InterManager Daily News 05.08.2019.

1. Freighter pushed aground by Wipha, Taiwan
General cargo ship CHIA KIN NO.2 on Aug 1 ran aground at Pu-Tai Commercial Harbor, Budai Port, Chiayi County,Taiwan west coast. Understood the ship went out of control due to adverse weather brought by typhoon Wipha. 8 crew were evacuated, as of 1700 UTC Aug 1 the ship seemed to be in the same position.

2. Passenger ship pushed aground by Wipha, China
Passenger ship QIONG SHA 3 HAO, anchored off Wenchang, northeast Hainan island, China, dragged anchor during typhoon Wipha passage, and reported grounding at 0155 Beijing time Aug 1. SAR ship and tug were sent to assist, several nearby vessels warned, requested to render assistance to 34 crew if situation worsens. After some 7 hours of strenuous efforts, passenger ship was refloated.

3. Antong Holdings chairman transfers voting right to proxy
Antong Holdings has announced that the company’s controlling shareholder and chairman Guo Dongze has transferred his 29.99% voting right to Chengtong Lakeshore Investment Management through a proxy agreement.

4. K Line hit with record $23.5m Australian fine in latest car carrier cartel criminal investigation
Japanese shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd (K Line) has been convicted of criminal cartel conduct and ordered by the Federal Court in Australia to pay a fine of A$34.5m ($23.5m) in the latest of a long running series of fine dished out around the world to many of the world’s top car carrier firms.

5. India to surpass China as largest importer of coking coal
India is on course to overtake China as the world’s largest importer of coking coal as soon as next year, according to Australian producers. Imports of the commodity are expected to reach 67m tons in 2020, against 64m this year, while China should see its imports drop to 64m from 68m, according to the latest report from Alphabulk, a unit of AXS Marine.

6. Coin Ceremony Held for Quark Expeditions’ New Polar Ship
Croatian shipbuilder Brodosplit has hosted a coin ceremony for Quark Expeditions’ new polar expedition ship, less than half a year after first steel for the newbuild was cut in January this year. The coin ceremony took place at Brodosplit’s shipyard in Split on August 2. Quark Expeditions, part of the Travelopia specialist travel group, earlier revealed that the ship would be named Ultramarine.

7. Germany Seizes Record Amount of Cocaine at Port of Hamburg
Germany’s customs have found 4.5 tons of cocaine onboard a containership at the Port of Hamburg, representing the largest-ever cocaine shipment seized in this country. As informed, the shipment consisting of more than 4,200 parcels was discovered in 211 black sports bags in a container aboard an unnamed vessel. The cocaine has a street value of around EUR 1 billion (USD 1.1 billion), according to the Hamburg Customs department.

8. Shipping Associations Seek Diplomatic Solution for Strait of Hormuz
A number of international shipping associations are calling for an end of the escalation of tensions in the Persian Gulf following the seizure of tanker Stena Impero in July this year. The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and the Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA) have called on the international community to fully respect international law and ensure safe passage of merchant vessels.

9. The 340-Mile Line of Ships Waiting to Clean Up
By Alex Longley (Bloomberg) Head to the shipyards of Shanghai, Singapore or Hamburg and you’ll soon find them full to the brim with vessels rushing to clean up their act. Over the course of this year, about 2,200 ships will install so-called scrubbers that allow them to keep burning more-polluting fuel that will otherwise be banned. Put all of those vessels in a line, and they’d stretch about 340 miles, according to figures from ship-classification company DNV GL. Much of the work is being crammed into the fourth quarter, threatening to drain capacity from the global fleet.

10. Indonesia’s IMO 2020 pushback raises concerns of wider non-compliance
Indonesia’s backtracking on IMO 2020’s January 1 target for sulfur caps on domestic shipping raises the specter of wider non-compliance, as the marine fuel regulation becomes increasingly disruptive and policymakers seek to control its economic fallout, executives said at a gas conference in Jakarta this week.


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