1. Cruise ship MSY WIND SPIRIT struck yachts, pier, after engines failure, South Pacific
Cruise ship MSY WIND SPIRIT collided with pier on arrival to Uturoa, French Polynesia, at around 0730 LT Jun 1. Pier was damaged, cruise ship stern hit or contacted two or more yachts in harbor. Reportedly, an anchored yacht was contacted, and later, berthed sailing catamaran, both understood to sustained damages. According to available information, ship’s engines failed, when sails were already furled. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/06/02/cruise-ship-msy-wind-spirit-struck-yachts-pier-after-engines-failure-south-pacific/?fbclid=IwAR0HjhUNmr27yj3QbLBE-LE7AiRY1cq3R817H37Og0zR_qREQt8xdzvxk8E
2. Cruise ship COLUMBUS interrupted cruise and returned to Netherlands
Cruise ship COLUMBUS reported hitting an unidentified submerged object on May 30 while leaving Amsterdam, bound for Norwegian Fjords with tourists on board. The ship was inspected by Port Authorities, and understood, cleared to resume voyage. At night May 31, however, the ship, being well up north in North sea, reported rudder/steering problems, believed to be the result of hitting unknown object. COLUMBUS turned back and sailed back to Ijmuiden Netherlands. She was met at sea, and assisted, by two tugs. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/06/02/cruise-ship-columbus-interrupted-cruise-and-returned-to-netherlands/?fbclid=IwAR2BpS35OIbQxBSXAoi_QI9zZg0IXwqirXoFN9N8p61w6KwIir90_JX3heU
3. Cruise ship COSTA MEDITERRANEA lifeboats accident, Norway
Cruise ship COSTA MEDITERRANEA couldn’t hoist two her lifeboats back to their davits, while holding lifeboats exercise at Stavanger, Norway, on Jun 1. Floating crane had to be deployed to put lifeboats back and secure them. Departure was delayed until late Jun 1. Stavanger was the last stop on cruise ship itinerary before completing her cruise in Bremerhaven, Germany. Nobody was injured. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/06/02/cruise-ship-costa-mediterranea-lifeboats-accident-norway/?fbclid=IwAR0OKUDQB6noupBkjmA-jSV-xsY9ngO9yw8IqZKvtl9CgCvAAO9vszNqaTE
4. Cruise ship MSC OPERA struck Dutch river cruise ship, both damaged, Venice
Cruise ship MSC OPERA at around 0830 LT Jun 2, on arrival to Venice Italy, collided with berthed river cruise ship RIVER COUNTESS in Guidecca Canal, damaging river cruise ship. Four tourists on RIVER COUNTESS reportedly were slightly injured. According to available information, MSC OPERA while maneuvering with assisting tug, suffered propulsion failure, tow line said to break up, the ship went out of control and struck RIVER COUNTESS. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/06/02/cruise-ship-msc-opera-struck-dutch-river-cruise-ship-both-damaged-venice-video/?fbclid=IwAR2k6aKrJjtXhE_Z-ZXLX89QFb8iXSFw8aMeQSkiOCR3XAXPs1rXyVE1GQs
5. Bulk carrier disabled off Florida. Update: under tow again, now across Atlantic.
Jun 2 Update: Obviously, ship’s engine couldn’t be fixed in Freeport, the ship left port on May 29 on tow of anchor handling tug ALP DEFENDER (IMO 9737242), to be towed to Lisbon Portugal, ETA Jun 19.
Bulk carrier ACHILLES II reportedly suffered engine failure on May 16 being E of Fort Lauderdale, while en route from New Orleans to Alexandria Egypt. According to track, was towed to Freeport Bahamas, berthed on May 17. As of May 22, was in the same position. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/06/02/bulk-carrier-disabled-off-florida-update-under-tow-again-now-across-atlantic/?fbclid=IwAR0dq62wctk1Xii6lUphszqofXPkzwHeq_z2CimQqymcuLtRdqEuLqVcjU0
6. Passenger ship ran aground, sank in Galapagos waters
Passenger ship GALAPAGOS MAJESTIC ran aground at Santiago island northern coast, Galapagos Archipelago, at around 0930 UTC May 31, with 26 people on board. Hull was breached in bow area, and despite salvage attempts which lasted some 6 hours, the ship capsized and sank, with some 2 tons of fuel on board. All 26 people were rescued, no injures reported. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/06/01/passenger-ship-ran-aground-sank-in-galapagos-waters/?fbclid=IwAR2e0xhtlNsJbMpXQhTM8YYOhelSnCS-9OId25TIExyRLYobNjnBj25QFBs
7. Suezmax tanker on tow after a month-long drift
Crude oil tanker is under tow in the Pacific since May 30. Tanker was NUC, adrift since May 3. Understood tanker is in load. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/05/31/suezmax-tanker-on-tow-after-a-month-long-drift/?fbclid=IwAR0VwtU1fxjhCyfGW7JyY_6lz3GTjwHktuURopGqk537PvNSgCgqyMtQcHE
8. Watch: China and the U.S. Talk Indo-Pacific Security
Patrick M. Shanahan, U.S. Acting Secretary for Defense, has presented the U.S. vision for Indo-Pacific security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. Shanahan presented the main points made in the Department of Defense’s Indo-Pacific Strategy Report which was publicly released on June 1. https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/watch-china-and-the-u-s-talk-indo-pacific-security
9. A Safety Management System – Beacon or Burden?
Whether a company implements a Safety Management System (SMS) due to ISM Code or Subchapter M requirements or to align its own internal processes, the value it will add to the organization will be found in the quality of the set-up of such a system. Will it be an administrative burden? Or a beacon to light the right direction? With careful attention paid to the level and complexity of the organization and with a strong focus on the user, a SMS will serve as a beacon. https://www.maritime-executive.com/blog/a-safety-management-system-beacon-or-burden
10. Box shipping faces costly challenges and margins could slump as a result
A number of regulatory challenges will test container shipping lines in the coming year while the increase in the price of fuel will focus minds further. There is a definite probability that costs will increase, but rates may not match those increases. One such challenge will be the Sulfur Cap. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has imposed a limit on the sulfur content of marine fuel of 0.5 percent that begins January 1, 2020 (commonly known as IMO 2020). This will cause ship operators to either fit scrubbers to clean the exhaust, thereby allowing them to continue burning lower cost heavy fuel oil, or to use more costly low sulfur fuels. https://www.shippingtribune.com/newsdetails.php?s_id=12046