InterManager Daily News 24.02.2020.

1. LPG tanker suffered fire, anchored at Kalamata

LPG tanker EPIC BURANO suffered fire in engine room in the evening Feb 19 in Mediterranean sea S of Peloponnese Greece, sailing in eastern direction after leaving Malta anchorage, port of destination unknown. Tanker was disabled, adrift for about 24 hours, resumed sailing in the afternoon Feb 20, fire extinguished by crew. The ship asked permission to call Kalamata port, Peloponnese, Greece, was granted access, reached Kalamata anchorage under own power, and anchored in the morning Feb 21.

2. Ro-ro cargo ship fire off Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Ro-ro cargo ship VOLCAN DE TENEGUIA reported fire on board shortly after leaving Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, in the afternoon Feb 22. The ship with vehicles and other cargo on board was bound for Cadiz Spain. SAR tug PUNTA SALINAS (IMO 7931894) responed with firefighters team, fire was taken under control by 2100 UTC, disabled ship was taken on tow and towed back to Santa Cruz, berthed at around 0100 UTC Feb 23. As of morning Feb 23, VOLCAN DE TENEGUIA remained berthed at port, extent of damages unknown.

3. Tanker dragged anchor, drifting towards coast, Gulf of Mexico

Feb 22 0420 UTC: Product tanker in ballast at night Feb 21 dragged anchor, drifting dangerously close to coast. The ship can’t hold against strong wind and waves brought by cold front, even with working engine. Port tugs can’t be deployed, weather is too rough for them.

4. Turkish freighter fire during Dardanelles transit

General cargo ship HAK suffered engine room fire while transiting Dardanelles in western direction, on Feb 20. Disabled ship was reportedly, anchored off Lapseki, later she was towed back to Marmara sea, and anchored off Demirtepe coast. The ship is en route from Ukraine Black sea, to Jaifa Israel, with cargo of barley.

5. Coronavirus threat hampers emergency medical assistance on ships

Russian 57-year old seaman on Feb 20 suffered serious right foot injury during routine works on board of Russian bulk carrier ORANGE LINK, anchored on Incheon anchorage, Korea, Yellow sea, since Feb 7. Medical team couldn’t board the ship until Coast Guard and Quarantine Service checked the crew on possible coronavirus infections. Nothing suspicious was found, medics boarded the ship and applied emergency treatment on board, patient later was transferred to hospital.

6. Effects on Shipping from the Coronavirus Effect Far and Wide

The effects from the Coronavirus have started to have a negative impact on a number of shipping-related industries and markets, from the dry bulk market, to the tanker and from ship-repair businesses in China, to crew-training schools in the Philippines. In its latest weekly report, shipbroker Intermodal said that “the coronavirus outbreak is estimated to negatively affect global economy by at least EUR400bn this year, representing around the 0.4% of global GDP.

7. Baltic index posts second weekly gain, but shipping activity slows

The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index rose for a fifth straight session on Friday, ending higher for a second straight week, as vessel rates rose despite concerns over the impact of coronavirus on global growth. The Baltic index, which tracks rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels that ferry dry bulk commodities, rose 17 points, or 3.5%, to 497.

8. Shipping industry faces $370 million hit from new Panama Canal charge

A new “freshwater” charge that came in this month to help the Panama Canal cope with climate change will cost the shipping industry up to $370 million a year, marking another blow for maritime companies already hit by fallout from the coronavirus.

9. Coronavirus disease 2019 – IMO urges no unnecessary delays to ships

Following reports received regarding the impacts on the shipping industry of the sudden and rapid outbreak of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), IMO has issued a Circular Letter advising Member States and others on implementation and enforcement of relevant IMO Instruments.

10. Struggling U.S. shale producers lose profitable niche

Swooning prices for natural gas liquids (NGLs) such as butane and propane have dealt another blow to hard-hit U.S. shale producers, hampering the one market niche that had been supporting companies that slashed spending and reallocated rigs to bolster thin profits.


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