Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 29/03/2018




Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 29/03/2018

1. Shocking Depression Data
More than a quarter of seafarers show signs of depression – and many won’t ask for help, according to a study of seafarers’ mental health presented at Sailors’ Society’s Wellness at Sea conference in London earlier this month. The
study of more than 1,000 seafarers was carried out by international maritime charity Sailors’ Society and Yale University, with more than one in six of the respondents coming from the UK. 
Some 26% of seafarers said they
had felt “down, depressed or hopeless” on several days over the previous two weeks.
https://goo.gl/VurGFo
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2. Chemical Leak Reported
A containership operated by Greek owner Diana Containerships suffered from a chemical leakage from one of its containers at Shanghai’s Yangshan Port yesterday. According to Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration, one container
loaded with around 17 tons of highly flammable chemical cyclohexane onboard the 6,541 teu boxship Puelo, which is docked at Yangshan Port, started to leak from the valve early Wednesday morning. 
The administration sent
a bio-chemical emergency treatment team to the port and block the area where the ship is docking. The team managed to stop the leak after a few hours.
https://goo.gl/Pv2oow
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3. Soft Hacking Target
Shocking statistics show just what a soft target shipping is for for hackers. A survey of nearly 6,000 active seafarers carried out by consultancy Futurenautics has shown 47% of repondents
said that they had sailed on a vessel that had been the target of a cyber attack. Moreover, only 15% of seafarers had received any form of cyber security training. Just as alarming only 33% of seafarers said the company they last worked for had a policy to
regularly change passwords onboard and just 18% of those polled said the company they last worked for had a policy to change default equipment passwords onboard.
https://goo.gl/hZwkRh
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4. Online Recruitment Tool
An overwhelming 92% of seafarers now say that internet access “strongly influences” their decision on where to work, according to the latest Crew Connectivity 2018 Survey Report published by Futurenautics Maritime this week. This compares to a 75% figure
reported in the last edition of the same survey in 2015.
Connectivity at sea is also now viewed by 95% of seafarers as having a positive effect on safety, compared to only 72% three years ago.
https://goo.gl/w3qXW8
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5. North Pole Research Build
Russia has commenced a project for the construction a self-propelled North Pole research platform able to operate autonomously for up to three years in ice-covered waters. Construction of the €98 million ($120 million) vessel
is expected to get underway in 2019. The platform will be named North Pole and will be operated by Roshydromet, the federal meteorological service.  
The Soviet Union and later Russia has had floating research stations
in the Arctic since 1937. In recent years, research stations have been set up on an ice floe in September-October with around 20 scientists over-wintering there.
https://goo.gl/n9MJXD
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6. Last Nobu Su Sale
One of the last vestiges of the shipping empire built by Taiwanese tycoon Nobu Su has been put up for sale. The F Whale, a 320,000 dwt very large oil/ore (VLOO) combination carrier, built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) for Su’s shipping line TMT in
2011 is now set for auction as creditors seek payments. The geared vessel is currently laid-up next to the quay at HHI’s shipyard in Ulsan but under the custody of the Ulsan District Court. An
auction is expected to be held around early or mid-June this year. 
Su had been trying to find business for the ship in recent months but failed to seal any charters.
https://goo.gl/Gxfxut
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7. US Maritime Budget Moves
The US Congress agreed, finally, and President Donald Trump signed, surprisingly to some observers, an Omnibus Spending Bill, which consolidates the Federal budget, and will keep the US government funded until Q3 of this year. This
time around, transportation and port sectors have watched closely, since spending on “Infrastructure”, emphasized by Trump during the election campaign, is now moving closer to actualisation.
https://goo.gl/96wBkp
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8. Maritime Thinktank Born
The UK Government has set up a team of experts to advise on the future of the maritime industry and how the country can stay at the forefront in the development of new technologies such as autonomous ships and digital ports. Composition
of the team was announced by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling today, along with the launch of a Call for Evidence on Maritime 2050 – the Government’s new forward-looking strategy for the sector – which closes on 16 May. 
“We
want to maintain our position as a world leading maritime nation and working with the experts from within maritime,” said Grayling.
https://goo.gl/wQHWfB
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9. UK Flag Leap
Gross tonnage on the UK Ship Register (UKSR) grew 7% in the year to end 2017, and was 16.2 million GT at end December 2017. Official data from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) – for all merchant vessels over 100GT1
– shows that gross tonnage on the UKSR has grown by 18% compared with the end of 2014, following three consecutive years of growth. 
Based on world fleet data (supplied by IHS Global) for trading vessels only, at the end
of 2017, the UK registered trading fleet:
https://goo.gl/QQGrPE
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10. MSC Cancels Charter
Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), a former charterer of MSC Kia Ora that was recently banned from Australian ports, said “the vessel was hired off immediately upon MSC becoming aware of the AMSA findings.” MSC pointed
out that it “does not oversee the maintenance, or the workforce, of the chartered vessel Kia Ora.” 
The company added that AMSA’s investigation about crew wages is directed to the owner of the vessel. Earlier
this month, the Liberian-flagged containership was banned from accessing Australian ports for a period of three months.
https://goo.gl/VWKgK9
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S. Jones
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