InterManager Daily News 17.01.2020.

1. Virtual reality and real world – IMO 2020 Cap

Italian authorities and coastal shipping found themselves in a rather difficult situation, and nobody yet knows how to deal with it – that is, with IMO 2020 Cap and its’ negative consequences. It was already announced, that sea transportation costs on Italy mainland – Sicily – Sardinia – Malta routes will have to be raised by 20-30%. It’s not all, though. What about much touted short sea routes in EU waters, a project called to reduce air pollution on Europe mainland, by shifting cargo flows from highways to sea routes?

2. Two South Korean ships detained by Indonesia while sailing in Singapore Strait

Indonesia detained two South Korean ships on unclear grounds, and is keeping them in detention, anchored in Singapore Strait waters between Indonesian islands Bintan and Batam. LPG tanker DL LILY was seized on Oct 9, while en route from Port Klang to Singapore, and is kept since then at her present position. Bulk carrier CH BELLA was seized on Jan 11, NW of Bintan island, where she anchored on Jan 9 shortly after leaving Singapore.

3. Russian Master found drunk, fined £500, Belfast

58-year old Russian Master of Russian freighter DANICA HAV was found intoxicated during berths shift on Jan 14 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Pilot had to intervene twice, to prevent contact with pier. Pilot reported incident to authorities, police detained Master and found excess alcohol in his breath test. He appeared in Belfast Magistrates Court on Jan 15, was found guilty and admitted his guilt, ready to pay fine.

4. Cargo ship abandoned after developing list, Taiwan Strait

General cargo ship STAR LORD issued distress signal in the afternoon Jan 15, reporting portside list, crew preparing to abandon the ship. STAR LORD was en route from Kaohsiung Taiwan to South Korea, running into trouble in Taiwanese waters off Changhua County coast, Taiwan Strait. All 7 crew were evacuated by helicopter, the ship understood to remain at anchor, abandoned. She doesn’t look like she’s sinking or going to capsize, judging from photo.

5. Dense smoke in Master’s Cabin of Iranian freighter

Master’s Cabin of Iranian freighter KASRA-1, berthed at Makhachkala Port, Russia, Caspian sea, was filled with dense smoke release from a small fire source, on Jan 15. Fire didn’t spread out and was quickly extinguished, no damages except dense smoke reported. Most probably, an electric appliance caught fire due to a shortcut.

6. Genting Hong Kong Raises USD 900 Mn to Refinance Genting Dream

Cruise operator Genting Hong Kong has raised USD 900 million through a sale and leaseback transaction of one of Dream Cruises’ ships – the 2016-built, 150,000 gross ton Genting Dream. The sale and leaseback deal was closed with a consortium of four Chinese leasing companies, through their special purpose vehicles indirectly wholly-owned by Bank of Communications Financial Leasing Co., CMB Financial Leasing Co., CCB Financial Leasing Corporation Limited and China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co. DNB Markets acted as advisor to Genting Hong Kong.

7. US, China Reach ‘Phase One’ Trade Deal

The United States and China have signed a “phase one” economic and trade agreement that is expected to ease trade tensions between the largest two economies in the world.

The deal was signed between the US President Donal Trump and China’s Vice President Liu He in Washington on January 15, 2020.

8. Update: Fuel Spills from Capsized Fishing Vessel after collision with Odfjell’s Tanker

Approximately 500-feet of containment boom has been placed around the fishing vessel Pappy’s Pride that capsized following a collision with Odfjell’s chemical tanker Bow Fortune on January 14, 2020 in Galveston Texas.

Sheens of unrecoverable product have been reported in the vicinity of the capsized vessel and the maximum potential of the release is 14,000 gallons of diesel fuel, the US Coast Guard said in an update.

9. Flex LNG Extends Charter for 2018-Built LNG Carrier

Bermuda-based LNG carrier owner Flex LNG has extended a time charter agreement for Flex Enterprise, a 173,400 cbm vessel.

With this extension, the firm period under the time charter is until the end of the first quarter of 2021. The charterer also has remaining extension options.

10. Suez Canal Authority Bans Scrubber Wash Water Discharge

The Suez Canal Authority has advised shipowners that discharging wash water from open-loop scrubbers during transit in the waterway is strictly forbidden.

Based on the latest circular, the authority said that it “puts no conditions or restrictions on fuel oil or open-loop exhaust gas cleaning systems until the ratification of MARPOL Annex VI by the Arab Republic of Egypt.”


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