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  A NewsLink service for Dole Chile Monday, October 13, 2014 UAE calls for 'collective efforts'in fighting piracy The United Arab Emirates has joined the globalcall to intensify efforts in fighting maritimepiracy.UAE Economy Minister Sultan bin Saeed AlMansouri confirmed the petroleum-exportingcountry's advocacy in a speech during the IndianOcean Rim Association (Iora) 14th Council of Ministers Meeting in Perth, Australia.According to Al Mansouri, UAE is one withother nations in organising collective efforts tocombat maritime piracy. Attending the Iora's14th Council of Ministersis part of the UAE's international cooperationcommitment, in line with the vision of thePresident, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa binZayed Al Nahyan, and His Highness ShaikhMohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAEand Ruler of Dubai, he said.He noted that the illegal act threatens maritimesecurity around the world, particularly in theIndian Ocean.The official also updated Iora members on thenation's efforts to adhere to the suggestionsagreed upon in the first Iora Renewable EnergyMinisterial Forum held last in January.Al Mansouri also told the delegates that thecountry is ready to assume assume the Iora'svice-chair status between 2017 and 2019.The summit discussed issues concerningmaritime security and safety in the IndianOcean; trade and investment facilitation;fisheries management; disaster risk reduction;academic, science and technology co-operation;tourism and cultural exchanges and the potentialof the blue economy. SAFETY STUDY 'LET THE TUG GO!' NOT SO EASY Poor communication between a mooring teamand a tug's personnel resulted in a severehand injury that all but ended an ableseaman's maritime career. NARRATIVE A ballasted tanker had been made fast portside alongside to a berth at an oil terminal.Soon afterwards, the pilot asked the master tolet go the harbour tug, which had its tow linefast to a bollard on the starboard side, just aftof the forward mooring station. The pilot alsotold the tug master by VHF radio to let go. Thepilot's instruction was relayed by the ship'sinternal VHF radio to the bosun, who, withthree able seamen and a deck cadet, wentquickly to the tow line. They looked over theside of the ship and saw that there was someslack in the line, but they could not see any ofthe tug's crew.An able seaman, the bosun and anotherable seaman stood in line between thepanama lead and the bollard and began to pullthe slack of the tow line in by hand.Meanwhile, in the tug's wheelhouse, the chiefengineer moved the tow winch control joystickto pay out the line and to give the ship's crewsome more slack. However, when he lookedup at his CCTV monitor, he was surprised tosee the line was being heaved in onto thetowing winch. He looked down at the towingwinch control panel and saw that theautomatic tensioning mode switch was stillilluminated. He switched the tensioning modeswitch off, which gave himcontrol of the joystick and he was then able to pay the towline out.On the ship, when the load suddenly cameonto the tow line, the able seaman, who wasstanding nearest the panama lead, had hishands drawn towards it. He managed to let goof the line with his right hand but his left handwas badly crushed when it became caughtbetween the tow line and the panama lead. LESSONS - It is important that ships' mooring teamsremain alert to the possibility that, whensecuring or letting go tugs' lines, these mayunexpectedly come under tension and causeserious injuries.- Communications should be establisheddirectly between the person in charge of themooring team and the tug's personnel; the lineshould not be let go before the tug's crewsignals that it is ready to receive the line backon board; and the person in charge of themooring team should monitor the operationand the tug's tow line so that warning can begiven to the rest of the team if sudden loadcomes onto the line.  Source: UK MAIB  NGOs urge IMO to backshipping efficiency disclosure The International Maritime Organisation (IMO)was urged to disclose shipping efficiency andfuel consumption details by non-governmentorganisations (NGOs) to upgrade fuelperformance and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases in ships.Transport and Environment (T&E), Seas atRisk (SAR) and Carbon War Room demandedchanges amid moves to undermine proposals atthe IMO and European Union with regards topublic disclosure of energy efficiency data of ships.T&E and SAR have advocated for fullsubmission of energy data to fulfil significantreduction of GHG emissions in the future.The initiative would bring greatercompetition as it is expected to bring changesto the shipping sector, particularly in the goal of the industry to implement a low-carbon future.The world maritime body were likewise calledto approve official and certified informationproduced by the industry regulator. Theproposal aims to ensure a more reliable anduniversal metric, which would improve industryefficiency. Finland cites incidents betweenresearch ship, Russian navy Two incidents between a Finnish governmentalmaritime research vessel and Russian naval unitswere made public on Saturday and triggeredofficial expressions of concern in Finland,Xinhua reported.The Finnish Environmental Institute said in apress release on Saturday that Russian navalvessels hampered the operations of the researchvessel Aranda on two occasions recently.In August, a Russian naval ship contactedAranda via radio and asked her to alter course.Aranda initially complied, but later messagedthat she would stop at the research site. Then asubmarine was observed sailing on surface.The second incident took place in September,when a Russian naval vessel sailed directlytowards the Finnish research ship and passed herat close range.On board Aranda were Swedish researchersand the Finnish complement of the ship. TheFinnish Environmental Institute said theyconsidered the situation as threatening.Aranda had been carrying out a researchassignment for the Swedish meteorological andhydrological institute in international watersnear the Swedish island of Gotland.Finnish Defence Minister Carl Haglund toldmedia on Saturday that the reasons fordisturbing the operations of the Finnish researchvessel have to be investigated.  PAGE 2 - Monday, October 13, 2014   SHIPPING DATABALTIC EXCHANGE Market snapshot: (October 10)Dry Index BDI 963 -11Capes!e Index BCI 1 ## -36$ana%ax Index B$I &6 '1pra%ax Index BI 9*0 -10+andys!e Index B+I 16 -# EXCHANGE RATES ,e .ork (/r Cs) /n Crrency 2D n /n n 2D CrrencyBrtan ($ond) 160 4 06430Canada (Doar) 0&919 11414Chna (.an) 01631 613135ro 1461 0*94*Inda (pee) 00163 614*&0Indonesa (pah) 00000&4 1441*007apan (.en) 00094*3 10*&#00,oray (8rone) 01 33 6 4##$hppnes ($eso) 00443 ##&000$oand (oty) 03011 33400ssa (be) 004#& #034&1napore (Doar) 0*&#3 14* 02krane (+ryna) 00**4 149 0 INCIDENTS 18 dead, 20 missing after boatsinks off Guinea The death toll from an overcrowded woodenboat that sunk off the south coast of Guinea hasrisen to 18, with 20 others missing presumeddead, reports said late Sunday. The boat wentdown on Friday with 61 people aboard off theport of Benty, in the south of the country, aftercolliding in high seas with a mining ship, AFPreported. Eighteen people were killed when a boatcapsized near the Konta landing point straddlingthe small ports of Farmoriah and Benty, maritime prefect Lansana Toure said in astatement read out on television. A search isunder way for other victims as after three daysand two nights there remains no hope of findingsurvivors, said local fisheries chief Ali Damba. DEVELOPMENT Thailand's major waterwayproject to cost USD2.4 billion Thailand's waterways are set to get a boost, withthe country allocating USD2.4 billion to developits maritime infrastructure.Transport Minister Air Chief Marshal PrajinJuntong said that the project on the country'swaterways will be rolled out in a span of tenyears. A total of THB2.2 billion (USD67.7million) has been allocated for this year, theofficial added.The Pak Bara seaport in Satun province and arail link that will connect the Satun port toSongkhla province's own port are among theprojects that are part of the long-terminfrastructure plan. THE NAVIGATOR MANAGING BRIDGE TEAMMANAGEMENT Everyone makes mistakes, yet those madeon the bridge of a ship can lead to a majorcatastrophe if not caught and corrected intime. Bridge team management is aboutusing all available information andassistance to make the best possibledecisions as a team to avoid such errorsand ensure smooth passage. Decenttraining is essential, as is constant practiceand a willingness to remain open tochanges in procedure and protocol.At times, navigators are called on tostand a bridge watch alone, when they aresolely responsible for the vessel'sprogress. As scary as that might sound,most navigators enjoy long careers at seawithout any major incidents as a directresult of excellent training and strongbridge team management onboard.The most recent issue of The Navigatormagazine came off the presses earlier thismonth and looks at bridge teammanagement in detail. The Navigator is afree publication, produced three times ayear, in association with the Royal Instituteof Navigation, and sponsored by IFAN, theInternational Foundation for Aids toNavigation.Each issue focuses on one aspect ofnavigation, such as bridge teammanagement training and best practice.Get yours for free in printed format or as adownloadable PDF from:www.nautinst.org/en/Publications/the-navigator/.The Nautical Institute aims to get printedcopies of The Navigator onboard everySOLAS vessel around the world. Help usby becoming a distribution champion andget it on your vessel. Signing up as achampion is easy. Go towww.nautinst.org/thenavigator, click on theDistributor button and fill in the short form. EVENTS NAMEPA conference to discussnew maritime policies The North American Marine EnvironmentProtection Association (NAMEPA) will hold itsannual conference on October 29 in New York.The meeting will have the theme, MarineEnvironment Protection: Evolution orRevolution? Officials are expected to discuss the newEmission Control Area requirements and fuelsourcing, among other topics. The maritimeindustry's new regulations and updates toemergency response will also be tackled.  KVH Media Group Ltd    produces the market-leading KVH SatNews service, incorporating  NEWSlink   which provides 75+ titles for seafarers.  Address:   15 Nafpliou St., 1st Floor, P.O. Box3627, 3317 Limassol, Cyprus. Tel:   +357 25340360  Email:   info@newslink.kvh.com Copyright   ©2014 KVH Media Group Ltd is aKVH company. All rights reserved. PORT OF THE WEEK PORT OF SALALAH The Port of Salalah, in Oman beganoperation in what used to be called MinaRaysut on November 1998.A container terminal was then built andthe old port became known as the GeneralCargo Terminal.The vision behind the Port's developmentwas to build a world-class containerterminal and create a leadingtransshipment hub in the Middle East.Port of Salalah is a world classtransshipment hub in the West Central AsiaRegion. Situated right at the majorEast-West shipping lanes, Salalah enjoysan attractive strategic location in the heartof the Indian Ocean Rim and caters tosome of the world's largest ocean goingvessels.The Government signed a contract withAPM Terminals in December 1996 to buildand operate the terminal. Constructionstarted in April 1997 and a world classcontainer terminal with state-of-the-artequipment was ready for operation byNovember 1998 with two completed berths.Two more berths were delivered threemonths ahead of schedule in April 1999.In May 2007 the Port of Salalah openedberth No5, and No6 followed in May 2008.In the few years since its inception, thePort has developed into one of the world'slargest container terminals.In its decade-long history, the Port ofSalalah has experienced consistentdouble-digit growth. The year after itopened, it established the world record forproductivity, with more than 250 containermoves per hour.Oman has a strong, vibrant economy,with a Government that is committed toprivatisation, offering a pro-businessclimate for investment.The Port of Salalah has become a rolemodel for the Sultanate's strategic directionof diversification and privatisation.With local nationals comprising themajority of its workforce, the Port iscommitted to not only providing world-classport facilities but also to creating new jobsand Omanisation.
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