1. Reefer on fire in the Pacific UPDATE abandoned
Reefer SEA MARK with 23 crew reported on fire at 0730 UTC Dec 18 in vicinity 24 45N 144 40E, some 180 nm E of Iwo Jima Island, Pacific. Vessels in vicinity are asked to assist, bulk carrier JP VERDURE (IMO 9310422) seems to be responding, the ship turned 180 and is heading towards SEA MARK. Reefer’s AIS is on, as of 0800 UTC vessel is disabled, drifting. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/12/18/reefer-on-fire-in-the-pacific/
2. New Bedford-Based Fishing Vessel Owner and Operator Fined $1 Million for Illegal Discharges
The owner and operator of a New Bedford, Massachusetts-based fishing vessel fleet have been fined $1 million after pleading guilty to discharging oily bilge water from the vessels’ engine rooms.
Sea Harvest, the operator of the fishing vessels Enterprise and Pacific Capes, along with Fishing Vessel Enterprises, the vessels’ owner, pleaded guilty to violating the Clean Water Act on Monday. In addition to the $1 million criminal fine, the companies will serve a five-year term of probation and implement “a robust environmental compliance plan” for their fleet of 36 commercial fishing vessels. https://gcaptain.com/new-bedford-based-fishing-vessel-owner-and-operator-fined-1-million-for-illegal-discharges/
3. Norway Picks Offshore Wind Naysayer as Oil and Energy Minister
Norway made an outspoken right-wing lawmaker who once called wind turbines “white monsters” its oil and energy minister on Wednesday, as the government debates updating rules for petroleum industry activity in its Arctic waters. https://gcaptain.com/norway-picks-offshore-wind-naysayer-as-oil-and-energy-minister/
4. Brazil’s Sprawling Car Wash Probe Expands to Maersk Contracts
Brazilian authorities on Wednesday targeted Maersk and other companies for allegedly paying bribes to get an edge in securing shipping contracts with state oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA, in the latest phase of a sprawling graft probe. https://gcaptain.com/brazils-sprawling-car-wash-probe-expands-to-maersk-contracts/
5. Shipping Industry Proposes $5 Billion Fund for Zero-Emission R&D
Shipping associations have proposed creating a research fund with $5 billion raised by the industry to develop technology to help the sector meet U.N. targets on cutting emissions.
The global shipping fleet, which accounts for 2.2% of the world’s CO2 emissions, is under pressure to reduce those emissions and other pollution. About 90% of world trade is transported by sea. https://gcaptain.com/shipping-industry-proposes-5-billion-fund-for-zero-emission-rd/
6. Coast Guard: Russian Spy Ship Operating in ‘Unsafe Manner’ Off Southeastern United States
The U.S. Coast Guard is alerting mariners to the possible presence of a Russian surveillance ship that has been conducting unsafe operations off the southeastern coast of United States.
According to a Marine Safety Information Bulletin issued by USCG Sector Charleston on Monday, the Coast Guard has received reports indicating that the Russian Navy’s Viktor Leonov (AGI-175) has been off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia “operating in an unsafe manner,” including “not energizing running lights while in reduced visibility conditions, not responding to hails by commercial vessels attempting to coordinate safe passage and other erratic movements,” the bulletin said. https://gcaptain.com/coast-guard-russian-spy-ship-operating-in-unsafe-manner-off-southeastern-united-states/
7. Carnival Joins Zero-Emission Coalition
The world’s largest cruise company, Carnival Corporation is joining a coalition of companies committed to accelerating the decarbonization of the international shipping industry.
The Getting to Zero Coalition is an alliance of over 80 companies and organizations from across the maritime, energy, infrastructure and finance sectors who have committed to the development of zero-emission vessels and fuel solutions to help meet the maritime industry’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. With the move, Carnival becomes the first cruise company to join the alliance. https://gcaptain.com/carnival-joins-zero-emission-coalition/
8. Cargo Ship Data Offer Real-Time Pulse Of Global Trade, IMF Says
New sources of data on worldwide ship traffic could help governments introduce new real-time trade statistics that in turn detect economic turning points more quickly, according to new International Monetary Fund research on how technology can improve official statistics. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Cargo+Ship+Data+Offer+Real-Time+Pulse+of+Global+Trade%2C+IMF+Says
9. Baltic Index Drops For 10th Straight Session On Slowing Capesize Demand
The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index fell for a tenth-straight session on Tuesday, as capesize vessel rates hovered near a six-month low. The Baltic index, which tracks rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels that ferry dry bulk commodities, dropped 34 points, or 2.6%, to 1,281, its lowest since Nov. 21. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Baltic+index+drops+for+10th+straight+session+on+slowing+capesize+demand
10. India’s Mundra LNG Terminal To Receive Commissioning Cargo In H2 January
India’s Mundra LNG terminal in Gujarat co-owned by Gujarat State Petroleum Corp (GSPC) and Adani Group is set to receive its commissioning cargo in the second half of January, a source familiar with the matter told S&P Global Platts Tuesday. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/India’s+Mundra+LNG+terminal+to+receive+commissioning+cargo+in+H2+January