Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 30/04/2018




Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 30/04/2018

1. New Vision for Cargo
DP World and Virgin Hyperloop One have created a new global company Cargospeed to provide hyperloop-enabled cargo systems. DP World and the U.S.-based Virgin Hyperloop One introduced
their vision for the future of on demand freight transportation at an event on board the Queen Elizabeth 2. 
The first initiative of its kind in the world aims to provide exceptional service for high-priority, on-demand
goods, delivering freight at the speed of flight and cheaper than high-speed rail: closer to the cost of trucking.
https://bit.ly/2vXEuoT
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2. Seismic Shift for Business
AP Moller – Maersk ceo Soren Skou believes that as container shipping digitises there needs to be a “seismic shift” in the way it does business with its customers to be much closer to the model used by airlines. With container
shipping embracing digitalisation for its relationship with its customers Skou is aiming for a much more standardised transactional process rather than the current complex negotiated deals. 
“My vision is for it to be equally
simple and easy to book a container transport from end of the world [to another] as it is in our private lives to book an airline ticket". 
https://bit.ly/2r9zOqe
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3. Skillsets for Seafarers
The ship of the future will require more sophisticated skillsets from seafarers than is the case today. That’s the view of more than three quarters of readers who have voted in our latest online survey, MarPoll. With just
over two weeks till the vote closes, there are already a host of interesting comments left by Splash readers on the topic of the future seafarer. 
More crew will be “remote” seafarers, operating from onshore, one reader
observed. Another voter noted that the seafarer of the future will require a different skillset. “Rather than an engineer they will need some one with more computer skills,” the voter commented.
https://bit.ly/2jl6ee9
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4. Panama Grows Further
Even bigger ships will be able to use the Panama Canal after a decision to increase by two metres the maximum allowable width of vessels using the new neopanamax locks. The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) said that, effective
from June 1 this year. the new maximum beam will be 51.25 metres as opposed to the previous limit of 49 metres. 
It is almost two years since the June 2016 inauguration of the expanded third locks at the Canal.
https://bit.ly/2jk7q0Z
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5. VHF Assisted Collision
The U.K. Marine Accident Investigation Branch has released its report on the collision between two Hong Kong registered vessels, "Huayang Endeavour" and "Seafrontier", in the Dover Strait in July 2017. Both vessels, a bulk
carrier and a tanker, sustained damage but the accident did not result in any injuries or pollution.  
The investigation identified that a VHF radio conversation between the two vessels had resulted in the two bridge teams
holding conflicting views as to what had been agreed regarding Huayang Endeavour overtaking Seafrontier. 
https://bit.ly/2r9WlnM
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6. Floating Nuclear Option
The "Akademik Lomonosov", the world’s first floating nuclear power plant, left St. Petersburg on Saturday. The vessel will be towed through Estonian, Danish, Swedish and Norwegian waters on its way to Murmansk. Greenpeace
has dubbed the vessel the “floating Chernobyl” and “Chernobyl on ice” in reference to the 1986 nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl power plant which prompted a mass evacuation and left large areas of the Ukraine and neighboring Belarus uninhabitable.
https://bit.ly/2r9qsL3
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7. Calm for Tankers
In its latest weekly report, shipbroker Affinity Research wondered whether we are sailing into the calm after the storm for Suezmax markets? Rather unlikely. The end of second decade May inquiry is still outstanding, and whilst Singaporean ballasters are
lining up for the 3rd decade, the willingness to fix westbound will be limited. More significantly, however, the East-West spread of Rotterdam-Singapore fuel prices is widening every day. Prices stand at USD 17.50 on IFO 380 and USD 28.75 on IFO 180 to date,
with bunker prices at USD 33.00 & USD 27.50 respectively. 
https://bit.ly/2w3He4i
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8. Pilotage Led to Grounding
The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch has released its report into the groundings of the UK registered bulk carrier Umm Al Qaywayn, United Arab Emirates. The 189-meter bulk carrier grounded on two separate occasions
while approaching the Ahmed Bin Rashid Port on June 10 and June 11, 2017. 
In the first grounding, the vessel was undamaged and was refloated 12 hours later. During a second attempted entry into the port the following day,
the vessel again grounded but, despite the breaching of three ballast tanks, it continued to its berth.
https://bit.ly/2r9cmdG
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9. Beach Dismantling Continues
Of the 206 ships dismantled worldwide up in in the first quarter of 2018, a total 152 ships ended up on beaches in South Asia, according to a quarterly report from the NGO Shipbreaking Platform. So far this year, 10 workers
have lost their lives and 2 workers have been severely injured when breaking ships in Chittagong, Bangladesh, the organization said their report. At least two workers also lost their lives due to a toxic gas leak at a shipbreaking yard in Alang, India in March. 
During
the first quarter of 2018, 27 ships were also dismantled in Turkey, 7 in China, 11 in Europe and 9 in the rest of the world, the report showed.
https://bit.ly/2JEofz0
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10. Ro-Ro Celebrations
The Grimaldi Group from Italy has ordered the construction of six RoRo vessels from the Chinese Jinling shipyard. The sextet, worth USD 400 million, is scheduled for delivery in 2020, and forms part of the company’s ambitious
fleet expansion plan. 
The newbuildings will be 238 meters long, featuring a beam of 34 meters and a gross tonnage of 64,000 tons. They will be able to transport over 7,800 linear meters of rolling units, equivalent to
about 500 trailers.
https://bit.ly/2HAwakc
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