InterManager Daily News 31.12.2019.

1. Brand new MSC GRANDIOSA damaged in pier contact, Palermo

Cruise ship MSC GRANDIOSA contacted pier while docking at Palermo, Italy, at around 0830 UTC Dec 30. The ship moved away from damaged pier under own power, and completed docking without any further problem. Ship’s portside stern above waterline was damaged, probably even breached, though sources mention dents and scratches – watch photo and video. Giant ship is brand new, being in service for some 5 weeks. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/12/30/brand-new-msc-grandiosa-damaged-in-pier-contact-palermo/

2. Bulk carrier hard aground, Java sea

Bulk carrier EDELWEISS ran aground in southern Makassar Strait, Java sea, north of Masalima island, Indonesia, in the evening Dec 23, while en route from Taboneo, Kalimantan, to South Korea, with cargo of coal. As of Dec 30, the ship was still aground, salvage said to be under way, carried out by contracted salvage company. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/12/30/bulk-carrier-hard-aground-java-sea/

3. Bulk carrier reportedly attacked in Gulf of Guinea

Bulk carrier VINALINES MIGHTY reportedly was attacked at around 0130 UTC Dec 30 in Gulf of Guinea some 150 nm NW of Sao Tome, 200 nm SW of Bonny. Identity of attacked ship not yet conformed. If it’s VINALINES MIGHTY, her track shows with high probability, that she avoided attack and escaped. Bulk carrier is en route from Douala Cameroon to Greenville Liberia. http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/12/30/bulk-carrier-reportedly-attacked-in-gulf-of-guinea/

4. Piracy attacks off Nigeria rise

Piracy attacks off West Africa over the past week have escalated, reaching extraordinarily dangerous proportions where bullets were fired at a moving LNG carrier.

Not for the first time, the BW Group-owned LNG Lokoja was attacked on Saturday morning while en route to Bonny in southern Nigeria. The vessel is understood to have come under attack from a single speedboat with 10 armed men onboard. The pirates are understood to have opened fire on the vessel. Security firm Dryad Global reported the gas carrier conducted evasive maneuvers causing the attack to fail. https://splash247.com/piracy-attacks-off-nigeria-rise/

5. Fugro takes full control of Seabed Geosolutions

Offshore service provider Fugro has entered into an agreement to take CGG’s 40% shareholding in Seabed Geosolutions.

The agreement will see Fugro takes full control of Seabed and terminate the joint venture agreement with CGG. https://splash247.com/fugro-takes-full-control-of-seabed-geosolutions/

6. Conventional reefer ships primed for scrapping

The specialised reefer fleet is set for a swathe of scrapping as the global sulphur cap kicks in and more modern boxships snare an ever greater market share of the perishables trade.The latest annual reefer trade outlook from Dynamar makes for grim reading for those in the dedicated reefer trades. https://splash247.com/conventional-reefer-ships-primed-for-scrapping/

7. Value Investor’s Edge: Top stock picks for 2020

As 2019 comes to a close, J Mintzmyer, the founder of Value Investor’s Edge, is totting up the numbers in a year that has cemented his position as one of shipping’s top analysts. Value Investor’s Edge’s model portfolios are up 71% this year versus the market being up 24% and the shipping ETF up just 26%. https://splash247.com/value-investors-edge-top-stock-picks-for-2020/

8. Evergreen orders feeder boxship quartet at Hyundai Mipo

Taiwanese line Evergreen has placed an order at South Korea’s Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) for the construction of four 1,800 teu containerships.

The four vessels will be adopt the Con-Green design, developed by HMD, MAN Energy Solutions and DNV GL to meet the IMO EEDI Phase 3 requirments. https://splash247.com/evergreen-orders-feeder-boxship-quartet-at-hyundai-mipo/

9. Expectations 2020 : Keep Marine Fuel Supply To Foreign Going Vessels Out Of GST Regime

The Shipping Tribune believes in consistently taking steps towards being the change makers in the Shipping Industry!

We requested Mr. Manoj Tandon, AVP, Adani Bunkering to share his views with our readers on “How was 2019 for business in your sector in relation to the maritime industry? Expectations for 2020. What changes are required and what are the steps that can be taken to improve the performance of the industry?” We are happy to share his views. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Expectations+2020+%3A+Keep+Marine+Fuel+Supply+to+Foreign+Going+Vessels+Out+of+GST+Regime

10. Shipowners Rush To De-Bunker HSFO As IMO 2020 Looms

With less than a week to go before the implementation of global low sulfur regime for bunker fuels, a large number of shipowners in the race to be compliant are offloading the ineligible grades, market participants said. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Shipowners+rush+to+de-bunker+HSFO+as+IMO+2020+looms

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