Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 22/08/2018

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 22/08/2018

1. US Output Strips Imports
In a landmark shift in global energy trading patterns the Houston Chronicle is reporting that in April oil exports in the Houston-Galveston port district exceeded imports by 15,000 barrels a day, and in May that difference
grew to 470,000 barrels a day. The data comes from the Department of Energy. The Houston-Galveston port district includes the ports of Houston, Texas City, Galveston, Freeport, Port Lavaca, and Corpus Christi. 
In May US
crude exports hit a record 2m barrels a day, doubling from the same period in 2017, with the Houston-Galveston port area accounting for 70% of this figure.
2. Maersk’s Northern Sea Route
Maersk is sending a brand new boxship on the Northern Sea Route (NSR) in the next few days in a landmark voyage for container shipping. The ice class, 3,600 teu Venta Maersk was delivered last month and is now in Vladivostok
about to start the world’s first containership transit across Arctic waters. 
To date, non-Russian companies to have dominated Arctic transits have been China’s Cosco and Japan’s MOL. For Maersk, this trip will be an exploratory
one, looking to pick up scientific data to see whether the route can be more fully utilised as an alternative to the traditional Asia – Europe route via the Suez Canal.
3. Laser Blasting Rust
Japan’s Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) is looking at using laser technology to reduce corrosion on its ships. NYK has signed a memorandum of understanding with compatriot firm Toyokoh to examine a joint business development utilising
Toyokoh’s CoolLaser technology in the maritime field. 
“NYK aims to reduce the maintenance workload of crew on deck, in addition to dry-dock costs for repairs, and will discuss development of a business to provide a more
efficient and environment-friendly maintenance method using Toyokoh’s epoch-making laser technology,” the shipping line stated in a release.
4. Remembering McCain Loss
On August 21, 2017, the USS John S. McCain veered into an adjacent traffic lane and collided with the tanker Alnic MC, resulting in hull damage, flooding and the deaths of ten Navy sailors. One year later, friends, family and shipmates in the U.S. and
abroad paid tribute to those lost.  In Yokosuka, Japan, the USS McCain’s current crew issued a statement in remembrance. "We remember our fallen Shipmates today alongside many friends and family. Their loss speaks to the bravery,
resolve and resilience of all those who serve and have served aboard USS John S. McCain. We will never forget them," the ship’s company said.
5. Happy Birthday Panama Canal
Since its inauguration on August 15, 1914, the Panama Canal has revolutionized maritime traffic. More than a million ships have crossed the waterway, connecting markets from all corners of the globe. The Panama Canal connects 144 maritime routes, reaching
1,700 ports in 160 countries. The first cargo ship to pass the canal was the U.S. ship SS Ancon. At the time, the Canal was considered one of the most important accomplishments to date in modern engineering. Since then there
has been over one million transits. The millionth vessel, in 2011, was the bulk carrier Fortune Plum operated by STX Pan Ocean.
6. Pilot Safety Ladder Warning
A Safety Alert issued by the United States Coast Guard regarding the safety of pilot gangways and ladders after a ship pilot was killed in a gangway accident at the Port of Corpus Christi back in June. Additional distribution of is encouraged.  Safety
Alert 14-18: Don’t forget about Gangways and Ladders! 
Recently, a vessel pilot died while boarding a vessel when its gangway separated from the vessel, causing two persons to fall into the water. Although the investigation
is still underway and additional facts are being gathered, this casualty serves as another reminder that shipboard equipment can quickly become a hazard.
7. Predictive Logistics Deal
Marlink has signed an agreement with Transmetrics to establish a strategic business partnership aimed at predictive logistics optimisation for maritime customers. The agreement will enable Transmetrics, a Forbes-awarded start-up,
to leverage Marlink’s broadband satellite communications network, digital solutions and contacts to further develop maritime logistics innovations. As part of its Smart Connectivity strategy, Marlink seeks to support new partners and applications to work together
to enable its customers’ digitalisation and business efficiency.
8. US Acts On Sanctions
The U.S. has sanctioned six ships and two Russian shipping companies, Primorye and Gudzon, for engaging in ship-to-ship transfers with North Korean-flagged ships, opposing international sanctions. The U.S. Treasury Office
said the measure targets persons involved in the transfer of refined petroleum products with North Korea-flagged vessels, an activity expressly prohibited by the UN Security Council (UNSC). 
“Ship-to-ship transfers with
North Korea-flagged vessels from Russia or elsewhere of any goods being supplied, sold, or transferred to or from the DPRK are prohibited” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
9.  MSC Honoured for Whale Care
On 16 August, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Cordell Bank and Greater Farallones national marine sanctuaries, off the US Pacific coast, honoured MSC and a select number of other companies that have shown a high degree
of cooperation with their vessel speed reduction requests. The purpose of this speed-reduction program is to improve air quality, reduce risk of fatal whale strikes, and protect whales within National Marine Sanctuaries. Award
recipients have set an industry example by voluntarily reducing vessel speeds in areas where endangered whale species regularly feed.

10. Cruise Ships Need Clean Up
Cruise ship and ferry operators should do more to protect passengers from contracting Legionnaires’ disease and other infections from waterborne pathogens, US-French company aqua-tools said.  Concerned with the results from
a research that found higher levels of Legionella contamination in local ferries and cruise vessels, aqua-tools’ CEO Marc Raymond explained: 
“While larger, newer passenger ferries and cruise ships have been built with
preventive measures aimed at curbing the spread of Legionella, little has been done to protect passengers aboard smaller, older ships which, in many cases, are not well maintained.”

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