InterManager Daily News 21.02.2020.

1. Two crew of bulk carrier found infected with virus at Chennai UPDATE test negative

UPDATE: According to latest news, samples tested coronavirus negative, cargo probably, will be offloaded. Understood two virus suspect crew are kept on board, isolated from other crew. The ship meanwhile, seems to be still in a quarantine or lockdown. Hopefully, it’s a happy end, though it’s really difficult to follow development and separate confirmed info from rumors.

2. Migrants are illegal if brought by merchant ships, legal if brought by NGO/CG. Rocket science.

Tanker HARALD MAERSK on Feb 8 had to interrupt her voyage from Conakry to Amsterdam, and make emergency call at Vigo Spain, because of 3 extremely aggressive stowaways on board. Tanker berthed at Vigo in the morning Feb 8, and as of Feb 19, she’s still at Vigo. The story is about to finish soon, 3 stowaways (failed migrants) are to be sent back to Conakry by flight, escorted by security team, on the expense of ship owner MAERSK.

3. Capesizes Sold for Scrap Increase In Numbers

The Capesize market has long been in negative territory, leaving ship owners with older ships in their “arsenal” with little no options. As such, over the course of the past few weeks, there’s been a wave of sales for demolition. In its latest weekly report, shipbroker Clarkson Platou Hellas said that “after what has been a ferocious start to the year with 11 large dry units (VLOC’s/Capes) already sold into the Sub-continent for recycling, the market re-caught its breath and, unfortunately, briefly paused

4. Cooperating to counter maritime crime

IMO’s ongoing work to counter piracy/armed robbery against ships and other illicit activities at sea is underway at the Mohammed Bin Naif Academy for Maritime Science and Security Studies, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (9-27 February). Participants from 18 countries* are sharing best practices and learning skills to deal with maritime crimes at sea – including piracy/robbery, drug trafficking, marine terrorism, weapons smuggling, human trafficking and more.

5. Qatar achieves leading position in international maritime transport sector

Qatar has made significant investment in transport sector which has placed the country in a leading position in global maritime sector. Qatar’s maritime sector has secured high ranks in several global rankings, said Minister of Transport and Communications, H E Jassim bin Saif bin Ahmed Al Sulaiti, yesterday.

6. Sulfur Cap Update: Ban On Carriage Of Non-Compliant Fuels

Members are reminded that for vessels not fitted with an exhaust gas cleaning system (i.e. “scrubber”) all remaining fuel oil on board exceeding the 0.5% sulfur limit must be removed before March 1, 2020. The provision does not apply to fuel oil that is being carried as cargo.

7. More Troubles for Tankers as US Sanctions Rosneft Trading S.A.?

The Trump administration has designated Rosneft Trading S.A., a Geneva-based subsidiary of the Russian state-controlled global energy giant Rosneft Oil Company, for operating in the oil sector of the Venezuelan economy. The sanctions are expected to make it more difficult for Venezuela to export oil, especially to China and India, exerting further pressure on the tanker market.

8. Scorpio Tankers Reaps Fruit of Scrubber Project

Monaco-based tanker owner and operator Scorpio Tankers informed that vessels in its fleet equipped with scrubbers have been earning more money than those without exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) since the IMO sulphur cap entered into force.

9. Falkland Islands to Build New Port in Stanley Habour

The Falkland Islands Government (FIG) has selected a development partner to design and build a new port in Stanley Harbour. After a global procurement process, it was decided that BAM Nuttall Ltd would be FIG’s development partner, subject to successful conclusion of contract. The aim is for the contract to be agreed and signed by the end of March 2020, according to the government.

10. Seaspan Boasts Stellar Operating Earnings

Hong Kong-based Seaspan Corporation posted a record USD 687 million operating earnings for the full year of 2019, which included USD 227 million of income related to the modification of time charters. For the fourth quarter of 2019, the company recorded operating earnings of USD 116.5 million, down from USD 134.3 million reported in the same quarter in 2018.


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