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



Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 08/05/2018
1. US Import Record High
Imports at the U.S.’s major retail container ports are expected to set record numbers this summer and fall despite the debate over trade and tariffs, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and
Hackett Associates.
2. BREXIT Concerns Raised
The UK’s Freight Transport Association and the heads of key ports on the EU side of the English Channel are sounding the alarm about uncertainty over the terms of Britain’s exit from the European Union. Prime Minister Theresa
May’s government has not yet reached a final agreement with the European Commission on how (or whether) to implement inspections and customs duties on EU-UK trade once Brexit is complete, nor on the trade policies they will follow.
3. Combined Buying Power
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement and Columbia Shipmanagement have combined their global buying power to create an independent procurement company. The new unit, GP General Procurement Company Limited (GenPro), will negotiate
framework supply agreements with international ship suppliers on behalf of its members’ clients with a view to securing the lowest prices achievable on all consumables.
4. DNV Cyber Class
Classification society DNV GL announced the release of its first class notations to help shipowners and operators protect their assets from cyber security incidents. The new class notations – Cyber secure – help owners and operators protect vital systems
from cyber security threats. They will be published on the DNV GL rules page on 1 July 2018.
5. Crew Medical Emergency
The South African Air Force and the National Sea Rescue Institute recently medevaced two seafarers from the bulker KS Flora off Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  Both of the crewmembers
had been injured on board during rough weather. One had suffered a broken leg, potentially including a fractured tibia and fibula, and one had suffered an injury to his left ankle. An EMS doctor with South Africa’s Government Health assessed their condition.
6. IACS Pleased with Progress
In an industry undergoing rapid change, the IACS Chairman identified the need for classification societies and IACS itself to be adaptable and prepared for change, while staying true to the core purpose of classification. Mr
Ørbeck-Nilssen said that over the past year great progress had been made in modernising classification to deal with the digital transformation of shipping: “I’m pleased to see the progress that was made in modernising the concept of class”.
7. OPEC Values Drop
The value of OPEC members’ petroleum exports rose 28 percent in 2017, according to its annual statistical report, illustrating that its return to managing the oil market by cutting supplies boosted producers’ income. Exports
from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries rose in value to $578.30 billion last year from $451.80 billion in 2016, according to OPEC’s Annual Statistical Bulletin 2018 issued on Thursday.
8. Floating Debris Warning
A group made of Bermuda government officials and concerned yachting professionals are warning about recent sightings of at least two large sections of an unlit dry dock reportedly floating off Bermuda. The sections are believed
to belong to a drydock formerly belonging to the former Avondale Shipyard. 
The drydock left the Mississippi River yard in September under tow to the Canary Islands, but the group says that evidence suggests that tow failed.
9. Incredibly Lucky Rescue
The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a 25-year-old Filipino man from the water about 5 miles east of Port Everglades, Florida on Wednesday after the man apparently fell overboard from a containership. Rescued was Lorejei Moscoso,
a crew member on board the Liberian-flagged containership, Vega Sagittarius. 
Moscoso was reported missing by fellow crew members after the ship moored in Port Everglades having been missing for an hour.
10. Exploring Eco Options
A partnership between the University of Wollongong and NSW Ports in Australia will explore options for ecosystem-based management of seafloor environments at anchorages.
The team is examining how deepwater anchors affect seabed ecosystems at Port Kembla with the aim of identifying areas of high conservation value while working with the shipping industry to create sustainable anchoring practices.
Daily news feed from Seacurus Ltd – providers of MLC crew insurance solutions
S. Jones
Seacurus Ltd
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