The Maritime Advocate online–Issue 636


1. Nigeria – Blacklisting of Crude Oil Tankers
2. Building A Stronger Business Through Collaboration
3. Situation at Tianjin
4. Sea Power Blog
5. LISW Conference 2015: Propelling World Trade: Thursday 10 September:
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
6. People and Places

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1. Nigeria – Blacklisting of Crude Oil Tankers

From brokers PL Ferrari comes this interesting edition
of their newsletter:-

On 15th July 2015 the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)
issued a list of 113 tankers banned, with immediate effect, from “…engaging
in crude oil / gas loading activities in any terminal within Nigerian
territorial waters …”. The directive also affects the movement
of the banned vessels within Nigerian territorial waters.

For reference we attach a copy of the issued directive which NNPC sent
to the terminal operators setting out the Nigerian ports involved and
the list of currently affected crude oil vessels and , with their kind
permission, a recent article raised by London based marine solicitors
Tatham Macinnes LLP on commercial and legal considerations to be made
in the light of the directive.

2. Building A Stronger Business Through Collaboration

Alastair Fischbacher, the Chief Executive of The Sustainable Shipping
Initiative, writes:-

With the complexity of modern markets and the need to face up to accountability,
companies are having to re-evaluate how they operate and grow their
bottom lines. Indeed, successful businesses recognise that growing their
businesses in a socially, economically and environmentally conscious
way often leads to higher profits.

On 29 September 2015, the CEOs of leading companies in the maritime
industries will convene in London for their biennial meeting as senior
sponsors of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI). The meeting will
be chaired by Sir Jonathan Porritt, the founder of Forum for the Future
(a founding member of the SSI). The day’s discussion will cover key
issues such as the route to greater sustainability as well as tracking
development on critical areas such as achieving greater CO2 reductions,
ship recycling and social impacts. The evening dinner will also provide
an informal opportunity for sharing knowledge and ideas.

The meeting is exclusive to the SSI’s members who represent sectors
from across the shipping industry. These include ship owners, builders,
charterers, engineers, service providers, banks, insurers and classification
societies. Our members recognise that sustainable behaviours are intrinsic
to long-term business growth and profitability. Through their participation
in the SSI, companies are able to candidly exchange information and
mutually explore and trial new initiatives. For example, our members
have been driving the progression of more efficient technologies, evaluating
the value of ship ratings schemes, testing new systems for recording
ship materials as well as developing a new model to increase access
to finance. More broadly our aim is to actively shape the future direction
of the shipping industry and its response to the sustainability challenges

This is not easy work, but the role of SSI is recognized: this year,
for example, the organization received a Guardian Sustainable Business
Award at which the judges praised SSI as “an outstanding example
of the mobilisation of an entire industry sector,” and commended
our work as “absolutely pioneering.”

Together we are creating positive, tangible and long-lasting change
in the industry. And by working collectively, we can achieve more, in
less time.

If you would like to find out more about joining the SSI, contact us

3. Situation at Tianjin

Amanda Çetin writes:-

Chemical/oil/LPG terminals in Tianjin port closed following warehouse

Inchcape Shipping Services is advising that all chemical / oil / LPG
terminals in Tianjin port have closed following the Tianjin warehouse
explosion in China.

Tianjin, the port gateway to Beijing, is a major base for petrochemicals,
refining and other industries. ISS understands the port authority has
arranged some un-berthing of bulk ships from midday local time, but
there is currently no schedule for vessels berthing and it is unknown
at present when the terminals will re-open.

Normal operating conditions are continuing for the loading/discharge
of bulk cargo (e.g. coal, iron ore) and general cargo in Tianjin Xingang

ISS Tianjin is operating as normal and will continue to monitor developments
and keep its clients updated.


As the editors of the JOC online webzine report:-

Tianjin was the second-most productive port in the world behind Dubai’s
Jebel Ali, according to’s Port Productivity Rankings. The
port was tied for first place with its Chinese counterpart Qingdao for
the most productivity in terms of ships over 8,000 twenty-foot-equivalent

In the first half of 2015, Tianjin handled 7.24 million TEUs and the
port saw 14.05 million TEUs in all of 2014.


Fires Still Burning

Large catastrophic events have a way of shining a bright light on times,
places and societies. It is reported that the local TV station TianjinTV
continued to broadcast soap operas throughout the emergency.

Your editor can still remember from his underwriting years what it
is like to be concerned in large fires and explosions. We would note
the early reports and hurry to appoint Burgoynes, the specialists in
marine and transport fires, so that others could go elsewhere.

4. Sea Power Blog

SeaProf is a specialist maritime executive education company based
in Singapore whose leading light is Robert Gordon, one of the better
communicators in the industry. He has joined the ranks of the bloggers
and will undoubtedly be worth reading in the months ahead. His most
recent effort is concerned with liquifaction of ore fines.

Here is an extract:-

In summary, the critical question must be: what can be done right now?
We know that unfortunately – through no fault of its own –
the IMO has no teeth. It could also take years for the IMSBC Code to
be further amended and non-compliant exporting countries to be brought
into line, if ever. Meantime, seafarers are still at high risk. SeaPower
would therefore like to suggest three practical, low cost and potentially
high impact ideas for urgent implementation by the aforementioned stakeholders:

***Create a short but informative You Tube video for mariners and ship
owners on the serious dangers of nickel ore and other “cargoes
which may liquefy”, with links to further information and assistance.
***Set up a 24/7 toll free Hotline and a dedicated Website to help seafarers
and shipowners obtain expert, confidential and totally objective IMSBC
Code technical assistance and legal advice.
***Name and profile the high-risk countries whose governments and maritime
and mining “competent authorities” have effectively ignored
their SOLAS and IMSBC Code obligations.

Read the whole piece here:-

5. LISW Conference 2015: Propelling World Trade: Thursday 10 September:
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Organsisers of the London International Shipping Week Conference
tell us they arranged the strongest international speaker line-up ever
in a global shipping conference.

Moderated by BBC Newsnight and News Channel Presenter, Emily Maitlis,
the speakers include:

Robert Goodwill MP, Minister for Shipping & Ports
Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for Transport, Republic of Singapore
Koji Sekimizu, Secretary-General, International Maritime Organization
Paul “Chip” Jaenichen, Administrator, United States Maritime
Administration (MARAD)
Fotis Karamitsos, Acting Director General, DG Move, European Commission
for Transport
The Rt Honourable The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Alan
Jeremy Penn, Chairman, LISW15 Steering Group, Chief Executive, The Baltic
Dr Andrew Sentance CBE, Senior Economic Adviser, PwC, Chair of TheCityUK’s
Independent Economists Group (IEG)
Sabrina Chao, Chairman, Wah Kwong Maritime Transport Holdings Limited,
Deputy Chairman, Hong Kong Shipowners Association
Jari Kauppila PhD, Senior Economist, International Transport Forum (ITF),
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
Paddy Rodgers, CEO, Euronav n.v.
Professor Ajit Shenoi, Director, Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute,
University of Southampton
Tom Boardley, Marine Director, Lloyd’s Register, President, UK Chamber
of Shipping
Dr Grahaeme Henderson, Vice President Shipping & Maritime, Shell
International Trading and Shipping Company Limited

The organisers assert the LISW Conference offers the highest-level
networking available, packed with owners, managers, charterers, lawyers,
class, national, international and regional regulators, insurers and
other thought leaders, including 200 of the shipping industry’s global
VIPs, specially chosen and invited by the LISW15 Steering Group.

Venue: The Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, Mayfair, London. 9.00-5:00
pm, Thursday 10 September.

To register for the LISW Conference, click here:-

6. People and Places

Braemar Engineering is to restructure its UK and US Offshore and DP

Kyle Eddings will now take overall responsibility for global Dynamic
Positioning (DP) and Offshore Projects, with functions co-ordinated
between Braemar Engineering’s UK Head Office in Maldon, Essex;
Aberdeen, Scotland; and Houston, Texas.


Dutch engineering firm Royal Imtech has filed for protection from its
creditors on the back of a giant accounting fraud at its German and
Polish subsidiaries.

The company’s operating divisions are now owned by lenders ING
Group, Rabobank, Commerzbank and ABN Amro, the court-appointed administrator
Jeroen Princen said yesterday.

Dutch trading company Pon Holdings and private equity firm Parcom Capital
said yesterday they were looking to acquire Imtech’s international
marine operations.

[Source: Splash 24/7]


The President of the Republic of France has awarded P+I Club Correspondent
Alan Mclean the Legion of Honour as a Chevalier for work in the maritime
and legal fields in France. The announcement appears in the Awards List
of 14th July (Bastille Day)

From the Avo Archive

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since the inception of the Maritime Advocate as a print based quarterly
in 1997 under the founding aegis of John Guy, Chris Hewer and Manfred
Arnold. Readers can go to the site and search the database on the home
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or you would just like to see how many times you and your firm have
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and sponsors.

Looking for references to Nigerian matters we ran across this item
in Issue 58 of 31st May 2002:-

Fraud variation

THE putative perpetrators of ridiculous frauds are becoming more modest
in their demands. Until now, all requests for your editor to leave his
wallet alongside his commonsense have involved the sum of either 31.5
million dollars or 29 million dollars. Indeed, the verisimilitude of
the amounts involved has been not the least suspicious thing about the
whole business. But things have changed.

This week, we received a letter from a person in Nigeria called Benson
Felix, or possibly Felix Benson, who refers to me as ‘brother’. (This
is another giveaway because, although your editor has a number of brothers,
none of them is called either Benson Felix or Felix Benson.)

Benson has been excommunicated and persecuted by religious zealots
in Nigeria, as one can be. All his properties and businesses were burned,
as was his cattle ranch. Fortunately, though, he “went to the bureau
de change to look at the remnants of the arson and mob action and realised
that our trunk safe, where we save the foreign exchange we transact,
was not destroyed as it had fire protection facility. I quickly opened
the trunk safe as I have the combination lock numbers to access it and
found a total of 4.3 million dollars safe.”

Lucky, that. All that is required of your editor now is to give somebody
in Nigeria carte blanch to pillage his bank account, receiving in return
twenty per cent of nothing, less commission.

It’s a bit transparent, Benson old boy.

Random Thoughts on Sexual Matters

“Bisexuality immediately doubles your chances for a date on Saturday
night.” Rodney Dangerfield

“There are a number of mechanical devices which increase sexual
arousal, particularly in women. Chief among these is the Mercedes-Benz
380SL.” Lynn Lavner

“Sex is one of the nine reasons for incarnation. The other eight
are unimportant.” George Burns

“Hockey is a sport for white men. Basketball is a sport for black
men. Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps.”Tiger

“My mother never saw the irony in calling me a son-of-a-bitch.”
Jack Nicholson

“Ah, yes, divorce, from the Latin word meaning to rip out a man’s
genitals through his wallet.” Robin Williams

“Women need a reason to have sex. Men just need a place”

“According to a new survey, women say they feel more comfortable
undressing in front of men than they do undressing in front of other
women. They say that women are too judgmental, where, of course, men
are just grateful.” Robert De Niro

“There’s a new medical crisis. Doctors are reporting that many
men are having allergic reactions to latex condoms. They say they cause
severe swelling. So what’s the problem” Dustin Hoffman

“There’s very little advice in men’s magazines, because men think,
‘I know what I’m doing. Just show me somebody naked !” Jerry

“See, the problem is that God gives men a brain and a penis and
only enough blood to run one at a time.”Robin Williams

“It’s been so long since I’ve had sex, I’ve forgotten who ties
up whom.” Joan Rivers

“Sex is one of the most wholesome, beautiful and natural experiences
money can buy.” Steve Martin

“You don’t appreciate a lot of stuff in school until you get
older. Little things like being spanked every day by a middle-aged woman.
Stuff you pay good money for in later life.” Elmo Phillips

“Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.”
Oscar Wilde

“It isn’t premarital sex if you have no intention of getting
married.” George Burns

[Source: Frazer Hunt]

Emergency Landing

An American astronaut has an emergency during his re-entry into earth’s
atmosphere and his space craft crash-lands in the Australian bush, way
out in the middle of nowhere.

After what seems like an eternity, he wakes up in a bush clinic, very
rustic, dirty, with foul smells and he is bandaged from head to foot.
He sees a very large, somewhat gruff looking nurse approaching him as
he lay in his cot.

“Did I come here to die?” he says with a deep sense of resignation
and fear.

“No,” the Aussie nurse replies, “You came here yesterdiaay.”

[Source: Paul Dixon]

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