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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Ship Casualty News

Salvors Warn that STS Restrictions Could Lead to Another Prestige

Salvage operations involving the ship-to-ship (STS) transfer of cargo and bunkers from tankers and other vessels should be exempt from new controls proposed by Spain and Mexico and now under consideration by the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC). The International Salvage Union (ISU) believes that the proposed new rules could hamper salvors’ efforts to prevent a future Prestige-type spill catastrophe. At its recent meeting, ending July 22, the MEPC agreed to consider MARPOL amendments concerning oil transfer operations at sea. This process has been given “high priority” status and has a target date for completion by 2007.

Salvors Plan for Effective Casualty Response

A 10-point plan for more effective ship casualty response has been put forward by the International Salvage Union (ISU). The plan includes a proposal for an advanced EU “Casualty Response Database”, capable of real-time tracking of large salvage tugs and other key salvage assets. Speaking at the Barcelona Shipping Law Forum today, ISU President Joop Timmermans said: “Some of these measures can be put into place very quickly. Others are for the longer term. All 10, however, would make a useful contribution to improved casualty response. · Measure 1: EU adoption of the UK Command and Control model, based around a Ministerial Representative (the “SOSREP” in the UK).

Ship Casualty Management Guidelines Book Published

The Nautical Institute and the International Salvage Union (ISU) have launched 'Casualty Management Guidelines', a book aimed at providing practical guidelines to help seafarers during a casualty, when demands can be confusing, contradictory, unclear or a combination of all three. In the book masters and crew members are told what to expect from people or organisations that might be involved as the casualty unfolds. Chapters are presented, describing how masters should expect to deal with different people, from owners to government officials, insurance representatives and salvage experts. It will give all involved an idea of the job each may be undertaking, together with priorities and responsibilities.

LR Announces SSEE Winner

Compania Naviera Minera del Golfo SA de CV (Navimin) of Mexico has won the Standard Ship Emergency Exercise Award from Lloyd's Register (LR). The award was made to Mr. Javier Villegas-Serralta, general director of Navimin, at a presentation held in Mexico City. The presentation was made by John Stansfeld, LR's group regional manager for the Americas, on behalf of Dr. David Aldwinckle, manager of LR's Ship Emergency Response Service (SERS). The award is given by SERS in recognition of an outstanding commitment to staging Standard Ship Emergency Exercises (SSEEs). During 1998, Navimin held three exercises, involving different scenarios, on each of their chemical tankers.

Intercargo Publishes 2012-13 Bulk Carrier Report

The International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (Intercargo) has  launched Benchmarking Bulk Carriers 2012-13, the latest edition of our annual publication. Now in its seventh year of publication, this edition contains statistical information and analysis relating to the world bulk carrier fleet, including an analysis of casualties during 2012 and Negative Performance Indicators such as collisions, groundings etc. This year’s report also highlights the tailing-off of fleet growth. For the first time, this edition also includes a copy of the Intercargo ‘terminal-problem reporting form’; The form, which invites Intercargo members and non-members alike to share their experiences of ports globally…

U.K. – Multi-Ship Casualty Investigation

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of the multi-agency investigation of the collision between the Arctic Ocean and the Maritime Lady, the capsize of the Maritime Lady, contact with the wreck by the Sunny Blossom, and the subsequent grounding of the Sunny Blossom in the Elbe River on 5 December 2005 [and that’s just the title]. The investigation may be most memorable, though, for its discussion of the unwillingness of two principal witnesses (the master of the Maritime Lady and the nautical supervisor of VTS Brunsbüttel) to share their recollections with the investigators. The “American disease” seems to be spreading. Source: HK Law

Shipping Industry Facing “Deepwater Horizon moment”

Andrew Chamberlain, partner in Holman Fenwick Willan’s Admiralty and Crisis Management team.

The shipping industry has been warned by a leading maritime lawyer that it may soon face its “Deepwater Horizon moment” in the event of a mega containership casualty. Recent high profile container ship casualties have involved relatively small vessels capable of carrying up to 4688 containers (MSC Napoli). The Rena, which is currently breaking up off the coast of New Zealand, has a capacity of 3352 containers. By comparison, the largest vessels sailing today are carrying over 15000 boxes.

Maritime Casualty Forum Held in Singapore

Speakers at the Asian Marine Casualty Forum listen to conference chariman, David Pockett (center). Photo courtesy of LOC

More than 250 shipping and insurance professionals gathered for the first ever Asian Maritime Casualty Forum held during Singapore Maritime Week. The two-day conference, hosted by global marine and engineering consultancy London Offshore Consultants (LOC), highlighted some of the vital issues in salvage and vessel wreck removal and in particular rising costs, technological challenges and the need for the parties involved in major casualties to work more closely together. The industry…

ClassNK: Amendments to Rules of Container Carriers

PRESS RELEASE --  Classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) announced that it released amendments to its Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships on 25 December 2015, including structural strength requirements of container carriers. In response to a large container ship casualty in June 2013, ClassNK established The Investigative Panel on Large Container Ship Safety, which comprised of shipbuilders, shipping companies, and people with relevant knowledge and experience, to investigate the possibility of casualty occurrence and the structural safety of large container carriers. The results…

LOC Celebrates 25 Years in Singapore

Andrew Squire, LOC Group Chief Executive Officer.

Planning to Expand Further in the Region. London Offshore Consultants (LOC), one of the world’s leading independent marine and offshore industry consultancy firms, is set to expand its activities and office network in Asia Pacific, it announced. LOC provides a range of specialist consultancy services on planning, design and execution of high value, complex marine and energy based operations through to technical advice on major shipping casualties. Its customers include the world’s leading oil and gas majors…

Australia Has a New Maritime Emergency Plan

Australian industry, state and federal governments have endorsed a new National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies. According to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority AMSA, the new plan sets out the cooperative arrangements between governments and industry to respond to maritime pollution and shipping casualty incidents. The plan, managed by AMSA, was reviewed with extensive input from key stakeholders, from industry and government, drawing on their experience with maritime emergencies both domestically and internationally since the last plan was put in place in 2001. AMSA Chief Executive Graham Peachey said the new plan combines pollution response and the management of maritime casualties for the first time in its 40 year existence.

MAN OVERBOARD Prevention & Recovery Workshop

The 2018 MAN OVERBOARD Prevention & Recovery Workshop is being held at the Grand Harbour, Southampton, U.K. on April 17. All sectors are invited to participate in this unique one day event that focuses on viable solutions. Knowledge gained about the deadly risks of people falling in the water from recent incidents with sub IMO / sub 24 meter vessels is becoming increasingly relevant to vessels of all sizes. Workshop organizer, John Haynes, said, “Topics focus on visible issues today, plus hidden areas of concern the professional maritime sector may need to face tomorrow.

Intercargo Calls for Bulk Carrier Safety

The International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (Intercargo) issued a statement which again reminds stakeholders of the continued dangers associated with the carriage of bulk cargoes that may have a potential for liquefaction. The recent capsize and sinking of the Bahamas flag Bulk Jupiter in the opening days of January, with the loss of 18 of its 19 crew, may again prove to be yet another casualty statistic in the long list of bulk carrier losses caused by cargo liquefaction. The ship had reportedly loaded a cargo of Bauxite at Kuantan, Malaysia. In any such incident, our first thoughts will always be with the families of the crew members that have lost their lives and Intercargo welcomes a swift and thorough investigation into this tragic incident…

Keeping Machinery Spaces Safe

Fire in the engineroom is one of the largest causes of ship casualties around the world, a fact highlighted in a recent Salvage Association annual review. Finland's Marioff Oy — a well-regarded supplier of fire suppression systems — now offers a dedicated HI-FOG water mist fire protection system for ship's enginerooms. The supplier of water mist fire protection systems for ships is gearing up for unprecedented demand for its tailor made HI-FOG local application system following the May 1999 meeting of IMO's Maritime Safety Committee. Following this meeting, IMO requires, in addition to the main ship system, that the engine rooms of most ships be fitted with a water based local application fire fighting system. "Marioff's solutions will prove most attractive for shipowners," believes Dr.

JMS Develops iPhone Application for the Marine Industry

JMS is proud to announce new features added to our popular iPhone application based on the U.S. Navy Salvor’s Handbook. Past customers f the original app will receive the update for free. •    An in-app ”Calculator” has been added to the application called “Estimate Bollard Pull”. The app now allows you to perform this calculation (as found in the Salvor’s Handbook on page 4-9) directly within the app! •    This is a Universal app that is now optimized for both the iPhone4 and iPad2. Most notably, the resolution on the iPad is greatly improved.

Shipowners Raise Onboard Security Amidst Mideast Fighting

With the worsening conflagration in Lebanon-Israel and the resulting consequences for maritime traffic, ship operators are bracing themselves for a hike in war risk insurance premiums for vessels that transit the Eastern Mediterranean. The 12-member Europe Mediterranean Trade Agreement that includes A.P. Moller-Maersk, Mediterranean Shipping Company and CMA CGM issued a statement: "In the event that extra costs do arise for war risk insurance, the lines wish to inform their customers that they will have no option but to pass these on to customers by way of a war risk surcharge with immediate effect.” According to Gulf News, a number of Flag-states have also issued directives…

Poor Handling of Casualties Threatens Viability of Industry

"Never in the history of the maritime industry have so many port states become involved in a casualty and imposed so many unilateral rules - without consultation with the industry and without the cause of the accident being properly investigated," he said. "Ships trade worldwide and need a common set of rules. Great difficulty for international shipping will result if these precedents are followed by other port states worldwide. Dr Payer said there appeared to be nothing to stop any port state hijacking the handling of a casualty and ignoring internationally agreed IMO Conventions, as well as brushing aside the customary role of masters, owners and flag states and time-honoured maritime practices and traditions.

Editor's Note

The annual parade of Great Ships in our December edition includes a roster of unique vessels, from the record-setting heavy lift ships Black Marlin and Blue Marlin, to Vasco da Gama, the world’s largest trailing suction hopper dredger. And while these ships — plus the Marine Innovations feature starting on page 38 — help to highlight the industry’s many triumphs over the past 12 months, there are a full-plate of technical and non-technical issues, which will keep the marine industry challenged for many years to come. The complex matter of ship casualties — the causes, environmental ramifications and potential solutions — is now a top-agenda item of many organizations both inside and out of the marine world.

Hazards of Bauxite on Cargoes

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

New research considered by International Maritime Organization (IMO) this week about the behaviour of an aluminium ore that featured in a high-profile shipping casualty in 2015 could lead to changes in industry rules about how such cargoes should be handled. IMO’s Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC 4, 11-15 September) this week is considering the latest research results on the potential instability of bauxite when carried as a ship’s cargo. Bauxite is one of the world’s major sources of aluminium.

Law Firm HFW Names Paul Dean New Shipping Head

Paul Dean: Photo credit HFW

London-based Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) announce the election of Paul Dean as head of the law firm's shipping practice. Paul Dean has taken over from current head George Eddings who becomes the firm's new Managing Partner effective from 1 April 2013. Paul specialises in dispute resolution arising from marine and offshore matters, including charterparties, bills of lading, shipbuilding, collisions, fire and explosion, salvage, general average, groundings, total loss, towage, seismic and limitation.

Van Heck Launches “Green and Easy Oil Recovery”

Photo: Van Heck

Van Heck revealed its newest world premiere, a complete pump system that enables the controlled, contained, fast oil recovery after incorrect or off-spec fueling and in the event of grounding or calamity at sea. The pump, named Sea Trophy, ensures a fast, easy and well controlled solution for the removal of oil which will limit, or even eliminate any or all economic and environmental damages, not to mention the possible depredation of company image. Van Heck’s Sea Trophy underlines the motto “intervene…

Shipping's "Tin Ear"

Clay Maitland

Clay Maitland chastises industry as appearing to be uncaring in the face of the latest shipping casualty. In two months, the great, the good and the not-so-great-or-good will gather at the annual three-day Jamboree of the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA). One of the hardy perennial topics is sure to be “the image of shipping”. Although the present economic challenges facing the industry are likely to overshadow most worries about our reputation, it might be useful to examine the degree of damage done by cases like the sinking on Christmas day of the VINALINES QUEEN…

Salvage: Time is of the Essence

By Richard B. A riddle: How many years, and how many Administrations does it take for an esteemed U.S. government agency to publish regulations that have likely already been written? The answer is 13 years and five Admirals. Thirteen surely is an unlucky number for the professional marine salvage industry in the United States, for it has, indeed, taken this many years for the United States Coast Guard to publish its proposed salvage regulations (to amend 33 CFR Part 155, Salvage & Marine Firefighting Requirements), which, after all this time, have once again been postponed for three more years. The future of these proposed regulations is as difficult to predict as the weather. The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 was the legislative response to a major shipping casualty within our borders.

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