InterManager Daily News 26.04.2019

1. 2.2 tons of cocaine found on Neopanamax container ship, so what?
1851 packages of cocaine, of total 2202 kilo weight, were found in containers on board of Neopanamax container ship MSC CARLOTTA at Callao port, according Chilean police official statement. The ship arrived at Callao on Apr 23, and most likely, police and anti-drug agency already knew where to look in. After Callao, the ship is to call Panama and then, Belgium, Antwerp, believed to be port of cocaine destination. No crew were detained, investigation is still going on, MSC CARLOTTA still berthed at Callao as of morning Apr 25. Highly unlikely crew or company or MSC agents have anything to do with busted drugs shipment.
2. Iranian container ship probably with arms under close watch
What’s the story around Iranian container ship SHAHR E KORD, and what’s going on, remains unclear. The ship approached Misrata Libya in the morning Apr 23 and was moving around there, until finally, brought to anchor at Misrata anchorage, on arrival from Burgas Bulgaria, with Misrata stated as port of destination. According to governmental officials and military, the ship is loaded with arms and ammunition, destined for rebels or militants, controlling Misrata and according to officials, being supported by Iran and Turkey.
3. Tanker explosion, fire, two workers injured, Indonesia
Product tanker SUCCESS ENERGY XXXII suffered explosion, followed by fire, in starboard cargo tanks area, at 1725 LT Apr 24, in Sungai Raya Shipyard, Karimunbesar island, Riau Islands, Singapore Strait. Tanker is undergoing repairs, two shipyard workers were carrying out wielding works, probably cargo tanks still held some oil fumes, which were inflamed by sparks. Both wrokers reportedly suffered serious burns, both were taken to hospital. No information on fire fighting and damages extent, though there undoubtedly must be some, judging from photos.
4. Turkish freighter disabled, drifting in Greek waters
General cargo ship ENKO HASLAMAN was disabled after mechanical failure at around 1200 UTC Apr 24 in eastern Aegean sea near Agathonisi island, Greece. Greek Coast Guard ships were sent to monitor drifting freighter. As of 1730 UTC, the ship was still adrift. She’s en route from Iskenderun to Canakkale, with cargo of aluminum sheets.
5. Sulfur cap has prevented thousands of deaths in North Europe
On a yearly basis, environmental requirements have prevented many premature deaths due to air pollution, concludes a comprehensive study of the SECA zone’s sulfur regulations.
6. DFDS Invests in Startup to Develop, Test Marine Biofuel
Danish shipping and logistics company DFDS has decided to invest in startup company Mash Energy ApS to develop a commercially viable biofuel. Together with Mash Energy, the goal is to develop an alternative to fossil fuels, including testing on a DFDS ferry.
7. South Korea to Inject More Funds in Struggling Shipyards
South Korea plans to spend another KRW 70 billion (USD 60.1 million) to support local shipbuilders’ recovery efforts, the country’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said. The financial support would be aimed at helping local shipyards in attracting orders for environmentally friendly vessels, such as LNG-fuelled ships, as they struggle to recover from an industry wide slump.
8. Anchored Cargo Ship Catches Fire off Cebu, Philippines
Philippine-flagged cargo vessel Andrea Princess 2 caught fire while at anchor off Cebu, the Philippines, on April 22. The fire was contained by two Philippine Coast Guard vessels while the 20 crew aboard were rescued. No evidence of a possible oil spill was found by the Coast Guard Marine Environmental protection team. A preliminary investigation into the incident revealed that the crew were conducting welding on the hydraulic hatch of the vessel’s cargo hold on its forward portion, where a pile of wood and paint was stored.
9. Special Report: New Missile Gap Leaves U.S. Scrambling to Counter China
The aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and USS Nimitz (CVN 68) are underway, conducting operations, in international waters as part of a three-carrier strike force exercise in western Pacific, November 12, 2017. File Photo: James Griffin/U.S. Navy via REUTERS
10. Will not extend sanctions on Chabahar port project: US to India
The US Department of State has informed India it will not be seeking to extend sanctions on the Chabahar port project, in which India has heavily invested — both financially and diplomatically. Apart from increasing India’s trade with nations in the Persian Gulf, the Chabahar port is also the starting point of the international north-south transport corridor (INSTC), and the US wants to see trade benefits reach Afghanistan and central Asia via the route, a senior foreign affairs ministry official said on Wednesday.


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