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Filipino Captain medevaced after heart attack
General cargo ship ASIAN JOY interrupted her voyage from Kobe Japan to Qingdao China on Mar 31 and turned to Korea, after ship s Captain, 64-year old Filipino seaman, lost consciousness on the bridge. The ship requested medical assistance and was ordered to approach Tongyeong, SW of Buasn, and anchor. Captain was airlifted by helicopter and transferred to a hospital in Busan. ASIAN JOY resumed her voyage. Reportedly, Captain suffered heart attack.
Ferry EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY fire
Ferry EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY suffered fire in engine room in Larne, Northern Ireland, in the afternoon Mar 31. 3 engines were deployed, but crew managed to extinguished fire by activating fire suppressing system. No injures reported. Ferry is connecting Larne and Cairnyarn, as of morning Apr 1 she was still at Larne.
Swiss passenger ship collided with tanker on Western Scheldt, heavy damages, injures
Chemical tanker CHEMICAL MARKETER collided with inland passenger vessel VIKING IDUN at around 0010 UTC Apr 1 on Western Scheldt in front of Terneuzen, Netherlands. Tanker loaded with petroleum was en route from Turkey to Antwerp, VIKING IDUN was en route from Antwerp to probably Terneuzen. Both ships said to suffer serious damages above waterline, a number of passengers on board of VIKING IDUN suffered injured, some probably, heavy injures, as they were seen to be taken to ambulances on trolleys. VIKING IDUN was taken to Knol Terneuzen, and berthed. Tanker was anchored near collision site, as of 0530 UTC Apr 1 she was at anchor with tug at her side, no leak reported.
IMRRA, FleetMon s official Vessel Risk Rating Partner, risk assessed this tanker as having a green risk rating, with a specific risk rating of 33% (26-MAR-18), compared to the fleet average 35%. New risk assessment reports can be purchased via FleetMon.
Fairfax India Takes 41% Share in Seven Islands Shipping
Investment holding company Fairfax India has secured a 41.4% share in Seven Islands Shipping Limited by investing around INR 5 billion (USD 72.1 million) in the company.
Seven Islands will use the proceeds of the direct subscription to expand its ocean-going fleet by acquiring additional vessels and for general corporate purposes.
The investment was completed through a direct subscription and secondary acquisition of Seven Islands shares.
Seven Islands, the second largest private tanker shipping company in India, transports products along the Indian coast as well as in international waters. The company owns 14 vessels with a total capacity of 1 million dwt.
"Fairfax India s long-term orientation, decentralized management style and high standards of corporate governance will enable us to expand our operations and grow the business, thus creating value for all stakeholders," Captain Pinto, Managing Director of Seven Islands, said.
Nordic American Tankers Signs At-The-Market Issuance Agreement
Bermuda-based tanker shipping company Nordic American Tankers (NAT) has inked a new agreement that allows the company to sell up to USD 40 million worth of its common shares.
On March 29, 2019, NAT entered into an At-The-Market Issuance Agreement (ATM) with B. Riley FBR, an investment banking firm headquartered in Los Angeles, Califonia, as the sales agent.
Under the new agreement and over a period of about three years, the shipping company may, at its discretion during the term of the ATM, sell up to a maximum of USD 40 million of common shares.
The ATM sales, if any, will be made at market prices, according to NAT.
As explained, the establishment of the ATM arrangement is in harmony with the conservative financial policy of NAT and the company is not obliged to dispose of its shares under the agreement.
"The ATM arrangement is a tool for NAT to ascertain that we have financial flexibility at all times," the company said in a statement.
NAT s fleet currently comprises 23 Suezmax tankers with an aggregate cargo capacity of 23 million barrels of crude oil and an average age of 10.8 years.
DSME Names Four Ice-Breaking LNG Carriers
Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has simultaneously named four ice-breaking liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers at its Okpo Shipyard.
In a ceremony on March 28, the shipbuilder christened the new vessels Nikolay Yevgenov, Vladimir Voronin, Georgiy Ushakov and Yakov Gakkel, after Russian Arctic explorers and scholars.
Data provided by Reuters shows that the ships are scheduled for delivery in October and November of 2019, and January and February of 2020, respectively.
The ARC-7 units will operate on the Arctic route and transport clean energy from the Arctic to the Asian and Nordic regions. Featuring a length of 299 meters and a width of 50 meters, the ships have a capacity to carry up to 172,600 cbm of LNG and break up to 2.1 meter thick ice.
The units are being built for Teekay LNG Partners under a USD 4.8 billion contract for 15 ice-breaking LNG carriers, received in 2014. Each ship has a price of USD 320 million.
So far, DSME has handed over 10 of these carriers to their owners, with five remaining under construction at the Okpo yard.
US Applies Conditions of Entry to Ships Visiting Seychelles
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is to impose conditions of entry on vessels arriving in US waters from ports in the Republic of Seychelles.
As explained, conditions of entry are intended "to protect the United States from vessels arriving from countries that have been found to have deficient anti-terrorism port measures in place."
Beginning April 12, 2019, the conditions of entry will apply to any vessel that visited a port in the Republic of Seychelles in its last five port calls.
In April last year, the USCG found that ports in the Republic of Seychelles failed to maintain effective anti-terrorism measures and that the country s designated authority s oversight, access control measures, cargo control measures, and facility monitoring measures were all deficient.
Seychelles was notified of this determination in May 2018. The USCG provided recommendations for improving antiterrorism measures and gave 90 days to the country to respond.
However, the coast guard subsequently determined that Seychelles failed to maintain effective anti-terrorism measures in its ports.
The USCG data shows that, apart from Seychelles, the following countries are also subject to conditions of entry: Cambodia, Cameroon, Comoros, Cote d Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Micronesia, Nauru, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Syria, Timor-Leste, Venezuela, and Yemen.
Canada to Modernize Pilotage Service with New Legislation
The Canadian government is planning to introduce new legislation to modernize Canada s pilotage service for commercial ships.
The government has indicated that the amendments will focus on strengthening the governance of pilotage authorities, strengthening enforcement provisions, streamlining fee-setting and increasing transparency.
The Canadian Chamber of Marine Commerce (CMC) welcomed the Federal Budget plan, noting that the system has not been overhauled in 45 years.
"Pilotage costs in Canada are out of control and have a long history of increasing at rates that far exceed inflation," said Bruce Burrows, president of the Chamber of Marine Commerce.
"This government-mandated service has for decades been provided by monopolistic entities with little accountability or input from ship operators and their customers - despite the fact that it is paid for by industry fees - costs passed ultimately to consumers."
In ports and other specific channels, ships are mandated by law to have a pilot come on board to help with navigation. Most of the 3,700-kilometer Great Lakes-St. Lawrence waterway is within a mandatory pilotage zone as are other areas along the east and west coasts of Canada.
The rationale is that a Canadian-licensed pilot will navigate the challenging areas where the ships’ crew may not have traveled often and know the potential hazards. This is an important safety measure, however, problems exist on how the service works.
As explained by CMC, with just over 400 pilots in Canada, pilotage is managed by four federal crown corporations, each with their own set of regulations, operational procedures and management practices.
CMC added that in many of the pilotage zones, archaic and cumbersome rules make it almost impossible for domestic ship masters and mates to be certified to pilot their own vessels, despite having similar local knowledge and expertise and having access to state-of-the-art navigation and traffic control management systems.
Ship operators, ports and customers alike are pushing a host of reforms, including having the government make a standardized and improved certification program for domestic crews across Canada.
According to CMC, fees, salaries and benefits paid to licensed pilots averaged CAD 376,500 (USD 282,209) per pilot in 2016, increasing 3.4 times more than CPI over the last five years. On the St. Lawrence River, for example, the hourly cost of pilotage exceeds the total cost of the entire crew of a vessel.
Russian crew awaiting trial after cocaine bust, but cleared of homicide suspicion
Russian crew of cargo ship ESER, arrested in Praia port, Cape Verde with 9.5 tons of cocaine on board, is still in detention, awaiting trial, but at least they re cleared of suspicion on possible crime - a crew member who died during voyage, was found to be victim of septic shock and extensive bleeding, caused by infection. He died in the evening Jan 22, the ship interrupted voyage and sailed to Cape Verde, to disembark body and carry out all necessary formalities.
Norwegian heavy lift ship carrying Chinese dock hit US destroyer
Heavy lift carrier HAWK on arrival to Pascagoula Ingalls Shipyard, transporting China-made floating dock, collided with service barge while maneuvering in harbor with assistance of tugs, in the morning Mar 29. Barge, moored alongside Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Delbert D. Black (DDG-119), moved and contacted destroyer. Understood all involved vessels sustained some damages.
Switzerland to sue Nigeria for violating Law of Sea by hijacking Swiss tanker
Switzerland is considering an option of suing Nigeria in International Court of the Law of the Sea for gross violation of that law, by keeping in detention Swiss-flagged tanker for already more, than a year. Tanker was seized on Jan 23 last year by Nigerian Navy for allegedly, illegal entry and illegal fuel trade. Everything Nigerian Navy or officials, or whoever is in power there, said or are saying, doesn t stand fact-checking.
Irish shipping industry booming as boats bypass British ports amid Brexit fears
The Irish shipping industry has seen a marked increase in business as companies bypass British ports amid Brexit fears.
Irish ports have been forced to adapt quickly and increase capacity for direct sailings to continental EU ports as manufacturers increasingly see Irish ports like Dublin and Rosslare as an alternative to the landbridge.
Modest Cargo Growth Forecast in 2019 for Long Beach
A slowing domestic economy will likely lead to a moderate uptick in container imports through 2019, following a robust year that was marked by record-high cargo growth amid a trade dispute with China, experts said Wednesday at the Port of Long Beach s 15th annual Pulse of the Ports Peak Season Forecast.
Expanded Panama Canal Commemorates 1,000 Days in Operation
On Friday, March 22, the Expanded Panama Canal commemorated its 1,000th day in operation, marking an important milestone for the waterway that continues to redefine world trade routes and exceed expectations.
"During these 1,000 days, the Panama Canal s workforce has not only met the challenge of successfully managing the Neopanamax Locks, but also exceeded the projections we had for this period of operations, thanks to their efficiency and productivity," said the Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano.