Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 19/02/2018

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 19/02/2018

1. Maersk Quietly Adds Tonnage
Despite preaching to its peers for restraint at Asian yards, it has emerged Maersk Line, the worldÂ’s largest containerline, has actually been adding to the global orderbook. Clarkson Research reports that it has just come
to light that the Danish carrier has extended its series of 15,226 teu containerships at Hyundai Heavy Industries by declaring an option for two additional vessels. 
The units will be the tenth and eleventh units in the
series, and are due to be delivered next year.
2. Medieval Anti Piracy Response
The crew of a ship passing through the southern Philippines repelled a pirate attack on Friday using boiling water mixed with oil. Twenty-seven sailors aboard the general cargo vessel Kudos 1 managed to stop 12 armed pirates
trying to board the ship in the Basilan sea. The Philippines Coast Guard reports the pirates shot at the ship with two of seafarers slightly injured. 
Coast Guard Western Mindanao Command Chief Lieutenant General Carlito
Galvez praised the courage of the sailors.
3. Malacca Straits Traffic Growth
Defying difficult market conditions traffic in the world’s busiest shipping lane, the Malacca Straits, continued to grow over the last three years hitting an all time high of 84,456 transits in 2017. A
report by Singapore-based Nippon Maritime Center (NMC), based on figures from the Marine Department of Malaysia, showed that traffic had grown consistently since 2011.
4. India Urges Investment
Singapore terminal operator PSA International officially opened its terminal at IndiaÂ’s top boxport with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi on hand for the event via a live video feed. The $1.2bn Bharat Mumbai Container
Terminals (BMCT) is the fourth terminal at Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT). PSA has a 30-year concession for this brand new facility. 
Once fully complete the fourth terminal will help double JNPTÂ’s throughput to more than
10m teu.
5. Women Struggling in Shipping
Women who work in the shipping industry get paid 45% less than men, and the shipping industry is tough on women. It is very male-dominated, which is entrenched in many parts of the industry. ItÂ’s notoriously a ‘boys clubÂ’
– sons inherit shipping empires from their fathers and grandfathers; from its founding in 1744, women were not allowed on London’s Baltic Exchange trading floor. It took one pioneering woman in the 1960s, Inge Mitchell, to be ‘allowed’ in, and even then, they
only let her in through the kitchen. She is now in her 90s, and still working hard to promote the maritime industry.
6. COSCO Beats Competition
Guangzhou-based Cosco Shipping Specialized Carriers has taken over, not for the first time, from BBC Chartering as the worldÂ’s largest multipurpose operator by deadweight, according to an annual survey carried out by Dynamar. Cosco and BBC dominate the
sector, each having twice as much as tonnage as any other competitor. CoscoÂ’s newbuilding programme initiated in 2013 saw another six ships delivered last year, taking it past its German rival into top spot. BBC during the last
year offloaded 13 ships from its fleet. CoscoÂ’s 1.76m dwt stood some 82,000 dwt above BBCÂ’s fleet as of last month.
7. Rescue of Rudderless Ship
RNLI Lifeboats assisted in the rescue a 1,200-ton cargo ship with a broken rudder off the coast of Skye in Scotland on Sunday. The 65-meter (213-foot) CEG Universe was heading through the Kylerhea Narrows between Skye and
Glenelg carrying a load of road salt when her rudder jammed in the full to port position.
Tug assistance was called, and RNLI volunteers fheld the vessel in position against eight-knot tidal currents when the vesselÂ’s anchor brake failed and she began to drift. The SD Kyle of Lochalsh and the two lifeboats then
maneuvered the cargo vessel through the Narrows and towed her into Kyle Harbour.
8. Scrubbers Leading to Corrosion
Underwater repair specialist Hydrex says it has seen a correlation between the fitting of scrubbers and increased pipework repairs due to corrosion. Hydrex said its technicians had recently carried out pipe replacements on
270m shuttle tankers where water that had scrubbed the exhaust gases corroded the pipework leading to water ingress. 
“Corroded scrubber pipework and discharge outlets is a serious problem, and we’re seeing more and more
of it,” said Dave Bleyenberg, Hydrex production executive.

9. Unmanned Unlikely 
The chief executive officer of the worldÂ’s biggest shipping company says itÂ’s unlikely container vessels will operate without humans in his lifetime. A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S has already pushed through enough cuts to reduce
crew sizes in response to the spread of automation, CEO Soren Skou said. He says the workforce has now reached a floor and thereÂ’s no more room to get rid of humans. 
“Even if the technology advances, I don’t expect we
will be allowed to sail around with 400-meter long container ships, weighing 200,000 tonnes without any human beings on board,” the 53-year-old CEO said. “
10. Drug Haul Found
Italian authorities seized up to 300 kg of cocaine from a containership berthed at the Port of Genoa, according to a statement issued by the countyÂ’s police department. The crew of the 3,430 TEU "Dimitris C" found the drugs
following a search on February 15, Danaos Shipping, the ship owner, said in a separate statement. 
As explained, the search is carried out by the crew upon arrival and after departing from ports with increased probabilities
of substances trafficking. The discovery was immediately reported by the Master to the company and the authorities. The 
cocaine was hidden in plastic bags in a "remote place on deck".

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