InterManager Daily News 09.05.2019

1. Freighter grounded, refloated, Bay of Biscay
General cargo ship WATERWAY was waiting for orders, cruising along Spanish coast off Bilbao, Bay of Biscay. Close to midnight May 7, the ship ran aground near Zumaia, E of Bilbao. According to Salvamento Maritimo Spain, helicopter evacuated part of the crew, remaining crew managed to refloat WATERWAY and take her to Bilbao, where she was berthed at around 1230 UTC May 8. No other information available at the moment.
2. Tuna fishing vessel on fire, 16 crew rescued, Indian ocean
Tuna fishing vessel TENN MING YANG NO.268 issued distress signal at around 0430 UTC May 7, reporting fire on board, 16 crew going to life rafts, and requesting immediate assistance. Vessel was in vicinity 34 54S 041 50E,Indian ocean, some 630 nm E of Durban, South Africa. MRCC Cape Town and MRCC Taiwan were alerted, MRC Cape Town requested all ships in the area to respond and assist. Nearest to distressed longliner ship responded and steamed to rescue, at around 0700 UTC all 16 fishermen were picked up from life raft, in good health.
3. FLEX LNG Ltd. Files Registration Statement for Proposed Public Listing on the NYSE
FLEX LNG Ltd. announced that it has publicly filed a registration statement on Form 20-F with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) relating to the proposed listing of its ordinary shares on the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”). No new securities will be issued in connection with the listing, which is expected to commence after the SEC completes its review process. Following the listing, the Company’s ordinary shares will be listed for trading on both the NYSE and the Oslo Stock Exchange.
4. IMO gets observer status at Arctic Council
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has been granted observer status at the Arctic Council. This will allow IMO to build on previous cooperation with the Arctic Council and engage in close collaboration on a range issues related to shipping in the Arctic, in particular, search and rescue, pollution response and maritime safety and protection of the marine environment.
5. Gibraltar opens new LNG terminal built by Shell and Gasnor
Gibraltar announced Tuesday the opening of a new LNG terminal, built by Shell and its subsidiary Gasnor (100% owned by Shell), in an effort to provide cleaner energy for the local market. Shell said in a statement that the move to powering Gibraltar’s homes and businesses with reliable and cleaner energy is of great importance to reducing emissions.
6. Media: Volkswagen looking for buyer for MAN
Volkswagen has allegedly started to look for a buyer for engine manufacturer MAN Energy Solutions. According to news agency Reuters, Wärtsilä has been contacted, while Alfa Laval is also mentioned as a possible buyer.
7. Marfret takes on its largest ship
French niche carrier Marfret has taken on its biggest ship in its history, chartering the 6,881 teu Skiathos for a year at a rate of $25,2560 a day according to Alphaliner. Previously the largest ship in the Marseille-headquartered fleet was a 3,019 teu vessel.
8. Hospital Ship USNS Comfort Deploys to Help Venezuelan Refugees
The hospital ship USNS Comfort will soon be deployed for another voyage to South America in response to the political and economic crisis in Venezuela.  Comfort last deployed to the region in October, when she got under way for a four-month medical assistance mission to Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras – all nations that have seen an influx of hundreds of thousands of Venezuelan refugees. “It’s an effort to deal with the human cost of [Venezuelan President Nicolás] Maduro, and his increasingly isolated regime,” said then-Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, speaking during a visit to Colombia last August.
9. xChange: Ins and Outs of Demurrage and Detention
The process of shipping a container from one point to another includes a number of factors, some of which are demurrage and detention. These are a matter of allowed free-days, determining the number of days a shipper can use the container for free.
10. A sustainable global ship-recycling industry requires the efforts of both the EU and the European shipping sector
The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) has released a report of its fact-finding mission to India’s ship-recycling facilities in Alang, in the State of Gujarat that took place from 25-27 February. The aim of the mission was to gain a better understanding of the possible threats to and opportunities for the Indian ship-recycling and European shipping industries.


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