InterManager Daily News 22.07.2020.

1. Vietnam’s Foreign Affairs Ministry urges help to repatriate stranded seafarers
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Vietnam has asked the Vietnamese embassy in Malaysia to make every effort to repatriate the 12 Vietnamese seafarers who are currently stranded on the Viet Tin 01 tanker. Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Heng revealed this at a regular press conference on 17 July 2020.

2. ‘Crew during COVID’ video series launched to support seafarers’ mental health
A series of short videos, delivered by experts in the fields of mindfulness, psychology, and organisational and health resilience, has been launched to provide tips to those working at sea during the COVID-19 pandemic.

3. COVID-19-infected seafarers surface in China, Singapore, and Vietnam
On 18 July 2020, customs officials in China’s Yantai port said that two Filipino seafarers had tested positive for COVID-19 in the two previous days, after they were found to have flu-like symptoms. Both were part of the crew of a cargo ship that had arrived in Yantai from Guinea.

4. Maritime Cyber Attacks Increase By 900% In Three Years
Cyber-attacks on the maritime industry’s operational technology (OT) systems have increased by 900% over the last three years with the number of reported incidents set to reach record volumes by year end.

5. Baltic index dips as rates fall for capesize, panamax vessels
The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index was down on Monday, weighed by weakness across capesize and panamax vessel segments.
The Baltic dry index, which tracks rates for ships ferrying dry bulk commodities and reflects rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels, fell 32 points, or about 1.9%, to 1,678, lowest in nearly a month.

6. China’s shipbuilding industry continues leading position globally: ministry
China’s shipbuilding industry maintained its leading position globally in the first half of the year (H1) as it held sway in three key aspects, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has said.

7. IMO 2020 – 100 days amidst the Pandemic
What was on the minds of all shipowners coming into 2020 has now been clearly over shadowed by the pandemic and its significant impact. However, challenges remain on the full implementations of IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap.

8. Digital Drive: Ship Registration Process Goes Online
The process of registering a ship will now be competed in seven days if all documents are in order, says D-G Shipping In a digitalisation drive, the government has made ship registrations online, pledging to complete the entire process within seven days,. Earlier this exercise used to take up to one year.

9. MSC Adds New Service And Updates Four Strings On Its Intra-Asia Network
MEDITERRANEAN Shipping Company (MSC) has announced an upgrade to its intra-Asia network, adding a new service and updating four of its existing strings. Starting yesterday (in week 30 on July 20), the enhancements to the intra-Asia network offer direct connections for long haul cargo from Greater China and South East Asia, as well as comprehensive port coverage between Indonesia, South China, Taiwan, Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand, according to the company.

10. Undercurrents In Shipping Industry
As the nation starts to recover from the aftermath of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and the movement control order, shipping lines and shippers are clashing over what seems to be inherent problems in the industry.


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