The cruise ship MSC Opera crashed into a dock and tourist boat River Countess in Venice, causing injuries to five people. The 2,679-passenger MSC Opera was assisted by two tugs through the canal when it lost control and collided with the dock. While the exact cause of the collision is not known, local media has reported that it is likely that the ship either suffered a blackout or the towing cable broke, and was unable to stop due to strong currents pulling it towards the dock. The hull of MSC Opera as well as the tourist boat have been damaged in the incident.
Oldendorff Carriers has completed 23 deals with three Chinese leasing companies over the last year. The deals comprise four 209,000 dwt, two 180,000 dwt, four 81,000 dwt, eight 63,500 dwt and five 61,000 dwt bulkers. Eight of the 10 vessels will be equipped with open loop scrubbers, while the other two will be equipped with hybrid scrubbers. In addition, by 2021, Oldendorff will have taken delivery of 106 newbuilds from 23 Chinese shipyards. Oldendorff currently has a fleet of 750 vessels with a total tonnage of 63.4 million dwt and an average age of eight years.
The Viking Sigyn collided with a smaller sightseeing boat The Mermaid, capsizing the boat and killing at least seventeen South Korean passengers. The incident took place as the vessels were approaching the Margaret bridge in Budapest on the Danube River. The Mermaid was carrying 33 Korean passengers with two Hungarian crew. The captain of the cruise ship has been arrested on suspicion of endangering water transport leading to a deadly mass accident.
J. Lauritzen has shrunk its fleet by 15 bulk carriers. due to a weak market for bulk. The decision comes as a reaction to the slowing bulk market and ongoing global trade which caused larger freight rate declines across all dry bulk vessel sizes.
K Line has signed an agreement Airseas, a developer of automated power kites for ships. Initially, Airseas will install and service one ship with the automated kite. Once in place, K Line will consider ordering up to 50 automated 1000 sqm kites. The kites use parafoil technology to tow commercial ships, helping save more that 20% on fuel and reduce CO2 emissions.
BIMCO’s Documentary Committee has agreed on a new standard Cyber Security Clause, that requires the parties to implement cyber security procedures and systems, to help reduce the risk of an incident and mitigate the consequences should a security breach occur. The clause is drafted in broad and generic language which allows for it to be used in a wide range of contracts and it is hoped that the clause will assist parties in obtaining affordable insurance for their cyber security exposure, as the clause introduces a cap on the liability for breaches.
Responding to changing regulations the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has launched of the third edition of its essential Guidelines on the Application of the ILO Maritime Labour Convention, the only fully up to date guide to the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) for all involved with the employment of seafarers.
New in Edition 3
European ports have prepared a memorandum on the role of port authorities and managing bodies as facilitators of the port ecosystem. The ESPO memorandum identifies ten priorities, ten fields of action and importance for the next five years. The memorandum explains how ports can contribute to Europe’s competitiveness by engaging with port-based industries and operators to influence and assist in the significant changes that we are being faced: climate change, sustainability, digitalisation and the volatile global trade and geopolitical environment.
The Ocean Alliance will skip two Asia-US West Coast sailings in June in an effort to maintain rates as the US-China trade war takes a toll on volume.
Maersk has announced that it will be investing in Traxens, a ‘smart container’ tracking product. They will be joining existing investors CMA CGM and MSC, with each taking an equal shareholding in Traxens. Maersk has agreed to order up to 50,000 Traxens devices, a similar order to those placed earlier by CMA CGM and MSC. The device creates visibility into the condition and location of containerised cargo.
The Ocean Cleanup’s plastics collecting system is set to be redeployed in June after undergoing upgrades. During the last campaign, The Ocean Cleanup confirmed many key assumptions of the design, but also encountered two opportunities to improve the system – the system did not maintain a sufficient speed, allowing plastic to exit the system, and a stress concentration caused a fatigue fracture in the HDPE floater. The design has now been adapted to address these issues.
A group of six Nordic companies has come together to develop new infrastructure for green fuels for ships. Lead by the technology company Wärtsilä, the group is called Zero Emission Energy Distribution at Sea (ZEEDS). Member of the group include DFDS, Grieg Star, Aker Solutions, Equinor, and Kvaerner. ZEEDS will work together to assess and address the supply, storage and distribution chain in order to accelerate the switch to cleaner shipping fuels. The partners will present their most promising ideas in Oslo at Future Innovation Day – Horizons on June 3 and during Nor-Shipping maritime event on June 4.
An explosion and fire onboard the container ship KMTC Hong Kongat on the weekend has caused up to 200 people to be hospitalized. The vessel was at berth at Laem Chaebang. The public was warned to take shelter indoors to avoid breathing smoke and Laem Chabang port staff were evacuated. The local area was also officially declared to be “danger zone”. the cause of the explosion and fire is currently unknown and is still under investigation.
A luxury superyacht has slipped from a cargo ship and sunk into the sea. My Song, a 40-meter Baltic 130 Custom sailing yacht was owned by Italian billionaire Pier Luigi Loro Piana, was being transported between Mallorca Genoa when the incident occurred. The yacht held several awards and titles, including Best Yacht at the World Superyacht Awards, and set a speed record during last year's RORC Transatlantic Race. An investigation into the cause of the incident is underway, and initial assessment have concluded that the yacht's cradle "collapsed" during the voyage, causing the loss of the boat overboard.
APL is officially bowing out from the Asia-Europe boxship tradelane. As of October 1st, CMA CGM will be the only carrier within the group’s stable of brands in the transatlantic, Asia-Europe, Asia-Mediterranean, Asia-Caribbean and Europe-India/Middle East markets. APL will focus on the transpacific, Asia-Indian Subcontinent where it will be the group’s only brand, intra-Asia, with sister company CNC, Asia-Oceania, and the US flag services.
The MEPC 74 session approved amendments to strengthen existing mandatory requirements for new ships to be more energy efficient; initiated the Fourth IMO GHG Study; adopted a resolution encouraging cooperation with ports to reduce emission from shipping; approved a procedure for the impact assessment of new measures proposed; agreed to establish a multi-donor trust fund for GHG; and agreed terms of reference for the sixth and seventh intersessional working groups to be held in November 2019 and in March 2020 respectively in order to expedite the work. Short-term, mid- and long-term candidate measures will be considered at the next sessions.
The Indonesian government that announced that it will be setting up a new coast guard in accordance with 2008 government legislation. Existing authorities currently responsible for policing the coast and for ship safety, including the existing Indonesian Sea and Coast Guard and the Maritime Security Agency will be rolled into one. The task of forming the new coastguard will be given to the Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform of the Republic of Indonesia.