed this was not the case.
5. Remembering
Paz Tragedy
On December 20, 1987 an estimated 4,386 people perished in an incident known as "Asia’s Titanic". The ferry "Doña Paz" was making its twice-weekly journey from Leyte island to the Filipino capital Manila, when it collided with the oil tanker MT Vector.
The Vector was transporting thousands of barrels of petroleum, and the collision caused its cargo to catch fire, which rapidly spread to the ferry. Doña Paz could officially hold 1,518 passengers, manned by a 66-strong crew. However, thousands more people,
not listed on the ship’s register, were on board. Many were asleep at the time of the collision.
6. Somalis Charged with Piracy
Seychelles authorities have charged six Somali nationals with piracy-related crimes for allegedly attacking a British containership and a fishing vessel in the Indian Ocean last month. The six suspected pirates were apprehended by the crew of an Italian
warship aboard their whaler following separate attacks on the UK-flagged MV Ever Dynamic and FV Galerna III, which took place over a 24-hour period on 17-18 November in the Southern Somali Basin in the Indian Ocean. According to evidence, the six suspects
crewed a motor whaler that was supposedly used as a mothership to launch the attacks using a skiff.
7. Hyundai Box Boom
South Korean shipping line Hyundai Merchant Marine has revealed plans to construct 22,000 TEU containerships in 2018 to boost its competitiveness within the global shipping sector. The announcement came during the company’s 2018 strategy meeting, intended to
map out growth strategies for the coming year. “This will be the mega-ship building project in accordance with the national expectation for being a leading shipping nation,” said YOO. “HMM is now located in the good position to be a world-class leading shipping
company by overcoming new environmental regulations starting from 2020.”

8. Cruising for More Growth
The global cruise industry will continue to see steady growth in 2018 with more two dozen deliveries scheduled in order to keep pace with demand, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) said in its annual ‘State of the Cruise Industry’ report
released this week. Current data shows cruise travel is steadily on the rise with a projected 27.2 million passengers expected to set sail in 2018. In 2017, an estimated 25.8 million passengers cruised compared to a confirmed 24.7 million passengers in 2016,
representing an increase of 20.5 percent over five years from 2011-2016.
9. US North Korea Hunt
The United States has proposed that the United Nations Security Council blacklist 10 ships for transporting banned items from North Korea, according to documents seen by Reuters on Tuesday. The vessels are accused of “conducting illegal ship-to-ship transfers
of refined petroleum products to North Korean vessels or illegally transporting North Korean coal to other countries for exports,” the United States said in its proposal. If none of the 15 members of the Security Council’s North Korea sanctions committee object
to the ships being designated by Thursday afternoon, the U.S. proposal will be approved.

10. Ticket Assurances Sought
UK’s maritime trade union Nautilus International is calling for top-level assurances that UK seafarers’ certificates will continue to be recognised within the European Union during and after the Brexit process. The Union has written to shipping minister
John Hayes to request urgent clarification on what action is being taken by the UK to ensure that British seafarers will still be able to work on ships registered in other EU member states on the basis of their UK training and qualifications. The move comes
after the European Commission warned of “certain legal repercussions” for the mutual recognition of seafarers’ certificates.

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