InterManager Daily News 03.09.2020.

1. Crew abuse, ship safety behind two vessels banned from Australian ports
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has banned two Hong Kong-flagged ships, Unison Jasper and BBC Rio, from re-entering its ports, bringing the total of ships unwelcome in Australia to four. At the same time, AMSA has detained another six vessels in the past month for breaches of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), four of these for failure to repatriate crew after their contracts had expired.
2. More relaxations on crew change in Singapore
Singapore has further eased up on crew change, with crew from designated “low-risk” countries exempted from self-isolation in varying degrees, in their home country before departing for Singapore. According to a list released by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the “low-risk” countries are Australia (except the state of Victoria), Brunei, mainland China, Macao, Malaysia, New Zealand, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
3. Nearly a Third of U.S. Gulf Oil Production Remains Shut-In After Laura
Nearly a third of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico’s oil production and a quarter of natural gas production remains shut-in after Laura blew through the energy-producing region as a category 4 hurricane last week, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said Tuesday.

4. Port of Los Angeles Joins Blockchain Shipping Platform Tradelens
Tradelens was launched in 2018 as part of a collaboration involving by IBM and Maersk, the world’s leading shipping company. The blockchain-based platform, which is heavily dependent on widespread industry participation, is meant to digitize manual and paper-based systems across the supply chain.

5. Lawyers for Wakashio Captain Ask Court to Drop Charges
Lawyers for the captain of the shipwrecked Wakashio have asked a judge to drop charges against their client in relation to the grounding that has resulted in an environmental disaster for the Indian Ocean island nation.

6. Shenzhen Cosco LPG Shipping adds to fleet
Shenzhen Cosco LPG Shipping, a unit of Cosco Shipping Group, has acquired the 2012-built 3,500 cu m LPG carrier Feng Yi 2 from domestic owner Zhejiang Fengyi Shipping. The vessel has been renamed Ji Xiang Yuanand will be deployed for domestic gas shipping services. While the price of the transaction was not revealed, VesselsValue places a $6.77m market value on the vessel.

7. Total enters offshore wind sector in South Korea
French energy giant Total has entered into agreements with Macquarie’s Green Investment Group (GIG) to develop a portfolio of offshore floating wind projects in South Korea.

8. Norway finds a new autonomous shipping champion
With one landmark Norwegian autonomous shipping project hitting the skids this year, a new pioneering maritime vision has emerged from the Scandinavian nation in the shape of a futuristic looking roro.

9. LR And Methanol Institute Launch Guidance On Methanol Bunkering
As stakeholders across the maritime industry assess future fuel options in support of the International Maritime Organisation’s 2030 and 2050 greenhouse gas reduction ambitions, LR and the Methanol Institute have produced a Bunkering Technical Reference on Methanol, which is among the future fuels receiving close attention.

10. New Global Structure For Hamburg Süd Within Maersk
Hamburg Süd is making changes in its organisational structure as parent AP Moller – Maersk moves to further integrate the different brands and businesses in its ocean and logistics portfolio.üd+within+Maersk


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