Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 01/03/2018




Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 01/03/2018

1. Pilot in Ladder Fall
A ship pilot at the Port of Lisbon in Portugal has died after falling into the water while disembarking from a containership early Wednesday morning. The Lisbon Port Authority confirmed
the passing of pilot Barra Miguel Conceição in a Facebook post. 
According to reports on the incident, Mr. Conceição was disembarking from the Hong Kong-flagged MV Singapore Express in Cascais Bay when he fell into the
water. The effort to recover Conceição by the pilot boat was hampered by weather with swells reported up to 4 meters. His body was eventually recovered sometime later. 
The incident is under investigation.
https://goo.gl/P1MDJo
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2. Sweeping MOL Restructure
Japan’s largest shipping line has announced a sweeping restructuring and a raft of senior management changes in its largest corporate shuffle this decade. Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) is creating a technology innovation unit and
a new position, chief technical officer. Moreover, MOL is to finally install a chief financial officer who will supervise planning of strategies and measures to promote optimal groupwide funding and financial strategies. 
Among
other changes announced today, the head office organisation in Tokyo, which is made up of divisions and offices, will be unified into just divisions, to restructure and organise resources.
https://goo.gl/3Jxm8x
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3. More Mistreatment Allegations
Greece’s Mediterranean Car Carriers Line (MCCL) is in the news again after it was revealed that the crew on another of its five ships have not been paid for the last four months. The
crew of the "Sea Aeolis" have been in touch with Splash via Twitter claiming they have not been paid since last October. MCCL officials have declined to comment on the issue when contacted by Splash today. The crew claim the ship has no cargo and has been
put up for sale. MarineTraffic shows the 1992-built ship is currently at anchorage in Greece.
https://goo.gl/MqPi99
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4. Bulkers to be Auctioned
Ningbo Maritime Court will hold auctions for three bulk carriers, the 2006-built Heng Hai 6, the 2007-built Heng Hai 11 and the 2008-built Heng Hai 8 on March 26, March 28 and March 29 separately via online platform Taobao. The
three vessels, owned by Ningbo Henghai Shipping, were detained by the courts due to financial disputes with creditors.
https://goo.gl/FzibFs
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5. Indian Seafarer Jump
The number of Indian seafarers employed globally has exceeded 150,000 for the first time according to India’s maritime administration, the Directorate General of Shipping (DGS). The Hindu Business Line says the numbers counter
suggestions that the popularity of Indian seafarers is waning among ship managers.
At the end of 2017, India had 154,349 seafarers employed on merchant ships, compared to 143,940 in 2016, 126,945 in 2015 and 117,090 in 2014, according to the DGS.
https://goo.gl/kDKbK3
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6. Interpretations on Rest
Maritime risk experts have raised concerns about the different interpretations attributed to MLC 2006 Regulation 2.3 Hours of work and hours of rest, para. 5(b) and para. 6. Specifically the firm is concerned about the phrase “in any 24-hour period” used
when calculating crew work schedules to ensure that sufficient rest periods are taken. The issue revolves around checks “in any 24-hour period” and whether such checks should commence during a seafarer’s rest period. This should
be avoided because by not taking into consideration a part of the seafarer’s undisrupted rest period, irregularities may result in a violation.
https://goo.gl/rcHyfS
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7. Maldives Denies Responsibility
Maldives on Wednesday denied a Japanese foreign ministry statement that said a Maldives-flagged vessel was used to illegally transfer goods from a North Korean-flagged tanker in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions. The
Japanese statement said the “Chon Ma San,” designated by the United States as a sanctions target, was spotted by a surveillance plane with the Maldivian-flagged tanker “Xin Yuan 18” some 250 km (160 miles) east of Shanghai on Saturday. 
It
said “Japan strongly suspects that the vessels conducted ship-to-ship transfers” banned by U.N. Security Council resolutions.
https://goo.gl/J5EE84
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8. Master Blamed for Dumping
The operator of a tanker busted for illegally dumping oily water and garbage waste at sea says the Master of the tanker “acted unilaterally” and against company policy. Athens-based Sea World Management and Trading Inc. and
the Master of the products tanker "Sea Faith" pleaded guilty to two violations of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships under the terms of a plea agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice. The charges were for failing to maintain an accurate Oil Record
and Garbage Record Books onboard and illegally discharging oily waste and dumping garbage while operating off the coast of Texas.
https://goo.gl/T9HTLH
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9. Hapag-Lloyd Profit Leap
German container shipping firm Hapag-Lloyd on Wednesday reported its 2017 operating profit more than tripled, citing higher transport volumes and a slight recovery in freight rates. It also said that besides a positive development
of worldwide container transport demand and rising revenue from freights, last year’s merger with Gulf peer UASC provided more efficiencies. 
The move made Hamburg-based Hapag-Lloyd the number five container shipper worldwide,
amid ongoing consolidation.
https://goo.gl/8gvGm2
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10. Port Expansion at Canal
Dubai-based ports operator DP World has inked an agreement with the Suez Canal Authority and the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone) to launch the first phase of an integrated industrial and residential zone in Sokhna. The
framework agreement, which establishes a clear timetable of actions required to execute the first phase of the project spanning 30 square kilometres, was signed by Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World and Admiral Mohab Mamish, Chairman
of the Suez Canal Authority and the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone).
https://goo.gl/51kdJ7
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