InterManager Daily News 24.08.2020.

1. Greenpeace activists swim to oil rig to show that Denmark is not as green as people think
The North Sea, Denmark — Four activists with Greenpeace Denmark have swum from the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrioracross the Dan oil field in the Danish North Sea and are peacefully occupying the Dan Bravo oil rig to demand an immediate ban on all further oil and gas exploration in Denmark, followed by a complete phase out of domestic fossil fuel production and a massive expansion of clean offshore wind power.

2. UK maritime training adjusts to ‘new normal’
The UK Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) said training had resumed in August and September as planned and each nautical college, along with sponsoring companies, is responsible for monitoring and maintaining the safety of their cadets, staff, and lecturers at their colleges in line with government guidance for social distancing and hygiene.

3. Rescuers Recover Two Bodies In US Dredge Explosion
The bodies of two of four workers missing after a dredging vessel caught fire and sank in Corpus Christi, Texas, harbor were recovered on Saturday, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Four workers on the dredging vessel Waymon L Boyd went missing on Friday after the vessel caught fire in the Corpus Christi ship channel. The search for the other two missing employees is continuing, Coast Guard officials said.

4. U.S. LNG Firms To Add Export Capacity Despite Coronavirus
U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) companies made small steps to add export capacity this week, even as global energy demand destruction from the coronavirus pandemic has made it difficult for new projects to move forward.

5. Wakashio Deviated From Shipping Lane Before Mauritius Grounding
MV Wakashio, the Japanese-owned bulk carrier that ran aground off Mauritius and spilled oil over pristine waters, diverted more than 100 kilometres from a regular shipping lane, data from a maritime analysis firm showed. The MV Wakashio, owned by Nagashiki Shipping and chartered by Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd, struck a coral reef on Mauritius’s southeast coast on July 25 and later began leaking oil. Two of the ship’s officers have since been arrested on charges of endangering safe navigation.

6. Same armed guard who took Eagle Bulk crew hostage takes over another vessel
The Ukrainian, who worked for private maritime security company (PMSC) Alphard, this week broke into the armoury onboard the Golden Palm, operated by Spain’s Palm Charters, and took the crew hostage again in his fight over back pay.

7. Platforms and digitalisation in bulk shipping
I recently heard some comments that the shipping industry is behind on digitalisation, but I am not sure what it means, nor do I agree with that being the case. Behind whom or what? If you compare, for example, the making of cars with shipping, one might conclude that shipping is behind.

8. 2021 World Maritime theme – “Seafarers: at the core of shippingʹs future”
“Seafarers: at the core of shippingʹs future” has been selected as the World Maritime theme for 2021, reflecting a clear need to raise awareness of seafarersʹ vital role in world trade and increase their visibility.
The focus on seafarers comes as the COVID-19 pandemic has placed extraordinary and unprecedented demands on seafarers.ʹs-future/

9. Half-Year Results Show The Swedish Club Well Positioned For The Months Ahead
The Swedish Club demonstrated resilience in unprecedented times when it presented its half-year results today. The Club grew selectively and continued to strengthen its competitive position in the first six months of the year, with a result before appropriations and tax of USD -3.4 million. As the Club added attractive business and adjusted its premiums to better align with exposures, gross premiums earned grew by 18% in the first six months compared to the same period the previous year.

10. Baltic Index Posts Weekly Fall On Lower Demand For Large Vessels
The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index fell on Friday, posting its first weekly fall in four weeks as demand for capesize and panamax vessels dropped. The Baltic dry index, which tracks rates for ships ferrying dry bulk commodities and reflects rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels, fell 37 points, or 2.4%, to 1,481, ending the week 7.1% lower.


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