1. Smoke developed on Sonner B oil platform
Heavy smoke developed at the Snorre B platform in the North Sea in the afternoon May 1, according to Norway MRCC statement. All personnel of 121 people remained on board, because smoke originated in production area, far from living quarters. All rescue units are ready to begin evacollution threat. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/05/01/smoke-developed-on-sonner-b-oil-platform/?fbclid=IwAR2OTqMjTslueEHvJnFL3REqEKHrFlnabD6YCxuFTp8kqBfNPMSDL0DkUSw
2. Mega container ship troubled in Piraeus
Mega container ship THALASSA ELPIDA understood to collide with pier during berthing early in the morning May 1 in Piraeus Greece, information to be confirmed or corrected. Reportedly both the ship and the pier sustained damages, extent unknown. THALASSA ELPIDA is detained for survey. Container ship arrived from Zeebrugge. As of 1400 UTC, the ship was still berthed at Piraeus. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/05/01/mega-container-ship-troubled-in-piraeus/?fbclid=IwAR0nTKPzRDMU79AFvvaDepJtJbVFYE0tDDPbRlfndO63Hq-4Ci7Z8G-PA9k
3. Passenger ship aground, Japan
Passenger vessel reported aground on Japan port approaches, since around 1130 Tokyo time May 1. Looks like she didn’t turn to fairway and sailed straight into shallow waters. She was still in the same position as of 1400 Tokyo time. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/05/01/passenger-ship-aground-japan/?fbclid=IwAR1KxeBw90TGyqvzZg_da0ynlS7pH_p9hWjXYJBX0JpR78IlcYOgyyzOnPU
4. Laker collided with railway bridge, slight damages, Great Lakes
Bulk carrier SAGINAW allided with swing railroad bridge near Middlegrounds Metropark, Maumee River, at around 0140 LT Apr 30 while sailing downstream to Lake Erie. Coast Guard spokesman said the accident caused damage only to a walkway atop the pilings. No reports on ship’s damages, probably none or slight, as she resumed her voyage, and as of morning May 1, was sailing in Lake St Clair. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/05/01/laker-collided-with-railway-bridge-slight-damages-great-lakes/?fbclid=IwAR1dhRY6JwR61ZOU6SIWKwIBzdBpHc2q6-RPnwUIUiwkXW_jfjhgZXFsrnE
5. Longliner sank off Port Louis, Mauritius
Longliner DIEGO STAR 3 on Apr 30 was reported sank on Port Louis approaches Mauritius She was anchored since June 2018, probably unmanned, reported “under repairs”. Longliner DIEGO STAR 3, Call sign D6A2132, GT 299, length 52 meters, built 1980, flag Comoros. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/05/01/longliner-sank-off-port-louis-mauritius/?fbclid=IwAR2F2dY8Shvwwm65-LlwCN6gW9rK22brBIXov4Dfum0TGsGyO_GaI0SvibI
6. Major shipping nations oppose speed limit for vessels
Many signs indicate that the upcoming IMO meeting will be a duel between two solutions for how to achieve the short-term CO2 targets for shipping. Several stakeholders have brought a speed limit into play, but several major shipping nations take an opposing view. https://shippingwatch.com/secure/carriers/article11352433.ece
7. Cape surge brings Baltic index back above 1,000 points
After spending 69 days below 1,000, the Baltic Dry Index is back above the psychological mark, closing on Tuesday at 1,011 points. Capesize spot rates are now in double-digit territory, fractionally below where they were prior to the Vale dam disaster in January but still below last year. The Baltic Capesize Index leapt 27.3% to close on $11,718 as miners in both basins ramped exports. https://splash247.com/cape-surge-brings-baltic-index-back-above-1000-points/
8. Port of Rotterdam Focusing Blockchain on Logistics and Energy
After launching a blockchain pilot in October 2018, Dutch Port of Rotterdam has now identified areas in which blockchain technology use would benefit its operations. BlockLab, an entity established by the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the Municipality of Rotterdam to lead the pilot, is concentrating on the domains of logistics and energy. https://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/275857/port-of-rotterdam-focusing-blockchain-on-logistics-and-energy/
9. Drewry Says Scrapping Younger Containerships Will Help Rebalance Supply and Demand
By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Drewry has urged containership owners planning to scrap older vessels this year to “get a move on”. The number of vessels scrapped last year fell to an eight-year low, adding to the overcapacity issues blighting the liner industry and the maritime consultant said: “It would certainly help the supply-demand balance if more at the top end of the age range were to be demolished.” https://gcaptain.com/drewry-containership-scrapping-rebalance/
10. Euronav Sees Positive Signals From the Tanker Market
Euronav NV yesterday reported its non-audited financial results for the three months ended 31 March 2019. Hugo De Stoop, CFO of Euronav said: “There are positive signals from the tanker market at present. Firstly, Euronav delivered VLCC rates of USD 35,000 per day (same as Q4) despite 1.2m bpd OPEC cuts and 28 new VLCC equivalents entering the global fleet during Q1. Secondly, US crude exports are running around 30% higher year on year. https://www.shippingtribune.com/newsdetails.php?s_id=11765
InterManager Daily News 02.05.2019
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