Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 24/01/2018

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 24/01/2018

1. Maersk Joins NY Exchange
Danish container shipping giant Maersk Line has followed in the footsteps of its counterparts CMA CGM and Hapag-Lloyd and joined the New York Shipping Exchange (NYSHEX) as its founding member. Along with Hapag Lloyd, CMA CGM, MOL, OOCL, and COSCO, Maersk
Line will begin posting digital contract offers for the Transpacific Westbound trade on the exchange as early as March of this year. "This marks a significant milestone for us as we now have added six of the top global ocean carriers as members in the last
nine months," says a statement from NYSHEX.
2. Quake and Tsunami Fears
A magnitude 7.9 earthquake hit the Gulf of Alaska in the early hours of Tuesday, prompting warnings of a possible tsunami down the Canadian and U.S. west coast and as far away as Hawaii. Local radio on the Alaskan island of Kodiak, close to the epicenter,
urged listeners to move away from coastal areas.
"This is a tsunami warning. this is not a drill. Please get out to higher ground," said the announcer on KMXT public radio. "If you are on the flats, get up on one of the hills … Just go high."

3. Stuck with No Pay
A group of seafarers are stuck in the port of Durban, South Africa after their vessel was detained for non-payment of wages. The multinational crew working aboard tug/supply ship PSD2 had not been paid for as long as 15 months and were in need of food
and fresh water. Two crew members were also in need of immediate medical attention while all of them desperately needed money to send home to their families.  Seafarer’s charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) and chaplains from other organizations in Durban
provided assistance to the ship’s crew.
4. Guards Repel Pirates
Embarked maritime security contractors aboard a bulker repelled a pirate attack in the high-risk area off Somalia.  According to maritime security firm LSS-SAPU, the cement carrier "NACC Valbella" was transiting 90 nm south of Mukallah, Yemen when it was
approached by a pirate mother ship. The unit on board lit warning flares, in keeping with their rules of engagement, then fired warning shots. The attacking vessel opened fire, and the guards fired another volley of warning shots. The pirates then abandoned
their attack and veered away. The Valbella did not suffer material damage and no injuries were reported.
5. New Plastics Strategy
European shipowners welcome the Plastic Strategy adopted by the European Commission last week. The first-ever Europe-wide strategy on plastics, adopted today, is a part of the transition towards a more circular economy. The coherent and impressively first-ever
Europe-wide strategy on plastic forming part of the transition towards a more circular economy also included the long awaited revision of the Ports Reception Facilities Directive. The new proposal aims to achieve a higher level of protection of the marine
environment and introduces measures to prevent marine litter.
6. Refinery Files Bankrupt
The biggest oil refinery on America’s east coast has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the District of Delaware, according to Bloomberg. Parent company Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES), which made the filing, owns the south Philadelphia refining complex
comprising two plants – Girard Point and Point Breeze – which together can process 335,000 barrels of crude daily. They supply more than a quarter of the US east coast’s refining capacity. Under the terms of the filing PES will restructure $525 million of
debt and bring in new owners.
7. Auction of Bulkers
Two bulkers from bankrupt Jiangsu Eastern Shipbuilding (JES) will be auctioned by Wuhan Maritime Court via online platform Taobao on February 27. The two 82,000 dwt vessels, Archon and Agenor, were originally ordered by Shipping Corporation of India in
2010. Later the contracts were resold to Greek company Blue Planet Shipping, which cancelled the contracts. According to auction files, the construction of the two ships is basically finished but relevant certifications haven’t not been completed yet. The
starting auction price for each ship is $10.9m and proceeds from the sale will be used to repay debts to creditors.

8. Ship Runs Aground
A 223-foot cargo vessel has run aground near Charlotte Amalie Harbor in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The U.S. Coast Guard said its watchstanders in San Juan where contacted at approximately 5 a.m. Tuesday by St. Thomas Harbor pilots who reported that the
Togo-flagged cargo vessel "Ocean Spirit I" had run aground just off of the entrance of the harbor’s East Gregory Channel. There are no reported signs of distress or oil leaking from the vessel, according to the Coast Guard, whose marine casualty investigators
are on scene investigating the cause of the incident.

9. Fatigue Perception Work
CHIRP has released a booklet and accompanying video on “Perception, Decision Making and Fatigue at Sea.” The book includes recommendations important for seafarers, managers and maritime regulators. It illustrates how the eyes work with the brain. Giving
attention to “what and where”: The “what” delivers information on detail and colour. Whilst the “where” system works better in dim light using peripheral vision and is better adapted to transient event moments, such as moving objects. However, “what and where”
use different parts of the brain – so they can’t both be at peak performance at the same time.
10. Super Fast Box Work
Astonishingly high productivity was recorded on the "MSC VANDYA", which called at Haifa Port as part of the 2M Alliance. The ship, which only arrived on Friday morning in the middle of the “A” shift, had to complete all its work by the end of Friday’s
“B” shift in order to depart that evening and make its berth window at its next port. Haifa Port tackled this challenging task head-on, managing an incredible 223 containers per ship hour, and an average of more than 40 containers per crane hour were recorded.

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