Höegh Autoliners Vessel Raided in Kenya

By MarEx 2015-09-18 14:25:33

Kenyan authorities raided a vessel docked in the Indian Ocean port of Mombasa suspected of carrying drugs and firearms.

The vessel’s Norwegian owner and operator, Hoegh Autoliners, said it was cooperating with authorities who were inspecting cargo offloaded at the Indian Ocean hub of Mombasa.

Kenyan soldiers and security personnel cordoned off the entire port for hours before seizing the ship and halting operations at East Africa’s largest port. Mombasa serves as the main gateway for imports and exports in the region.

East Africa is a key export route for Afghan narcotics shipments bound for Europe and maritime forces have been unable to curb the flow of drug transport in the region.

In July, Kenyan police seized about 341 KG of heroin hidden in the diesel tank of a ship the biggest single seizure of drugs ever at the Indian Ocean port.

Heroin is typically transported from Pakistan and Iran to east Africa, known for its porous borders and weak maritime surveillance, and onwards to Europe.

The port of Mombasa primarily handles fuel and consumer goods imports bound for Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia.

Hoegh Autoliners is part of Leif Hoegh & Co., an international shipping company founded in 1927. Hoegh Autoliners operates pure car/truck carrier (PCTC) vessels.

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Kenyans Close Port Mombasa to Raid Ship

By MarEx 2015-09-18 14:25:33

Kenyan authorities raided a vessel docked in the Indian Ocean port of Mombasa suspected of carrying drugs and firearms.

The vessel’s Norwegian owner and operator, Hoegh Autoliners, said it was cooperating with authorities who were inspecting cargo offloaded at the Indian Ocean hub of Mombasa.

Kenyan soldiers and security personnel cordoned off the entire port for hours before seizing the ship and halting operations at East Africa’s largest port. Mombasa serves as the main gateway for imports and exports in the region.

East Africa is a key export route for Afghan narcotics shipments bound for Europe and maritime forces have been unable to curb the flow of drug transport in the region.

In July, Kenyan police seized about 341 KG of heroin hidden in the diesel tank of a ship the biggest single seizure of drugs ever at the Indian Ocean port.

Heroin is typically transported from Pakistan and Iran to east Africa, known for its porous borders and weak maritime surveillance, and onwards to Europe.

The port of Mombasa primarily handles fuel and consumer goods imports bound for Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia.

Hoegh Autoliners is part of Leif Hoegh & Co., an international shipping company founded in 1927. Hoegh Autoliners operates pure car/truck carrier (PCTC) vessels.

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Renewable Energy Approved for Carolinas

By MarEx 2015-09-18 14:14:32

The U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) has approved an offshore wind energy leasing project off the North Carolina coast. The approval comes after the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) identified a 480-square mile area in the Atlantic Ocean for constructing wind farms that would pose no significant environmental or socioeconomic threats to the region in its published Environmental Assessment (EA).

The EA specifically identified three Wind Energy Areas off North Carolina totaling approximately 307,590 acres that would be ideal for wind farm development. The release of the EA moves North Carolina one step closer to producing clean energy.

BOEM has announced a public meeting of the North Carolina Task Force, which will take place on October 7 in Wilmington and address BOEM’s proposed approach for an offshore wind auction. Next, the agency will publish a Proposed Sale Notice in the Federal Register, which will include a 60-day public comment period. The successful bidder will have exclusive rights to begin site characterization and assessment.

Harnessing offshore wind energy has been a primary objective for the Obama Administration, and the Atlantic Coast is among the most ideal for development.

The Atlantic seaboard offers a shallow seabed and proximity to the large electricity demand centers of East Coast cities, where energy supplies that do not impair air quality are highly valued. Because unobstructed ocean breezes blow stronger and more consistently than wind over land, they produce electricity that is more efficient, predictable, and valuable.

While there are currently no offshore wind farms in the U.S., DOI has already approved developments off Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maryland and Virginia.

Click here to read BOEM’s full EA.

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Maersk Line names north China head

Maersk Line has announced the new head of its operation in north China.
Anderson Luo will take over the role in Qingdao from Mike Fang on 1 November. Fang moved in July to Shanghai to become head of Maersk Line East Central China.
“North China continues to outperform the market, with solid growth
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Death Ship “Murder” Might Have Been Accident

By Wendy Laursen 2015-09-17 23:11:10

An Australian crime scene investigator who specializes in blood patterns has cast doubt on the alleged murder of Sage Sagittarius’ chief engineer Hector Collado.

In an ongoing coronial inquest into the three fatalities on board the Sage Sagittarius, or “Death Ship”, Detective Sargent Shawn Harkins said that Collado may have been killed by accident, not malice.

Collado, 57, died as a result of an 11-meter (36 foot) fall on board the bulk carrier. He had a 20mm (about .8 inch) laceration on his scalp which appeared unrelated to his fall.

He was one of two Filipino workers to die on the Sage Sagittarius while it was in Australian waters between August and October 2012. Prior to Collado’s death, Cesar Llanto, 42, disappeared overboard as the vessel approached Australian waters northeast of Cairns. The third death, that of Japanese superintendent Kosaku Monji, who was crushed to death on a conveyor belt, is beyond the scope of the enquiry as it occurred when the ship was later docked in Japan.

Harkins said that, if anyone else was there when Collado was bleeding, the stains left behind would show signs of movement.

“Certainly if Mr Collado was injured and there was another party present, I would expect there to be some disturbance of bloodstain patterns,” he told the inquest. “They would be more erratic. This is a clear and continuous blood trail.”

However, forensic pathologist Dr Brian Beer told the inquest earlier this year that Collado’s death was suspicious. Beer said no items were found at the scene that could have caused the injury.

Harkins conceded that he could not directly dispute Beer’s evidence because unlike Beer, he had not personally examined the scene.

One of the crew members who had spoken at the inquest earlier in the year said he feared for his life after Llanto’s disappearance. The man, who cannot be named, told the inquest he believed Llanto’s death was neither an accident nor a suicide.

The crew member spoke of an argument between the ship’s master Venancio Salas and Llanto a week prior to the cook’s disappearance. The argument was over the captain’s order to give the crew less food, a practice he believed enabled the captain to personally take the money saved.

The inquest has previously heard that Salas was selling guns to the crew and had bullied a kitchen hand.

Australian Customs and Border Protection officials raided the Sage Sagittarius 13 times in the three years before the deaths occurred.

The inquest is now scheduled to resume in February 2016.

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Singapore Needs ECA, says Scientist

By Wendy Laursen 2015-09-17 21:05:01

A Singapore-based scientist has urged the nation to implement an Emission Control Area (ECA) to combat rising pollution.

Dr Erik Velasco, of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, made the call during a speech delivered about the nation’s most recent smoke haze event at the Nanyang Polytechnic’ symposium on Air Quality & Public Health.

Singapore regularly experiences haze events which are largely contributed to by wildfires in Indonesia, but, says Velasco, shipping is a major source of pollutants to the atmosphere in Singapore on days not affected by fires in neighboring islands.

Local air quality is affected by the usual urban pollution sources (vehicular traffic and industrial activity), cargo ships crossing the nearby Singapore Strait, natural emissions from the abundant vegetation and ocean, and episodic transboundary pollution originating from wildfires and land-clearing activities in neighboring countries, says Velasco.

“Air pollution is a major environmental risk to health. Urban air pollution is estimated to cause 1.3 million deaths worldwide per year.”

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