InterManager Daily News 18.09.2020.

1. Captain claims he was suspended for protecting crew from COVID-19 exposure
Captain Rajnish Shah claimed his licence was suspended on 8 June for measures he took to protect his crew from exposure to COVID-19. His company suspended his captain’s licence during an investigation into two events it claims put the health and safety of its seafarers at risk.

2. COVID-19 protocols implemented for vessels going to remote weather stations
Deep in the South Atlantic Ocean, the meteorological stations on Gough Island and Marion Island (2,600 km and 1,900 km southwest of Cape Town, respectively) form a critical link in the weather monitoring and forecasting systems for ships to safely navigate the often treacherous South African coast.

3. Philippines cuts port charges by 50% for vessels to facilitate crew change
As an effort to facilitate seafarers’ well-being during the pandemic period, the Philippines has cut some port charges by 50% for vessels calling at the port of Capinpin for crew change.

4. Australia bans Taiwanese bulker for underpaying crew
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has banned the 2008-built 28,300 dwt handy bulk carrier AC Sesoda for deliberately underpaying its crew by more than AUD$118,000 ($86,368).

5. Port of Cork appoints new CEO
McGettigan will be replacing Brendan Keating, who will be retired after 18 years of service as CEO at the port. Before joining Port of Cork, McGettigan worked over 30 years in retail, wholesale and property businesses.

6. Sapura Energy secures $203m worth of new contracts
Malaysian offshore service provider Sapura Energy has secured a series of new contracts worth a total of MYR840m ($203m). In South America, the company was awarded a engineering, procurement, construction and installation scope project by Eni for works at an offshore block in Mexico.

7. Cosco secures module transport contract from MODEC
Cosco Shipping has entered into a new contract with MODEC Offshore Production Systems for the transport of FPSO modules. Under the contract, Cosco will transport a total of 17 modules for MODEC FPSO Almirante Barroso MV32. The heaviest module is around 3,000 ton.

8. US Watches Iranian Fuel Cargoes To Venezuela, Keeps Up Pressure On Other Shippers
US sanctions have deterred all but Iranian tankers from delivering gasoline to fuel-starved Venezuela, and the Trump administration will keep up pressure on the global shipping industry to avoid the trade, a top State Department official said Sept. 16.

9. Liftings At Port Of LA Reach Record 961,833 TEU In August
THE Port of Los Angeles had its best month ever in August, processing a record-setting 961,833 TEU in August. Executive director Gene Seroka wasn’t sipping champagne when he made the announcement recently. “One month or even one quarter does not make a trend,” he said.

10. Iron Ore Dips To Multi-Week Lows As Fundamentals Weaken
Iron ore futures slumped for a third session on Thursday on growing prospects of further improvement in supply of the steelmaking ingredient and signs that steel demand in China has not been as strong as expected.


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