InterManager Daily News 23.08.2019.

1. German container ship involved in hit&run accident, Taiwan Strait
Container ship collided with fishing vessel in the morning Aug 21, in Taiwan Strait waters. Vessel sank, crew were rescued by nearby fishing vessel. Understood it was hit&run, suspect ship was inspected on arrival to port of destination, involvement confirmed.

2. Norwegian coaster grounding off Bodo
Cargo ship NIDAROE ran aground near Saltstraumen Bridge, Klaplund side, Norway, south of Bodo, at around 1900 LT Aug 21. The ship was refloated with the assistance of SAR boat about an hour later, reached Bodo and was berthed, extent of damages, if any, unknown.

3. Fate of Iranian VLCC in the Med remains unclear
Currently midway between Spain and Sardinia, tanker spotters from across the world are keeping a close eye on the progress of the Adrian Darya-1, the Iranian VLCC formerly known as Grace 1, freed by Gibraltar authorities over the weekend, but still very much at the centre of a geopolitical tussle with the United States.

4. VLCC rates leap more than 200% month-on-month, closing in on $50,000 a day
A very tight August tonnage list has seen VLCC rates soar this month, and the good cheer has filtered down to the suezmax sector too. According to Clarksons Platou Securities, VLCC rates yesterday stood at $42,800 per day, up 47% week-on-week and up 202% month-on-month.

5. Weekly Broker: Asians lead the way
Following a temporary slowdown earlier this month, the sale and purchase market has been gradually warming up again with optimism in both the bulk and tanker markets plain to see. It has been Asian buyers who have led the way in the past few days with Europeans expected to get their chequebooks out more seriously from next week onwards.

6. UK Ports’ Performance Not Hurt by Political Uncertainties in 2018
Despite a temperamental global trading climate and the uncertainties created by Brexit, UK port operators witnessed a steady year in 2018. According to a UK Port Freight Statistics report, the data for 2018 showed stable port freight tonnages overall, with only a 0.1% difference on the previous year at 483.3 million tonnes. However, overall unit load traffic declined, likely due to a drop of port traffic in passenger cars and new trade cars.

7. Captain of Migrant Rescue Vessel Refuses Paris’ Highest Civilian Award
By Forrest Crellin PARIS, Aug 21 (Reuters) – The German captain of rescue ships that saved hundreds of migrants’ lives in the Mediterranean has turned down Paris’s highest civilian award, accusing the city of hypocrisy over the treatment of migrants.

8. DFDS agrees that scrubbers are complicated and demanding
If there is one shipping company that has experience with scrubbers, it is DFDS, which had its first exhaust gas cleaners installed five years ago. The company agrees that scrubbers are both complicated and require a lot of maintenance. But they also work, says DFDS.

9. Oil price recovery missed drilling companies by miles
Rig operators have yet to benefit from the latest oil price surge, which has otherwise caused optimism elsewhere in the industry. Ahead of Maersk Drilling’s interim report Friday, ShippingWatch has taken a look at what investors in five of the world’s largest companies have gained from this year’s investments.

10. Liquefied natural gas import terminal gets official green light at world’s biggest coal port
The state government of New South Wales, Australia, has given top-level “Critical State Significant Infrastructure” status to move forward with a $500 million liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal at the Port of Newcastle.


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