InterManager Daily News 02.10.2020.

1. Cruise ship sunk Venezuelan Navy ship and fled, probably right decision

Venezuela Navy Patrol Ship ANBV NAIGUATA (GCG-23) sank after collision with cruise ship RCGS RESOLUTE early in the morning Mar 30 northwest of La Tortuga island, Venezuela, Caribbean. Patrol ship was patrolling whatever she was patrolling, cruise ship was on Buenos Aires – Willemstad Curacao run, berthing there same day. According to Venezuelan Military command, RCGS RESOLUTE “in a cowardly and criminal manner fled collision site and didn’t try to rescue the crew of sinking ship”. All 44 crew of ANBV NAIGUATA were rescued, details unknown.

2. Korean tanker collided with Japanese freighter, Kawasaki

Korean tanker SUNRISE SAMBU collided with Japanese cargo ship SEIKAI MARU at around 0720 Tokyo time Apr 1 in Kawasaki waters, below Tokyo Bay Aqua Line Expressway, both vessels being under way at the time of collision. Tanker sustained portside bow damages, cargo ship hull was damaged portside midship. Tanker was brought to anchor at Kawasaki anchorage, cargo ship was berthed in Kawasaki Port. No injures, no leak reported.

3. All crew quarantined, freighter resumed voyage with relief crew, Russian Arctic

Engineer of Russian NorNickel-owned ice-class cargo ship NORILSKIY NICKEL was tested virus positive while the ship was en route from Murmansk to Dudinka, North-West Russa. The ship docked at Arkhangel port, White sea, where all the crew was taken off the ship and put under quarantine. The ship was disinfected, manned with relief crew, and resumed voyage to Dudinka on Mar 31.

4. Chinese cargo ship sank in Taiwan Strait, crew rescued

Cargo ship JIANGHAIYANGHONGWEI reported sinking at around 0000 Beijing time Mar 31 some 50 nm southeast of Pingtan, Fujian Province, northern Taiwan Strait. SAR ship DONG HAI JIU 116 was sent to assist, when she approached disaster site, cargo ship already sank, leaving 5 crew in the water. 4 crew were spotted with the help of searchlights and picked up from water, fifth crew was found about an hours later and rescued, also safe.

5. U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Ship Owner in Athos I ‘Safe Berth’ Case

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that CITGO is responsible and must pay back cleanup costs for the 2004 oil spill on the Delaware River after CITGO-charted tanker Athos I struck a submerged anchor while docking. The Supreme Court decision ultimately puts to rest the interpretation of the “safe berth” warranty under U.S. law.

6. Cruise Ship with Coronavirus Outbreak Sails to Uncertain Florida Welcome

A Dutch cruise ship that has been in limbo since cases of the coronavirus were confirmed onboard faces an uncertain welcome at its planned destination in Florida, where the governor says he does not want sick passengers “dumped” on the state. Holland America Line’s MS Zaandam was allowed to pass through the Panama Canal on Sunday. It had been stuck off Panama’s Pacific coast after the company announced the vessel had confirmed cases of the coronavirus on board and that four guests had died.

7. India: Govt Asks Ports, Shipping Lines To Waive Demurrage, Ground Rent On Non-Containerised EXIM Cargo

The shipping ministry has directed the dozen state-owned ports on Tuesday to waive demurrage, ground rent beyond allowed free period, penal anchorage/berth hire charges and any other performance related penalties that may be levied on port related activities for the reasons attributable to lockdown measures from March 22 to April 14.

8. Traders Scramble To Sell Cheap Crude Cargoes As Glut Grows

Oil traders across the globe are offering cargoes far in advance as rapidly vanishing demand drives key physical crude prices to multi-decade lows, with some U.S. oil valued at roughly $10 a barrel. The oil market is caught between a collapse in demand due to the coronavirus pandemic and a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia. Both factors are expected to flood markets with oil.

9. No 2020 VLSFO Supply Crunch Expected Due To COVID-19: Alphatanker

This year is unlikely to see any supply crunch in the very low sulfur fuel oil market because of the unexpected demand destruction caused by the coronavirus pandemic, according to analysts from tanker market intelligence company Alphatanker “The demand-destructive effects of COVID-19 have ensured that there will be no VLSFO supply crunch,” the analysts wrote in a note. The market had been geared up for “strong demand and tight supply” in the wake of the IMO 2020 low sulfur cap on marine fuel.

10. New Publication Offers Updated Maritime Security Guidance For Mariners Operating Off West Africa And The Gulf Of Guinea

Industry organisations, supported by government and military organisations, have worked together to produce a new publication that will help mariners detect, deter and delay external threats to their safety. Best Management Practices to Enhance Maritime Security for Vessels & Mariners Operating Off the Coast of West Africa including the Gulf of Guinea (BMP WA) consolidates and enhances existing guidance for specific threats in this region.


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