InterManager Daily News 23.04.2019

1. Aframax tanker aground, USA
Crude oil tanker reported (to be confirmed) aground since 0200 UTC Apr 22 in USA waters. Tanker was under way when running aground. Tugs spotted nearby.
2. Passenger ship disabled in Aegean sea
Passenger ship AEGEAN ODYSSEY with 339 passengers on board suffered engine failure while approaching Chania, Crete island, Greece, in the afternoon Apr 21, en route from Malta. Two tugs were deployed, the ship was safely taken to Chaina and berthed. Reported detained until completing repairs and survey.
3. Container ship grounding, HK
Post-Panamax container ship ran aground in the morning Apr 21, while en route from Hong Kong to Singapore. The ship was refloated about an hour later with the help of tug or tugs, and taken to anchorage in Hong Kong waters, for inspection. Engine failure said to be the cause of grounding. No information on damages yet.
4. Oil pier collapsed after being hit by berthing tanker
Product tanker loaded with some 3500 tons of fuel oil went out of control while berthing at oil pier in Indonesian port, in the afternoon Apr 19. Pier pylons were destroyed, pier collapsed, but pipeline wasn’t ruptured, and there was no oil leak. Tanker was taken to anchorage off port. No information on tanker damages.
5. Thai Navy Tows Home Of Fugitive American Seasteader
By Panu Wongcha-um (Reuters) – Thailand’s navy on Monday began towing to shore the floating cabin of a fugitive U.S. citizen and his Thai girlfriend, both prominent members of the “seasteading” movement who face possible death sentences for setting up their offshore home. The cabin set on top of a spar 14 nautical miles off the Thai island of Phuket had been touted as milestone in the movement to build floating communities in international waters as a way to explore alternative societies and governments.
6. SHI Secures Order for Asian FPSO Unit
South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has received an order for the construction of a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit. The contract worth KRW 1.1 trillion (around USD 970 million) has been signed with an unnamed Asian shipowner. As informed, the contract amount is equivalent to 21 percent of sales SHI recorded last year.
7. Danish Start-Up Eyes Fleet Expansion in 2019
The newly formed ship management company Cornerstone Maritime revealed its plans to acquire more tonnage after it took over its first tanker. The company said it is going to act as commercial manager of the 1998-built tanker Ierax effective from May 10, 2019. Cornerstone Maritime would also handle all chartering and operations of the 15,885 dwt unit.
8. Summit LNG FSRU Reaches Bangladesh
The unit reached the island of Moheshkhali during the weekend, carrying 138,000 cubic meters of Qatari LNG. Summit LNG is now moored six kilometers off Moheshkhali in Cox’s Bazar. The 138,074 cbm vessel works for Summit under a 15-year time charter. Summit intends to purchase the unit from the US-based Excerelate Energy. The FSRU will send out regasified liquified natural gas (RLNG) via subsea pipeline connected to the national grid. Summit LNG is able to regasify 500 million cubic feet of LNG daily (mmcfd).
9. Stellar Daisy: Disagreement on “Out of the Ordinary” Defects
The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime Administrator has completed its Marine Casualty Investigation Report into the loss of the very large ore carrier (VLOC) Stellar Daisy – with the ship’s classification society Korean Register disagreeing on some key points. The Stellar Daisy sank in the South Atlantic Ocean on March 31,2017. Two crewmembers were rescued by a vessel in the vicinity and 22 crewmembers are missing and presumed dead.
10. ZIM Joins Maersk’s Blockchain-Enabled Digital Solution To Drive Transparency In Global Shipping
ZIM Integrated Shipping Services announced that it has signed on as a member of TradeLens, a blockchain-enabled digital shipping solution jointly developed by A.P. Moller – Maersk (MAERSKb.CO) and IBM. TradeLens uses blockchain technology to enable trust between multiple trading partners – from carriers to freight forwarders, customs officials, port authorities and more — when transacting in a digitized global trade documentation process.


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