InterManager Daily News 23.09.2019.

1. Bulk carrier ran aground, refloated, Parana river
Bulk carrier AGIA ELENI ran aground in Parana river near 350 kilometer mark, at the top of Isla De Cattaneo (just below San Nicolas) at around 1200 UTC Sep 18, while proceeding downstream in load condition, en route from San Lorenzo Argentina to Cienfuegos, Cuba. Bulk carrier was refloated at roughly 0100-0200 UTC Sep 20, with the help of 2 tugs. As of 0300 UTC, the ship started moving downstream, most probably under own power, escorted by tugs.

2. Freighter contacted bottom, interrupted voyage, Sweden
General cargo ship PHANTOM contacted bottom at around 1845 LT Sep 19 in Gota river near Lilla Edit, Sweden, while en route from Hamburg to Lidkoping Sweden, with cargo of coal. The ship continued sailing upstream until she reached Lilla Edet, where she was berthed for underwater survey. So far, no damages were found. As of 1800 UTC, the ship was in the same position, she’s to remain berthed until tomorrow, to be inspected by Maritime Authority officials.

3. Pay or die. IMO 2020 “sulphur cap”.
Several shipping associations on Wednesday (18 September) issued a joint statement calling on the full implementation of IMO 2020 by its member states:

The World Shipping Council (WSC), BIMCO, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), and the International Parcel Tankers Association (IPTA) call on IMO member states to fully implement the new global marine fuel sulphur cap mandated through the IMO.
The cost of compliance is high, so it is critical that the rule is consistently applied and enforced. There must be a level playing field if this important regulation is going to work.
“Recent reports suggesting that some nations might not fully implement the new rules are disturbing. Lack of full implementation would risk undermining improvements to public health and the environment,” said John Butler, President & CEO of the World Shipping Council.

4. Seafarers UK and Sea Cadets in the limelight at inaugural Maritime UK National Awards Evening
Seafarers UK and Sea Cadets have won the STEM Award at the first national Maritime UK Awards event, held in Southampton on Thursday 19 September. The STEM category was sponsored by DFDS and the award was for Seafarers UK’s ‘Marine Engineering Pathway’ project, delivered in partnership with Sea Cadets.

5. Bibby Marine Services takes the next step to optimize walk-to-work operations
Accurate, reliable, real-time wave data is relevant to all stakeholders in wind-offshore operations. For Bibby Marine Services, MIROS WaveFinder software supports operations in real time and provides information vital to vessel operational limits. Bibby WaveMaster 1 is a walk-to-work service operation vessel (SOV) that makes use of a motion-compensated gangway to transfer crew to and from assets. When using the gangway from Bibby WaveMaster 1 and making connections to an asset, a significant wave height limit is enforced, usually by the charterer.

6. Germany: Marshall Islands-Flagged Bulker Violated Environmental Regulation
Authorities in Germany have found that a Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier violated the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). On September 18, 2019, the water police in Stade inspected the unnamed bulker at the Port of Stade on the River Elbe.

7. NYK Wraps Up Japan’s First Carbon-Neutral Voyage
Shipping major NYK has undertaken Japan’s first carbon-neutral voyage by offsetting 5,000 tons of CO2. The amount is equivalent to the CO2 emitted by NYK’s environmental flagship car carrier Aries Leader during one voyage between Japan and the Middle East.

8. LR, JDP Partners to Design New LNG-Fueled VLCC
Lloyd’s Register (LR) has signed an agreement with several companies for a joint development project (JDP) to design an LNG-fueled very large crude carrier (VLCC). The agreement was inked with China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES), CNOOC Gas and Power Group, Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co. (DSIC), and GazTransport and Technigaz SA (GTT).

9. Pirates Board Tanker at Anchorage off Guinea
The 52,600 dwt chemical tanker Ance was attacked by pirates on September 16 while it was anchored some 5 nautical miles off Conakry, Guinea. Four pirates armed with a gun and knives boarded the tanker in the early morning hours, according to data provided by IMB Piracy Reporting Centre.

10. India: Economic slowdown impacts coal import cargo in H1 FY20
Economic slowdown has impacted coal import cargo in the first half of this fiscal, as overall cargo growth at major ports registered a marginal growth of 1.9 per cent to 294 million tonnes, rating agency Icra said. Healthy volume growth in container, crude and iron ore segments was offset by the decline in coal and some other bulk cargo volumes, it said.


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