Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 13/04/2018

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 13/04/2018

1. Green Deal Emerging
After a four days of negotiations at the IMO in London this week, and a day before an historic decision to cut the global shipping sector’s greenhouse gases is due, calls for unity and consensus were made from both developing
and developed countries around the world during what has been a marathon meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee. 
Out of 173 IMO member states, only two have made an official objection to the draft text
– Saudi Arabia and the US. All other member states from around the world are either openly or tacitly supporting the draft text, and its passage through to committee stage Friday.

2. Rotterdam Carbon Levy
The Port of Rotterdam Authority is calling on the Dutch Government to form a coalition with countries in northwest Europe to create a new carbon tax. The port authority’s CEO Allard Castelein has also this week revealed Europe’s
largest port is making EUR5m in incentives available to shipowners and charterers who are willing to experiment with low-carbon or zero-carbon fuels. 
Castelein said he hoped that a significantly higher CO2 price will stimulate
new investments in clean technologies and innovation.
3. Asian Piracy Reports
A total of 14 incidents (comprising nine actual incidents and five attempted incidents) were reported in Asia during January-March 2018 compared to 27 incidents (comprising 21 actual incidents and six attempted incidents)
during the same period in 2017. This accounts for a 48% decrease in the number of incidents reported during January-March 2018 compared to January-March 2017. Of the 14 incidents reported during January-March 2018, one was an incident of piracy and 13 were
incidents of armed robbery against ships.
4. Canal Tug Dispute
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has announced that it will apply sanctions against certain tugboat captains who recently refused to transit vessels through the canal’s new neopanamax locks, impacting the operations of the Expanded Panama Canal.  The
union representing the captains, however, says the captains refused because of safety issues.
5. Norwegian Shipowners View
The Norwegian Shipowners’ Association annual member survey has demonstrated improving sentiment amongst the country’s owners as they anticipate a modest 3% rise in revenue this year. This follows sharp dips in 2016 and 2017 – down 19% and 5% respectively
– but reflects growing optimism, notably among the Association’s deepsea members. However, offshore owners, who account for about half of the organisation’s membership, still expect demanding conditions this year, with low asset
utilisation, continuing vessel lay-ups, low rates and short-term employment contracts.
6. US Oil to China
A Saudi supertanker carrying the first export cargo from the United States’ only port capable of handling the world’s biggest oil tankers has arrived off China. According to the website, the Very Large
Crude Carrier (VLCC) Shaden has now arrived at an offshore anchorage at the Port of Rizhao.
The company has been tracking the Saudi Arabian-owned Shaden since it departed the U.S. Gulf Coast in February.

7. Philippine Cruise Ban
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the closure of the island of Boracay to cruise passengers and other tourists, citing pollution and environmental concerns. The island – the main destination for the adjacent cruise port at Caticlan – will
be shuttered for four to six months beginning April 26. Royal Caribbean, Star and Dream Cruises make port calls at Caticlan, and they will have to make alternate arrangements for a small number of itineraries. RCL has already
made plans to divert its affected vessels to Manila instead.
8. Autonomous Port Survey
UK ports operator Peel Ports Group and autonomous vessel firm ASV Global recently tested an autonomous shallow-draft survey boat at the Port of Liverpool. According to Peel Ports, it represents the first step in a partnership to explore the use of the
technology at its other sites in the UK.  For the first test, the ASV-built autonomous boat C-Cat 3 carried out a multibeam echosounder survey near Brocklebank Dock, a terminal on the River Mersey north of Liverpool. The demonstration
was successful, and Peel Ports is exploring the possibility of further uses for the survey technology.
9. Pirates Chase Bulker
A bulk carrier was chased down and boarded by pirates off Brass, Nigeria on April 7, 2018. The bulk carrier was sailing around 41 nautical miles south-southeast from Brass when four pirates in a speedboat armed with guns
caught up with the tanker and came on board. 
The crew managed to raise alarm and mustered in the citadel, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre informed.
10. Perfect Box Storm
Container lines are facing a new “perfect storm” of falling freight rates, higher fuel costs and a charter market turned in favour of shipowners. For some time, ocean carriers have been able to adjust their capacity to the
peaks and troughs of demand by hiring and off-hiring charter tonnage, which for MSC and CMA CGM, for example, represents around 66% and 62% respectively of their operating fleet. 
Indeed, Maersk Line has often boasted of
its charter market “toolbox” of short-term fixtures it can easily adjust to suit capacity needs.
Daily news feed from Seacurus Ltd – providers of MLC crew insurance solutions
S. Jones
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