InterManager Daily News 08.07.2020.

1. Watch How Offshore Oil Rigs Work – Interesting facts
An offshore oil rig is a large structure with facilities for well drilling to explore, extract, store, and process petroleum and natural gas that lies in rock formations beneath the seabed. Many oil platforms will also contain facilities to accommodate their workforce. Most commonly, oil platforms engage in activities on the continental shelf, though they can also be used in lakes, inshore waters, and inland seas.

2. Video: How To Navigate Using The Stars
In today’s world, the navigation is much easier and simple than what it used to be a hundred years back or may be even 50 years back. Nowadays, we have GPS (Global Positioning System) which tells us our real-time location (latitude and longitude). We can easily know which direction we’re heading to. But the art of finding directions using the stars can still be useful, because the technology and electronic gadgets do fail at times.

3. MCA announce resumption of inspections
The UK Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) has announced that the suspension on routine vessel inspection and survey activity put in place from 23 March 2020 will end on 20 July 2020. The MCA said it will resume survey, audits, and inspections following a ‘risk based’ approach. The agency has advised operators to approach their corresponding classification society to make the necessary arrangements in advance of 20 July.
4. Japan’s big three shipping groups deviate to Manila for crew change
Japan’s top three shipowners, Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), NYK Line, and ‘K’ Line, have been deviating their vessels to Manila Bay to carry out crew change, as the Philippines is the largest source of seafarers.

5. Navigating out of the grey zone
For those working in maritime, it has been well-known that our industry often fails to provide adequate mental health services and protections for seafarers. The working conditions are already set up to exacerbate or create mental health issues: isolation; fatigue; months away from home; uncertainty over pay and contracts – to name a handful of stressors. COVID-19 is the final straw in an already untenable situation and shipping is seeing the worrying results from a rise in calls to support lines to suspected suicides.

6. Cruise CEOs Insist Ships Are Safe, Prepare New Health Protocols
Two of the world’s largest cruise operators insist their ships are no more vulnerable to the spread of the new coronavirus than other public places. The cruise industry has long pushed back at the idea that the close quarters on ships may be ripe conditions for the spread of disease. And major players continue to maintain that position, even though there have been more than 3,000 Covid-19 cases and dozens of deaths associated with ships, according to the Cruise Lines International Association.
7. Rival Cruise Lines Create Panel to Advise for the Covid-19 Era
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., two long-time rivals in the cruise business, have joined forces to study ways to make ships safer and win back customers after the coronavirus shut them down in March. The companies asked former Utah governor Mike Leavitt and Scott Gottlieb, ex-commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, to serve as co-chairs of an 11-member group called the “Healthy Sail Panel.”

8. Log Carrier Loses Power Leaving New Zealand’s Port of Tauranga
A Singapore-flagged log carrier that lost power as it departed New Zealand’s Port of Tauranga is now safely at anchor in deep water outside the harbor, maritime officials have confirmed. Maritime New Zealand reports that the Funing-9690913 suffered an engine failure early Monday morning in the shipping channel at Port of Tauranga between Mauao (Mount Manganui) and Matakana Island.
9. The Mission To Seafarers To Broadcast First Online Global Sea Sunday Service
International seafarer welfare charity, The Mission to Seafarers, today announced that its annual Sea Sunday celebrations will be broadcast online, connecting seafarers around the world during this global crisis.
Seafarers Awareness Week starts on the 6th July and culminates in Sea Sunday, 12th July.

10. Abu Dhabi Terminals improves its global connectivity with the MSC and 2M ‘JADE’ service
Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT), the managers and operators of Khalifa Port Container Terminal, recently welcomed yet another new main line service to its growing network. The JADE service which forms part of the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and 2M alliance networks, provides ADT customers with additional direct coverage and fast transit times from the Mediterranean and Red Sea into Abu Dhabi and from Abu Dhabi into South East Asia and North Asia.


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