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Thailand Yacht Show & RendezVous Starts January 10
by The Maritime Executive
Thursday, January 03, 2019

Looking for the best way to start your New Year? Come join MarEx and Southeast Asia’s yachting community in Phuket, Thailand.

Taking place from January 10 to 13, 2019, the fourth edition of Thailand’s Yacht Show & RendezVous (TYSR) is primed to be the biggest ever yacht line-up and premier to occur in the Kingdom. Set during Phuket’s peak season, this “all-inclusive” show will take place at the Royal Phuket Marina. Organized in partnership with the Thai Government, TYSR has positioned itself as a premier experiential yachting event for the region in order to further showcase the “Pearl of the Andaman Sea” as an untapped tier-one luxury destination. With a target audience of global yachting enthusiast and wealthy lifestyle-seekers, this year’s tailored activities have something for everyone.  

Ranging from superyachts to Stand-up Paddle (SUP) boards, TYSR will host an immersive experience of fun and glamorous activities on the water and ashore with wine tasting, dinner parties and sea trials from jet-skis, sailboat manufacturers and megayacht builders. The exhibitor line-up includes all the best-known yacht brands and brokers, charter agencies, high-end property developers, bespoke travel organizers and leading names in the automotive, hospitality and food and beverage industries.

Andy Treadwell, CEO of show organizers, Verventia, notes: “This is now the fourth year of our collaboration with Thailand's forward-thinking government in our joint mission to develop high-spending yacht tourism here. Everyone is now working together with a common goal of strengthening and growing Thailand's marine industry and properly promoting Phuket as the boating hub for Asia. We are driving increased awareness of this spectacular yachting destination globally and expect to see more and more foreign yacht owners coming to discover the extraordinarily beautiful cruising grounds, the first-class hospitality and luxury tourism offerings that await them in Phuket and all around the Kingdom.”

Held annually on the shores of the Phang Nga Bay, made famous in the James Bond film Man with the Golden Gun, this year’s TYSR will host a special Superyacht Hub off the private island of Koh Rang Noi. Intended to display vessels too large to enter the marina, a showcasing of the ultimate in luxury yacht ownership and charter will be provided by the likes of Burgess, Asia Marine, Fraser Yachts, Cantieri Capelli and Simpson Marine.

Richard Allen, General Manager of Simpson Marine, shares, “We are very pleased with our confirmed line up at the 2019 Thailand Yacht Show & RendezVous. To have nine yachts with six Thailand premieres is a great achievement and a showcase of Simpson Marine’s rich portfolio of the world’s best brands. There will be something for everyone starting with Sanlorenzo, Monte Carlo Yachts, Beneteau, Lagoon Catamarans and Aquila Power Catamarans. As every year, the show is a great chance to meet our owners and buyers, and with this year our largest display to date and the biggest display at the show, we are sure it’s going to be a great event. I look forward to seeing everyone there.”

Additionally, TYSR has collaborated with GoAir – currently, the fastest growing airline in the world – to promote yachting in Thailand to the fastest growing economy in the world, India. Organizers want to highlight how Phuket is the best and most convenient marine playground for would-be boat buyers from India to adopt. To this end, GoAir is offering an exclusive deal to entice Indian boaters to come to the show and see for themselves: anyone registering to attend the Thailand Yacht Show & RendezVous will get a 50 percent discount on the normal return fare through official airline partner GoAir. This exclusive deal works both ways: any show visitor will qualify for the deal, whether coming from or going to India – so if you are coming to the show and want to visit the Taj Mahal or any other of India’s amazing cultural destinations, you can pick up a special voucher at registration to get this very special deal.

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Another Owner Turns to LNG Bunkers, Hybrid Propulsion
by Ship Bunker
Thursday, January 03, 2019

Orders a second vessel using the alternative power technologies.

Royal Navy Joins Migrant Interdiction Effort in English Channel
by The Maritime Executive
Thursday, January 03, 2019

The Royal Navy is set to join the effort to patrol the English Channel as an increasing number of foreign migrants attempt to cross the busy seaway to reach Britain. About 540 people attempted to cross the Strait of Dover in 2018, the majority of them in the last three months of the year. 

In response to this development, UK defense secretary Gavin Williamson has offered the Home Office the use of the Royal Navy patrol boat HMS Mersey, a 260-foot coastal protection vessel that is normally tasked with policing the UK's fisheries. "I can confirm that HMS Mersey will deploy to the Dover Straits to assist the UK Border Force and French authorities with their response to migrant crossings," Williamson said in a statement Thursday. "The professionalism of the Royal Navy means the crew have been able to immediately divert from routine operations to help prevent migrants from making the dangerous journey across the Channel."

Williamson initially asked the Home Office to cover Mersey's operating costs of about $25,000 per day, and the deployment was briefly delayed by negotiations over who would pay for the mission. 

Mersey will fill in temporarily while two UK Border Force patrol vessels make their way home from the Mediterranean, where they were previously deployed on a migrant rescue mission. Home Secretary Sajid Javid has recalled them to the UK in response to the uptick in channel crossings. 

"It is vital that we are working on all fronts to tackle this ongoing situation and I am grateful to Border Force and other agencies for the tireless work they have done in response to this activity," Javid said in a statement. 

However, human rights activists and opposition politicians warned that an interdiction campaign would not necessarily improve matters for refugees. "People will continue to die and be at mercy of traffickers all the time politicians pretend to play tough for votes rather than recognise why people flee," Labour MP Stella Creasy said. "The asylum system in France is completely deadlocked and I fear deliberately so - they should be challenged on that. But none of that means Britain can absolve itself of responsibility to refugees."

First Cold Ironing Installation in Eastern Med Inaugurated
by The Maritime Executive
Thursday, January 03, 2019

The Eastern Mediterranean achieved reduced its environmental footprint at the port of Killini, Greece, on December 20, 2018 with the inauguration of the first pilot shore installation for the electrification of ships.

The ceremony highlighted the accomplishments of the E.U. co-funded Action ‘elemed’ and the shipping company Levante Ferries which culminated in the plugging in of the passenger ro-ro ferry Fior Di Levante.

The event was opened by Nabil-Iosif Morant, Mayor of the Municipality of Andravida-Killini and President of Municipal Harbour Fund of Killini, who proudly extended a warm welcome to the Government Officials, honored guests and partners of ‘elemed’, highlighting that the port of Killini is leading a revolution towards greener fuels and ports. 

This first step to the use of electricity as an alternative fuel in maritime transportation was highlighted by the presence of the Alternate Minister of Shipping and Insular Policy, Nektarios Santorinios. The Alternate Minister, during a panel discussion that followed the cold ironing facility inauguration ceremony, expressed the commitment to proceed with the adoption of the relevant regulatory context for the use of electricity as an alternative fuel. Santorinios also stated that incentives are scheduled to be announced shortly to enable vessels serving insular connections to turn to natural gas and electricity and moreover new sea routes will be defined to apply the subject alternative energy sources. 

Within the context of the event that took place on December 20, the architects of the endeavor delivered a presentation of the main pillars of the action. Panayiotis Mitrou, Technology & Innovation Manager, South Europe, Marine & Offshore, Lloyd’s Register talked about the objectives, the vision but foremost the ‘elemed’ legacy, which is no other than  bridging the energy sector, which can in the future be dominated by sustainable, renewable solutions, with the marine sector. This creates a new pathway and a new prospect for both ports and insular connections of Greece.

Theodoros Kourmpelis, Service Delivery Project Manager, Lloyd’s Register, led the guests’ installation site visit, while briefly describing the cold ironing operations, as well as the course that both the port of Killini and ‘elemed’ partners had to follow; from the conception of the idea of ships' electrification to the realization of a vision through the application of the innovative technology in real life. 

Vasileios Georgiou, Managing Director of PROTASIS A.E. noted the high profile nature of the project and stressed that this challenge was the reason the company got involved. When asked about the difficulties faced in the execution phase, he clarified that the project was complicated rather than difficult. Georgiou noted some of the plethora of parameters that needed to be examined from a technical perspective, in order for the port of Killini to be in a position to welcome and operate the shore based cold ironing installation. 

Associate Professor of the Laboratory for Maritime Transport, School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Dimitrios Lyridis, with his expertise and contribution in the development of actions aligned with E.U. policies and priorities, underlined the achievement of ‘elemed’ to be placed under the Cohesion Fund thus attaining a record funding rate of 70 percent. The professor went on to stress that this proved to be a really challenging project on a twofold basis, funding the deriving gap and working in a comprehensive network. Overcoming the difficulties from a financial perspective validated the prospect of this technology in this as well as any relevant future application.

Specific reference was made to the maritime company Levante Ferries, who even if not being an initial partner of the ‘elemed’ consortium, has in fact made a great contribution towards the realization of the vision of electrification, proceeding with its own capital expenditure to the installation of specialized electrical equipment to enable the connection of its passenger ro-ro ferry Fior Di Levante with the shore based installation. 

Efstratios Apergis, Managing Director at Levante Ferries, underlined the importance of innovative thinking and persistence to invest and their commitment and courage towards sustainability as aspects that run the strategic aspirations of the company. He also openly stated that Levante Ferries will advocate any respective pioneering effort, being ready to invest to the adoption of the innovative technology to the rest of the fleet. 

Regarding the electrification capacity at the port of Killini, there are projections for other four electrification positions and also one electricity charging connection to address the demand of hybrid ships, which will use batteries as a means for propulsion.

With the certainty of all speakers and officials that the legacy of ‘elemed’ will lead by example in other self sustained applications the event was concluded with everyone’s view towards a positive near future, which will deliver environmental, social and financial benefits for the ports, along with the strengthening of insularity and sustainability in  maritime transportation.

Singapore Bunkering Player's Vessel Arrested
by Ship Bunker
Thursday, January 03, 2019

Detailed at the Western Petroleum Achchorage.

Dredging Starts at UK Port That May Be Used in No-Deal Brexit
by Reuters
Thursday, January 03, 2019
By Jonathan Saul LONDON, Jan 3 (Reuters) – Work began on Thursday to extend a small British port that could serve as a back-up if the UK leaves the European Union with no trade deal, providing the government some respite after days of criticism. Less than three months before Britain leaves the EU on March […]

Chinese Fish Carrier Aground on Deserted Island in the Marshall Islands
by Mike Schuler
Thursday, January 03, 2019
A Chinese fish carrier with 24 crew is aground on an uninhabited atoll in the Marshall Islands. The ship, identified as the 308-foot Chinese-flagged commercial fishing carrier Ou Ya Leng No. 6, ran aground Wednesday on Taka Atoll. Maritime Rescue Coordination Center China personnel notified the U.S. Coast Guard at 4:15 a.m. of a fishing […]

Xi Jinping Promises that Taiwan "Must Be, Will Be Reunified"
by The Maritime Executive
Thursday, January 03, 2019

On Wednesday, Chinese President Xi Jinping doubled down on previous rhetoric by insisting that "China must be, will be reunified" with Taiwan, preferably by peaceful means. Beijing has long sought to regain control over Taiwan, which it regards as an intrinsic part of "one China," and the prospect of a cross-strait conflict over the island's governance is a perennial consideration for American military planners.

"We sincerely hope all the compatriots in Taiwan treasure peace as much as they treasure their own eyes, and pursue national reunification as much as they pursue happiness," Xi said. "'Taiwan independence' goes against the trend of history and will lead to a dead end . . . cross-strait reunification is something that no one can stop."

While promoting the concept of a peaceable reunion, with a "one country, two systems" approach to governance, Xi did not rule out military action. "We make no promise to renounce the use of force and reserve the option of taking all necessary measures, targeting external interference and a very small number of 'Taiwan independence' separatists and their separatist activities," Xi warned. In particular, while he promised that "Chinese don't fight Chinese," he suggested that "external forces" could face consequences if they attempted to interfere with reunification. 

A formal Taiwanese declaration of independence would be a red line for China. Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen currently faces intense pressure from within her party to step aside and allow hardline pro-independence leaders to take over government; on Thursday, she rejected Xi's call for a "one country, two systems" solution.

Xi's speech did not refer to "external forces" by name, but the United States and Japan are the only third-party nations with militarily significant relationships with Taiwan. Though the U.S. does not officially acknowledge Taiwan's statehood or guarantee its security, the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979 specifies that America will "consider any effort to determine the future of Taiwan by other than peaceful means . . . a threat to the peace and security of the Western Pacific area and of grave concern to the United States."

The U.S. Navy regularly transits the Strait of Formosa in what it describes as routine vessel operations in accordance with international law; Beijing considers these movements to be acts of provocation, as it does with U.S. Navy freedom-of-navigation patrols in the South China Sea. 

The United States is also a key supplier for Taiwan's armed forces - including its navy, which operates four former U.S. Navy destroyers and several former U.S. Navy frigates, in addition to indigenously-built warships based on licensed American designs. 

IMO2020: Bunker One to Supply 0.50% VLSFO in Germany from Mid-2019
by Ship Bunker
Thursday, January 03, 2019

Via a new physical supply operation.

MSC ZOE Docks in Germany After Losing 270 Containers Overboard in Stormy Weather
by Mike Schuler
Thursday, January 03, 2019
Authorities in Germany and the Netherlands are continuing to respond to the loss of an estimated 270 containers from the mega containership MSC ZOE in the North Sea due to stormy weather. Since the initial incident in German waters on Tuesday night, multiple containers have started washing up on the shore on the Wadden Islands in […]

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