InterManager Daily News 09.09.2020.

1. Beirut blast: Maritime industry failings cannot be overlooked
To date, there have been more than 200 people killed, 5,000 people injured, and an estimated 300,000 people left homeless as a result of the devastating explosion of a port warehouse in Beirut on 4 August 2020, although figures vary and are updated daily.

2. How the cruise industry will survive COVID-19
“There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen”, according to one of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin’s lesser-contested musings. It certainly feels like a decade ago that viral outbreaks on massive cruise ships were prompting assertions that it was unwise for them to get any larger or to cram any more passengers into such a small space.

3. Captains blacklisted as US and UK governments crack down on trade sanctions
Captains are at risk of being blacklisted as the US and UK governments take a harder stance on trade sanctions violations at sea. Both governments are stressing to the maritime sector that all those involved in evading sanctions, from the ship owners to the individuals onboard, will be penalised.

4. Shipping Interests Call for Immediate Disembarkation of Migrants from Stranded Maersk Tanker
The International Chamber of Shipping is calling on the International Maritime Organization to urgently intervene in the case of Maersk Etienne, which is currently stranded at sea after coming to aid of migrants in distress off Malta last month.

5. Visitors to Hamburg get a glimpse of what to expect at SMM next year
Today should have been the opening of SMM, the world’s largest shipping exhibition. With the spread of Covid-19, however, Hamburg Messe, the organisers of the show, took the decision to shift the event to February next year.

6. Fire reignites on laden VLCC off Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan authorities have spent the last 20 hours fighting to contain a reignited fire on the laden Panamanian-flagged VLCC New Diamond.
The blaze, which had initially thought to have been brought under control on Sunday after more than three days, started again on the starboard side near the funnel on Monday evening.

7. Swedish consortium unveils wind-powered vessel capable of carrying 6,000 vehicles
The Oceanbird, capable of carrying 6,000 vehicles, has been created by the the KTH Centre for Naval Architecture, maritime tech developer SSPA and Wallenius Marine. The Swedish Transport Administration agreed funding for the project from 2019 through to 2022.

8. Baltic Index Falls To Over 1-Month Low As Rates Dip Across Vessels
The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index fell to its lowest in more than a month on Monday, as rates slipped across vessel segments. The Baltic dry index, which tracks rates for ships ferrying dry bulk commodities and reflects rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels, fell 13 points, or nearly 1%, to 1,349.

9. Carbon Pricing Key To Shipping’s Emissions Pathway
Collaboration between all stakeholders is essential if the shipping industry is to come anywhere close to meeting its decarbonisation targets, as laid out by the IMO. This was the main message from a webinar held late last week, Trade Evolution and Partnership: Impact on Decarbonization, organised by classification society ABS.’s+emissions+pathway

10. Chennai Port Trust To Roll Out Special Voluntary Retirement Scheme
State-owned Chennai Port Trust is weighing a plan to roll out a special voluntary retirement scheme for employees, its seventh since 1992, as it looks to cut transaction costs and stay fit in the face of competition from private, mechanised ports in the hinterland.


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