InterManager Daily News 17.04.2019

1. Cargo ship hit the rocks on Croatian coast
General cargo ship AGIOS RAFAIL ran aground on rocks in front of Muzil, Pula area, Croatia, Adriatic sea, in the morning Apr 16, while approaching Pula. The ship didn’t change course, for reason yet unknown, and sailed straight into the coast. The ship was taken off rocks after survey, including underwater, carried out by Pula port Maritime Authority. Survey didn’t find hull breach or water ingress, the ship reached Stinjan port, near Pula, under own power, and was docked there for further investigation.
2. Cargo ship damaged while berthing in Brunsbuettel’s Ostermoor
General cargo ship SAGA WIND contacted port constructions while berthing at Ostermoor harbor, Brunsbuettel, Kiel Canal, in the afternoon Apr 15, on arrival from Finland. Ship’s hull sustained some scratches, but cargo gear was reportedly, seriously damaged. The ship currently, is berthed at Ostermoor.
3. Suezmax crude oil tanker fire killed Chief Engineer, injured two
Fire erupted in superstructure of Suezmax tanker MAHARAJA AGRASEN at night Apr 13 in Mumbai, India, shortly after arrival from Saudi Arabia with cargo of crude oil. Chief Engineer died in fire, Second Engineer and motorman suffered burns and were taken to hospital. Understood fire started in engine room, but no details yet available, to assess fire extent and ship’s damages. Tanker was taken out of Mumbai harbor and anchored at outer anchorage, at 1000 UTC Apr 16 she was still at anchor. No SAR ships and tugs nearby, meaning that there’s no fire on board, presently.
4. Korean tanker with illegal gasoline intercepted during STS operation
Vietnam law enforcement agencies, assisted by Coast Guard, on Apr 14 seized Korean tanker PIONEER SPIRIT and Vietnamese tanker QNg 0350 in waters of Quang Ngai province in the South Central Coast region of Vietnam, when the ships were engaged in illegal cargo transfer. Vietnamese vessel was to offload from Korean tanker some 8000 tons of gasoline A95 and deliver it to Sa Ky port. Korean tanker AIS was off, since early April.
5. Thomas Bagge must solve the liner sector’s major headache
As CEO of the liner sector’s new association, Thomas Bagge will try to gather the world’s biggest shipping lines to set out joint standards for the sector. He wants more shipping companies on board.
6. Havila Shipping fixes PSV to Equinor
Norwegian owner Havila Shipping has entered into an agreement with Equinor for 2011-built platform supply vessel Havila Clipper. The contract commences during the second quarter, is for a firm period of four months, and includes further options.
7. Drewry: Slowing World Trade Dents Heavylift Shipping Outlook
Rising project cargo traffic is set to push multipurpose and heavylift shipping rates up during 2019, but prospects thereafter are muted by an expected slowdown in world trade. According to the shipping consultancy Drewry, the uncertainty surrounding trade demand is receding slightly as the US and China appear to be moving toward some kind of a truce.
8. Cruise Ship Helps USCG Rescue 23 from Drifting Sport Fishing Boat
On Sunday, the cruise ship Carnival Fantasy rescued 23 people from a small boat in the Caribbean after receiving a request from the U.S. Coast Guard.  “Yesterday, Carnival Fantasy responded to a distress call and request for assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard as the ship was returning to Mobile,” Carnival said in a statement Monday. “We can confirm that our crew was involved in a rescue at sea involving more than 20 people and we are now working closely with federal authorities.”
9. Germany’s Merkel Puts on Tarnished Climate Crown to Open Baltic Sea’s Largest Wind Farm
By Brian Parkin and William Wilkes (Bloomberg) — Angela Merkel will leave Brexit worries by the shoreline as she cuts the opening ribbon on a giant wind farm out in the Baltic Sea, a move that will do little to gloss over her tarnished reputation as Germany’s climate chancellor.
10. Shipowners losing millions by choosing the wrong bunker port
Bunkers are one of the largest costs associated with a voyage, so making the right decisions around it are crucial. Although many shipping companies have dedicated bunker teams, the decision of where to bunker tends to start with the chartering manager during their initial voyage estimation.


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