InterManager Daily News 02.07.2019.

1. Chinese freighter sank after collision with container ship in Yellow sea
Panamax container ship reportedly collided with Chinese cargo ship in Yellow sea early in the morning Jun 30. Chinese ship sank, crew was rescued by container ship. Container ship interrupted her voyage and was ordered to sail to designated anchorage in Chinese waters. As of morning Jul 1, she was still at anchor. No information yet on container ship damages.

2. Biggest floating library in the world reportedly collided with bulk carrier
Local media reported collision between biggest in the world floating library LOGOS HOPE and bulk carrier DESERT OSPREY at 408 kilometer mark near Punta Alvear Cargill, Parana river, Argentina. It was a contact, ships brushed each other without inflicting serious damages. Local media dated accident Sat Jun 29, but it’s obviously, a mistake, it should happen earlier, on Jun 26 most probably.

3. General cargo ship BBC OREGON grounding, Newfoundland
General cargo ship BBC OREGON ran aground shortly after unmooring at Bay Bulls Harbor, Newfoundland, Canada, in the afternoon LT Jun 30, reported local news The ship was refloated with the help of tug same day, and brought to anchor in harbor. As of 0230 UTC Jul 1, she was still at anchor. No reports on damages yet.

4. Grimaldi’s ro-ro in record cocaine bust. What’s going on?
Senegalese Customs officers announced record cocaine bust on Jun 30, after they found 750 kilo of pure cocaine hidden in 15 Renault brand new cars, on board of Grimaldi’s ro-ro GRANDE NIGERIA in Dakar, Senegal. The ship arrived at Dakar on Jun 24 from Paranagua Brazil. 4 cars with cocaine bags hidden inside were bound for Hamburg, 11 for Tema Ghana. Officials were tipped off by reportedly, whistleblower, who was approached by smugglers with an offer to assist them in clearing cars.

5. Container ship lost 43 containers in Bangladesh waters
Container ship KSL GLADIATOR lost 43 containers overboard in the morning Jun 30 in Hatiya Channel, Bangladesh, being caught in rough weather, according to local media. The ship was en route from Chittagong to Pangaon, Dhaka, Meghna river. No information yet on type of cargoes in containers. At least part of lost containers reported to be afloat, drifting in the area and hampering navigation.

6. Container ship heavily damaged by fire, Surabaya
Container ship PERSADA X caught fire early in the morning Jun 29 at Tanjung Perak port, Surabaya, East Java. The ship judging from photos, was heavily damaged, superstructure and engine room burned out. No injures reported. Fire was extinguished in some 5 hours by shore fire teams, there were no people on board. PERSADA X is understood to be in a lay-up since March 2017.

7. Maersk to become baby brother in the Pacific following partner’s exit
HMM’s decision to not extend its strategic partnership with the 2M alliance leaves Maersk and MSC in a significantly weakened state in the Pacific. “2M will be the absolute baby brother,” analyst Lars Jensen tells ShippingWatch.

8. New Shanghai owner plans to build 18 electric-powered bulkers
EVE Energy, a Chinese lithium battery producer, has entered into a framework agreement with Shanghai Hanshun Shipping to jointly develop a fleet of electric-powered bulk carriers. Under the agreement, Shanghai Hanshun Shipping plans to develop a fleet of eighteen 5,400 dwt bulkers and EVE Energy will provide the electric propulsion system for the vessels. They will be deployed for domestic river-to-ocean shipping services.

9. Samsung Heavy Secures Order for European Special-Purpose Vessel
South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has received an order for the construction of one special-purpose ship for an undisclosed European shipowner. As informed, the order is worth KRW 134.8 billion (around USD 1.2 billion). Signed on June 28, the agreement is subject to board approval, SHI said in a statement. The newbuild is expected to be delivered by the end of March 2022.

10. IMO2020 sulfur cap on marine fuel to kick into force starting Jan.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) will enforce a new 0.5% global sulfur cap on fuel content from 1 January 2020, lowering from the present 3.5% limit. The global fuel sulfur cap is part of the IMO’s response to heightening environmental concerns, contributed in part by harmful emissions from ships.


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