1. Bulk carrier aground, Seine river, France
Bulk carrier SEA EAGLE ran aground on the right bank in Seine river at 2130 UTC Dec 11, while proceeding upstream en route from La Rochelle to Rouen, France, in Aizier area. Initial attempts to refloated failed, it was decided to refloat her with high tide in the morning Dec 12. As of 1130 UTC Dec 12 refloating operation was still ongoing, with four tugs assisting grounded vessel. No information on damages, probably there are none. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/12/12/bulk-carrier-aground-seine-river-france/
2. Russian aircraft carrier on fire UPDATE 11 injured, 6 critical, 3 missing VIDEO
Fire erupted in No.1 Power Compartment of Soviet-Russian aircraft carrier ADMIRAL KUZNETSOV at 1015 Moscow time Dec 12. Air carrier is undergoing repairs in a dry dock in Murmansk, Russia,, fire is thought to be caused by welding works. Three workers are missing, fire spread from initial 20 sq meters to some 120 square meters of Energy Block and probably, neighbouring compartments. Diesel fuel is burning, not clear if it’s a spill or fuel is stored in tanks. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/12/12/russian-aircraft-carrier-on-fire-3-missing-video/
3. Crowley’s LNG-Fueled ConRo Ships Named Significant Boat of the Year during International Workboat Show
Crowley Maritime Corp. and subsidiary Jensen Maritime, the company’s Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering firm, were honored with the 2019 Significant Boat of the Year Award during the International Workboat Show in New Orleans last week. This award recognizes the company’s industry-leading combination container/roll on-roll off (ConRo) ships, MV El Coquí and MV Taíno, the first of their kind powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). Workboat’s recognition of the ConRos as tops among its annual Significant Boats honorees marks the first time that the award has been presented to a large, oceangoing container vessel. https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/crowleys-lng-fueled-conro-ships-named-significant-boat-of-the-year-during-international-workboat-show/
4. Armour specialist, ASL GRP, expands with recruitment drive and new maritime facilities
Specialists in the manufacture of bespoke lightweight ballistic and blast protection, ASL GRP (Air Sea Land Group) unveils its extensive new factory in Rookely, Isle of Wight, alongside five new recruits and a new maritime division. https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/armour-specialist-asl-grp-expands-with-recruitment-drive-and-new-maritime-facilities/
5. Lloyd’s Register Annual Review 2018/19: Reaching new heights for a safer world
In a world of increasing complexity – overloaded with data and opinion – we know that our clients need more than technology to succeed. They need a partner to listen, cut through the noise and focus on what really matters to them and their customers. Our engineers and technical experts are dedicated to assurance. That means a commitment to embracing new technology and a deep-rooted desire to drive increased safety standards, more dynamic risk management and better performance. https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/lloyds-register-annual-review-2018-19-reaching-new-heights-for-a-safer-world/
6. Seabulk Initiates State of the Art Newbuild Tug Program
Seabulk Towing Holdings Inc. (“Seabulk” or the “Company”), a subsidiary of SEACOR Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CKH) (“SEACOR”), announced today that it has contracted with Alabama-based Master Boat Builders, Inc. for the construction of four 80 metric ton bollard pull harbor tugs with an expected delivery beginning in the second half of 2021 through early 2022. https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/seabulk-initiates-state-of-the-art-newbuild-tug-program
7. Rosatom is bringing an Arctic shipping management center to Murmansk
Rosatom plans to build a new command center in Murmansk from which to oversee shipping across the Russian Arctic, the company said last week.
«We are building a center for management of shipping, a command unit,» Deputy Head of Rosatom’s Northern Sea Route Directorate Aleksandr Olshevsky told TASS. https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/rosatom-is-bringing-an-arctic-shipping-management-center-to-murmansk/
8. Hong Kong proposes tax breaks for marine, specialty insurance
Hong Kong’s government will submit tax relief proposals to promote the development of marine insurance and the underwriting of specialty risks in the city. Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, speaking at the Asia Insurance Forum, said that the proposals will be submitted to the legislative council next week, The Standard reported. https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/hong-kong-proposes-tax-breaks-for-marine-specialty-insurance/
9. Polarcus awarded seismic project in Brazil
Dubai-based offshore survey specialist Polarcus has been awarded a marine seismic acquisition program in Brazil.
The program will commence in the third quarter of 2020 with a duration of around ten months. The scope comprises 4D acquisition in obstructed areas with a multi-azimuth component. At the end of November, Polarcus also secured an XArray marine seismic acquisition project in Malaysia. https://splash247.com/polarcus-awarded-seismic-project-in-brazil/
10. Liners accused of blatant profiteering as 90% variance in low sulphur surcharges is revealed
Low sulphur surcharges implemented by the world’s top liners from the start of this month vary by as much as 90%, according to research carried out by Aphaliner.
According to Alphaliner’s survey of the carriers’ surcharges on the Asia to North Europe route, the surcharges applied on December 1 range from a low by MSC at $71 per teu to a high from Hapag-Lloyd at $135 per teu. https://splash247.com/liners-accused-of-blatant-profiteering-as-90-variance-in-low-sulphur-surcharges-is-revealed/