1. Safety first: The necessity of a fresh approach to traditional vessel crack repair methods
The maintenance and upkeep of a vessel’s structure is crucial in ensuring the safety of those on board. This specifically applies to fatigue cracks present on structural components such as the hull and boundary tanks. Shipowners and operators must ensure fatigue cracks are repaired as soon as possible to preserve asset integrity, seafarer safety, and cargo while also meeting regulatory and class requirements. https://safetyatsea.net/news/2020/safety-first-the-necessity-of-a-fresh-approach-to-traditional-vessel-crack-repair-methods/
2. People traffickers target ship agents, warns ITIC
ITIC – International Transport Intermediaries Club – is warning its ship and port agent members to be aware of approaches from people traffickers attempting to smuggle illegal immigrants through their ports.
3. “INTERCARGO: Charterers preventing crew change must be held to account”
INTERCARGO, the body representing the interests of dry bulk sector operators, has learned that in a number of instances, charterers in the dry bulk sector have been preventing much needed crew changes from taking place during the period of the charter, despite the ship owner agreeing to accept the associated costs. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2020/11/02/intercargo-charterers-preventing-crew-change-must-be-held-to-account/
4. Hong Kong terminal operators vow to cap charges
The Competition Commission of Hong Kong has announced the acceptance of commitments from members of Hong Kong Seaport Alliance. The acceptance comes after the alliance, formed by four of the five container port operators at Kwai Tsing Container Terminals, released a list of proposed remedies in August in order to address concerns raised by the competition authority. https://splash247.com/hong-kong-terminal-operators-vow-to-cap-charges/
5. Australian authorities help rescue listing livestock carrier
Australian maritime authorities today brought a badly damaged livestock carrier into the port of Geraldton following a tense operation to get the listing ship to shore. The Marshall Islands-flagged Barkly Pearl had sustained damage to its hull and was approximately 120 km north of Geraldton when the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) got involved. https://splash247.com/australian-authorities-help-rescue-listing-livestock-carrier/
6. Dolphin Drilling awarded new contract by DNO Norge
Norway’s Dolphin Drilling has secured a new combined contract with oil and gas operator DNO Norge that will see it support both ends of the well lifecycle. Dolphin Drilling has confirmed work for one exploration well plus plug and abandonment activity on three wells on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.
7. Venezuela Oil Exports Fall to New Lows as Clients Wind Down
Venezuela’s oil exports fell to a historic low of 359,000 barrels per day (bpd) in October as most of state-run PDVSA’s long-term clients paused trade to meet a U.S. deadline to halt business with the firm, according to data seen by Reuters on Monday.
8. Record-Tying Eta Could Hit Nicaragua as Category 4 Hurricane
Powerful Hurricane Eta gathered strength quickly on Monday as it rumbled closer to Nicaragua and Honduras, which it was expected to pound with devastating winds and rains overnight, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. The storm, forecast to become a fierce Category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, was expected to strike the northeast coast of Nicaragua and neighboring areas of eastern Honduras by early Tuesday, the Miami-based NHC said. https://gcaptain.com/record-tying-hurricane-eta-nicaragua/
9. Antwerp: Drones To Help With Port Area Controls
Drones will be used to support enforcement and control in the Antwerp port area. To this end, Port of Antwerp and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) have joined forces. The port of Antwerp covers more than 120km² and contains sensitive industrial infrastructure. The use of drones can make a major contribution to overall safety in this complex environment. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Antwerp%3A+Drones+to+help+with+port+area+controls
10. Iraq’s Total Oil Exports Rise To 2.8mln Bpd In October – Ministry
Iraqi oil exports rose to 2.876 million barrels per day in October, from 2.613 million bpd in the previous month, the oil ministry said on Sunday. Exports from the country’s southern Basra terminals reached 2.77 million bpd in October, up from 2.5 million bpd the month before, the ministry added.