InterManager Daily News 30.07.2019.

1. Cocaine found in unusual place – in cargo hold loaded with ore
Mexican law enforcement agency on Jul 28 reported cocaine bust on board of US bulk carrier UBC SAVANNAH, docked at Altamira port, Mexico, Gulf of Mexico. The ship arrived from Barranquilla, Colombia, on Jul 23, and was thoroughly checked, 227 packages weighing 225 kilos were found in rather unusual place, in cargo hold, buried in cargo of ore. No news on crew complicity, hopefully there’s none.

2. Bulk carrier severely damaged, probably while berthing, Greece
Bulk carrier ERMOUPOLIS spotted severely damaged with hull cuts and breaches in forecastle portside area, above waterline, on Jul 29 at Larymna port, Phthiotis, Greece. The ship has just arrived from Guatemala. According to track, the ship most probably, was damaged while berthing.

3. Ferry breached in Nynashamn, Sweden
Ferry VISBORG allided with pier in Nynashamn, Sweden, at around 1200 UTC Jul 29, and reportedly, sustained hull breach in stern area. Ship’s scheduled trips to Visby were cancelled, VISBORG is to undergo repairs. As of 1400 UTC, VISBORG remained docked at Nynashamn.

4. Seafarers caught in global storm, with nobody to help
I’ve been informed on oil spill which occurred in Singapore waters on Jul 25-26, involving the ship, operated by a well-known, major, Asian company. An insider who alerted me, asked for anonymity, quite an understandable precaution in nowadays era of strengthening persecution of anyone who dares to defy ruling agenda. It is not spill what’s most important in this story, it’s the roots of it. According to insider information, quality seafarers are fleeing the company, not because of salaries, which are quite high, but because of intolerable, and indeed, risky and toxic crewing management practices. Seafarers are overburdened with ever growing paper work, and with that, they’re responsible for each and any mishap and accident, they’re guilty if something happens, and they’re to be punished, leaving company clean and innocent.

5. Ro-ro disabled by fire, returned to Marseille
Ro-ro ship MARFRET NIOLON was disabled by fire in engine room early in the morning Jul 28 in Mediterranean W of Marseille. Fire was extinguished by crew, but disabled ship required assistance. SAR tug ABEILLE FLANDRE (IMO 7710513) was tasked with assisting MARFRET NIOLON to get back to Marseille. According to track, the ship arrived at Marseille in the afternoon Jul 28, probably under own power, escorted by SAR tug.

6. General cargo ship fire, Ambarli, Turkey
Fire erupted in cargo hold of a general cargo ship ICDAS 5 berthed at Ambarli, Marmara sea, Turkey, on Jul 28. The ship reportedly, is loaded with scrap. Fire engines took fire under control in some 30 minutes, no injures reported, but the ship said to sustain damages.

7. Double Success For Royston Australia With MMA Offshore Overhaul Work
Diesel power specialist Royston Australia has completed engineering work on two OSVs operated by offshore oil and gas marine support specialists, MMA Offshore. This saw Royston engineers undertake the DG2 M/E and DG3 M/E services on the diesel electric Caterpillar generator engines on-board the MMA Plover and its sister vessel MMA Brewster, while they were on passage.

8. IEC Telecom takes mission connectivity to superior levels with Iridium CertusSM
Satellite communications specialist IEC Telecom has successfully completed an interconnection with the Iridium CertusSM service enabling it to provide superior levels of reliable connectivity to vital humanitarian operations. The Iridium Certus service is now the newest addition to IEC Telecom’s comprehensive portfolio of satellite communications solutions.

9. APL appoints new chief executive
CMA CGM’s liner company subsidiary APL appoints a new CEO as current Chief Executive Lars Kastrup steps down. The new man in charge has been with the French owner since 2010.

10. Shipping industry needs to look beyond IMO 2020 to lower-carbon fuels
As the International Maritime Organization enters a phase of curbing shipping industry emissions more robustly, the search is on for cleaner alternatives to high sulfur fuel oil to power marine freight worldwide. The drop in the IMO’s global sulfur limit for shipping from next year is just the beginning, and is expected to drive the majority of shipowners into using new 0.5% sulfur fuel blends when it comes into force.


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