InterManager Daily News 30.08.2019.

1. Capesize bulk carrier cocaine bust, crew under investigation
Capesize GOLDEN SAVANNAH arrived at Taean Port, Korea, Yellow sea, on Aug 25, and was berthed with some 120,000 tons of thermal coal for Power Plant, same day. The ship arrived from Colombia via Singapore. Later bulk carrier was stormed by Korean Customs officers, who were alerted by US Coast Guard. According to USCG information, there was a ship to arrive to Korea with cocaine lot on board, via Singapore. 4 bags with 100 kilo of cocaine were found, hidden in fore compartment, but not in cargo hold.
All Filipino crew are under investigation, the ship remains berthed at port. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/08/29/capesize-bulk-carrier-cocaine-bust-crew-under-investigation/?fbclid=IwAR1vQ1roh-HeUl4u5H7xlv_MChq9BK2ZrEOdtbpw3Uz-esF9kp5TfkRENNw

2. Ship emissions responsible for thousands of premature deaths in China’s Pearl River Delta
Ship emissions caused more than 1,200 ozone-related and 2,500 particulate-related premature deaths in the Pearl River Delta region in 2015, according to new research in the AGU journal GeoHealth. The new study also predicts that implementing new coastal emission controls could reduce mortality due to fine particulates by 30 percent and ozone by 10 percent by 2030. https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/ship-emissions-responsible-for-thousands-of-premature-deaths-in-chinas-pearl-river-delta/

3. Iran, Qatar launch new shipping route
Iran and Qatar have launched a new direct shipping route, connecting the southern Iranian port city of Bushehr to Qatar’s Doha. The shipping line is scheduled to operate once a week carrying both passengers and cargoes, Siavash Arjmandzadeh, the managing director of Bushehr’s Ports and Maritime Department announced on Sunday, Mehr reported. https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/iran-qatar-launch-new-shipping-route/

4. Britannia Risk Watch: analysis of a collision in dense fog and traffic
Britannia P&I Club has just published the latest edition of Risk Watch on its website. This popular publication provides case studies and articles on a variety of topical issues for shore-based maritime personnel. As well as recent Club news and an introduction to the team working in Britannia’s Hong Kong branch and hub, the current edition marks the releases of the latest in the loss prevention department’s series of BSAFE posters, this time focusing on the recurring issue of enclosed spaces. https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/britannia-risk-watch-analysis-of-a-collision-in-dense-fog-and-traffic/

5. What is the best evidence in defending liquid cargo contamination claims?
When faced with a contamination or off-spec claim at the discharge port, the onus is on the vessel to show that the condition of the cargo has not changed between loading and discharge, and properly taken load port samples can provide such evidence. Joint sampling is preferred, however if it cannot be arranged then samples taken by crew are equally beneficial. https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/what-is-the-best-evidence-in-defending-liquid-cargo-contamination-claims/

6. World’s Most-Watched Tanker Changes Course Off Turkish Coast
ISTANBUL, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Iranian tanker Adrian Darya, at the center of a dispute between Washington and Tehran, has changed course away from the Turkish coast, Refinitiv ship tracking data showed on Thursday. The tanker, formerly called Grace 1, was released from detention off Gibraltar in mid-August after a five-week standoff over whether it was carrying Iranian oil to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions. https://gcaptain.com/worlds-most-watched-tanker-changes-course-off-turkish-coast/

7. Hurricane Dorian to Approach Florida as Major Hurricane
Aug 29 (Reuters) – Hurricane Dorian took aim at the Bahamas and the Florida coast on Thursday, spurred on by warm Atlantic waters as it threatens to strengthen into a dangerous Category 3 storm. Dorian earlier sideswiped the Caribbean without doing major damage but is expected to strengthen and slam the Bahamas and the southeastern United States with rain, strong winds and life-threatening surf over the next few days, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said in an advisory. https://gcaptain.com/hurricane-dorian-to-approach-florida-as-major-hurricane/

8. Seaspan Joint Venture Awarded LNG Canada Tug contract
A joint venture involving partnership between Vancouver, Canada-based Seaspan and the Haisla First Nation has been awarded a contract to design, build and operate escort and harbor tugs for LNG Canada’s LNG export facility that is being constructed in Kitimat, British Columbia. The value of the contract, which spans a 12-year time period, is valued at approximately $500 million and will result in direct employment opportunities for approximately 70 mariners and six onshore staff, plus benefits to partner organizations. https://gcaptain.com/seaspan-joint-venture-awarded-lng-canada-tug-contract/

9. Authorities close to decision in case on Maersk shipwrecks
Police have concluded their investigation of two shiprecked Maersk vessels that sank in December 2016. The case has now landed at the Danish Prosecution Service, which will decide whether to file charges against Maersk Supply Service. https://shippingwatch.com/secure/Offshore/article11581485.ece

10. Face recognition-based ID for seafarers launched
ndia, one of the largest seafarer suppliers globally, has launched a chip-based identity card for its seafarers that uses face recognition technology for identification. The card was launched by Mansukhlal Mandaviya, Minister of Shipping (Independent Charge) here today. India had made a presentation to use this technology to ILO, and it has become the first country globally to issue such identity cards. This is better than the finger print-based identity card as fingers of people who tend to work with hands can get damaged. Also, eye-scan based identification can have a problem if eyes are damaged. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Face+recognition-based+ID+for+seafarers+launched

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