InterManager Daily News 23.01.2020.

1. 8 kidnapped crew of Greek tanker released after 3-week captivity

8 crew of Greek tanker HAPPY LADY, kidnapped by Nigerian pirates on Dec 30 last year, were released on Jan 22, all are reported to be safe and sound. Among kidnapped were Master, Engineers, Officers.

2. Customs boat capsized, 3 officers died, in collision with smugglers, Hong Kong

Hong Kong Customs boat CE13 with 5 Customs Officers on board on Jan 21 collided with allegedly, smuggling boat, carrying illegal cargo of frozen meat, near Chek Lap Kok island, north of Lantau Island, Hong Kong. Customs boat capsized, leaving 3 officers trapped inside cabin. Divers rescued them, but all 3 died later in hospital. 2 officers who weren’t inside cabin, survived. Smugglers boat later was found and seized, with no people on board.

3. Masterful control of the ship in a dangerous situation

Ferry NORDNORGE entered Bodo harbor, Norway, and was proceeding to berth, on Jan 21, when suddenly wind strengthened to some 30-35 meters/sec, putting ferry and her Master in a very difficult situation. Understood she couldn’t safely maneuver to skip berthing and wait out until wind quiets down, so Master decided to dock, with onshore wind pushing ferry towards pier. He masterfully controlled ship’s positioning with propulsion and anchor, until the ship finally, berthed alongside pier, as smoothly as if assisted by tugs.

4. Dredger barge grounded too avoid sinking, Matagorda Ship Channel, Texas

Dredger barge EVERETT FISHER started to take on water in the evening Jan 21 in the Matagorda Ship Channel near Port Lavaca, Texas, while being towed by tug DANA ROBYN. To avoid sinking, tug pushed barge aground. Barge 4 crew went to tug. USCG and other concerned agencies are responding.

5. Ship attacked in the morning Jan 21, Nigeria. UPDATE MSC ship attacked.

Clearwater Dynamics shared its’ information with Maritime Bulletin, not disclosing ship’s name, but there was no other container ship in the vicinity, fitting into time and position, except MSC GRACE. The ship is deployed on container service connecting Gulf of Guinea States, so no wonder she has armed guards on board. As of 1630 UTC Jan 21, the ship was sailing in Bonny area, heading towards Port Harcourt.

6. Coal Carrier Sunshine Pride Enters Service for Joban Joint Power

Today, Sunshine Pride, an NYK-operated coal carrier for Joban Joint Power Co. Ltd., was delivered at Tsuneishi Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., and a delivery ceremony was held on the same day. The event was attended by Joban Joint Power president Toshiaki Koizumi and NYK president Hitoshi Nagasawa, among others.

7. MSC Lirica To Homeport In Piraeus For Summer 2021

MSC Cruises will deploy MSC Lirica to the Eastern Mediterranean market in summer 2021 and she will homeport in Piraeus (Athens), Greece for the entire season.

MSC Lirica will offer a newly-designed innovative itinerary 7-night cruises on 23 separate occasions between May and September 2021 from Piraeus calling Mykonos; Haifa, Israel; Limassol, Cyprus, Rhodes and Kusadasi, Turkey before returning to Piraeus.

8. GC Rieber Shipping: Shearwater GeoServices awarded Western Offshore India 3D campaign by ONGC

GC Rieber Shipping ASA’s 19% owned geoservices company Shearwater GeoServices has been awarded a 3D broadband marine seismic acquisition campaign by ONGC in Western Offshore India. The project is scheduled to commence in Q1 2020

9. China starts to consume Russian gas via “Power of Siberia”

China has started to consume Russian gas via the newly launched “Power of Siberia” pipeline, said CNPC-backed Kunlun Energy Ltd , operator of the pipeline in China, on Wednesday.

The company receives 250,000-300,000 cubic metres of pipeline gas daily from Russia, helping to ease tight gas supply in winter season in Harbin, provincial capital of the north-most region Heilongjiang.

10. Trump Says Tariff Threats Will Lead to Trade Deal With Europe

President Trump expressed confidence that the U.S. will reach a new trade agreement with Europe, arguing that leaders in the region have “no choice” but to make a deal amid the threat of auto tariffs. Mr. Trump said he had a “great talk” with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum here on Tuesday.


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