InterManager Daily News 20.06.2019.

1. Smelly story of 15.5 tons of cocaine seized on board of MSC GAYANE
US federal agents seized 15.5 tons of cocaine on board of container ship MSC GAYANE at Philadelphia USA, on Jun 17, shortly after her arrival. Understood cocaine was hidden in one container only. At least two crew were arrested, second officer and a seaman. The ship last port calls prior to Philadelphia were Freeport Bahamas, Puerto Colon and Panama City Panama, Callao Peru, San Antonio Chile. It is believed, that seized cocaine was destined for Europe, namely France and Netherlands.

2. Japanese Self-Defence ship JS KUNISAKI damaged in collision in Brisbane
Japan SDF ship, amphibious transport dock JS KUNISAKI, allided with pier while berthing, on arrival to Brisbane Australia on Jun 17 (according to track). The ship reportedly, was visibly damaged, knocking off some of embankment pylons. The ship was with pilot on board.

3. Tanker collided with pier, both severely damaged
Product tanker reportedly collided with pier while berthing at oil terminal in Korean port, on Jun 18. Tanker suffered some 2 meters breach in bow section, some 15 meters of pier were destroyed or damaged. Tanker had a cargo of about 9000 tons of kerosene. No leak reported.

4. Brand new luxury yacht burned out, sank, Italy.
Brand new luxury yacht TECHNOMAR EVO 120 caught fire, was badly damaged and partially sank early in the morning Jun 16 at in Marina di Carrara, Italy. According to reports in the Italian media the yacht caught fire at around 0100, no injures have been reported.

5. Freighter with 10 tons of hashish intercepted in Mediterranean, arrested
General cargo ship ELG in the afternoon Jun 17 was intercepted in Mediterranean NE of Oran, Algeria, port of ship’s departure. 350 bales with about 10 tons of hashish were found by Spanish drug enforcement agencies’ teams. ELG was taken to Cartagena and put under arrest, understood the crew were also detained or arrested, investigation under way. ELG was under surveillance for several months, after surveillance agencies found her movements suspicious.

6. Trade war causes Celsius Shipping to pause ship purchases
Celsius Shipping doubled its bottom line in the previous year, but after buying more than 30 new vessels in two years the trade war now causes the shipping company to pause new acquisitions. “Right now we’re sizing up the situation,” says CEO Jeppe Jensen in an interview with ShippingWatch.

7. Port of Oakland Strives for Zero-Emission Future
The US Port of Oakland has approved an air quality plan intended to ‘drastically’ cut diesel and greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the port’s maritime operations.

8. Portugal’s Naval Rocha Expanding into LPG, LNG Upkeep Sector
After completing a range of shipbuilding projects in the first half of the year, Portuguese shipyard Naval Rocha said it would look to bolster its position in the LPG product carrier and small-scale LNG markets.

9. US seeks international naval coalition to escort merchant ships through the Strait of Hormuz
US secretary of state Mike Pompeo yesterday called for an international coalition to shepherd ships heading through the Strait of Hormuz in the wake of six tanker attacks in and around the waterway in the last five weeks.

10. Asian shipowners maintain heightened security levels on Middle East transits
Asian tanker and LNG shipping companies remain cautious on Middle East transits after last week’s tanker attacks, and have stepped up safety measures including tighter security of seaborne vessels and full-speed navigation in the Gulf of Oman, the companies said Monday.


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