Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 22/01/2018

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 22/01/2018

1. Global Challenges Ahead
The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report for 2018 has been released, covering more risks than ever, but focusing in particular on four key areas: environmental degradation, cybersecurity breaches, economic strains and geopolitical tensions.  Each
year the Global Risks Report works with experts and decision-makers across the world to identify and analyze the most pressing risks that the world faces. As the pace of change accelerates, and as risk interconnections deepen, this yearÂ’s report highlights
the growing strain human activities are placing on many of the global systems vital for survival.

2. More Oil Slicks Emerge
Several more oil slicks have been found near the sinking site of Iranian oil tanker Sanchi in the East China Sea, adding to the difficulty of oil cleanup operations. According to the State Oceanic Administration of China, the total oil slick area has expanded
to around 332 sq km from earlier reported 100 sq km. The administration said it will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates. The tanker, which was carrying 136,000 tonnes of light crude oil, sank in the East China Sea on Sunday, a week after
colliding with Chinese bulker CF Crystal. All 32 are members from the tanker were killed.
3. Minimum Wage for Seafarers
All seafarers working in U.K. waters must be paid at least minimum wage rates, the government has warned in new guidance. The move comes after concerns about unfair competition, following reports that some ships registered abroad were underpaying their
workers in U.K. waters. U.K. Border Force patrols will be handing out information to seafarers and employers in more than 50 languages promoting minimum wage law. Employers failing to pay at least National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage can face fines
of up to 200 percent of the underpayment, public naming and, for the worst offenses, criminal prosecution.

4. Southampton Cut Out
The 2M alliance of Maersk and MSC is to leave the UK port of Southampton. It has announced it will drop the call at the countryÂ’s second largest container gateway by the Asia-Europe AE1/Shogun service the carriers jointly operate. A spokesman for Maersk told
The Loadstar: “The reason for withdrawing the Southampton call was because we could not offer reliable service with the number of port calls in the rotation. Thus, in order to improve our service quality, we decided to take the call out.”
5. Trial of Owner Proceeds
Canadian authorities will proceed with a prosecution of the Greek owners of the bulker "Marathassa" regarding the 2015 English Bay oil spill despite the company – Alassia NewShips Management – claiming it has not been properly informed of the proceedings,
according to CBC. The so-called ex parte trial is set for February 26 said the Provincial Court of British Columbia. "Marathassa" and Alassia face 10 pollution-related charges and potential fines in the millions of dollars relating to the spillage of around
3,000 litres of bulker fuel into the bay in Vancouver. It soiled beaches around Vancouver including Stanley Park.
6. Huge Waves Forecast
A rapidly developing storm low is forecast off the coast of Japan January 22nd-23rd with storm to hurricane-force winds and significant wave heights to 17 meters, or about 56 Feet. This will be a dangerous storm affecting ships arriving and departing Japan,
according to Ocean Weather Services, a provider of marine weather routing to the shipping industry.  While wave heights of this magnitude are not exactly rare, they are not that common either, typically occurring a few times per season over both the north
Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
7. Fighting Against Nature
The U.S. Navy’s newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Little Rock (LCS 9) is trapped on the shores of Montreal and unable to set sail until spring. "USS Little Rock" was commissioned in Buffalo, New York, on December 16 and was headed for her 
home port in Jacksonville, Florida, when she got trapped in ice in the St Lawrence Seaway after a routine port visit to Montreal. A sustained cold snap caused ice to form faster than normal in the area, and USS Little Rock is now expected to be able to sail
again in March.
8. Low Bulker Rates
Charter rates for bulk carriers have plunged as iron ore exports from Brazil slow and inventories of the mineral pile up in China. The charter rate for a benchmark capesize ship, which has a cargo capacity of about 180,000 tons, has dived 40% since early
January to around $12,300 per day on average for major routes. That represents a 60% drop from the high water mark set in mid-December and a five-month low. Shipments from Brazil, a major iron ore exporter, are declining because it is the rainy season there.
9. Insurer Buys Expertise
UK-based international provider of market leading insurance services Thomas Miller has acquired international marine consultancy business Brookes Bell for an undisclosed sum. Brookes Bell is a leading marine technical and surveying consultancy with offices
in Liverpool, London, Glasgow, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore. It has served the marine and energy industries since 1903, providing specialist services in areas including emergency response, casualty investigation, salvage and wreck removal operations,
scientific cargo expertise, forensic engineering and expert witness services.
10. Ugly Face of Smuggling
Smugglers dumped 300 birds into the sea last week while attempting to escape authorities, drowning most of them. The birds, mostly songbirds, were believed to have been collected in various Southeast Asian countries for sale in Indonesia. MalaysiaÂ’s Maritime
Enforcement Agency (MMEA) officers intercepted a boat carrying three Indonesians in waters just off the coastline of peninsular Malaysia. The three men were apprehended, but authorities were not able save most of the birds. The MMEA said it believed the birds
were smuggled over land from Vietnam to Thailand, and then into Malaysia.

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