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Two tankers beached by storm, SEA
Update Jun 15: SHINE LUCK 17 crew were also evacuated by mobile crane. Both tankers understood to have cargo of fuel on board, authorities fearing possible leak.
Schulte Group Launches New Maritime Fund Manager
German shipping company Schulte Group has launched a new maritime fund manager, Hanseatic Capital Management (HCM). The fund manager has an investment focus on maritime real assets, specifically merchant vessels.
HCM will concentrate on a commercially balanced employment strategy, which will include both shorter and period charters, depending on the vessel segments.
Captain of Russian Tanker Fined over Safety Failures
Captain of the Russian oil tanker Tecoil Polaris was fined over GBP 25,700 (USD 34,300) for breaching the International Safety Management (ISM) Code.
Vitaliy Trofimov, Captain of the 85-meter-long tanker, pleaded guilty to serious non-compliance of safety requirements which placed the vessel - to be loaded with 1,665 tonnes of lubrication oil - at risk. In a prosecution brought by the UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA), on June 14, 2018, the Captain was fined GBP 1,400 and ordered to pay GBP 24,361 in costs.
MSC Cruises Orders One More Meraviglia Ship
MSC Cruises has unveiled an order for the construction of a fifth Meraviglia class cruise ship. The cruise company signed the order with French shipbuilder STX France on June 14, 2018.
The announcement was made at a ceremony held at the Saint-Nazaire shipyard where the duo celebrated three shipbuilding milestones - the steel cutting ceremony of the second Meraviglia-Plus class vessel MSC Virtuosa, the coin ceremony of MSC Grandiosa and the float out of MSC Bellissima.
ITF and FTA collaborate to repatriate seafarers from UAE
Since 2016, the ITF has been assisting seafarers on board three vessels, all owned by Venous Ships Mgmt in the port of Khor Fakkan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE):
• City Elite - IMO 9486908, Liberia flag
• Al-Nouf - IMO 9422990, Liberia flag
• Lowdale (renamed as Mercury) - IMO 891779, Palau flag
The seafarers on board these vessels have endured inhumane conditions as the owner systematically abandoned them without wages, without food and water and without fuel to power the basic necessities like refrigeration and air conditioning.
During 2016 and 2017 several of the crew left the vessels without being able to confirm if they had received partial wages or any wages at all. Once again in 2018, the ITF was contacted by 14 crew members from the three vessels, some of them having been on board for nine months at anchorage outside the port.
On 19 March 2018, the Federal Transport Authority (FTA) of the UAE took the bold decision to ban Venous Ships Mgmt from operating any of their vessels in UAE ports or waters for repeated seafarer abandonment.
The FTA and ITF have worked closely to coordinate the repatriation of the seafarers, which the ITF part-funded, and now after months of suffering the nine Sri Lankan and five Indian seafarers are home.
Container ship MAERSK EDMONTON grounding, Tanjung Pelepas
Neopanamax container ship MAERSK EDMONTON reportedly ran aground while entering Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia, at around 1200 UTC Jun 14. Two tugs immediately came to assist, MAERSK EDMONTON according to track live, went off bottom in less than 30 minutes, and resumed moving with tugs at her side. Strangely, the ship wasn t berthed she turned back when being already in harbor in front of terminal, and moved out, according to her track. At 1500 UTC MAERSK EDMONTON was brought to anchor at Tanjung Pelepas Anchorage, reason unknown. Probably authorities want a check.
Green Marine to Promote Social Acceptability of Ports
Green Marine and the Worldwide Network of Port Cities (AIVP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding this week to combine efforts to promote the social acceptability of ports.
The agreement, signed at the conclusion of AIVP s Annual General Meeting at the start of the organization s 16th World Conference in Quebec City, will serve as a framework for cooperation to encourage and improve port relations with the wider community. AIVP has nearly 200 members representing more than 2,000 sustainable development actors in port cities throughout nearly 50 countries on five continents.
First Steel Cut for MSC Cruises Meraviglia-Plus II
French shipbuilder STX France has held a steel cutting ceremony for MSC Cruises newest Meraviglia-Plus II cruise ship. The ceremony was held in Saint-Nazaire on June 14, 2018. To be named MSC Virtuosa, the second Meraviglia-Plus ship is scheduled for delivery in 2020.
Royal Caribbean to Buy Majority Stake in Silversea Cruises
Cruise ship company Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL) is to acquire a 66.7% equity stake in Silversea Cruises based on an enterprise value of approximately USD 2 billion. Royal Caribbean said that the price of the equity being acquired is around USD 1 billion, adding that it plans to finance the purchase through debt.
In addition, Manfredi Lefebvre D Ovidio, Chairman of Silversea Cruises, will qualify for an estimated contingent consideration of 472,000 RCL shares, payable upon achievement of certain 2019-2020 performance metrics.
International Seaways Wraps Up Acquisition of 6 Euronav VLCCs
US-based tanker shipping company International Seaways (INSW) has completed the acquisition of six 300,000 dwt very large crude carriers (VLCCs) from Euronav NV.
The ships have been bought for USD 434 million, inclusive of assumed debt, the company said. The six vessels have an average age of two years and include five 2016-built VLCCs and one 2015-built VLCC, each constructed at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding.
Throughput of Russian seaports in 5M 18 grew by 2.7% to 328.44 million tonnes
In January-May 2018, Russian seaports handled 328.44 million tonnes of cargo (+2.7%, year-on-year) including 156.35 million tonnes of dry bulk cargo (+9.0%) and 172.08 million tonnes of liquid bulk cargo (-2.5%), says press center of Federal Marine and River Transport Agency (Rosmorrechflot).
Seaports of the Arctic basin handled 32.0 million tonnes (+ 9%) including 11.61 million tonnes of dry bulk cargo (+3%) and 20.38 million tonnes of liquid bulk cargo (+ 13 %).
Gwadar, Chabahar ports to boost trade with Iran, says Achakzai
Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai has said that close coordination and links between Gwadar and Chabahar ports would help strengthen cordial and trade relations between Pakistan and Iran.
Speaking at an iftar dinner hosted by Iranian Consul General Muhammad Rafi on Tuesday, he said that the two countries shared common religion and cultural ties and those relations were improving with the passage of time.
“Both Pakistan and Iran have always extended mutual cooperation and stand shoulder-to-shoulder for regional peace,” said Governor Achakzai.
Croatia s parliament gives go ahead for EU-backed LNG terminal
Croatia passed a law on Thursday to enable the construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, part of a European Union drive to diversify away from Russian gas imports.
The terminal, which will be built on the island of Krk in the northern Adriatic Sea, will be partly funded by the EU but has been criticised by environmental groups and local councils. Environmentalists said ahead of the vote that they would stage fresh protests and may ask the Constitutional Court to rule if the law is in line with the constitution.