Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 21/03/2018




Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 21/03/2018

1. Channel Ship Capsize
An 82-meter long cargo ship has capsized and is now turned over and adrift in the English Channel after it collided with a fishing vessel on Tuesday. France’s Maritime Prefect says it
was alerted at 15:40 local time of a collision involving the Maltese-flagged freighter "Britannica HAV" and the fishing "Deborah", flying the Belgian flag. The collision occurred about 50 nautical miles northeast of Cherbourg, France, to the south-west of
the Dover Strait. 
All seven crew members of the cargo ship evacuated to two life rafts and were recovered by the fishing vessel.
https://goo.gl/Fx8G1F
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2. Raging Port Fire
Singapore authorities spent around six hours through to midnight last year fighting yet another inferno at an oil storage tank. More than 120 firefighters were deployed to Pulau Busing, one of the islands off the southern
coast of Singapore, which is home to oil and chemical storage facilities, to put the fire out.
Investigations are ongoing into how this latest fire happened. The tank belongs to Tankstore. Singapore has been hit by multiple oil tank infernos in recent years. 
https://goo.gl/Q3wJKP
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3. Seafarer Happiness Matters
On the International Day of Happiness, seafarer welfare charity, The Mission to Seafarers, urged international shipping to take seafarer happiness more seriously as a success indicator and key factor in growth. The Seafarers
Happiness Index showed a decline in happiness with isolation and poor working practices posing serious threats to the reputation of the profession and the ability to recruit. 
Total happiness among seafarers declined from
6.41 in 2016 to 6.25 in 2017. Workload and onshore facilities presented the largest setbacks, while
on-board interactions and friendships were seen as the best part of the job. 
https://goo.gl/tYUZgd
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4. Abandonment Company Ban
The United Arab Emirates has taken action against another shipowner with a history of abandoning crews. The locally based Venous Ships Management & Operation has been banned from operating in UAE waters, the Federal Transport Authority stated, because
of the company’s repeated offences of ditching ships and crews. Splash first reported on Fujairah-based Venous in October 2016, detailing the plight of the crew on four abandoned aframaxes in the UAE. The UAE became an infamous
destination for abandoning crew in recent years, prompting local authorities to step in and take firm action against a number of owners.
https://goo.gl/e2pK93
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5. Investigation into Death
The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has called for an immediate investigation into the disappearance of 45-year-old Filipino seafarer, Arnel Gillo, reported missing on March 13 on the Galloway Express. The
livestock carrier was bound for Australia and police boarded the vessel when it docked in Townsville, Queensland, on Tuesday. However, Dean Summers, ITF National Coordinator, believes the police may have encountered language and maritime cultural issues that
would have been better handled by the Australian Federal Police.
https://goo.gl/RUWexC
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6. Cleaning Up Fuel
The owners of 60,000 cargo ships are bracing for tighter emissions rules that are forcing them to make a multibillion-dollar choice: Start buying cleaner-burning fuel or invest in a device that treats the ship’s exhaust before letting it out. It
isn’t an easy call. Retrofitting a vessel with a sulfur-trapping “scrubber” costs as much as $10 million a ship, while cleaner fuels are about 55% more expensive than the ones shipping operators use now. Whether it makes sense to install scrubbers and absorb
a bigger financial hit upfront depends on whether scrubbers will be adequate to meet even stricter pollution caps in the future.
https://goo.gl/yA9Zgy
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7. Maersk Finance Boss Departs
AP Moller – Maersk’s head of finance, strategy and transformation is leaving the group as the shipowner plans to split the roles to accelerate business transformation. Jakob Stausholm currently chief finance, strategy and
transformation officer and a director of AP Moller – Maersk has decided to leave the group the Danish shipping company. He will step down from the board by the end of March. 
The role will divided into single finance function
and functions focused on IT, strategy, digital and transformation. The new IT role will report directly to AP Moller -Maersk ceo Soren Skou.
https://goo.gl/qUcQQY
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8. Win Against Employees
Norway’s GC Rieber Shipping has announced that Bergen District Court has ruled in the company’s favour in a court case with former employees. In November, GC Rieber Shipping and GC Rieber Crewing were sued by 17 former employees
whose employments were terminated when the group decided to liquidate its internal crewing company. 
Each of the parties is liable for their own legal costs. The ruling may be appealed within one month.
https://goo.gl/VFm89T
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9. New Powertrain Emerges
ABB has won an order from Samsung Heavy Industries to equip two new shuttle tankers, to be built for AET and contracted to leading offshore operator Statoil, with a comprehensive scope of future-proof solutions expected to deliver better efficiency and
lower emissions than any comparable tanker. The two 125,000dwt specialist DP2 offshore loading shuttle tankers are set to be delivered in 2019 and will transport oil from the Statoil fields on the Norwegian and UK continental
shelves to land-based terminals.
https://goo.gl/SyX4ts
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10. Maintenance and Grounding
Inadequate maintenance and voyage planning led to the grounding of bunkering tanker Arca 1 in January 2017 near Sydney, Nova Scotia, according to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB). On 8 January 2017, while being
delivered to Mexico from Sorel, Quebec, the tanker went aground in Little Pond, Nova Scotia in heavy weather while under reduced propulsion due to a failure of the port propulsion clutch. 
There were no injuries to the
six people on board and there was no pollution. The vessel sustained major damage to the hull and propulsion machinery. A few days later, the vessel was refloated and towed.
https://goo.gl/eVQ6hj
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Daily news feed from Seacurus Ltd – providers of MLC crew insurance solutions  www.seacurus.com
S. Jones
Seacurus Ltd
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