Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 06/03/2018

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 06/03/2018

1. Box and Ro-Ro Collision
Authorities in the Netherlands are investigating a collision involving an MSC containership and a DFDS roll-on/roll-off cargo ship over the weekend. The incident occurred Saturday morning
off Vlissingen, Netherlands when the 270-meter "MSC Madrid" struck the port side of the Ro-Ro "Primula Seaways" as the containership sailed for Antwerp, Belgium. 
Both ships were damaged in the incident but no pollution
has been reported.

2. Sinking Prison Disgrace
Comparing his ship to a prison at risk of sinking, the master of the abandoned chemical tanker Qaaswa has contacted the media with further details of his crew’s plight off Tunisia. The ship has been anchored off the North African coastline since last May. The
UAE-flagged ship belongs to Sharjah-based Alco Shipping Services, a company, which has been linked to a number of crew abandonment cases in the past 12 months. 
Captain Yehia Kamel said the ship has now run out of lube
oil, all safety equipment is out of order, and in the engine room many pipelines and the sea chest are in bad condition
3. Hapag-Lloyd Digitising Shipping
CargoSphere, the cloud-based rate management platform, has announced a direct data feed of ocean rates and tariffs for the global trade lanes from German boxline Hapag-Lloyd. The ocean
carrier is the first to offer its customers automatic access to all their contract rates using CargoSphere’s electronic Smart Upload and Diagnostics Solution (eSUDS). 
“This integration is a dramatic improvement over current
labor-intensive industry practices of frequent email distribution of carrier-proprietary file attachments,” CargoSphere said in a release.
4. Slow Autonomous Demand
Autonomous vessels are generating increasing interest in the shipping industry, both due to novelty and promising commercial benefits. However, despite all the buzz actual investments in projects involving autonomous vessels remain few and far between.
This article looks at the commercial realities explaining why there is no imminent sea change in sight. It is striking how much of the technology underpinning autonomous vessels has been in use for many years with several vessel
designs already developed, but the commercial desire and drive is slow to surface.
5. Future of Shipbuilding
Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has showcased the future of shipbuilding, revealing new robots that will be used in the construction of vessels at its Ulsan yard. The world’s largest shipbuilder has recently completed a year
of testing of a robotic system that automatically shapes a vessel’s 3-D curved surface. 
The unmanned system is based on the Internet of Things and automation technologies, and is equipped with a high-frequency inductive
heating system and a multi-joint arm, the company said. 
HHI plans to add artificial intelligence and more sophisticated technologies in the future.

6. NORTH Riding High
Leading ratings agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P) has affirmed North P&I Club’s ‘A’ financial strength rating and stable outlook for the fourteenth consecutive year. The rating covers North P&I Club and its subsidiary Sunderland Marine, collectively known
as North Group. The ‘A’ rating reflects S&P’s view of the club’s strong business risk profile and very strong financial risk profile. According to S&P, “North Group’s business risk is supported by the club’s well-established,
high quality P&I mutual business, as well as its improving fixed premium business. The group’s financial risk is driven by a well-developed capital base".
7. First Female Captain
Nicole Langosch (34) has been given charge of AIDAsol, making her the first female captain in the AIDA fleet and highest-ranking woman on a cruise ship in Germany. Nicole Langosch was born in Osterode/Harz and grew up in
Herborn in Hesse. Sailing was her first introduction to seafaring. She completed her nautical science studies in Leer. During her subsequent study program in logistics, she worked for a container shipping company in Oakland (New Zealand) and for the E.U. parliament
in Brussels. Her first nautical internship was on a container ship. Langosch has held various positions on AIDA ships over the past 10 years.
8. Hong Kong Cruise Plaudits
On the heels of record port calls by world-class cruise ships in 2017, the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has announced the fourth consecutive year of growth in ship calls and cruise guests, further strengthening the city’s position as Asia’s cruise hub.
Hong Kong’s strong cruise figures in 2017 were shared on Monday by the HKTB’s Executive Director, Anthony Lau, at a special media luncheon prior to the beginning of the annual Seatrade Cruise Global conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
9. Long Oil Exit Tail
A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S is about to exit the Danish offshore oil industry that it created half a century ago. But for the next few decades, it will be stuck with a liability that’s as big as $1.2 billion. Maersk on Friday
won a key approval to sell its energy unit to Total S.A., with the Danish Energy Agency giving the green light to the $8 billion deal. But the authority made it a condition that Maersk pay for the eventual decommissioning of North Sea infrastructure (such
as platforms and pipes), if Total can’t when the time comes. 
While the risk is remote, the liability shows how deep Maersk’s ties to Denmark’s oil industry are.
10. Shipping Tackling Counterfeits
New “Know Your Customer” Best Practices Paper is to be launched at major shipping industry conference in Long Beach. Representatives from major global brands and maritime companies have developed a set of best practices for
the maritime industry to reduce the volume of counterfeits shipped around the globe through additional and more in-depth check on their customers. 
Contributors developed the voluntary best practices as part of their on-going
collaboration as signatories of an historic ‘Declaration of Intent to stop the Maritime transport of counterfeits’ (DOI) – a joint effort between the shipping industry and brands.
Daily news feed from Seacurus Ltd – providers of MLC crew insurance solutions
S. Jones
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