InterManager Daily News 18.06.2020.

1. Thai freighter fire in Ho Chi Minh port

Fire erupted on board of Thai general cargo ship BANGPAKAEW in cargo holds area, at around 1530 LT (UTC +7) Jun 16, when the ship was under way, moving from Vung Tau to Ho Chi Minh City port. Unattended to fumigation tubes are thought to be the source of the fire, while cargo of cattle feed was under fumigation. Fire was extinguished by 1830 LT by joint efforts of crew and port authorities. No injures reported, extent of cargo damages unknown, but rumored to be small.

2. Freighter with grain bound for Iran ran aground, blocking Canal, Caspian sea

General cargo ship GOLDEN ROSE loaded with grain, ran aground at 155 kilometer mark, Volga-Caspian Sea Canal, at around 0730 Moscow time Jun 16, while en route from Astrakhan Russia to Amirabad Iran. Grounded ship blocked Canal traffic, at least 28 ships lined up, waiting for fairway opening. As of 1730 Moscow time, the ship was reportedly, still aground, refloating attempts under way, with probably, dredger deployment. Ship’s said to sustain no serious damages.

3. The Port of Thessaloniki has an Action Plan for the transition to a Sustainable and Low-carbon emission future

Since the beginning of 2018, ThPA SA has been a partner in SUPAIR INTERREG – ADRION project, a project that aimed at reducing the environmental impacts of shipping and on-shore port operations with an integrated approach and transnational perspective. The project officially ends in the end of June 2020.

4. Organization Of Black Maritime Graduates Endorses BLM Movement

While a handful of American maritime stakeholders, including Longshoreman unions and Military Sealift Command, took early and definitive action in support of black sailors, the majority of the industry has remained been silent while Black Lives Matter protests continue throughout the United States.

5. U.K. Offshore Oil and Gas Industry Pledges to Cut Emissions in Half Over Next Decade

The commitment announced by industry body OGUK Tuesday reflects mounting pressure on energy producers to bolster the fight against global warming. Yet it relates only to direct emissions such as those from offshore oil platforms, despite calls from activists and investors to tackle customer emissions too.

6. MSC to Roll-Out Carbon Offsetting Option for Customers

Since early 2019, it has been developing its ‘MSC Carbon Neutral Programme’ with low carbon solutions provider South Pole, which will “deliver measurable benefits aligned with the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals”.

7. Singapore approves 4,000 crew changes on 500 ships

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has approved more than 4,000 cases of crew sign-on and sign-off for over 300 companies since 27 March 2020. The cases involved some 500 ships that include tankers, bulk carriers, container ships and offshore vessels.

8. Maritime crime in Mexico on the rise

A drastic increase in attacks off the coast of Mexico, along with a change in targets from stationary platforms to vessels, and poor socioeconomic conditions, could make the Mexican gulf one to watch when it comes to maritime crime.

9. Venezuela’s Oil Exports Plummet As Shipping Contracts Get Suspended

Venezuela’s oil exports have fallen nearly 28% in the first half of June, on course for the lowest level in over 70 years as tanker owners and operators suspend contracts for transporting crude oil, according to documents and data on Tuesday.

10. Weary Sailors Pose Risk To World Merchant Fleet: U.N. Shipping Chief

Hundreds of thousands of weary seafarers stuck on ships for many months and unable to go home due to the coronavirus pose a risk to the safe operation of the world’s merchant fleet, the UN’s shipping chief said.


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