InterManager Daily News 14.06.2019.

1. Severely injured Filipino crew medevaced in Vietnam waters
Bulk carrier BULK JAPAN interrupted her ballast voyage from Qinzhou China, Gulf of Tonkin, to Singapore, in the evening Jun 12, and turned to Da Nang, Vietnam. At around 1800 ICT Jun 12 Filipino crew member suffered critical injures in an accident, which took place in cargo hold during works. He sustained severe spine and breast injures, and crushed arm, with massive blood loss. MRCC Vietnam was contacted, at 1900 ICT Jun 12 SAR ship with medical team was sent to rendezvous BULK JAPAN.

2. Ships losses in 2018, how many ships were lost?
In its annual Safety and Shipping Review, Allianz provided a statistics review of shipping incidents by year, by vessel type, by cause and by region, for the last decade (2009-2018). The report revealed that the number of total shipping losses have fallen significantly to 46, representing the lowest total this century.

3. Two tankers attacked including Aframax, both hit, both on fire. UPDATES fire out?
Crude oil tanker FRONT ALTAIR with cargo of crude, en route from Al Ruways UAE to Taiwan, and chemical tanker KOKUKA COURAGEUS with cargo of methanol, en route from Saudi Arabia to Singapore, caught fire after reportedly, being attacked in Gulf of Oman, in roughly the same area in vicinity 25 20N 057 30E, see pic. Both tankers were under way, what exactly hit them is yet unknown, though some sources mention torpedoes.

4. Eitzen’s new shipping company now reports an operating profit
A series of red figures have turned black at Axel Eitzen’s shipping company Christiania Shipping, which has delivered an operating profit of USD 3.2 million for 2018. The bottom line was also improved dramatically, but that was due mainly to loan write-offs.

5. George Economou moves to take full control of DryShips
George Economou’s Nasdaq listed shipowning company DryShips has announced that it has received a offer letter from SPII Holdings, a company controlled by Economou, proposing that DryShips is merged into a subsidiary of SPII Holdings.

6. OSM to manage Fredly’s new VLCCs
Arne Fredly has decided to go with a local company to manage his fleet of newbuild VLCCs. Norway’s OSM Maritime revealed today it has been entrusted with a contract for the full technical management of Hunter Group’s series of eight VLCCs being built at South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME). Fredly set up Hunter last year, ordering the eight ships at the trough of the newbuild price cycle.

7. Watch: Volvo Trucks’ Autonomous Port Transport
Volvo Trucks’ electric, connected and autonomous vehicle Vera will form part of an integrated solution to transport goods from DFDS’ logistics center to an APM terminal in the Port of Gothenburg, Sweden.

8. Video Interview: WinGD Blazes Trail in Building Engines of the Future
Marine technology company WinGD recently introduced three new low-speed, two-stroke engines to cater for the industry’s rush toward compliance as the International Maritime Organization’s 2020 sulphur cap implementation date nears.

9. Canada to Secure Bigger Share of Asian LPG Market with New Terminal
With the recent launch of Canada’s first marine export facility for propane the country is set to attract a good share of the Asian LPG market, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.

10. Container Shipping: The many pitfalls in the coming months will decide the fate of the year
The number of boxes being shipped around the globe by sea grew 0.5% – 191,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) – in the first quarter of 2019 compared with the same period in 2018. The growth figure is massively below those of earlier years, where the global demand in Q1 2017 grew by 6.6% and in Q1 2018 by 3.6%.


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