InterManager Daily News 13.08.2019.

1. Offshore dive ship fire, India, 1 crew missing
Offshore dive supply tug COASTAL JAGUAR caught fire, seemingly on her work deck in stern area, in the morning Aug 12 off Andhra Pradesh coast near Visakhapatnam, southeast India coast. Of 29 people on board, 28 were rescued, 1 went missing. Witnesses reported explosion heard, prior to fire. The ship was obviously, engaged in offshore works, at the time of an accident. Fire said to be put under control in the afternoon.

2. Cargo ship grounding, Russian Inner Waterways
General cargo ship TSIMLYANSK with cargo of wheat ran aground on river Don near Semikarokorsk town, Russia, at around 2100 Moscow time Aug 10. The ship was en route from Volgodonsk to Kavkaz port. Hull remained intact, but river channel was blocked. TSIMLYANSK was refloated at around 2339 Moscow time same day, and continued her voyage.

3. New Panamax container ship fire, Arabian sea
New Panamax container ship APL LE HAVRE reported fire on board in the afternoon Aug 9 off Gujarat coast, India, Arabian sea, while en route from Karachi Pakistan to Nhava Sheva India. The SHIP slowed speed and turned to Mundra Port, Gulf of Kutch. The ship was escorted to Gulf by Indian Coast Guard, she reached Gulf of Kutch in the morning Aug 10, but wasn’t anchored at Mundra Anchorage, contrary to official statement. She’s moving in logs off Mundra. Fire said to be under control, it is not clear where exactly fire started, probably in containers.

4. Drewry: Modest Growth Expected for Global Container Port Demand
Global container port demand is heading toward a modest growth and numerous uncertainties, accompanied with muted capacity expansion plans. Most world regions would therefore see an increase in average terminal utilisation, shipping consultancy Drewry said in its Global Container Terminal Operators report.

5. Large Cruise Ships to Be Diverted from Venice City Center?
Large cruise ships could be banned from berthing in Venice’s city center, the Italian government said. A plan has been proposed by Danilo Toninelli, Italy’s Transport Minister, to reroute part of large ships from the Guidecca canal, one of the major canals in the city, starting from September this year. As informed, cruise vessels might be gradually diverted to the Fusina and Lombardy docks in the future.

6. Chinese yard supremo denies monopoly concerns
One of China’s most senior shipbuilding executives has claimed the mega merger between the country’s top two yard groups will not create a monopoly, as likely anti-trust reviews hove into view. The merger between CSSC and CSIC is expected to create one of the two largest shipbuilding groups in the world, competing with the South Korean shipbuilding conglomerate about to be created by the merger of Hyundai Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering.

7. Evergreen levies $35,000 per container fine for misdeclared hazardous cargo
News of carrier fines for misdeclaration of cargoes continues to filter in with Taiwan’s Evergreen issuing the highest penalties seen by Splash to date. Evergreen has told clients that any omission, concealment or misdeclaration of hazardous cargoes that it finds will result in fines of $35,000 per container.

8. Fire erupts in six containers onboard APL Le Havre
Surveys are ongoing to assess the damage to the 10,106 teu APL Le Havre after yet another container fire ripped through the aft of the boxship on Friday evening. The ship was en route from Karachi to Mumbai when a fire was reported in six containers located in the aft section near the accommodation block. The Indian Coast Guard was called out, but stormy conditions meant external fire fighting was not possible. The APL ship was advised by the coast guard to drill holes in the containers that had caught fire and to flood them with water.

9. Container industry is finding a sustainable formula
After fighting and costing each other large deficits, 2019 is becoming the first year in which the broad section of the container shipping industry is showing financial brute strength. Even in the face of global trade conflicts. Maersk’s half-year report is expected to reflect a new stage.

10. Stena CEO asks India’s president for help to release ship
In a letter, Stena Bulk’s CEO calls on India’s prime minister to personally enter the efforts to secure the release of UK-flagged tanker ship Stena Impero and its primarily Indian crew members, who have been detained in Iran since mid-July.


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