Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 31/07/2018




Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 31/07/2018

1. COSCO Returns to Normal
China’s Cosco Shipping Lines has announced that its network applications in the Americas have been fully recovered, one week after it suffered a system breakdown due to a cyber attack last Tuesday. Temporary
mail addresses are still being kept for service continuity while local websites of Cosco US still haven’t been restored yet to ensure network security. However, the company’s hazardous cargo and awkward cargo booking service is back to normal. 
“All
communication channels including telephone, email, and electronic data exchange have been restored", the company has said. 
https://bit.ly/2v1gb6A
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2. Duck Boat Lawsuit
The families of two victims of the July 19 duck boat sinking have filed a lawsuit seeking $100 million in damages from Ripley Entertainment, the owner of Ride the Ducks Branson. Lawyers contend that the boat’s operators were
aware of allegedly dangerous defects, but continued to operate them despite warnings. In particular, the suit singles out the vehicles’ canopies: lawyer Robert Mongeluzzi, contends that the operator "made a conscious, intentional decision" not to remove the
boats’ canopies, despite a previous recommendation from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
https://bit.ly/2vnKW55
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3. Virtual Ship Visits
Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has debuted a new virtual technology tool, which could change the way ships operate. Vessel View VR has been created by local tech firm NURVE and has been
installed on MOL’s car carrier Beluga Ace 
“The vessel is huge, measuring 199.9m long and 32.2m wide, so it would be very difficult for in-person visitors to tour all areas of the ship within a limited time,” MOL pointed
out in a release today, adding: “In addition, the vessel’s structure is difficult to grasp intuitively by looking only at the blueprints and photos. This initiative allows a simple, intuitive grasp of various on-board areas.”
https://bit.ly/2M6CAGe
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4. Landmark for Panama
The Panama Canal registered the transit of its 4,000th Neopanamax vessel through the Expanded Canal when the LNG carrier Maria Energy transited southbound from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean on July 29. The Maria Energy
was followed by another LNG tanker, the Maran Gas Alexandria, which also transited the Neopanamax Locks in the southbound direction on Sunday.
The waterway regularly transits two LNG vessels the same direction in the same day, and has demonstrated the ability to transit up to three vessels the same day in the same direction during periods of high demand.
https://bit.ly/2Ot71rv
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5. Car Carrier Oil Leak
The K Line car carrier Makassar Highway, which ran hard aground near the south coast of Sweden early last week, has been refloated and anchored, while part of the oil inside the ship leaked out and spread to nearby land. According
to the Swedish Coast Guard’s update on Sunday, approximately 7,000 liters of oil have so far been recovered by coast guard ships but a small amount of oil has landed at Flatvarp. 
The vessel is no longer leaking oil and
the salvage contractor will try to empty the oil left in the ship.
https://bit.ly/2mWUQH5
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6. Containers Lost Overboard
The U.S. Coast Guard warned mariners of loose cargo containers in the water at the Port of Virginia after a reported eight containers fell overboard from a ship on Sunday afternoon. The Coast Guard Cutter Razorbill contacted
watchstanders at the Sector Hampton Road’s command center yesterday at 3:45 p.m. notifying them that they noticed the loose containers while in transit. 
That Virginia Port Authority confirmed that eight containers fell
off of the cargo ship APL Antwerp while conducting offload operations at the Norfolk International Terminal (NIT).
https://bit.ly/2LR0rwD
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7. Saudi’s Singular Decision
Saudi Arabia announced last week it was suspending oil shipments through the Red Sea’s Bab al-Mandeb strait after Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis attacked two ships in the waterway. To date, no other exporters have followed
suit. A full blockage of the strategic waterway would virtually halt shipment to Europe and the United States of about 4.8 million barrels per day of crude oil and refined petroleum products. 
Western allies backing a Saudi-led
coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen expressed concern about the attacks, but have not indicated they would take action to secure the strait. 
https://bit.ly/2LGBqF1
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8. Huge Construction Begins
Construction of two 22,000 TEU ultra-large container ships with record-breaking beam began in China last week. The vessels are part of a nine-vessel deal that CMA CGM signed with China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) last September. The
220,000dwt vessels will be the first ultra-large container ships to burn LNG and will measure 400 meters (1,312 feet) in length, 61.3 meters (201.1 feet) in breadth and 33.5 meters (110 feet) in depth. 
The vessels would
be the first ultra-large container ships with a breadth of 61.3 meters, requiring ship-to-shore cranes with an outreach of 24 boxes wide. 
https://bit.ly/2LC53r3
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9.  Safety Award for Port Operator
Gulftainer, the world’s largest privately owned independent port operator and logistics company based in the UAE, has been handed the 2018 prestigious Gold Award by the UK-based RoSPA Award Scheme. Gulftainer has been recognised
for its commitment to employee health and safety standards at its flagship gateway terminal, Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT), in Port Khalid. 
Recognising significant milestones in health and safety management systems
including best practices in leadership and workforce involvement, the RoSPA Awards scheme receives submissions from organisations around the world.
https://bit.ly/2vkCeV3
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10. Aussies Ramp Up Fines
Australia has decided to increase the fines for those polluting the country’s water, according to marine insurer West of England P&I. The insurer said that “ship owners, charterers, masters, operators and their insurers should
be aware of potential liabilities for fines in Australia on top of pollution clean up and damage claims.” 
As at July 1, 2018, a majority of States (and the Northern Territory) have increased their penalty unit value in
accordance with their annual indexation adjustments. The Commonwealth has also completed its three year increase of the applicable penalty unit in accordance with the consumer price index.
https://bit.ly/2NZmuPb
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