InterManager Daily News 01.05.2020.

1. Freighter stuck between river banks, Suriname

General cargo ship AIM reportedly went out of control while navigating Cottica river, Suriname, South America, on Apr 27, and got stuck between two banks. The ship managed to free itself, with assistance of tug, and continued voyage. Strong current and narrow channel said to be the cause of the mishap. The ship understood to sustain no or superficial damages, while locals claim she destroyed village’s jetty and fishing nets.

2. Disabled in Dardanelles tanker towed to anchorage

Product tanker LOUTRO suffered mechanical failure in the morning Apr 29 of Canakkale, while transiting Dardanelles in eastern direction, en route from Greece to Derince Turkey, western Marmara sea. Disabled tanker drifted for some time, was taken under control by SAR tugs and towed to Erenkoy anchorage, Dardanelles, where she was brought to anchor. As of 1500 UTC Apr 29, tanker remained in the same position.

3. Dry bulk heading towards ‘sweet spot’: John Michael Radziwill

Speaking from Monaco in an entertaining new episode of the Maritime CEO Leader Series powered by Ocean Technologies Group, John Michael Radziwill, CEO of GoodBulk, argued that people need to change their mindset when thinking about being stuck at home because of the threat posed by Covid-19.

4. International Transport Forum warns governments to be careful bailing out debt-laden carriers

The International Transport Forum (ITF), which works under the auspices of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, is set to lock horns with the liner community once again, issuing a 10-page report yesterday cautioning governments from rushing to bail out debt-laden carriers in the coming months.

5. Keppel Offshore & Marine reduces local workforce by over 20,000

Singapore’s Keppel Offshore & Marine has cut its workforce by more than 95% at its local yards due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In an online media conference, Loh Chin Hua, CEO of Keppel Corporation, said the group’s Singapore yards currently only have around 1,000 workers compared to levels of around 22,000 to 23,000 workers at the end of March.

6. Murakami to retire as chairman of K Line

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has anounced its chairman, Eizo Murakami, will retire on June 23 but will continue to hold the title of special executive advisor. In Japanese corporate culture the chairman position tends to be a largely ceremonial role after a period as CEO en route to retirement.

7. Aframax Size Dirty Tankers Clean Up To Step Up Earnings: Sources

Aframaxes and double-coated dirty tankers are cleaning up to store and move refined products, in order to step up their earnings and take advantage of the sharp rise in freight rates, market participants said Wednesday.

8. Xeneta Container Rates Alert: Proactive Strategies From Carriers Help Ocean Freight Rates Stand Strong In Face Of Coronavirus

As the global economy reels from the ongoing impact of the corona virus, hard work and strategic thinking from the carrier community appears to have mitigated immediate damage to long-term contracted ocean freight rates. Despite the spectacular drop in economic activity, unprecedented rises in unemployment, and the apparent certainty of global depression, the latest XSI® Public Indices report from Xeneta shows that rates actually climbed during April. The rise, although small at 0.7%, reverses the decline seen in March, reinstating a trend of gradual monthly increases that began in October 2019.

9. Fixed Gas Detection Systems – Are You Sure The Correct Gas Concentration Is Displayed?

Over the years there have been many incidents in the shipping industry involving leakage of flammable and toxic gases into pump rooms, void spaces, engine rooms and other compartments. A mixture of gas in the air beyond certain concentration levels can be life threatening for crew entering these spaces and pose a serious fire risk. The International Gas Carrier Code (IGC Code) states that gas detection equipment shall be installed to monitor the integrity of the cargo containment, cargo handling and ancillary systems, and should be tested in accordance with recognized standards. To ensure that the fixed gas detection system operates effectively, timely and accurate calibration of the sensors is critical.–+are+you+sure+the+correct+gas+concentration+is+displayed%3F

10. Overarching Trends in the World, Due to and Post COVID-19

While you might find this statement a bit overly dramatic, it is nevertheless true. The worldwide crisis induced by Covid-19 has not only changed the way we look at risks from new viruses and travel-accelerated global pandemics, it has also changed the way we will live, work, communicate and drive business going forward. Although we have to be a bit more specific: The virus is not the reason these changes occur but rather the catalyst that makes them happen right here and right now.


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