1. Nautilus launches workers’ rights campaign
A pan-European campaign intended to tackle inequalities affecting workers’ rights has been launched by Nautilus International to mark Seafarers Awareness Week. The campaign aims to focus on fair workplaces, fair pay, fair treatment, fair access, and fair society to tackle industry issues of low pay, discrimination, fatigue, mental health issues, and poor workplace conditions.
2. Improving safety: The next generation of GMDSS
The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) is simple, but effective. For decades, UK-based Inmarsat has been the sole provider, and the system has leaped from one successive generation of satellites to the next, such as the Inmarsat-4 (I-4) fleet of satellites that was launched into geosynchronous orbit between 2005 and 2013. The latest satellite, Inmarsat-5 (I-5) – also known as Global Xpress was launched from 2013 to 2019. It offers high-throughput data services on Ku-Band with lower volume, but high reliability, and Ka-Band with higher volume but intermittent reliability.
3. The CMA CGM Group commits to fight illicit trafficking in protected species
The CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, is reinforcing its procedures for shipping protected species, the trade in which is regulated by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). As part of these tighter procedures, shippers must expressly state whether a species is covered by the CITES convention and, where appropriate, provide the requisite export permit whenever any animal or plant goods are carried. https://themaritimepost.com/2020/07/09/the-cma-cgm-group-commits-to-fight-illicit-trafficking-in-protected-species/
4. Three Dead, Seven Missing in Boat Capsizing in Indonesia
An overloaded fishing boat, the KM Kasih 25, carrying 29 passengers and crew capsized in Pukuafu Strait in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), leaving three people dead and seven others missing. Nearby vessels recovered the bodies of two children and have rescued 19 people from choppy waters, said Emi Frizer, a local Search and Rescue Agency official. https://themaritimepost.com/2020/07/08/three-dead-seven-missing-in-boat-capsizing-in-indonesia/
5. China’s Coast Guard Shows Up at Vanguard Bank Again
Less than a week after China sent a survey vessel into Vietnamese waters, vessel-tracking software shows that the China Coast Guard has shown up at Vanguard Bank, a known South China Sea flashpoint between Vietnam and China. The coastguard ship came within 30 nautical miles of a Vietnamese oil rig, and its sudden arrival may be related to energy exploration Vietnam is planning to undertake in the area. https://themaritimepost.com/2020/07/08/chinas-coast-guard-shows-up-at-vanguard-bank-again/
6. Ship orders plummet to lowest level seen this century
New shipbuilding orders in the first half declined 57% to the lowest levels seen this century, according to data from Clarkson Research Services. Just 269 ships – equivalent to 5.75m cgt – were contracted in the first six months around the world, putting many yards in jeopardy of running out of business in the coming year. https://splash247.com/ship-orders-plummet-to-lowest-level-seen-this-century/
7. Zhejiang Satellite Petrochemical in negotiations for more VLECs at Korean yards
Satellite Petrochemical currently has six 98,000 cu m VLECs under construction at Hyundai Heavy and Samsung Heavy. The company took over the ownership of the vessels from Delos last year to ensure timely delivery after Delos wasn’t able to make payments according to the newbuild contracts. Now the company is looking to sell the six vessels and charter them back. https://splash247.com/zhejiang-satellite-petrochemical-in-negotiations-for-more-vlecs-at-korean-yards/
8. Shipbroker teams with Microsoft to unlock answers to the chemical trades
Chemical tanker brokers SPI Marine have teamed with Microsoft in a bid to bridge the gap between data and decision-making in shipping. Using the latest AI-powered data processing technology, shipbrokers and users will be able to ask questions via a Q&A style search experience and gain real-time answers to granular questions, helping them make better informed and faster business decisions. https://splash247.com/shipbroker-teams-with-microsoft-to-unlock-answers-to-the-chemical-trades/
9. Operators Could Save £15 Million Per Asset By Leveraging Technology To Identify Unnecessary Maintenance, According To New Findings By Lloyd’s Register
Lloyd’s Register (LR), the specialist energy consultancy, has today released new findings revealing as much as 40% of maintenance work carried out by Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel operators is unnecessary. By reducing these unwarranted manhours, operators could save on average almost £600,000 per asset each year, which is equivalent to £15m over an assets’ life. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Operators+could+save+£15+million+per+asset+by+leveraging+technology+to+identify+unnecessary+maintenance%2C+according+to+new+findings+by+Lloyd’s+Register
10. Yang Ming Fulfills Green Promise Carbon Emission Reduced 51% In 2019
To achieve the pursuit of global sustainability and respond to customers’ growing awareness about environmental issues, Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. (Yang Ming) formulated plans to build an echo-friendly fleet a decade ago with the aim to proactively enhance ship energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emission. In 2019, Yang Ming fleet’s average carbon intensity (CO2 emissions per transport work) per Teu/Km significantly reduced by 51% compared with the level in 2008, from 99.4 g/teu-km to 48.1 g/teu-km, accomplishing the IMO target of reducing carbon intensity by at least 40% by 2030, eleven years ahead of schedule. Through continuous fleet optimization, Yang Ming has fulfilled its promise of energy saving and emission reduction.