Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 03/09/2018

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 03/09/2018

1. More Felixstowe Woe
CMA CGM heaped further misery on the port of Felixstowe this week by announcing it would withdraw one of its services from the gateway. The Epic 1 rotation, which connects Northern Europe with the Indian subcontinent, will
instead use London Gateway as its UK port of call. 
CMA CGM said: “In a continued effort to provide our customers with reliable and efficient service, CMA CGM will reshuffle its Epic 1 service.”
2. Worry About Seafarer Audit
Shipowners and managers “should be very worried” over the consequences of the latest European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) audit of Philippines maritime training. As an October deadline looms for the Philippines maritime
administration to prove that it has implemented a correction plan following a full audit of its compliance with certification of the STCW Convention by EMSA in March last year, Schou said some EU member states were losing patience with the Southeast Asian
The Philippines, which supplies some 20% of the world’s international seafarers failed the March 2017 audit.

3. Trade War Yet to Bite
The US-China trade war has yet to make big waves for the world’s shippers that transport everything from soybeans to industrial machinery between the two nations. The Baltic Dry Index that measures shipping rates for vessels
that carry bulk commodities, such as grain and coal, has been riding high – up nearly 80 per cent since April, when trade tensions were building, ending in the first US tariffs going into effect on July 6. In fact, the index hit a 52-week high this month,
as a second round of tariffs hit.

4. MOL Looks Other Way
With Maersk eschewing scrubbers and LNG when the global sulphur cap comes into force on January 1, 2020, the 2020 bunker policy of another of the world’s largest shipping lines. Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), the largest shipping
line in Japan, operating more than 900 ships, has decided to avoid LNG as a fuel for its cargo carrying fleet. MOL’s decision runs contrary to Japan’s two other shipping majors, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) and Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), both of whom have
committed sizeable resources to developing LNG infrastructure at home and abroad as well as contracted LNG-powered newbuilds.

5. Looking for Stellar Daisy VDR
The Korean government has approved funding to launch a mission to retrieve the voyage data recorder (VDR) of the sunken Stellar Daisy. The converted very large ore carrier sank in the south Atlantic in March last year with
the loss of 22 lives. The 1993-built ship belonged to Polaris Shipping from South Korea. 
The ship’s registry, the Marshall Islands, has yet to publish its accident investigation report. Just
two men survived the sinking. They related how they heard a big explosion and the ship then listed rapidly before sinking in a very short space of time. 
A salvage company will be appointed shortly.
6. AIDA Does Things Differently
AIDA Cruises has named its latest ship AIDAnova on Friday evening. The ceremony took place at a sold-out AIDA Open Air event at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, attended by 25,000 spectators. The evening featured fireworks, a laser and pyrotechnics
show and star DJ / producer David Guetta. The ship was lit up by 20 multicolored laser projectors, over 300 strobes and more than 100 floodlights and spotlights. Acrobats ascended on luminous flyboards to a height of 20 meters
as part of a stunt show. 
For the first time it was not just one godmother who named the ship but rather an entire family.
7. Cooling on Arctic Savings
Research has shown that the Suez Canal Route is more cost effective and will remain unaffected by vessels using the Arctic Sea Route. Maersk has explained in a press release that this is a one-off trial to collect data and
try the path in real life. The company has explained that it will continue to sail through the Suez Canal route. 
In the next few days Danish Maersk will be sending its Venta Maersk vessel loaded with Fish from Russia and
electronic products from South Korea; the Venta Maersk, which will be the first container ship to go through the Arctic sea route, will collect scientific data.
8. Sending Data to Shore
Italian class society RINA has launched a Digital Ship Notation, the first additional class notation available for shipowners willing to demonstrate the added value of their ship or fleet through the efficient use of digital technology. Grandi
Navi Veloci, part of the MSC Group, has become the first company to make use of this new notation, certifying 11 ships, all equipped with a data collection system. 
The certificate will be assigned to ships fitted with
a navigation and machinery data collection system that enables its transmission on shore. The information is stored in the RINACube platform, a cloud-based platform.
9. SMM Kit Buzz
Despite a newbuilding orderbook in the doldrums with a mere 140.3m gt representing 10% of the world fleet on order, regulations requiring the retrofitting of equipment will cause a positive “buzz” for suppliers attending this week’s SMM show in Hamburg. That
is according to Clarksons Research md Steve Gordon, who points out that the 2020 sulphur cap (agreed September 2016), Ballast Water Management Convention (October 2016) and carbon reduction targets (April 2018) have all occurred since the last shipbuilding
and ship machinery show took place in Hamburg two years ago.
10. Grounded After Rescue
A woman found clinging to the wall of Berwick Pier in the U.K. was rescued by a dredger, but the vessel subsequently grounded. The crew of the Gypsey Race noticed the woman clinging to the wall and made an immediate call
to the Coastguard whilst going to her aid. Two Lifeboats and the Berwick Coastguard rescue team attended. They arrived to find that the crew of the dredger had rescued the woman. She had been in the water for an hour and a half, and was taken ashore and attended
to by paramedics. 
While the crew of the dredger were undertaking the lifesaving, the Gypsey Race grounded on sand and rocks.
Daily news feed from Seacurus Ltd – providers of MLC crew insurance solutions
S. Jones
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