InterManager Daily News 15.07.2020.

1. Bangladesh relieves Chinese vessels from mandatory quarantine
Bangladesh has relieved Chinese vessels and seafarers from the mandatory 14-day quarantine in Chittagong waters before berthing at the port, as the COVID-19 situation in China has improved. The department of shipping, on 12 July, issued a notification scrapping a previous special bulletin of 6 February 2020, which had mandated the quarantine. https://safetyatsea.net/news/2020/bangladesh-relieves-chinese-vessels-from-mandatory-quarantine/
2. Stranded Vietnamese crewmen express frustration through hull scrawls
Crew members stranded on an abandoned Vietnamese tanker in Malaysia spray-painted the words “Help us. No food. No salary” on the vessel’s hull after they ran out of supplies after nearly four months.
SAS reported in December 2019 that the tanker, Viet Tin 01, was detained by the Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency for anchoring in Johor waters without permission. Viet Tin 01 allegedly transported oil products from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, to North Korea in February 2019. https://safetyatsea.net/news/2020/stranded-vietnamese-crewmen-express-frustration-through-hull-scrawls/

3. Spotlight on log carrier ship safety after spate of near deaths
One near death, one near miss, and one ship adrift – log carriers have been under the safety spotlight in New Zealand ports this week. On 9 July 2020, the Auckland District Court fined C3 Limited, a Tauranga-based stevedoring company, NZD240,000 (USD157,000) after the ship’s crane dropped a 15-tonne excavator, narrowly missing five workers on the wharf below. https://safetyatsea.net/news/2020/spotlight-on-log-carrier-ship-safety-after-spate-of-near-deaths/

4. U.S. Hardens Stance Against China’s ‘Completely Unlawful’ South China Sea Claims
The United States on Monday hardened its rejection of China’s disputed claims to offshore resources in most of the South China Sea, calling them “completely unlawful,” in a statement that will further sour the already-fraught ties between the world’s largest two economies. https://gcaptain.com/u-s-hardens-stance-against-chinas-completely-unlawful-south-china-sea-claims/

5. American Cargo Ship Rescues Mariners in Distress in Pacific
The crew of the Matson cargo ship MV Mahi Mahi rescued three mariners from their disabled 50-foot trimaran approximately 825 miles northeast of Oahu last week. The crew of the Mahi Mahi brought the mariners back to Honolulu Thursday afternoon. https://gcaptain.com/american-cargo-ship-rescues-mariners-in-distress-in-pacific/
6. Brokers rush to offload parts of the Ocean Tankers fleet
With a restructuring deal in the offing, brokers are rushing to sell off tonnage from Ocean Tankers, the deepsea shipping arm of bust Hin Leong Trading. Accounting firm EY, Ocean Tankers’ court-appointed supervisors in Singapore, has put forward two restructuring proposals for the shipping company, one of the largest tanker names in Southeast Asia. https://splash247.com/brokers-rush-to-offload-parts-of-the-ocean-tankers-fleet/
7. Bangladeshi widow wins landmark shipbreaking ruling
In a landmark ruling that could shake up the ship recycling trades irrevocably a judge in London has ruled that the Bangladeshi widow of a shipbreaker who fell to his death while working on an ex-Maran VLCC can sue the shipowner for negligence. https://splash247.com/bangladeshi-widow-wins-landmark-shipbreaking-ruling/

8. MPC Container Ships completes rapid recapitalisation process
Shareholders have backed MPC Container Ships’ rescue package of a private placement of 260m new shares, raising gross proceeds of NOK260m, and a subsequent repair offering of up to 35m new shares at a subscription price of NOK1, giving the company leeway to carry on as a going concern.
https://splash247.com/mpc-container-ships-completes-rapid-recapitalisation-process/

9. Informal Discussions Focus On Cutting Shipping’s Carbon Intensity
IMO has facilitated virtual informal discussion sessions (6-10 July) on short-term greenhouse gas reduction measures for international shipping and their associated impact assessments. The sessions provided a platform for all IMO Member States and organizations in consultative status with IMO to exchange views and share updated information on various technical and operational proposals to reduce the carbon intensity of international shipping by at least 40% by 2030, in line with IMO’s Initial GHG Strategy. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Informal+discussions+focus+on+cutting+shipping’s+carbon+intensity

10. Maritime UK: Let’s Transform Our Coastal Communities Into The Beating Heart Of A Green Industrial Revolution
Covid-19 is set to do long-term damage to the communities of the three million people who live along the UK coastline. These communities often felt neglected even before the outbreak, and now they are especially vulnerable. Coastal constituencies overwhelmingly voted Conservative in the 2019 election on the promise of a “levelling up” agenda. Yet they now face the prospects of growing unemployment and the social ills that stem from. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Maritime+UK%3A+Let’s+transform+our+coastal+communities+into+the+beating+heart+of+a+green+industrial+revolution

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