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DG shipping to take up identity issue of sailors
Goan seafarers affected by the deactivation of Indian National Database of Seafarers (INDOS) numbers by the director general of shipping (DG), have found some hope with the Union minister of state for shipping, chemicals and fertilisers, Mansukh Lal Mandaviya assuring a TDP MP of taking up the matter with the DG. INDOS serves as a means to crosscheck a seafarer's identity.
"Many seafarers have made their representation to the Union minister for shipping from various states along with their MPs to take steps to ensure that they do not lose their employment on account of deactivation of their INDOS numbers. With this assurance now coming from the minister, we hope to hear some good news for the Goan seafarers soon," Dixon Vaz of Goan Seafarers Association of India told reporters.
The commissioner for NRI affairs Narendra Sawaikar had recently written to Mandaviya to take steps to ensure that the employment of Goans whose INDOS number has been deactivated, is adequately protected.
Sawaikar had said that "such abrupt action of DG shipping has affected the livelihoods of sailors and their families".
Three offshore supply ships collided at Aberdeen
Offshore supply ship STRIL MYSTER went out of control and collided with berthed offshore supply ships EDDA FERD and SKANDI AUKRA, while maneuvering at Aberdeen Harbor, in the evening Dec 10. All three ships sustained some damages, EDDA FERD and SKANDI AUKRA damages probably superficial, as both ships left Aberdeen and continued working. STRIL MYSTER on Dec 16 was still at Aberdeen. According to The Press and Journal pressandjournal.co.uk, Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) is aware of the incident and making inquiries.
Shell to Supply Biofuel for CMA CGM Vessels
French container shipping major CMA CGM has selected oil and gas company Royal Dutch Shell to supply tens of thousands of tons of marine biofuel to its fleet.
As explained, this quantity of second-generation biofuel derived from used cooking oil will allow the CMA CGM s ships to travel nearly 1 million kilometers, equivalent to over 80 round-trips between Rotterdam and New York.
Earlier this year, CMA CGM became the first shipowner in the world to successfully test the use of marine biofuel onboard the containerships CMA CGM White Shark and CMA CGM Alexander von Humboldt.
With the newest move, CMA CGM said it is helping to accelerate and expand the use of biofuel in the shipping industry. Composed of 80% of low sulphur fuel oil (LSFO) and 20% of a biofuel made of used cooking oil, biofuel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 80% and virtually eliminates sulphur oxides emissions.
This new partnership follows a number of the group s initiatives aimed at protecting the environment.
CMA CGM ordered in 2017 a series of a nine 23,000 TEU containerships powered by LNG. The first newbuild from the batch was launched in China in September 2019.
In 2022, the CMA CGM fleet will count 20 LNG-powered vessels, including the nine 23,000 TEUs scheduled to start joining the fleet from 2020, five 15,000 TEU containerships, as well as six vessels of 1,400 TEUs being built for Containerships.
Beyond technical solutions to limit greenhouse gas emissions, CMA CGM also wants to unite all maritime transport actors in an international coalition. Initiated by Rodolphe Saade, President and CEO of the CMA CGM Group, and supported by French President Emmanuel Macron, the coalition will work towards the emergence of tomorrow s clean energy for de-carbonized transport.
Royal Caribbean, Galveston Port Ink Contact for New USD 100 Mn Cruise Terminal
Miami-based cruise company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) has signed a long-term contract with the Port of Galveston in Texas for a new USD 100 million cruise terminal.
As informed, through the public-private partnership, RCL will build the terminal, then lease it from the port for an initial term of 20 years, with four 10-year extension options.
Construction is expected to begin in April 2020 and the facility is scheduled to open in fall 2021.
"We are excited to partner with the Port of Galveston to develop a world-class facility which will allow us to sail our newest, largest and most innovative ships from Texas starting with Allure of the Seas, one of the largest ships in the world," Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International, commented.
"The new terminal will allow us to increase our guests to the region by 50% generating a USD 100 million economic impact within the first year of operation."
The two-story terminal will have a footprint of approximately 170,000 square feet on 10 acres in the eastern section of the port known as Pier 10.
The terminal will feature advanced technology and will be developed to meet the highest environmental standards. Improvements to the pier bulkhead and apron will be made to accommodate the cruise line s largest vessels. In addition, a staging and loading area, bus and taxi staging areas and substantial parking will be constructed, according to Royal Caribbean.
Specifically, the port will be responsible for items including maintenance, parking, and improvements to the dock so that it can accommodate the larger vessels, while RCL will contribute to the cost of improving the docks.
According to a national report, Galveston s cruise business grew by 13 percent in 2018, resulting in USD 1.5 billion in cruise industry direct expenditures.
The port began its partnership with RCL in 2002 with the inaugural sailing of Rhapsody of the Seas. Currently, the port is home to Enchantment of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the state of Texas.
Kidnapped Crew Member of Greek Tanker Dies, Remaining Three Freed
Three of the four kidnapped crew members of the oil tanker Elka Aristotle have been released, however, the fourth crew member, a Filipino national has died, European Products Carriers Ltd., managers of the Greek-flagged vessel, informed.
"A full investigation is underway into the situation, but it is understood that his demise was not as a result of any actions by those holding the crew hostage but due to illness," the company added.
The three released crew members have undergone medical checks and are reported to be well.
They were being debriefed by the local authorities prior to returning home to the Philippines, Greece, and Georgia respectively.
The tanker was boarded by armed pirates on November 4, 2019 while anchored near the West African port of Lome, Togo.
The incident occurred only two days after nine crew members were taken hostage from a bulk carrier off Cotonou, Benin. The anchored vessel was boarded by perpetrators while it was waiting for berth to discharge cargo.
The seas around West Africa have been characterized as the world s most dangerous for piracy, amid rampant kidnapping incidents over the recent period. Specifically, in the first nine months of 2019, the region accounted for 86% of the 49 crew taken hostage and 82% of the 70 crew kidnapped globally.
The trend has, unfortunately, resumed with at least four ships attacked in the region over the past month.
Seafarer unions and other industry bodies have been urging relevant authorities to allocate all necessary assets to the region in order to eliminate piracy in the Gulf of Guinea and protect the seafarers sailing through the region.
Pirates Kidnap 20 Seafarers from Tanker off Togo
Twenty crew members have been kidnapped from a Marshall Islands-flagged oil tanker off Lome, Togo, Dryad Global said.
The incident, described as "the largest kidnapping event in West Africa within 2019", occurred some 115 nautical miles southeast of Lome on December 15, 2019.
The tanker, identified as the 19,100 dwt MT Duke, was attacked and boarded by six pirates while sailing from Luanda, Angola, to Lome with a cargo of fuel oil.
Out of the ship s twenty-one crew members, the pirates have kidnapped twenty Indian men, while one Nigerian seafarer is believed to have been left aboard the vessel, according to Dryad.
The 2003-built chemical/product tanker is owned by UK s Union Maritime which confirmed the attack:
"Duke s crew is managed by V Ships, and Union Maritime is working closely with them and all relevant authorities to resolve the situation as quickly as possible. The safety and welfare of the crew remains the top priority of Union Maritime."
The latest incident comes less than two weeks after nineteen crew members were kidnapped from the tanker Nave Constellation off Bonny Island, Nigeria.
"With the latest kidnap of 20 Indian crew off Lome, this brings the total number of kidnapped Indian personnel within West Africa to 89 since Jan 18, thus making Indian nationals the highest volume of kidnapped personnel operating in West Africa," Dryad Global informed.
"This is however not the largest incident involving the kidnap of Indian personnel, with one larger event originating offshore Benin on Feb 1, 18 involving the kidnap of 22 Indian personnel from the MV Marine Express."
The maritime security company further said that the newest incident is the 10th maritime security incident and the 4th kidnapping incident in the waters off Togo this year.
"The waters of Togo and Benin have thus far experienced a very slight reduction in number of incidents when set against those of 2018, however, with 5 kidnaps within 2019 against 0 in 2018 there has been a significant increase in serious maritime crime and there is a direct increase to the risk facing vessel and crews within this area," Dryad Global noted, adding that pirates are likely to be using a mothership vessel to aid operations deep offshore.
Tanker damaged in collision with fishing vessel, returned to Falmouth
Tanker collided with 22-meter French fishing vessel at around 1800 UTC Dec 14 in English Channel S of Falmouth, said CornwallLive news outlet. A spokesman for the Marine Coastguard Agency (MCA) said the tanker was on route from Falmouth to New York USA, when she collided with fishing vessel. Fishing vessel sustained superficial damages, tanker sustained a hole around 50cm by 100cm in its ballast tank, and had to return to Falmouth. She anchored at Falmouth Anchorage at night Dec 14, and as of Dec 15, remained in the same position.
The Ocean Cleanup Brings First Catch of Plastic to Shore, Unveils New Project
The Ocean Cleanup has brought the first batch of ocean plastic to shore following its first mission in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
This plastic trash will be transformed into sustainable products that will be sold to help fund the continuation of the cleanup operations, Boyan Slat, Founder and CEO of the Dutch organization announced.
Felixstowe: Strike threat at UK s biggest container port
Workers have voted to take strike action at the UK s busiest container port in a dispute over outsourcing.
The union Unite claimed the Port of Felixstowe is transferring engineering jobs to cut costs, and fear it is "the thin end of the wedge".
17 foreign countries eager for investment in Chabahar Port
The Director General of Ports and Maritime Department of Sistan-Baluchestan Province said 17 countries have expressed willingness for contribution to development of Chabahar Port in southeastern Iran, Tasnim news agency reported.
According to Behrouz Aghaie so far 130 foreign company representative delegations have visited Chabahar, of which 17 have expressed willingness for investment in the port.
Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce and Abu Dhabi Ports ink MoU in Brazil
The Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Abu Dhabi Ports, paving the way for more robust technical cooperation, port promotion, and joint business-related events and activities.
The signing took place after the conclusion of a seminar organized by ABCC in Sao Paulo.
Port of Kingston welcomes new shipping services
Jamaica recently welcomed two new services to the Port of Kingston - the Panama Direct Line and the Mediterranean Caribbean - which both had their inaugural call last month.
Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL) Deputy CEO, Thomas Vernier and Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) President, Professor Gordon Shirley, made a presentation on December 9 to Captain Kirill Vereschchak of the Seatrade Blue, one of the vessels on the Round the World Panama Direct Line.