InterManager Daily News 27.03.2019

1. Container ship dangerous approach, man drowned, Bangkok
Container ship TS BANGKOK while shifting berth in Bangkok Port in the evening Mar 24, dangerously approached ferry and boats pier at Klong Toey Nok Temple, Chao Praya river. A longtail boat capsized, man in boat drowned. The ship with pilot on board was turning around, assisted by tugs, but current was too strong to safely clear of pier. Boat was overturned by waves raised by ship’s propeller.
2. Passenger ro-ro ship on fire, Indonesia
Passenger ro-ro ship KM AWU caught fire in the evening Mar 25 at Semarang Port Ship Repair Yard. There were no people on board at the time fire started, no works under way, the ship was unlit. Fire spread around and reportedly, engulfed bridge. Firefighting, including tugs with water cannons, and land engines, is still under way, as of 1800 UTC.
3. LNG tanker struck VLCC tanker at Fujairah, heavy damages
LNG tanker ASEEM struck anchored VLCC tanker SNINYO OCEAN at around 2000 UTC Mar 24 at Fujairah Anchorage, UAE, Gulf of Oman. SHINYO OCEAN suffered a huge portside hull-height breach, ASEEM reportedly, suffered severe bow damage. After collision, ASEEM was anchored, SHINYO OCEAN was relocated to other position. Both ships as of morning Mar 26 remain anchored in the same positions. According to track, ASEEM in ballast arrived at Fujairah anchorage from India, probably for bunkering, because initially she was bound for Qatar. SHINYO OCEAN is anchored at Fujairah since Mar 16.
4. Maersk’s climate strategy excludes oil and LNG
With its 2050 climate plan, Maersk excludes the use of both oil and LNG as fuel. ShippingWatch closely examines the CO2 plan, which is more ambitious than IMO’s stategy.
5. Spill from Tank Farm Fire Closes Houston Ship Channel
On Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard said that about five dozen ships will have to wait to transit the Houston Ship Channel while efforts to clean up waste from the International Terminals tank fire continue.  The fire at International Terminals Co.’s Deer Park tank farm broke out on March 17, and it spread to seven filled tanks at its peak. It was largely out by Wednesday, except for a few reflash events, and workers at the site have been draining off the last of the petrochemicals in the affected tanks.  On Friday, the containment wall around the tank farm failed, sending an unknown quantity of refined petroleum products and firefighting foam into a ditch that drains into the Houston Ship Channel.
6. CMA CGM Orders Ten New Container Ships from China
CMA CGM has ordered 10 15,000-TEU container ships, five fueled by LNG and five with scrubbers, from China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC). The 366-meter (1,200-foot) ships will be delivered from 2021 in replacement of 10 other vessels and will be used on the Asia-Mediterranean lines. Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, signed the agreement on Monday with Lei Fanpei, Chairman of CSSC, in the presence of French President Emmanuel Macron and Chinese President Xi Jinping. They also signed a cooperation agreement to develop more efficient and environmentally-friendly vessels.
7. Looking for a Diamond? Look to the Sea
Diamond mining has traditionally been restricted to the land. However, recent developments are changing that. Fears that land-based diamond mines may dry up and affect the business of buying and selling diamonds have spurred interest in underwater mining. Millions of years ago, gemstones washed into the ocean and settled at the bottom of the Atlantic off the coast of Namibia. Diamond companies are now focusing on mining them using vessels similar to oil rigs. This is particularly important for a country such as Namibia. The nation’s economy is closely linked to the diamond industry. The mining of these gems off the coast may help to address concerns that the country’s land-based diamond mines may one day dry up
8. BP: Refiners Invest $1 Billion to Meet Shift to Low Sulphur Marine Fuel
FUJAIRAH, United Arab Emirates, March 26 (Reuters) – R efiners around the world have invested about $1 billion so far to produce low-sulphur marine fuel to meet new regulations coming into force in 2020, a BP executive said on Tuesday. International Maritime Organization (IMO) rules will ban ships from using fuels with a sulphur content above 0.5 percent from 2020, compared with 3.5 percent now, unless they are equipped with so-called scrubbers to clean up sulphur emissions. Since the deadline for the shift was set in 2016, shippers and refiners have scrambled to prepare for the new standards.
9. Solstad Offshore secures offshore installation work from Ophir
Solstad Offshore has been awarded a contract by Ophir for offshore installation works at the Bualuang Charlie wellhead platform structure, part of the Bualuang Phase 4B Development Project. The project is located in the Gulf of Thailand and comprises the installation of a bridged-linked wellhead platform structure along with the retrofitting of extension structures to existing in-field platforms. Offshore activities are scheduled to commence in July and the company will be using the derrick lay barge Norce Endeavour for the project.
10. More than one in two maritime employees are actively seeking a new job
More than one in two maritime employees are actively seeking a new job, a new survey has found, with grave concerns voiced about job security in today’s challenging shipping conditions. The 10th annual Maritime Employee Survey carried by Halcyon Recruitment and Coracle saw 2,800 respondents take part over a two-month period around the start of the year. The survey shows job security is now the most important aspect for job seekers when considering a career move. 62% of those surveyed indicated they are concerned about job security compared to 56% in the previous year and when considering a career move, job security ranked as most important followed by reputation of employer


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