1. Container ship disabled by fire, on tow, Mozambique Channel
Container ship EM OINOUSSES while en route from Maputo Mozambique to Mombasa Kenya suffered fire in engine room in the afternoon Jan 19, sailing abeam of Nacala, Mozambique, Mozambique Channel. The ship went NUC, drifting, engine room was sealed, fire fighting system activated. http://maritimebulletin.net/2020/01/20/container-ship-disabled-by-fire-on-tow-mozambique-channel/
2. Ship attacked in Gulf of Guinea some 100 nm SW of Lagos UPDATE
Clearwater Alert: It has been reported that an incident has occurred onboard a container ship whilst drifting approximately 80nm south of Cotonou, Benin. The Duty Officer spotted two armed pirates on the main deck, resulting in the main deck lights being switched on and the vessel proceeding to the west at full speed. As the vessel began to make way, a small craft with a ladder was seen departing the scene. All crew are accounted for. http://maritimebulletin.net/2020/01/20/ship-attacked-in-gulf-of-guinea-some-100-nm-sw-of-lagos/
3. Kidnapped 19 crew of MT DUKE released, 1 died. V.SHIPS Statement.
Following the attack on tanker DUKE and abduction of 20 crew members on December 15, we can confirm that 19 of the crew members taken hostage were today released by the criminal gang holding them. It is with great regret that we have to report that one valued crew member, an Able Seaman, was evidently taken ill and died shortly after capture. http://maritimebulletin.net/2020/01/19/kidnapped-19-crew-of-mt-duke-released-1-died-v-ships-statement/
4. US-China Deal: What Will It Mean for Tanker Shipping?
Under the ‘phase one’ trade deal signed last week, China has pledged to increase imports of American goods, targeting to bolster its energy imports by USD 52.4 billion above 2017 levels over the next two years. The deal has been welcomed across the supply chain as a positive step to ending trade war and further trade tensions among global superpowers.
According to BIMCO’s Chief Shipping Analyst Peter Sand, the deal will deliver both trade creation and trade diversion. https://mobile.worldmaritimenews.com/archives/289644/us-china-deal-what-will-it-mean-for-tanker-shipping/
5. Maersk CEO: EU Antitrust Rules Hurt European Companies’ Competitiveness
Current competition rules in Europe prevent the creation of giant EU companies that would be able to compete with US and Chinese rivals, Søren Skou, CEO of Danish shipping major Maersk, warned. In an interview with Danish business magazine Finans, Skou explained that EU competition rules need to be interpreted in light of the new economic and geopolitical reality.
6. MAIB: European Causeway’s Severe Rolling Blamed on Improper Consideration of Weather Forecast
The cargo shift and damage to vehicles on board the P&O’s ferry European Causeway in December 2018 could have been avoided if the crew had considered the forecast weather conditions when setting the course of the ship, MAIB investigation shows. https://mobile.worldmaritimenews.com/archives/289626/maib-european-causeways-severe-rolling-blamed-on-improper-consideration-of-weather-forecast/
7. AMSA: Master Convicted after Failing to Report without Delay Engine Failure
The master of a tanker has been convicted after failing to report without delay a main engine breakdown off Queensland, Australia that affected the safety, operation and seaworthiness of his ship, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said. https://mobile.worldmaritimenews.com/archives/289607/amsa-master-convicted-after-failing-to-report-without-delay-engine-failure/
8. Vale’s Recovery to Be the Biggest Swing Factor for Iron Ore in 2020
A decent recovery is expected in the seaborne supply of iron ore in 2020, predominantly driven by the recovery of shipments from the Brazilian mining giant Vale.
Energy research consultancy Wood Mackenzie forecasts an accelerated recovery in shipments from Q1-20, resulting in a 30 million tonnes (Mt) rise in seaborne exports from Vale in the calendar year 2020. https://mobile.worldmaritimenews.com/archives/289606/vales-recovery-to-be-the-biggest-swing-factor-for-iron-ore-in-2020/
9. More than $1trn needed to meet IMO’s 2050 environmental goals
At least $1trn of capital investment in land-based and ship-related infrastructure will be required to halve international shipping’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 compared to 2008 levels, as per the mandate of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). https://splash247.com/more-than-1trn-needed-to-meet-imos-2050-environmental-goals/
10. Low sulphur fuel found to have higher black carbon emissions than HSFO
Mandated into law for less than three weeks and very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO), shipping’s new number one bunkering choice, is already facing calls to be banned, especially in Arctic waters. A submission made by Finland and Germany to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) suggests VLSFO has higher black carbon emissions than its forebear, high sulphur fuel oil (HSFO). https://splash247.com/low-sulphur-fuel-found-to-have-higher-black-carbon-emissions-than-hsfo/