InterManager Daily News 18.09.2019.

1. Container ship grounding, Parana
Container ship NORDAMELIA reportedly ran aground on Parana river at 396 kilometer mark, halfway between Rosario and Villa Constitusion, while sailing upstream from Itapoa Brazil to Rosario via Zarate, on Sep 15. The ship according to local sources, was refloated in a short time, and reached Rosario by own means, having been berthed at around 1700 UTC Sep 15. No information on damages.

2. Cargo ship aground, Gulf of Tonkin
Terminal, Qinzhou, at around 1430 UTC Sep 15. Grounding was caused by generator failure and ensuing steering failure. After restoring power and pumping out ballast, ship was refloated at high tide, with tugs assistance.

3. Cargill puts entire MR fleet into Maersk Tankers’ MR pool
Cargill is putting its MR fleet into Maersk Tankers’ MR pool from the start of next month. The pool will be managed by Maersk Tankers, with members of Cargill’s tankers team joining to provide support on a full-time basis. The new team will be located across Copenhagen, Singapore and Houston and will cover all daily commercial and operational tasks.

4. HSFO prices set to leap in wake of Saudi attacks
The attack on Saudi Arabian oil infrastructure over the weekend has shut down around 6m barrels per day of output, equivalent to around 60% of Saudi Arabia’s total output and 6% of total crude oil output worldwide. Brent prices jumped at the open today, the biggest intra-day surge since trading began in 1988. Singapore’s Eastport Research & Strategy warned today that the immediate losers in shipping from the attacks could be owners who have invested in scrubbers.

5. Peter Weernink pounces for SwissMarine with help from John Fredriksen
Peter Weernink has bought out his old company, SwissMarine, with a little help from John Fredriksen. Weernink, who quit SwissMarine to set up his own Singapore Marine business from the ski resort of Verbier this year, has bought out his old company. “This acquisition will significantly accelerate the growth of Singapore Marine with the combined companies controlling a fleet of 150 vessels with a strong focus on capesizes,” Singapore Marine said in a statement.

6. Sustainable autonomous shipping: a step change in open ocean transport
With its wave motion-propelled Jospa Tug, Irish SME Jospa Ltd has developed a sustainable autonomous shipping solution.
Having worked in wave energy research and development for some years, Jospa Ltd discovered a novel way to propel a tug that produces significant bollard pull, using wave motion only. So we parked our promising wave energy convertor (WEC) projectto concentrate on developing the tug opportunity for sustainable autonomous shipping.

7. Iranian supertanker’s oil sold to private entity: official
Iran’s ambassador to the UK has said that his country’s decision to deliver oil to a private company in Syria by Adrian Darya-1 supertanker was in no contrast to an agreement to not sell the cargo to a country under European Union sanctions. Hamid Baeedinejad’s remarks came after Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said that Iran had announced that its oil would not be transferred to countries under EU sanctions.

8. Malaysia encourages gender diversity in the maritime industry
The 2019 World Maritime Week kicked off in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (10 September), with an opening session dedicated to “Encouraging gender diversity in the maritime industry” in recognition of this year’s IMO World Maritime theme. During the session, IMO showcased its Women in Maritime gender programme. The primary objective of the IMO Women in Maritime programme is to encourage IMO Member States to open the doors of their maritime institutes to enable women to train alongside men and acquire the high-level of competence that the maritime industry demands.

9. Shipping Fears Linger That Fuel Switch May Lead to Accidents
The global shipping industry is about to undergo one of the biggest changes in its recent history with concerns lingering about just how safe the shift is going to be. Starting in January, vessels the world over will have to drastically reduce sulfur content in their fuel to comply with rules set out by the International Maritime Organization in London.

10. Cyprus to abolish shipping registration fees: official
Cyprus plans to abolish initial ship registration fees in a bid to boost the Cypriot registry’s competitiveness and attract more vessels, Deputy Minister for Shipping Natasa Pilides said. Pilides briefed the parliamentary committee on Transport about new draft regulations approved by the cabinet for the registry’s new pricing policy which provides for rounding off fees, grouping of fees as well abolishing the initial registration fee. “We believe that abolishing initial fees will boost the shipping registry,” Pilides told MPs, adding that although the Cypriot registry is well respected, it faces challenges due to the embargo on Cyprus-flag ships imposed by Turkey since 1987.


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