InterMananager Daily News 09.06.2020.

1. Heavy lift ship with 5 luxury yachts barely avoided capsizing, Majorca
Heavy lift ship SUPER SERVANT 4 with 5 luxury yachts on her cargo deck developed heavy starboard list at Palma, Majorca, Spain, on Jun 8. The ship literally hang on mooring lines, which saved her from capsizing. Faulty ballasting system is thought to be the cause of the trouble. Understood later in the day situation was taken under control, the ship being stabilized.

2. Migrants hijack the vessel, threaten the crew and get what they demand
On Jun 6, over 400 migrants held offshore on four tourist boats were allowed to disembark in Malta, after migrants on board of one of these boats, EUROPA II, rioted and effectively, hijacked the boat, holding the crew on the bridge, threatening them with stolen knives and giving Malta authorities half an hour to meet their demand of immediate disembarkation.

3. China May iron ore imports fall amid high prices, demand remains stable
China’s iron ore imports in May fell 9% from April but were higher than same period a year ago supported by stable shipments and robust steelmaking demand, though rising prices may have curbed some purchases.

4. LNG tanker may deliver gas to U.S. with European stockpiles near full
A ship carrying liquefied natural gas from Nigeria is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and heading northwest and may drop its cargo in the United States.
The ship, Madrid Spirit, does not have a destination listed on vessel tracking data from Refinitiv. Its travel has slowed in the past week or so, suggesting it may be searching for a home.

5. Shipper MSC instructs agents to reject scrap cargoes to China
MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company said on Friday it had told agents not to accept bookings for solid waste cargoes to China to comply with recently adopted Chinese legislation, in a move that has sparked concern from a scrap trade body.

6. UN bodies and private sector join forces to tackle biofouling and emissions
The GIA for Marine Biosafety will develop solutions and improve marine biofouling management, the build-up of aquatic organisms on ships’ hulls and other structures, leading to the introduction of invasive species to new environments. This introduction has the potential to irreversibly damage marine life and aquaculture in certain marine ecosystems.

7. One seafarer dead in Iranian vessel sinking
An Iranian flagged cargo vessel sank in Iraqi waters on 4 June, leaving one crew member dead and two others missing.
The head of Iran’s maritime and port association, Nader Pasandeh, said that the 650 dwt Behbahan sank off the coast of Iraq in Khor Abdullah, the narrow channel separating Iraq and Kuwait. According to IHS Markit AISLive ship tracking portal, the vessel was on route to Kuwait from the port of Khorramshahr, Southwest Iran.

8. COVID-19: Russian watchdog calls for more psychological support for seafarers
Russian consumer rights and protection watchdog Rospotrebnadzor has instructed its country’s shipping companies to provide more psychological support for seafarers whose mental well-being might be jeopardised due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

9. CMA CGM Sees Shipping Bottom Out In Q2 After Demand Plunge
CMA CGM expects activity in the shipping sector to bottom out during the second quarter as countries emerge from lockdowns to curb a coronavirus epidemic and ship operators adjust capacity, the group’s finance chief said.

10. Tanker Stocks Eke Out More Gains As Storm Clouds Gather
The Dow jumped 829 points Friday on shockingly high U.S. jobs numbers. Even in the topsy-turvy world of tanker stocks, where good news can often be bad news, equities ended green across the board.


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