InterManager Daily News 16.04.2019

1. Chinese freighter abandoned, drifting
Chinese cargo ship JIN YUAN LUN 6 HAO issued distress signal at around 1030 Beijing time Apr 15, requesting immediate assistance, in Guang’ao Bay, off Shantou, Guangdong, China. 11 crew abandoned the ship and went into life raft, they’ve been rescued by tanker ZI TONG (IMO 9469261) half an hour later. JIN YUAN LUN 6 HAO reportedly but not yet confirmed, developed list, SAR ship was sent to abandoned.
2. Bulk carrier fire at Morehead City, USA
Fire erupted in superstructure living quarters of a bulk carrier ALBANY SOUND, docked at Morehead City, USA, in the morning Apr 14. Morehead City Fire Department responded to emergency, assisted by Beaufort Fire Department, Atlantic Beach EMS, Newport EMS, and Beaufort EMS. By 1430 LT fire was under control, fire fighters left the ship. Reportedly, fire damages mostly were confined to crew cabins.
3. GMS Week 15 – CREEPING UP!
Some frantic buying ensued this week as the upcoming monsoon season and annual budgets begin to close in across the various subcontinent locations, both of which are expected within the next 4 – 6 weeks or so. Once again, Bangladesh is leading the way with most of the buying, particularly for a majority of the large LDT Capesize bulkers, VLOCs and containers on offer. However, there have also been some interesting sales into India, particularly one container vessel that was sold for a massive USD 480/LDT this week!
4. ExxonMobil in Talks to Construct Floating LNG Ship in Israel
Per Bloomberg, Exxon Mobil Corporation XOM is in talks with firms that include Noble Energy NBL and Delek Drilling LP to build a floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) ship. The firms are currently developing the Leviathan reservoir in Israel. The platform will expand the export reach of Israel’s largest natural gas field – a deep sea discovery of about 600 billion cubic meters. The project will enable the Leviathan partners to export to countries that are not accessible through pipelines and avoid construction of expensive infrastructure to connect to LNG facilities in Egypt.
5. LNG tanker Gaslog Sydney to unload in the Netherlands on April 17
Liquified natural gas (LNG) tanker the Gaslog Sydney is heading to the Dutch Gate terminal to deliver a cargo on April 17, Refinitiv Eikon data showed on Monday. The vessel is coming from the Corpus Christi plant in the United States and is chartered by U.S. LNG producer Cheniere.
6. New license to combat bunker problems in Rotterdam
The Dutch shipowners have for years been working to introduce a new licensing scheme in order to resolve the bunker problems in Rotterdam. Suppliers, meanwhile, say that shipping companies also carry some of the responsibility.
7. IMO Moves to Address Maritime Corruption
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is to address maritime corruption by including the issue in its work programme for the Facilitation Committee. The decision to include an anti-corruption agenda came at the latest meeting of the IMO’s Facilitation Committee (FAL) in response to a submission from Liberia, Marshall Islands, Norway, United Kingdom, United States and Vanuatu.
8. Cocaine Found Attached to LNG Carrier in Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard and Customs official have seized 200 kilos of cocaine found attached to the LNG carrier Hispania Spirit at the Atlantic LNG facility in Point Fortin. According to local media reports, the cocaine was found after the ship’s captain alerted authorities about suspicious packages attached to the rudder on April 3.
9. Golden Energy Offshore PSV scores contract with Shell
Norway’s Golden Energy Offshore Energy Scout has announced that 2005-built platform supply vessel Energy Scout, previously on a spot contract with Shell Petroleum Development Company, has been awarded a medium-term contract by Shell. The contract has already commenced, is firm until the end of July, and includes further options to extend.
10. Sliding Freight Rates Send More Big Bulk Ships to Scrapyards
A sharp decline in dry cargo ship freight rates in the first quarter sent more giant ships to scrapyards in Southeast Asia in the first three months of the year. But analysts expect a slow recovery in Chinese imports of commodities such as iron ore will likely boost demand and put the brakes on recycling later this year.


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