1. Pirates Release Crew
Pirates have released the six crew members of the container ship "Demeter" who were kidnapped on October 21 off the coast of Nigeria. Ship management company Peter Doehle Schiffahrts-KG reported the men are in good condition and returned to their families. Detail of the release are unknown. The Liberia-flagged 3,000 TEU container ship was attacked before entering the port of Onne, Nigeria. Eight pirates boarded the vessel early in the morning, taking six hostage and leaving the remaining 12 crewmen unharmed. The kidnapping victims include the Demeter’s cook, bosun, second engineer, second officer, captain and mate.
3. EU Excludes Ship Emissions
European Parliament and E.U. member states agreed on a revision of the E.U.’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) that, for the time being, excludes shipping. The Parliament will move to include shipping in the trading system from 2023 if IMO progress in a CO2 strategy is considered insufficient. The decision was reached after negotiations that extended late into the night. "We are very pleased that the two processes are now adapted to each other, instead of the E.U. impeding the current IMO work," says Casper Andersen, Director of E.U. Affairs at Danish Shipping.
Naples-based RBD Armatori is seeing its rescue hopes slip away as shareholders of the firm (Rizzo Bottiglieri De Carlini families) and main creditor Pillarstone Italy have yet to find the common ground necessary to submit plans for a third chance to save the company under Italian bankruptcy law. Even though shareholders recently accepted an offer for Pillarstone to buy all the assets of the company, both ships and real estate, former CEO Giuseppe Mauro Rizzo wants guarantees for the company to remain based in Torre del Greco (Naples) and for the company’s workforce to be preserved.
The second officer onboard the Russian car carrier Iman was found dead on Sunday while the ship was docked at Japan’s Toyama Shinko port. According to local Japanese reports, the officer was found dead in his ship cabin with blood on his head. Local police have received a report from the ship’s agent regarding the incident and launched investigations into the case. The 20 crew members onboard the ship, all Russian nationals, are being interviewed by police. The 1,000 ceu Iman, built in 1985, is operated by Vladivostok-based Inderton, and transports secondhand cars from Japan to Russia on a regular basis.
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