InterManager Daily News 20.11.2019.

1. Three crew in possession of fake certificates, ship detained, Greece
Three crew of a general cargo ship ARMONIA were detained by Kavala Port Authority officials on Nov 18, for possession of fake seaman certificates. The ship was detained for investigation. She arrived from Koper Slovenia on Nov 13, next port of destination being Skikda Algeria.

2. Yemeni rebels seized Saudi tug, South Korean rig, Red sea
Saudi’s tug RABIGH 3 was attacked and boarded by Houthi militia at 1850 UTC Nov 17 in Red sea in position 15 25N 042 18E, N of Kamaran Island, Yemen. Tug was seized and taken to Al Qaryah, Yemeni waters, off Kamaran island. A number of sources said tug was towing South Korean drilling rig, which was also seized. Houthi leaders said the rig will be released. Tug’s AIS is on, but rig can’t be identified.

3. Green Agenda Nazi Roots
Maersk CEO whatever-his-name left Maersk and went to MSC – sensation in industry media and elite. Shipping will never be the same. Tectonic plates moved. Well, shipping in general, and Maersk/MSC in particular, will hardly notice that bombshell, nothing will change except elites power games and probably, MSC shift to more insane than it already is, “green sustainable” agenda, if Maersk recent actions, statements, declarations and intentions in this respect are of any judgment.

4. Celebrity Edge to Set Sail with 1st All-Female Bridge, Officer Team
Florida-based cruise line Celebrity Cruises, part of Royal Caribbean Cruises, has unveiled plans for the first-ever sailing with an entirely female bridge and officer team.
This historic sailing will take place on International Women’s Day – March 8, 2020 – aboard the company’s newest ship Celebrity Edge, which was delivered to the company a year ago.
Captain Kate McCue will be at the helm and will be accompanied by 26 other women to create an all-female bridge and officer leadership team, and by Celebrity’s President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo.

5. Bangladesh Court Rules 2016 Beaching of Maersk FPSO Illegal
Over three years after the beaching of the North Sea Producer FPSO in Chittagong, the Supreme Court of Bangladesh has declared the import, beaching and breaking of the FPSO North Sea Producer illegal. The judgment was issued in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA), a member organisation of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform. Already in August 2017, the Bangladesh Court had issued an injunction on the ongoing breaking of the North Sea Producer based on the detection of radiation levels higher than permitted.

6. Oldendorff Carriers Brings In MIT for Ship Design Research
Dry bulk carrier owner and operator Oldendorff Carriers has signed a research agreement with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA) that will focus on disruptive improvements in ship design and propulsion. Oldendorf said that initial emphasis would be directed at improving hydrodynamic efficiency through research into morphing structures, hydrodynamic cloaking, moving boundary layers, and alternative energy sources

7. Maritime CEO Forum: First generation of double-hulled tankers set for the scrapheap
A huge swathe of the first generation of double hulled tanker fleet are coming up to their scrapping age in the next couple of years, and yet owners are reluctant to order over the uncertain regulatory climate, delegates attending the Maritime CEO Forum in Hong Kong were told yesterday. The annual by-invite-only event took place at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club with more than 50 shipowners in the room for a high profile start to Hong Kong Maritime Week.

8. Malaysia bans open-loop scrubbers
Malaysia has become the latest country to ban the use of open-loop scrubbers in the country’s waters due to concerns over sea pollution. The maritime authority Jabatan Laut Malaysia issued a notice to the shipping industry saying that it has prohibited the discharge of washwater from open-loop scrubbers while operating within 12 nautical miles of Malaysian land.

9. MSC appoints Soren Toft as new CEO
MSC has announced that Soren Toft will join the company as the new chief executive officer of its containers and logistics business, confirming speculation stemming from Toft’s sudden departure from Maersk last week. “MSC is delighted that Mr Toft will be supporting the Aponte family at the helm to ensure that the company remains a global leader in the years to come. He will report directly to Diego Aponte, group president, and Gianluigi Aponte, founder and group chairman,” the company said. Toft spent 25 years at Maersk, and was chief operating officer since 2014. He will be relocating to Geneva to take up his new role, with his commencement date yet to be finalised.

10. How Fossil-Fuel Allergy Impacts Shipping-Stock Returns
Global fund flows are pouring rapidly into “virtue” stocks that “help the planet” and away from “vice stocks,” including anything to do with fossil fuels. Shares of tanker companies carrying oil and gas and dry bulk companies carrying coal are seen as squarely in the vice zone, which could put downward pressure on stock prices but spur high dividend yields if freight rates rise, according to speakers at the Marine Money forum in New York on Nov. 13 .


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