1. Time restrictions root cause of mooring accidents
Mooring incidents have been a persistent issue affecting crew for generations; UK P&I Club published a report citing data gathered from 1989-2009 showed that 53% of mooring accidents were due to handling of ropes/wires or where ropes/wires parted. Where ropes/wires jumped or slipped off drum ends/bitts accounted for 42%, and 5% of accidents were due to equipment failure.
2. Crew change key to seafarer happiness, index finds
The lack of crew changes carried out globally appears to be reaching a breaking point for crew onboard, according to the index which is carried out by the charity Mission to Seafarers and published on 29 July. https://safetyatsea.net/news/2020/crew-change-key-to-seafarer-happiness-index-finds/
3. Transocean Hires Financial Advisor to Evaluate ‘Strategic Alternatives’
The Swiss-based rig contractor said Wednesday in a statement the firm’s hiring is in connection with an evaluation of strategic alternatives to manage its capital structure. Transocean has also made some internal reorganization moves, including the transfer of its Endurance and Equinox rigs into a newly created indirect subsidiary, according to the statement. https://gcaptain.com/transocean-hires-financial-advisor-to-evaluate-strategic-alternatives/
4. Kitack Lim discusses the crew change crisis
Kitack Lim, the secretary-general of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), is the latest high profile name to star in the Wallem-sponsored Maritime CEO Seafarer Leader Series powered by Ocean Technologies Group.
5. Euronav: Crew change crunch is shipping’s ‘largest ever humanitarian and logistical crisis’
Belgian tanker giant Euronav announced its interim results today, and spent plenty of time discussing the crew change crunch. In a release, the company described the ongoing seafarer impasse as “the largest ever humanitarian and logistical crisis facing the maritime sector”. https://splash247.com/euronav-crew-change-crunch-is-shippings-largest-ever-humanitarian-and-logistical-crisis/
6. Shipping counts cost of Beirut port blast
Containerlines are diverting calls from Beirut to other nearby ports as officials in Lebanon piece together how Tuesday’s deadly explosionoccurred. More than 135 people are dead, many are still missing and more than 300,000 have been made homeless following the giant explosion that has erased most of Beirut port.
7. Star Bulk Carriers completes 16-vessel series of sale and leaseback deals
Greek dry bulk vessel operator Star Bulk Carrier has completed a slew of sale and leasebacks with Chinese and Japanese leasing houses for a total of 16 vessels. The company signed a commitment letter with China Merchants Bank Leasing (CMBL) to sell and leaseback the vessels Laura, Idee Fixe, Roberta, Kaley, Diva, Star Sirius and Star Vegafor a total price of $89m. https://splash247.com/star-bulk-carriers-completes-16-vessel-series-of-sale-and-leaseback-deals/
8. Maritime UK launches Mental Health Benchmark Survey
Maritime UK, the umbrella body for the £46bn maritime sector, is partnering with Safer Highways to launch its first survey into how employers support good mental health in the maritime sector. The benchmarking survey is an early initiative from the recently-launched Mental Health in Maritime Network, part of the Diversity in Maritime programme. The programme was launched in direct response to the Government’s Maritime 2050 strategy in May. https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/maritime-uk-launches-mental-health-benchmark-survey/
9. GasLog Ltd. Reports Financial Results for the Three-Month Period Ended June 30, 2020
GasLog Ltd. and its subsidiaries (“GasLog”, “Group” or “Company”) (NYSE: GLOG), an international owner, operator and manager of liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) carriers, yesterday reported its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2020.
10. Rains Hit Three Ship-To-Shore Cranes At JNPT, No Major Damage Likely
“Thankfully, the cranes have not collapsed on the front side so we are expecting the damage to be minimal. However, we will be able to access the damage only tomorrow once we go to the site for survey. Currently, the winds are so strong and visibility being low, we cannot go to the site immediately,” a senior traffic division officer at JNPT told Business Standard. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/+Rains+hit+three+ship-to-shore+cranes+at+JNPT%2C+no+major+damage+likely+