1. Bulk carrier banned from Australia for underpaying crew
Australian authorities on 18 September banned bulk carrier AC Sesoda for 12 months from Australian ports for underpaying crew wages by more than AUD118,000 (USD86,000). This is the fourth vessel to be banned from Australian waters for Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) infringements.
2. Omegra Shipping: Higher risk levels returning to dry bulk
Dry bulk shipping ought to prepare for a long period of higher risk levels, warns the chief operating officer of one of Singapore’s fastest growing operators in the sector today. Lukasz Ogryczak is COO at Omegra Shipping, a seven-year-old entity that sits alongside sister company and commodity trading house, Enerfo.
3. South Africa plans ship recycling site on its west coast
South Africa is planning to create a Hong Kong Convention compliant ship recycling facility on its west coast. The site – to be called 34South – will be located in the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone, offering a prime location for end-of-life vessels passing through the Cape of Good Hope and bypassing the tolls of the Suez Canal. https://splash247.com/south-africa-plans-ship-recycling-site-on-its-west-coast/
4. The creation of the integrated digital ship
A survey of upcoming tech trends carried out for our new Shipping in 2030 magazine, published in association with MacGregor, has a strong focus on ship performance. The maritime technology outlook for the coming years is very much about vessel optimisation according to a survey of owners, operators and managers carried out by this title. https://splash247.com/the-creation-of-the-integrated-digital-ship/
5. Cruise Lines Turn To Geollect To Assist With Return To Operations
Nations are going in and out of lockdown, travel corridors open and close, and political instability is causing security concerns in various regions. This – combined climate change, a growing refugee crisis, and overwhelming influx of ‘big data’ – has created a perfect storm of uncertainty. https://gcaptain.com/cruise-lines-turn-to-geollect-to-assist-with-return-to-operations/
6. 2M Restores Transpacific Capacity
The 2M is the latest container shipping alliance to return more capacity to the transpacific trades. 2M partners Maersk and MSC said today they “continued to see strong demand and volumes with imports into the US”. https://gcaptain.com/2m-restores-transpacific-capacity/
7. Mexico Seizes Ship Linked to Fuel Theft
Mexican authorities said on Sunday they had confiscated a vessel in the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz and a warehouse in neighboring Tabasco along with storage tanks and trucks used by criminal groups to steal, transport and store hydrocarbons. https://gcaptain.com/mexico-seizes-ship-linked-to-fuel-theft/
8. Scorpio Shipping Agencies Announced As Platinum Sponsor Of “Asia Dry Bulk Cargo Summit 2020”
DRYCON 2020 (Asia Dry Bulk Cargo Summit) is back, this time on a virtual platform! The Shipping Tribune is pleased to announce “Asia Dry Bulk Cargo Summit 2020” is being organised on 15th October 2020. The entire Dry Bulk Cargo and Shipping chain will convene at this prominent conference, a hub of knowledge and ideas, to make this a memorable experience. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Scorpio+Shipping+Agencies+Announced+As+Platinum+Sponsor+Of+%22Asia+Dry+Bulk+Cargo+Summit+2020%22
9. Baltic Index Boosted By Higher Capesize Vessel Rates
The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index rose on Monday, hitting its highest in nearly two weeks, driven by higher rates for capesize vessels. The Baltic dry index, which tracks rates for ships ferrying dry bulk commodities and reflects rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels, was up 18 points, or 1.4%, at 1,314 points. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Baltic+index+boosted+by+higher+capesize+vessel+rates
10. New Gas Tanker Form Paves The Way For Revision Of ASBATANKVOY
BIMCO and the Association of Ship Brokers & Agents (U.S.A.), Inc. (ASBA) have approved a voyage charter party, ASBAGASVOY, for publication to serve the growing gas tanker industry. Work will now begin to revise ASBATANKVOY, one of the most used tanker charter parties in the world.