InterManager Daily News 10.07.2019.

1. Bulk carriers collided on Singapore Anchorage, one breached, water ingress
Bulk carrier KLIMA collided with bulk carrier SPRING SNOW in the evening Jul 4, both ships were receiving fuel from bunker tankers at the time of an accident, details unknown. SPRING SNOW damages unknown, KLIMA suffered hull breach in cargo hold area, with ensuing water ingress. The ship with 30000 tons of iron ore fines is en route from India to China. Iron ore fines very prone to liquefaction, no information on salvage yet. SPING SNOW arrived at Singapore Anchorage from Argentina on Jul 4.

2. Orolia collaborates with Radio Holland to provide world’s first VDR solution targeted at inland waterways market
The Netherlands: Orolia has announced a new partnership with Radio Holland that includes the development of a Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) specifically designed for inland shipping. This solution will enhance safe navigation and ship performance and provide tools for understanding the cause of incidents. Radio Holland will also be installing Orolia’s Netwave VDR NW6000 series as its preferred global VDR solution for retrofit and new build projects, while Orolia will utilise Radio Holland’s established global network as one of its globally preferred service partners.

3. FCR Batteries for Ship & Offshore Use Obtain ClassNK Acceptance
Eco Marine Power (EMP) in cooperation with the Furukawa Battery Company of Japan (Furukawa Battery) are pleased to announce that the FCR series of high performance and recyclable batteries been accepted for use on classed or to be classed vessels with Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK). The FCR series of batteries will now be used as appropriate for EMP projects and supplied as replacement batteries as required.

4. U.K.’s capture of Iranian oil tanker won’t be ‘unanswered’ – military official
Britain’s seizure of an Iranian oil tanker off Gibraltar last week will not be “unanswered”, Iran’s armed forces chief of staff, Major General Mohammad Bagheri, said on Tuesday, according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency. “Capture of the Iranian oil tanker based on fabricated excuses … will not be unanswered and when necessary Tehran will give appropriate answer,” Bagheri said.

5. Total fined by Denmark for discharging chemicals into North Sea
Denmark has fined French oil and gas firm Total DKK500,000 ($75,100) for discharging chemicals into the North Sea. According to Danish broadcaster DR, the Danish environmental protection agency reported Maersk Oil, the former oil exploration arm of A.P. Moller-Maersk for conducting the activities in 2017. Maersk Oil was taken over by Total for $7.45bn in August 2017. “The lack of compliance is both regrettable and unacceptable,” a spokeswoman for Total told DR.

6. Digital Shipping Register to Launch in Denmark in 2020
Denmark has kicked off the process of becoming one of the first in the world to have a digital register of shipping. According to the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA), development of the register is already underway and is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. The development comes on the back of new legislation that was adopted by the Danish Parliament earlier this year. DMA previously carried out a pilot project to determine the benefits and possibilities of ship registration digitalization.

7. Tradelens open to letting carriers join in alternative ways
Tradelens CEO Mike White sees it as unlikely that there will be only one platform for the industry overall after the Maersk venture has now gathered a majority of the container market. He opens the door to alternative methods to get the remaining players on board.

8. Victims of Fire on Russian Submarine Averted “Catastrophe”
The victims of the recent fire aboard a Russian nuclear-powered spy sub helped avert a “planetary catastrophe,” according to a top Russian military official. Speaking at a ceremony for the 14 crewmembers who died in a battery compartment fire on July 1, an unnamed official said that “at the cost of their lives, they saved the lives of their comrades, saved the ship, [and] did not allow a planetary catastrophe,” according to Russian outlet Open Media.

9. Boxship MSC Gayane Seized After Record-Setting Cocaine Bust
On July 4, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized the 10,000 TEU container ship MSC Gayane “as being subject to possible forfeiture to the United States” after a massive cocaine shipment was discovered on board at the Port of Philadelphia. The enforcement action was announced on Monday, July 8. The MSC Gayane is the largest vessel that CBP has ever seized. “This action serves as a reminder for all shipping lines and vessel masters of their responsibilities under U.S. and international law to implement and enforce stringent security measures to prevent smuggling attempts such as this,” said Casey Durst, CBP’s Director of Field Operations in Baltimore.

10. Hedge funds chart course through ‘IMO 2020’ storm
Shipping companies, refineries, freight derivatives or diesel cracks? Investment funds are placing their bets as the shipping sector prepares for new rules limiting sulphur emissions from ocean-going vessels. Ever since the International Maritime Organization said the maximum sulphur content in marine fuel must drop to 0.5% from 3.5% from 2020, shipping companies have been wrestling with how to comply without driving up costs at an uncertain time for global trade.


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