Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 18/04/2018




Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 18/04/2018

1. Gas Tanker Collision
In the early hours of Tuesday morning, the LPG tanker "Crystal Sunrise" collided with the Aframax tanker "Astro Saturn" off Singapore, resulting in a release of about 1,800 tonnes of liquefied butane gas. The Crystal
Sunrise was picking up her pilot at a designated pilot station but then in circumstances that are still under investigation, she collided with the Astro Saturn. 
The Sunrise suffered damage to a ballast tank and a leak
from a gas cargo tank due to the collision. The Saturn’s bow and port side anchor were damaged. Both ships have since been stabilized, and the Crystal Sunrise’s crew managed to contain the gas leak. 
https://goo.gl/3HNsXS
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2. Learning to Love the IMO
Criticising the IMO for being slow, old-fashioned, riven by division or otherwise unfit for purpose is like criticising the rain for being wet. The IMO was never designed to be a crucible of technology innovation for the
maritime industry. It is, in reality more like a messenger boy, sent by governments to collect the bill for shipping’s indiscretions. 
Its attempts to develop concepts such as eNavigation are textbook examples of why innovation
cannot be left to regulators. There are maritime domain experts a plenty in the IMO, but that does not mean the body can develop new concepts in anything like the timescale technology now moves.
https://goo.gl/U9Sjy1
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3. Special Shipping Deals
Hapag-Lloyd is looking to take a leaf out the airlines in terms of revenue management. The German containerline is considering offering customers the chance to get their container loaded last and unloaded first. There will
be an extra charge for the faster transit time, but the higher cost is something Hapag-Lloyd reckons will not deter shippers of certain cargoes such as perishables. 
“It is correct that we are thoroughly looking at services
that could add additional value to our clients and allow for a more differentiated pricing,” a spokesperson for the Hamburg-headquartered line has confirmed.
https://goo.gl/AAt4on
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4. E-Certificates Proving Popular
Class society DNV GL has been running pilots on electronic certificates for several years, achieving IMO compliance and winning the endorsement of many flag states, 53 as of April 1 this year. In a historic first for the
ship classification industry, DNV GL commenced the roll out of IMO compliant electronic class and statutory certificates across its entire fleet on October 16 last year, and has today provided an update in the huge demand for this paperless breakthrough. 
“This
shows just how fast the technology can be taken into use once it has proved viable,” Morten Østby, senior principal consultant at DNV GL, said.
https://goo.gl/k8pG8w
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5. Statistics Don’t Add Up
Paul Slater, chairman and ceo of First International Corp argues that the statistical evidence of CO2 emissions from shipping is deeply flawed.  The recent meeting of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that was
intended to discuss the issue of reducing the amount of CO2 that commercial ships emit into the world’s atmosphere was hijacked by the Global Warming crowd resulting in the IMO demanding that shipping reduces its CO2 emissions by 50% by 2050. 
The
Germans accused shipping of emitting the same level of CO2 that it does as a nation, but they failed to disclose the details of their own emissions however.
https://goo.gl/ajKvuZ
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6. Seeking Fuel Options
The Japanese shipping industry will seek alternatives to the fossil fuels used currently to meet the International Maritime Organization’s newly set target to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, according to industry and government officials. The
IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee adopted a strategy on Friday requiring the shipping industry to reduce its total GHG emissions by 50% from 2008 levels by 2050, as well as cutting carbon dioxide emissions “per transport work” by at least 40% by
2030.
https://goo.gl/QMBpVV
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7. Fire Kills Crew
One person is missing after a fire broke out aboard an offshore oil and gas research vessel in the South China Sea off the coast of Malaysia, officials said Tuesday. The fire aboard the "MV Geo Technical" is reported to have
started at about 3:15 a.m. local time on Tuesday as the vessel was operating approximately 27 kilometers off the coast of Baram, Malaysia, Malaysian state oil firm Petronas has confirmed. 
The vessel, owned by Kuala Lumpur-based
company, was carrying out operations on behalf of Petronas at the time of the incident.
https://goo.gl/7igbwg
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8. Heroic Ship’s New Role
The RMS St. Helena, Britain’s last working postal ship, was for nearly three decades the main source of contact between one of humanity’s remotest islands and the outside world. Now the ship, cherished by the 4,500 residents
of British-ruled St. Helena, will start a new life as a floating armory, packed with automatic weapons, bullet-proof jackets and night vision goggles, all stored for maritime security operatives. 
Renamed the "MNG Tahiti",
the ship will undergo some tweaks before sailing to the Gulf of Oman where it will be used to ferry guns and guards to passing vessels navigating stretches of water lurking with pirates.
https://goo.gl/rHuQSk
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9. Yacht to be Freed
An Indonesian court has ruled a luxury yacht linked to a corruption scandal at a Malaysian state fund was wrongfully impounded in Bali at the request of U.S. authorities and ordered the vessel to be released, police said. The
Cayman Islands-flagged "Equanimity" was impounded by Indonesia in February as part of a multi-billion dollar corruption investigation launched by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and tied to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). 
The
South Jakarta State Court had stated that the seizure of the yacht on February was “illegal and not based on the law".
https://goo.gl/d23c23
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10. Ro-Ro Set Ablaze
A fire broke out in the engine room on board "Finlandia Seaways", a Ro-Ro cargo ship owned by DFDS, on its voyage from Zeebrugge to Rosyth on Monday evening, 22:13 p.m. One crew member, who was in the engine room at the time
of the incident, was injured and has been airlifted to a hospital in the UK for treatment, DFDS said, informing of the incident. 
The 19 Lithuanian crew members and four passengers are reported to be safe and sound. “The
crew quickly had the situation under control and the Humber rescue service was alerted and assisted the vessel,” the company added.
https://goo.gl/ESgt1o
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