InterManager Daily News 05.04.2019

1. Container ship aground, Japan
Update: Refloated at around 1800 UTC with the help of 3 tugs. Container ship is reportedly aground in port harbor, Japan, since afternoon Apr 4, on arrival from another port in Japan. As of 1700 UTC Apr 4, was still aground, refloating attempts under way.
2. “I am struggling to see why the forecast should be down”
While Maersk CEO Søren Skou does not “understand why anyone is super optimistic about 2019,” Hapag-Lloyd CEO Rolf Habben Jansen is struggling to understand why expectations for growth in container shipping should “be down or deviate from what the experts say,” says Habben Jansen in an interview with ShippingWatch.
3. Hamburg bank to lend billions of dollars to shipping
Germany’s bank Hamburg Commercial Bank, formerly HSH Nordbank, plans to lend up to a billion dollars to shipping each year for the next few years. New head of shipping tells ShippingWatch that the bank is looking beyond Germany.
4. Newbuild Bulker Joins Wisdom Marine
Taiwanese shipping company Wisdom Marine Lines has taken delivery of a 34,000 dwt bulker newbuilding.  The ship, MV Daiwan Miracle, was handed over to Wisdom Marine in Japan on April 2, 2019, after completing sea trials in March. Ordered in 2015, the Handy bulker was built at Hakodate Dock, part of Namura Shipbuilding. Featuring a length of 179.9 meters and a width of 30 meters, the eco-ship has a capacity of 44,100 cubic meters.
5. Titan LNG to Supply LNG for Rederij Doeksen Ships
Dutch ferry company Rederij Doeksen and LNG supplier Titan LNG have signed a long-term agreement for the supply of LNG as a shipping fuel to newbuild ferries. As informed, the vessels, Willem de Vlamingh and Willem Barentsz, will be bunkered at the Rederij Doeksen location in Harlingen by trucks on a weekly basis.
6. IMO Works to Clamp Down on Illicit Shipping Practices
By Jonathan Saul LONDON, April 4 (Reuters) – The United Nations’ shipping agency is working on tougher measures to clamp down on rogue shipping companies trying to use flag registries fraudulently to conceal their activities, officials said. All commercial ships have to be registered – flagged in a particular country – partly to comply with safety and environmental laws.
7. Microsoft Joins Tech Race to Clean Up Shipping With Big Data
By Emily Chasan (Bloomberg) — At noon every day — when the sun is directly overhead — the world’s fleet of commercial maritime ships report their position, speed and weather conditions. It’s the primary way ships track how much fuel they’re burning and how to to use less of it, and they’ve been doing it this way for at least 200 years.
8. Nigeria to Build Seaports to Ease Gridlock on Lagos’s Shore
By Solape Renner and Anthony Osae-Brown (Bloomberg) — Nigeria is building a new deep-sea port and considering two additional facilities to ease congestion in the main harbors of the commercial capital, Lagos, which currently handle about 80 percent of all shipping traffic in Africa’s biggest oil producer.
9. Cosco sets up China’s first VLCC pool
Cosco Shipping Energy Transportation (CSET), the energy shipping unit of China Cosco Shipping Corporation, has announced the launch of a VLCC pool yesterday, the first of its kind in China. Cosco has set up a dedicated VLCC department to better manage its VLCC fleet and the pool. The company expects the pool to help the company to transform its operating strategy for its VLCC fleet.
10. Shipping data signals weakness in global economy
The volume of U.S. ocean cargo imports arranged by Deutsche Post’s DHL Group, United Parcel Service Inc, FedEx Corp and other freight forwarders fell sharply in February, sending a warning on global trade, a key barometer for the world economy. Though just a sliver of the global delivery and logistics business, freight forwarding – the arranging of end-to-end transport of goods for importers and exporters – is seen as a proxy for international trade.


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