InterManager Daily News 05.07.2019.

1. Maritime gender equality, building menstrual gap bridge, and other stories
This year’s International Day of the Seafarer granted us with a new theme of the day: gender equality and gender gap. Everything else is just fine and therefore, wasn’t mentioned. Seamen’s IDs, certificates and licenses pile of documents is a meter-high and keep growing. Crews can hardly breath, choked by nooses of total control of their living and working environment, of their own lives, while they’re on board. Ships and crews, in many areas of World Ocean, are in constant threat of being hijacked by pirates or by migrants. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/07/04/maritime-gender-equality-building-menstrual-gap-bridge-and-other-stories/?fbclid=IwAR2I54_9E6s2uU2Zmw33Yf4_l0FtSjtIELUHO5tfEKiZqsRrAHhx1kVegMo

2. Ro-ro cargo ferry aground, breached, passengers and crew evacuated, Chile
Ro-ro cargo ship COYHAIQUE with 19 passengers and 18 crew on board ran aground near Huichas island, Aysen region, Chile, while en route from Puerto Chacabuco to Puerto Montt, at around 0200 LT Jul 3. Reportedly, one crew or pilot died, rumored suicide. Hull was breached, engine room flooded. All passengers and crew were evacuated. The ship is having on board unknown number of vehicles. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/07/03/ro-ro-cargo-ferry-aground-breached-passengers-and-crew-evacuated-chile/?fbclid=IwAR3dS7_34vshED7TH24WMaq8MQdEdsipWF9K7haCAEV7RRenI0iY1dBfyDY

3. Dry bulk fortunes soar, capes above $20,000 as BDI hits highest point of the year
Fearnleys noted in its most recent weekly report that activity from Brazil and Australia has been very healthy with cape rates smashing through the $20,000 a day mark this week and expected to strengthen further in the coming days despite July traditionally being a weaker time of the year for dry bulk rates. https://splash247.com/dry-bulk-fortunes-soar-capes-above-20000-as-bdi-hits-highest-point-of-the-year/

4. Belships Issues New Shares to Wrap Up Bulker Acquisition
Norwegian shipping company Belships ASA has issued new Belships shares to two European companies to complete the acquisition of a 63,000 dwt bulker. In April this year, Belships entered into an agreement to buy the Ultramax vessel M/V Sofie Victory. As informed, a total of 10,710,220 new shares have now been issued to Norway-based company EGD Ultra Eco AS and Cyprus-based Blossom Shipmanagement, sellers of the abovementioned ship. https://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/279590/belships-issues-new-shares-to-wrap-up-bulker-acquisition/

5. Tuas Next-Generation Port Phase 2 Begins in Singapore
The second stage of the development of the Tuas Terminal has kicked off in Singapore. Reclamation works for Tuas Terminal Phase 2 commenced with the installation of the first caisson in a ceremony held on July 4. “The installation of the first caisson for Phase 2 marks an important milestone in the development of the next-generation port at Tuas,” Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State for Transport and Health, said. https://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/279585/tuas-next-generation-port-phase-2-begins-in-singapore/

6. Tanker headed for Syria detained in Gibraltar
British Royal Marines has stopped a VLCC vessel in Gibraltar because the ship, according to authorities, was headed to Syria carrying crude oil in violation of EU sanctions. https://shippingwatch.com/secure/carriers/Tanker/article11483953.ece

7. Bomin director to become bunker chief at Hapag-Lloyd
Danish Jan Christensen, managing director at Bomin, will become new bunker chief at major German liner company Hapag-Lloyd from Aug. 1. Christensen also has history with Maersk and OW Bunker. https://shippingwatch.com/secure/carriers/Container/article11483397.ece

8. Chinese-Flagged Ships Increase Security in Strait of Malacca
On Tuesday, China’s transport ministry issued an advisory warning Chinese-flagged vessels to set the highest possible level of security when transiting the Strait of Malacca. Chinese operators were asked to immediately “raise security levels for relevant vessels and take security measures accordingly.” https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/china-warns-its-shipping-to-increase-security-in-strait-of-malacca

9. Manila: Anchored Philippine Boat At Fault in Controversial Allision
The foreign affairs secretary of the Philippines, Teodoro Locsin Jr., asserted Wednesday that the allision between a moving Chinese vessel and an anchored Philippine fishing boat last month was caused by the latter vessel’s crew. The crew of the Philippine vessel, the Gem-Ver I, claimed that their boat was run down and sunk by the Chinese vessel, the Yuemaobinyu 42212. In addition, they alleged that the Yuemaobinyu did not stop to offer assistance after the casualty. https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/manila-anchored-philippine-boat-at-fault-in-controversial-allision

10. Shipping firms drop British flag as Brexit risks loom
Companies are leaving Britain’s shipping registry due to uncertainty over Britain’s departure from the European Union and future commercial arrangements with the bloc, industry officials say. All commercial ships have to be registered, or flagged, with a particular country partly to comply with safety and environmental regulations. Shipping companies in many so-called “flag states” pay corporation tax based on vessel tonnage rather than profit. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Shipping+firms+drop+British+flag+as+Brexit+risks+loom

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