Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 09/04/2018

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 09/04/2018

1. Bulker Smashes into House
A Maltese-flagged bulk carrier crashed into a historic mansion on the shores of Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait on Saturday after its steering gear failed, according to media reports. Ship
traffic in the strait had been suspended in both directions. 
Video from other boats in the area showed the ship, identified as the Vitaspirit, crash into the waterfront mansion. The vessel was later pulled back from the
crash site.
2. Slow Honam Cargo Wait
A month after the blaze that claimed the lives of five seafarers on the 15,262 teu Maersk Honam, cargo owners still have no idea when they will receive their containers. Laden with 7,860 boxes, the ship caught fire on 6 March
in the Arabian Sea en route to the Mediterranean, via Suez. 
According to the casualty website of Maersk-appointed average adjuster Richards Hogg Lindley, containers stowed in holds 1-3 of the ship are believed to be a
total loss, due to fire and water damage. 
3. Clients Want Climate Progress
In the debate on decarbonizing the shipping industry underway at IMO headquarters this week and last week, the voice of the industry’s customers, shippers, can get left out, says Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) Secretary General,
Chris Welsh. 
The GSF represents 40 shippers’ organizations internationally, in Africa, Europe, North America and Australasia. These include all of the world’s major retailers, major motor manufacturers, chemical industry
companies and global food and drink producers. Welsh says they represent a cross-section of the economy, from small shippers up to the very large.
4. Norway States Position
Norway’s government and its shipowners have made their position clear on shipping greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as heated debate continues at the London headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) over the future of the industry. Harald
Solberg, head of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association, held a joint news conference with trade minister Torbjoern Rooe Isaksen in Oslo yesterday in which the pair said shipping should halve its GHG emissions by 2050. 
week sees the 72nd gathering of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) with GHG legislation high up on the agenda.
5. Stena Embracing Battery Power
For Ro-Pax vessels particularly, it is crucial to always have sufficient power to run the bow thrusters. A power black-out along a coastal route or narrow waterway could be devastating. This means that often most of the engines are running idle, resulting
in low efficiency, low fuel economy and unnecessarily high emissions. However, with a large energy storage system capable of supplying power instantaneously, some of the engines can be switched off, and this is a solution that
Stena Line is embarking on for its Stena Jutlandica which operates between Gothenburg, Sweden, and Frederikshavn, Denmark.
6. Keeping Crew Cool
Just ahead of the summer, Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has started the trial introduction of specialized cooling-work suits for crewmembers developed by composites and materials group Teijin. The
trial is to be conducted in cooperation with MOL, on a vessel operated and managed by Mitsui OSK Kinkai, and aims to prevent crewmembers from heatstroke and reduce their workload. 
The work uniforms are equipped with
rechargeable cooling fans for crew working under intense heat on an Mitsui OSK Kinkai-operated cargo vessel in service between Japan and Middle East, where summer time temperatures can exceed 40 degrees Centigrade.
7. Cargo Ship Sinks
General cargo ship Da Pu Jiang capsized near Zhoushan on Friday, leading to the sinking of the vessel. The incident occurred when the vessel was enroute from Wuhu Port to Caofeidian Port in Hebei. Donghai
Rescue Bureau sent three vessels and coordinated a nearby vessel to join the search and rescue operations, and managed to save 12 of the 13 crew from the vessel. The other crew member was found dead, his body recovered by the rescue team. 
local maritime safety administration has notified nearby vessels to avoid the ship wreckage site.
8. Leap in Floating Fuel
Gasoline stored in ships off Europe’s coast has ballooned to more than 400,000 tonnes, putting pressure on the continent’s traders to compete for buyers once summer demand starts. Several vessels have joined the three initially
booked to store fuel off Europe’s ports in mid-March, and brokers said even barges have held cargoes of gasoline for three to four weeks as the volumes traded in Europe hit record levels last month. 
The tankers Torm Tevere,
Ridgebury John B and STI Clapham are now parked off Europe’s Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp hub, where on-land stocks hit a record 1.387 million tonnes last week.

9. P&I Merry-go-Round
Britannia P&I has announced that Steve Myatt will step down from his role as Underwriting Director after 30 years of service. The company has also announced 3 new appointments in the wake of Myatt’s retirement with John O’Flaherty joining from broker JLT
to head up the Club’s new Singapore operation. Richard Inman will relocate from Britannia’s London head office to the Association’s Hong Kong Office. Andrew Reynolds from brokers Marsh, and Helen Todd from Shipowners P&I Club
have both been named to join the London Headquarters.

10. Chinese Passengers Angry
Chinese passengers were reported to have jostled crew members while singing the Chinese national anthem after fog had forced cruise ship Norwegian Joy to stay in Shanghai port. The Chinese tourists were reportedly angry that
their cruise ship had been delayed by bad weather and their protest was said to have strong nationalist overtones. 
The South China Morning Post said this was the latest in a series of cases where Chinese tourists had resorted
to displays of nationalistic patriotism when inconvenienced.
Daily news feed from Seacurus Ltd – providers of MLC crew insurance solutions
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