InterManager Daily News 08.08.2019.

1. Mega yacht fire, Phuket, Thailand.
Mega yacht LADY D caught fire in the morning Aug 7 in Ao Po Grand Marina yacht club, northern Phuket island, Thailand, Andaman sea. Firefighters couldn’t get equipment close enough to yacht, because she was berthed far from main pier, alongside pontoon. After attempts to put fire under control failed, it was decided to tow her to Koh Nang islet in vicinity of Phuket. Yacht was towed to nominated position, and reportedly, surrounded by booms, to prevent possible oil leak.

2. Container ship lost 17 containers, Andaman sea
Container ship KOTA WANGSA reported loss of containers during her voyage from Chittagong to Malacca Strait ports, at 0036 UTC Aug 6, in rough weather conditions. 17 containers reported overboard in vicinity 15 36N, 093 44E, at 0040 UTC Aug 6, between Myanmar coast and Coco Islands, Andaman sea.

3. No explosion, no fire – fumigation emission mistook for fire, Vancouver
Vancouver locals reported to authorities a loud bang, followed by large column of billowing white smoke from bulk carrier MINOAN GLORY, at around 1700 LT Aug 6. The ship in load was leaving Vancouver, bound for China, incident took place when bulk carrier was near Lions Gate Bridge. According to Coast Guard, there was no real accident, loud bang and smoke were caused by a malfunction of fumigation hatch (most probably, ventilation system), loud bang wasn’t an explosion, and white smoke wasn’t smoke, it was fumigation fume.

4. Hapag-Lloyd to fine shippers $15,000 per box for any misdeclared hazardous cargoes
With misdeclared hazardous cargoes sparking many dangerous fires on boxships around the world, Germany’s top liner has taken severe action – imposing a fine of $15,000 per wrong container. Hapag-Lloyd suffered a high profile fire on of its ships, Yantian Express, earlier this year, that raged for weeks and caused millions of dollars of damage.

5. Iran’s president vows to deny UK ships access to Strait of Hormuz
The United Kingdom cannot use the Strait of Hormuz for as long as Iran is denied passage through the Strait of Gibraltar, Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday. “Security for security, peace for peace, strait for strait. The Strait of Hormuz cannot be opened for you [the United Kingdom] while Gibraltar is closed to us,” Rouhani said yesterday.

6. Cruise, Ferry Crews Among the Unhappiest, Report Finds
Seafarers working onboard cruise vessels and ferries rank among the unhappiest in the shipping industry, a new report released by the Mission to Seafarers shows. The Seafarers Happiness Index report for Q2 2019, which is produced in association with P&I insurer the Shipowners’ Club, found that cruise and ferry crews had an average score of 5.3/10 on their general happiness level.

7. The weather is getting more extreme – and creates more business
In addition to the shipping companies having to fight their way through increasingly powerful storms that delay shipping and shut down ports, bad weather and climate change have also become a lucrative business. StormGeo’s growth will now go full throttle, Chairman Carsten Mortensen tells ShippingWatch.

8. Alphaliner downgrades growth on container market
Alphaliner has long been confident that the container market would grow by 3.5 percent in 2019, but the firm now downgrades this forecast due to the ongoing trade conflict. US President Donald Trump’s latest announcement of more tariffs do not factor into the latest estimate.

9. Authorities Make Record Heroin Bust in the UK
Authorities in the UK have seized hundreds of kilos of heroin stashed inside a shipping container at the Port of Felixstowe in what is being called the largest heroin bust ever in the country. According to the UK National Crime Agency, intelligence agents had identified a containership suspected of carrying a large drugs shipment to Antwerp, Belgium.

10. Global box ports expected to grow 4.4pc a year to 973m TEU by 2023
GLOBAL container port throughput is forecast to rise from 784 million TEU in 2018 to 973 million TEU by 2023 based on the estimate that the world’s ports will collectively achieve average growth of 4.4 per cent per annum over this five-year period, according to a report by London-based maritime research consultancy http://.


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