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HMS Montrose Aids the Fight Against Ocean Plastic
by The Maritime Executive
Friday, January 04, 2019

For two days in December, the Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose aided the fight against ocean plastics by recording litter levels on the beaches of four Pacific islands - including Pitcairn, the final resting place of the HMS Bounty.

The Pitcairn Islands – Pitcairn, Dulcie, Oneo and Henderson – are British Overseas Territories, and they are protected against illegal fishing and pollution. However, Pacific currents dump masses of plastic debris on their shorelines – especially on Henderson Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which has been dubbed "the most polluted island in the world." Upwards of 40 million pieces of plastic and other waste have been washed ashore on this small, uninhabited island, and the ocean deposits about 270 more objects on its beaches every day.

Much of that debris was captured on camera by HMS Montrose's Leading Photographer Joe Cater, whose reconnaissance imagery will be used by conservationists who are planning a clean-up operation later this year.

Pitcairn (population 52) is the only one of the four islands where human life can be found. Most of its inhabitants are descended from the mutineers who took charge of the Bounty and scuttled the ship here in 1790.

Nearly 230 years later, HMS Montrose anchored in the same spot, Bounty Bay, giving around 100 sailors and Royal Marines the opportunity to go ashore in long boats crewed by islanders. The Royal Navy had not called at Pitcairn since 2000, when Montrose’s sister ship HMS Sutherland visited during a world tour.

After tea at the residence of Pitcairn’s administrator, Nick Kennedy, with Mayor Shawn Christian – a direct descendant of lead mutineer Fletcher Christian – Montrose’s Commanding Officer was given a tour of the island, which is roughly as big as Swindon.

"This was a very special visit – one that all of us enjoyed. Rich in history and beauty the island and islanders have certainly made an impact on the ship’s company," said Commander Conor O’Neill, Montrose’s Commanding Officer.

Some Bunker Suppliers Yet to Make the Changes Needed to Get Them Through IMO 2020 Unscathed
by Ship Bunker
Friday, January 04, 2019

But Bomin says it's ready for 2020 and already benefitting from its decision to exit ARA and Singapore.

Bourbon Offshore Extends Deal to Defer Debt Repayment
by The Maritime Executive
Friday, January 04, 2019

Bourbon Offshore has renewed an agreement with the majority of its lenders to continue the suspension of payments on its loans and debt. 

In a brief statement, the company said that the arrangement will allow it to focus on its operational priorities and to continue the search for a solution that will bring its finances in line with its performance. "The company remains confident in its ability to find such a solution in an amicable framework," Bourbon said. 

The firm first announced an agreement to defer repayment and stop servicing its debt in July 2018. At the time, the firm did not disclose the total value covered by the agreement, but as of the end of 2017 Bourbon had total borrowings and financial liabilities of about $1.9 billion.

Bourbon has previously warned investors that OSV market conditions remain dire, years after the offshore drilling downturn began. Many of its competitors have gone through bankruptcy proceedings, acquisitions or both in order to shed their debt burdens and gain scale. In December, the head of the Norwegian Shipowners' Association predicted that 2019 will not bring a major turning point for OSV operators. "We're seeing increased activity," said association CEO Harald Solberg, speaking to ShippingWatch. "But for now it's not enough to increase prices. Demand remains too week."

Like many of its competitors, Bourbon's operational restructuring strategy centers on high-grading its fleet and reducing its manning costs, with a high-tech twist. Under a plan dubbed "BourbonInMotion," the firm intends to dispose of more than 40 older OSVs and invest in new high-tech systems for about 130 newer, "smarter" vessels. Through automation upgrades and condition-based maintenance programs, Bourbon hopes to eliminate four crew positions from every "smart" OSV, creating further opex savings.

Coast Guard Suspends Search for Sincerity Ace Crewmember
by The Maritime Executive
Thursday, January 03, 2019

The U.S. Coast Guard suspended the active search for the missing crewmember of the Sincerity Ace on Wednesday.

Good Samaritans from four merchant vessels were able to rescue 16 of the 21 Sincerity Ace crew who abandoned ship on Monday following a fire whilst the vessel was sailing 1,800 nautical miles northwest of Oahu, Hawaii. Four missing seafarers were located but remain in the water, as they were unresponsive and unable to react to life-saving equipment. 

The Sincerity Ace’s managing company, Shoei Kisen Kaisha, is coordinating with the merchant vessels for the transport of the surviving crew. The company will make attempts to recover the four unresponsive crewmembers still in the water when contracted ships arrive on the scene in several days. Commercial tugs were dispatched to the Sincerity Ace earlier in the week. 

Meanwhile, the car carrier remains uncrewed and adrift. At last report, she was listing to starboard and still on fire. The cause of the fire and the disposition of the cargo remain unknown.

The Coast Guard, Navy, and good Samaritans on board five merchant vessels conducted a total of 13 searches covering 5,544 nautical square miles (7,342 statute miles) over a span of three days. Involved in the searches were:
- Two Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules aircrews
- A Navy 7th Fleet P-8 Poseidon aircrew
- Crew of the Green Lake
- Crew of the SM Eagle
- Crew of the New Century 1
- Crew of the Venus Spirit
- Crew of the Genco Augustus

The commercial vessels involved are part of the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System (AMVER) a worldwide voluntary reporting system sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard. 

Oil Market Roundup - Thursday Week 1
by Ship Bunker
Thursday, January 03, 2019

More gains for crude amid growing uncertainty.

The Ocean Cleanup Experiences Structural Malfunction
by The Maritime Executive
Thursday, January 03, 2019

The Ocean Cleanup system suffered a structural malfunction late on December 29, 2018, and CEO Boyan Slat says the plastic cleanup system will be returned to port earlier than planned, as soon as weather permits. 

During a regular inspection, it was discovered that an 18-meter end-section had detached from the rest of the system. “Although it is too early to confirm the cause of the malfunction, we hypothesize that material fatigue (caused by about 106 load cycles), combined with a local stress concentration, caused a fracture in the HDPE floater,” says Slat.

“It’s important to note that both the 580-meter main section and the 18-meter end section are both completely stable; all bulkheads are intact, and the end section has two stabilizers affixed to it, so rollover is not possible. Also, because no material was lost, there have been no safety risks for the crew, environment or passing marine traffic. However, as the redundancy in the cleanup system’s sensors and satellite communication (which are mounted on both end sections) has now been compromised, we concluded it is sensible to return to port.”

Earlier in December, Slat reported another problem with the system. The system, named System 001 or  Wilson), is attracting and concentrating plastic, but not yet retaining it. “This is a challenge we did not predict from our scale models nor prototypes,” he says. “Eventually, the only way to truly see how the system would perform was to put it in the environment it has been designed for, and this application has largely been effective, since most of the design has withstood the tests of the Pacific, such as its ability to accumulate plastic, reorient with the wind and survivability. For the beta phase of a technology, this is already a success.”

The Maersk Transporter, which is supporting operations, is now carrying around 2,000kg of plastic that was recovered from the patch. Once fully operational, System 001 is expected to harvest 1,000kg per week.

Slat believes the problems are solvable, and the cleanup of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch will be operational in 2019. “The fact that the cleanup system orients itself in the wind, is able to follow the waves well and is able to catch and concentrate plastic gives us confidence in the technology.”

Instead of going after plastic debris with vessels and nets – which would take many thousands of years and billions of dollars to complete – The Ocean Cleanup plans to deploy a fleet of extremely long floating barriers that act like an artificial coastline, enabling the winds and waves to passively catch and concentrate the plastic. Once fully operational, the full fleet of passive collection systems is expected to remove 50 percent of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in five years’ time.

Founded in 2013 by Slat (24), The Ocean Cleanup now employs approximately 80 engineers and researchers. The foundation is headquartered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. 

Los Angeles Labor Leader David Arian Dies at Seventy-Two
by The Maritime Executive
Thursday, January 03, 2019

Los Angeles Harbor Commissioner and widely respected community and International Longshore and Warehouse Union leader David Arian died on Wednesday after a battle with thyroid cancer. He was 72.

A prominent figure in the Los Angeles Harbor community, Arian joined the Harbor Commission in 2010 after serving decades in various leadership positions within the labor movement. During his tenure on the Board, the Port of Los Angeles broke all-time cargo volume records while reducing air emissions, two goals on which Arian was particularly focused.

“From the docks to the board room, his humor, his intelligence, and his commitment to justice built the most successful port in the Americas while doing right for the workers and the community that are the lifeblood of the harbor community,” said Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti. “Our city and our world are better places because of David Arian's extraordinary career and because of his deep humanity. I will miss his friendship and his steady hand. He's probably organizing workers in heaven right now.”

“Our waterfront community has lost a friend, a fighter, a mentor, a labor leader and a legend,” said Los Angeles 15th District City Councilman, Joe Buscaino. “Dave Arian has given so much to our community, and his contributions will never be forgotten. May he continue to live in our hearts and may his memory be a blessing.”

“Dave brought incredible passion, perspective and authenticity to his commission work,” said Jaime Lee, president of the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners. “He was greatly respected by his Board colleagues, Port staff and the entire Harbor community. His leadership is irreplaceable, and we are devastated by his loss.”

“Dave’s contributions to the Port, the maritime industry, the community, the environment and the working men and women of the waterfront are beyond measure,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director, Gene Seroka. “He brought genuine care and commitment to the community in all his work. He was a fighter for social and economic justice his entire life and a gracious fighter in his battle with cancer. We will miss him, his expertise, his sense of humor and selfless dedication to making the Port work for the betterment of all.”

Born December 4, 1946 Arian was 18 years old when he took a job at the Wilmington waterfront in 1965. He often joked that at just 130 pounds, union supervisors weren’t sure he’d be able to do the physically demanding work of a longshoreman. But like many aspects of his life, Arian proved his skeptics wrong. That first day unloading bananas into boxcars was just the first of many that he would spend working, organizing and leading union workers and causes important to the workers and the San Pedro Bay community.

As a member of the International Longshoreman & Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 13, Arian held many leadership positions over the years, including three terms as local president. In 1991, he was elected international president of the ILWU at the age of 44. Arian eventually returned to the docks at the Port of Los Angeles and retired in 2009. Within a year, he was appointed to the Los Angeles Harbor Commission by then-Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa, and reappointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti in 2013. 

Concern and support for the community, local workers and residents were woven into everything Arian did. A tireless community activist from the start, Arian and his family helped found the San Pedro Community Action Center in 1966. Over the years, he was also an active supporter of many local service organizations, including the Toberman Neighborhood Center, Harbor Interfaith Services and the San Pedro Boys & Girls Club, the latter where he played as a youth.

Arian founded the Harry Bridges Institute, an organization dedicated to educating younger workers about the labor movement’s rich history and community organizing. He had served as its president since its founding in 1993. Arian also captured the spirit of the Institute in his book “The Right to Get in the Fight,” which focused on the ILWU, its philosophies and culture that have kept it alive and relevant over the decades.

His involvement in non-labor-related port policy issues began even before his appointment to the Harbor Commission. In 2006, Arian was named to the joint Port of Los Angeles-Port of Long Beach advisory board for the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan, which set the stage for the ports to make unprecedented strides in improving air quality in the San Pedro Bay. Arian also served on the governing board of the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) Joint Power Authority.

A long-time resident of the Harbor area, Arian grew up on 8th Street in San Pedro and attended Cabrillo Elementary, Dana Junior High School and San Pedro High School. He is survived by his two children and five grandchildren: son Sean and son-in-law Councilmember Mike Bonin; daughter Justine and son-in-law Ethan Edwards; and grandchildren Jadyn Rose, Destan, Jacob, Aneka and Keira.

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.

For more information visit and follow the TYSR on or email
You may also reach out to MarEx contributor Sean M. Holt via LinkedIn

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."

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