InterManager Daily News 10.04.2019

1. GRIMALDI ro-ro hit by runaway truck, fire
An uncontrollable truck hit GRIMALDI’s ro-ro ship GRANDE SAN PAOLO, docked at Santos Brazil, in the morning Apr 9. Truck said to be runaway, it just rode off by itself, though not clear whether it happened on board of the ship, or at her side – understood it happened on board during offloading. After the hit, truck went on fire, extinguished by fire engine and the crew. The ship sustained slight damages.
2. German freighter collided with Lock’s control center, Kiel
General cargo ship BBC AMETHYST struck control center of Kiel-Holtenau Lock, Kiel, at around 0645 LT Apr 7, while entering Kiel Canal, en route from Sweden to Rotterdam. Reportedly, the ship was moving at too high speed to be stopped safely. Center’s roof was damaged, but Lock wasn’t closed down. The ship was said to sustain slight damages, and allowed to continue Canal transit. BBC AMETHYST transited Canal and docked at Rotterdam on Apr 9.
3. “Shipowners love the sound of champagne bottles being smashed against the ship”
What keeps the shipping industry from being a sustainable business? Financially, but perhaps also in terms of the climate. The answer comes from someone who, if anyone, knows the industry, and knows what drives it.
4. Extreme weather has become a real risk factor for shipping
More typhoons and hurricanes at sea, and floods that undermine ports and railroads, have become a risk factor for shipping. One of the container sector’s leading figures, ONE Chief Executive Jeremy Nixon, warns against the development, which can paralyze shipping for days or weeks.
5. Tehran Vows Action After U.S. Labels Iran Revolutionary Guards as Terrorists
By Parisa Hafezi DUBAI/LONDON, April 9 (Reuters) – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the United States had made “a vicious move” in designating the Revolutionary Guards as a foreign terrorist organization, and Tehran vowed to take action against U.S. forces in the region. U.S. President Donald Trump designated Iran’s Guards a foreign terrorist organization on Monday – a step that will raise tensions in the Middle East.
6. Zeebrugge Port Chief: Brexit Fog Worse Than No-Deal Risk
By Clare Roth ZEEBRUGGE, Belgium, April 9 (Reuters) – Uncertainty over Britain’s departure from the European Union is worse than the prospect of a “no deal” Brexit just days away, according to the head of the port of Zeebrugge. The Belgian port, half of whose cargo exports head to Britain, has hired more than 140 new customs officers and paved more than 500 new parking spots for trucks to ready itself a Britain’s crash out of the European Union, which could happen on Friday.
7. ICTSI: Philippines Gov’t Action on Overstaying Containers Improves Efficiency
Port operator International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has welcomed “concrete steps” taken by the Philippine government to clear Manila ports of overstaying cargo. “We thank the Philippine government for taking a hard stand in fast-tracking the disposal and reduction of overstaying and empty containers at Manila ports. The results have been immediate,” Christian R. Gonzalez, ICTSI Global Corporate head, commented.
8. Well-Safe Solutions acquires semi-submersible rig from Diamond Offshore
Aberdeen-headquartered decommissioning specialist Well-Safe Solutions has entered a deal to acquire its first ever rig asset, the 1985-built semi-submersible drilling rig Ocean Guardian from Diamond Offshore. The company plans to invest more than £75m ($100m) on converting the rig for well plugging and abandonment (P&A) jobs. The price for the deal was not disclosed, with VesselsValue’s valuing the rig at $11.79m.
9. MSC Mediterranean Shipping : Temporary Omission of Sines Call for Certain MSC Services
MSC is temporarily omitting calls at Sines Container Terminal in Portugal for certain services and is finding alternative arrangements until normal operations resume, hopefully in the coming days. MSC SANDRA, operating on the Turkey-Canada Service, called at Sines on 4 April and remains berthed there following an incident involving a spill of fuel oil during bunkering operations.
10. Athena Shipping Announced As Bronze Sponsor of “India Dry Bulk Cargo Summit 2019”
The Shipping Tribune is pleased to announce Athena Shipping Pte. Ltd. as a Bronze 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 and Shipping chain will convene at this prominent conference, a hub of knowledge and ideas, to make this a memorable experience.


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