InterManager Daily News 21.08.2020.

1. Wakashio master and first officer arrested, detained
The captain and the first officer of the Wakashio were arrested by Mauritian authorities on 18 August and were charged with endangering safe navigation. Sunil Kumar Nandeshwar, the 58-year-old Indian captain of the vessel; and the Sri Lankan first officer, Tilak ratna Suboda, made an appearance in the district court in Port Louis, Mauritius, to hear the charges. They will be detained until their next court appearance on 25 August.

2. Crew change congests Manila with ship deviations
More than 40 ships deviate to Manila daily for crew changes, resulting in severe congestion around the port. This was revealed to SAS by Roger Storey, managing director of CF Sharp Crew Management, which specialises in recruiting and supplying Filipino seafarers.

3. Offshore Drilling Is ‘Structurally Damaged’ And Help Is Not Coming
President Donald Trump helped to clinch an unprecedented deal among the world’s largest crude producers, but the pact hasn’t stopped America’s oil industry from bleeding. “Offshore drilling is structurally damaged, and recovery is not imminent,” Bernstein analyst Nicholas Green wrote Wednesday in a note to investors.

4. Trump Ends Shipping Tax Exemptions For Hong Kong
The U.S. suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and ended reciprocal tax treatment on shipping with the former British colony, the latest salvo in escalating tensions between Washington and Beijing. The moves are part of the Trump administration’s efforts to pressure China over the imposition of a national security law that has led to charges against more than 20 pro-democracy activists.

5. Major Tanker Fire After Collision With Barge Near Shanghai
At 03:39 local time this morning the 308 foot (94m) tanker Long Qing 1 with approximately 3000 tons of fuel on board collided with a sand barge about 1.5 nautical miles southeast of the Yangtze River Estuary lightboat in Shanghai, China. The Collision resulted in a major fire on board of tanker and the sand barge sank.

6. Is DP World building a shipping line?
The news of DP World buying over Shreyas Shipping and Transworld Feeders is now behind us with the recent announcement of the deal. This follows the acquisitions by DP World in the last two or three years with Unifeeder, Feedertech and Unico Logistics, a Korean NVOCC. There are some interesting possibilities which emerge from these acquisitions.

7. Atit Mahajan becomes the Managing Director of CMA CGM INDIA
The CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Atit Mahajan as the new Managing Director for CMA CGM INDIA. With an extensive industry experience and strong leadership abilities in Indian shipping & logistics sectors, Atit Mahajan has taken over the position from August 1st, 2020.

8. China, facing high corn prices, buys more from U.S.
Chinese buyers struck deals to buy 195,000 tonnes of American corn, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday, as China grapples with spiking domestic prices. China’s demand for corn to feed animals has increased as its pig herd has rebounded more quickly than expected from a deadly swine disease first detected in the country two years ago.

9. Industry Survey Shows Switch To Low-Sulphur Fuel Has Not Been Without Problems
The maritime industry’s transition to the sulphur regulation from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) which came into force on 1 January 2020 has not been without problems. Since fuel oil properties are fluctuating, it is expected that quality and safety problems will continue to be a challenge for the global shipping industry.

10. Sir Richard Branson Calls For Big Changes In Global Shipping Following Mauritius Oil Disaster
Virgin Group Founder and strong advocate for ocean sustainability, entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, expressed his sorrow and solidarity for the unfolding environmental situation on the Indian Ocean Island of Mauritius following a major oil spill.


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