InterManager Daily News 19.08.2020.

1. Crew fatigue is a critical issue
AMSA has dedicated its time and resources into investigating fatigue at sea and the impact on safety culture . Tackling fatigue is even more vital amid COVID-19 In the last decade, fatigue has become a major safety concern in the shipping industry, contributing to serious maritime accidents and impacting seafarers’ short- and long-term performance and health.
2. Stranded Wakashio breaks in two, captain could face charges
The Capesize bulk carrier Wakashio, which ran aground on a reef off Mauritius and sparked an environmental crisis, broke in two over this past weekend. Local newspaper L’Express reported that prior to the grounding incident, the carrier sailed close to the Mauritius coastline to get a Wi-Fi signal. Apparently, the crew on board were having a birthday celebration, according to an investigation. The 58-year-old captain could face negligence charges as a result.
3. DNV GL employee arrested in Oslo, accused of spying for Russia
A DNV GL employee in his 50s has been arrested in Oslo, accused of spying for Russian intelligence services. The unnamed man had access to the Norwegian defence industry. A court in Oslo said yesterday the class society employee has admitted taking money for handing over information to a Russian intelligence officer in the Norwegian capital. He has been remanded in custody for four weeks.
4. Your next port master plan ex machina?
Every 10 years or so, port administrators dust off their crystal ball to produce a new port master plan. The idea is to review and document how the port is doing, give port’s stakeholders voice on what they expect from the port, and agree on what would enable the port to succeed in the future.

5. Japan Drilling Company awarded jackup extensions in Qatar
Tokyo-headquartered offshore driller Japan Drilling Company (JDC) has been awarded extensions by North Oil Company for two of its jackup rigs operating in Qatar at the Al-Shaheen Oil Field.

6. Tehran Says Ships Targeted by U.S. Were Holding Iranian Fuel
Four tankers whose fuel was seized by the U.S. over the past month were heading to Venezuela and carrying gasoline loaded in Iran, according to Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh.

7. COVID-19: Panama Canal Shipping Rebounds From Pandemic Lows
The Panama Canal is seeing signs of a rebound in global trade as ship transits recover from the depressed levels caused by the pandemic. Total transits through the waterway rose to 933 in July, from 845 in June, which was the fewest since the canal opened an expanded set of locks four years ago to accommodate bigger ships.
8. BIMCO and ICS Prepare for New Seafarer Report
With the future of crewing high on the agenda, BIMCO and ICS are preparing for the launch of the latest Seafarer Workforce Report (previously known as the Manpower Report), the industry standard resource for ship operators, agencies and governments seeking the market intelligence they need to develop crewing and training strategies fit for the future.

9. Baltic Index At 4-Week High On Higher Supramax Demand
The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index on Monday touched its highest in four weeks as rising supramax rates countered a decline in demand for capesize and panamax vessels.

10. S. Korean Shipbuilders Dominate Global Orders For July

South Korea’s shipbuilders won more orders than those of any other country in July with more than two thirds of the total global order book. According to data from Clarkson Research Services, the total volume of orders received by South Korean firms was 500-thousand compensated gross tonnage or CGT for twelve vessels in July taking 74% of the total global order size.


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