Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 27/06/2018




Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 27/06/2018

1. Maersk Migrants Landed
In the early hours of Tuesday morning, the government of Italy relented to pressure from shipowners and rights groups and allowed the boxship Maersk Alexander to offload rescued maritime migrants at Pozzallo, Sicily. She
had been waiting at anchor with more than 100 survivors on board since the weekend. 
“The crew on Alexander Maersk has done a heroic job in the past days, and we are very proud of the way they handled this difficult situation.
It has been a stressful time for the crew and we will focus on providing them time to rest and recover as well as offer any needed crisis counselling,” Maersk Line said in a statement. 
https://bit.ly/2KgJzzy
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2. Rotterdam Cleans Up
In Rotterdam, response efforts for the bunker fuel spill from the tanker Bow Jubail are well under way, with most of the oil recovered.  On Saturday, the Bow Jubail struck a jetty at the Port of Rotterdam, rupturing her hull
and releasing an estimated 220 tons of bunker fuel into the water. Containment booms were deployed to prevent the spread of pollution. 
Over the course of the intervening days, six response vessels have been at work cleaning
the harbor, and about 150 tonnes out of the 200 tonnes of oil spilled had been cleared as of Tuesday morning – an unusually high proportion in any spill response scenario. 
https://bit.ly/2ySiz3I
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3. Case for Slow Steaming
The case for slow steaming has also been bolstered by the latest statistics on engine damage from P&I major, the Swedish Club. The Swedish Club has warned in a release today that vessel
operators should always look to the long term, when specifying the type of engines to be installed across the fleet. Latest statistics from the club show that vessels propelled by medium/high speed engines have a claims frequency 2.5 times higher than slow
speed engines, with an average claims cost of close to $650,000.
https://bit.ly/2Ks9ssd
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4. Plan to Shift Vessel
Authorities in Papeete have announced that the French Navy multimission tug Bougainville will attempt to tow the grounded freighter Thorco Lineage off the shoals at Raroia Atoll, an island in the remote Tuamotu chain. During
a voyage from Baltimore to Hobart, Australia, the Lineage lost power, and she drifted ashore on Raroia on Saturday. She is carrying about 20,000 tonnes of powdered zinc and 500,000 liters of fuel oil. No pollution has yet been reported, and High Commissioner
Rene Bidal told media that the vessel’s crew has not detected any signs of flooding. 
https://bit.ly/2tyvYsW
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5. Industry Faces Reality
Big Oil sang the Trump administration’s praises when the U.S. president slashed corporate taxes at the end of last year. Now, with trade wars looming, senior oil executives aren’t quite so supportive. Steel tariffs and a
reduction in free trade are a major risk to oil and gas demand and economic growth, the chief executive officers of Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. said at the World Gas Conference in Washington D.C. Tuesday. Their comments followed by a day remarks from
Total SA CEO Patrick Pouyanne who worried the trade stance could curtail U.S. natural gas exports.
https://bit.ly/2yJyMIL
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6. Marine Money Health Check
All of a sudden, there are deals in the air. The mood at the at last week’s Marine Money 2018 conference, held over a span of three days, in New York was ebullient. In contrast to previous years, where hordes of distressed
investors in 2015, high priced lenders in 2017, or restructuring specialists in 2012, and even private equity investors in 2010 and 2013 seemed to be over-running the venue, this year’s event saw platoons (not armies) of commercial bankers, and investment
banker types looking for deals.
https://bit.ly/2IvOirn
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7. Changing Face of MAN
MAN Diesel & Turbo is rebranding as MAN Energy Solutions as looks to sustainable technologies and solutions as the mainstay of its business in the future. In a process started in 2017 the renamed MAN Energy Solutions aims
for sustainable technologies and solutions to be its main source of revenue by 2030. The company’s product range is being expanded to include hybrid, storage and digital service technologies.
https://bit.ly/2ttANDN
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8. EU Adopts Security Stance
The European Council has adopted conclusions on the revision of the EU maritime security strategy (EUMSS) action plan. “With this action plan, the EU reaffirms its role as a global maritime security provider. It promotes
international cooperation, maritime multilateralism and the rule of law at sea, in line with the strategic priorities identified in the EU Global Strategy.” 
The EU has interests but also responsibilities in global maritime
security. This is why the EU actively contributes to safe and secure seas and oceans in different parts of the world.
https://bit.ly/2Kmr9fH
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9. NYK Pilot Praise
The containership NYK Lyra has been recognised with the Best Quality Ship Award for 2017 by the Japan Federation of Pilots’ Associations (JFPA).* The Best Quality Ship Award was founded in fiscal 2003 with the aim of enhancing
awareness of not only safe vessel operations but also the need for environmental conservation within our ports and oceans. 
Comprehensive evaluations by pilots were done for vessels that requested pilot operations at pilotage
districts throughout Japan during the months of September and October 2017, and seven vessels were recognized for their excellent operations.
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10. Crew Change Concerns 
India’s Maritime Association of Shipowners Shipmanagers and Agents (MASSA) has expressed concern as Government of India has not taken appropriate steps to facilitate crew change arrangements for Indian as well as foreign seafarers from about 10 prominent
ports of India. “Around 100 cargo ships including tankers having aboard about 2000 Indian as well as foreign seafarers visit these Indian ports in a year for cargo loading and unloading. Most seafarers are Indian nationals. These
seafarers, even if necessary during an extreme medical emergency, face huge challenges to disembark from the vessels,” said MASSA.
https://bit.ly/2N4Edoz
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S. Jones
Seacurus Ltd
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