InterManager Daily News 27.08.2020.

1. Tanker collision in East China leaves eight dead, six missing
An oil tanker collided with a cargo ship in the Yangste River, near Shanghai Port, East China, on 20 August, leaving eight crew members dead and a further six missing. According to the Shanghai Maritime Authority, shortly after the collision the cargo ship sank and the deck of the tanker, carrying an estimated 3,000 tonnes of gasoline, caught fire.

2. Confusion over suspected Somali pirate attack
A chemical tanker is under way again after a stop for repairs and a police boarding was mistakenly reported as the first Somali piracy attack in more than three years. Aegean II was en route to Mogadishu, Somalia, when an unexpected change in the vessel’s course alerted the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia – Operation Atalanta.

3. Too early to blame Wakashio crew, ITF state
The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), which represents 1.4 million seafarers, cautioned against blaming the crew for the grounding of the bulk carrier Wakashiooff Mauritius and the subsequent oil spill, citing the global COVID-19 crew change prohibition as a mitigating factor.

4. U.S. and China Signal Progress on Trade Deal as Relations Fray
The U.S. and China reaffirmed their commitment to the phase-one trade deal in a biannual review, demonstrating a willingness to cooperate even as tensions rise over issues ranging from data security to democracy in Hong Kong.

5. Bodies of Two Missing Waymon L Boyd Crew Members Recovered
The bodies of two missing crew members from the dredging vessel Waymon L Boyd have been recovered after a portion of the vessel was recovered from the Corpus Christi Ship Channel on Monday.

6. Singapore competition authority greenlights HHI and DSME merger
CCCS concluded that the proposed merger will not infringe the prohibition of the Competition Act following an assessment which included two public consultations and the contacting of 157 stakeholders including competitors and customers. CCCS also engaged various government agencies to gather relevant information necessary for CCCS’s assessment of the proposed transaction.

7. Philippines positions itself as the ‘crew change capital of the world’
The Philippines is trying to position itself as a crew change hub, adding three more ports along with Manila where ships can get seafarers on and off. The ports of Panila, Capinpin and Subic Bay have all been given the green light to become crew change locations. Other ports including Cebu, Davao and Batangas are likely to get approval to carry out international crew changes soon.

8. London tipped to land ZIM IPO
Israeli container shipping company ZIM is considering an overseas initial public offering, Israeli news website Globes reported yesterday. The carrier has declined to confirm the speculation. Globes reported the IPO was likely to be held in either London or New York.

9. Korean Dockyards Sweep August Global Orders For Gas Tankers
South Korea’s shipbuilding giants – Hyundai Heavy Industries Group and Samsung Heavy Industries Co. – won orders worth 520 billion won ($438.4 million) to build two very large ethane carriers (VLECs) each from a shipper in Asia.

10. Call For Global System Of Safe Corridors For Ship Crew Change
International shipping accounts for around 90 per cent of world trade, according to latest figures from the International Chamber of Shipping. This means we all rely on shipping to deliver the goods and products on which we depend – from energy to food to manufactured goods to cement. Maritime transport is the engine of globalisation.


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