InterManager Daily News 28.02.2020.

1. Explosions and fire in cargo ship hold, Hai Phong

General cargo ship NEW WIND, docked at ship repair yard in Hai Phong, suffered fire in cargo hold in the afternoon Feb 26. Reportedly, fire was preceded by explosions. Fire was taken under control in half an hour, by yard firefighters, reinforced by city fire teams. The ship is under repairs since early February. Nobody was injured, extent of damages unknown.

2. VLOC bulk carrier STELLAR BANNER near capsize, POLARIS Statement

VLOC bulk carrier STELLAR BANNER loaded with ore developed heavy starboard side list, with cargo deck partially under water, at around 0000 UTC Feb 25, north of Sao Luis, Brazil. The ship left port of Ponta da Madeira, Brazil, on Feb 24, bound for Qingdao, reportedly she suffered water ingress in cargo hold or holds, or probably it was cargo shift. As of 1700 UTC Feb 26, the ship remains afloat, with AIS on. At least 4 tugs and SAR ships are engaged in salvage, it is said, that they’re trying to tow giant ship to shallow waters, to prevent sinking. Crew safe.

3. Shipping needs urgent actions to survive virus crisis and maintain supply chains

Some National Maritime Authorities are already responding to coronavirus outbreak and havoc it brought on shipping, the best example being The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

4. Pacific Basin tipped to have taken another ultramax

Shortly after shaking hands with Hong Kong dry bulk owner Taylor Maritime, selling the 2011-built Mitsui supramax Nord Fuji, a new sale has emerged. This week brokers tell Splash that Triton has let go of the 61,300 dwt Oshima-built ultramax, White Hawk, for just over $15m. Sources link another active Hong Kong owner to the ship – Mats Berglund-led Pacific Basin.

5. Internet of logistics moves a step closer with signing of GSBN shareholders agreement

The nine founding members of the CargoSmart-led Global Shipping Business Network (GSBN) have signed a shareholders agreement as the pioneering blockchain grouping moves nearer to an official launch. The group has set out to come up with shared digital solutions for the shipping industry. It features heavyweight names including CMA CGM, Cosco, Hapag-Lloyd, Hutchison Ports, OOCL, Port of Qingdao, PSA International and Shanghai International Port Group with CargoSmart – now owned by Cosco – serving as the facilitator, providing software solutions and services.

6. Evergreen debuts digital platform

Evergreen Line has launched a new digital platform to allow clients to access instant quotes and get secured space on its ships. The GreenX platform officially debuted yesterday after a soft launch in January from the Taiwanese line, the world’s seventh largest carrier. The digital platform is powered by BlueX Trade, a neutral freight tech supplier.

7. Seacor subsidiary bolsters crisis comms footprint

Two maritime PR/crisis communications firms have been bought out by Witt O’Brien’s, an emergency management subsidiary of New York-listed Seacor Holdings. No price has been revealed for the acquisition of London-based Navigate and Singapore’s Helix Media. The move positions Witt O’Brien’s on a par with MTI Network, the current largest maritime crisis communications specialist.

8. Unix Line pleads guilty to ship pollution charges

Singapore-based Unix Line, the primary ship management arm of MOL chemical Tankers, has pleaded guilty in a federal court in the US to a violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. Unix Line admitted that its crew members onboard the 26,200 dwt tanker Zao Galaxy knowingly failed to record in the vessel’s oil record book the overboard discharge of oily bilge water without the use of required pollution-prevention equipment during the vessel’s voyage from the Philippines to Richmond, California.

9. International Chamber Of Shipping (ICS) Meet With World Health Organization (WHO) To Discuss Impact Of COVID-19

International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) Secretary General, Guy Platten, will lead a delegation of industry leaders to meet with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva.

COVID-19 is having a significant impact on the shipping sector and the industry is working closely with the WHO to ensure that guidelines for industry and governments help limit the spread of COVID-19, whilst maintaining international trade. ICS is currently working on updated guidance for industry. Guy Platten will be joined by representatives of other shipping industry bodies and shipowners, including the MSC Group who are based in Geneva, in the meeting with senior representatives of the WHO and IMO

10. Restrictions On The Use Of Open-Loop Scrubbers In France, Portugal, Spain And Gibraltar

Members with ships fitted with scrubbers and trading in European ports are advised that based on the information provided by the club’s correspondents in France, Portugal, Spain and Gibraltar that there are restrictions placed on the use of open loop systems.


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