InterManager Daily News 02.04.2019

1. General cargo ship fire, 15 crew rescued, East China sea
MRCC China was alerted at 0652 Beijing time Apr 1 by distress message from general cargo ship in East China sea. The ship reported major fire in superstructure, asked for evacuation. Salvage ship was sent to assist, at 0815 Beijing time all 15 crew were transferred to salvage ship by a lifeboat. As of 0700 UTC, the ship was still on fire. The ship was bound for Ulsan Korea.
2. Swiss passenger ship collided with tanker on Western Scheldt, heavy damages
Chemical tanker CHEMICAL MARKETER collided with inland passenger vessel VIKING IDUN at around 0010 UTC Apr 1 on Western Scheldt in front of Terneuzen, Netherlands. Tanker loaded with petroleum was en route from Turkey to Antwerp, VIKING IDUN was en route from Antwerp to probably Terneuzen. Both ships said to suffer serious damages above waterline, a number of passengers on board of VIKING IDUN suffered injured, some probably, heavy injures, as they were seen to be taken to ambulances on trolleys. VIKING IDUN was taken to Knol Terneuzen, and berthed. Tanker was anchored near collision site, as of 0530 UTC Apr 1 she was at anchor with tug at her side, no leak reported.
Ferry EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY suffered fire in engine room in Larne, Northern Ireland, in the afternoon Mar 31. 3 engines were deployed, but crew managed to extinguished fire by activating fire suppressing system. No injures reported. Ferry is connecting Larne and Cairnyarn, as of morning Apr 1 she was still at Larne.
4. Filipino Captain medevaced after heart attack
General cargo ship ASIAN JOY interrupted her voyage from Kobe Japan to Qingdao China on Mar 31 and turned to Korea, after ship’s Captain, 64-year old Filipino seaman, lost consciousness on the bridge. The ship requested medical assistance and was ordered to approach Tongyeong, SW of Buasn, and anchor. Captain was airlifted by helicopter and transferred to a hospital in Busan. ASIAN JOY resumed her voyage. Reportedly, Captain suffered heart attack.
5. Kongsberg Completes Acquisition of Rolls-Royce Marine
Norwegian technology group Kongsberg Gruppen announced on Monday it has completed its acquisition of Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine (RRCM). Officially part of Kongsberg Maritime, RRCM will operate under the KONGSBERG brand and the Kongsberg Maritime legal entity.
6. IMO 2020 is nothing new
At the annual Transpacific Maritime conference (TPM) in Long Beach, the impending implementation of the low sulphur fuel regulations loomed large over many of the discussions. Given that this is the kick-off of the annual contract negotiations for the Pacific trade with the commitments stretching well into 2020 it is only natural that this should be the case.
7. Letter: Whale Meat is Not an Icelandic Tradition
A group of environmental organizations in Iceland have sent an open letter to their Parliament protesting the Government’s decision to allow whale hunting until at least 2023.  “With the success of whale watching in Iceland it is clear that a whale alive is worth more than a dead whale, especially when whale meat is not an Icelandic tradition, but one acquired from Norwegians a few decades ago,” states the letter. “Polls have shown that less than one percent of Icelanders eat whale meat on a regular basis and 81 percent said they had never eaten it.”
8. Oil prices to average $67/b in 2019, fragile balance to market: Platts survey
Brent crude will likely stay in a holding pattern and average close to $67/b in 2019, but the balance remains fragile as OPEC’s production cuts and sanctions on Iran and Venezuela offset new US supply later this year, according to top banks and oil brokers surveyed by S&P Global Platts. The consensus forecast for front-month spot Brent has fallen from $75.50/b in the survey in the previous quarter on a strong production outlook for shale and the oil majors. The trend is seen continuing into 2020, with the panel predicting an average of around $68/b for Brent next year.
9. Marine gasoil, MDO set to be main short-term fuel choices for IMO 2020 – Glander CEO
Most shipowners are expected to switch from high sulfur fuel oil to marine gasoil or marine diesel oil in the short term, and to 0.5% LSFO blends in the mid- to long term, to meet the International Maritime Organization’s tightening global sulfur limit on marine fuels from January 1 next year, Glander International Bunkering CEO Carsten Ladekjaer said.
10. DRYCON 2019 Receiving Huge Global Response
The organisers are pleased to inform that business leaders from across the world are going to speak and participate in the 5th Annual India Dry Bulk Cargo Summit ( DRYCON 2019)!  Business Leaders from Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, UAE, UK & Several business hubs of India have confirmed their participation.


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