Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 18/01/2018




Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 18/01/2018

1. Iran Denies Missile Strike
The Iranian government has denied rumours that the tanker Sanchi was targeted by a missile attack. Labour Minister Ali Rabiei told a press conference it was a "very big lie that the tanker has been hit by a missile". When questioned about criticisms of
the rescue attempts and a suggestion of negligence of the Chinese rescuers, Rabiel said it was not possible to get service from the Japanese and the Koreans because the incident happened in the Chinese waters.
https://goo.gl/pTDz2M
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2. Rolls-Royce Up for Grabs
UK-based engineering company Rolls-Royce said it would launch a strategic review of available options for its Commercial Maritime division, which are likely to include finding a new owner for the business. Rolls-Royce is working
on the further reshuffling of its business structure and plans to reduce its five operating units to three core businesses based around Civil Aerospace, Defence and Power Systems.
https://goo.gl/3KJMb5
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3. Fire on Britannica Ro-Ro 
A fire broke out on board a ship carrying 400 passengers into Harwich in the early hours of the morning. Ten fire crews were called to a fire on Stena Britannica while en route from Hoek van Holland to Harwich shortly before
4.20am which was due to dock at Harwich International Port at about 5am.
https://goo.gl/ZkFS4D
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4. Horror of Floating Coffins
Eight decomposing bodies have been recovered from what is believed to be a North Korean "ghost ship" which washed ashore in central Japan. The eight males were found with a badge bearing the portraits of Kim il-Sung, the founder
of the authoritarian state, and Kim Jong-il, its deceased leader, Kyodo News reported. 
Wearing the badges is mandatory for North Koreans and they form a key part of the regime’s cult of personality.
https://goo.gl/KnL8Uj
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5. Appetite for Construction 
The appetite for newbuildings is evident as we move into 2018, with Greek owners continuing to building on an impressive $4.7bn investment in projects in 2017. Indeed, over the turn of the year projects involving some 25 vessels
surfaced involving a diversified range of ships costing their eight contracting principals over $1.4bn. And just for the record Greek shipping companies invested a confirmed $4.7bn in the acquisition of used oceangoing vessels in 2017.
https://goo.gl/ZNLQ3f
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6. Bunker Credit Help
A bunker fuel broker has launched a new credit analysis service for buyers to use as they struggle to access the money needed to meet rising fuel costs from tightening emissions requirements. London-based BunkerEx, a broker
that started operating in November last year, has this week launched a credit service to help marine fuel buyers increase and manage their credit lines. With a
 more nervous atmosphere around credit, help is seemingly needed.
https://goo.gl/bT3N4D
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7. David Attenborough Strike Threat
As yard workers labour on Sir David Attenborough’s stern, the boss of Cammell Laird shipyard has issued a warning that strike action risks damaging the reputation of the Birkenhead business and could jeopardise hundreds of local jobs and future contracts. Company
chief executive John Syvret was speaking in the aftermath of a strike vote by around 500 workers at the shipyard who plan to take two days of strike action on January 26 and 29.
https://goo.gl/XnAc4B
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8. Yemen Pushed to Brink
Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghir pleaded with Saudi Arabia and its allies to save his nation’s currency and stave off famine. The rial has lost half its value relative to the dollar over the past year as the Yemeni government has printed currency
to cover its costs. "Saving the rial means saving Yemenis from inevitable hunger," bin Daghir wrote in a social media post, and he appealed to Riyadh to honor a pledge of financial assistance.
https://goo.gl/Y2UUcM
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9. Skating Through Thin Ice
It was a year with remarkable growth in Russian Arctic shipping. In the course of the year, as much as 9,737 million tons of goods was shipped on the Northern Sea Route, an increase of almost 35 percent from 2016. Several remarkable
records were made. Among them is the speed record of the general cargo vessel «Baltic Winter» which spent only 5,6 days on its way from the Bering Strait to the Novaya Zemlya. 
https://goo.gl/TWcXxN
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10. OCIMF New Chief
The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) are pleased to announce the appointment of Rob Drysdale as the new OCIMF Director. The handover will take place at ExCom 81 in June when BP’s Captain Andrew Cassels, who has served as Director for three
years, will step down. Rob Drysdale was seconded to OCIMF from International Marine Transportation Limited (IMT) in May 2016 as Senior Technical Advisor.
https://goo.gl/u9YAxB
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