InterManager Daily News 02.12.2019.

1. Cargo ship bound for Turkey ran aground, river Don, Russia

General cargo ship MIR JALAL PASHAYEV ran aground at 3164.5 kilometer mark, river Don, at around 0430 Moscow time Dec 1, while proceeding downstream from Rostov to Azov sea with cargo of sunflower cakes. The ship reportedly, is bound for Turkey. As of 1700 Moscow time Dec 1, the ship was still aground, attempting to refloat with the help of two tugs. Damages unknown, probably none.

2. US solo yachtsman rescue, Atlantic, VIDEO

A short video was sent to MB with footage of yachtsman rescue in the Atlantic E of Bermuda, understood someday during this last week of Nov 2019. Solo sailor managed to board tanker without assistance by rope ladder, yacht seemingly, was left abandoned, drifting. From the looks of her, she’s an expensive toy, hundreds of thousands USD worth (around a mil, probably?), she may be counted as luxury yacht. She’s USA flagged. No other information available – I know the company manager of the tanker, and that’s about all.

3. Cargo ship sank in South China sea UPDATE Captain died 10 rescued

The ship loaded with 2950 tons of clinker was en route from Hai Phong to Can Tho, was caught in stormy weather, probably capsized because of cargo shift. 11 crew including Captain went into life rafts, and rescued by SAR boat at around 1200 LT, but regretfully, Captain was beyond medical assistance, suffering cardiac attack.

4. Cargo ship aground, Philippines

Cargo ship POSEIDON 34 ran aground on northern coast of Capul island, Northern Samar, S of Legazpi, Philippines, at around 0315 UTC Nov 29, while en route from Legazpi to Tagbilaran, Philippines. The ship drifted ashore in rough weather, after reportedly, steering failure. Understood she’s in ballast. 21 crew rescued by Philippines Coast Guard, Navy and local police. The crew remain located near grounding site, planning to refloat her as weather permits.

5. COSCO STAR ferry collision in Taichung, Taiwan

Ferry COSCO STAR connecting Taiwan with China collided with port tug at Taichung Port, Taiwan, in the evening Nov 27. Ferry was leaving Taichung with 52 passengers on board, bound for Xiamen. Ferry suffered dent in portside bow area above waterline, tug was severely damaged, with hull breaches, broken mast and crashed funnel. Ferry resumed voyage after inspection.

6. Baltic index climbs to 3-week high on stronger vessel demand

The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index on Friday rose to its highest level in three weeks and registered its first weekly gain in seven, helped by firmer vessel demand across all segments. The Baltic index, which reflects rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels ferrying dry bulk commodities, climbed 61 points, or 4.2%, to 1,528 points, its highest since Nov. 6.

7. German shipping companies to switch to low-sulfur fuels

More than 80 percent of German shipping companies are planning to switch to the new sulfur-reduced Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (LSFO) from next year on, according to a survey published by the German Shipowners’ Association (VDR).

The reason for “one of the biggest changes” in the shipping sector is stricter environmental regulations of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which would come into effect at the start of next year, VDR noted.

8. Ships Stuck Waiting for Fuel at Asia Hub on Rule-Shift Snarl

Ship owners are waiting longer and paying more to refuel at the Asian hub of Singapore as the industry scrambles to prepare for the implementation of new ship-fuel rules in just a few weeks. The availability of refueling barges has dwindled as their tanks are scoured so that they will be able to carry cleaner-burning fuels compliant with the new rules, known as IMO 2020, that take effect Jan. 1.

9. Panama Is Re-Elected In “A” Category Of The Council Of The International Maritime Organization

Panama, the world largest Ship Registry, has been re-elected in Category “A” of the Council of the International Maritime Organization which reiterates the position of the registry and its leadership. Panama has been in Category “A” of the Council since 2003, demonstrating a high level of commitment to the Organization. Only 40 countries of the 174 that are members of the IMO are part of the Council, of which 10 are in Category “A” with the greatest interests in the provision of international maritime services.

10. Oil To Be Stuck In A Rut In 2020 As Slowing Demand Fuels Glut: Reuters Poll

Oil prices will remain subdued in 2020 as growth concerns weigh on demand and fuel a glut of crude, a Reuters poll showed on Friday ahead of production-policy talks among OPEC and its allies next week.


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