1. ITF warns COVID-19 is exacerbating existing maritime safety problems
An International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) report has warned that shipping must stop its ‘bad habits’ that are being exacerbated by COVID-19 or it risks endangering crew, vessels, and the environment. https://safetyatsea.net/news/2020/itf-warns-covid-19-is-exacerbating-existing-maritime-safety-problems/
2. MARAD Renews GPS Interference Warning to Industry
The U.S. Maritime Administration has issued a renewed advisory to the maritime industry about instances of GPS interference that have been reported worldwide within the maritime domain. https://gcaptain.com/marad-renews-gps-interference-warning-to-industry/
3. Massive Chinese Fishing Fleet Leaves Area Near the Galapagos Islands
Ecuador’s navy said on Tuesday that Chinese fishing vessels have gradually left the area near the Galapagos Islands and are now operating in international waters off Peru, following months of fishing that spurred criticism from environmental groups.
4. Manson Construction to Construct the Largest Dredger in the United States
Seattle-based Manson Construction has awarded a contract to build the biggest hopper dredge ever built in the United States. The contract was awarded Keppel AmFELS for construction at their facility in Brownsville, Texas.
5. DNV GL picks ammonia and methanol as future fuels with hydrogen the surprise loser
Class society DNV GL yesterday added maritime-specific details to its latest energy transition forecast through to 2050, the big takeaway being the prediction that hydrogen will not be among the leading fuels of the future for shipping. https://splash247.com/dnv-gl-picks-ammonia-and-methanol-as-future-fuels-with-hydrogen-the-surprise-loser/
6. Cargo flow in 2030
How will the business of cargo flow and handling change over the next 10 years? It’s a question Maritime CEO has posed to hundreds of shipping executives in recent months. Some have BladeRunner-esque visions of the ship/port interface; others are more cautious about the speed of change.
7. How carriers won the rates war
Oceanfreight rates from Shanghai to the west coast of the US have more than doubled since May to record levels, getting ever closer to $4,000 per feu. During the same period freight rates from Shanghai to the US east coast have increased by around three-quarters, at a time when shipping firms are cutting back their operations due to Covid-19 and are also struggling to meet demand as exporters worry about the escalating trade conflict. https://splash247.com/how-carriers-won-the-rates-war/
8. Singapore Revises Further Crew Change Requirements
The Singapore Maritime Port Authority issued revised crew change requirements today in the form of PMA circular 38. BIMCO gives a short summary of these requirements.
9. Port Of Antwerp Holds Its Ground Thanks To Container Throughput
The total throughput of Port of Antwerp decreased by 5.1% in 2020 compared with the first 8 months of the previous year. The port has recorded a decline in the throughput of all goods flows, but is able to limit the damage thanks to container handling, which maintains the status quo. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Port+of+Antwerp+holds+its+ground+thanks+to+container+throughput
10. Merger Between Korea’s Two Top Shipbuilders Delayed By COVID-19
The planned merger between Hyundai Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) within 2020 has become uncertain due to delayed reviews at home and abroad due to the COVID-19 pandemic.