Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 02/08/2018




Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 02/08/2018

1. Literal High Water Mark
2017 set a number of climate records including the highest sea levels, according to the American Meteorological Society’s newly-released 2017 State of the Climate report.  Global mean
sea level in 2017 was the highest annual average in the satellite altimetry era (since 1993), measuring 77mm (three inches) above the 1993 average. Levels have risen year to year for six consecutive years and in 22 of the last 24 years. Regional variations
were evident, with differences attributed to changes climatic conditions such as trade wind strength. 
http://bit.ly/2v9Tm0u
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2. Major Problem for Crew
Over one in ten crew unfitness cases relate to hepatitis – UK P&I Club comments. The Crew Health Team at UK P&I Club, calls for greater crew education on hepatitis:  “Medical examination results, obtained from the UK P&I
Club PEME clinic network, indicate 10.1% of cases of crew unfitness are related to hepatitis, with 8.5% of the total crew found unfit due to Hepatitis B. 
“With such high rates of infection among seafarers, it is vital
that crew are informed on hepatitis. Having a greater knowledge of the disease’s symptoms, method of transmission, measures of prevention and treatment will allow crew to minimise the risk. 
http://bit.ly/2AvRzYX
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3.  Shame Faced Sailors
The Russian Navy was all set to impress President Vladimir Putin on Navy Day — and then a Serna-class landing craft collided with a bridge. A video which has proven popular on the internet shows the Ivan Pas’ko going about
8 to ten knots as it collides with the bridge, jolting and even knocking over some of the crew that had been standing at attention. There have been no reasons for the allision yet offered. 
https://bit.ly/2M52rhA
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4. Leap in Spot Tonnage
The number of spot ships under 1,000 teu keeps rising to “alarming” levels, Alphaliner is reporting in its latest weekly report. Alphaliner data shows there are currently 25 spot vessels in the 800-999 teu segment, most of
which are in the Atlantic. This is more than double the number accounted for in mid-June.
“Seasonality, especially in the Atlantic, explains a good part of the sector’s woes,” Alphaliner explained.
https://bit.ly/2LIG0Tg
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5. Cruise Company Battle Lines
The major cruise lines each introduced new ships this year that were the largest ships of their fleets. These ships are part of an ongoing trend whereby the cruise lines are increasing the size of their ships – sparking what some have likened to an "arms
race," but one designed to bring marketing and economic advantages. While these new ships are continuations of current classes, small design changes or the addition of more passenger cabins in previously non-revenue spaces increased
the capacity or gross tonnage. 
http://bit.ly/2O2LXHi
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6. Port State Campaign Questionnaire
The Maritime Authorities of the Tokyo and the Paris Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on Port State Control have launched the questionnaire to be used during a joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign on MARPOL Annex VI later this year. The
campaign will be held for three months, from September 1 to November 30. It is designed to establish the level of compliance with the requirements of MARPOL Annex VI and create awareness among ships’ crew and shipowners of its importance.
http://bit.ly/2vrCr8X
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7. Feeder Vessel Frenzy
Taiwan’s top three containerlines – Evergreen, Yang Ming and Wan Hai – are close to contracting for up to 50 feeder vessels. Evergreen, the world’s seventh largest boxline, is tendering for two series of 12 vessels of 1,800
and 2,700 teu. 
Evergreen recently received the Ever Bloom, the last of ten 2,926 teu wide-beam containerships contracted in July 2015 from the carrier’s compatriot shipbuilder CSBC. The ships are part of Evergreen’s 20
unit ‘B-class’ newbuilding program, which comprises 10 ships from CSBC and another 10 vessels of similar, but not identical, design from Japan’s Imabari Group. 
http://bit.ly/2O4xN8v
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8. Nigeria Piracy Epicentre
Nigerian pirates have kidnapped 35 seafarers from vessels in the Gulf of Guinea so far this year. This information was disclosed in their half year review of Nigerian piracy activity in the Gulf of Guinea. Nigeria continues
to be the World’s epicentre for piracy activity. From January through June 2018, 34 Nigerian pirate attacks on merchant and fishing vessels in the Gulf of Guinea were recorded. These attacks resulted in the kidnap of 35 seafarers for ransom and the hijacking
of several vessels. 
Most concerning this year has been the resurgence of ‘petro-piracy’, involving the hijacking of tankers for oil theft.
http://bit.ly/2v7ikxo
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9. Record Northern Sea Run
The icebreaking LNG carrier Christophe de Margerie has set a new record for the fastest crossing of the Northern Sea Route for an unescorted ship during the month of July, according to its owner. The vessel, which is owned
and operated by Russian shipping firm Sovcomflot, set the new record while transporting a cargo of liquefied natural gas eastward through the NSR from the Yamal LNG plant at the Arctic port of Sabetta in Russia to the port of Tangshan, China.  
During
the NSR crossing, Christophe de Margerie covered a distance of 2,360 nautical miles in just 7 days and 17 hours averaging 12.8 knots.
http://bit.ly/2KkOeeZ
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10. Double Green Discounts
The Port of Amsterdam announced that it will offer double discounts on port dues to ships that have Environmental Ship Index (ESI) certificate and use LNG as fuel as of August 1, 2018. The move is part of the port’s policy
of providing discounts to ships listed in the ESI that have attained an ESI score of 20 points or higher. 
“The Port of Amsterdam regards LNG as a vital transitional fuel which currently serves as the best alternative for
the shipping industry. In order to encourage vessel operators to start using this fuel, we will be providing an additional discount starting August 1.” the port said.
http://bit.ly/2M9lUO1
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Daily news feed from Seacurus Ltd – providers of MLC crew insurance solutions  www.seacurus.com
S. Jones
Seacurus Ltd
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