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Hapless offshore giant ship PETROBRAS-70 troubled again, aground in Rio de Janeiro
Brand new offshore processing ship PETROBRAS 70 ran aground in Niteroi area, Rio de Janeiro, at night Jan 30, when she broke off anchors in Guanabara Bay during anchorage operation. PETROBRAS 70 has been offloaded from heavy lift ship BOKA VANGUARD, on arrival from China, and was to be temporarily anchored in Guanabara Bay. The giant ship ran aground near seaside boulevard, scaring drivers. She was refloated in rather short time and taken to anchorage in Niteroi area. Strong wind and heavy rain battered Rio de Janeiro last night. According to officials, the ship couldn t cope with gale-force wind, went out of control and slowly moved aground.
Bpifrance Becomes Signatory to the Poseidon Principles
French national investment bank Bpifrance has committed to limiting the carbon impact of the French shipping industry by signing up to the Poseidon Principles.
Bpifrance joined the climate alignment agreement through its subsidiary Bpifrance Assurance Export, the French export credit agency, acting under the name, for the account and under the control of the French state.
Launched in 2019, the principles commit their signatories to align the climate impact of their portfolios with the trajectory of the greenhouse gas emissions set by the International Maritime Organization - a reduction of 50% by 2050 compared to 2008.
"Through this commitment, the French state and Bpifrance, which underwrites each year several billion euros of export credit guarantees for cruise ships, through Bpifrance Assurance Export, wish to encourage the players of the industry, shipyards and ship owners, to favor the greenest existing technologies for their future ships," the credit insurer said in a statement.
As explained, joining this initiative is expected to contribute to France s commitment in favor of the carbon neutrality by 2050 and to the ecological transition of the shipping industry, as set out in the French "Pacte Productif".
"Bpifrance is a key player in the French shipping sector and Chantiers de l’Atlantique a leading actor strongly committed to the ecological transition," François Lefebvre, general manager of Bpifrance Assurance Export, commented.
"By becoming a signatory of the Poseidon Principles, we aim at aligning our portfolio with the sustainability objectives set out by the International Maritime Organization and we reaffirm, more broadly, our commitment to the ecological transition of France."
Earlier this month, BNP Paribas, a France-based international lender to global shipping, and Credit Suisse, a Swiss multinational investment bank, also become signatories of the Poseidon Principles.
Costa Smeralda Passengers Allowed to Disembark after Coronavirus Scare
Over 6,000 passengers who were kept on board a cruise ship in Italy all day Thursday amid fears that one of the passengers might have been infected with coronavirus have received clearance to disembark.
The decision was announced after a female passenger, who was experiencing flu-like symptoms and fever, underwent medical tests to rule out a possible link to the deadly coronavirus.
The woman in her 50ies and her husband, both reportedly of Chinese nationality, boarded Costa Smeralda on Saturday, January 25, and were put in isolation on Wednesday night after coming down with the flu-like symptoms. The Italian authorities banned anyone from disembarking the ship until medical tests were conducted, putting the ship on lockdown.
"Carnival Corporation & plc and the company s Italian brand Costa Cruises have confirmed that Italian health officials diagnosed a passenger on board a ship docked in Civitavecchia, north of Rome, Italy with the common flu. The ship will resume its Mediterranean program on Friday," Carnival said in a statement on Thursday.
"Guests who should have disembarked today can either disembark or remain on board overnight, at their discretion. All guests scheduled to embark today will be accommodated in hotels near the port and embark on Friday."
Cruise liners had to suspend their sailings from China amid efforts to curb the spread of the virus.
Royal Caribbean Cruises said it had canceled three more sailings through Feb 8th on Spectrum of the Seas, homeported in China.
The move follows the cancellations of sailings on the Quantum-class cruise ship that were scheduled to depart on January 27 and January 31 from Shanghai.
MSC Cruises and Costa Cruises also had to suspend several of their sailings planned for this and next week in order to comply with the measures being undertaken by the Chinese authorities to mitigate the spread of the virus.
Initial estimates indicate that the death toll from the coronavirus in China stands at 170, with 7,711 confirmed cases of infections.
Maersk Boxship Suffers Engine Failure in Gibraltar Strait
A containership owned by Danish shipping major Maersk experienced main engine damage and started drifting in the Gibraltar Strait on January 29, 2020.
At the time of the incident, the 3,078 TEU Maersk Batur just left Algeciras, Spain, and was en route to Newark, the USA.
"The Nautical department is sailing the vessel to tow her in Algeciras Port in order to start inspections and fix issue," Maersk said in an advisory on January 30.
"Based on the latest information received and as a result of this incident, the vessel is expected to be delayed. Contingency being worked upon," the company added.
As of January 31, the Singapore-flagged boxship is moored in Algeciras, according to Maersk Batur s AIS data.
Built in South Korea in 2009, Maersk Batur has a length of 225 meters and a beam of 32.2 meters, data provided by VesselsValue shows.
MAERSK container ship breakdown in Gibraltar Strait, towage
Container ship MAERSK BATUR suffered engine failure shortly after leaving Algeciras, in the afternoon Jan 29, being en route from Algeciras to Newark USA. At the time of breakdown the ship was sailing in Gibraltar Strait, she started to drift. Master informed authorities, tug was contracted to tow the ship back to Algeciras, reportedly to be docked in Campameno, for repairs.
Stolt-Nielsen: Gradual Upswing in Chemical Tanker Market Imminent
London-based transportation company Stolt-Nielsen Limited expects a gradual upturn in the chemical tanker market as the year unfolds, the company s CEO said in the latest financial update.
"A continued strong CPP market has drawn swing tonnage away from the chemical markets, supporting a further firming of spot rates," Niels G. Stolt-Nielsen, CEO of Stolt-Nielsen Limited, explained, adding that the company continued to see rate increases in its contract renewals in late 2019.
NYK Exploring Ammonia as Carbon Neutral Marine Fuel
Japanese shipping major NYK is looking into using ammonia as marine fuel for zero-emission ships as part of the industry s decarbonization drive.
Speaking at a Green Ammonia Consortium last week, the company said it was part of a consortium exploring the maritime transport of ammonia as a power generation fuel used by electric power companies and the use of ammonia as marine fuel.
Cyber Security Guide For Ports Released
A new UK cyber security good practise guide highlights the very real risk of cyber security breaches and the need for robust prevention strategies to protect financial, security and reputational interests.
The Cyber Security for Ports and Port Systems guide, published by The Institution of Engineering and Technology, with the UK Department for Transport, aims to help ports highlights what actions need to be taken and by who.
Ministry of Shipping puts over 200 ports in quarantine mode
The Union Ministry of Shipping has directed all States to put 204 minor and 12 major ports in quarantine mode to screen for the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on ships docking from China.
The directive, issued by Abhishek Chandra, Director (Sagarmala), Ministry of Shipping, has warned the virus could have an "adverse impact" on India’s maritime economy.
Elbe fairway widening: Now simpler for mega-ships to pass
From yesterday, vessels with a combined width of up to 98 metres may pass each other in a widened section of the Elbe known as the ‘passing box . The five-kilometre stretch under Federal jurisdiction now has a width of 385 metres.
Similarly, the fairway along the 36-kilometre stretch between Wedel and the mouth of the Stör has been widened from 300 to 320 metres.