Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 09/02/2018

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 09/02/2018

1. Looking to Data for Safety
The UK Chamber of Shipping has announced a new data-driven initiative to avoid major marine casualties. Its new HiLo system – short for "high impact, low frequency events" – aims to collect records of low-level, nonthreatening shipboard incidents and use
them to predict the likelihood of larger, more dangerous accidents like groundings, explosions and collisions.  HiLo’s predictive mathematical model, three years in the making, uses ship data to identify risk patterns, which
can then be addressed by management intervention.
2. Liner Consortium New Focus
Post-restructuring Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has been keen to develop business lines in partnerships wherever possible. Its latest breakthrough was announced yesterday; a liner consortium with MSC, Hapag-Lloyd and ONE, the new Japanese mega line, which
will focus on services from Asia to the west coast of South America. The new joint services will connect South Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan with the west coast of Mexico, Peru, Chile, Columbia through three loops starting at the
beginning of April.
3. New Chief at ICS
Guy Platten has confirmed via Twitter he has been selected to replace Peter Hinchliffe at the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). Platten, the current CEO at the UK Chamber of Shipping, will take over the ICS role later this year, he confirmed on
social media. It follows a year’s hunt by ICS to find a successor to Hinchliffe, who has been with the chamber since 2001 and its secretary general since 2010. Prior to working with the UK Chamber, Platten’s career included stints
with Caledonian Maritime Assets, the Northern Lighthouse Board and the UK’s Ministry of Defence.

4. IMO In Bank Partnership
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has signed a new partnership agreement with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The agreement will help promote sustainable shipping through a range of safety- and environment-focused
capacity-building activities in the maritime and port sectors in selected countries.  A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Thursday by IMO secretary-general Kitack Lim and the first vice president of the EBRD, Phil

5. Chemical Tanker Explosion
Chemcial tanker "Wan Zhong Si Hao" suffered an explosion onboard near Changzhou Port on Yangtze River yesterday. The explosion triggered a major fire onboard the vessel. Local maritime safety administration sent firefighting
vessels to the scene and managed to contain the fire within a few hours. 
One crew member suffered a severe injury in the incident and he is now in a stable condition after being sent to local hospital for treatment. A preliminary
investigation suggests that the crews didn’t wear electrostatic prevention clothing in accordance with the safety protocols when unloading the hazardous cargo from the ship.

6. Evergreen Swoops for Tonnage
Evergreen has put pen to paper for eight 12,000 teu boxships at Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea. Taiwan’s largest liner is paying $750m for the ships that will be deployed on the transpacific. The neo-panamax vessels
are 334 m in length and 48.4 m in breadth and will delivered by May 2021. 
Samsung Heavy said in a release that the ships would come with the yard’s own propellers, rudder bulbs and ballast water treatment systems.
7. Hamburg Goes for 5G
The Port of Hamburg is testing a 5G network that it says is set to transform communications.  5G is an entirely new network concept that combines terrestrial and mobile networks. Unlike
technological advances of the past, which solely focused on increasing broadband width and speed, 5G will support a wide range of use cases that all have different speed, latency, security and capacity requirements. 5G will play an important role in new application
scenarios created by the internet of things and Industry 4.0 – a name for the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies.

8. InterManager Tackles Key Issues
Blockchain in the shipping industry, the safety culture among crew members, and the changing world of maritime payments were all debated at InterManager’s First Interactive Ship Managers’ Forum this week. The conference,
was opened by Gary Pogson, Lead Specialist, Marine & Offshore Innovation Team, at Lloyd’s Register. Mr Pogson posed the question ‘distributed ledger for engineered systems – hype or hope?’ 
The interactive conference, attended
by around 60 delegates who packed out the room in the Lloyd’s Register building, saw full audience participation through the online app Slido.

9. Worries for Indonesian Coal
Indonesia’s coal producers are concerned that the nation’s new cabotage rules will cut down on export volumes at its coal terminals. The Indonesian Ministry of Trade has issued a regulation requiring certain goods – including coal and crude palm oil –
to be exported aboard Indonesian vessels and insured with Indonesian insurers, a measure intended to boost the nation’s shipping industry.

10. Class Helps With Data
ClassNK Consulting Service Co., Ltd has just launched a support service for setting up a Data Collection Plan in accordance with the Fuel Consumption Reporting system IMO DCS (Data Collection System) introduced by the IMO. According
to the amendments to MARPOL Annex VI that make the data collection system for fuel oil consumption of ships mandatory as of 1 March 2018, data collecting and reporting for ships of 5,000 gross tons and more engaged in international voyages will be required
beginning in 2019.

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