InterManager Daily News 03.04.2019

1. Container ship attacked, 4 crew kidnapped, Gulf of Guinea
Container ship CONTSHIP OAK was attacked by armed pirates late Mar 30 in vicinity 03 53N 009 30E, Douala outer anchorage, Cameroon, Bight of Bonny, Gulf of Guinea. The ship was anchored at the time of the attack. Pirates boarded the ship, probably ransacked ship and crew, and fled, taking four kidnapped crew with them. CONTSHIP OAK docked at Douala on Mar 31, and as of morning Apr 2, remains docked.
2. Crane or cranes collapsed at shipyard, hitting mega-cruise OASIS OF THE SEAS
One or more cranes collapsed at at the Grand Bahamas shipyard in Freeport, Bahamas, hitting dry-docked cruise ship OASIS OF THE SEAS, which is undergoing maintenance works on azipods, in the afternoon Apr 1. Eight workers were injured and hospitalized, none with life-threatening injures. Extent of damages sustained by the ship yet unknown. It is not clear yet if one or more cranes collapsed, though at photos and videos, seemingly, at least two cranes collapsed. The ship listed starboard, probably it is not related to crane collapse, being just working situation.
3. Container ship disabled, drifting in South Pacific
Container ship on Mar 30 reported disabled after engine failure, drifting in South Pacific. As of morning Apr 2, was still drifting.
4. Everything working but no propulsion – unusual accident in Bosphorus
A rather unusual accident occurred in Bosphorus, when bulk carrier, ballasting Bosphorus in northern direction, went out of control at around 0930 UTC Apr 2, because her propeller was not submerged enough to give the ship required propulsion. Reportedly there was something of a panic on the ship and around, because nobody could immediately figure out, what went wrong and why the ship went out of control. The ship was is southern part of the Strait, starting her transit. She turned and safely sailed back to Marmara sea, but was ordered to anchor. The ship is en route from Tuzla-Istanbul to Nikolaev Ukraine. Judging from her records, she was docked in Tuzla for quite some time, probably undergoing maintenance works.
5. Two HK shipping lines hacked within five minutes of ‘casual’ online browsing
Shipping’s poor cyber defences have been displayed once again with news two Hong Kong shipping lines had their passwords hacked easily. Shanghai-based consultant Captain Ozgur Dogan Gunes revealed to Splash it took just five minutes to access each company’s database while “casually” browsing online. Gunes, a Turkish master mariner, revealed on Sunday on Twitter he had taken full credentials of two shipowners and dropped them a courtesy call to inform them.
6. China Navigation Buys Hamburg Süd’s Dry Bulk Subsidiaries.
Hamburg Süd and The China Navigation Company (CNCo), a subsidiary of the Swire Group, have  completed the sale of Hamburg Süd’s dry bulk shipping business, which includes Rudolf A. Oetker (RAO) and the bulk activities in Furness Withy (London and Melbourne) and Aliança Navegação e Logística, to CNCo. The sale, first announced in January 2019, comes after receiving regulatory approval.  The RAO Tankers business unit is not included in the agreement and will remain part of the Hamburg Süd Group.
7. Wall Street Embraces Weather Risk in New Era of Storms, Drought
By Brian K. Sullivan, Alexandra Semenova and Eric Roston (Bloomberg) — Every uptick in wind speed along the Gulf of Mexico shoreline is of enormous interest to Mike Eilts. Eilts, senior vice president for weather at DTN, a Minnesota-based analytics firm, knows that an unexpected cold front in Louisiana, nudged southward by a jet stream unsettled by global warming, can push rising winds into the Gulf, putting dozens of floating oil rigs at risk.
8. Strong Chinese Oil Imports Could Offer Boost to the Tanker Market
After a dismal 2018, tanker owners could harbor further hope for a freight rate market revival, as China’s thirst for crude oil imports is stronger than ever. In its latest weekly report, shipbroker Banchero Costa said that “as recorded at the end of 2018, China’s crude oil imports still exceed previous year’s levels. In February 2019, supported by the risen demand of new private Chinese buyers and with new plants set to start.
9. Scorpio Shipping Agencies Announced As Platinum Sponsor of “India Dry Bulk Cargo Summit 2019”
The Shipping Tribune is delighted to announce Scorpio Shipping Agencies Pvt. Ltd.  as a Platinum Sponsor at the “India Dry Bulk Cargo Summit 2019″ A One Day Conference on 7th June 2019 at Holiday Inn, Andheri (East), Mumbai. The entire Dry Bulk Cargo and Shipping chain will convene at this prominent conference, a hub of knowledge and ideas, to make this a memorable experience.
10. Green revolution for the world’s shipping fleet comes not a moment too soon
Out of sight, out of mind, out on the open oceans, the world’s shipping fleet is bracing for an environmental revolution. It all comes down to “IMO 2020”. While most of the global warming militancy has quite reasonably been vented on cars, planes, coal and power plants, the tawdry truth about pollution in the shipping industry has attracted increasing attention, not least in Hong Kong, which has one of the world’s busiest ports and owns about 3 per cent of the world’s ships.


Leave a reply

©2021 InterManager - Promoting Excellence In Ship Management

Log in with your credentials

Forgot your details?