InterManager Daily News 20.08.2020.

1. Ruby Princess investigation finds NSW Health made ‘serious’ errors
State health authorities have been held responsible for infected passengers disembarking in Sydney from Ruby Princess on 19 March and a consequent surge of COVID-19 transmissions in Australia. This is according to the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Ruby Princess released on 14 August.

2. Increased cyber security training expected for crew ahead of IMO 2021 deadline
More crew cyber training is needed as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2021 deadline to incorporate cyber security into companies safety management systems looms, experts agree. How much training is required or whether a designated person aboard shall be assigned as a cyber expert on board is still up for discussion

3. Wakashio owner to question crew over incident
The crew of Wakashio will be questioned by the shipowner and manager as investigations begin into the accident that caused the Capesize bulk carrier to finally break up over the weekend. Wakashio ran aground on a reef on the southeastern side of Mauritius on 25 July 2020, close to the Point d’Esny Wetlands, the Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve, the Blue Bay Marine Area, and the Mahebourg Fishing Reserves.

4. Four Trends Impacting the Role of Weather Data for Offshore Wind Farms
Whether you’re working on a wind farm installation, planning routine maintenance, or planning to decommission a site, it’s clear that weather conditions can impact your work. This situation has been the case since the very early days of offshore wind farms. But it’s not just about operations, the weather impacts every phase of a project lifecycle.

5. COVID-19: Maritime Tech Startups Provide First Response In Global Pandemic Efforts
In recent months organizations like the Royal Navy, maritime heavyweights like IGP&I, the US Department of Transportation’s Volpe Center, among others, have been partnering with startups and groundbreaking new companies like the UK based Geollect and the MIT based startup blkSAIL to develop maritime COVID tracking dashboards, maps, and AI algorithms. This week the US Navy joins the fight with new programs for maritime innovation.

6. Identity revealed of DNV GL employee accused of spying for Russia
More details have emerged about the DNV GL employee detained in Oslo and accused of working with Russian intelligence services. Local newspaper Aftenposten has identified Harsharn Tathgar, a project manager with a focus on 3D printing at the class society, as the man accused of being in the pay of Russian intelligence and handing over sensitive technological information.

7. Mexico’s president seeks to take back control of Veracruz port
Mexico’s president yesterday sought to revoke a “100-year” concession for the port of Veracruz in the Gulf of Mexico. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador questioned how it was possible that a company had secured such a long hold on the rights for the key gateway port during a daily press briefing.
8. Cosco orders chemical tanker at Chongqing Chuandong Shipyard
China Shipping Chemical Carrier, a unit of Cosco Shipping Group, has entered into a letter of intent with Chongqing Chuandong Shipyard for the construction of a 8,000 dwt chemical tanker. The order follows Cosco ordering two 13,800 dwt chemcial tankers at the yard in February this year.

9. TT Club Issues Fresh Guidance On Tank Container Operation
Tank containers have been used in the international supply chain to distribute cargoes for many years. In March this year, ITCO, the International Tank Container Organisation released their 2020 Global tank container fleet survey. While covering a period prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the survey highlighted a slowdown in the growth of the global fleet in 2019 (7.88%) versus 2018 (10.81%). This was partially a consequence of the fall in global trading conditions experienced by many sectors of the container shipping industry.

10. Coal Prices To Remain Subdued This Fiscal Amid Weak Demand, High Inventory
Coal prices are expected to remain subdued to weak demand and high inventory levels. While the non-coking coal import prices have shown signs of recovery as the power demand picked up over May 2020, the coking coal import price is yet to catch up because steel sector demand remains subdued.


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