InterManager Daily News 07.09.2020.

1. Maritime Compliance Guide 2020 shines light on materials issues in scrubbers
Fewer scrubbers and ballast water management systems (BWMS) will be installed in 2020 due to COVID-19, according to this year’s Maritime Compliance Guide, a supplement produced by the IHS Markit Maritime and Trade team.

2. Maersk’s Uggla pleads governments to repatriate tanker seafarers
Robert Maersk Uggla, CEO Maersk, on 3 September, issued a desperate plea to the responsible authorities to find a solution for the 27 migrants currently onboard tanker Etienne Maersk. The Danish flagged vessel, responded to a request from Maltese officials, on 4 August, to provide assistance to a migrant vessel that encountered difficulties. Since then the rescued migrants have remained onboard with governments refusing to allow them disembarkation rights.

3. Oil carrier bound for India catches fire off Sri Lanka
A very large crude carrier (VLCC) under a charter hire of the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) caught fire off the east coast of Sri Lanka while sailing to India. The blaze became known at about 8 am India time on 3 September 2020, according to local media reports.

4. Livestock carrier reportedly sank due to Typhoon Maysak
The Japan Coast Guard (JCG) said in a statement on 2 September that it received a distress signal from Gulf Livestock 1 at 1:45 am, when the ship was about 185 km west of Amami-Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture. Thereafter, the coastguard lost contact with the ship.

5. What Are The Most Dangerous Waters in the World Today?
As a Greek-American who lived in Athens for three years, and as a U.S. Navy mariner, I got to know the eastern Mediterranean well. It has been a strategic crossroads throughout history for Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Jews, Phoenicians, Romans, Crusaders and more modern sea warriors.

6. Third Cattle Ship Crewmember Is Rescued
A third mariner from a ship that capsized this week off Japan with more than 40 crew and a cargo of cattle on board was found alive on Friday after he was spotted by a search plane, Japan’s coastguard said.

7. Blazing fully laden VLCC towed away from Sri Lankan coastline
Naval ships and airplanes from India, Sri Lanka and Russia continue to douse the blaze on the fully laden New Diamond VLCC as sad news from Sri Lanka emerges that one Filipino crewmember died from the inferno. Fearing the worst, authorities are now attempting to tow the ship away from the Sri Lankan coastline to deeper waters.

8. More ammonium nitrate found at Beirut port
The Lebanese army found another 4.35 tonnes of explosive ammonium nitrate yesterday near the entrance to Beirut port, one month on from the deadly blast caused by 2,750 tonnes of the same substance that ripped apart much of the city. Army engineers were “dealing with it,” according to an army statement carried by the state news agency NNA. The statement said the chemicals were found outside entrance nine to the port.

9. Methanol Bunkering To Aid Shipping’s Decarbonization Ambitions: Industry Experts
Methanol bunkering is set to receive a boost in the near future as maritime decarbonization becomes a focal point for shipping after a fairly smooth transition to the International Maritime Organization’s global low sulfur mandate, industry experts told S&P Global Platts.’s+decarbonization+ambitions%3A+industry+experts

10. Brexit: Border Infrastructure Planning Easements Welcome But Timescales Remain Tight
The British Ports Association has welcomed the new legislation introduced to fast track the planning processes for Brexit related border infrastructure, at and around ports, but is warning that there is still a lot to be done in a short period of time.


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