InterManager Daily News 29.05.2019.

1. Chinese ferry fire, passengers were evacuated, Incheon, Korea
One of the containers on cargo deck of Chinese cargo/passenger ferry NEW GOLDEN BRIDGE VII caught fire in the evening May 27 at Incheon, Korea, when the ship was about to set sail, bound for Weihai, China. All 420 passengers left the ship, fire was extinguished in less than an hour, the ship left Incheon at night same day. Cargo deck reportedly, sustained some non-detainable damages, several containers near the one on fire were also damaged.

2. Car carrier major fire avoided, last year disaster lesson well taken, Ulsan, Korea
Fire erupted on cargo deck of car carrier PLATINUM RAY, berthed at Ulsan Korea, in the morning May 22, with 2163 cars on board, ready to be shipped to the USA. Fire fighters decided to activate CO2 fire oppressing system to prevent fire from spreading and developing into major disaster, similar to major fire on board of car carrier AUTO BANNER, which took place in Incheon exactly a year ago, on May 21 2018, destroyed all cars on board and the ship itself

3. Container ship hit pier at Reykjavik
Container ship NAJA ARCTICA severely damaged wharf at Reykjavik port, Iceland, on arrival in the morning May 26. The ship hit pier while berthing, rendering one of the berths unusable for at least a month, total damages cost estimated to be well above 100,000 USD. The ship left Reykjavik same day, bound for Greenland, so understood NAJA ARCTICA damages were minimal.

4. Freighter lost 30-mil euro super yacht in Balearic sea
General cargo ship BRATTINGSBORG was caught in storm in Mediterranean, Balearic sea, and at night May 25-26 lost overboard famous in yachting world sailing super yacht MY SONG, worth some 30 mil euros. Yacht was transported from the Caribbean, where she stayed during winter season, to be offloaded, understood, in Genova, probably for repairs or maintenance, to rig her ready for regatta. She was to be on Balearic island by Jun 3, to take part in the regatta.

5. New management group to boost V.Group’s core business
V.Group has hired yet another senior executive and completed its reshuffle of the management team at V.Ships, which deals with ship management, the most prominent business arm. The ambition is to grow further, CEO Group Managing Director Franck Kayser tells ShippingWatch.

6. MSC and CMA CGM join Maersk’s digital platform
Liner majors CMA CGM and MSC now join Maersk and IBM’s Tradelens platform. This marks the first time that Maersk’s top competitors validate the platform.

7. Delta Tankers confirmed as buyer of bargain Brightoil VLCC
Greek owner Diamantis Diamantidis’ Delta Tankers has been confirmed as the buyer of 2012-built VLCC Brightoil Glory in a court-led auction in Hong Kong. Splash reported last week that the vessel was sold to a special purpose company called Sky Limit, which was rumoured to be linked to Diamantidis. The vessel was sold for a price of $58m, much lower than VesselsValue’s valuation of $65.33m.

8. IMO to Take Different Approach on STCW White List Process
The International Maritime Organization has agreed to re-approach its listing process for the STCW Convention’s White List. According to the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), the IMO agreed to re-approach the process following discussions between SAMSA, other Member States of the IMO and the organization during a meeting in London a week ago.

9. Memorial Day: Trump Calls for Lasting Peace
U.S. President Donald Trump has issued a Proclamation on Prayer for Peace for Memorial Day, 2019. The proclamation states: “Whether on the battlefields of Bunker Hill, on the beaches of Normandy, in the jungles of Vietnam, or in the mountains and deserts of the Middle East, brave Americans of every generation have given their last full measure of devotion in defense of our country, our liberty, and our founding ideals. On Memorial Day, we humbly honor these incredible patriots and firmly renew our abiding commitment to uphold the principles for which they laid down their lives.”

10. Green Maritime Methanol project takes off with a shortlist of nine ships
The Green Maritime Methanol consortium has selected nine ships for research on the application of renewable methanol as a marine fuel. New designs, newbuildings as well as existing ships of Boskalis, Van Oord, the Royal Netherlands Navy and Wagenborg Shipping were selected.


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