InterManager Daily News 28.08.2020.

1. Experts warns Somali piracy risks remain as final hostages released
Somali pirates kidnapped all 19 crew members from fishing vessel Siraj on 25 March 2015. The Somali government rescued four crew members in November 2015, while several others were released over the years. The final three crew members were the last remaining maritime hostages being held captive in Somalia.

2. Crew change credentials of the Philippines analysed
News carried earlier this week that the Philippines is trying to position itself as one of the world’s top crew change hubs has been welcomed by many, but crew specialists have voiced concern at the hurdles that need ironing out in the Southeast Asian republic.

3. US places sanctions on the world’s largest shipbuilder
The US Commerce Department said on Wednesday the group, currently the largest shipbuilder in the world, and 23 other Chinese entities played a “role in helping the Chinese military construct and militarise the internationally condemned artificial islands in the South China Sea”.

4. Hydrogen leading the way in new global zero emission study
The Getting to Zero Coalition has started mapping some of the many zero emission pilots and demonstration projects going on around the world, with hydrogen research leading the way in one form or another in shipping’s pursuit of a clean fuel.

5. Zodiac Maritime makes its first ship purchase of the year
Eyal Ofer’s Zodiac Maritime is understood to have made its first purchase of the year, paying Nissen Kaiun $25m for the seven-year-old scrubber-fitted 181,415 dwt Jubilant Excellencecapesize. The Japanese-built bulker will join another 23 capes in the Zodiac fleet, which numbers over 160 ships in total.

6. Watch: 17 Rescued as Yacht Engulfed in Flames Sinks Off Italy
The Italian Coast Guard said it rescued 17 people from a yacht before it sank off the coast of Sardinia, Italy. The incident took place Tuesday as the 155-foot vessel was sailing from Capri to Porto Cervo when it issued a distress signal at around 6 a.m. The Coast Guard sent two helicopters to assist in the rescue.
7. Maritime Regulatory and Law Enforcement Authorities Convene to Enhance Measures to Combat Piracy and Sea Robbery in Asia
ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) today held its annual Capacity Building Workshop virtually for the maritime regulatory and law enforcement authorities (also known as Focal Points) of its member countries. The participants were from Asia, Australia and Europe.
8. Oil Tankers Stripped Of Flags After Breaching U.S. Sanctions To Secretly Ship Iranian Oil
Four oil tankers have been stripped of their flags following an NBC News investigation into allegations they secretly transported Iranian oil in defiance of crippling U.S. sanctions imposed by President Donald Trump.

9. India: Outlook On Ports Negative For FY21 Despite Signs Of Recovery In July
Despite early signs of recovery in the port sector in the month of July, Icra’s outlook remains negative on the sector for FY21, since sustainability of the uptick remains to be seen. The Indian port sector witnessed a sharp contraction during Q1 FY2021 due to the impact of Covid-19 and containment measures adopted by the government.

10. Major Step Towards Sustainable And Efficient Ship Construction
In an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping, shipowners, operators and builders are seeking solutions for improved sustainability, including lighter weight for reducing fuel use. Thanks to their advantages like weight savings and corrosion resistance, the use of advanced composite materials such as carbon fibre-reinforced polymers or plastics is gaining traction in the shipping industry where most vessels are still made of heavy steel.


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