Thursday, 31 January 2019

Maersk Captain Thomas Live from Felixstowe

Streamed live 22 hours ago


Winter photo safari in Felixstowe, UK, with Maersk Captain Thomas Lindegaard Madsen. Beautiful view from the Landguard Point beach on the Port of Felixstowe with the four Maersk vessels “Ebba Mærsk”, “Venta Mærsk”, “Maersk Gairloch” and the “Maersk Hanoi”.

ONE Columba's Maiden Call

Published on 14 Jan 2019


Watch as the M.V. ONE Columba makes her maiden call at Laem Chabang Port, making her the largest vessel to ever call a Thai port.

Two ferries collided at Olbia, Italy VIDEO

Ferry CRUISE OLBIA struck portside bridge wing of ferry ATHARA at Olbia port, Sardinia, Italy, while moving from pier, at around 1200 LT Jan 24. Apparently, accident occurred in rough weather conditions, ferry went out of control, notwithstanding assisting tug or tugs. THARA bridge wing was seriously damaged, CRUISE OLBIA said to be unscathed, she continued her voyage after leaving Olbia harbor. ATHARA understandably remained at port.
Passenger ro-ro ship CRUISE OLBIA, IMO 9198939, GT 32728, built 2001, flag Italy, operator Grimaldi Group.
Passenger ro-ro ship ATHARA, IMO 9263655, GT 35736, built 2003, flag Italy, manager Tirrenia, ITA-Napoli.

Hi! My name is Stepan Kotcherga, I’m Merchant Marine Navigation Officer, now a Second Officer working on dry cargo ships. My home is in Ukraine. I’m contributing maritime news and inside info.

Maritime and Crimean Shipping News

Ocean Alliance Gets Extended until 2027

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Members of the OCEAN Alliance, CMA CGM, COSCO Shipping Lines, OOCL and Evergreen, have signed documents to confirm the extension of the duration of OCEAN Alliance to ten years, until March 31, 2027.
Announcing the signing, Chinese shipping major COSCO Shipping Lines said that OCEAN Alliance operates stably and orderly under smooth communication among all members since April 2017.
“All members are satisfied with the high quality of OCEAN Alliance product with comprehensive coverage, high frequency, distinct port pairs and reliable schedule,” COSCO added.
“All members are convinced that, with the confirmation of ten years cooperation, OCEAN Alliance could cope with the challenge in future and our alliance would be united and strong. We will perform the necessary procedures to related regulators and ensure the operation of OCEAN Alliance compliance with laws and regulations.”
The signing of the documents comes just a day after the alliance announced the launching of its Day 3 product. Under the new service offering, the partners said they would cover 38 services using 330 vessels with an estimated carrying capacity of around 3.8 million TEUs.
The alliance was launched on April 1, 2017 with an estimated total carrying capacity of over 3 million TEUs.

Image courtesy: Synergy Group

MSC MANDY kidnapped Russian crew released

Russian News Agency RIA NOVOSTI says on Jan 30, that 6 Russian crew of container ship MSC MANDY, kidnapped in Gulf of Guinea on Jan 2, were released, according to Russian Embassy in Nigeria. Understood all released seamen are well. No details of release are available, as usual, and won’t be available, also as usual. Thankfully, kidnap-release story has a happy end, as all dozens of similar kidnaps before. There wasn’t yet any tragic kidnap case in Gulf of Guinea, let’s hope it will stay this way, because we can’t hope that merchant ships will be safe from Nigerian piracy in foreseen future. They won’t, as long as there’re the UN and IMO, with all interested States remaining deaf and blind to security problems of merchant ships and honest, hard-working seafarers.
Previous news:
Jan 4 UPDATE: 24 crew includes 23 Russian and 1 Ukrainian seafarers. 7-9 pirates who boarded the ship, were armed with AK-47 and machetes, they ransacked the ship, robbed the crew and took 6 hostages with them when leaving the ship: Master; Chief Officer, 3 Officer, bosun, fitter and cook. Replacement of kidnapped crew is to take place at Cotonou Benin.
Jan 4: Container ship MSC MANDY was attacked by pirates at 0000 UTC Jan 2 in position 05 28N 002 21E, some 50 nm south of Cotonou, Benin, while en route from Lome Togo to Lagos Nigeria. 6 crew were kidnapped, the ship reached Lagos after attack and as of morning Jan 4 was at Lagos anchorage.
Container ship MSC MANDY, IMO 8918966, dwt 47120, capacity 2668 TEU, built 1993, flag Panama, operator MSC.


My name is Mikhail Voytenko, I’m Russian, professional merchant marine navigator, by education and former experience. I own and run Maritime Bulletin website for more than 10 years. I've been involved in solving a number of piracy hijack cases, including the hijack of ro-ro FAINA, loaded with tanks. It was me who made public, and unravel, freighter ARCTIC SEA mystery. I've been also closely involved in a number of maritime disaster, one of them being MSC FLAMINIA major fire.

Maritime and Crimean Shipping News

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Floating cranes deployed to clear up accident at Vancouver port

Two floating cranes are being deployed at the Port of Vancouver to try and move a crane that collapsed on Monday onto an Evergreen boxship.
Canada’s Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident, saying in initial comments that the ship, the 7,024 teu Ever Summit, struck a gantry crane while berthing and both the vessel and crane sustained damage. The board’s comments are supported by a new video (see below) that has emerged of the actual moment of the accident and the subsequent crane collapse.
Vessel operations are still on hold at the Global Container Terminals Vanterm facility, although rail and truck-gate operations are operating.
Fortunately no one was injured in the accident, the latest in a spate of costly crane prangs around the world over the last two years.

Inquest highlights safety lapses at Portsmouth MMD port workers

Mieczyslaw 'Mitch' Siwak, 34, died at Flathouse Quay, Portsmouth, in August 2017

Properly-enforced safety procedures would have prevented the death of a dock worker crushed by a container, an inquest jury has concluded.
Mieczyslaw 'Mitch' Siwak, 34, from Bognor Regis, was killed at Flathouse Quay, Portsmouth, in 2017.
MMD Shipping Services, which operates the site, said it had introduced new safety measures since his death.
A jury at Portsmouth Coroner's Court, concluded Mr Siwak's death was accidental.
Jurors were previously shown CCTV recordings of the 40ft (12m) container being moved on a specialist fork-lift truck just before the accident on 25 August 2017. 
The fork-lift operator, Justin Gibbons, did not raise the container above eye level so did not see Mr Siwak in front of him, the court heard.

MMD Shipping Services Ltd
Image captionThe Health and Safety Executive told the inquest there was a "complete lack of supervision and control on night shifts"

However, the jury was told Mr Siwak, who had just started a night shift, was outside of a "safe walking zone" and had not been carrying a radio to communicate with colleagues.
Mr Gibbons said he accepted it was unsafe to drive with his view blocked but said it was common practice and had never been criticised by the company.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) told the inquest there was a "complete lack of supervision and control on night shifts" and practices were "routinely ignored".
The inquest jury concluded that supervision was insufficient and safety procedures were not properly enforced.
Coroner Lincoln Brookes said he was satisfied with changes put in place since Mr Siwak's death, including on-site CCTV cameras and new machines for stacking containers.
In a statement following the inquest, MMD said: "Safe working practices are in place for everyone's protection and we will always make sure this is our main concern."
The inquest heard Mr Siwak came to England from Poland in 2004 and had moved into a flat with his girlfriend shortly before his death. The family said they did not blame Mr Gibbons for what happened.
Family members told the BBC they "respect and accept" the inquest findings and were pleased changes had been made.

Report: Despite Automation, Qualified Transport Workers Still Needed in the Future

Illustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license

The introduction of automation in global transport will be evolutionary, rather than revolutionary and despite high levels of automation, qualified human resources with the right skill sets will still be needed in the foreseeable future, a new report produced by the World Maritime University finds.
Specifically, the report entitled “Transport 2040: Automation Technology Employment – the Future of Work” says that autonomous ships will not replace conventional cargo ships which could result in the loss of seafarer jobs.
The task of seafarers will change to more digital ones, especially in operations monitoring and system management and in less operational work. As pointed out, the seafarer of the future will benefit by combining maritime skills with the digital ones.
When it comes to the port sector, the workforce in ports needs training and reskilling. Although port automation is developing rapidly, some automation processes in ports still face considerable technical impediments, according to the report.
Apart from the seaborne sector, the report focuses on other major transport sectors, investigating how the global transport industry will change as a result of automation and advanced technologies, forecasting and analyzing trends and developments with an emphasis on the implications for jobs and employment.
Key findings indicate that technological advances are inevitable, but will be gradual and vary by region. Workers will be affected in different ways based on their skill levels and the varying degrees of preparedness of different countries. Case studies, as well as comparisons of autonomy scales and automation potential for job profiles in transport provide insight to the future of work.
Regarding maritime transport, the report looks at seventeen countries more specifically to assess how prepared they are for technical innovation.
The report notes that new technologies and automation are impacting transport sector workers through both the displacement and creation of jobs, and may result in difficult transitions for many employed in the transportation sector. The future of work needs to ensure that workers are suitably qualified and re-trained to effectively master new technologies and higher levels of automation.
Kitack Lim, International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General, opened the launch event on January 15 noting that integrating new and advancing technologies in the regulatory framework for the shipping industry is a key strategic direction for IMO.
“Member States and the industry need to anticipate the impact these changes may have and how they will be addressed,” he stated.

We've just received word from friends at Houston, Texas, that a longshore worker has been hit by a dropped 3 high lashing rod while working on the deck of CMA-CGM LA SCALA, a 6646 TEU container vessel docked at Bayport Terminal.

We've just received word from friends at Houston, Texas, that a longshore worker has been hit by a dropped 3 high lashing rod while working on the deck of CMA-CGM LA SCALA, a 6646 TEU container vessel docked at Bayport Terminal.
We understand that he was life-flighted out of the terminal, after being attended to by Clear Lake emergency responders.
We're monitoring his status, and hoping for a complete recovery.

Ron Signorino Longshore Safety