InterManager Daily News 15.04.2020.

1. Getting rid of ship’s stowaways is equal to murder attempt

Imagine your house invaded by some vagabonds, and whom you can’t throw out, because it will be an attempted murder…

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) is working with police in their investigation into an incident in which two stowaways were apparently thrown off a ship just off the KwaZulu-Natal Coast last month. In a statement issued on Apr 12, Samsa said the investigation followed allegations by two Tanzanian nationals that they were thrown overboard from the bulk carrier TOP GRACE, after illegally boarding the vessel while it was berthed at Durban harbour. They boarded the vessel by climbing up the mooring ropes and hiding in the chain locker.”

2. Dutch freighter disabled, anchored while leaving La Coruna

General cargo ship KARL JAKOB K suffered engine failure caused by fuel pump (thanks to, most probably, IMO 2020 Sulphur Cap), while leaving port of La Coruna, Spain, in the afternoon Apr 13. The ship had to anchor in emergency, understood later she was taken to port’ anchorage. The ship resumed voyage in the evening same day, after fixing the problem.

Accident caused by engine failures due to low sulphur fuels mess, have become a pandemic, adding up to woes shipping suffers from “deadly corona pandemic” insanity.

3. Tanker crew fell overboard while fixing pilot ladder, missing, France

55-year old Latvian seaman, crew of Latvian tanker ELANDRA BALTIC, fell overboard in the morning Apr 13 while fixing pilot ladder to take pilot on board, on arrival at Fos-sur-mer, France. SAR was launched, with deployment of helicopter, SAR speedboat, pilot boats and inflatable boat, but unfortunately, missing seaman wasn’t found notwithstanding calm weather, and in the afternoon SAR was suspended. Tanker was anchored at Fos-sur-mer anchorage at around 1000 UTC.

4. Record Oil Output Cuts Fail to Make Waves in Coronavirus-Hit Market

The minimal impact on oil prices from a global deal for record output cuts showed that oil producers have a mountain to climb if they are to restore market balance as the coronavirus shreds demand and sends stockpiles soaring, industry watchers said.

After several days of deliberation, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and allies led by Russia hammered out an agreement to cut output by 9.7 million barrels per day in May and June, equal to nearly 10% of global supply.

5. Business of Shipping: What’s Happening with VLCC Storage?

Moderate production cuts announced Sunday by the world’s major crude oil producers should reduce what has been the critical need for floating storage used to warehouse excess production, and ease charter rates for storage vessels.

On Sunday, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and 21 other oil producing nations agreed to reduce production by 9.7 million barrels per day starting in May. That will be followed by smaller, scheduled production cuts running through April 2022.

6. Carnival Cruise Lines Extends Sailing Suspension Until June 27

Carnival Cruise Lines has suspended all North American sailings through June 26, 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Carnival announced the extended pause in operations in a post on Twitter.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the suspension applied to all Carnival Corp. brands since each brand is run independently.

7. USS Theodore Roosevelt Sailor Dies After Contracting COVID-19

A U.S. Navy sailor died on Monday after contracting the coronavirus, marking the first death of a sailor assigned to the coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt.

Late last month the captain of the aircraft carrier, in a blunt letter, called on Navy leadership for stronger measures to save the lives of his sailors and stop the spread of the coronavirus aboard the huge ship.

8. Asian LSFO traders hunt for storage space as oil dives deep into contango

Singapore-based oil traders have been looking to store crude in tankers since the start of the year, as a widening contango makes large-scale storage profitable in a market marred by languishing demand and a supply glut, shipping sources told S&P Global Platts.

9. China steel body says EU anti-dumping duties on stainless steel are ‘over-protection’

China’s Iron and Steel Association said provisional anti-dumping duties the EU has imposed on some of China’s stainless steel products are excessive.

„Hot rolled stainless steel products are included in the EU’s steel safeguard measures, which had given China quotas of imports,” the industry association told Reuters in a note. “The anti-dumping duties this time is over-protection.”

10. Liberian Registry launches first-ever dynamic detention prevention programme

The Liberian Registry has developed and released a dynamic Detention Prevention Programme (DPP), which is an automated Port State Control (PSC) risk assessment system that focuses on preparedness before Liberian vessels enter into port. This valuable tool and pl¬¬atform is offered to Liberian-flagged ships free of charge.


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