InterManager Daily News 29.07.2019.

1. Russian reefer troubled in South Atlantic
Reefer SOLARTE was caught in rough weather off Namibia coast in South Atlantic, while en route from Walvis Bay to Beira Mozambique with cargo of fish, crack in hull in cargo holds area developed on Jul 23, followed by water ingress. According to Lloyd’s report, crack emerged on Jul 24. Reefer interrupted her voyage to call Cape Town, for inspection and repairs. According to Lloyd, tug was contracted for towage. According to track, reefer reached Cape Town sailing most of the way under own power, she was berthed on Jul 26.

2. Explosion on board of bulk carrier left crew with multiply fractures
Compressor exploded on bulk carrier CAPTAIN D in the afternoon Jul 26, off Imbituba port, Brazil, inflicting severe injures, including multiply fractures, to a Filipino crew. The ship was nachored off Imbituba since Jul 22, waiting for loading. Injured crew was medevaced by IMBITUBA port rescuers, and transferred to hospital, his condition said to be bad.

3. Dutch freighter grounding, France
General cargo ship FLUVIUS TAW ran aground on Charente river in view of Soubise, Rochefort, southwest France, wt around 2040 UTC Jul 25, while proceeding downstream to the sea, en route from Rochefort to Aveiro, Portugal, with cargo of cereals. Rudder failure is thought to be the cause of an accident. FLUVIUS TAW was refloated in the morning Jul 26 with high tide, and after inspection near grounding site, was allowed to resume voyage. The ship stuck into muddy river bank, understood no damages found.

4. Iranian cargo ship sank in Caspian sea, crew rescued
General cargo ship SHABAHANG issued distress signal at around 1400 KT (0900 UTC) Jul 26 in Caspian sea in Azerbaijan waters of Lankaran port, while en route from Anzali Iran, to Makhachkala Russia, with cargo of tiles. The ship reported water ingress, sinking. Azerbaijan MRCC coordinated rescue operation, two helicopters and patrol boat were sent to rescue 9 crew. By 1222 UTC the ship sank, all 9 crew were rescued, no injures reported. The cause of water ingress yet unknown.

5. General cargo ship aground, Adriatic sea
General cargo ship AMIRA JOY ran aground while entering Chioggia Italy, Adriatic sea, in the afternoon Jul 25, veering off fairway. Attempts to refloat the ship with assistance of two port tugs failed. AMIRA JOY arrived from Turkey with cargo of clam shells.

6. Splash Podcast: markets and millennials
Today sees the launch of the Deep Dive, a brand new podcast series from the team at Splash. Featured in every episode of the Deep Dive is a look at what’s driving the markets plus an in-depth discussion on a key topic affecting maritime, which this month looks at shipping and millennials and asks why the industry is failing to attract and retain this latest generation.

7. Washington debates how to make American shipbuilding great again
American politicians this week have been discussing a 21st century update to the Jones Act. Congressman John Garamendi and senator Roger Wicker have reintroduced the Energizing American Shipbuilding Act. The bipartisan legislation seeks to recapitalise America’s strategic domestic shipbuilding and maritime industries by requiring that increasing percentages of liquefied natural gas and crude oil exports be transported on US-built, flagged, and crewed vessels. Garamendi had first introduced the idea to Congress last year.

8. Iran starts to release detained crew
Iran has released nine out of 12 Indians who were onboard the Riah tanker that was detained in early July, accused of fuel smuggling, something the ship’s charterer has strenuously denied. Indian diplomats are now working to free the remaining three on the Riah as well as the crew on the Stena Impero, impounded by Iran a week ago, in addition to the seafarers on the Grace 1, an Iranian VLCC British armed forces took control of in waters off Gibraltar earlier this month.

9. Imports Fuel Port of Virginia’s Record Fiscal Year 2019
The Port of Virginia handled a record 2.9 million TEUs in fiscal year 2019, a result mainly driven by an increase in imports. The result represents an increase of 4 percent when compared with last fiscal year. The port’s fiscal year closed June 30, and in that month the port handled 239,329 TEUs, which is an increase of nearly 7 percent when compared with last June. The port’s volumes in the fourth quarter of FY19 have been increasing ahead of the arrival of peak cargo season.

10. Indonesia will not enforce IMO low-sulphur fuel rules on domestic fleet
Indonesia will not enforce new global rules mandating low-sulphur marine fuels on its domestic shipping fleet because of the high cost of cleaner fuel, an official from the country’s Ministry of Transportation said this week. Under International Maritime Organization (IMO) rules that come into effect in 2020, ships will have to use fuel with a maximum 0.5% sulphur content, down from 3.5% now, unless they are equipped with so-called scrubbers to remove the sulphur from the vessel’s emissions.


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