InterManager Daily News 27.01.2020.

1. Some 5,000 cruise passengers and 1,200 crew screened for coronavirus, 148 isolated

Cruise ship COSTA VENEZIA returned to Shenzhen port, southeastern China, link between Hong Kong and China’s mainland, in the morning Jan 26, after a 6-day cruise to Vietnam. On arrival, cruise ship was boarded my medical team, all 4973 passengers and 12 49 crew were checked by medics for symptoms of fever and pneumonia, 4 were found to have high temperature. 148 passengers who’re residents of Wuhan or visited Wuhan recently, were isolated for a stricter screening. Passengers and crew spent all day on board, they’ve been granted permission to disembark in the evening Jan 26. Next scheduled cruise is cancelled, 5155 tourists will be refunded, including air tickets costs.

2. Cargo ship with cargo of grain aground, Azov, Russia

General cargo ship ZERNOGRAD laden with grain ran aground in Azov area near Petrovskiy village, Don river, Azov sea, Russia, while en route from Rostov-on-Don to Trabzon Turkey, at 0950 Moscow time Jan 26. As of 1530 Moscow time Jan 26, the ship was still aground with no tugs in sight (though reportedly, 4 tugs were sent), probably waiting for high water.

3. Shipping and coronavirus: monitor

So far, there are no reported or otherwise known, cases of coronavirus-infected seamen and/or any other virus-related incidents, like delays, quarantine, etc., occurring to merchant ships worldwide. Few known coronavirus-related cases are restricted to cruise and ferry shipping.

4. Bulk carrier grounding, Rosario

Bulk carrier STAR ATHENA ran aground off the berth after unmooring or during unmooring, at around 0830 UTC Jan 24, at Rosario port, Parana river, Argentina, being loaded with soybeans. The ship was refloated at around 2300 UTC same day, moved across river to opposite bank and anchored. As of 0430 UTC Jan 25, she remained at anchor. Ship’s next port of call is Bahia Blanca Argentina, to complete loading.

5. Troubled bulk carrier on tow, Med.

Bulk carrier ORMI suffered mechanical failure on Jan 21 in Mediterranean soith of Rhodes island, Greece, while en route from Kherson Ukraine to Haifa Israel, and started to drift. The ship was adrift until Jan 23, when contracted tug KARAPIPERIS 18 (IMO 8810205) took her on tow and towed to southern coast of Karpathos, where ships either were waiting for favourable weather or probably, fixing some problems.

6. Wärtsilä To Help Build New LNG Short Sea Shipping Vessels

Wärtsilä will supply all the main equipment for the first LNG fuelled short-sea Ro-Lo (roll-on, lift-off) vessels to be operated by Finland based Bore for the transportation of paper products in Europe

7. VW Struggles With Sale of MAN Energy Solutions

Volkswagen AG is disappointed with the offers so far for its MAN Energy Solutions division, which makes diesel engines for ships and power generators, according to people familiar with the matter, potentially dealing another blow to the German automaker’s efforts to focus on cars.

8. How Environmentally Friendly Are LNG Tankers?

In May, while President Donald Trump toured a new$10 billion plant designed to prepare natural gas for export, he made a vow. Such facilities would be good for the environment, he said, or they won’t get approved. The president has greenlit 11 projects so far, bringing the U.S. total to 18. Environmentalists once touted the fuel, nicknamed “freedom gas” by the Trump administration, as a better energy alternative, but an analysis shows the plants’ potential carbon dioxide emissions rival those of coal.

9. Will Fukushima Waste Be Diluted And Dumped In The Pacific?

At the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant north of Tokyo, workers in protective suits are still removing radioactive material from reactors that melted down after an earthquake and tsunami knocked out its power and cooling nearly nine years ago

10. Striking A Balance Between Unbounded Economic Growth And Sustainability Requires A New Mindset

Indian Ports Association (IPA), acts as a Think Tank to the Ministry of Shipping, and also rightly hailed as the Centre of Excellence (CoE) helping major ports achieve eminence in their operations & management thus contributing to the growth of the economy and the country at large. Dr Abhijit Singh, Executive Director, IPA talks about how green sustainability and economic growth can coexist. He emphasizes that it’s high time for maritime transport agencies both government and private to be responsive to resolve climate change issues, design and implement measures to lessen repercussions.


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