1. Maritime Champions League
InterManager has launched its ‘Maritime Champions League’ to recognise the triumphs and effort of the maritime industry. Both the mainstream and maritime press continue to paint a bleak picture of the shipping industry, undermining the tremendous efforts undertaken by many ship and crew managers, which has been causing sorrow and demotivation among the seafaring community. The website page will recognise the efforts of the seafaring community, and can be a place where ship managers share their successful crew repatriation achievements. Whether making huge strides or changing the circumstances of a handful of seafarers, every little helps. The League table is live on the InterManager website at https://bit.ly/3clHOLa and will be continuously updated with relevant data as and when it becomes available. https://www.intermanager.org/maritime-champions/
2. Master of bulk carrier died in his chair
Master of a bulk carrier AURORA CHRISTINE, berthed at Cilacap, southern Java, died on May 10 sitting in his chair. Understood 52-year old Master died from some kind of stroke or attack, and so-called coronavirus has nothing to do with it. His body, nevertheless, was taken off the board in accordance with all biohazard protocols, while all crew were tested for infection, non were found test positive. The ship with cargo of coal arrived from southern Kalimantan on May 8. http://www.maritimebulletin.net/2020/05/12/master-of-bulk-carrier-died-in-his-chair/
3. World’s Largest Containership Departs China with Record Load
The world’s largest containership has departed China carrying a record 19,621 TEUs.
South Korean shipping line HMM said its new HMM Algeciras departed the Port of Yantian on May 8 bound for Rotterdam with 19,621 TEUs loaded on board. https://gcaptain.com/worlds-largest-containership-departs-china-with-record-load/
4. Sailboat Operator Cited for ‘Rule 9’ Violation After Crossing in Front of Tanker Near Stockton
The 25-foot sailboat crossed in front of the bow of a 550-foot tanker on April 18 while transiting a narrow channel in the vicinity of Stockton. The U.S. Coast Guard cited the operator and fined him for violating 33 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 83.09, commonly referred to as Rule 9. https://gcaptain.com/sailboat-operator-cited-for-rule-9-violation-after-crossing-in-front-of-tanker-near-stockton/
5. Riverbank Collapse Disrupts Shipping on Argentina’s Parana River
Ships transporting cargo from Argentina’s Rosario grain hub through the Parana River are having to reduce their cargoes after a bank collapse obstructed the navigation channel, exporters told Reuters.
Dredgers are working in the Parana to the south of the Rosario complex to try to restore the necessary depth of water for export traffic, but at present have no estimate of when normal operations on the grains superhighway can resume.
6. Searchers Locate Wreck of Unsinkable USS Nevada
Deepwater searchers have located the wreck of the famed USS Nevada off the coast of Hawaii. A team consisting of U.S.-based archaeology firm SEARCH, Inc. and robotics company Ocean Infinity announced the discovery on Monday. USS Nevada was located 65 nautical miles southwest of Pearl Harbor at a depth of over 15,400 feet. https://gcaptain.com/searchers-locate-wreck-of-unsinkable-uss-nevada/
7. Container Charter Market Goes ‘Boom to Bust’ in Just Four Months
Ocean carriers are scrambling to cut costs as the demand for liner services continues to plummet, and the off-hiring of chartered tonnage is top of their agenda. Hapag-Lloyd chief executive Rolf Habben Jansen said yesterday that the carrier would return a further “small double-digit number” of ships from the 129 it has on time charters. https://gcaptain.com/container-charter-market-goes-boom-to-bust-in-just-four-months/
8. India’s Dry Bulk, Energy Shipping To Normalize In 3-4 Months: Essar Ports CEO
Cargo handing at Indian ports is expected to bounce back in May as an extended countrywide lockdown nears an end, but it would take at least three to four months for operations to completely normalize and return to pre-COVID 19 levels assuming there is no further extension, the CEO of Essar Ports Ltd. said. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/India’s+dry+bulk%2C+energy+shipping+to+normalize+in+3-4+months%3A+Essar+Ports+CEO
9. What Have We Learnt From COVID-19 So Far?
The markets, particularly for shipping, oil and stocks, have been highly volatile over the last few months and the news cycle endless. In these times of uncertainty, real time and objective data is critical to understand and take advantage of the ever evolving situation. Below are three thoughts on what we have recently learnt from our data over this time, and one comment on how the world may finally be perceiving cargo shipping in a new positive light. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/What+have+we+learnt+from+COVID-19+so+far%3F
10. Optimarin Meets Demand For Flexible Financing With Industry First BWT Leasing Offer
Ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin has adopted a novel approach to meet growing demand for flexible financing solutions. The Norwegian headquartered business, which has now sold around 1000 of its USCG approved systems, is offering the first leasing option within the BWT segment. The innovation has been conceived to meet market demand from owners and operators, helping them meet regulatory requirements without large CAPEX outlays. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Optimarin+meets+demand+for+flexible+financing+with+industry+first+BWT+leasing+offer