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Danish vessel ran aground in southern Vietnam

Unexpectedly change of travelling direction to avoid hitting a fishing boat A 367-meter-long Danish container ship named Grete Maersk with a loading capacity of 115,000 tonnes went aground off Vung Tau coast in southern Vietnam Tuesday morning when it was on the way to Malaysia.Investigation showed that when approaching the sea buoy number 5 around Thi Vai harbor the vessel had to unexpectedly change its travelling direction, heading for the coast, to avoid hitting a fishing boat which suddenly got in its way.Big waves and strong winds helped the inertia to send the ship straight to the coast.It has been stuck in there so far despite efforts by local authorities to refloat it.The ship should have anchored in Vung Tau for one day only but the incident has kept it stay longer than initially planned, which caused much delay and damage to the ship owners and customersSource: Tuoi Tre

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Maersk hikes piracy surcharges

Surcharges imposed earlier on containers Maersk Line announced a steep increase in emergency risk surcharges imposed earlier on containers moving via ports in the Indian Ocean Islands and East Africa, starting April 1.The new surcharge on cargo shipped to and from the Indian Ocean Islands and Europe will be $350 per 40-foot container, compared with $250 per FEU now.For the Middle East and East Africa trade, the surcharge will increase to $400 per FEU from $250 per FEU.The revised surcharge on the U.S.-East Africa route will be $400 per FEU, up from $300 per FEU."As a result of increased piracy activity, and in the light of our continuous efforts to prevent piracy attacks and protect our crews and cargo, we have revised our emergency risk surcharges to mitigate higher security expenses," the Danish carrier said Tuesday.Source: Portnews

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Aberdeen coastguard monitor floating platform in North Sea

FPSO experiencing heavy weather Aberdeen Coastguard are currently monitoring developments on the Gryphon A, operated by Maersk, a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) which is being buffeted by very heavy weather in the North Sea. The platform is based 175 miles north east of Aberdeen. Winds are currently 53 knots from the north west and the platform was recording a 12 degree roll earlier this morning. Nine metre seas are also being recorded. The unit is a floating vessel used by the offshore industry for the processing and storage of oil and gas. There are 114 people on board the vessel who have been mustered to their emergency positions. Two minor injuries have been recorded. Several anchor mooring positions have given way in the extreme weather conditions and production has been shut down. The vessels thrusters are still in operation and the team on board are trying to maintain their position in the very poor weather. The companys emergency shoreside team is co-ordinating support services. No gas has been detected. Work is underway with the air rescue co-ordination centre at Kinloss (ARCCK) to alert nearby platforms to take non-essential personnel should that prove necessary and helicopter bases have been ...

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Somali man held in isolation after alleged threats to ship captain

Somali man in isolation for more than one year Somali man who pleaded guilty to hostage-taking last year in the hijacking of a U.S.-flagged ship has been held in isolation for more year after he allegedly ordered from jail that the captain of another ship be killed, according to court documents.Abduwali Abdukhadir Muse, 21 years old, pleaded guilty last May to hostage-taking and conspiracy in the hijacking of the Maersk Alabama in the Indian Ocean in April 2009.In court papers filed Wednesday, his lawyers said the U.S. Attorney General determined that Mr. Muse should be held under so-called "special administrative measures" in January 2010 after a probe into whether he had instructed pirate crew members to kill another boat captain.The government determined two phone calls by Mr. Muse while in custody corroborated the threat, his lawyers said in court papers."The two prison calls identified by the government do not provide proof of any such threat," his lawyers said. "We believe the government has misinterpreted these calls. We do acknowledge, however, that Abduwali discussed piracy matters over the phone."Mr. Muse is no longer subject to the restrictive measures, but remains in solitary confinement at a federal jail in lower Manhattan, his ...

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New tool measures carbon footprint per container

Consumer pressure to reduce fuel consumption grows A new tool measuring the carbon produced from bunkers in maritime supply chains estimates that international loaded container journeys in 2010 produced an average 1.4 tonnes per teu, or 278 grams per teu mile. The idea of calculating the CO2 per container comes as consumer pressure grows to reduce fuel consumption and its impact on global warming. Only two weeks ago, AP Moller-Maersk championed the idea of a green label on consumer goods, showing the total carbon emissions of the door-to-shelf supply chain.Source: AP Moller Maersk

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