InterManager Daily News 08.11.2019.

1. Captain medevac, Red sea. Bulk carrier HC JANA ROSA issued distress signal on Nov 6, reporting Captain suffering severe intestinal catarrh, in need of immediate medevac, in Red sea, near Hodeidah Port, Yemen. MRCC Cyprus retranslated message to MRCC Jeddah, Saudi Arabian Navy and CG asked the ship to proceed to Saudi waters, where she was met by Saudi Navy and CG ships and helicopter. 52-year old Captain of Ukrainian nationality was transferred to hospital, his condition described as “stable”. Bulk carrier meanwhile, sailed back to Hodeidah and as of evening Nov 7, cruising in legs off Hodeidah, her port of destination.

2. Tanker fire, Singapore Strait. Fire erupted on board of product tanker HOYU on Nov 7 near Horsburgh Lighthouse, eastern Singapore Strait. The ship woth cargo of oil products was en route from Singapore to Philippines. Fire according to MPA Singapore statement, was extinguished, crew evacuated. Last AIS received at around 0530 UTC Nov 7, when tanker was under way full speed near lighthouse.

3. 2 vessels attacked in Gulf of Guinea?

Two attacks reportedly took place in Sao Tome and Principe waters early in the morning Nov 7, in about half an hour time in the same area, no other details available. Attacked vessels may be crude oil tankers, and if this is the case, one managed to escape, while another one is off AIS during last 7 hours, but this information is not yet confirmed. Awaiting updates.

4. Ferry with more than 1000 passengers ran aground off Stockholm. Ferry PRINCESS ANASTASIA ran aground shortly after unmooring at Stockholm in Brevik area, at around 1710 UTC Nov 6. Ferry with more than 1000 passengers on board was bound for Helsinki Finland. Understood she is already refloated and taken back to terminal at Stockholm, she was in process of berthing as of 1940 UTC, assisted by tugs and escorted by rescue and CG boats. Blackout said to be the cause of grounding.

5. Containers lost in South Atlantic. Panamax container ship reportedly lost several dozen containers in South Atlantic on Nov 5. The ship continued voyage, more than 20 containers spotted drifting.

6. 1,000 Feeder Ship to Test Carbon-Neutral Synthetic Natural Gas. The 1,036-teu containership Wes Amelie will become the first ship in world to trial carbon-neutral synthetic natural gas on a voyage set to take place in 2020. During the trial, Wes Amelie will replace a share of the LNG used during a roundtrip voyage with SNG produced from “green hydrogen,” i.e. hydrogen that is produced from renewable sources.

7. China Says U.S. Agrees to Tariff Rollback If Deal Reached. China and the U.S. have agreed to roll back tariffs on each other’s goods in phases as they work toward a deal between the two sides, a Ministry of Commerce spokesman said. „In the past two weeks, top negotiators had serious, constructive discussions and agreed to remove the additional tariffs in phases as progress is made on the agreement,” spokesman Gao Feng said Thursday.

8. Texas Coast Supertanker Terminal On Track for Late 2022. Energy Transfer LP said on Thursday discussions with potential shippers to build an offshore crude export facility in Texas capable of handling supertankers were progressing on schedule, with the project expected to be in service by late 2022 or early 2023. The company has also made advances on the regulatory and permitting process for the project, Marshall McCrea, Energy Transfer’s chief commercial officer, said on the company’s quarterly earnings call.

9. World Powers Tie Up for Naval Force to Police Mideast Oil Routes. A U.S.-led coalition created to secure sea lines vital to oil shipping in the Middle East formally launched operations in the most concerted international response yet to months of tensions in the region. Formed in response to a series of attacks on vessels and onshore facilities that some coalition members blamed on Iran, the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC), formerly known as Operation Sentinel, will protect ships transiting the Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman and Bab el-Mandeb.

10. BIMCO And ICS Publish New Cyber Security Guide For Crew On Board The digitalisation of maritime operations and the reliance on technology and network connectivity for daily onboard and on shore operations means that shipping is vulnerable to the threat of cyber incidents. To help crew prepare, both on the bridge and in the engine room, the new “Cyber Security Workbook for On Board Ship Use” includes several checklists of how to protect, detect, respond and recover from a cyber incident, and thereby offers a practical and easy to use guide for the master and the officers.


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