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MARITIME NEWS

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 International maritime news for seafarers

Libyan PM ousted after tanker escapes to sea with crude oil


The Libyan parliament ousted Prime Minister li !eidan on Tuesday after a tan"er laden with crude oil from a rebel#held terminal in eastern Libya bro"e throu$h a na%al bloc"ade and escaped to sea& MPs said that a no#confidence motion was appro%ed by 124 of the 1'4 members of the (eneral )ational *on$ress +()*,, four more than the re-uired ma.ority& Libya/s former 0efence Minister bdullah al#Thani was sworn in as prime minister of the careta"er $o%ernment late Tuesday, a ()* statement said& The )orth 1orean#fla$$ed ship, which had loaded at least 224,000 barrels of crude, is the first %essel to ha%e loaded oil from a rebel#held terminal since the re%olt a$ainst the Tripoli authorities erupted in 3uly last year& lthou$h !eidan/s $o%ernment had threatened armed action to pre%ent the tan"er $ettin$ away with its car$o of oil bou$ht from the rebels/ self#declared autonomous re$ional $o%ernment, bad weather pre%ented the )a%y/s %essels from followin$ the hu$e ship out into the Mediterranean from the port of l#4idra, ()* members said& 5The oil tan"er too" ad%anta$e of poor weather conditions to head for the open sea& The ships that were surroundin$ it were not in a position to follow,5 one ()* member told reporters& bdel"ader 6ouili, who sits on the ()*/s ener$y committee, told l#)abaa tele%ision that the na%y/s warships, which mainly consist of fast patrol boats, had been forced to sail close to the coast because of the weather& 5The tan"er then too" ad%anta$e of the $ap to head for the open sea,5 he said& +With inputs from 7P,

SAFETY STUDY

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8rdinary 4eaman suffered hea%y facial and head contusions when a *82 cylinder he and others were placin$ on rac"s on dec" fell on him while he was in a s-uattin$ position&

While in port, a ship was to load some 120 cylinders with pressurised *82 and o9y$en, each wei$hin$ about '0 "ilos& The*hief 8fficer assi$ned a bosun, an : and an 84 to perform the tas"& They wore helmets& The cylinders were loaded by means of a car$o net from ashore and landed on dec" ri$ht behind the accommodation area& The cylinders were landed in a hori;ontal position, from where they were pushed towards the stora$e rac" and a piece of wood was placed at the end of each rac"& <ach cylinder was canted with the bottom to position them onto the rac" lane& The : was holdin$ the cylinder on top while the 84 was s-uattin$ on the dec" holdin$ at the bottom helpin$ to push the cylinder to the rac" lane& 4uddenly, one cylinder, already placed in the rac" but not yet secured, fell o%er and hit the 84 on his head& The 84 was conscious and bleedin$ from his head and face& The *8 as"ed one of the assistin$ shore personnel to call an ambulance& 6e called the master and applied first aid to the in.ured 84& The 84 was disembar"ed on a stretcher and brou$ht to the hospital, where it was determined that he sustained hea%y bruisin$ on his ri$ht face near the eye but no fractures&

%ONLU&ION&
The rac" $a%e no trans%erse support to the cylinders& The cylinder tilted because of mo%ement of the ship and because it was not yet secured& <ach one needed to be lifted nine centimetres from dec" and $uided into the rac" for stowa$e& crew member s-uattin$ on the dec" beside the cylinder rac"s is in a %ulnerable situation and can be hit by a tiltin$ cylinder& )o 4afe 3ob nalysis was laid down for this specific tas", e%en thou$h a lar$e amount of $as cylinders used to be e9chan$ed at each port call& The wor" was not planned and or$anised to ensure safe wor"in$ conditions& The cylinders were not secured one by one because no instruction to do so was $i%en&

R!%OMM!N#"TION&
The In%esti$ation 0i%ision recommended to the shippin$ company to in%esti$ate how to handle and store lar$e amounts of *82 and o9y$en cylinders in a more safe and easy way& 4ource= 0M I:

Philippines lod'es protest o(er ships )blocked) by %hina


The Philippines said on Tuesday it had lod$ed a formal protest after two 7ilipino %essels were pre%ented from brin$in$ supplies to marines by the *hinese coast$uard on a disputed shoal in the 4outh *hina 4ea& The 7orei$n Ministry said the *hinese char$e d/affaires was summoned o%er the March ' incident on 4econd Thomas 4hoal, which sits around 200"m from the western Philippine island of Palawan and is part of the contested 4pratly island $roup& 5*hina/s actions constitute a clear and ur$ent threat to the ri$hts and interests of the Philippines,5 the 0epartment of 7orei$n ffairs said in a statement& It said the two Philippine#fla$$ed ci%ilian ships had been contracted by the Philippine na%y to deli%er supplies and e-uipment as well as replacement troops to the isolated outcrop& *hina/s 7orei$n Ministry spo"esman >in (an$ said the two %essels 5infrin$ed *hina/s territorial so%erei$nty5 and 5%iolated5 the code of conduct for the 4outh *hina 4ea& Philippines 7orei$n 0epartment spo"esman ?aul 6ernande; later told reporters that two *hinese coast$uard boats bloc"ed the Philippine %essels and used 5si$nboard, sirens and me$aphones5 to order them to lea%e the area& + 7P,

Ukrainian ports stable * under control


0espite the current crisis in @"raine, the country/s three lar$est ports, 8dessa, Ilyiche%s" and Au;hny are 5stable5 and 5under control5 but other ports are less secure, 0ias Marine *onsultants *o Ltd said in a statement& 5The same can be said about leadin$ ports on the ;o% 4ea, Mariupol and :erdyans", where the situation in the towns is -uiet and "ept under control,5 read the statement& 6owe%er, the Port of 1herson in southern part of the country is loo"in$ 5more a$$ressi%e5, 0ias Marine added& *ompared to the Port of 1herson, the ports of 0neprobu$s"iy, 8"tyabrs"iy ports, )ibulon pri%ate $rain terminal as well as )i"olae% ?i%er and )i"olaye% seaports are more stable, thou$h thin$s are still uncertain& The $rain terminals of the Port of 4e%astopol on the *rimean Peninsula, shipment operations are reportedly runnin$ normally& The future of @"rainian ports in terms of pri%atisation is un"nown& 0enys ?abomi;o, a spo"esperson from ?abomi;o Law 7irm, said= 50ue to the chan$e of state power in @"raine, it is -uite possible that ad.ustments will be made in the process of pri%atisation of @"rainian sea ports&5

Meanwhile, the London PBI *lub has issued news alert to pro%ide information on the new <@, @4 limited sanctions due to the situation in @"raine& 8perators whose %essels are due to load car$oes from 1erch and Theodosia, *rimea, howe%er, should be aware that customsClocal authorities may deny @"rainian car$oes customs clearance and may pre%ent andCor cause delays to loadin$& The <@ has issued 0ecision 2014C11'C*74P and *ouncil ?e$ulation )o 20DC2014 which relate to the free;in$ of funds and economic resources of desi$nated persons identified as responsible for misappropriation of @"rainian state funds and %iolence& In the @4, the President has si$ned a new <9ecuti%e 8rder imposin$ sanctions a$ainst any indi%idual or entity responsible for or complicit in actions that undermine the democratic process or threaten the peace, security and stability of @"raine, the London PBI *lub reported&

COMMERCE %hina)s +ariti+e (alue e,ceeds U&# --./0bln


The $ross product %alue $enerated by *hina/s marine industry in 2012 was @40 DD4&' billion, up E&FG year#on#year, accordin$ to a report released by the country/s maritime authority on Tuesday& 6owe%er, de%elopment of the shippin$ industry and sea salts industry continued to decline, said 4hi >in$fen$, spo"esman with the 4tate 8ceanic dministration& 4hi said that in 2012, $ross oceanic production accounted for '&HG of the country/s (0P, and 2H&12 million people wor"ed in ocean#related .obs& ffected by the international mar"et, *hina/s shippin$ industry in 2012 showed a declinin$ trend in profits and e9ports, with added %alue down E&EG year#on#year, 4hi told Iinhua& The added %alue of the sea salt industry in 2012 declined by D&1G from 2012, affected by rainy weather, wea" downstream industries and increased imports of sea salts, accordin$ to 4hi&

PORT NEWS Protest rally in Piraeus a'ainst port pri(atisation


protest rally was held at 1arais"a"i 4-uare in central Piraeus, (reece on Tuesday, followed by a march to the shippin$ and e$ean Ministry, to oppose the pri%atisation of

Piraeus port& 0oc" wor"ers, 4hippin$ Ministry ci%ilian staff, left#win$ politicians and trade union members were amon$ those demonstratin$ a$ainst the plans of the 6ellenic ?epublic sset 0e%elopment 7und to sell a ma.ority share of the port to pri%ate interests& The march be$an at 12=20 local time and reached the Jassiliadi coast rou$hly half an hour later, where a dele$ation of wor"ers and left#win$ MPs met with 4hippin$ and e$ean Minister Miltiadis Jar%itsiotis, who warned that len$thy stri"es would be a 5serious mista"e5 at a difficult period for the producti%e process, ) reported& The port/s pri%atisation was also opposed by Piraeus Mayor Jassilis Michalolia"os, who said the port should stay in the hands of the municipality, which would also allow central $o%ernment to e9ercise strate$ic policy by appointin$ the board chairman of the port&

INCIDENT 1 crew+e+bers hurt followin' e,plosion onboard car'o ship


4i9 crewmembers suffered se%ere burns followin$ an e9plosion onboard a Philippines car$o ship, which was doc"ed at :redco Port in :acolod *ity, Philippines& The crewmembers were rushed to *ora;on Locsin Montelibano Memorial ?e$ional 6ospital in :acolod *ity, the Philippine *oast (uard +P*(, said in a statement& n initial in%esti$ation indicates the blast occurred when crew members were conductin$ weldin$ operations in the %essel/s en$ine room to repair lea"s to the ship/s fuel tan", the P*( said& 6owe%er, the other crew members immediately responded to the accident and were able to contain the fire, added the statement& 7ire officer confirmed that the crew members were not wearin$ protecti%e $ears when the fuel tan" e9ploded& 7urther in%esti$ation is underway&

&hips asked to be e,tra (i'ilant when transitin' 2 "frica


The International Maritime :ureau +IM:, in its annual piracy report has warned of the dan$ers to ships transitin$ West frican waters, particularly around )i$eria, :enin and To$o& It has as"ed ships to be e9tra cautious when transitin$ West frica, as piracy in the re$ion has become a cause of concern&

ccordin$ to IM:/s Li%e Piracy Map, one %essel has been hi.ac"ed and si9 ha%e been boarded in West frica since the be$innin$ of the year& In 3anuary, )i$erian pirates hi.ac"ed the Liberian#fla$ product tan"er, spar"in$ fears that these $an$s were now %enturin$ further south& <i$ht days later after the car$o was ille$ally transferred in a ship#to#ship operation alon$ the West frican coast, the pirates released the %essel& The IM: said that since pirates had ne%er attac"ed so far south, it is li"ely that %essels in the area are not aware of the dan$er&

HI-TECH Rolls3Royce secures contract to supply water 4ets


?olls#?oyce has secured a contract to supply water .ets for three wind farm support %essels to be built by 4outh :oats I8W for the offshore wind transfer %essel operator 4eacat 4er%ices& In one of the bi$$est orders made for wind farm wor"boats, one 24m and two 2Fm aluminium catamarans, each featurin$ two ?olls#?oyce HF 2 stainless steel water .ets, will be used to transfer people and car$o to the $rowin$ number of offshore wind farms around the coast of <urope& ndy :rett, ?olls#?oyce Marine 4ales Mana$er # @1, said= 5We are deli$hted that ?olls# ?oyce has been selected to pro%ide water .et technolo$y for the ne9t $eneration of <uropean wor"boats bein$ deli%ered by 4outh :oats I8W& They are one of the leadin$ builders of wind farm support %essels and we loo" forward to continuin$ our relationship with them in this e9pandin$ mar"et& 5?olls#?oyce water .et technolo$y offers a combination of speed, efficiency and e9cellent manoeu%rability for these %essels, which will re$ularly operate in challen$in$ sea conditions with stron$ winds and currents& These are essential factors when safely transferrin$ people and e-uipment onto the turbine structures,5 :rett said in a press release& This latest order brin$s the number of ?olls#?oyce powered %essels in ser%ice or on order from 4outh :oats I8W and their sister company licat Wor"boats to 24&

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