1. Thai freighter seized by MMEA, Malaysia, Penang
Thai freighter BANGSAKAO was detained by Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency MMEA in the evening Dec 24, for allegedly, illegal anchorage, some 4.5 nm N of Bahang Bay, northern Penang island coast, Malaysia. MMEA was alerted by locals, according to official statement. the ship was taken to Penang and berthed at Butterworth. Understood ship is to be released after paying fine of some USD 24,000. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/12/25/thai-freighter-seized-by-mmea-malaysia-penang/
2. Russian cargo ship ran aground in Marmara sea, Turkey
General cargo ship NEVADO 35 ran aground in Sarkoy area, Tekirdag, Turkey, Marmara sea northern coast, in the morning Dec 25, while en route from Istanbul to Catania Italy. Attempts to refloat by own means failed, Coast Guard and Coastal Shipping Safety officials are to arrive at grounding site, to assess the situation. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/12/25/russian-cargo-ship-ran-aground-in-marmara-sea-turkey/
3. Turkish Suezmax tanker attacked in Gulf of Guinea
Vessel was attacked at around 0700 UTC Dec 24 in Gulf of Guinea, 220 nm southwest of Bonny, Nigeria. Available information point at Suezmax crude oil tanker ISTANBUL, but ship’s identity not yet confirmed. No other information available at the moment, awaiting ship’s ID confirmation and details.
Tanker is en route from Bonny OPL to Rotterdam (understood in load), since 0700 UTC she turned hard portside and as of 0800 UTC, was steaming south. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/12/24/turkish-suezmax-tanker-attacked-in-gulf-of-guinea/
4. LPG tanker collided with pier, breached, Ferndale USA
US Coast Guard reported on Dec 23 an accident with LPG tanker LEVANT, which took place in the morning Dec 14 at Alcoa Intalco Works gas terminal at Femdale, WA., USA Strait of Georgia. Tanker was in process of mooring, when she contacted terminal pier, suffering hull breach or breaches. Tanker was loaded with 33,000 tons of propane and butane. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/12/24/lpg-tanker-collided-with-pier-breached-ferndale-usa/
5. Aframax tanker and bulk carrier attacked in Singapore Strait
Aframax tanker and bulk carrier were attacked on Dec 23 while under way in Singapore Strait, puprpose of attacks unclear, because in both incidents crew on watch were tied up, but nothing was stolen. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/12/23/aframax-tanker-and-bulk-carrier-attacked-in-singapore-strait/
6. This decade’s shipping fortunes on a par with the 1990s
If you thought this had been a tough 10 years for shipping, spare a thought for those who worked in the industry during the terrible 1980s.
Clarkson Research Services has run the shipping numbers for this decade and concluded the 2010s are on a par with the 1990s, but are more than 20% better than those endured during the 1980s. https://splash247.com/this-decades-shipping-fortunes-on-a-par-with-the-1990s/
7. French banks take over Bourbon
A court in Marseille has ruled that a group of French banks will take over the assets of the once mighty OSV operator, Bourbon Corporation. The company has been in a protracted court restructuring for many months. https://splash247.com/french-banks-take-over-bourbon/
8. NYK and MOL enter LNG-powered coal carriers agreement with Kyushu Electric Power
Japan’s Kyushu Electric Power has entered into long-term transport agreements to deploy LNG-fueled coal carriers with domestic shipping groups NYK and MOL.
The vessels are expected to become the world’s first LNG-fueled large coal carriers, under the operation of both NYK and MOL, to import coal to Kyuden’s coal-fired power plants. https://splash247.com/nyk-and-mol-enter-lng-powered-coal-carriers-agreement-with-kyushu-electric-power/
9. Royal Arctic Line orders boxship at Remontowa
Greenland’s Royal Arctic Line has signed a contract with Remontowa Ship Repair Yard for a newbuild 108 teu arctic container vessel.
The vessel, to be delivered in April 2020, will be deployed between Tasiilaq in East Greenland and Reykjavik in Iceland. https://splash247.com/royal-arctic-line-orders-boxship-at-remontowa/
10. DP World awarded 30-year concession for Saudi container terminal
Dubai’s DP World has been awarded a 30-year build-operate-transfer (BOT) concession by the Saudi Ports Authority for the management and development of the Jeddah South Container Terminal at the multi-purpose Jeddah Islamic Port in Saudi Arabia. https://splash247.com/dp-world-awarded-30-year-concession-for-saudi-container-terminal/