Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 24/08/2018




Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 24/08/2018

1. Speedboat Attacks Foiled
A Saudi-led military coalition foiled attacks by explosives-laden speedboats deployed by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement against commercial vessels, the coalition’s spokesman said on Thursday. The
alliance said it had taken the necessary measures to protect merchant ships of the alliance.
Earlier on Thursday, the Houthis said they carried out a special operation inside Saudi waters during which a military target was hit with a suitable weapon, according to the group’s Al Massira television channel.
http://bit.ly/2ML3CX8
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2. Arms Ship Held
South African police have detained the Russian-owned freighter Lada after a tip-off about an allegedly illegal cargo of weaponry on board.  According to South African port operator Transnet, the Lada was on a voyage from
Tulear, Madagascar to Lagos, Nigeria. Authorities discovered the alleged contraband on Sunday during the vessel’s port call at Ngqura, a terminal near Port Elizabeth. She had unloaded 14 containers of legitimate cargo at the port, but according to local media,
she still had 20 containers of improperly documented weaponry on board. She was detained and ordered to a nearby anchorage. 
http://bit.ly/2w7KNUw
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3.  First Blockchain Success
The first ever blockchain-based CargoX Smart Bill of Lading has successfully completed its historic mission during a trial shipment from China to Europe with the tech company claiming in a release: “The logistics documentation
revolution can now be unleashed!” 
The container, processed with the new blockchain-based CargoX Smart Bill of Lading, has been released successfully in the Port of Koper in Slovenia, where it arrived on Sunday, completing
its journey from Shanghai aboard the Evergreen vessel, Ever Safety. 
The importer was the company Metro, best known for its network of MANA clothing stores throughout Europe.
http://bit.ly/2OXkNSG
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4. Hamburg Celebrates Win
The port of Hamburg is celebrating a big win over local rival Bremerhaven as container grouping THE Alliance is switching base ports for its transatlantic network. Hapag-Lloyd, the largest member of THE Alliance, said in
a recent customer advisory that the service relocation would provide improved hinterland connections and better access to the Hamburg city region’s strong local market. 
The planned shift, likely in the final quarter this
year, will deal a “major blow” to Eurogate’s common-user terminal at Bremerhaven, where the four transatlantic loops are currently handled, analysts stated in a recent weekly report.
http://bit.ly/2Loyg3J
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5. No Decent Offers
No decent offers were made at Monday’s auction in Singapore for the 37,300 dwt handymax Long Bright with a second round of bids now scheduled for the second week of September. Brokers said they were disappointed by the condition
of the HighRich-owned bulker when it inspected late last week. The vessel has been idle since September last year, and also grounded in Alexandria in the past. 
Zodiac was amongst three or four interested buyers to have
been onboard so far. 
Although the ship’s fair market value is $12.9m, it is expected to fetch way less, with brokers anticipating that figure to be slashed by around 30%.
http://bit.ly/2LlKKZW
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6. Vessel Seized for Sale
Guangzhou Maritime Court will hold an auction to sell Dongguan Fenghai Ocean Shipping’s 2011-built chemical tanker Feng Hai 26 via online platform Taobao on September 24. The sale of the 6,500 dwt tanker was requested by
DRC Bank due to a loan payment dispute. 
The vessel is valued at RMB61.61m ($8.95m) by the court and the starting price in the auction is RMB43.13m.
http://bit.ly/2PxCcTb
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7. Bunker Contagion Spreads
The issues with contaminated bunker supplies in the Houston area earlier this year continue and have begun to spread worldwide, the Standard Club warned in a web alert. “At present, the source and magnitude of the contaminated
bunkers has not been satisfactorily identified and the number of cases is still increasing. The club is presently dealing with a number of cases, but the issue is reported to be impacting over 150 cases worldwide, with varying levels of severity,” the P&I
club said, adding that one grounding so far has been a direct result from the use of these contaminated bunkers.
http://bit.ly/2wibfdk
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8. Hunkering Down for Hurricane
The U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy are getting ready for the arrival of Hurricane Lane, which will bring high winds and heavy rainfall to the Hawaiian Islands over the next several days. The Captain of the Port for Sector
Honolulu has set port condition Zulu for Hawaii County and port condition Yankee for Oahu, Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Kauai. The commercial ports affected include Hilo Harbor and Kawaihae Harbor on the Big Island, and Barber’s Point Harbor, Honolulu Harbor,
Kalaeloa and Kewalo Basin on Oahu. Other primary ports across the island chain are also covered. 
http://bit.ly/2wm4pn3
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9. Entering Enclosed Space Training
Accidents in enclosed spaces onboard ships have long been a source of serious injuries and fatalities. Analyses of the accidents show that the underlying cause is often failure to follow established procedures – either due to insufficient knowledge of,
or disregard for, the need to take safety precautions. Gard has released a new training video based mistakes that can easily cost lives. The video serves as a real-life reminder that any enclosed space is potentially life threatening,
that every precaution should be taken both prior to entry and while inside an enclosed space – and that even trained professionals make mistakes.
http://bit.ly/2NbSn6V
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10. Coffee Exporters Struggling
Brazilian coffee exporters are struggling to find shipping capacity to transport a bumper crop from the world’s top producer, which could result in supply delays to roasters worldwide. Abundant overall supplies in consuming
countries, however, will limit any near-term impact from shipping delays of Brazil’s new crop and are not yet seen impacting coffee prices that are 12-year lows. 
Farmers in Brazil are finishing what the government and
industry expect to amount to a record coffee crop of around 60 million 60-kg bags compared with 45 million bags last year.
http://bit.ly/2wptpKl
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S. Jones
Seacurus Ltd
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