InterManager Daily News 14.05.2020.

1. 2 accidents: Bulk carrier in Med, ro-ro cargo ship in East China sea
Bulk carrier reportedly ran aground while entering port in Mediterranean, in the evening May12. As of 0915 UTC May 13, she was still aground.
Ro-ro cargo ship contacted breakwater at night May 12 while leaving port in East China sea. Both breakwater and vessel sustained damages, but after inspection the ship was found to remain seaworthy, and has been allowed to resumed voyage.

2. Panamax container ship under quarantine until May 16, Brazil
Container ship BARBARA is put under quarantine until May 17 at Santos Anchorage, Brazil, until May 16, after 10 crew tested positive for what’s called coronavirus. Results of the test became known on May 9. The ship arrived at Santos on May 1 and was taken to anchorage on May 2, understood after completing cargo works. Understood no crew was and is in need of intensive care or hospitalization, and most of those found positive don’t have any illness symptoms.

3. Workers Start to Fall Ill at Brazil’s Busiest Port
At least three privately-run terminals that handle soybeans, corn, sugar and coffee at Brazil’s Santos port have registered two cases each of Covid-19 in the past two weeks, according to people with direct knowledge who asked not to be identified because the matter hasn’t been made public.

4. Saudi Crude Flotilla Faces Delays Ahead of U.S. Arrival
Increased crude deliveries from OPEC’s largest producer to the U.S. Gulf Coast and the reliance on a limited number of small ships contracted by buyers to help unload the cargoes are causing lengthier wait times, said market participants. The delays may even worsen before they ease, they said.

5. Container Volumes Continue to Slide at the Port of Long Beach
The Port of Long Beach today reported container volumes of 519,730 TEU last month, down 17.3% from April 2019, the port’s busiest April on record. Imports slid 20.2% to 253,540 TEUs, while exports also declined 17.2% to 102,502 TEUs. Empty containers headed overseas decreased 12.2% to 163,688 TEUs.

6. Development of First Fully Autonomous Ship Put on Hold Due Coronavirus
In 2017, Norwegian fertilizer producer Yara teamed up with maritime technology company Kongsberg to develop the first fully autonomous and zero-emission containership. The 120 TEU ship, named Yara Birkeland, was planned cut emissions and reduce road transport by up to 40,000 truckloads per year while transporting fertilizer products from Yara’s Porsgrunn plant to Norway’s Brevik and Larvik ports.

7. Hin Leong Shipping Unit Ocean Tankers Placed Under Court-Appointed Supervisor
Two Singapore-based executives of consultancy EY have been appointed as the Interim Judicial Managers (IJM) of Singaporean shipping firm Ocean Tankers (Pte) Ltd, a unit of troubled oil trader Hin Leong Trading Pte Ltd, EY told Reuters on Tuesday.

8. India Reopens Economy But Millions Refuse To Budge In Face Of High Risks
INDIA is gradually easing stay-at-home restrictions across the country, but the return to work in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic faces serious difficulties, reports Bloomberg.
Apart from labour shortages and slack demand, businesses are living with the threat they’ll be shut down for several weeks if a single infection is detected.

9. Capesize Shipping Rates Sink 21% In A Single Day
The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) rose to fame in the mid-2000s as a leading indicator of the global economy. If the BDI went up, industrial production was set to increase; if it went down, vice versa. The BDI lost its luster as a macro bellwether during the decade after the financial crisis, as the index became overwhelmingly driven by shipping oversupply, not cargo demand.

10. Port Charges Still Haunt Importers Despite Govt Diktat On Fee Waiver
After getting relief on penalty levied by shipping companies, importers are now knocking the government doors against container freight service (CFS) and inland container depot (ICD) operators for not adhering to Shipping Ministry notification on waiver of demurrage and other charges due to Covid lockdown.


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