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  A NewsLink service for Dole Chile Friday, October 3, 2014 Guidelines updated to addresspiracy, armed robbery Major stakeholders in the maritime industryhave updated their guidelines to seafarers withemphasis on tackling perennial criminalactivities such as piracy and armed robbery.BIMCO, ICS, INTERTANKO andINTERCARGO unveiled the new version of  Guidelines for Owners, Operators and Mastersfor Protection Against Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea Region, where shipping industryassociations are advised on dealing withshipping in West Africa and in the IndianOcean.Major international shipping groupsacknowledged that criminal activities continueto occur from south as Angola to the far north asSierra Leone, prompting them to update itsguidelines for seafarers.Among the latest information included in theupdated guidelines are new informationregarding regional maritime security initiativesin West Africa, particularly the Maritime TradeInformation Sharing Centre for the Gulf of Guinea (MTISC GOG).Industry stakeholders assure that the basicprinciples of the Best Management Practicesincluded in the guidelines are applicable toshipping in West Africa, Somalia-based piracy,as well as piracy in the Indian Ocean.The unveiling of the MTSIC GOG website,which features the Regional Maritime SecurityGuidance, as well as the MTISC-GOG reportingprocedures, were held in conjunction with therelease of the updated guidelines.Officials said that the guidelines was updatedbased on addressing threats in West Africathrough providing valuable advice on preventingand deterring criminal acts and armed robbery inthe region. They added that the guidelines wereupdated based in conjunction with BMP4. SAFETY STUDY BROKEN MOORING LINE A seasonal swell during a livestock loadingoperation broke a mooring line. NARRATIVE At 0730H, a general cargo carrier began totake on 2,400 heads of cattle, as it has donemany times over 17 years. The cattle weretaken on board via a ramp through the ship'sA-deck, which is two decks above the maindeck. The vessel was moored withone longspring line and three fore lines - one short andtwo long fore lines. The lines aft werearranged similarly.Mooring operations are normally performedby two ABs supervised by the Second Officer.Two hours into the loading, the vesselbegan to move vertically due to swell in theharbour. It is known that there can be a rathersevere swell or surge in the harbour when thewind is blowing from the north-west. TheOOW tightened the lines regularly.The 2O took over the watch at 1200H asusual. At about 1400H, two of the linesforward snapped due to the swell. Uponinstruction of the master, the 2O and an ABcame to the forecastle to replace the brokenlines.They were about to secure the last linewhen a swell suddenly lifted the ship. The ABhad put on the stopper on the line and the2O was easing out the line by the mooringwinch. Due to the sudden pull on the line, theAB was not able to hold the line by the stopper and the line around the winch drumtightened, hitting the 2O on his arm. He wastransported to the hospital. CONCLUSION - There is no indication that there were anytechnical failures besides the broken lines.- The Second Officer was handling the lineor standing in a position close to the winchdrum at the time of the accident.- At the time of the accident, both theSecond Officer and the AB were occupiedwith the practical work of making the line fast.Niether of them were prepared for the suddenforce on the line caused by the movement ofthe ship.- The following factors contributed to theaccident: ● Lack of planning of the actual taskappropriate to the conditions ● The Second Officer had limited practicalexperience with the operation of the winch ● None of the two involved crewmemberswere able to keep an eye on the outside of theship at all times. Lloyd's List honours GlobalAwards winners The winners in the Lloyd's List Global Awardshave been honoured in a special ceremony heldrecently. Senior executives and officials in theshipping industry attended the prestigious event,which saw DP World Southampton winning thePort Operator Award and the crew of CrownSapphire getting the Amver Assisted Rescue atSea Award. We see these awards as a reminder of theimportance of this industry to both commerceand social good. At Lloyd's List, we also see itas annual chance to thank you, the upholders of the best in this industry, for your contribution, said Richard Meade, editor of Lloyd's List.Meanwhile, the other winners were: BergeBulk Singapore (Ship Operator Award),Magsaysay Maritime (Training Award), CMACGM (Corporate Social Responsibility Award),DFDS (Environment Award), the LynceusProject (Innovation Award), Pacific BasinShipping (Safety Award), Euronav (Deal of theYear), Michael Kingston, DWF, (MaritimeLawyer of the Year), Park Ji-young (Seafarer of the Year), Costamare (Company of the Year),Soren Skou, chief executive Maersk Line,(Newsmaker of the Year) and Ravi Mehrotra,executive chairman of the Foresight Group,(LifetimeAchievement Award). Poland sees booming maritimesector in Nigeria Poland is determined to reach out to Nigeria inan effort to benefit from the African nation'spromising maritime sector.Polish deputy minister of economy AndrzejDycha cited Nigeria's potential in developing itsmaritime facilities, as Warsaw seeks to developinvestment opportunities with Abuja in terms of human capacity development, ship building andmaintenance yard, among others.Dycha said a Polish delegation led byPrzemyslaw Niesiolowski, Polish ambassador toNigeria, visited Abuja and was convinced thatWarsaw can help provide critical infrastructureto the African nation's maritime industry.Niesiolowski said Poland's expertise andtechnical knowledge on railway development,transportation network and infrastructureplanning will benefit Nigeria's promisingmaritime sector. We can offer soft loan at below one percentinterest to finance the development of maritimeacademy, Polish minister of transport IdrisUmar said.He added that Poland's federal governmentwelcomes a partnership with Nigeria in maritimedevelopment to foster the industry's growth inAbuja.  PAGE 2 - Friday, October 3, 2014   SHIPPING DATABALTIC EXCHANGE Market snapshot: (October 2)Dry Index BDI 1041 -14Capesie Index BCI 1! -#$%ana&ax Index B%I ! '24pra&ax Index BI 10** -12+andysie Index B+I $*1 0 EXCHANGE RATES ,e .ork (/h Cs) n Crrency 3D in n in 3D CrrencyBritain (%ond) 1#14$ 0#154Canada (Doar) 0 5#4 111$$China (.an) 01#25 #1* $6ro 12#!4 0! 50India (7pee) 001#2 #1$#00Indonesia (7piah) 00000 2 121$0008apan (.en) 000522$ 10 4100,oray (9rone) 01$$2 #444*%hiippines (%eso) 0022* 44 *00%oand (oty) 0*0*4 **0007ssia (7be) 002$* *5$# $inapore (Doar) 0! #2 12!153kraine (+ry;nia) 00!!2 125$$0 Umar stressed that Nigeria can make the mostof several maritime opportunities for potentialinvestors with Poland's help. Cargo ship completes NorthwestPassage trip without icebreakers A cargo ship has made history by completing atrip through the Northwest Passage without anyassistance from icebreakers.The MV Nunavik was loaded with 23,000tonnes of nickel concentrate. It is a Polar Class 4vessel, making it capable of operating on ice fora long time.The MV Nunavik, which was built in Japan,started its journey on September 19 and finishedit on September 30. It did not require assistancefrom icebreakers during the entire journey to theport of Bayuquan, China. Its voyage was about40% shorter than if it took a route through thePanama Canal. SHIPPING Moore Stephens: 2013 shipoperating costs decline slightly International accountant and shipping consultantMoore Stephens says total annual operatingcosts in the shipping industry fell by an averageof 0.3% in 2013.This compares with the 1.8% average fall incosts recorded for the previous year. Crew costswas the only category this time to show anincrease over the 12 month period, indicatingthat ship owners continued to focus onmanaging costs and conserving cash in 2013,Moore Stephens noted in a press release.The findings are set out in OpCost 2014,Moore Stephens' unique ship operating costsbenchmarking tool, which reveals that totaloperating costs for the tanker sector were up in2013, the financial year covered by the study,but down in the bulker and container shipsectors.The tanker index was up by two points, or1.1%, while both the bulker index and thecontainer ship index were down by two points,or 1.2%, on a year-on-year basis.The corresponding figures in last year'sOpCost study showed falls of 5 points, 7 pointsand 3 points respectively in the tanker, bulkerand container ship indices.For bulkers, meanwhile, the overall averagefall in crew costs was 0.5%, the same as in theprevious year. The operators of Panamaxbulkers paid 2.3% less in crew costs than in2012, but there was a 1.2% increase in thisrespect for Handysize bulkers, this following a4.8% reduction for 2012.Expenditure on crew costs remainedunchanged over the 12 month period in thecontainer ship sector, although operators of vessels of between 100 and 1,000 teu did recorda 1.7% increase in such costs for 2013. PORTS Honiara port expansion worksset to begin The Solomon Islands' expansion port project inHoniara received a huge lift fromTOA-KITANO Joint Venture of Japan, whichwill assist in the port's development.With the approval of the Japan InternationalCooperation Agency (JICA), which gave thecontract to TOA-KITANO Joint Venture,construction work at the Honiara Port can nowbegin.The Solomon Islands government will beconstructing a 150-metre new international berthfor Honiara, which is expected to boost safetyand ship turnaround at the port. The project,which will cost around USD23 million, isexpected to be finished by October 2016.Officials from both sides, including PermanentSecretary of the Ministry of InfrastructureDevelopment Moses Virivolomo recently signeda contract agreement on the port expansion. INCIDENTS Dozens still missing inshipwreck off Libya At least ten migrants from sub-Saharan Africadrowned Thursday and dozens more weremissing after their boat sank in theMediterranean offshore Libya, the coast guardsaid. Between 80 and 90 people were rescuedafter the boat went down in waters east of Tripoli, a coast guard officer said, adding thatsurvivors said there had been up to 180 peopleon board.Among those saved were two women,according to the officer, who said the boatcapsized three nautical miles off Guarabouli,which is 60 kilometres from the capital.Thursday's tragedy was the second this week involving Africans trying to make their way to anew life in Europe and comes a year after 360people perished in a sinking, burning ship off the Italian island of Lampedusa, AFP reported.  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: Copyright   ©2014 KVH Media Group Ltd is aKVH company. All rights reserved. GALLEY CHICKEN: NUTRITIONAL PROPERTIES Chicken is low in Sodium and also a goodsource of Vitamin B6 and Phosphorus. It isa very good source of Protein, Niacin andSelenium. PARMESAN CHICKEN CUTLETS Ingredients:  3/4 cup of all-purpose flour, 2large eggs, 1-1/2 cups of panko (Japanesebreadcrumbs)1/4 cup of grated Parmesan, 1tbsp ofmustard powderKosher salt (freshly ground pepper)4 small skinless, boneless chicken cutlets(about 1-1/2 pounds total and pounded to1/4inch thickness)8tbsp of olive oil (divided)1 lemon (halved). Method:  Place flour in a shallow bowl.Beat eggs in a second shallow bowl.Combine panko, Parmesan and mustardpowder in a third shallow bowl and seasonit with salt and pepper.Season chicken with salt and pepper.Then dredge in flour, shaking off anyexcess.Transfer to bowl with beaten egg and turnto coat. Lift from bowl, allowing excess todrip back into bowl.Coat with panko mixture, pressing toadhere.Chicken can be breaded three months inadvance.Place between pieces of freezer paper orwaxed paper and freeze in re-sealablefreezer bags.Thaw before continuing. Heat 6tbsp of oilin a large heavy skillet or a cast-iron skilletover medium-high heat.Working in two batches, cook cutlets,adding remaining 2tbsp of oil to panbetween batches, until it becomes goldenbrown and cooked through (about 4minutes per side).Transfer cutlets to a paper towel-linedplate and season those with salt. Servewith lemon.
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