Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 08/05/2018




Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 08/05/2018

1. Enclosed Space Rescue Deaths
The majority of deaths in enclosed space accidents on board vessels occur due to ill-attempted rescues according to the UK P&I Club. The dangers of enclosed space accidents are a well-known,
and preventable if the proper risk procedures are carried out, however, they continue to happen. 
The Club has highlighted that 60% of the deaths in enclosed space accidents come not from the initial incident, but from
unplanned rescues where the proper precautions are not taken. The Club presented a case study on board a tanker in which the Master died attempting to rescue a cadet in a tank cleaning incident, while the cadet survived.
https://bit.ly/2rxXTaH
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2. UN Voice of Seas
Peter Thomson, the United Nations Special Envoy for the Oceans, has used the first Opening Oceans Conference (OOC) in Copenhagen to highlight the desperate plight of the oceans and the need for a sustained, universal push from the maritime industry to
help halt, and hopefully reverse, their decline. Thomson highlighted issues such as widespread plastic pollution, ocean acidification, deoxygenation, warming and sea level rise, noting their “dire consequences for the future
of many marine and terrestrial species, including humankind.” 
He stressed: “The ocean’s decline is an existential threat to us all".
https://bit.ly/2FVtTue
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3. Piracy on Rise
A total of three incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in April 2018. Of these, one was an incident of piracy and two were incidents of armed robbery against ships. There was no incident of abduction of crew in the Sulu-Celebes
Sea; and no incident of hijacking of ships for theft of oil cargo. In April 2018, a total of three incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships (comprising two actual incidents and one attempted incident) were reported.
All incidents have been verified and reported by ReCAAP Focal Points and regional authorities. 
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4. Bulker Blocks River
A bulker carting a cargo of soybean meal was grounded on Argentina’s Parana River causing disruption to the grains hub of Rosario. Wah  Kwong vessel Pilatus Venture ran aground, blocking traffic downriver to the Atlantic
Ocean and causing delays to around 60 vessels. 
The Pilatus Venture was grounded about 53 miles south of Rosario and was being assisted by a tugboat to get it dislodged. It was en route
to Australia and is contracted by Anglo-Swiss multinational commodities trader Glencore. 
Argentina is the world’s leading exporter of soymeal livestock feed.
https://bit.ly/2FTvYqM
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5. Huge Hole in Payments
A new white paper from consultants Drewry suggests that today’s antiquated liner invoicing and payment processes are costing the industry $34.4bn annually. Among shippers and forwarders, the level of automation of invoice
reconciliation and settlement is “very low”, Drewry stated, particularly among small and medium size players. For shipping lines, invoicing is largely a manual activity, except for a few large BCO setups where self-billing and/or EDI solutions are in place. 
“The
cost of today’s process inefficiencies and lack of trust represent $34.4 billion annually,” the white paper posited.
https://bit.ly/2IkjIVs
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6. Iranians Playing with Oil
The Iranian oil industry will continue to develop even if the United States pulls out of the 2015 nuclear deal, and Tehran would see the accord as operational as long as it can sell oil, the Oil Ministry’s news service quoted senior officials as saying
on Monday. U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to pull out of the Iran deal by not extending sanctions waivers when they expire on May 12 unless European signatories of the accord fix what he calls its “flaws.”
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7. Bolt and Braces Approach
In the future, intelligent wireless bolts in wind turbines or satellites may be able to let the operator know when something is wrong. This could reduce the risk of human injuries and save cost.  A research team at NTNU in
Gjøvik is working to create bolts that send an alert when something is not as it should be or when maintenance is needed. Each bolt must be able to contact a control center, which will receive messages from all intelligent bolts of this type in all installations
around the world.
https://bit.ly/2rsT3vX
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8. Water Line Cruise Chaos
A water line break aboard the Carnival cruise ship Carnival Dream had some passengers on the 9th deck fearing the worst as their hallway flooded with water up to ankle high. Carnival Cruise Line released a statement confirming
that 50 staterooms on the Carnival Dream were flooded when a water line broke Thursday evening during a seven-night Caribbean cruise. Carnival said guests staying in the impacted staterooms were able to return to their rooms within 6 hours and the ship continued
on its voyage uninterrupted, returning to New Orleans on Sunday as scheduled.
https://bit.ly/2jDWBqP
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9. Huge Port Concession
Abu Dhabi Ports has signed a 30-year concession agreement with Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) to build a new container terminal at its Khalifa Port. Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has spent
billions developing the port, which opened in 2012, as part of ongoing efforts to diversify its oil-rich economy.
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10. Gaming for Loss Prevention
As attention spans drop, companies and organisations are seeking new ways get serious educational messages over to their staff, and as part of this mutual insurer the UK P&I Club is turning to gamification. Gamification is
the use of computer game like elements to train staff in non-gaming tasks and has been used successfully by the likes of fast food giant McDonald’s to support the launch of a new till system. 
The club’s first foray into
gamification is not a serious training game, rather a fun retro-arcade style game Risk Ahoy where the player has to perform tasks such as jumping from the pilot ladder to pilot vessel safely
.
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S. Jones
Seacurus Ltd
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