Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 19/11/2018
1. UK Backs Deal
The UK Chamber of Shipping has welcomed reports that the UK Government and the European Union have reached agreement on the UK’s withdrawal. Bob Sanguinetti, CEO of the UK Chamber of Shipping said: “From the outset we have said that maintaining frictionless trade between the UK and the European Union is the absolute priority”. He said that MPs should think very carefully before attempting to halt this progress. “The alternative is a No-Deal scenario that would bring about unprecedented challenges and could do untold damage both to the UK and the EU.”
2. Oil Spill in Port
Ennore port in India is handling another damaging oil spill today. The product tanker Coral Stars was discharging oil at the port when a hose snapped at 04:00 on Sunday morning with around two tonnes of furnace oil spilling into the water. The coast guard has been working to contain the spill with a boom, three vessels and a helicopter deployed. Last year, two ships collided at the same port, causing an oil spill of more than 251 tonnes, affecting over 35 km of Chennai’s coastline.
3. Refinery Boss Charged
Chinese independent refiner Baota Petrochemical Group has announced that its chairman and controlling shareholder Sun Hengchao has been arrested by authorities for alleged criminal charges. The details of the criminal charges remain unknown. In July, Baota Petrochemical announced a plan to form a tanker fleet by bareboat chartering up to 60 tankers from a number of major tanker operators including Maersk Tankers, Hafnia Tankers, Scorpio Tankers, Valt and Golden Energy Management. Baota had also signed an agreement with Singapore’s Mare Maritime to form a strategic partnership for ship chartering.
4. Greenpeace Sees Red
After cash buyer GMS congratulated the organization on its apparent support for the ship recycling of the former Rainbow Warrior (II) at a yard in Bangladesh, Greenpeace has issued a statement saying it was mistaken. Greenpeace does not believe that breaking ships apart on tidal beaches is green. “We have made a mistake, one that we have tried to correct. We have allowed the Rongdhonu, formerly the Rainbow Warrior (II), to be scrapped on a beaching yard…in a way that does not live up to the standards we set ourselves,” said Greenpeace International.
5. Sea Traffic and IMO View
The Sea Traffic Management (STM) project has received support from IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim. During the STM Validation Project Final Conference at the IMO earlier this month, Lim said that STM goes hand in hand with IMO goals. STM connects and updates ships and ports in real time and facilitates efficient information exchange. The system has been developed in three consecutive E.U.-projects running 2010-2018. Last year, the STM Validation project successfully installed the first STM compatible bridge systems, connecting ships with shore based services.
6. Sabotage Suspected
The Canadian Coast Guard ship Corporal McLaren is partially submerged, with police considering the incident suspicious. The vessel was released from its secured cradle at the Canadian Maritime Engineering Ltd. shipyard and slid down the slip. A spokesman for the yard said that vandals had entered the yard on Friday night and cut the cradle cable and safety chain with a cordless mini-grinder. “If a cable fails, it frays. This was a clean straight cut.” The 42-meter patrol ship is reported to be stable, and there are no signs of spilled oil. The Canadian Coast Guard has tweeted that a containment boom is in place.
7. Tanker Worst is Over
Frontline said Friday the worst for the tanker sector was over, adding it was well positioned for any rebound in the market. Frontline said in its third-quarter results that the most important factor behind its bullish stance was that demand for oil remained strong. Frontline, which has one of the world’s largest fleets of VLCC and Suezmax tankers, said that persistent negative market drivers have subsided over the course of 2018. It said that while demand for crude oil had remained strong throughout the year, inventories falling below the five-year average because of drawdowns, was reducing demand for tankers.
8. Lost Sub is Found
The Argentine Navy submarine that went missing a year ago off the country’s Atlantic Coast was found by a private company involved in what had been a massive search for the vessel and its 44-member crew, the defense ministry said in a news conference on Saturday. The ARA San Juan submarine was discovered by marine tracking contractor Ocean Infinity, 907 meters (2,975 feet) below the ocean surface. The vessel was found in an underwater canyon with its tail partially “imploded,” Argentina’s Defense Minister Carlos Aguad said.
9. Rotten Fish for Fuel
The Nordic region’s most high-profile cruise fleet operator is refitting its ships to make them less polluting, and plans to use a byproduct of rotten fish to help power their new, leaner engines. Norway’s Hurtigruten, best known for the ships that ferry tourists along the country’s fjords and coastline and up into the Arctic, is investing 7 billion crowns ($826 million) over three years to adapt its 17-strong fleet. Six of its older vessels will be retrofitted to run on a combination of liquefied natural gas (LNG), electric batteries and liquefied bio gas (LBG).
10. Bizarre U-Turn Collision
Two cargo ships collided in the North Sea off the northwestern coast of Germany, resulting in damage to both ships but so far no pollution. Germany’s Central Command for Maritime Emergencies has taken up the response. The Turkish-flagged general cargo ship PAKSOY 1 collided with the Dutch-flagged cargo ship EEMS COBALT at approximately 9:30 p.m. local time around 25 km northwest of Borkum, Germany on Thursday. The cause of the collision is still under investigation, but the PAKSOY 1 made an sudden U-turn directly into the side of the EEMS COBALT after the two ships had already passed.
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