InterManager Daily News 07.06.2019.

1. Cargo ship collided with bridge in Salhusfjorden, Norway
General cargo ship FRAMEFJORD collided with Nordhordland Bridge, which crosses Salhusfjorden between Klauvaneset and Flatoy in Hordaland, Norway, at around 0050 UTC Jun 6, while en route from Eikefet to Kinsarvik, Norway. The ship though damaged, managed to move to nearby Steinesto under own power, and berthed at around 0320 UTC. Bridge wasn’t closed, damages reported to be superficial. Extent of ship’s damages unknown.

2. Shipowners face extensive sulfur clean-up prior to 2020
Shipowners face a comprehensive task og cleaning tanks aboard their vessels prior to 2020. If not done properly, the responsibility points in only one direction, Skuld tells ShippingWatch. Norwegian carrier keeps calm.

3. Shell has great expectations for next decade’s LNG market
Energy major Shell sees enormous potential in LNG and aims to invest USD 6-7 billion annually after 2020 to seize opportunities in the gas market, the company says.

4. Tough dry bulk market makes Klaveness reduce fleet
Norway’s Torvald Klaveness has reduced its activity in the dry bulk market following a tough start to 2019, when several factors have dragged down the market. “We’re a bit uncertain as to where the market is headed,” CEO Lasse Kristoffersen tells ShippingWatch.

5. IMO sets out to expose gender imbalance to drive change
Shipping’s gender imbalance has been a hot topic at this week’s Nor-Shipping event taking place in Norway with discussions centring on making the issue far more transparent to drive change. To this end, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) along with WISTA International has launched this week a project to measure how many women actually work in the maritime industry.

6. BHP Billiton chastises owners over carbon footprint ignorance
Dry bulk owners have received a public rebuke from one of the world’s largest miners for their ignorance of their own carbon footprint. Speaking during yesterday’s Asia session at the Nor-Shipping trade fair just outside Oslo, Rashpal Bhatti, a vice president at BHP Billiton, relayed how at another forum he had asked how many of the owners present could say what their carbon footprint was per ton, with just 15% able to reply, an indication, Bhatti said, that shipping needs to get to grips better with key indicators. Bhatti said it was shippers such as BHP who had a responsibility to take and lead the shipping industry forward.

7. Maersk invests in German trade finance platform
Maersk’s growing ambitions in the realms of trade finance have seen the Danish carrier invest in a German startup. Financing platform Modifi raised EUR5.5m in its second round of capital raising with Maersk Growth, the corporate venture arm of A.P. Moller-Maersk, as the lead investor.

8. Jinhui Cancels Second Chartworld Supramax after Delivery Delay
Hong Kong’s Jinhui Shipping and Transportation has cancelled the purchase of the second of two Supramax bulkers after the vessel was not delivered according to schedule.

9. GasLog, GasLog Partners to Withdraw LNG Carriers from The Cool Pool
LNG carrier owners and operators GasLog and GasLog Partners have decided to assume commercial control of their vessels currently operating in the LNG carrier spot market through The Cool Pool.

10. WISTA med conference 2019 “turbulence or fair winds in the med”
More than 130 representatives of the shipping community from Greece and the Mediterranean countries gathered at the Hotel Costa Navarino, Pylos Messinia, from 23 to 25 May, for WISTA MED conference 2019. Lively discussions on the conference’s theme – “Turbulence or fair winds in the Med?” – were led by 21 speakers. Among those at the conference were representatives of international organizations, including BIMCO’s first female president, Sadan Kaptanoglu, IMO representative Frederick J Kenney, Despina Panayiotou-Theodosiou – President of WISTA International, President of the International Maritime Union Philip Costopoulos and Simos Anastasopoulos, President of the American Hellenic Chamber of Commerce.


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