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Shipping Industry Launches New Security Resources for World Fleet
International shipping industry organisations, with military support, have launched a new website dedicated to providing comprehensive maritime security guidance to companies and mariners. Launched yesterday, the new website www.maritimeglobalsecurity.org provides security-related guidance produced by the industry as well as links to other useful maritime and military security resources.
UAE committed to protecting rights of seafarers
The UAE will do what it can to assist seafarers abandoned by ship owners, a top official said on Wednesday.
The official said the UAE has signed international agreements to protect the rights of seafarers as well as issued circulars on ship companies that have mistreated their workers.
The comments were made by Dr Abdullah Mohammad Bel Haif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development, during a press briefing about the UAE's participation at the International Day of the Seafarer conference that took place in Poland earlier this month.
"We have recently signed an agreement with the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) that will help and assist them with their mission," Dr Al Nuaimi said referencing the memorandum of understanding (MoU) that was signed in May between the Federal Transport Authority - Land and Maritime (FTA) and the ITF. Under the agreement, the UAE will work with the ITF to protect the rights of seafarers in the UAE's waters.
"The signing of the MoU is a part of the FTA's efforts to preserve the rights of seafarers on board ships to work in a safe working environment and enjoy decent living conditions, as well as provide insurance on the responsibilities of ship owners towards seafarers in the event of abandonment of seafarers on-board national and foreign vessels anchored in the UAE's territorial waters," Al Nuaimi said.
"The authority undertakes daily follow-ups by telephone and email, or by holding meetings with companies managing those vessels or vessel owners, in addition to the masters of the harbours at which those vessels are anchored. Moreover, the FTA coordinates with the ITF to assist in fulfilling the obligations of ship owners to assume their responsibilities towards the seafarers, pay their entitlements and transfer them to their home countries upon their request," he added.
Dr Al Nuaimi said UAE-based agencies such as the Emirates Red Crescent were also helping abandoned seafarers, providing them with support and aid. "Governments generally are not responsible for abandoned ships in the middle of the sea … [But in] the UAE we have agencies that work in human rights and we will not allow people to remain on the sea without interfering or assisting them. We have seen many agencies in the UAE … including the Emirates Red Crescent doing their job in assisting people on the sea."
Dr Al Nuaimi explained that the UAE would be diligent towards UAE-based shipping companies that mistreated their workers, but the responsibility of foreign shipping companies lays with their countries of origin.
"For carriers that carry the UAE flag, we chase them anywhere in the world, but for ships that carry other flags, these countries should actually be responsible for assisting, harbouring them and doing whatever it takes.
"We have assisted many ships that have not been carrying our flags … This is the duty of the captain of the ship, but we still have people who go to the ships assisting [the sailors that have been abandoned," he added, highlighting how the UAE helps seafarers working for foreign shipping companies.
Dr Al Nuaimi said the FTA had also been issuing notices on its website on shipping companies that were mistreating their sailors. "It's on our website. We also circulate notices to the International Maritime Organisation and they share this information with all of their members. So we circulate about the source [of the problem and the company]."
THORCO LINEAGE still drifting after refloating Update
Jun 29: General cargo ship THORCO LINEAGE was refloated on Jun 27 by French Navy auxiliary ship BOUGANVILLE, towed off the coast and left drifting after tow line snapped, with BOUGANVILLE standing by. The ship is drifting in southwest direction parallel to Raroia Atoll northwest rim. Tug AITO NUI (IMO 9245445) sailed from Papeete on Jun 27 with salvors team on board, she s to tow THORCO LINEAGE to yet unknown port. As of 0700 UTC Jun 29, situation remained unchanged - THORCO LINEAGE still adrift, BOUGANVILLE nearby monitoring situation, and AITO NUI steaming towards disabled freighter. Reportedly, ship s underwater hull was damaged but not breached. The ship is disabled because her propeller was damaged by grounding.
Sovcomflot, Novatek Forge Ties on LNG Shipping
Russian shipping major Sovcomflot has inked a strategic cooperation agreement with compatriot natural gas producer Novatek for the transport of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and gas condensate produced at Yamal LNG and Arctic LNG 2.
The agreement is a continuation of the strategic partnership of the two Russian companies on developing an effective logistics model for the transportation of hydrocarbons in the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation, and optimizing the Arctic fleet both in terms of quantity and technical parameters.
Meyer Werft Lays Keel for SAGA Cruises New Ship
German shipbuilder Meyer Werft held a keel laying ceremony for Spirit of Discovery, the first new vessel for UK s SAGA Cruises. The keel for the first block was laid down at the builder s Papenburg facility on June 28, and the hull can now be assembled in Building Dock I.
Euronav s Latest ULCC Purchase Proves Size Matters
Belgian tanker shipping company Euronav Tankers NV has acquired the ultra large crude carrier (ULCC) Seaways Laura Lynn from Oceania Tanker Corporation, a subsidiary of International Seaways. The ship is the second of the two ULCCs that exist in the global fleet and has been renamed Oceania and registered under the Belgian flag. The 2003-built Seaways Laura Lynn, which features a massive 441,561 dwt capacity, cost Euronav USD 32.5 million.
Shipping Confidence Unchanged at Four-Year High
Shipping confidence held steady in the three months to end-May 2018, according to Moore Stephens latest Shipping Confidence Survey.
The average confidence level was unchanged at the four-year high of 6.4 out of 10.0 recorded in February 2018. Confidence on the part of owners was also sustained at a four-year high, of 6.6, while managers’ confidence was up from 6.4 to 6.7.
Collision on Western Scheldt off Vlissingen
Container ship ALDEBARAN J and container ship MARRY-S collided while proceeding on reciprocal courses in Western Scheldt, off Vlissingen, at around 0420 UTC Jun 28. Both ships sustained damages and were brought to anchor at Vlissingen Scheldt Anchorage. According to Dutch reports, ALDEBARAN J suffered bow damages, and MARRY-S sustained hull breach. According to screenshots from a short video, MARRY-S portside bow looks to suffer heavy damages, fore mast is dented. ALDEBARAN J appears to be intact, though there s something like dent portside bow above waterline. Container ship was en route to Antwerp, while MARRY-S left Antwerp and was heading for sea. As of 1230 UTC, both ships were still at anchor in the same position.
Ro-ro cargo ship aground, Norway
Ro-ro cargo ship SEA-CARGO EXPRESS ran aground in Surnadal Harbor, Norway, at around 1200 UTC Jun 28, while maneuvering to berth. Grounding was caused by strong wind gusts. No leaks reported. Ship sitting on mud bottom, attempts to refloat failed so far.
Snapped mooring line of bulk carrier killed 1, wounded 3 at Longview
Mooring line snapped and recoiled during bulk carrier ANSAC SPLENDOR shift along berth early in the morning LT Jun 28 in Longview Port, Washington, river Columbia. One longshoreman was killed on the spot, three were wounded, one of them, Chief Mate of the ship, critically. Among other two another longshoreman and a security guard.
Fincantieri Lays Keel for Seven Seas Splendor
Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has held a keel laying ceremony for Seven Seas Splendor, the second cruise ship being built for Regent Seven Seas Cruises, a brand of the Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.
The ceremony took place at Fincantieri s Ancona shipyard on June 28, 2018. Ordered in 2016 for a price of EUR 422 million, the newbuilding is scheduled for delivery in 2020.
Mariner Dies on board LPG Carrier off Mexico
A seafarer sailing on board the liquefied petroleum gas carrier (LPG) Seasucccess died while the ship was underway off the Mexican coast.
"With much regret we confirm the very sad news that a crew member passed away on board the managed vessel Seassuccess on June 25 off the coast of Mexico," Greek ship management company Thenamaris confirmed to World Maritime News.
The USCG s Maritime Security Forces
With the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the War on Terror set in motion dramatic changes to the Coast Guard. Prior to the 9/11 attacks, U.S. ports, waterways, and coastlines were protected primarily by Coast Guard boat stations and cutters. Immediately following September 11, Coast Guard resources were reallocated to fill the additional maritime security functions required in a post-9/11 environment.
In 2002, President George W. Bush signed the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) to protect the nation s ports and waterways from terrorist attacks. The MTSA provided for a Coast Guard maritime security force to function as part of the Department of Homeland Security s layered strategy to protect the nation s seaports and waterways.
Adani Ports to acquire 97% stake in Marine Infrastructure for Rs 19.50 bn
Adani Ports has decided to buy 97 per cent stake in Marine Infrastructure, which oversees operations of Kattupalli Port near Chennai, for an enterprise value of Rs 19.50 billion.
The company has signed Share Purchase Agreement with Larsen & Toubro (L&T), Marine Infrastructure Developer Pvt Ltd (MIDPL) and L&T Shipbuilding to acquire 97 per cent stake of Marine Infrastructure Developer Pvt Ltd, which is engaged in constructing, maintaining, developing and operating the port.
CNOOC starts expansion of Ningbo LNG terminal
China s largest LNG importer CNOOC has started construction of the second phase of the Ningbo LNG terminal in Zhejiang province on Wednesday, the news website of Zhejiang provincial government said on Thursday.
CNOOC will build three tanks each with 160,000 cubic meters of storage capacity for the Ningbo project, the Zhejiang government news website said.
MANSA commends Mumbai Port for extracting Pinnacle Obstructing Ship Movements in the Channel
Maritime Association of Nationwide Shipping Agencies - India (MANSA) has appreciated the administration of Mumbai Port Trust for removal of the age-old Pinnacle leading to free movement of the vessels.
In a letter congratulating the chairman of the port for making the channel free of this age old hindrance, MANSA said, "It has been a big problem for Mumbai Port for navigation of the ships by circumventing this Pinnacle time and again. It can therefore be termed as a turning point (mile stone) in the history of Mumbai Port besides deepening of the Channel for convenience of the Trade."
U.S. Ports Say Tariff Battle Could Hit Shipping Volumes
Leaders at big U.S. seaports say escalating global trade tensions could drive down cargo volumes at the gateways and hit jobs and businesses that depend on the flow of goods across supply chains.
Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, said the tariffs recently enacted or proposed by the U.S. and its trading partners would affect 15% of all cargo that moves through Los Angeles, the nation s largest container port.