Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 03/05/2018

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 03/05/2018

1. Asian Piracy Warning
Asian piracy watchdog ReCAAP ISC issued a warning on May 1st to seafarers over crew abduction threat posed by members of Abu Sayyaf in Malaysia. Aby Sayyaf is one of the most violent
jihadist groups in the southern Philippines, notorious for kidnappings for ransom. 
“The group will be using a blue 3-Engine speedboat and is expected to be underway to Sabah within the next 24 hours,” ReCAAP said, citing
information from Phillippine Focal Point. T
he group is planning to kidnap mariners operating in the area, so those at sea need to vigilent.

2. Major Safety Concerns
Close to half (46 percent) of senior oil and gas professionals believe that there has been under-investment in inspection and maintenance of infrastructure and equipment in recent years, according to a new report published by DNV GL. However, only a quarter
of the 813 people surveyed said that they expect to increase spending on safety in 2018. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the rate of fatalities in the U.S. oil and gas extraction industry decreased significantly
between 2003 and 2013, even though the number of extraction workers doubled.
3. Bibby Rides the Waves
Bibby Marine Services has signed long term charter agreements with EnBW and Siemens Gamesa for a new service operation vessel (SOV) to be deployed at EnBWs offshore wind farms in the German North Sea.  The
deal sees Bibby order a "Bibby Wavemaster" vessel from Damen Shipyards, supported by a finance package from ABN AMRO. The company has experienced great success with the first vessel in the series, Bibby Wavemaster 1 – so much is hoped for this latest build.
4. Delivery of Cruise Giant
TUI Cruises took delivery of its largest cruise ship, the new Mein Schiff 1, from Meyer Turku on April 25. Due to enter service in May, as Mein Schiff also marks its 10th anniversary, the new ship is the latest advancement in the hotly contested German
cruise market.   Since 2014, Germany has been Europe’s largest cruise passenger source market, growing by more than eight percent to over two million passengers in 2017 according to the CLIA. Over the past decade, the number
of German cruise passengers nearly tripled lead by AIDA and TUI, which together today represent about 70 percent of the market.
5. Pilot in Confusion
The New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission has released its report into the Azamara Quest’s contact with Wheki Rock in 2016, highlighting that safe navigation in pilotage waters is a shared task of the bridge team and the pilot. The
Maltese-flagged Azamara Quest was en route to the port of Picton, with 652 passengers and 394 crew on board. 
A harbor pilot boarded the Azamara Quest outside the entrance to Tory Channel at 0900. The master and pilot exchanged
information and discussed the passage plan but had different understandings of how the first turn would be conducted.
6. Cruise Lines Building Paradise
Challenged to find new ports of call and provide unique passenger experiences, the cruise lines are increasingly working to create their own private destinations. Once limited to beach parties, the industry is now moving to create elaborate resort-style
destinations. “They are purpose built little slices of heaven that give you everything you want in a perfect vacation day,” explains travel advisor Kerry Mooneyham. Her clients enjoy the convenience of not having to “worry about
hunting for a clean restroom or where to eat, nor the chance of getting hassled by vendors on the beach.”
7. OOCL Boosts Profits
Orient Overseas Limited has announced unaudited operational updates for Orient Overseas Container Line (“OOCL”) on a quarterly basis. The comparative figures for the first quarter of 2017 (ended 31st March 2017) are also
disclosed in this announcement. 
For the first quarter of 2018 (ended 31st March 2018), total volumes were 7.5% up from the same period last year. Total revenues increased by 16.3% to US Dollars 1,378.6 million. Loadable
capacity increased by 16.0% and the overall load factor was 6.4% lower than the same period in 2017. Overall average revenue per teu increased by 8.3% from last year.
8. Port State Bans in Place
Paris MOU has stated in its latest report that it has seen two vessels banned: M/V “BLUE MOON I” – IMO 7396630 refused access to the Paris MoU region. The above named vessel was detained
in port of Sitia (Greece) on 22 February 2018. This is the third detention in the Paris MoU region within the last 36 months. The ship flies the flag of Togo which is black on the current Paris MoU WGB list. 
– IMO 7526699 refused access to the Paris MoU region 
The above named vessel was detained in port of Kalymnos (Greece) on 4 April 2018. This is the third detention in the Paris MoU region within the last 36 months.

9. Class Going Digital
Classification society DNV GL has moved a step closer in its digitalisation plans with the appointment of a chief digital transformation officer. Klas Bendrik will join DNV GL from Gartner on 1 September in the new role.
The newly established digital transformation function at a group level, will support the whole organisation on its digital transformation journey the classification society said. 
Remi Erikson ceo of DNV GL commented: “Digitalization
is central to our strategy. DNV GL invests 5% of its revenue on research, development and innovation, and now more than 60% of this is dedicated to our digital transformation.
10. India Embracing Gas
Indian’s first floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal was inaugurated on May 1 by the country’s gas company H-Energy, a unit of Hiranandani Group. Eni’s floating storage re-gasification unit (FSRU) GDF SUEZ Cape Ann
was hired for the job in 2017. 
The 145,000 cbm FSRU, which was hired for a minimum period of 5 years, arrived at the LNG re-gasification project at Jaigarh port in Maharashtra on the west coast of India, on April 30.
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