InterManager Daily News 06.11.2019

1. Ferry collided with passenger ramp, Bakauheni. Ferry KM MUSTIKA KENCANA struck hoist passenger ramp on Pier 2 of ferry terminal, while berthing at Bakauheni, Sumatra, Sunda Strait, in the morning Nov 1. Ramp was seriously damaged, ferry sustained bow dents and continued sailings as scheduled, using her ramp to disembark and take on board passengers. Strong wind believed to be the cause of mishap.
2. Danish freighter collided with German ferry in Rostock harbor. Danish general cargo ship DANICA VIOLET collided with ferry BERLIN at around 1430 UTC Nov 1 in according to track, Rostock Harbor. BERLIN was leaving Rostock bound for Gedser, Denmark, DANICA VIOLET was to dock at Rostock on arrival from Poland. Both ships apparently, sustained damages, BERLIN trip was cancelled. DANICA VIOLET was berthed some 30 minutes after collision. Extent of damages unknown. According to not yet confirmed information, collision was caused by steering or engine failure of DANICA VIOLET.
3. Tanker explosion, 3 crew died, Nakhodka, Japan sea Explosion occurred on board of bunker tanker ZALIV AMERIKA in cargo tanks or tank at around 0830 LT (UTC +10) Nov 2 in Nakhodka Port waters, near Mys Astafyev Cape, Primorye, Russia, Japan sea. 2 crew were killed by explosion, 1 was thrown overboard and later found dead. There was no fire after explosion. According to insiders posts in social nets, fuel gases exploded in empty cargo tanks, their reports confirmed by local media photos Tanker was towed from explosion site at Nakhodka port entrance to tankers anchorage, AIS is on.
4. Italian Aframax tanker Master medevac, France. Master of Italian Aframax tanker NEVERLAND DREAM broke his leg in the afternoon Nov 2, understood he lost balance because of tanker rolling in stormy weather, according to Quest France report. Tanker en route from USA to Rotterdam was sailing west of Brest in Celtic sea. MRCC CROSS Corsen sent helicopter and a plane, Master was airlifted in challenging weather conditions, and transferred to hospital. Tanker continued her voyage.
5. IMO 2020 Sulphur Cap, SEA, Thailand and a feeling of doom. Thailand ready for IMO 2020 Sulphur Cap, but… Like any other maritime nation, Thailand is steaming full ahead towards IMO 2020 Sulphur Cap (SC), and finds itself about ready for Jan 1 2020 deadline, investing into new FSUs and low sulfur fuel oil production. Like any other maritime nation, Thai approach to Sulphur Cap is stunningly one-sided. It’s mostly, about preparedness and capacities to produce and supply low sulfur fuels, plus potential gains for refineries, storages and bunker supply businesses. One of Thai oil majors, Thai Oil Public Company Limited or Thaioil, a subsidiary of PTT Group and largest oil refinery in Thailand, is predicted to gain most, with some 60% of its’ production being distillates. Other majors, namely PTT GC, IRPC and BCP, are expected to boost their refinery production in the wake of refinery margin growth.
6. Aframax tanker attacked in Gulf of Guinea UPDATE attack confirmed, 4 kidnapped. Nov 4 1330 UTC UPDATE: Confirmed attacked ship is a Greek Aframax tanker ELKA ARISTOTLE,, 4 crew kidnapped: 3 Filipino and 1 Georgian nationalities. Vessel was attacked at Lome Anchorage, Togo, Gulf of Guinea, in position 05 58N 001 16E, at 0240 UTC Nov 4. Ship wasn’t identified, but according to available data, it’s an Aframax tanker ELKA ARISTOTLE. No info yet on attack details – was it robbery, or kidnapping, were crew injured, etc.

7. Disney to Build Three More Cruise Ships at Meyer Werft. Disney cruise Line has announced plans to build three LNG-powered cruise ships at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany. A memorandum of agreement for the vessels has been signed between the two parties. At approximately 144,000 gross tons and 1,250 guest staterooms, the ships will be slightly larger than the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy and powered by liquefied natural gas.

8. BHP Weighing LNG Fuel for Ore Carriers. BHP, the biggest listed miner, aims to decide early next year who has won a tender for LNG-fueled transport to ship up to 27 million tonnes, or about 10%, of its iron ore to cut emissions by around a quarter, a senior executive said. Miners are under pressure to become less polluting as society worries about the environment and investors increasingly regard a compelling sustainability strategy as an indication that a company is well-run.

9. U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Receives Prestigious Admiral of the Ocean Sea Award. United Seamen’s Service has awarded its prestigious 2019 Admiral of the Ocean Sea Award (AOTOS) to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao in recognition of her career-long commitment to the maritime industry. The award was presented at the 50th annual AOTOS gala on Friday in New York City.

10. European HSFO Market Remains Liquid Ahead Of IMO 2020. The high sulfur fuel oil market in Europe remains fairly liquid with only two month to go until a lower sulfur cap on marine fuel comes into force on January 1 and removes, at a stroke, a large part of current demand for HSFO. Early this year, liquidity in HSFO markets had been expected to fade at the start of the fourth quarter ahead of IMO 2020 — the International Maritime Organization decreed in October 2016 that the sulfur limit on marine fuels will fall to 0.5% in 2020, from 3.5%.


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