InterManager Daily News 22.11.2019.

1. Ro-ro EUROCARGO TRIESTE fire, Livorno
Ro-ro cargo ship EUROCARGO TRIESTE suffered fire in engine room soon after she left Livorno, Italy, at around 0130 UTC Nov 21. Engine room, according to reports, was sealed, fire fighting flooding system was activated. The ship was some 4 miles off Livorno, tugs took her back to port harbor, later she was moved out and kept outside port, with firefighting team or teams fighting fire or cooling hull, not clear. Latest AIS timed 1030 UTC, the ship was outside Livorno with tug and SAR boat at her side, condition unknown, fire status unknown, extent of damages unknown. 25 crew reported safe, no passengers on board, ship’s carrying some 200 or more vehicles. Understood fire extinguished, EUROCARGO TRIESTE anchored, firefighters checking the ship.

2. Taiwanese cargo ship sank after collision 2 crew missing
Cargo ship CHANG XIN with 9 crew on board issued distress signal at 2150 Beijing time Nov 20, reporting sinking near Chuanshi Island, Minjiang River estuary, Fuzhou, China, Taiwan Strait waters. According to reports, the ship started to take in water and sank, after collision with unidentified vessel. Fujian MRCC sent SAR boats and helicopter to disaster site. In the morning Nov 21 helicopter spotted a life raft with 6 crew, 1 crew swam to the shore, 2 crew went missing.

3. Cargo ship with cargo of coal aground, flooded, South China sea
Cargo ship loaded with coal ran aground while approaching coal terminal of a Power Plant, South China sea, on a weekend. Attempts to refloat by own means failed, weather deteriorated, battered by wind and swell ship started to take on water. After engine room was flooded and the ship listed some 20 degrees, Captain issued distress signal on Nov 20. All crew were rescued. Owner is tasked with refloating the ship.

4. Maersk Tankers takes over management of 11 ICBC tankers for BP
Maersk Tankers is is adding 11 tankers to the fleet under its management, which will see the Danish outfit bareboat charter the 11 vessels from ICBC Financial Leasing and then time charter them to BP. The 2016 and 2017 Korean-built vessels, made up of three suezmaxes, three MRs and five handysize tankers, had been on charter directly to BP Shipping from ICBC. Under the agreement announced today, Maersk Tankers will assume responsibility for the technical management of the vessels.

5. Europe gives nod to extend block exemption regulation
The European Commission yesterday published a draft regulation proposing to extend the EU Consortia Block Exemption Regulation by another four years through to April 25 2024, without modification, much to the relief of the liner community. The regulation allows for vessel sharing arrangements that have a market share up to 30%.

6. Yemen’s Houthi Group Releases Seized Vessels
After completing legal procedures, Yemen’s Houthi rebels have released sixteen crew members and three vessels seized south of the Red Sea on Sunday. Of the freed ships, two were Korean and one Saudi Arabian, the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. The ships in question are Woongjin G-16, a grab dredger, and two tugs Woongjin G-16 and Rabigh 3. They departed for Jizan Port on November 19.

7. DIF, Geogas, Access Capital to Invest in LNG Newbuild Quintet
Infrastructure fund manager DIF Capital Partners has teamed up with shipowner Geogas Maritime and capital market company Access Capital Partners to invest in the LNG carrier quintet. DIF, through its DIF Core Infrastructure Fund I, has signed final documentation with the latter two parties for the acquisition of a 50% stake in a France-based company that will own and operate a fleet of five to-be-built LNG carriers.

8. CSA 2020: Malaysia’s Scrubber Ban Will Affect 200 Shipping Companies
Malaysia’s decision to prohibit the use of open-loop exhaust gas cleaning systems in its coastal waters will affect a great number of shipping companies intending to install scrubbers, members of the Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 said in reaction to the country’s decision. The Malaysia Shipping Notice (MSN 07/2019), published on November 12, states that ships calling to Malaysian ports are advised to change over to compliant fuel oil or change over to closed-loop/hybrid systems before entering Malaysian waters and ports.

9. Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative Welcomes Louis Dreyfus Co
The Netherlands-based cargo owner Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) has joined the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative, a cross-sectoral coalition calling for increased transparency around ship recycling practices. “By signing up to the SRTI, LDC expresses its expectation for transparency and responsible ship recycling,” Andrew Stephens, Executive Director of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative that hosts the SRTI, said.

10. US signs the highest long-term LNG export contract volumes globally for 2019, says GlobalData
Abundant shale gas production in the US has enabled the country to export natural gas as liquefied natural gas (LNG) to global markets. This has supported the country in signing the highest volume of global long-term LNG export contracts in 2019, accounting for around a 67% share, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.


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