InterManager Daily News 22.05.2020.

1. Livestock carrier arrested, drug search under way, Spain
Livestock carrier NEAMEH early in the morning May 21 was intercepted while transiting Gibraltar, and taken to Algeciras Spain, on a suspicion of drug trafficking. The ship with cattle shipment is en route from Cartagena Colombia to Damietta Egypt. She was berthed, search is under way, nothing found so far. Hopefully, nothing finally, will be found, and the ship will be cleared to continue voyage. The reasons to suspect ship in drug trafficking, which led to her seizure, aren’t disclosed.

2. Tanker contacted embankment, damaged, Volga river, Russia
Tanker ALEKSANDR SHEMAGIN went out of control and struck Canal embankment at Balakovo, Saratov Region, river Volga, Russia, in the evening May 20. Tanker was sailing upstream, en route from Rostov-on-Don to Syzran, Volga, probably in ballast. According to witnesses reports, tanker contacted embankment two times, watch video.

3. Hapag-Lloyd container ship hit by positive tests, stuck in Durban
Hapag-Lloyd on May 20 issued a press-release with details on virus related incident, involving container ship MONTPELLIER:
Middle East India Africa Express (MIAX) service – MV “Montpellier” voyage 2017w – COVID-19 Incident We regret to inform you that during normal operations our MV “Montpellier” voyage 2017w, deployed in our Middle East India Africa Express (MIAX) service, two members of the crew tested positive for COVID-19 in Durban, South Africa.

4. Ship attacked in Gulf of Guinea, probably boarded
Cargo ship was attacked in Gulf of Guinea SSW of Bonny, Nigeria, at around 1600 UTC May 20. The ship wasn’t identified in piracy alert message, but according to tracks, positions and time, attacked ship is highly likely, Polish general cargo ship ESL AUSTRALIA, en route from Takoradi Ghana to Douala Cameroon. As of 1700 UTC May 20, the ship was either disabled and drifting, or proceeding at slow speed. Usually it means, that pirates boarded the ship and took her under control.

5. Bahri Puts LNG Tanker Plan on Hold, Sources Say
Saudi Aramco’s shipping division Bahri has put on hold plans to charter up to 12 liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers after Sempra Energy delayed its decision on whether to proceed with an LNG export project in Texas, two sources said.
Bahri issued an expression of interest (EOI) last year to charter the vessels from 2025 in Saudi Aramco’s first foray into LNG as part of the state oil giant’s plan to become a major global player in the gas market.

6. U.S. Federal Maritime Commission to Investigate Canada’s Proposed Ballast Water Regulations
The Commission voted unanimously to accept a petition filed by U.S.-based Lake Carriers’ Association to look into the matter. In accepting the petition, the Commission agrees to initiate an investigation of specific allegations set forth in the petition, to gather information and to solicit public comments.

7. Western Australia Pushing to Establish LNG Bunkering Hub in Pilbara
The State Government this month announced it will begin offering a 50 percent discount in port dues to bulk vessels bunkering with LNG at Pilbara ports beginning July 1, 2020. The discount, which is expected to save around $20,000 per vessel refueling, will remain in place for five years. If taken up, the discounts could be worth up to $5.3 million by 2025.

8. Alaskan, Canadian Crude Sent to China as Demand Recovers
The Sofia became the second oil tanker in less than a month to ship Alaskan oil to Qingdao, China, when it left Valdez over the weekend, data compiled by Bloomberg show. At about the same time, the Maria Princess left Vancouver also bound for Qingdao, becoming at least the third oil tanker to sail from British Columbia for China this year. Draft readings indicate the ships were full when they departed.

9. Saudi Pips Iraq As Top Oil Supplier To India In April -Trade
Saudi Arabia replaced Iraq as the top oil supplier to India in April after a gap of three months as refiners in Asia’s third largest economy were drawn by deep discounts on Saudi crudes, data obtained from sources showed.

10. Satisfaction Survey In Container Transport: Availability Of Cargo Space Now Number One Customer Requirement
Container shipping lines’ ability to provide cargo space as needed showed a marginal improvement in 2019, but this gain will have been dramatically reversed by the end of the first half of this year, according to the fourth annual shipper satisfaction survey of Drewry and the European Shippers’ Council (ESC).


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