InterManager Daily News 15.11.2019.

1. Bulk carrier on fire.
Bulk carrier YONG SHUN reported fire on board at 0715 UTC Nov 14 in 10 16N 107 05E some 6 nm south of Vung Tau Vietnam, while en route from Hong Kong to Phu My, Vietnam. As of 1000 UTC the ship is cruising in legs or drifting, with offshore tug HAI DUONG 89 (IMO 9625188) at her side.
UPDATE 1430 UTC: Fire in cargo hold is reportedly, under control, but not yet extinguished. The ship is loaded with some 5000 tons of scrap originated in China, so most probably, scrap ignited spontaneously, like it was in a number of similar accidents in Japan. 18 crew reported safe. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/11/14/bulk-carrier-on-fire/?fbclid=IwAR3w2gb8OZ6LecZDbLTvZLTaLiXr7x3SgUQm9REY3bHaTa0dlQrA1yBZdA0

2. Cargo ship struck by fishing vessel, damaged
General cargo ship was struck by 89-ton fishing vessel early in the morning Nov 14 in East China sea. Both ships were seriously damaged, cargo ship sustained hull breaches dents in superstructure area. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/11/14/cargo-ship-struck-by-fishing-vessel-damaged/?fbclid=IwAR30dqYXuYNC1MHkJenXOl2UUGiQa-1bS-qFIp38mez42QNAjy4SOEdupLo

3. Container ship ran onto rocky coast, Norway
Container ship CONCORDIA ran aground at around 1430 UTC Nov 13 at Laupsneset, Norway, south of Alesund, while en route from Maloy to Ikornes. The ship ran onto rocky coast while moving at high speed, so little doubt she suffered hull damages. One tug is nearby, more said to come to assist, though obviously, survey and damage assess should be done prior to refloating attempts. Understood owner is already contacting salvage. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/11/13/container-ship-ran-onto-rocky-coast-norway/?fbclid=IwAR3u97RJmN-fNI5qzI7_RHSpzC2iOuqoWrG_M2Gq7bOaqa3InQwu0Ca4Lrs

4. FINNLINES ferry near-miss in Finnish waters
FINNLINES ferry FINNSWAN nearly avoided collision with local ferry MERGUS in Finnish waters at around 1050 UTC Nov 13, while en route from Naantali Finland to Kapellskar Sweden, with 120 people on board. Ferry MERGUS was on her shuttle run between Olofsnas and Korpo. Not clear what happened and what caused dangerous approach. It was reportedly, a near miss, some sources mistook it for a collision. Both ships continued their voyages. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/11/13/finnlines-ferry-near-miss-in-finnish-waters/?fbclid=IwAR13Hs0FhBLz-XCNcBa_HVqnZybIf8vMMkBT5IOF9AYp_fEQH1N2czbuHPE

5. Sinopec readies grand low sulphur plans
Sinopec is pushing ahead with plans to become a dominant supplier of very low sulphur fuel oil with Reuters reporting the Chinese energy giant is about to execute plans to order 50 bunker barges for delivery over the next three years as well as chartering in an additional 50 barges. Sinopec has made clear it wants to take market share away from existing big names in bunkering with goals set to deliver 10m tonnes of IMO-compliant fuel next year and 15m tonnes by 2023, also with the aim of turning Zhoushan, to the south of Shanghai, into a major bunkering hub to rival Singapore. https://splash247.com/sinopec-readies-grand-low-sulphur-plans/

6. Winning Shipping celebrates huge Guinean iron ore deal
Winning Shipping is among the companies to have won a bid to mine one of the world’s biggest deposits of iron ore, in a deal that will further reshape capesize trading patterns. Societe Miniere de Boke (SMB) has won a government tender to exploit blocks 1 and 2 of vast iron reserves in the Simandou mountains in the southeast of Guinea in west Africa. SMB is a joint venture that includes a Guinean transport and logistics company, United Mining Supply; Singapore-based Chinese outfit, Winning Shipping; Chinese aluminium producer Shandong Weiqiao; and China’s Yantai Port. https://splash247.com/winning-shipping-celebrates-huge-guinean-iron-ore-deal/

7. Nils Andersen appointed chairman of Unilever
European consumer goods giant Unilever has appointed the former boss of Maersk as its new chairman. Nils Andersen steps up from non-executive director to take over from Marijn Dekkers. Andersen served as CEO at AP Moller-Maersk for nine years through to 2016. Prior to that he headed up Danish brewing firm Carslberg. He is also the chairman at paints company, AkzoNobel. https://splash247.com/nils-andersen-appointed-chairman-of-unilever/

8. Weekly Broker: Buying appetite disappears
The sale and purchase market for both bulkers and tankers has seen a major scale-back in activities as freight markets weakened and owners declined to accept comparatively strong secondhand prices. According to London brokers Alibra, the capesize period market softened again this week with very little Brazil-China trade and Vale absent from the market. The panamax and kamsarmax trades have further declined in both basins, while sentiment for the smaller sizes is also negative this week with very little period enquiry reported. https://splash247.com/weekly-broker-buying-appetite-disappears/

9. CDB Leasing takes over two boxships from ICBC Leasing
CDB Leasing, the financial leasing unit of China Development Bank, has entered into agreements with two single vessel companies of ICBC Leasing – Hai Kuo Shipping 1307 and Hai Kuo Shipping 1308, for two 9,400 teu containerships. Under the agreement, CDB Leasing will acquire 2016-built ships MSC Michela and MSC Clea from ICBC Leasing for $79.82m and $79.61m respectively and charter them to the ship operator MSC. https://splash247.com/cdb-leasing-takes-over-two-boxships-from-icbc-leasing/

10. Pirates Attack OSV in the Gulf of Mexico
Pirates attacked an Italy-flagged offshore supply vessel in the southern Gulf of Mexico, injuring two crew members, the Mexican Navy said on Tuesday, in the latest outbreak of robbery and piracy to hit oil platforms and infrastructure in the area.One of the crew members of the vessel, Remas, received a bullet wound, and the other suffered a concussion, and both were transferred to a nearby hospital, the Navy said in a statement. Owned by Italian offshore contractor Micoperi, Remas is a supply vessel for Mexico’s oil industry. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Pirates+Attack+OSV+in+the+Gulf+of+Mexico

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