Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 19/12/2018
1. News Stories of the Year
As the year draws to a close, some of the most-read news articles have included, salvors finding Maersk Honam crewmembers, Sea Shepherd offering the Faroe Islands One Million Euros, Explosive devices being found on Cozumel Ferries, Maersk deploying a Plastic Cleanup Project in the Pacific Garbage Patch and a record divorce settlement dispute over a Megayacht.
2. Greeks Lead the Way
Once again it is the Greeks who have dominated the sale and purchase markets in 2018. The latest world fleet update from Clarkson Research Services shows worldwide 1653 vessels of a combined 49.4m gt have been sold on the secondhand markets in the year to date. This represents a 7% decrease in gross tonnage terms over 2017’s record figure. Greeks purchased 14.8m gt and sold 10.6m gt.
3. Crew Released from Pirates
Eight Polish crewmembers from the container ship Pomerania Sky have been released by their captors, two months after they were kidnapped off the coast of Nigeria. Poland’s foreign ministry thanked the shipowner and its partners for “their professional handling of this difficult matter.” It also expressed gratitude to the Nigerian government.
4. Danes Want to State Names
With the support of all parties in the Danish Parliament, the Danish Government has adopted a new law that allowing the publication of the names of ships and shipping companies that violate sulfur emissions regulations. The law itself comes into force on January 1 2019, with enforcement expected begin on July 1, 2019.
5. Bumper Cruise Year Beckons
The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has forecast passenger numbers for the year will reach 30 million for the first time in 2019. The 2019 Cruise Industry Outlook from the CLIA has projected passenger numbers will grow from the 26.7 million seen in 2017 to 28.2 million in 2018 and increase by a further 6.4% to reach the 30 million milestone in 2019.
6. Tragic Cargo Work Death
The cook of cargo ship SMN Explorer (IMO 9137193) was crushed to death when a hatch cover fell on top of him, the UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has found. Albanian national Alfred Ismaili died on the ship at Kingâs Lynn, UK while helping to load cargo slings. The weight of the crewman climbing up the inside of the open hatch cover after its locking pins had been removed caused it to topple forward and slam shut.
7. BIMCO Looks at Trends
Emerging and developing countries could be the source of economic growth that would spur shipping demand in the next five years, BIMCO said citing the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Additionally, data from the IMF showed that advanced economiesâ growth is on a downward trend and has been so since the mid-2000s. Many geo-political obstacles are in the way â the trade war between the US and China being just one of them, BIMCO added.
8. Seafarer Survives at Sea
A seafarer has survived six days in the open sea after the ship he was on sank in the Bali Strait. Indonesian Nahum Naibahas, 26, known as Riski, was on board the Multi Prima, which sank when it was hit by two-meter high waves on November 22. The vessel was transporting building materials and animal feed from Surabaya to Waingapu at the time. When he was picked up, Riski was very weak. He had been attacked by a seabird, bitten by fish and was severely sunburnt from being in the sea for so long.
9. Drug Haul Found
Around 25 kilograms of cocaine was found on board the Singapore-flagged containership San Clemente during an inspection in the Port of Callao, Peru. The inspection was conducted while the ship remained moored at the DP World Callao terminal, the Peruvian Navy informed. The authorities seized the contraband, which was found in a black bag, containing dozens of packages wrapped in black foil. The substance turned out to be cocaine alkaloid, the navy added. The navy divers have also carried out an underwater inspection of the ship.
10. More Consolidation Ahead
There will be more consolidation in the ship management sector as company founders decide on their future and mid-sized managers come under pressure, believes Anglo-Eastern ceo Bjorn Hojgaard. Hojgaard, chief of the worldâs second largest ship manager, said that the industry was âup for consolidationâ and noted the presence of private equity in the sector that would be looking to grow their investments.
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