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Oil Market Roundup - Wednesday Week 1
by Ship Bunker
Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Crude makes gains as OPEC+ cuts kick in.




Response Continues to Christmas Day Coal Barge Accident on the Ohio River
by gCaptain
Wednesday, January 02, 2019
The U.S. Coast Guard with the Army Corps of Engineers and Tennessee Valley Towing Company continue to respond to a tug and barge accident on the Ohio River in Louisville, Kentucky more than a week after it began. Watchstanders at CG Sector Ohio Valley received a report at around 8:10 p.m. on Christmas reporting that […]




Singapore: Two More Brightoil Tankers Placed Under Arrest
by Ship Bunker
Wednesday, January 02, 2019

The VLCC and Aframax join six bunker tankers detained in November.




Watch: Amelia Island's Maritime Heritage
by The Maritime Executive
Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Amelia Island, off Florida's northeast coast, is the subject of a new documentary film depicting its history of pirate treasure hunting and lost galleons.

The island was named for Princess Amelia, daughter of George II of Great Britain, and is claimed to be the only place in America that has undergone eight changes of sovereignty: French, Spanish, British, Floridian/Patriot, Green Cross, Mexican, Confederate and United States. 

The documentary was produced by the treasure-hunting organization Amelia Research & Recovery.




Norway Delays New Scrubber Ban, Sulfur Cap
by Ship Bunker
Wednesday, January 02, 2019

The new legislation is now scheduled for the end of February 2019.




Chinese Navy's Railgun Spotted Under Way
by The Maritime Executive
Wednesday, January 02, 2019

The Chinese navy's prototype railgun has made a new public appearance, this time under way. Its profile and the markings of the testbed vessel on which it is mounted indicate that it is likely the same unit, and may now have progressed to sea trials.

Photos published on Chinese social media in January 2018 showed what appeared to be a turret-mounted railgun aboard an aging People's Liberation Army (Navy) tank landing craft, the Haiyang Shan, with an extensive array of containerized equipment on deck just aft of the device. New photos on Chinese social media show a vessel with the same hull number and appearance as the Shan

Dafeng Cao / Chinese social media

China has been working on railgun technology since at least 2011, following in the footsteps of American efforts to develop a comparable system. A maintainable, usable railgun would be a desirable weapon: it would allow a warship to launch a projectile with tremendous force, long range and relatively low unit cost. In theory, the railgun could be deployed against surface targets, aircraft and even high-speed missiles. 

The U.S. Navy has yet to deploy a railgun aboard a vessel, though its Zumwalt-class destroyers were designed to support the system's power requirements for a future retrofit. For years, American defense technologists faced difficulty in building a device that could withstand the extreme stresses of repeated firing, but the current prototype under development at the Office of Naval Research's Dahlgren division has reportedly resolved this issue through the use of new materials. ONR Electromagnetic Railgun program officer Tom Boucher told USNI News late last year that the only major engineering task left before deployment of a shipboard demonstrator is the design of a suitable deck mount for the device. 




Photos: MSC Zoe Loses Containers in North Sea
by The Maritime Executive
Wednesday, January 02, 2019

The container ship MSC Zoe has lost up to 270 containers in rough weather in the North Sea.

The containers were lost while the vessel was sailing from Sines, Portugal, to Bremerhaven, Germany, on January 1. The incident occurred near the German island of Borkum, and the containers floated south-west, with some washing up on the Dutch islands of Terschelling and Vlieland. Their contents have included electronics, car parts, furniture, clothing and toys.

The Dutch Coast Guard has issued a warning, noting that three containers containing hazardous materials, believed to be potentially explosive organic peroxides, are yet to be located.

The 395-meter (1,296-foot), 19,224 TEU MSC Zoe is one of the world’s largest container ships.

Photos courtesy of Havariekommando: Central Command for Maritime Emergencies Germany




Ukrainian Gunboat Fires Shots to Halt Suspected Smugglers
by The Maritime Executive
Wednesday, January 02, 2019

On New Year's Eve, the Ukrainian gunboat Pryluky intercepted a suspected smuggling vessel in the Black Sea by firing warning shots across its bow. 

In the last hours of the year, the Ukrainian Navy and other domestic security services detected the suspect vessel off Ukraine's coast. The Navy command center of the Ukrainian Armed Forces dispatched the Pryluky to meet and inspect it, and the gunboat intercepted the suspect vessel in Ukraine's territorial waters. However, despite radio communications and an order to stop, the unnamed vessel would not halt for a boarding and inspection. The Pryluky pursued it and fired a warning shot across its bow, compelling the vessel to comply. 

The gunboats Akkerman and Berdyansk assisted in bringing the vessel into port in Odessa to complete the arrest.

Enhanced security measures

Following last year's altercation between Russian and Ukrainian forces at Kerch Strait, which resulted in Russia's seizure of three Ukrainian Navy vessels, Ukraine has taken new measures to increase its maritime security capabilities. On December 29, President Petro Poroshenko signed a law expanding Ukraine's ability to enforce domestic regulations in its adjacent zone, the area between 12 and 24 nm from its coastal baseline. 

According to Poroshenko's government, the law is intended to help Ukraine fight smuggling and "illegal" ship calls in the ports of Russian-occupied Crimea. Ukraine still considers these ports its own and has declared that they are closed under Ukrainian law (though on the ground they are open to traffic). In the adjacent zone, Ukraine will now exercise control over customs and taxes, immigration and phytosanitary regulations. 

To provide enforcement for this new measure, Ukraine plans to order 20 new mid-size patrol boats for its navy. “They will be built at one of our factories in cooperation with leading French companies – with a high level of localization of the project in Ukraine,” said Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, speaking to Interfax Ukraine. 




Chinese Academic Envisions Missile Strike on U.S. Carriers
by The Maritime Executive
Wednesday, January 02, 2019

In comments at a defense conference in Shenzhen last month, prominent Chinese military scholar Luo Yuan raised the prospect of a missile attack on American aircraft carriers as a way to exploit America's preference to avoid combat casualties. 

"Historical experience tells us that the United States is most afraid of the dead," Yuan said. "We now have Dong Feng-21D, Dong Feng-26 missiles. These are aircraft carrier killers. We attack and sink one of their aircraft carriers. Let them suffer 5,000 casualties. Attack and sink two carriers, 10,000 casualties. We’ll see how frightened America is."

Yuan has a long history of hawkish comments about the United States, and though he holds the formal title of rear admiral, his statements do not necessarily correspond to the opinions of military leadership. His threat was part of a broader speech about America's strengths and weaknesses, including the United States' military spending and readiness; its ownership of the world's reserve currency, the dollar; its need for international talent; its democratic system of government; and its perception of China as a threat.  

The anti-ship missiles Yuan referenced pose serious challenges for naval operations in the Western Pacific region. The Dong Feng-21D is a ballistic missile with a velocity of Mach 10 and a range of 800 nm, and is believed to be the first weapon of its kind. The more recently-developed Dong Feng-26 has a much longer range, roughly 2,200 nm, and is believed to be armed with a hypersonic glide vehicle. A glide vehicle can maneuver on a variable, low-altitude terminal trajectory, making it more difficult to track and hit than a conventional ballistic reentry vehicle, which falls on a predetermined path. Its extreme speed, its below-the-radar approach track and its ability to take evasive action are intended to penetrate advanced air defense systems. Notably, the DF-26 has more range than the U.S. Navy's fighters, meaning that a carrier strike group would have to enter within the missile system's sphere of influence in order to launch an attack. 

Yuan's comments followed twelve days after a senior PLA Air Force officer suggested that American FONOPS in the South China Sea should be countered with ramming. Dai Xu, a PLA Air Force Colonel Commandant and the president of China's Institute of Marine Safety and Cooperation, told Global Times that China should not be afraid to respond to American warship patrols with force. "If the U.S. warships break into Chinese waters again, I suggest that two warships should be sent: one to stop it, and another one to ram it," Xu said. "In our territorial waters, we won't allow U.S. warships to create disturbance."




Repsol Lubricants Commits to Total Lubmarine Network
by The Maritime Executive
Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Repsol Lubricants, a member of the Total Lubmarine network for over 50 years, has formally committed to its relationship with Total Lubmarine for a further three years. The partnership with Repsol Lubricants ensures Total Lubmarine can continue to best serve its maritime and power plant customers in Gibraltar, Peru and Spain.

The Total Lubmarine network is made up of a range of partners who are able to manufacture in strategic locations and help enable lubricants to be delivered to over 1,000 ports worldwide.

Announcing the contract renewal, Robert Joore, General Manager, Total Lubmarine said: "Total Lubmarine is pleased to have reached an agreement with Repsol Lubricants to extend our long-standing partnership for a further three years. This renewed agreement will continue to ensure quality products for our customers in Spain, Gibraltar and Peru."

Francisco Javier Miranda Cordente, Spain Lubricants Director, Repsol, added: "This is particularly good news for our shipping customers calling at Gibraltar and Algeciras, two of the Mediterranean's most important bunkering hubs. Our relationship with Total Lubmarine is as strong as ever, and we are very optimistic that the partnership will continue to be extremely productive."

The partnership increases Total Lubmarine's competitiveness in each region. In Peru, Total Lubmarine will now be using a regional supply chain instead of a European one, harnessing more local knowledge to fulfill customer's requirements. In Spain and Gibraltar the partnership with Repsol ensures that the customers continue to receive the best value in a competitive market.

The relationship between the two companies was first established in 1962.

 




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