InterManager Daily News 03.10.2019.

1. BOURBON RHODE Oct 2 latest: 4 bodies found, recovered, SAR continues
Oct 2 1300 UTC UPDATE: SAR continues, some cargo ships are leaving SAR being themselves in danger (one for example, is having engine problem, running out of fuel and not big enough to hold on effective SAR in deteriorating weather conditions). 4 dead seamen were found, bodies recovered. Reportedly 3 survivors and 4 bodies were all taken on board of frigate VENTOSE. French Air Force Falcon 50 jet and USCG Hercules plane are deployed, plus VENTOSE helicopter. Offshore tug ALP STRIKER joined SAR – indispensable asset if it comes to recovering people in stormy seas, quite a task for regular commercial freighters, but offshore tugs are designed for it. It was once mentioned, that survivors witnessed 7 crew going into life raft. There’s still hope, SAR must continue.

2. One more fishing vessel on fire capsized in port, this time IN Mexico
Fire erupted on board of purse seiner (tuna fishing) MARIA VERONICA, docked at Manzanillo, Mexico, readying to depart for fishing, on Oct 1. Fire quickly spread into major, engulfing vessel in flames and billowing heavy smoke with toxic fumes. Some 1200 people, mainly port personnel, were evacuated. Vessel capsized and sank portside along the berth, similar to recent major fire accident in Norway, when Russian trawler BUKHTA NAEZDNIK capsized during firefighting. Fire was said to be caused by wielding works.

3. Maersk backs BIMCO ship power limits proposal
There is now a united front coalescing against slow steaming with Maersk coming out in support of BIMCO’s proposal to limit ship’s power systems as a way to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the short term. Maersk had earlier been supporting a goal-based plan to slash the industry’s carbon footprint, but facing a growing coalition of slow steaming supporters it has come out in favour of the BIMCO proposal, which is similar to an idea mooted by Japan at an IMO meeting earlier this year.

4. UECC takes option for third hybrid PCTC
Short sea roro operator UECC has confirmed an option with Jiangnan Shipyard for a third battery hybrid LNG PCTC, which has been earmarked UECC’s Atlantic short sea trade. The three new vessels will meet IMO Tier 3 NOx emissions limitations entering into force in the Baltic and North Sea from 2021 keel lays. Once delivered, the newbuilds will grow the UECC duel-fuel LNG fleet to five vessels.

5. New Delhi looks to privatise Shipping Corporation of India
New Delhi is looking to privatise flagship carrier Shipping Corporation of India’s (SCI) as part of a wider privatisation program for a number of key state assets. The government has a 63.75% stake in the shipping line, which has a diverse fleet of 64 ships as well as significant real estate holdings in Mumbai. The privatisation plans still need approval from the central cabinet before any sales process gets underway.

6. BIMCO Proposes New Regulations in Fight Against Emissions
International shipping association BIMCO has introduced a new option that could help in the shipping industry’s quest to reduce its emissions. While limiting the speed of ships as a way of reducing their CO2 emissions has already been proposed, BIMCO’s solution goes a step further to propose limits to the ships’ propulsion power.

7. Tanker Rates from U.S. to Asia Hit 3-Year High
Freight rates for U.S. crude tankers bound for Asia were bid up to a more than three-year peak this week as U.S. sanctions on a Chinese transport giant cut vessel availability, traders and shipbrokers said.
The United States last week imposed sanctions on two units of China’s COSCO for alleged involvement in ferrying crude out of Iran. That action prompted U.S. Gulf Coast exporters to hold back chartering COSCO-linked vessels, traders and shipbrokers said.

8. Owners of Conception Dive Boat Suspend Operations Amid Fire Investigation
The owners of a dive boat that caught fire and sank off the California coast on Labor Day, killing 34 people, said on Tuesday they had suspended operations indefintely during an investigation of one of the state’s worst maritime disasters. The 75-foot Conception, owned by dive tour company Truth Aquatics, burst into flames on Sept. 2, killing 33 passengers and a crew member who had been sleeping below decks.

9. Gigantic Iceberg Breaks Off from Antarctica
A gigantic iceberg roughly half the size of Rhode Island has calved from an ice shelf in East Antarctica, scientists with the Australian Antarctic Division said this week. The calving event took place last week, with the iceberg eventually separating from the ice shelf on September 26th. Scientists have been watching the section nearly two decades, giving it the name “Loose Tooth” because of how it was precariously attached.

10. World’s Largest Wind Farm to Run on GE’s Biggest Turbines
The largest offshore wind farm in the world is set to run on the world’s biggest wind turbine. General Electric Co.’s renewables unit has made an agreement to sell its 853-foot (260-meter) Haliade-X turbines for a wind farm off the eastern coast of England. SSE Plc and Equinor ASA are developing the facility. The deal is a testament to how the increasing scale of both projects and turbines is driving down the cost renewable energy, making them more competitive against fossil fuels.


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