InterManager Daily News 01.04.2019

1. Coasters in trouble in the Caribbean and in Indonesia
Cargo ship on Mar 29 reported abandoned, adrift in Caribbean waters. Cargo ship carrying merchandise goods ran aground in in Indonesian waters on Mar 29. The ship suffered mechanical failure and ran aground, according to official statement. Local authorities are trying to retrieve goods from grounded vessel.
2. Russian crew awaiting trial after cocaine bust, but cleared of homicide suspicion
Russian crew of cargo ship ESER, arrested in Praia port, Cape Verde with 9.5 tons of cocaine on board, is still in detention, awaiting trial, but at least they’re cleared of suspicion on possible crime – a crew member who died during voyage, was found to be victim of septic shock and extensive bleeding, caused by infection. He died in the evening Jan 22, the ship interrupted voyage and sailed to Cape Verde, to disembark body and carry out all necessary formalities.
3. Norwegian heavy lift ship carrying Chinese dock hit US destroyer
Heavy lift carrier HAWK on arrival to Pascagoula Ingalls Shipyard, transporting China-made floating dock, collided with service barge while maneuvering in harbor with assistance of tugs, in the morning Mar 29. Barge, moored alongside Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Delbert D. Black (DDG-119), moved and contacted destroyer. Understood all involved vessels sustained some damages.
4. Post-Panamax container ship disabled, near miss on Elbe
Container ship NAVIOS UNISON went NUC after engine failure at around 0630 UTC Mar 29 on Elbe in Hetlingen area, 648 kilometer mark, while proceeding downstream en route from Hamburg to Rotterdam. Luckily, the giant ship was quickly taken under control by tugs, and turned back to Hamburg, where she was berthed, to fix problem and undergo inspection. According to witness impression, it was a near miss – the ship veered off fairway and could end up running aground.
5. Companies sue Valero for bad marine fuel
Two companies filled lawsuits this week in federal courts in Texas alleging that ships they operated in 2018 were damaged by contaminated bunker fuel sold by a Valero Energy Co subsidiary Valero Marketing and Supply Co, according to court documents. A Valero spokeswoman did not reply to a request for comment. The National Shipping Co of Saudi Arabia said it paid out more than $1.1 million for repairs and replacement fuel for a ship that drifted at sea for two days before restarting and arriving at Alexandria, Egypt for repairs in early May 2018, according to the documents.
6. Boost to global LSSR storage demand ahead of IMO 2020
Storage demand for low sulfur straight-run fuel oil will increase globally in the run up to the International Maritime Organization’s sulfur cap, as blenders seek the product as a component to making compliant 0.5% bunker fuel, market sources say. The IMO will cap global sulfur content in marine fuels used in international waters at 0.5% from January 1 next year, down from the current 3.5%. This applies outside the designated emission control areas, where the limit is already 0.1%. The cut in sulfur in bunker fuel from 3.5% is likely to boost the value of a whole range of blend components, including VGO and LSSR.

7. Switzerland to sue Nigeria for violating Law of Sea by hijacking Swiss tanker
Switzerland is considering an option of suing Nigeria in International Court of the Law of the Sea for gross violation of that law, by keeping in detention Swiss-flagged tanker for already more, than a year. Tanker was seized on Jan 23 last year by Nigerian Navy for allegedly, illegal entry and illegal fuel trade. Everything Nigerian Navy or officials, or whoever is in power there, said or are saying, doesn’t stand fact-checking. Tanker was seized after transporting several fuel shipments to Nigeria, and of course, there was no “illegal” entry or fuel trade, tanker was working in accordance with contract between tanker operator and Nigerian company. Of 16 all-Ukrainian crew, 4 are still on board, and their living and working conditions are far from being comfortable, to say the least.
8. Valero accused in another bad bunker case
One of the world’s biggest tanker carriers also accuses Valero of selling contaminated bunker. Yesterday, Valero was singled out as the source of a the contaminated bunker oil, which caused major issues for hundreds of vessels last year.
9. Prosafe gets Safe Scandinavia extension from Aker BP
Offshore accomodation vessels specialist Prosafe has announced that Aker BP has has exercised an extension for Safe Scandinavia. Aker BP has taken the second of three one-week options, valued at around $1m. The extension keeps the vessel operating with Aker BP through to mid-May 2019. Prosafe owns/operates seven semi-submersible vessels and has three newbuildings Safe Eurus, Safe Nova and Safe Vega under construction at Cosco Qidong.
10. Damen Launches Second Walk-to-Work SOV for Bibby Marine
Damen has launched the second walk-to-work Service Operations Vessel (SOV), named Bibby WaveMaster Horizon, for Bibby Marine Service. The vessel was launched during a ceremony held March 29 at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania where the vessel is under construction. Damen developed the SOV 9020 vessel following close consultation with the offshore renewable energy industry. The design combines walk-to-work capabilities with DP2 and an innovative hull along with a revolutionary interior and comprehensive features ensuring maximum efficiency of operation.


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