InterManager Daily News 04.02.2020.

1. Ships stuck in seas and ports, virus prevention becoming a threat

One more cruise ship, this time it’s WESTERDAM (IMO 9226891, Holland America), got stuck on high seas, after she was banned from her scheduled Manila visit. There are no ill persons on board, no symptoms of any disease, the ship is immobilized by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte decision to temporarily ban travellers from China, Hong Kong and Macau from disembarking in the country.

2. Concrete boards collapsed in cargo ship hold, two dockers trapped beneath, Japan

Concrete boards stacks collapsed in cargo hold of general cargo ship TENSHO MARU NO.1, berthed at Yatomi, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, during cargo operation at around 0830 Tokyo time Feb 3. Two prot workers were trapped beneath collapsed boards, the ship developed starboard side list. Fire and emergency teams are deployed in salvage operation, understood both workers are alive, waiting to be released.

3. German container ship troubled in Kiel Canal

Container ship CERES suffered engine failure while transiting Kiel Canal in the afternoon Feb 2, and ran onto embankment. Was refloated in about an hour and a half by tug, resumed transit, seemingly under own power, but escorted and assisted by tug. According to track, the ship is experiencing steering problem. As of 1830 UTC Feb 2, was approaching Kiel. She’s en route from Hamburg to Kaliningrad Russia, Baltic sea.

4. Coast Guard Halts Bouchard Vessels at Port of New York and New Jersey

Tugs and barges belonging to New York-based Bouchard Transportation ground to a halt at the Port of New York and New Jersey after a Captain of the Port order related to unsafe operational conditions. The orders were issued to Bouchard vessels last Wednesday, January 29 by U.S. Coast Guard Commander R.C. Sansone, Acting Captain of the Port for the Port of New York and New Jersey, after USCG Sector New York marine inspectors boarded all vessels owned and operated by Bouchard anchored within the Port of New York and New Jersey COTP zone.

5. Advances in Battery Safety and Technology

A Li-ion battery has several potential hazards that must be considered in order to keep people and equipment safe. It is important to consider these hazards for each stage of the battery life, not just the day it is installed. From manufacturing through to delivery, installation, commissioning, maintenance and eventually the recycling of the battery, safety must be first and foremost.

6. Golden Ray Salvage: Environmental Barrier to be Built Around Wreck

A Unified Command is set to oversee the construction of an environmental barrier around the Golden Ray wreck as salvage plans are finalized. The Golden Ray vehicle carrier remains overturned in St. Simons Sound nearly four months after it capsized as it was departing the Port of Brunswick in the U.S. state of Georgia.

7. Shipping bodies respond to black carbon claims

A host of shipping bodies have replied in an open letter to the Clean Arctic Alliance in an ongoing spat about the potential for very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) to emit more black carbon emissions than high sulphur fuel oil (HSFO).

8. US lifts sanctions on Cosco tanker unit

The US government has lifted sanctions against a tanker unit of Cosco, China’s state-run shipping conglomerate, partially reversing its punishment on the company for transporting Iranian oil. The decision comes after China and US reached a phase one agreement of a broader trade pact in January.

9. Tanker Market Under Pressure This Week

The market in the Middle East tumbled this week, with most of the blame laying with the Chinese New Year holiday and the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Added to this, oil and bunker prices have fallen, which has increased the level uncertainty.

Rates for 270,000mt to China fell 25 per cent to WS60, while 280,000mt to the US Gulf (USG) lost 21 per cent to WS37. The Atlantic region didn’t fare much better, with rates for 260,000mt, West Africa to China, now assessed 15 per cent down to WS63.5. In the 280,000mt USG to China trade, rates have fallen 26 per cent to around $8m, causing activity to pick up in the latter stages of the week.

10. GLOBAL LNG-Asian LNG Prices Fall As Coronavirus Concerns Rise

Asian spot prices for liquefied natural gas (LNG) fell this week as the heavily oversupplied market was pressured by concerns over the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on China’s imports. The average LNG price for March delivery into northeast Asia LNG-AS was estimated at around $3.80 per million British thermal units (mmBtu), down $0.20 per mmBtu from the previous week.


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