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Monday, April 24, 2017

Maritime Safety News

Photo: Jaheziya (A Tawazun Subsidiary)

Abu Dhabi Ports, Jaheziya Provide Maritime Courses

Abu Dhabi Ports, the master developer, operator and manager of the Emirate's commercial and community ports, as well as Khalifa Industrial Zone, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Jaheziya, the brand name for Tawazun’s Safety, Security and Disaster Management City. The Emirates News Agency WAM reported that Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, and Jamal Mohamed Al Shamsi, Jaheziya Managing Director signed the MOU at Abu Dhabi Ports Headquarters.

Photo courtesy of Nakilat

Nakilat Holds 21st Qatar Project Shipping Forum

Nakilat organized the 21st Qatar Project Shipping Forum (QPSF) in London from April 18-19, 2017. The bi-annual Forum gathered Nakilat’s joint venture partners, ship operators and charterers to discuss numerous matters concerning the Nakilat fleet as well as the general shipping and maritime industry. This semi-annual Forum brings together many owners of leading international shipping companies along with ship charterers such as Qatargas and RasGas. Initiated and established by Nakilat since 2006…

Rickmers Group fleet value, from March 21, 2016 (Source: VesselsValue)

Rickmer's Group Worth $740 Million

Following last month’s news that Singapore Based Rickmers Maritime Trust is to be wound up, Rickmers Holding AG released a statement on April 19 reporting that an understanding had been reached regarding restructuring of the Rickmers Group. It is understood that sole shareholder Bertram Rickmers will reduce his shareholding to below 25 percent, while the remaining 75 percent will be taken by lenders and bondholders. The value today of the Rickmers Group (a Rickmers Holding AG subsidiary) sits at $740 million, according to VesselsValue.

Richard Benzie (Photo: IMCA)

IMCA to Hold Marine Seminar in the Netherlands

‘Practical Vessel Assurance for Safe & Efficient Operations’ is the theme of a two-day Marine Seminar to be held by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) on Wednesday 14 and Thursday, June 15, at the Novotel Amsterdam Schiphol. The Seminar will bring together IMCA members and guests eager to listen to presentations on four key topics – ‘Reactivation of DP vessels after a period of layup’; ‘Investigation and analysis of DP station keeping events’; ‘The role maritime bodies play in vessel assurance’…

Potential Port Problems in Nigeria

According to a report on http://www.thenationonlineng.net, the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) today threatened to shut down seaports to protest the planned establishment of another body--Maritime Security and Safety Agency. MWUN stated this in a petition signed by its President, Tony Nted and Secretary-General, Aham Ubani, and sent to Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan. The petition, which made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, was copied to the Senate President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Minister of Transport.

Malta & Russia – Update Re MV Arctic Sea

The Malta Maritime Authority issued a press release stating that the MV Arctic Sea is under the control of Russian Authorities and is located 16 nautical miles off Las Palmas. A team comprised of officials from the Malta Police Force and the Malta Maritime Authority boarded the ship on 10 September and are currently carrying out a maritime safety investigation in parallel with a law enforcement investigation. (9/11/09). (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)  

Team BCGP celebrates their safety milestone with an employee gathering last Friday, April 14th.  (Photo: BCGP)

Brunswick Celebrates 10-year Safety Milestone

April 14 marked 10-years without a lost time incident for Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP). BCGP's employees have worked 1,817,000 hours without a lost time incident and maintained a recordable incident rate of zero in 2016. "This monumental milestone illustrates our dedication to safety and manufacturing excellence, said John Ratto, BCGP Director of Manufacturing and Plant Operations. BCGP was also recently presented the Sustained Safety Performance Award from its parent company - the Brunswick Corporation.

Photo: News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

Nigeria, Singapore Seal Maritime Partnership

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Maritime and Ports Authority of Singapore have held a bilateral meeting to seek areas of collaboration between the two maritime regulators at the sidelines of the Maritime Regulators Forum holding in Singapore. The Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside met with his counterpart at the Maritime and Ports Authority (MPA) of Singapore,  Andrew Tan where they pledged to collaborate for the benefit of both countries.

CG Proposes Safety Zone Around Drillship

The U.S. Coast Guard proposes to establish a temporary safety zone around a drillship while it is anchored on location in order to drill exploratory wells at various locations over the US outer continental shelf in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas between July 1 and October 31. Comments on this proposal should be submitted by February 5. 75 Fed. Reg. 803 (January 6, 2010). (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)  

Boston Safety Zones Proposed for LNG DWPs

The U.S. Coast Guard proposed to establish new and modify existing regulated navigation areas (RNAs) and safety/security zones off the coast of Massachusetts in the vicinity of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater ports (DWPs) in the Boston Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone. Comments on this proposal should be submitted by June 1. 75 Fed. Reg. 16370 (April 1, 2010). (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)

Towing Safety Committee Members Sought

The US Coast Guard is soliciting applications for membership on the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC). Applications should be received by May 21. 75 Fed. Reg. 20856 (April 21, 2010). (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)  

Salvage Cost of Stranded Tanker Soars

According to a report on www.businessday.co.za, bad weather could drive up the cost of salvaging the stranded oil tanker MT Phoenix to $4.5m, citing information from the South African Maritime Safety Authority. The tanker reportedly ran aground north of Durban on Tuesday. One well-placed industry source cited by the news service estimated the costs could soar even higher. Phoenix reportedly was stranded off a residential area, making the salvage job that much more challenging. (Source: www.businessday.co.za)

Maritime Global News App Launch at SMM

New Maritime Global News App launch at the Maritime Reporter and Engineering News at SMM in Hall B7, Stand 603. Maritime Reporter is changing the way our industry gets its news with the all new Maritime Global News App. This free mobile app is perfect for the busy maritime professional on the move. Updated regularly, the Maritime Global News app delivers all the news you need and want directly to your mobile devices from the world’s leading source for maritime business news and information Maritime Reporter and Engineering News.

Dean Rosenberg

PortVision CEO to Testify at U.S. Congressional Hearing

Hearing before U.S. Coast Guard & Marine Transportation Subcommittee will focus on how technology can improve maritime domain awareness, response capability and efficiency. PortVision CEO will testify about vessel-tracking technology advances and successes, and benefits of applying latest commercial solutions and best practices to federal agency initiatives. Testimony will draw on company’s experience serving 3,000 users including marine service providers, vessel operators, third-party terminal operators and every major oil company.

Photo: Istanbul Technical University

Istanbul Technical University Hosts Chemfleet for Career Day

Chemfleet was the eighth guest of the 19th annual Career Days organized by the Istanbul Technical University Maritime Faculty Career Club. Operation Manager Baris Samur, Personal Manager Ozgur Sarioglu, Vice Personal Manager Mahir Adali, Safety Manager Gokhan Ergin and Technical Manager Ersen Ucakhan participated in the organization as representatives of Chemfleet. Samur and Sarioglu introduced the company to the students, and Sarioglu explained the company’s cadet policy. Moreover, the company representatives spoke about Chemfleet’s safety procedure for chemical tankers.

Captain Harry Gale (Photo: The Nautical Institute)

Cape Town Hosts Nautical Institute Command Seminar

The second in The Nautical Institute’s 2017 series of Command Seminars continues to focus on Navigation Accidents and their Causes, a topic that is receiving considerable attention in the industry. The seminar began today in Cape Town, South Africa, with NI President Captain Duke Snider FNI giving the opening address before handing over to South African Maritime Safety Authority CEO Sobantu Tilayi for the keynote address. Independent marine consultant Captain Alan Reid MNI, then introduced the main theme.

Koji Sekimizu Secretary General of the IMO. (Source: IMO)

IMO Head Defends Ship Size, Regs

According to the head of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the world’s largest ships are well regulated and safe, Bloomberg news agency reported following an interview. According to the Bloomberg report, regulators haven’t let vessels, especially cruise ships, get so large that they present a hazard, according to Koji Sekimizu, secretary-general of the IMO. The 290-m Costa Concordia was carrying 4,200 passengers and crew on a Mediterranean cruise when it struck rocks on Jan. 13 near .

DOJ Bans Shipping Company for Three Years

The U.S. Department of Justice issued a news release stating that, after pleading guilty, a shipping company has been sentenced to pay a criminal fine of $2.7m for violation of pollution and safety laws and for making false statements. In addition, ships owned or managed by the company will be prohibited from entering U.S. ports for three years. The court awarded $540,000 to nine former crew members who extensively cooperated in the investigation. This is the first conviction of a shipping company for violation of the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act. (12/9/09).

Seattle Propeller Club Honors Veentjer and Dwyer

The Seattle Propeller Club announced the winner of the 2013 Puget Sound Maritime Achievement Award as Captain John Veentjer, Puget Sound Marine Exchange Executive Director, aboard Princess Cruises cruise vessel Sapphire Princess while berthed on Pier 66 at the Port of Seattle’s Bell Street Cruise Terminal during the 62nd annual Seattle Maritime Festival Luncheon. The Club also shared news of the selection of Captain John Dwyer, Officer In Charge, Marine Inspection and the Chief of the Inspection Division at U.S.