InterManager Daily News 13.09.2019.

1. Freighter grounding in protected marine area, Kalimantan
General cargo ship LEWANG ran aground on Kalampunian Island coast, Kudat, northernmost tip of Kalimantan, late Sep 8. The ship reportedly was refloated and taken to deeper waters, but prohibited to resume her voyage from Kinabaly to Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia, northern Kalimantan. Investigation under way, owner is to settle compensation claims, because the ship grounded in protected marine park area. It is said, that grounding was caused by navigational error triggered but failed navigational device, whatever it may be.

2. Containers shifted on German container ship in Med
Container ship JOANNA BORCHARD suffered containers shift in Mediterranean, while en route from Salerno, Italy to Castello Spain, sometime in Sep 9-11 period. She berthed at Castello late Sep 11, and as of evening Sep 12, remained berthed. No news on containers loss, which may have take place.

3. Ukrainian crew sentenced to 5-8 years in jail and crazy fine
The court of Lille, France, sentenced 9 Ukrainian sailors to 5-8 years in jail, for drug trafficking. General cargo vessel CARIB PALM was intercepted by French forces on Dec 10 2015 off Boulogne-sur-Mer, and taken to Boulogne-sur-Mer for search. The ship was en route from Dominican Republic to Poland, allegedly for repairs, via Cartagena Colombia. French Coast Guard found ballasting freighter suspicious, and ordered CARIB PALM to sail to Boulogne-sur-Mer. Dogs search didn’t detect anything suspicious, but continuing search found hiding place with 2.3 ton of 75%-pure cocaine in it. Back then, it was a record drug bust for French law enforcement. Sailors said they were ordered by Captain to load cocaine, when the ship stopped off the of Venezuela coast on Nov 16. They were recruited by a fictitious crewing agency, registered in Marshall Islands and bearing a fake name.
Sailors were also sentenced to pay surrealistic fine of 75 mil euro.

4. Master of bulk carrier killed by snapped mooring line
Master of bulk carrier UNISON MEDAL was reportedly, hit by broken mooring line and died on the spot, in the morning Sep 10 at Ilo Port, Peru. According to the report, mooring line broke in strong wind, Master went to fore or aft, not clear, and when he was assessing situation, another mooring line snapped. The ship is docked at Ilo since Sep 8, loading copper concentrate.

5. Disabled cargo ship towed to safety Greece
General cargo ship MICHALIS suffered mechanical failure and was disabled at around 2340 UTC Sep 9 some 9 nm south of Syros island, Greece, Aegean sea, while en route from Lavrion to Limassol with cargo of stone. According to reports and track, the ship was taken on tow in the morning Sep 10, and towed to eastern coast of Syros, to safe waters. Understood she’s anchored.

6. Frontline extends options on Trafigura suezmax pair
John Fredriksen’s Frontline and Trafigura subsidiary Trafigura Maritime Logistics (TML) have agreed to extend an option for Frontline to acquire two Chinese-built suezmax tankers, from September 12 to September 18.

7. Boskalis awarded $94m worth of coastal contracts
Dutch dredging and offshore outfit Royal Boskalis Westminster has been awarded contracts in the United Kingdom and Romania worth a combined €85m ($94m). Portsmouth City Council has contracted Boskalis to construct new sea defenses in Southsea, near Portsmouth, in a joint venture with VolkerStevin. Boskalis will deploy a large trailing suction hopper dredger to replenish the beach and will construct revetments using rock barges. Project execution is expected to start early 2020 and is estimated to take five years.

8. Batteries now in use across almost every shipping segment
An updated maritime forecast through to 2050 from class society DNV GL published yesterday predicts that LNG will be the world’s top marine fuel by the middle of the decade, with the use of ammonia climbing the ranks fast too. DNV GL has long trumpeted LNG as the dominant fuel of the future, but in the 118-page report it discussed a range of other fuel possibilities, both as bridging fuels and permanent fossil fuel replacements.

9. Evergreen confirms newbuilding project for ten mega boxships
Taiwanese line Evergreen has confirmed a major newbuilding project which involves the construction of ten 23,000 teu containerships at three shipyards, scrapping plans announced last month to charter up to 11 mega boxships. The company will order six ships at South Korean yard Samsung Heavy Industries, and two ships each at China’s Jiangnan Shipyard and Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding. The total value of the orders is between $1.4bn and $1.6bn.

10. COSCO Shipping leans on new U.S. trade partners for growth
COSCO Shipping Holdings (HKEX: 1919) said it saw “relatively good results” in the first half 2019 despite a macroeconomic environment that seems all but intent on slowing world trade. But China’s biggest shipowner is increasingly tapping non-Chinese markets for its growth. COSCO Shipping leans on new U.S. trade partners for growth.


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