Australia Backs Current MH370 Search Plan

By MarEx 2015-08-05 01:58:35

The aircraft flaperon recently retrieved from La Réunion has been confirmed as coming from a Boeing 777 aircraft, prompting the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) to reassess its MH370 search plan.

Work is still being undertaken by the Malaysian and French authorities to establish whether the flaperon originated from MH370, and an ATSB investigator will join the international team examining it in Toulouse, France.

The ATSB, which is leading the search for MH370, has reviewed its search calculations and priorities and is satisfied that the discovery of the flaperon at La Réunion, 16 months after the disappearance of MH370, is consistent with the current underwater search area in the southern Indian Ocean.

Drift modelling by Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) shows that material from the current search area could have been carried to La Réunion, as well as other locations, as part of a progressive dispersal of floating debris through the action of ocean currents and wind.

The map below shows the indicative drift of debris from the search area as at 30 July. Blue, black and red dots simulate items with leeway factors (applied to the 10m wind velocity) of 1.2, 1.5 and 1.8 percent.

The items originated along the black arc (seventh arc) on March 8, 2014. White arrows are the winds for the day shown. Magenta symbols are positions of real drifting buoys (with sea-anchors at 12m) on the day. Their movement has been used to estimate the errors of the ocean current component of the total drift velocity.

Reverse drift modelling – tracking the debris back from where it was found to a possible point of origin – is very imprecise when used for long time periods. To the extent they can be relied on, the results of reverse modelling are also consistent with the defined search area, said the ATSB in a statement.

A great deal of additional material has been handed over to the police on La Réunion. While this is being examined, so far none of it appears to have come from an aircraft.

The drift modelling indicates that if there is any more floating debris from MH370, it could be anywhere in hundreds of thousands of square kilometres in the Indian Ocean.

The ATSB continues to rely on the careful analysis of satellite data and aircraft performance information to define the search area and the discovery of the flaperon affirms this work, it says. For this reason, thorough and methodical search efforts will continue to be focused on the defined search area in the southern Indian Ocean.

The plight of MH370 is one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history. The plane vanished from radar screens shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur on March 8, 2014, bound for Beijing. Investigators believe the plane was flown thousands of miles off course before eventually crashing somewhere off Australia.

The search area was expanded in April beyond an original 60,000 square kilometer search area to enable up to 120,000 square kilometers to be searched if required. More than 50,000 square kilometers of the seafloor have been searched so far.


Swiber bags $80m Latin American job

Singapore-listed offshore services provider Swiber Holdings has clinched a USD80 million pipeline contract for a Latin American-based global energy company.
According to the company’s filing to the Singapore Exchange, Swiber will provide installation of monobuoys, pipeline-end manifolds, and a

Seafarer Welfare Initiatives Unite

By MarEx 2015-08-04 19:45:20

The boards of the International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) and the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP) are moving the activities of the MPHRP into ISWAN. A transfer agreement was signed on August 3.

ISWAN will now be responsible for all the activities of the highly respected MPHRP. The move to ISWAN will enable the program to develop under the auspices of a well-established international seafarers’ welfare organization that is registered as a charity.

The program will continue to support the seafarers and their families who are affected by piracy. While piracy attacks off the coast of Somalia have significantly decreased, attacks are on the increase in South East Asia and continuing in the Gulf of Guinea. The MPHRP program will concentrate on these areas while still supporting seafarers who were held for years in Somalia. The program will seek to develop constructive and positive relationships with existing and new industry partners.

ISWAN has already appointed a new program manager, Tom Holmer, to lead the MPHRP in this new phase of its development. The program in South Asia will continue while an immediate priority will be to secure funding to continue the program in South East Asia and Eastern Europe.

Peter Hinchliffe, speaking on behalf of the MPHRP Board said “The MPHRP Board decided some time ago that the best way to provide the very best long term stability for the support of seafarers and their families caught up in the appalling acts of piracy in the Indian Ocean and in Somalia was to find a permanent home under the umbrella of an existing and highly respected seafarers’ charity. Attacks on merchant ships and seafarers are still happening and we must ensure that the MPHRP is there to support seafarers if they are attacked and to prepare them for passages through high risk areas.”

Jon Whitlow, Secretary of the Seafarers Section of the International Transport Workers Federation said “We are pleased that the program can now continue as part of ISWAN. The ITF will play its role, with other industry partners, to ensure that piracy, with its devastating effect upon seafarers and their families, is not forgotten about.”

Per Gullestrup, Chairman of ISWAN and former Managing Partner of Clipper whose ship CEC Future, and its crew, was hijacked off Somalia and held for 71 days said “I am delighted that the program is coming into ISWAN. MPHRP has done outstanding work in the past and I believe ISWAN is the right organization to take the program forward. We look forward to working with current and new partners on developing MPHRP.”

Other key industry partners involved in the MPHRP, such as the International Chamber of Shipping and the International Maritime Bureau, fully support the move of the program into ISWAN.

Commenting on the news CEO of Human Rights at Sea, David Hammond, said “This is superb news for the future of what is a highly valuable humanitarian program and which has already achieved impressive results. ISWAN is the ideal place for assuring the charitable future of MPHRP with clear industry support and wider international engagement.”


New Jersey Spill Cleaned Up

By MarEx 2015-08-04 18:44:23

Most of the oil spilled after a tug allided with a fuel terminal in New Jersey on Saturday has now been cleaned up, says the U.S. Coast Guard

About 1,000 gallons of oil was spilled in Bayonne, New Jersey, following the allision. The fuel terminal, which is located about 10 miles south of Manhattan, began to leak shortly after the incident.

Members of the International-Matex Tank Terminal (IMTT) quickly notified the New York Coast Guard, which dispatched its Pollution Response Team to investigate. The response team and terminal employees launched a containment boom of 2,500 feet and secured the source of the oil.

Coast Guard officials state that a contractor hired by the IMTT is overseeing the final cleanup operations. No sensitive areas or wildlife have been affected by the spill.

The Coast Guard is investigating what caused the tugboat to allide with the pier.


IMO Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas Agenda

By MarEx 2015-08-04 17:07:02

The International Maritime Organization, Pacific Regional Environments Programme (SPREP) and Pacific island representatives met in Nadji, Fiji for a workshop to designate key areas as Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSAs) in the Pacific Ocean.

The IMO and SPREP identified areas off the of Papa New Guinea, the Cook Islands, Fiji and Kiribati waters as meeting the PSSA criteria. Areas near the Tonga, Marshall and Solomon Islands are also being considered. Representatives from the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Palau and Papua New Guinea attended the seminar.

“The Pacific region possesses some of the most outstanding ecological resources in the world. These resources face many pressures including from international shipping. Despite this, the region does not have any designated PSSAs to protect these areas from such pressures. It is our hope that, through this workshop, Pacific island countries can come up with a workable plan to develop and submit a successful PSSA proposal,” said the IMO’s Edward Kleverlaan.

PSSAs are areas that require special protections to be set in place because of its ecological, socio-economic or scientific attributes that make it vulnerable to damage from international shipping activities.

A PSSA can gain additional protection by achieving global recognition through the adoption of protective measures like ship routing systems and proposing that specified areas be avoided or establishing shipping lanes to reduce the risk of collisions.

The training workshop also instructed each representative in the development of four-year national action plans aimed at structuring PSSA proposals to the IMO in the future.


U.S. Puts Sanctions on Companies Aiding Syria

By MarEx 2015-08-04 16:35:40

The U.S. Department of Treasury placed sanctions several companies for their roles in ongoing Syrian conflicts. Aqua Shipping and Milenyum Energy SA in Turkey are the key players in the group that the Treasury identified.

Milenyum Energy operates vessels registered in Panama with its headquarters in Turkey. The company was charged with materially assisting, sponsoring and providing financial and technological support to the Syrian government.

The Treasury Department stated that Milenyum supported Syria’s energy needs by regularly shipments of LPG and various other energy products to the Port of Banias for distribution by SYTROL, a Syrian controlled entity.

Milenyum owns a myriad of offshore companies such as Nevis-based Blue Energy Trade Ltd, Elba Trade SAL, Green Shipping Ltd and Aqua Shipping Ltd. These companies are believed to be front organizations for Milenyum, which includes ships and other vessels.

Eagles LLC, a Syrian-based company, is another named in the sanctions. According to the Treasury, Eagles LLC paid Milenyum Energy $5 million for a fuel shipment to Syria.

U.S. Treasury Department Lists the Following:

The following individuals have been added to OFAC’s SDN List:

AYDIN, Mustafa, Turkey; DOB 26 May 1988; Passport U04663595 (Turkey) (individual) [SYRIA] (Linked To: MILENYUM ENERGY S.A.; Linked To: BLUE ENERGY TRADE LTD. CO.; Linked To: ABDULKARIM GROUP).

DUZGOREN, Erkan, Turkey; DOB 17 Jun 1980 (individual) [SYRIA] (Linked To: MILENYUM ENERGY S.A.).

DUZGOREN, Serkan, Turkey; DOB 28 Jan 1979 (individual) [SYRIA] (Linked To: MILENYUM ENERGY S.A.).

KENAR, Ufuk, Turkey; DOB 24 Apr 1980 (individual) [SYRIA] (Linked To: MILENYUM ENERGY S.A.).

The following entities have been added to OFAC’s SDN List:

AQUA SHIPPING LTD. (a.k.a. AQUA SHIPPING LTD.-MAI), c/o Milenyum Denizcilik Gemi Hizmetleri Acentelik ve Ozel Ogretim Hizmetleri Ltd. Sti, Nazli Sokak 9, Halilrifatpasa Mah, Sisli, Istanbul 34384, Turkey; Trust Company Complex, Ajeltake Road, Ajeltake Island, Majuro, Marshall Islands; Identification Number IMO 5849194 [SYRIA] (Linked To: MILENYUM ENERGY S.A.).

BLUE ENERGY TRADE LTD. CO., P.O. Box 556, Charlestown, Saint Kitts and Nevis [SYRIA] (Linked To: MILENYUM ENERGY S.A.).

EBLA TRADE SERVICES S.A.L./OFF-SHORE, Beirut, Lebanon; Nakhle Center, Property Number: 295/24, Baabda, Furn, Chebbak, Lebanon [SYRIA] (Linked To: MILENYUM ENERGY S.A.; Linked To: BLUE ENERGY TRADE LTD. CO.).


GREEN SHIPPING LTD., c/o Milenyum Denizcilik Gemi Hizmetleri Acentelik ve Ozel Ogretim Hizmetleri Ltd. Sti, Nazli Sokak 9, Halilrifatpasa Mah, Sisli, Istanbul 34384, Turkey; Trust Company Complex, Ajeltake Road, Ajeltake Island, Majuro, Marshall Islands; Identification Number IMO 5848165 [SYRIA] (Linked To: MILENYUM ENERGY S.A.).

LATTAKIA PORT GENERAL COMPANY (a.k.a. LATAKIA PORT GENERAL COMPANY), BP 220, Latakia, Syria; Postal Box 220, Lattakia, Syria; Baghdad Street, Lattakia, Syria [SYRIA].

MILENYUM ENERGY S.A. (a.k.a. MILENYUM DENIZCILIK GEMI; a.k.a. MILENYUM DENIZCILIK GEMI HIZMETLERI ACENTELIK VE OZEL OGRETIM HIZMETLERI LIMITED SIRKETI; a.k.a. MILENYUM SHIPPING), c/o Milenyum Denizcilik Gemi H., Hizmetleri Ltd. Sti, Nazli Sokak 9, Halilrifatpasa Mah, Sisli, Istanbul 34384, Turkey; Ataturk Mahallesi Gulay Sokak, No. 12/3, Atasehir, Istanbul, Turkey; No. 18 D. 1 Kemankes Mah. Necatibey Cad., Akce Sok., Karakoy, Istanbul, Turkey; Sierra Leone; Avenida Norte Enrique Geenzeier El Cangrejo, Panama 0834-1082, Panama; Website; Company Number 792313 (Panama) [SYRIA] (Linked To: ABDULKARIM, Wael; Linked To: ABDULKARIM GROUP).

MORGAN ADDITIVES MANUFACTURING CO. (a.k.a. MORGAN MIDDLE EAST LLC), Office No. 2206, 22nd Floor, Jafza View 19, Sheikh Zayed Road Besides Jafza View 18, Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Suite 13, First Floor, Oliaji Trade Centre, Francis Rachel Street, Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles; Website; alt. Website [SYRIA] (Linked To: ABDULKARIM, Wael).

SYRIAN CHAMBER OF SHIPPING (a.k.a. “SCOS”), Al Jazaeer Street, Farid Hanna Bldg, 8th Fl., P.O. Box 1731, Lattakia, Syria; Al Mina Street, Tartous, Syria [SYRIA].

SYRIAN GENERAL AUTHORITY FOR MARITIME TRANSPORT (a.k.a. SYRIAMAR; a.k.a. SYRIAN GENERAL ESTABLISHMENT FOR MARINE TRANSPORT; a.k.a. SYRIAN GENERAL ORGANIZATION FOR MARITIME TRANSPORT), BP 28, Bur Sa’id Street, Latakia, Syria; BP 225, Yarmouk Street, Latakia, Syria; BP 915, al-Mina Street, Tartous, Syria; BP 730, Argentine Street, Damascus, Syria; Port Road, Lattakia, Syria [SYRIA].

SYRIAN SHIPPING AGENCIES COMPANY (a.k.a. “SHIPCO”; a.k.a. “SHIPPING AGENCIES CO.”), Port Said Street, P.O. Box 28, Lattakia, Syria; Port Street, P.O. Box 3, Tartous, Syria; Joul Jammal Street, P.O. Box 28, Banias, Syria; Brazil Street, P.O. Box 12477, Damascus, Syria [SYRIA].

TARTOUS PORT GENERAL COMPANY, Al Mina Street, Tartous, Syria; Postal Box 86, Tartous, Syria [SYRIA].

THE EAGLES L.L.C. (a.k.a. THE EAGLES INTERNATIONAL LLC), Plot No. 41, Airport Free Trade Zone, Damascus, Syria [SYRIA] (Linked To: ABDULKARIM, Wael; Linked To: ABDULKARIM GROUP).

The following vessels have been added to OFAC’s SDN List:

AQUA Sierra Leone flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 7529641 (vessel) [SYRIA] (Linked To: MILENYUM ENERGY S.A.; Linked To: AQUA SHIPPING LTD.).

BLUE DREAM Saint Kitts and Nevis flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8002664 (vessel) [SYRIA] (Linked To: MILENYUM ENERGY S.A.).

BLUE WAY Panama flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8800298 (vessel) [SYRIA] (Linked To: MILENYUM ENERGY S.A.).

BLUEGAS Sierra Leone flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 7909839 (vessel) [SYRIA] (Linked To: MILENYUM ENERGY S.A.).

FINIKIA; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 9385233 (vessel) [SYRIA] (Linked To: SYRIAN GENERAL AUTHORITY FOR MARITIME TRANSPORT).

GREEN LIGHT Panama flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8810700 (vessel) [SYRIA] (Linked To: MILENYUM ENERGY S.A.; Linked To: GREEN SHIPPING LTD.).

LAODICEA; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 9274343 (vessel) [SYRIA] (Linked To: SYRIAN GENERAL AUTHORITY FOR MARITIME TRANSPORT).

MARIANA Sierra Leone flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8016835 (vessel) [SYRIA] (Linked To: MILENYUM ENERGY S.A.).

SOURIA; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 9274331 (vessel) [SYRIA] (Linked To: SYRIAN GENERAL AUTHORITY FOR MARITIME TRANSPORT).

TALA Panama flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 8012114 (vessel) [SYRIA] (Linked To: MILENYUM ENERGY S.A.).


Radioactive Box Quarantined

By MarEx 2015-08-04 14:37:26

Israel’s Ashdod Port was evacuated when emergency teams discovered radiation emitting from a shipping container. Authorities report that the container arrived on a Chinese-flagged box ship.

Members of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission (IAEC), police, bomb disposal crews and firefighters were dispatched upon identifying the radioactive container. The box that was supposed to have industrial iron was placed under quarantine and underwent further inspections.

Israel’s Environmental Protection Ministry said port workers were evacuated as a precaution. The investigations revealed that the radiation was not a threat outside of the container’s walls.

Israeli ports have maintained a radioactive radiation monitoring system for a number of years, with the main aim being to prevent “dirty bomb” attacks in which explosives are mixed with radioactive materials. The port has resumed normal operations.