Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 28/02/2018

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 28/02/2018

1. Tanker Attacked off Benin
The government of Luxembourg reported that the product tanker "ST Marseille" was attacked by five armed pirates at an anchorage off Cotonou, Benin. The pirates succeeded in boarding the vessel, and two Beninese guards sustained gunshot wounds in the exchange. The
ST Marseille had no cargo on board at the time of the attack, and the pirates eventually gave up and departed. The crew are unharmed and are all accounted for.
2. US to Police Sanctions
Just days after ramping up sanctions on North Korea, with an emphasis on shipping, the US government is preparing to broaden the scope of interceptions of vessels thought to be in violation. The initiative would involve allied
nations including Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Australia in a coordinated strategy of squeezing the pariah regime in Pyongyang by targetting ships on the high seas or in the territorial waters of the participating nations.
3. Corinth Canal Rock Block
Greek ports officials closed the 125-year-old Corinth Canal after a rockfall blocked the narrow waterway. The closure means that small vessels will have to travel 185 nm around the Peloponnese to transit between the Gulf of Corinth and the Saronic Gulf.
 Video from the scene shows a large rockpile blocking the waterway, with more loose sediment cascading down. Authorities expect that it will take two weeks to remove the debris.
4. Shipoperator Found Guilty 
A Monaco-based tanker operator has been fined $2.25 million in the United States after pleading guilty to environmental crimes relating to the discharge of oil and garbage from one of their vessels operating off the coast of
Texas. The Master of the vessel has also been convicted and was sentenced to six months in jail. 
Sea World Management & Trading and Edmon Fajardo pleaded guilty to two felony violations of the Act to Prevent Pollution from

5. Thieves Steal Arrested Ship
A product tanker "PRATAMA 128", which was being under arrest since has reportedly disappeared from the local anchorage and is considered to be hijacked by an unknown party. The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA). claim the tanker was brought
to anchor in the Singapore Strait after being arrested for violating shipping laws. The crew of 8 were arrested, so it is understood the tanker was unmanned and unwatched when taken.
6. Northern Sea Route Beckons 
Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines has reached an agreement with the Russian government to help develop maritime shipping along the Northern Sea Route and the Russian Far East as melting ice in the Arctic makes commercial shipping in the region
a more viable option for transporting cargoes from between Europe and Asia.
7. Giant Diamond Dredger Built
The De Beers Group has confirmed that construction of the world’s largest diamond mining vessel has commenced. The vessel will be used exclusively for operations off Namibia’s coast when it commences operation in 2021. Debmarine
Namibia, a joint venture between the government of Namibia and De Beers, first announced a feasibility study for the offshore vessel last year.
8. Seadrill Approaches Deal
Shipping tycoon John Fredriksen has reached an agreement with a majority of creditors over a restructuring plan for oil rig firm Seadrill Ltd, according to U.S. court documents. The company,
once the world’s largest offshore driller by market value, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection with debt and liabilities of over $10 billion last September after a sharp drop in oil prices in 2014 cut demand for rigs.
9. Sailors Home New Life
In Hong Kong  a grand, blue and white building quietly stands. It was built half a century ago to welcome seafarers, eagerly craved a holiday on dry land. The first “Sailor’s Home” in the
city was opened in 1863 by firms such as Jardine Matheson to accommodate sailors when Hong Kong. But in a few months, the building will be completely demolished and rebuilt. 
The redevelopment will ensure the mission is self-sustaining
going forward.

10. Shipowners Urged to Pay Up
Shipping lines using the Mersey urged to pay levy to help seafarers in need. ACL, Seatruck, Stena and P&O have all agreed to fund the levy, which has the backing of Peel Ports, but other lines are reluctant, according to the
Liverpool Seafarers Centre. The 
Port of Liverpool introduced a voluntary levy in October 2017 in line with the recommendations of MLC 2006, but some are unwilling to pay up.

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