Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 12/04/2018



Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 11/04/2018
1. Bosphorus Bulker Seized
An Istanbul Court has issued a warrant for the seizure of the bulk carrier “Vitaspirit” owned by Greece’s Odyssey Navigation. The ship smashed into a waterfront property while transiting the Bosphorus on April 7th. The ruling came after the owners of the
mansion which was struck demanded a lien be placed on the vessel.
2. Collision Delivery Delay 
The delivery of China COSCO Shipping’s 20,000 TEU new building Cosco Shipping Leo has been delayed after the vessel collided with a general cargo vessel on March 29th. The incident occurred when the mega box ship was on sea trials near South Korea’s Jeju
Island. The new ship suffered bow damage and a lost anchor.
3. EU Will Act on Climate 
The European Union has promised to step in and take action if member States of the IMO attending this week’s Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) fail to agree on a substantive and swift cut. The EU believes it is essential that shipping decarbonise
and be subject to climate regulation.
4. UK Mulls Live Export Ban
A call for evidence for a potential ban on the live export of animals for slaughter after Brexit has been launched by the U.K. The government will also look at higher welfare standards for live animal movements. The Farm Animal
Welfare Committee has launched a review into welfare standards for animals during transport, and this is being complemented by research commissioned by DEFRA from Scotland’s Rural College and the University of Edinburgh.
5. Maersk Ponders Female Finance Chief
A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S is considering hiring its first female chief financial officer, as the century-old conglomerate seeks to make up for a widening gender gap in top management. Shipping is a traditionally male-dominated
industry and may help explain why Maersk still has the second-worst gender balance ratio among major corporations based in one of the most progressive corners of the world.
6. US Back to Basics
After crashes involving U.S. Navy ships in the Asia-Pacific killed more than a dozen people last year, the Navy’s is to better develop its leaders. Last week, the Navy inaugurated the College of Leadership and Ethics at the
U.S. Naval War College in Rhode Island. 
17 sailors were killed last year in two collisions with commercial vessels involving guided-missile destroyers, the Fitzgerald in June off Japan and the John S. McCain in August as
it approached Singapore.
7. Seas Growing Hotter
An international study has demonstrated that marine heatwaves have increased globally over the past century in number, length and intensity as a direct result of warming oceans. From 1925-2016, the researchers found the frequency
of marine heatwaves had increased on average by 34 percent and the length of each heatwave had increased by 17 percent. Combined, this led to a 54 percent increase in the number of marine heatwave days every year.
8. Dock Shock Ends on Rock
An MSC cruise ship crashed into a dock before running aground this morning on the Caribbean island of Roatán off the coast Honduras… and the entire incident was captured on video. According to reports the incident occurred
as docking at the cruise port. A 
video shows the cruise ship allided with the dock before coming to a stop as onlookers looked on in shock.
9. Hike in Marine Casualty Costs
The US Coast Guard (USCG) has published a final rule on 19 March 2018, amending the monetary property damage threshold amounts for reporting a marine casualty and for reporting a type of marine casualty called a “serious marine incident” (SMI). The final
rule, which takes effect on 18 April 2018, increases the reportable marine casualty property damage threshold amount in 46 CFR 4.05-1(a)(7) from USD 25,000 to USD 75,000.
10. Crude Theft Needs Focus
Governments worldwide need to do more to combat illegal crude oil and refined product trade at sea, according to a report. “Most maritime law-enforcement agencies are already struggling to address other growing maritime-security
threats, and hydrocarbons crime is often relegated to the bottom of state priorities,” the report states. 
The report estimates that illegal oil and fuel trade has a potential value of hundreds of billions of dollars.
Daily news feed from Seacurus Ltd – providers of MLC crew insurance solutions
S. Jones
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