InterManager Daily News 15.04.2019

1. Estonian freighter troubled in English Channel, anchored
General cargo ship BELLALAND suffered electrical failure in English Channel in the afternoon Apr 13 west of Calais, while en route from Spain to Sweden. MRCC Gris-Nez was alerted by Traffic Control and ordered the ship to anchor at Calais outer anchorage, sending SAR ship to escort BELLALAND to anchorage. BELLALAND anchored in the morning Apr 14, reaching anchorage by own means – it was found, that ship though under way, couldn’t gather speed exceeding 3 knots, bacuase of faulty fuel injection pump. The ship according to MRCC Gris-Nez, is awaiting spare parts to be delivered on Apr 15.
2. Antarctic deepest ice drill samples found to be alt-right contaminated
This week, mainstream media informed us on a new climate change research project, to take place in Antarctica: A European consortium will head to Antarctica in December to begin the process of drilling deep into the continent’s eastern ice sheet.
The group’s aim is to pull up a frozen core of material almost 3km long. Although it might seem at first glance to be a rather esoteric quest, researchers say it bears down directly on the question of how much the world is likely to warm in the centuries ahead.
3. Floating dock with 2 ships inside broke in two, crane collapsed, ships taking on water
Floating dock at Tuzla Ship Repair Yard, Turkey, Marmara sea, on reportedly, Apr 12, broke in two, dock’s crane collapsed, but luckily, nobody was killed. Two rcane operators were injured. There were two dry docked ships in floating dock, one identified as asphalt tanker SEAPOWER, another one, dry cargo ship, can’t be identified. SEAPOWER was taken out of dock after it was flooded. Reportedly both ships started to take in water after dock flooding, but at least with SEAPOWER, situation understood to be under control.
4. Freighter loaded with barley aground on river Don, refloated
General cargo ship ran aground in the evening Apr 11 on river Don near Razdorskaya village, blocking all traffic in the area. the ship loaded with barley was proceeding upstream, en route from Rostov to Caspian sea. She was refloated late at night Apr 11 or early in the morning Apr 12, with the help of tug, and anchored for survey. No information on damages.
5. Mærsk family’s investment company hurt by container woes
The sale of Maersk Oil lifted the results considerably at the AP Møller Holding, which is controlled by the Mærsk family. Still, the year finished below expectations, partially because of the poor performance of Maersk.
6. U.S. Slaps Sanctions on Shipping Firms, Ships Carrying Oil from Venezuela
WASHINGTON, April 12 (Reuters) – The United States on Friday announced more sanctions on shipping companies transporting oil from Venezuela, blacklisting four shipping companies and nine vessels, some of which the U.S. Treasury Department said carried oil to Cuba.
7. U.S. Coast Guard Warns on Confined Space Entry After Three Die
The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a Safety Alert on the dangers of confined space entry – citing a recent casualty where three people were asphyxiated on a drilling rig (MODU). 10 crewmembers were on board the MODU preparing it for a heavy lift transport to an overseas ship breaking facility. They were successful in dewatering three of the MODU’s four legs. However, the de-ballasting system was inoperable in the fourth leg because piping and valves had been previously removed. To continue pumping, the crew rigged a portable diesel engine driven pump to discharge the tanks.
8. Ulrik Andersen replaces Christian Andersen at Avance Gas
Pure-play VLGC owner Avance Gas Holding has appointed Ulrik Andersen as chief executive officer. Andersen replaces Christian Andersen who stepped down earlier in the month after leading the company since it was formed by Stolt-Nielsen in 2007. Ulrik Andersen will commence his new role in August. He moves from Petredec where he is the commercial head of shipping, and has previous experience at Neu Gas Shipping and Maersk Tankers.
9. Maritime CEO Forum: IMO 2020 compliance workshop
A shipmanager, a shipowner, a fuel reseller and a fuel verification expert made the perfect panel for Monday’s special IMO 2020 workshop, a bolt-on event ahead of the Maritime CEO Forum held at the Fullerton Hotel in Singapore. The workshop, sponsored by Cockett Marine Oil, was designed to inform owners and operators exactly what they need to have in place across their fleet and ashore by the end of this month in order to be on track with complying with the global sulphur cap, which kicks in just 264 days’ time.
10. India’s 2018/19 Iran oil imports up 5 pct y/y despite U.S. Sanctions-sources
India imported about 5 percent more oil from Iran in the last fiscal year through March as companies raised purchases ahead of U.S. sanctions against Tehran from November, preliminary tanker arrival data obtained from shipping and industry sources showed. Despite Washington restricting India’s purchases from Tehran, refiners shipped in about 479,500 barrels per day (bpd) of Iranian oil in 2018/19 compared with about 458,000 bpd a year before, according to the data.


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