InterManager Daily News 24.10.2019.

1. Two crew died in cargo tank of Algerian tanker Photos. According to information provided to Maritime Bulletin by a local company, two crew died during works in a cargo tank of Algerian tanker TAMGOUT on Oct 21 or earlier. Tanker arrived at Bizerte Anchorage in the evening Oct 21, while en route from Bejaia Algeria to Yuzhniy Port Ukraine, understood interrupting voyage after accident. As of 1400 UTC Oct 22, tanker was still at Bizerte Anchorage.

2. Northern Sea Route was ice-free during 2 months in this year. Northern Sea Route was ice-free during some two months, from middle August until last decade October. Pole region wasn’t ice-free, at any time, in this or any other year, for that matter. Now some excerpts from one Mia Bennett’s article, published by The Maritime Executive She’s an avid enthusiast of a new Arctic route, Transpolar Route, because she believes, that “…a transpolar passage is likely to open up by mid-century, if not sooner… As climate change accelerates and the Arctic Ocean reluctantly exchanges its year-round ice cap for merely seasonal cover, a transpolar passage is likely to open up by mid-century, if not sooner…In other words, forget needing nuclear icebreakers… Like the zeppelin and the Concorde before it, icebreakers will become a futuristic technology lost to history…”

3. Hyundai Oilbank Starting VLSFO Bunkering from November. South Korean petroleum and refinery company Hyundai Oilbank is working on starting very low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO) deliveries next month after applying for a patent of its VLSFO production process. As revealed, the VLSFO will be produced at some of the company’s more advanced facilities. The company said it introduced a “world’s first” technology that completely removes asphaltenes, which affect the stability of mixed oils, at select plants.

4. European Ports Move Forward to Develop Sustainable Cruise Industry Representatives of the main European cruise ports have begun to work on finding ways to help shape the cruise industry of the future. On October 18, 2019, the working group’s first meeting called “Cruise 2030:Call for Action” was held in Venice. The meeting was held on the premises of the North Adriatic Sea Port Authority whose president, Pino Musolino, had invited his colleagues last July to assess the situation and start working together on a program to contribute to innovate the sector.

5. Greek Shipowners Back Ship Power Limitation Proposal. Greek shipowners have expressed their support for a proposal to limit the ships’ power as a way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the industry. The Union of Greek Shippers further announced a proposal for a short-term, prescriptive measure to improve the operational energy efficiency of existing ships, to be considered at the forthcoming meeting of the IMO’s intersessional technical group in November.

6. Yxney Maritime, Grieg Partner Up with NOx Fund to Build Digital Emissions Infrastructure. Data analytics duo Yxney Maritime and Grieg Connect, part of the shipping corporation Grieg Group, are partnering with the Norwegian NOx Fund to develop a data-driven digital solution for automated NOx emissions reporting in the shipping industry. Ferry operator Fjord1 and offshore vessel owner Solstad Offshore will participate in the pilot phase of the project.

7. 2020 Bulkers Secures Charter for Sixth Newcastlemax Newbuild. Norway-based shipowner 2020 Bulkers announced it has signed a time charter agreement with a subsidiary of commodities trader Glencore for its Capesize Bulk Shenzhen. The Newcastlemax newbuild is set to start its 11-13 month time charter upon delivery from China’s New Times Shipyard in early January 2020.

8. Tokyo MOU Welcomes Panama as Full Member. Port state control organization Tokyo MOU has accepted Panama as the 21st member authority. This was decided at the Tokyo MOU’s 30th meeting in Majuro, the Marshall Islands, held from October 14 to 17, 2019. Having completed a three-year term as a cooperating member authority, Panama applied for full membership of the Tokyo MOU. The committee considered the application and the report of a fact finding mission, which confirmed full compliance with the qualitative membership criteria by Panama.

9. Two Passengers Found Dead on Tallink Ferry. Bodies of two Finnish passengers have been discovered on a cruise ferry operated by Estonian shipping company Tallink Grupp while it was anchored at the Port of Tallinn, Estonia. “There have been two death cases on our ship Silja Europa last Saturday-Sunday night,” a spokesperson for Tallink told World Maritime News. The spokesperson added that the two incidents were unrelated.

10. India’s September Oil Imports At 3-Yr Low, Saudi Regains Top Spot. India’s oil imports fell to their lowest in more than three years in September to 3.82 million barrels per day (bpd), data obtained from industry and shipping sources showed, as some refiners cut purchases due to shutdowns for maintenance and fuel upgrades.’s+September+oil+imports+at+3-yr+low%2C+Saudi+regains+top+spot


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