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Indian ship owners threaten to flag out if cabotage is eased and RoFR removed
Fleet-owners in India have threatened to flag their ships outside the country if cabotage is further eased and a so-called right of first refusal (RoFR) available to them is removed.
Forcefully defending its turf in the wake of signals emanating from the governments policy managers in Delhi on potential cabotage relaxation and removal of RoFR, industry lobby Indian National Shipowners Association (INSA) has said the move will have a "definite impact" on the economy without any "discernible gain".
14 ports gets time till October for installation of radiation monitors, container scanner
Fourteen sea ports, including JNPT, Kandla, Mumbai, Tuticorin and Vishakhapatnam, get seven more months till October this year for installation of radiation monitors and container scanner for imports of un-shredded metallic scrap.
Earlier, these ports were asked by the government to install and operationalise these equipment by the end of this month. "The period of installation and operationalisation of radiation portal monitors and container scanner in the designated ports is extended up to October 31, 2018," the directorate general of foreign trade has said in a public notice.
It also said that these ports are allowed to import un-shredded metallic scrap till October end. "Such sea ports which fail to meet the deadline will be derecognised for the purpose of import of un-shredded metallic scrap, with effect from November 1, 2018," it added.
UN Security Council Blacklists 27 Ships over North Korea Links
The United Nations Security Council has added 27 ships to its blacklist as part of its clamp down on North Korea over its nuclear program. The latest wave of sanctions also includes one individual and 22 companies which have been involved in trading of coal, refined petroleum and oil with North Korean counterparts, which had been declared illegal.
Japan s Soma LNG Terminal Starts Operation
Soma LNG Terminal, located in Shinchi Town in Fukushima prefecture, commenced its operation on March 28, Japan Petroleum Exploration (JAPEX) said. The terminal, based at the No.4 wharf of Soma Port, started commissioning in December 2017, welcoming its first LNG ship. Soma LNG Terminal is the first large-scale LNG terminal in Fukushima prefecture, which comprises a ground-type LNG storage tank with a capacity of 230,000 kiloliters, two berths for a large ocean-going ship, a domestic vessel for receiving and shipping, LNG vaporization equipment, and LNG shipping facility.
NYK s LNG Carrier for Cameron Project Named in Geoje
Nippon Yusen Kaisha s (NYK) new LNG carrier was named at Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) Geoje Shipyard on March 29, 2018. The newbuild, named Marvel Falcon, will be chartered to Mitsui & Co. Ltd. under a long-term contract, NYK said. The 293-meter-long ship is the first in a series of new vessels that will be used by Mitsui in the Cameron LNG Project.
Bulk carrier CSL WELLAND stuck in Lock, traffic suspended, Ontario
Bulk carrier CSL WELLAND struck ship arrester when entering Lock 7 in Welland Canal, which is connecting Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, Ontario, Canada, at around 1830 UTC Apr 1, while proceeding downstream. Traffic was suspended, reported Great Lakes and Seaways Shipping. The ship was freed and resumed sailing at around 0150 UTC Apr 2, traffic restored.
Ferry with passengers on board on the reefs, Fiji
Inter-islands ferry SPIRIT OF ALTRUISM ran aground in the morning Apr 2 on a reef off Naigani island, Fiji, while en route from Natovi Fiji island to Nabouwalu, Vanua Levu. Reportedly there was no water ingress or if there was, it was put under control. Passengers are to be transferred to another Patterson ferry, SPIRIT OF HARMONY. According to passengers, ferry was disabled prior to grounding, and drifted onto reefs.
UAE cracks down on ship owners who abandon seafarers
The Federal Transport Authority (FTA) for Land and Maritime has started cracking down on ship owners abandoning and ill-treating seafarers. The authority has banned all ships belonging to a shipping company, which did not protect seafarers rights, from operating in the UAE waters. The ban on ships belonging to Venous Ship Management and Operation LLC based in Fujairah was announced in a circular [No (9) 2018] issued to ports authorities, harbour masters, ship agents and seafarers.
Panamax bulk carrier caught in burning oil spill Update
Update: According to local officials, bulk carrier already completed loading and was leaving or about to leave. Tugs prevented fire from spreading to holds and cargo of more than 70,000 tons of coal. Officials separate spilled burning diesel fuel and bulk carrier fire, but they re obviously, connected.
Bulk carrier HARRIETT refloated by own means, White sea
Mar 31 Update: Bulk carrier according to Moscow MRCC report refloated in the morning Mar 31 by own means, and was brought to anchor near grounding site for survey. Underwater survey carried out earlier didn t find hull damages and breaches, the ship grounded on sandy bottom. HARRIETT resumed voyage at around 0600 Moscow time.
Photo of unidentified bulk carrier seemingly aground off HK
FM/MB reader Mr. Will Riggs kindly sent a photo taken from plane at around 1200 HK time Mar 31, west of Hong Kong Int Airport, assuming that the ship on photo is the ship which ran aground on Mar 30. No, the ship on photo isn t the container ship which ran aground at southeast tip of Longxue Island, Pearl River estuary, and as of morning Apr 1 anchored south of Hong Kong, she was refloated same day. On a photo obviously, is a bulk carrier, with open hatches and looking like she s in ballast.
Fast ferry with 400 passengers damaged in collision, Korea
Fast ferry ELDORADO with 403 passengers on board collided with unidentified object in Japan sea in the evening Mar 31, while en route from Dokdo to Ulleundo island, Korea, at some 28 knots speed. Hull was breached, with ensuing water ingress in engine room area. Water ingress was put under control by crew using pumps, ferry managed to reach Ulleungdo at reduced speed but under own power, escorted by Korean Patrol ship. No injures reported.
IMO to begin talks on reducing ship emissions
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) will begin talks in London on Tuesday to discuss proposals to limit and reduce emissions by ships. This might also be the deciding year for India to initiate steps to limit the increasing problem of emissions of greenhouse gases from maritime transportation, experts said on Sunday. India has been one of the earliest members of the IMO, having ratified its convention and joined it as a member-state in 1959.
India blacklists UAE shipping recruiting agencies
India has blacklisted some of the UAE-based shipping recruiting agencies, which abandoned Indian seafarers stranded in Dubai for last 22 months. The UAE-based agencies that employed Indian seafarers onboard various vessels, including Shah Al Arab Marine Agency, Enjaz 1 & 2, MV Azab, Sharjah Moon, Alco Shipping Services LLC and Azwa, have been blacklisted by Directorate General of Shipping under the shipping ministry.
Japan to shift maritime policy focus to security
Japan s government has drafted new basic maritime policy guidelines with a focus on security in response to North Korea s nuclear and missile programs, as well as the East China Sea situation. The guidelines for the next 5 years change the focus from maritime resource development to security, setting out that Japan s maritime interests are under more serious threat and more at risk than ever before. The guidelines call for the Cabinet Office to gather information gained by satellites and other means, and to share it with the Defense Ministry, the Coast Guard and other relevant government bodies.
Nigeria s maritime environment at risk-CNS
Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, has said Nigeria s maritime environment was at risk, following upcoming socio-political activities taking off in the country. Ibas spoke just as National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno (retd), vowed that he would sustain the nation s national security, in spite of threats from some quarters. Ibas insisted that the country’s maritime domain was not getting safer, given the upcoming activities but vowed that Nigerian Navy was ready for any challenge.
S. Korea s Navy to receive new landing ship
South Korea s Navy will take over a new 4,500-ton landing ship featuring speedier and larger-load operations on Monday, the state arms agency said.
The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) plans to hand over the Ilchulbong vessel to the Navy in a ceremony to be held at Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Ulsan. It will be the Navy s third Cheonwangbong-class landing ship (LST-II) following the Cheonwangbong and Cheonjabong vessels. They are named after mountain peaks in South Korea.
The 127-meter-long Ilchulbong can sail at the maximum speed of 23 knots, with more than 130 crew members onboard.