InterManager Daily News 01.04.2020.

1. Container ship attacked, understood escaped

Container ship attacked in Gulf of Guinea in the morning Mar 31 while under way. Understood the ship increased speed, maybe did evasive maneuvering, and escaped pirates. Maybe there were armed guards on board, it’s yet unknown. Awaiting ship’s ID confirmation and additional information.

2. General cargo ship missing in South China sea, contacts lost since Mar 27

General cargo ship missing, contacts lost since Mar 27, South China sea, last known position dated Mar 27. The ship left port on Mar 25.

3. Chinese freighter sank after collision with fishing vessel, East China sea

Cargo ship XINDA 9 collided with fishing vessel ZHEPUYU 34197 at around 0230 Beijing time Mar 29 in Zhoushan waters, south of Shanghai, East China sea. XINDA 9 sank some 3 hours later, all crew rescued by joint efforts of rescue ships and fishing vessels in the area. ZHEPUYU 34197 remained afloat and reached nearest port. XINDA 9 was en route from Ningbo, her laden status unknown.

4. CMA CGM mega container ship stranded, waiting for virus test result

Mega container ship CMA CGM MARCO POLO wasn’t allowed to enter Algeciras Spain, on arrival from Southampton UK on Mar 30, after Master reported one sick crew with fever. CMA CGM MARCO POLO was anchored at Algeciras anchorage in the morning Mar 30, and as of morning Mar 31, remained in the same position, waiting for virus test result. The rest of the crew is undergoing constant health checks, understood they’ve been also tested.

5. COSCO bulk carrier Captain died on board, reportedly from coronavirus

COSCO bulk carrier FENG DE HAI arrived at Istanbul anchorage Marmara sea on Mar 26 from Conakry, Guinea, bound for Dneprobugskiy, Ukraine. Understood the ship arrived at Istanbul with Captain already dead, later it was said, that he died from coronavirus, though there’s absolutely no clarity in the whole story. Did he die during voyage, or while the ship was already anchored, or was he found to be infected after his death? His body already in coffin, was taken from the ship, to be transferred to his homeland.

6. European and American ports ready for box congestion

Shipping lines started calling at Chinese ports again three weeks ago as the infection rate in China declined and production resumed. Some but not all of the schedules blanked during February were reinstated as outputs started to rise again and a lot of boxes stranded during the initial lockdown finally sailed.

7. Hong Kong makes crew change allowances

The UK has designated seafarers as key workers, Singapore is allowing crew changes with a number of caveats, while measures have been put in place today to allow crew to land and board ship in Hong Kong. In India, the shipping minister is preparing procedures to ensure Indian crew can leave and join ships when calling at local ports.

8. Grieg Star: ‘Start with the value proposition first, not the solution’

On July 1 last year Matt Duke took over from Camilla Grieg as CEO of Grieg Star, one of the best known names in Norwegian shipowning. Coming from an IT background, Duke is busy transforming the company into a pioneer for the digital age.

Duke joined Grieg Star as chief business process officer in January 2018. He came from a role as VP digital platform maritime at Kongsberg Digital. Prior to that he worked for 14 years at Odfjell, lastly as corporate vice president IT.

9. Supramaxes struggle to sell

Supramaxes used to be among the easiest ships to sell on the secondhand market. No longer. Take for example the plight of the 2009-built Bulk Chile owned by Japan’s Hisafuku Kisen. The 55,000 dwt Kawasaki-built ship has just been withdrawn from sale after offers came in at around $10m, considerably lower than the $10.8m price tag VesselsValue has for this ship.

10. Asahi Tanker to build world’s first zero-emissions electric bunker tankers

The vessels are being designed by e5 Laboratories, a joint venture set up by Asahi Tanker with Exeno Yamamizu, MOL and Mitsubishi in August last year, to develop electrically powered ships and develop a platform to provide a lineup of services that takes advantage of electrically powered vessels and other cutting-edge technologies.


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