InterManager Daily News 03.07.2019.

1. Explosion and fire on board of Italian LPG tanker
Explosion followed by fire on board of Italian LPG tanker SYN ZANIA claimed 1 life, 15 other crew were evacuated and got medical treatment, no serious injures reported. Tanker was loading LPG cargo at Petkim Refinery terminal, Aliaga, Turkey, explosion occurred at around 2330 LT Jul 1, the cause of explosion yet unknown. Shore engines and fire boats were deployed, fire was reported extinguished by probably, 0200 LT Jul 2. Crew includes 15 Italian and 1 Romanian nationalities.

2. Chile – Australia expedition VIRACOCHA III reed raft abandoned in South Pacific
Reed raft VIRACOCHA III on Jul 1 reported abandoned, adrift in vicinity 16 40S 148 25W, in French Polynesia waters, NE of Tahiti. VIRACOCHA III set sail from Chile, in an attempt to sail 10,000 nautical miles across the entire Pacific Ocean to Cairns, Australia, via Easter Island and other islands of Polynesia. The expedition goal is to demonstrate ancestral migration between the two continents.

3. How to Rehabilitate Old Tankers
As you read this, around 10,420 giants are heaving their way across the world’s oceans. Their enormous metal bodies lumber onwards in spite of inclement weather and rough seas. In their bowels, these beasts are carrying 3.8 billion barrels of crude oil between them, enough to fuel around 418,000 transatlantic flights and for the world’s cars to cover around 3 billion miles between them. Their sticky cargo is the raw material for billions of plastic bags, combs, trainers, drinking straws, synthetic clothing, toys, water bottles and hundreds of other plastic-based goods that we use in our daily lives.

4. Indian, Iranian firms ready to invest in Afghanistan’s shipping line
Representatives of an Indian and an Iranian firm arrived in Kabul to negotiate with Afghan officials over a possible investment in the newly-established shipping industry of Afghanistan, said officials. The firms sent their representatives to the capital, Kabul, and have expressed their high interest of investment in shipping-something that would include purchasing vessels.

5. Liners start implementing Middle East war risk surcharges
CMA CGM, the world’s fourth largest containerline, will institute a war risk surcharge of $36 per teu for cargo heading to the Middle East. The French shipping giant said due to spiralling insurance costs in the wake of six tanker attacks near Iranian waters in the past two months, traffic to and from Oman, the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia (Dammam and Jubail), Kuwait and Iraq will be subject to the surcharge for all trade lanes from July 5 except the US and China which will be added from August 1.

6. Hapag-Lloyd and ONE join Maersk’s digital venture
Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd and Japan’s Ocean Network Express (ONE) join Maersk’s digital shipping platform, Tradelens. Five of the world’s six largest shipping companies are now part of the platform.

7. APM Terminals Invests in Barcelona Terminal
Port and terminal operator APM Terminals Barcelona has invested EUR 47 million (USD 53 million) in the Spanish Port of Barcelona over recent months. This was announced last week while APMT Barcelona was providing an overview of its short and middle-term projects.

8. Neopolia to Build Neoline’s 1st Two Sailing Cargo Ships
Neoline has selected the Loire-based company Neopolia S.A.S. for the construction of its first two sailing cargo vessels. This was announced at the maritime event La Mer XXL held in Nantes, France, from June 29 to July 10, 2019. The decision follows the international call for tenders launched by Neoline to some fifteen shipyards in 2018. Neoline has also revealed the signing of a letter of intent with Neopolia for the construction of the newbuild pair.

9. Cammell Laird, Engineering College Showcase Careers for Women
Birkenhead shipyard and marine engineering services company Cammell Laird gave young women a behind-the-scenes glimpse of life in engineering as part of International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) 2019. 10 girls from schools and colleges in Birkenhead and surrounding areas met female engineers and saw shipbuilding in progress during the event organized by the shipyard and the Engineering College.

10. ICS-Six Months Countdown to the Global Sulphur Cap
With six months to go until the implementation of the ‘Global Sulphur Cap’ the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has issued updated guidance to help shipowners comply with new UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations. Taking full effect on 1 January 2020 the legal framework will require merchant ships worldwide to use fuel with a sulphur content of less than 0.50 percent or use alternative mitigation technologies.


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