Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 22/06/2018

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 22/06/2018

1. What Shipping Does Next
Shipowners will need to do more than simply tweak existing vessel designs and business models if they are to meet the IMO ambitious target to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) by 50%. An autonomous 40,000 dwt handysize bulk carrier
dubbed Blue Breeze, with four 30m Flettner rotors and a six megawatt diesel-electric engine, and a 4,000 teu no-ballast, wide-beam, point-to-point container ship were two of the concepts presented by ship autonomy guru Oskar Levander, Rolls-Royce Marine’s
senior VP of Concepts and Innovation, as he assessed ways in which shipping could adapt to meet emissions and efficiency targets.

2. Red Sea Security Fears
Reinforcements have arrived for UAE-backed Yemeni forces as they prepare an assault to retake the seaport at Hodeidah, Yemen. Houthi rebels have been in control of Hodeidah and its port since 2014, and the coalition alleges that it is a conduit for arms
shipments from Iran. The port also handles about 70 percent of Yemen’s imports, including most of its food supply, and aid groups have warned that fighting could interrupt the flow of relief to millions of Yemeni citizens.  “We
are deeply worried about the situation,” said Lise Grande, Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen.
3. Fake Recycling News 
Shipowner claims that there will not be enough EU-approved ship recycling capacity following China’s exit from the international ship recycling scene at the end of this year has been rubbished by NGO Shipbreaking Platform. China,
the world leader in green ship recycling, surprised the shipping industry last month announcing it would stop accepting overseas ships for scrapping as part of an ongoing environmental clampdown on importing waste materials. 
member states’ experts on ship recycling met in Brussels to discuss the latest developments, six months ahead of the application of the 2013 Ship Recycling Regulation.
4. New Wilhelmsen Office Opens
Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM) continues its ambitious expansion, announcing today the opening of a new ship management office in Southampton. The new office will have an initial staff of five and kicks off with 11 vessels
under management. 
Carl Schou, president of WSM, tells Splash that the goal is to double the managed fleet within the next six to 12 months. “Southampton is a city with one of the longest
histories in the maritime industry. It has an established maritime cluster of infrastructure and human resources that we can tap into immediately to support growth,” Schou said.

5. Libya Catastrophic Damage
Libya’s National Oil Corporation reported "catastrophic damage" to two of the five tanks at the Ras Lanuf oil terminal due to fighting between militia groups. The damage resulted in a 400,000-barrel reduction in crude oil
storage capacity (from 950,000 barrels to 550,000 barrels), and the NOC said that Tank 2 is in danger of leaking and spreading the fire to the three surviving tanks. Ras Lanuf’s terminal once had about a dozen tanks, but the long series of conflicts since
the end of the Gaddafi era have destroyed all but a few.
6. Norwegian Offshore Strike
Some 2,250 workers on Norwegian offshore oil drilling rigs and in drilling and catering services on oil producing platforms could go on strike this summer after rejecting a proposed wage deal, the Safe labour union said on Thursday. Industri
Energi, the largest labour union representing more than 4,000 drillers, last month agreed to a deal, while the smaller Safe said it would ask its members to vote on the offer made by the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association.
7. Drunken Master and Grounding
The master of a Netherlands-registered cargo ship was drinking prior to when his vessel ran aground in Northern Ireland last October, the UK MAIB said in its report on the incident. The general cargo vessel M/V Ruyter ran
aground when the master, who was the sole watchkeeper at the time, left the bridge unattended. 
The investigation revealed that the master had been consuming alcohol prior to taking over the watch from the chief officer.
However, the chief officer, who had previously warned the master against excessive consumption of alcohol, was satisfied that the master was fit for watchkeeping duties.

8. Venezuelan Export Collapse
Venezuelan PDVSA’s oil exports fell 32 percent in the first half of June compared with May, according to internal trade reports from the state-run company, as deepening output declines and seizures of some Caribbean assets disrupted crude and fuel shipments. PDVSA
exported 765,000 barrels per day (bpd) in the first two weeks of June, a 368,000-bpd drop versus 1.133 million bpd shipped in May. The numbers do not include cargoes of upgraded oil by two of PDVSA’s joint ventures, which are exported separately.
9. Ports Working Together
The Hamburg Vessel Coordination Center (HVCC) and the Rotterdam Port Authority have entered into a digital cooperation to improve operational processes.  From now on, both ports will exchange relevant data through a digital
interface so that shipping companies can steer their ships more efficiently and terminals can optimize their resource planning. 
The joint project was launched at the beginning of 2018 and, sees information pertaining to
planned and actual arrival and departure times for ships coming from or heading to either Hamburg or Rotterdam.
10. COSCO Welcomes New Ship
China’s COSCO Shipping Lines has welcomed to its fleet another 14,500 TEU newbuild, COSCO Shipping Denali. The naming and delivery ceremony for the ultra large container vessel (ULCV) was held at Jiangnan Changxing Shipbuilding
on June 13, 2018. 
Flying the flag of Hong Kong, the newbuild has a length of 366 meters and a width of 51.2 meters. Its market value currently stands at USD 88.11 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.
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