1. Not again! MSC OPERA with some 3,000 people faces nightmarish quarantine, Greece.
More than 2,000 passengers on board of cruise ship MSC OPERA are told not to leave the ship, which is due to visit Corfu Island, Greece, on Mar 5. Austrian tourist, who travelled on board of MSC OPERA last week and departed in Italy on Feb 28, was tested positive for coronavirus on return to Austria. All 2,000 passengers on Mar 4 have been told to remain on board of cruise ship after being urgently called back from excursions in Athens. http://www.maritimebulletin.net/2020/03/04/not-again-msc-opera-with-some-3000-people-faces-nightmarish-quarantine-greece/
2. Uzma awarded plug and abandonment contract by Shell
Malaysian oil and gas services provider Uzma has been awarded new contracts by Shell and Petronas. Uzma Engineering has been awarded a contract by Shell for the provision of platform wells plug and abandonment campaign for Sarawak 2020. The works will be done at two Shell-operated platforms involving five wells, and work is expected to start in April and be completed by November. https://splash247.com/uzma-awarded-plug-and-abandonment-contract-by-shell/
3. P&O Maritime Logistics appoints new CEO to replace departing Kofod-Olsen
DP World’s P&O Maritime Logistics (POML) has appointed Martin Helweg as its new chief executive officer, replacing Rene Kofod-Olsen. The company did not give a reason the departure of Kofod-Olsen leaving. Formerly the CEO of Topaz, Kofod-Olsen helped transition the merger of the company into P&O Maritime to form POML late last year. https://splash247.com/po-maritime-logistics-appoints-new-ceo-to-replace-departing-kofod-olsen/
4. Roll Group signs deal for Bintan yard
Roll Group will participate in the further development of BOMC, where its company yard will also be located. It says the deal is an important step in executing its growth strategy in the Asia Pacific region after the opening of offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Korea last year. https://splash247.com/roll-group-signs-deal-for-bintan-yard/
5. South Korea faces ‘unprecedented’ supply chain chaos from spread of coronavirus
South Korea is grappling with supply chain chaos not seen since Hanjin Shipping collapsed four years ago. The escalation of the coronavirus in South Korea has caused major burdens on many industries in the country, including manufacturing, shipping, ports and shipyards.
South Korea has raised its alert status to the highest level after it became the most coronavirus-hit country outside of China with the total number of infected people now standing at more than 5,200.https://splash247.com/south-korea-faces-unprecedented-supply-chain-chaos-from-spread-of-coronavirus/
6. Shipping accused of being worse than Big Tobacco when it comes to human rights and sustainability
It is almost a decade since the United Nations adopted its principles on business and human rights, but a new report out this week suggests shipping continues to ignore the livelihoods of its most precious commodity, the men and women working at sea, with international shipping groups coming in for particular stick. https://splash247.com/shipping-accused-of-being-worse-than-big-tobacco-when-it-comes-to-human-rights-and-sustainability/
7. Cargo ship beached by storm, partially sank, Vietnam
General cargo ship DUC MINH 555, loaded with limestone, encountered rough weather with strong wind and high waves in Ha Tinh Province waters, Vietnam, Gulf of Tonkin, while sailing south to port of Quang Ngai, Quang Ngai Province. The ship couldn’t keep against wind and waves, and was pushed aground at around on the coast in vicinity 18 12N 106 16E, at around 0300 LT (UTC +7) Mar 5. Nine crew managed to leave the ship and get to the shore, understood all are safe. http://www.maritimebulletin.net/2020/03/05/cargo-ship-beached-by-storm-partially-sank-vietnam/
8. Cruise Stocks Plunge
Shares of U.S. cruise operators sunk on Thursday after the Grand Princess ocean liner, owned by Carnival Corp, was barred from returning to its home port of San Francisco on coronavirus fears after at least 20 people aboard fell ill. https://gcaptain.com/cruise-stocks-plunge/
9. Equinor: Exploratory Carbon Storage Well Drilled in Norway
Norwegian energy giant Equinor and its partners Shell and Total have completed exploration drilling of a well that could serve as a reservoir for carbon storage.
The 31/5-7 Eos well is located south of the Troll field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The purpose of the drilling was to determine the suitability of the reservoir in the Johansen formation for carbon dioxide storage. https://gcaptain.com/equinor-exploratory-carbon-storage-well-drilled-in-norway/
10. Jury Opposes Felony Charges for Protesters Who Shut Houston Ship Channel
A Texas grand jury on Wednesday declined to issue felony indictments against a group of Greenpeace USA activists who closed a key oil export waterway for 18 hours last year by tying themselves to a Houston bridge and dangling over the water. https://gcaptain.com/jury-opposes-felony-charges-for-protesters-who-shut-houston-ship-channel/