InterManager Daily News 31.11.2019.

1. Capesize bulk carrier gas explosion killed Chinese crew. Chinese crew member of Capesize bulk carrier CAPE INDIA was severely injured in gas explosion on Oct 28. The ship was transiting Makassar Strait, en route from China to Australia. The ship reported accident to Indonesian Maritime Authorities and requested medevac. She was directed to Balikpapan, eastern Kalimantan. Injured seaman was transferred to rescue boat at around 0400 LT Oct 29, but was declared dead by paramedics some time later. His body was delivered to hospital in Balikpapan. Details of accident unknown, the ship left Balikpapan area and resumed voyage at around 0000 UTC Oct 29.

2. More than 20 fishing vessels caught in cyclone Kyarr in Arabian sea, distressed. More than 20 fishing vessels were reported distressed on Oct 27-28 in Arabian sea, one FV VAISHNAV DEVI MATA confirmed sank on Oct 27 in vicinity 18 40N 071 00E, all 17 crew rescued by Indian Navy. All fishing vessels were caught in cyclone KYARR, raging in Arabian sea and slowly moving towards Oman. All fishermen of Indian West Coast were warned on cyclone approach, and strongly advised not to leave ports. All distressed vessels understood to be coastal fishing vessels, with 10-12 crews on board. Two fishing vessels identified as FV KARMAL MATHA (MMSI 419506094) with 12 fishermen on board; FV ST MARY (MMSI 419817184) with 11 fishermen on board.

3. Cargo ship breached while mooring, oil leak, Latvia, Baltic sea. General cargo ship LYRA collided with pier at Liepaja Port, Latvia, early in the morning Oct 26, while mooring in strong wind. Ship’s hull was breached, oil leak reported, spilled quantity unknown. The ship was fenced off with booms, cleansing operation launched

4. Container ship grounded, refloated, Savannah. Container ship SM VANCOUVER ran aground on a sandbar while leaving Savannah, USA, at around 1900 UTC Oct 26 north of Tybee island. Grounding was said to be “soft”, the ship was refloated some 4 hours later with the help of tugs, and anchored at Savannah outer anchorage. As of 0200 UTC Oct 27, the ship was still at anchor. SM VANCOUVER is bound for Fort Lauderdale, ETA Oct 28. No damages reported so far. Understood engine failure caused the ship to veer off fairway and ground.

5. Tanker breached in collision, massive oil spill, Chittagong Product tanker DESH-I with 1,200 tons of diesel fuel on board collided with lighter vessel in Chittagong port, Bangladesh, early in the morning Oct 24. Tanker hull was breached, with following diesel fuel leak. Local sources say all tanker’s cargo leaked into river, but that’s hardly possible. Spill, nevertheless, seems to be substantial, authorities deployed all anti pollution boats, and local residents, to cleanse spilled fuel.

6. Thai Navy News – new frigate, another one postponed, submarine keel laying ceremony. Thai Navy new addition, 3,700-ton frigate HTM BHUMIBOL ADULYADEJ (FFG-471), was visited by Thailand King and Queen on Oct 16, during anointment ceremony at Sattahip Navy Base, Gulf of Siam. The stealth-class frigate was built by Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co., under a $480 mil (14.6-billion-baht) contract. Keel was laid in Aug 2013, frigate was launched in 2017, and formally commissioned into service with the Royal Thai Navy in January of 2019

7. Ferry-Swap Deal between DFDS and Moby Fails. Danish ferry and logistics company DFDS and its Italian counterpart Moby have canceled an agreement related to Amsterdam-Newcastle ferries. In September 2019, DFDS reached the agreement with Moby to acquire two ferries, Moby Wonder and Moby Aki, for deployment on the Amsterdam-Newcastle route. Moby would in turn acquire the two passenger ferries currently operating on Amsterdam-Newcastle, King Seaways and Princess Seaways.

8. COSCO Tanker Sanctions Seen Denting Demand for High Sulphur Fuel Oil. U.S. sanctions on a top Chinese shipping fleet is set to produce a totally unintended result — less burning of the dirtiest marine fuels at sea at the start of next year, Refinitiv data showed on Tuesday. The move to blacklist ships from COSCO on Sept. 24 for allegedly ferrying sanctioned Iranian oil will undercut demand for ships’ traditional means of power because a vessel crunch meant fewer docked and attached kit to filter the dirtier fuels.

9. Shipping Companies, Retailers Look to Develop Cleaner Marine Biofuel. Top shipping, retail and transport companies are looking to develop an alternative marine fuel which aims to reduce carbon emissions from ships, in another step to push the sector to go green.
International shipping accounts for 2.2% of global carbon dioxide emissions, according to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), more than aviation’s 2% share.

10. Op-Ed: How to Judge The True Progress of Any Trade Deal: Containers Don’t Lie. Since the first tariff threats tweeted by United States President Donald Trump, the global markets have become an involuntary spectator and sometimes unwilling participant in the political reality show known as trade negotiations. For the first time in history, the veil of trade talks was ripped off and made public. Tweets replaced traditional press releases, and the global markets were tossed into the turbulent waters of discussions left with no preserver to decipher the rhetoric. The uncertainty created by the 280-character tweets of threats, chest-thumping declarations of “winning,” as well as the numerous promises of “good faith” purchases by the Chinese, have been the source of the wild swings in the global market. The intensity of rhetoric between the two countries has intentionally clouded and masked the reality of discussions. But there is one barometer of truth that can blast through this bluster: the flow of trade.


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