InterManager Daily News 10.02.2020.

1. Ferry contacted pier in strong wind, damaged, Denmark

Ro-ro cargo ferry ARK DANIA at around noon Feb 9 contacted pier while berthing in strong wind at Esbjerg, Denmark, North sea, on arrival from Immingham UK. Ship’s hull was damaged, she’s to remain at port until damage repaired. No other details available.

2. Tanker with violent migrants on board made emergency call

Product tanker HARALD MAERSK on Feb 8 had to interrupt her voyage from Conakry to Amsterdam (via Las Palmas and Algeciras), and make emergency call at Vigo Spain, because of 3 extremely aggressive stowaways on board. They’ve been found reportedly, on Feb 7, and shortly after, their violent behavior disrupted crew activities and demanded immediate enforcement response.

3. German freighter damaged in Lock while leaving Kiel Canal

Car carrier MAIN HIGHWAY reportedly contacted Northern Lock wall in Brunsbuettel, while leaving Kiel Canal after southbound transit, in the evening Feb 8. The ship said to sustain hull breach above waterline, was allowed to leave Lock in about an hour and a half after accident, resumed sailing to Cuxhaven, her port of destination.

4. Tanker grounding, Marmara sea

Chemical tanker ASTER ALVAR ballasting from Rotterdam, suffered engine failure and was beached at Cinarcik beach, W of Yalova, southeast Marmara sea, at around 0830 UTC Feb 8. The ship was refloated by three tugs, and taken to Altinova, E of Yalova. As of 1530 UTC, tanker was either berthed or in process of berthing.

5. Port Hedland outer waters when cyclone strikes

Tropical cyclone DAMIEN closed down Port Hedland, Pilbara region of Western Australia, with gale-force wind and heavy rain. All cargo operations suspended, dozens of ships, mostly Panamax and Capesize bulk carriers, are thronged off port in outer anchorage area, some being at anchor, but the majority slowly cruising around, weathering out the cyclone. Port Hedland is one of the largest iron ore loading ports in the world and the largest in Australia.

6. Italian ferry hit rock, sustained 8-meter underwater gash

MOBY’s ferry GIRAGLIA, connecting Gallura Sardinia, and Bonifacio Corsica, Italy, struck underwater rock while leaving Gallura on Feb 6, and sustained underwater 8-meter long gash with ensuing water ingress. The ship had passengers and vehicles on board, but luckily, situation remained under control. GIRAGLIA was anchored at Gallura entrance, and as of 1400 UTC Feb 7, remained at anchor. Understood passengers were taken to port.

7. Incidents involving Ships while Underway in the Eastbound lane of Singapore Strait

ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre today issued an Incident Alert on incidents involving ships while underway in the eastbound lane of Singapore Strait (Part VII).

On 9 Feb 20, two incidents occurred within an interval of an hour to ships while underway in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait.

8. Palm oil supply crunch compels India and China to increase soybean and sunflower oils imports

Increasing biodiesel consumption due to the rollout of B20 biodiesel programme in Malaysia and B30 programme in Indonesia coupled with low production of palm oil will tighten its supply. Top importers like India and China will counterbalance this gap by switching to soybean oil and sunflower oil. This trade shift will result in increased tonne-mile demand and firm vegoil freight index in 2020.

9. Baltic index falls on weaker capesize, supramax rates

The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index declined on Friday as lower rates for capesize and supramax segments offset gains in the panamax category.

The Baltic index, which tracks rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels to ferry dry bulk commodities, dropped 16 points, or 3.7%, to 415.

10. Coronavirus disrupts air and sea freight, prices set to rise -DSV

China’s fast-spreading coronavirus is squeezing air and sea freight capacity in the country with a spike in freight rates a likely consequence, one of the world’s biggest transport and logistics companies said.


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