InterManager Daily News 29.09.2020.

1. Abu Dhabi Ports takes over MICCO Logistics
According to Abu Dhabi Ports, MICCO’s international and regional logistics solutions, its large and diversified transportation fleet, and a network of temperature-controlled warehouses, in combination with the company’s cargo handling and industrial zone capacity, put the group in a unique position to offer comprehensive supply chain services.

2. Consort Bunkers acquires Xihe tankers
Singapore’s Consort Bunkers has acquired two small clean product tanker from financially troubled Xihe Group. Both Advanced Shipping & Trading and Seasure Shipbroking reported that Consort Bunkers bought the 2011-built 5,200 dwt small clean tanker Marine Swift from Xihe Group for a price of 4.9m.

3. What’s in store for Maritime Labour Convention Version 2.0?
Should the Maritime Labour Convention be amended to make it more effective? A good question, especially at in this age of Covid-19 with the awful situation of many seafarers being trapped at sea for extremely lengthy periods. And also, please do not forget those seafarers being trapped at home, unable to join ships and work in their chosen profession.

4. Shipping companies receive awards for slowing to protect blue whales, blue skies
The Protecting Blue Whales and Blue Skies program gave awards to 15 global shipping companies for reducing speeds to 10 knots or less in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Santa Barbara Channel region in 2019.

5. Norway Warns of Forgotten Victims of Covid – Seafarers
Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg warned of a humanitarian and trade crisis if the roughly 800,000 seafarers stranded around the globe due to the coronavirus pandemic aren’t offered similar protections and rights to other essential workers.

6. Trump Extends Drilling Ban Off North Carolina, Virginia Until 2032
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he had extended a ban until 2032 on oil drilling off the coast of North Carolina and Virginia, weeks after a similar extension affecting offshore drilling in the waters off Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

7. REFINERY NEWS ROUNDUP: August runs in India fall on lockdown
Average capacity utilization for all categories of refineries in India declined to 76% in August from 83% in the previous month, the latest survey of the oil ministry showed. Analysts attributed the lowest runs in three months to the twin factor of lockdown being reimposed in many states to combat the spread of coronavirus pandemic and maintenance shutdown at many refineries.

8. China’s slow consumption recovery upset by wary low-income households
Months after China brought its coronavirus epidemic under control, its consumers are slowly opening their wallets again – but the hard days of lockdowns still weigh on many shellshocked lower-income households, who prefer to ho

9. UN And Partners Press For Seafarers To Be Designated ‘Key Workers’ During COVID Pandemic
The UN Secretary-General has again appealed for governments to act on behalf of hundreds of thousands of seafarers and other maritime workers stuck at sea for endless months, in some cases more than a year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.‘key+workers’+during+COVID+pandemic

10. Flying Dutchman: Cargoes Of Iranian Fuel Seized By U.S. Remain At Sea
Tankers carrying Iranian gasoline that was confiscated by the U.S. government and became embroiled in a court ownership battle have struggled to discharge in the United States, shifting course over the last week. The U.S. Department of Justice last month seized over 1 million barrels of Iranian fuel onboard four privately-owned tankers bound for Venezuela, part of Washington’s efforts to disrupt trade between the two sanctioned nations.


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