Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 03/07/2018

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 03/07/2018

1. Box Service on the Slide
The service provided by container shipping lines has deteriorated since 2016 and is now seen as more problematic, according to the second annual shipper satisfaction survey of Drewry and the European ShippersÂ’ Council (ESC). The
joint ESC and Drewry survey revealed that the 400 shippers and forwarders who took part rated the service of container shipping lines with a score of 3.2 on average on a scale of 1 (very dissatisfied) to 5 (very satisfied).

2. IMO Wish List
Splash247 has published a wishlist of activities which the IMO should be prompting its member States to pursue. Ranging from putting paperwork online, and ensuring port State control can check the files before wasting time when the vessel is alongside.
In addition, there are calls for changes to the collision regulations and a means of better reflecting reality in our technically advancing age.

3. Fitting Farewell Tribute
CMA CGM founder Jacques R. SaadĂ© passed away on June 24 at the age of 81, and on Friday, his friends, partners and associates gathered in Marseilles to pay their respects.  All of CMA CGM’s Marseilles-based employees were
invited to attend the religious ceremony at Marseilles’ La Major Cathedral.  
In addition, five CMA CMG vessels anchored in the Bay of Marseilles, while all of CMA CGM GroupÂ’s vessels worldwide sounded their horns at midday
in tribute.
4. Consolidation Brings Old Problems
As the dust begins to settle on recent box consolidation activity it is becoming clear that for all the bringing together of competitors the same old problems of profitability, overcapacity, battles of market share that lead to freight rate wars, the impact
of high fuel prices remain just as they did before merger mania started. And just in case that wasn’t enough there is a US – China trade war chucked in for good measure.
5. Training Becomes Virtual
Denmark’s Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs has published an Executive Order describing the training and qualification requirements for masters, officers and other personnel who are part of the guard on the bridge for ships operating
in polar areas. The Danish Executive Order states that course providers could potentially utilize virtual reality (VR) technology during STCW course navigating exercises in ice-filled polar waters.
6. India Embraces Competition
India is set to scrap a decades-old right of first refusal (RoFR) benefit granted to local fleet owners to carry export-import oil and bulk cargo for state-run firms. Currently, local shipping companies get a right to match
the lowest rate offered by a foreign flag in tenders issued by state-run firms. If Indian companies decline, a foreign flag ship is allowed to carry the cargo. 
IndiaÂ’s cabotage laws allows only Indian registered ships
to ply on local routes.
7. Migrant Aid Ship Detained
Italy and Malta are refusing to allow charity ships in ports; governments say charity ships help people smugglers. Charities counter that policy will cause more deaths at sea. For the second time in a week, Malta on Monday
detained a humanitarian vessel that normally rescues boat migrants off the coast of Libya, where two shipwrecks have claimed the lives of as many as 200 people in recent days.

8. Japanese Oil Dependency
Japan imported from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) 19.149 million barrels of crude oil in May, 2018, official WAM reported on Saturday citing data released by Japanese Agency of Energy and Natural Resource in Tokyo.
Japanese oil imports from the UAE accounted for 20.7 percent of its total crude imports, which reached 92.401 million barrels in the month, according to the report.
9. Terrible Mooring Tragedy
Two workers lost their lives and two more were injured in an incident at the Port of Longview, US, on June 28. The fatal incident occurred in the early morning hours when one of the vessel lines attached to the Panama-flagged
bulk carrier MV Ansac Splendor snapped in half and recoiled toward the dock and the vessel. 
The line broke as the vessel attempted to move along the dock from one loading hatch to another.

10. Fake Mortgage Dilemma
A vessel detained at BulgariaÂ’s Port of Burgas since November over an alleged unpaid mortgage has seen its owner face losses of US$20,000 per day with no end in sight to the legal process. Libya-based state-owned General
National Maritime Transport Company (GNMTC) denies it owes a US$9.23m mortgage on crude oil carrier Badr to Bulgarian-based Bulgargeomin but despite providing evidence the mortgage is falsified the vessel has yet to be released.
Daily news feed from Seacurus Ltd – providers of MLC crew insurance solutions
S. Jones
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