InterManager Daily News 13.03.2020.

1. Panic or coronavirus, what’s more dangerous?
Ferry BLUE STAR MYCONOS departed on Mar 11 from Kavala, northern Greece, with an hour delay, after one crew was taken to hospital with virus-like symptoms, whatever these symptoms may be. The ship according to her service schedule, was bound for Myrina, Lemnos island, and Mytilene. She reached Lemnos and was detained at Myrina until the result of coronavirus test will become known.

2. President Trump Just Suspended All Travel from Europe for 30 Days… He also said Trade and Cargo Was Prohibited – Update
In an Oval Officer address to the United States about the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump announced a ban on all travel from Europe to the United States for a period of this 30 days from this Friday night at midnight. It was easy to miss, but he also mentioned the prohibition would apply to trade and cargo.

3. Bouchard Secures Financing to Start Paying Crews
New York-based Bouchard Transportation Company says it has secured financing to start paying its tug and barge crews, including back pay.
“Over the weekend Bouchard was able to close on financing to start paying back vessel wages and meet other outstanding indebtedness, necessary to meet all our obligations,” President and CEO “Mort” Bouchard said in a letter distributed to the media.

4. CMA Shipping Conference Postponed
The Connecticut Maritime Association’s annual CMA Shipping conference has been postponed due to concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. CMA Shipping was planning on celebrating its 35th year from March 31 – April 2 in Stamford, Connecticut. The new dates have now been pushed to June 9 – July 1, 2020.

5. Danish shipping rallies around women in shipping movement
More local shipping companies are signing up to the Danish Shipping-led charter to get more women involved in the industry. The charter started with 13 companies signing up when it launched on January 23 this year. The movement that obliges signatories to actively focus on gender equality now has 24 companies signed up who represent 75% of the total number of employees within Danish Shipping’s membership.

6. Weekly Broker: Bulkers withdrawn from sale
Activities in the secondhand bulker S&P market scaled back this week with limited assets being put on the market for sale as the sellers are reviewing their ships’ profitability from both a sale and charter point of view with most vessel sizes – bar capes – now trading above opex.

7. BoComm Leasing orders 12 LR2 tankers for Shell charter
Chinese leasing house Bank of Communications Financial Leasing (BoComm Leasing) has officially placed orders for a total of twelve 120,000 dwt LR2 tankers at two Chinese yards for long-term charters to Shell. The company has ordered eight tankers at Guangzhou Shipyard International and another four at Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding. The price for the LNG dual-fuel vessels is $54m each, and the vessels will all be chartered to Shell under a 15-year arrangement after delivery in 2022.

8. The best man for the job; why the shipping industry so often misses the point of diversity
In 2008 fans watched with bated breath as the world’s fastest runners lined up to compete in the 100m sprint final at the Beijing Olympics. The spectacle of an Olympic final always attracts crowds, but this year millions of pairs of eyes were on an emerging superstar from Jamaica. With the world’s gaze trained upon him, Usain Bolt had a slow start off the blocks, but after 50 metres he was powering his way to the front of the field. By 80 metres, Bolt was so far clear of the pack that he threw his arms out in an emphatic declaration of victory long before he actually crossed the line.

9. Ships waiting more than a month to offload boxes at Lagos
Extraordinary ongoing delays at ports in and around Lagos in Nigeria are forcing liners to deploy extra ships to the region. In a note to clients yesterday German carrier Hapag-Lloyd revealed waiting times at APM Terminals’ Apapa facility exceed 30 days while calls to Bollore’s Tincan Island Container Terminal are also experiencing three-week delays.

10. Island Offshore secures new deals for six vessels
Norway’s Island Offshore has secured new contracts for six of its vessels, three of them long-term contracts for its platform supply vessels with Lundin. LNG-fuelled platform supply vessels Island Crusader and Island Contender have been awarded contracts by Lundin for 600 days and 400 days respectively, while another PSV Island Commander has been awarded a three-year deal. All three contracts include options.


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