Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 23/05/2018




Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 23/05/2018

1. Pirate Attacks Double
The number of piracy incidents doubled off the coast of East Africa in 2017 compared to 2016, according to the annual State of Piracy report released today by One Earth Future (OEF)’s Oceans Beyond Piracy program. The report analyzes the human and economic
impacts of maritime piracy and robbery at sea in the Western Indian Ocean Region, the Gulf of Guinea, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean.
https://bit.ly/2GH7od6

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2. China Gas Boost
China’s natural gas imports, which currently account for more than 30 percent of domestic consumption, will continue to rise and boost trade with the U.S., according to energy consulting company ICIS China. Gas is increasing
in demand as the Chinese government moves to replace coal to combat air pollution and is set to attract more energy majors worldwide to meet the demand, said research director, Li Li. 
https://bit.ly/2IGmt0b
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3. Seafarers Part of Consumer View
Research by Morgan Stanley shows that today significantly more consumers base purchasing decision on perceptions of how ethically companies act, than they did six years ago. And ethical considerations are more important among young consumers than the general
population.  Of course, we will need to build awareness of conditions at sea. That is why unions have launched an information campaign fairpayatsea.org. 
https://bit.ly/2s3ZKnO
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4. Fresh Ro-Ro Designs
Danish naval architecture firm Knud E Hansen has been selected to design six modern roll-on/roll-off vessels for Grimaldi Group. The new vessels will have a length of 238 meters, a beam of 34 meters and a gross tonnage of
64,000 tonnes. Each will have the capacity to transport over 7,800 linear meters of rolling units, equivalent to about 500 trailers, nearly double the capacity of the largest vessel currently operated by Grimaldi.
https://bit.ly/2GGy7q4
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5. BP Wary of Lawsuits
After paying more than $65 billion in legal costs for the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, BP Plc is wary of the risk of lawsuits related to climate change. Chief Executive Officer Bob Dudley raised the topic of class-action
lawsuits twice during the company’s AGM in Manchester, saying he wouldn’t disclose certain climate targets, or even answer some questions from activist investors, because the risk of legal action in the U.S. was too high.
https://bit.ly/2GGTurl
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6. Boxes May be Abandoned
Will Shippers Abandon Undamaged Maersk Honam Boxes After More Delay? Although the fire-ravaged Maersk Honam is due to berth at Jebel Ali today, the discharge of its undamaged containers is likely to be further delayed.
Surveyors representing P&I clubs and local authorities will want to carry out detailed inspections. The 15,262 teu vessel caught fire on 6 March in the Arabian Sea, which cost the lives
of five crew members.
https://bit.ly/2x1F4CB
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7. Tanker Oversupply Fears
Despite record levels of tanker recycling in the early months of the year, tanker analysts and brokers are increasingly concerned about continuing tonnage oversupply, particularly in the VLCC sector where a series of new contracts have been placed recently
with more to follow. At first sight, these new orders are puzzling. Crude tanker rates so far this year have suffered a disastrous spell and are still at heavy loss-making levels. 
https://bit.ly/2s0eRPE
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8. Singapore Air Action
The Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has warned vessels over excessive smoke emissions in the port’s waters. The world’s busiest port by shipping tonnage issued a circular on Tuesday reminding ship masters and
owners “take all necessary measures to prevent their vessels from emitting excessive soot, ash, or dark smoke from engine exhaust and/or ancillary shipboard machineries throughout the duration of vessel stay in port”.
https://bit.ly/2Lnec35
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9. Saddam’s Yacht Used for Pilots
The king size bed in Saddam Hussein’s superyacht is made, the silk curtains around it have been drawn back and, in the gold-rimmed bathroom next door, a barber’s chair awaits its occupant. But the Iraqi dictator never boarded
the 82-meter (270-foot) “Basrah Breeze” built for him in 1981 – and its amenities will now be enjoyed by the pilots who guide shipping in and out of the port of Basra, the main southern city.
https://bit.ly/2KMC677
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10. New Sea Routes Approved
The IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has approved a joint Danish-Swedish proposal for new ship routes in Kattegat and Skagerrak. As informed, the work is already in progress and the new routes will be in place from July
1, 2020. 
The proposal by Denmark and Sweden had been first approved by the IMO Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR) Sub-Committee in February this year.
https://bit.ly/2x4DxeR
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