InterManager Daily News 03.07.2020.

1. Philippines Sets Up ‘Green Lane’ To Ensure Safe Ship Crew Changes
The Philippines government is establishing a green lane to facilitate the speedy and safe travel of seafarers, including their swift disembarkation during the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. The joint circular for the “Philippine Green Lane” was signed today (Thursday) by the Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Interior Undersecretary Bernardo Florece Jr., and Justice Assistant Secretary Nicholas Ty.
2. Hong Kong Flagged Ship Collided With Filipino Boat, 14 People Missing
A Hong Kong-flagged ship that collided with a Filipino boat, leaving 14 people missing at sea off Mindoro Island, did not deploy rescue boats and delayed its distress call about the incident to Philippine authorities, the coast guard said Tuesday.

3. Experts dubious over security benefits of piracy trials underway in Nigeria
Arrested at sea by the Nigerian Navy, 10 suspected pirates are awaiting trial in Nigeria under the Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Offences (SPOMO) Act. Security experts, however, remain dubious that this event will have a wider impact on maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG).

4. Bulk carrier master calls on Australian Border Force to prevent violence at sea
The Australian Border Force (ABF) has released footage of a high-sea response to an alleged violent attack on board a U-Ming bulk coal carrier off the Queensland coast. The ship’s master requested the Australian Maritime Safety Authority Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre (AMSA JRCC) to intervene, on 29 June, after crew on board the vessel claimed two seafarers were acting in a threatening manner.
5. Bangladesh allows seafarers’ movement in red, yellow zones
The government of Bangladesh has permitted movement of seafarers in COVID-19-linked red and yellow zones as they are playing roles of “key workers” during the pandemic. To contain the spread of the virus, the government is enforcing a strict lockdown in the red zones, while movement around the yellow zones is declared limited.
6. Europe gears up for driverless ships — and autonomous ports
The Russian Maritime Register of Shipping said on Tuesday that it has published Guidelines on the classification of maritime autonomous surface ships (MASS). The recommendations provided in the document are underpinned by R&D, according to Head of the RS Electrical Engineering and Automation Systems Department Vladimir Vikulin.

7. Port of Baku operates another cargo freight from China to Turkey
Another freight from China to Turkey passed through Baku International Sea Trade Port, Trend reports on June 30 referring to a source in the port. According to the source, the transshipment of cargo consisting of 43 containers loaded with electronic devices, lasted for six hours.

8. Baltic Index Up For 24th Session On Stronger Capesize, Supramax Rates.
The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index rose for the 24th straight session on Wednesday, helped by a modest increase in capesize and supramax rates. The Baltic dry index, which tracks rates for ships ferrying dry bulk commodities and reflects rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels, rose 4 points, or 0.2%, to 1,803.

9. Momentum In LNG Shipping Will Build Post-Pandemic, Says Industry Head
LNG is creating its own momentum as a credible shipping fuel with infrastructure developing well and uptake is likely to resume where it left off after the global COVID-19 pandemic eases, according to SEA-LNG chairman Peter Keller.

10. ECSA Calls On The German Presidency To Support A Stronger European Shipping Industry
Significant and important developments will have to take place during the German Presidency which will be determinant in Europe’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said ECSA Secretary General, Martin Dorsman. „On behalf of the European shipping industry, ECSA strongly believes the German Presidency will fulfill its role in unifying efforts to bring European economy and European industries back on their feet again, as stated in their slogan ‘Together for Europe’s recovery’.


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