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Top Ocean Carriers Launch Digital Standards Association
by The Maritime Executive
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Five of the world's largest ocean carriers intend to create an association to pave the way for "digitalization, standardization and interoperability" in the container shipping industry. IT executives from Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, MSC and ONE are discussing the creation of common information technology standards, which will be openly available and free of charge for all stakeholders in the wider container shipping industry. 

“It’s in the customers' and all stakeholders’ best interest, if container shipping companies operate with a common set of information technology standards," said André Simha, MSC's chief information officer and the group's spokesperson. “We are striving for less red tape and better transparency."

It is not the first time that the containerized freight industry has formed an association to address common IT needs for business operations: INTTRA, the largest independent online platform for container freight booking, started as a joint industry effort in 2001, with many of the same founding members. In an announcement, the five carriers acknowledged that the industry has many existing associations, and said that their members wanted to form a new neutral, non-profit body, with membership open to all. It will not build or operate any digital platform, the goup said, but will seek to create common standards to ensure interoperability. In an acknowledgement of the requirements of antitrust compliance, the group said that it "will not discuss any commercial or operational matters."

The group's founding members include carriers from all three major alliances - 2M (MSC and Maersk), THE Alliance (ONE and Hapag-Lloyd), and Ocean Alliance (CMA CGM). They are all close competitors, and they represent five out of the top six carriers in market share rankings. 

“Ocean Network Express sees a wave of innovation technology development in shipping and logistics industry . . .  But, at the same time, we're a little bit cautious about adopting new technology by individual company since there is no common standard in the market," said Noriaki Yamaga, ONE's managing director for corporate and innovation. "With this mind, we feel it would be necessary to do some discussion and collaboration on the area of new technology and innovation to establish common IT standard and governance for the industry."

OSV Operators Warn of Continued Weak Day Rates
by The Maritime Executive
Thursday, November 15, 2018

OSV operators Tidewater, Maersk Group and Bourbon Offshore all warn that the OSV market will continue to suffer from low day rates for the near term. While the offshore drilling industry is beginning to turn around, about 40 percent of the world's OSVs are idled or stacked, and low utilization continues to weigh on charter negotiations. 

Last week, Bourbon said in an earnings report that it expects day rates for offshore vessels to remain "persistently low." Its year-to-date revenues have declined relative to the first nine months of 2017; its vessel utilization remains at about 50 percent; and it is actively seeking new investors and financing. About two dozen Bourbon subsidiaries recently opened French commercial court conciliation talks with creditors. In a reflection of the state of the market, Bourbon says that it plans to continue its focus on cutting costs and overhauling its operations using new high-tech tools. 

Maersk Group is looking for a buyer for its offshore vessel division, Maersk Supply Service, and this month it wrote the unit's value down by another $400 million (in addition to a previous impairment). In its earnings report released Wednesday, the firm said that it reassessed Maersk Supply's worth due to "continued challenging market conditions" and a subdued rate outlook in the near and mid-term. "Tender activity is rising, in line with signs of recovery in the offshore drilling sector; however, Maersk finds that day rates remain under significant pressure due to the large number of idle vessels," the firm wrote. 

U.S.-based OSV operator Tidewater, which recently emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, said Wednesday that it expects "at least a modest uptick in the working offshore rig count [in] the second half of 2019," leading to an eventual improvement in utilization and day rates. "I think the real needle move here is when you can see the floater count move up, and at least where we sit today, we think that that's more likely than not to happen in the second half of 2019," said Tidewater CFO Quinn Fanning in an earnings call. 

Coast Guard Rescues Four Fishermen From Sinking Trawler
by The Maritime Executive
Thursday, November 15, 2018

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescued four fishermen Wednesday morning after they were forced to abandon ship off the coast of Rockland, Maine.

The captain of the trawler Aaron & Melissa II radioed watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England at 0745 hours on Wednesday and reported that his boat was taking on water. The crew donned survival suits, activated their EPIRB and abandoned ship into an inflatable life raft. 

An HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter launched from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod and located the raft. Despite rough weather, a rescue swimmer deployed from the helicopter and hoisted all four survivors aboard. Conditions on scene included 10-foot seas, 30-knot winds, and a water temperature of 50 degrees.

The aircrew landed at Brunswick Executive Airport in Brunswick, Maine, where they were met by EMS personnel and transported to a nearby hospital. They were reported to be in good condition.

The cause of the vessel's sinking is under investigation. 

The 1982-built Aaron & Melissa II also called for the assistance of the Coast Guard in August, after she became disabled off the coast of Portland, Maine. She received an emergency tow from the Coast Guard cutter Legare. 

Bunker Jobs: Experienced Bunker Trader, Singapore
by Ship Bunker
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Salling Search is working with a worldwide and renowned bunker supplier in searching for a new and experienced Bunker Trader for their office in Singapore.

Whale Conservation Success Highlighted in IUCN Red List Update
by The Maritime Executive
Thursday, November 15, 2018

An update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature on Wednesday has demonstrated that species like the Fin Whale have benefited from collaborative conservation action to protect them. 

The Fin Whale has moved from Endangered to Vulnerable, and its recovery follows international bans on commercial whaling in the North Pacific and in the Southern Hemisphere, in place since 1976, and on significant reductions in catches in the North Atlantic since 1990. The nearly complete protection of Fin Whales throughout their range has allowed the global population to reach around 100,000 mature individuals. 

Western Gray Whale

The status of the western sub-population of the Gray Whale has also improved, moving from Critically Endangered to Endangered. Western Gray Whales have been protected from commercial whaling in almost all range state since 1980, but only recently has there been clear evidence of increasing numbers in the western Pacific, particularly off Sakhalin Island, Russia. The delay between conservation measures taking effect and the detection of whale recovery is due, in part, to these animals’ slow rate of reproduction. 

Five Gray Whale range states – Japan, Russia, South Korea, the U.S. and Mexico – have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation Concerning Conservation Measures for the Western Gray Whale Population. Industrial activity including oil and gas development and commercial fisheries also represent a potential threat to Gray Whales. Since 2004, an IUCN-led independent panel of scientists has been advising Sakhalin Energy, one of the largest companies operating offshore in the Russian Far East, on how to manage the potential impacts of its activities on the whales.

These conservation successes are proof that the ambitious, collaborative efforts of governments, business and civil society could turn back the tide of species loss, said Inger Andersen, IUCN Director General.

The IUCN Red List now includes 96,951 species of which 26,840 are threatened with extinction.

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