InterManager Daily News 04.07.2019.

1. Russian nuclear submarine explosion and fire, all on board reported dead
Russian North-West Region local media on Jul 2 reported explosion and fire on board of Russian Navy deepwater nuclear research station or submarine AS-12, known as LOSHARIK. Accident occurred on Jul 1. According to news, all staff on board, up to 14 people, died in explosion and fire. Ministry of Defence didn’t reveal name of underwater vehicle, number of crew or any other details. According to official statement, fire was extinguished or put under control. Submarine or whatever it is, was “carrying out water biometric research in Russian territorial waters”, understood in Barents sea.

2. Office of Sembcorp Marine subsidiary raided by Brazilian authorities
Brazilian authorities have executed a search warrant at Sembcorp Marine’s Estaleiro Jurong Aracruz (EJA) in Brazil as part of Operation Car Wash investigations. Sembcorp Marine says it understands the search to be part of investigations against former EJA consultant Guilherme Esteves de Jesus, and has co-operated fully with Brazilian Federal Police.

3. Hapag-Lloyd and ONE sign up to TradeLens
Hapag-Lloyd and Ocean Network Express (ONE) have signed up to TradeLens, the blockchain platform created by Maersk and IBM, bringing further critical mass to the digital development. The two carriers follow swiftly after CMA CGM and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company also signed up, meaning that TradeLens now has more than half of the world’s ocean container cargo covered.

4. Tianjin Container Terminals Merge
COSCO Shipping Ports has entered into a merger agreement with Tianjin Port Holdings and China Merchants International Terminals (CM Terminals) regarding the trio’s respective subsidiaries. Under the agreement signed on June 30, Tianjin Port Container Terminal (TCT), which is wholly owned by Tianjin Port Holdings, will merge with Tianjin Five Continents International Container Terminal (FICT) and Tianjin Orient Container Terminals (TOCT).

5. ZIM Expands Partnership with Maersk, MSC
Israeli shipping company Zim Integrated Shipping Services (ZIM) has further expanded its strategic cooperation with the members of the 2M Alliance – Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC). Specifically, ZIM has now decided to boost ties with 2M on the Asia-US Gulf trade. The new agreement includes two new strings – ZGC – ZIM US Gulf Central China Xpress and ZGX – ZIM US Gulf South China Xpress.

6. Shipping’s digital ventures could ward off disruptors
Great leaps have been taken on the digital stage among container lines in a short amount of time. And it is absolutely necessary for the industry to make a move and collaborate on solutions, so that disruptors do not end up taking over the market, assesses the World Economic Forum. Shipowners have one advantage in particular, the organization tells ShippingWatch.

7. Maersk to slash its fuel bill using Artificial Intelligence
Maersk is currently working intensively on figuring out the many possibilities of Artificial Intelligence. Among other things, to cut fuel consumption – and the savings potential is massive.

8. Greenpeace Report Warns of Irreversible Harm from Deepsea Mining
The world’s oceans could face severe and irreversible harm unless tighter environmental safeguards are in place that protect them from deep sea mining, warns a new international report, In Deep Water, released by Greenpeace. The report calls on governments to agree a strong Global Ocean Treaty in the next 12 months that puts conservation, not exploitation, at the heart of ocean governance. The Greenpeace report cites scientists, governments, environmentalists and representatives of the fishing industry, who warn of the threats to marine life across vast areas of the world’s oceans from mining machinery and toxic pollution.

9. CMA CGM supports the development of Notilo Plus and chooses their solution for the underwater inspection of its vessels
The CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, has decided to support the financial and industrial development of Notilo Plus, a Marseilles-based start-up specialized in autonomous underwater solutions, in order to help them launch their industrialization. Notilo Plus develops autonomous underwater drones.

10. China’s Snapping Up a Little-Known Oil Product for Ship Fuel
As Chinese refiners struggle with low profits from turning oil into products like gasoline and plastics that have prompted run cuts across the country, a small corner of the market is having a moment. Imports of light-cycle oil, a by-product of crude that can be blended with diesel or fuel oil to increase volumes, surged in April and May. Its popularity is being driven by higher demand for diesel from shipping due to the introduction of rules prohibiting the use of dirtier fuels


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