1. Bangladesh receives crew repatriation application digitally
Bangladesh’s Government Shipping Office (GSO) has made arrangements for submitting crew repatriation applications online to speed up the process of crew changes and lower the exposure of COVID-19. The GSO issued a detailed notification on how the foreign seafarers’ repatriation application has to be submitted online, what kind of documents need to be uploaded, and the procedures. The notification was uploaded on its website on 9 August. https://safetyatsea.net/news/2020/bangladesh-receives-crew-repatriation-application-digitally/
2. Wakashio moored to tug as break-up risk grows
Grounded Capesize bulk carrier MV Wakashiowas moored to a tug, amid growing risks the ship could split in two, owing to a widening crack inside its hull. This was announced by the ship’s charterer, Japanese shipping group Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), on 11 August 2020. https://safetyatsea.net/news/2020/wakashio-moored-to-tug-as-break-up-risk-grows/
3. More seafarers test positive for COVID-19 in mainland China
A Capesize bulk carrier, Argentina, has been quarantined off the Port of Dandong in mainland China’s Liaoning province, after a Filipino crew member tested positive for COVID-19. There are 23 other crew members on the ship.
4. Dredging green light for NZ’s top port
Despite significant opposition from locals Ports of Auckland, New Zealand’s top port, has been given the go-ahead to deepen its shipping channel to allow ships of up to 8,000 teu to call. The channel will be deepened from 12.5 m to between 14 m and 14.2 m. https://splash247.com/dredging-green-light-for-nzs-top-port/
5. NYK teams with JMU to commercialise ammonia-fuelled vessels
Japanese shipping line Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) is teaming with compatriot yard Japan Marine United and local class society Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) to try and commercialise the use of an ammonia-fueled ammonia gas carrier as well as an ammonia floating storage and regasification barge.
6. Scorpio’s Hermitage offloads anchor handler pair
The 2009-built vessels were sold to an unrelated third party, and the consideration consisted of the unconditional release of Hermitage from its obligations under a $9m term loan facility between it and DVB Bank. Hermitage says it expects to record a loss of around $4m as a result of the transaction. https://splash247.com/scorpios-hermitage-offloads-anchor-handler-pair/
7. Ports around the world review ammonia nitrate storage plans in wake of Beirut blast
Ports around the world are actively reviewing their ammonia nitrate storage guidelines in the wake of last Tuesday’s terrible explosions that decimated much of the Lebanese capital, Beirut.
8. Just In Time Arrival Guide Issued To Support Smarter, More Efficient Shipping
The Guide has been developed by the Global Industry Alliance to support low carbon shipping (Low Carbon GIA), based on research and discussion amongst its membership, and the Guide documents the findings of a series of industry roundtables which brought together nearly 50 companies and organizations who are key stakeholders in the port call process. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Just+In+Time+Arrival+Guide+issued+to+support+smarter%2C+more+efficient+shipping
9. LNG Vessel Completes 10,000th Neopanamax Transit At The Panama Canal
The Panama Canal welcomed the 10,000th Neopanamax vessel through the Expanded Canal on Monday, marking a new milestone for the nearly 106-year waterway and its growing liquefied natural gas (LNG) segment. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/LNG+Vessel+Completes+10%2C000th+Neopanamax+Transit+at+the+Panama+Canal
10. Portugal’s Sines Terminal To Expand From 2.3 Million To 4.1 Million TEU
EXPANSION of Portugal’s Sines Container Terminal (Terminal XXI) to increase annual capacity from 2.3 million to 4.1 million TEU by extending the quay 204 metres. is now underway, reports London’s Container Management. Representing an investment of EUR16.5 million (US$19 million), the concessionaire PSA Sines will be able to utilise a 1,150-metre quay once the first phase is completed.