1. Enigmatic mission of Russian missile cruiser and confusing finale
Russian missile cruiser MARSHAL USTINOV, “one of the most powerful and fearsome ships in Russian Navy” – as she’s usually presented by Russian pro-military media and experts, after three days anchorage in Moda area, Istanbul, Marmara sea, heaved up anchor and sailed back to Black sea, transiting Bosphorus in the afternoon Jan 8. Russian http://maritimebulletin.net/2020/01/08/enigmatic-mission-of-russian-missile-cruiser-and-confusing-finale/
2. 5 crew injured, 1 died, on board of offshore ship transported by heavy lift ship
BOSKALIS heavy lift ship BOKA VANGUARD interrupted her voyage from China to Brazil with offshore processing ship PETROBRAS 70 on board, and approached Durban South Africa, on Jan 7, requesting immediate medical assistance to 5 Brazilian seamen, understood of PETROBRAS 70 crew, who were injured in an accident, details of accident remain unknown. One more crew suffered fatal injures and died, his body remained on board of the ship. http://maritimebulletin.net/2020/01/08/5-crew-injured-1-died-on-board-of-offshore-ship-transported-by-heavy-lift-ship/
3. Cocaine delivered on board of Sealand ship in unusual manner
Ecuadorian Navy seized 88 packages of cocaine stashed in container on board of container ship SEALAND LOS ANGELES on Jan 7, circumstances rather unclear. The ship left Guayaquil Ecuador, in the evening Jan 6, understood bound for Bilbao Panama, or probably, she was to make one more call to Ecuadorian port, port of Puerto Bolivar. Early in the morning Jan 7 while under way, the ship was boarded by two armed persons, who allegedly, put packages into container. SEALAND http://maritimebulletin.net/2020/01/08/cocaine-delivered-on-board-of-sealand-ship-in-unusual-manner/
4. Platform fire, 3 workers injured, Gulf of Mexico
Fire broke out on an Akai-C 6 platform, belonging to Mexican State Oil Company PEMEX, and located in Campeche Bay, southern Gulf of Mexico, at around 1000 LT Jan 7. 3 workers were reportedly injured, personnel were about to be evacuated, but fire was extinguished in less than an hour, in another hour platform resumed operations. http://maritimebulletin.net/2020/01/08/platform-fire-3-workers-injured-gulf-of-mexico/
5. Rising Low-Sulphur Fuel Costs Begin to Bite Shipping Lines in Asia
Although the 1 January switch to maximum 0.5% low-sulphur fuel for shipping appears to have passed without major disruption, liner consultancy Alphaliner has reported instances of idle containerships waiting for compliant fuel. https://gcaptain.com/rising-low-sulphur-fuel-costs-begin-to-bite-shipping-lines-in-asia/
6. Transocean’s First Fleet Status Report of 2020 Reflects Offshore Drilling Uptick
Offshore drilling contractor Transocean has announced nearly $353 million in new rig contracts and exercised options as the offshore drilling market continues to improve.
Transocean said is it currently seeing an increase in contract opportunities for its ultra-deepwater and harsh environment drilling rigs. https://gcaptain.com/transoceans-first-fleet-status-report-of-2020-reflects-offshore-drilling-uptick/
7. 1st Ethylene Shipped from Enterprise’s Morgan’s Point Terminal
The first cargo of ethylene has been exported from the 50/50 joint venture marine terminal, owned by Enterprise Products Partners L.P. and Navigator Holdings Ltd, located at Morgan’s Point, Texas along the Houston Ship Channel. https://mobile.worldmaritimenews.com/archives/288982/1st-ethylene-shipped-from-enterprises-morgans-point-terminal/
8. Roll Group Adds Third BigRoll to Its Fleet
The Netherlands-based transportation company Roll Group has started 2020 with the addition of a module carrier to its fleet.
On January 6, 2020, Roll Group acquired a 2015-vessel that would be renamed BigRoll Biscay.
The ship will join the company’s two 173-meter-long MC-class BigRolls — BigRoll Berin and BigRoll Beaufort — which have been operational since 2016 and 2017, respectively. https://mobile.worldmaritimenews.com/archives/288984/roll-group-adds-third-bigroll-to-its-fleet/
9. Cruise Ships Skip Australia’s Port of Eden amid Raging Bush Fires
Operations at the Australian small seaport of Eden have been impacted by the major bush fires raging across the South Coast region of New South Wales, threatening the area. Two passenger ships that were scheduled to call at the port over the past week canceled their visits as they sought to minimize the risk to their passengers’ safety, GAC Australia said. https://mobile.worldmaritimenews.com/archives/288970/cruise-ships-skip-australias-port-of-eden-amid-raging-bush-fires/
10. IMO 2020 Fallout, Demand Slump Batter Dry Bulk
Good news if you’re a shipper of coal, grain and iron ore: Ocean transport is once again looking cheap in 2020.
Bad news if you’re an owner of a dry bulk carrier: Income at the very start of this year is even weaker for most ships than in early 2019 because fuel costs are much higher in the wake of the IMO 2020 rule. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/IMO+2020+fallout%2C+demand+slump+batter+dry+bulk