InterManager Daily News 02.10.2020.

1. IMO hit by ‘sophisticated’ cyber attack
The IMO’s public website and internal intranet services are currently unavailable. The interruption of services started on 30 September and was caused by a “sophisticated cyber attack” against the IMO’s IT systems, the company said in a statement.

2. Unemployed Australian seafarers offered to crew of Patricia Oldendorff
Australian seafarers could relieve the COVID-19 positive crew on board the bulk carrier Patricia Oldendorff at anchor off Port Hedland, the world’s largest iron ore export port in Australia. The offer was made by the local union to the state government on 30 September, as nine Filipino crew remain on the vessel as essential manning.

3. Bangladesh to set up trauma centres in all ports, marine academies
The Bangladesh government has moved to set up health facilities in all seaports and state-owned marine academies for emergency treatment of seafarers and port employees. On 21 September, the parliamentary committee on Ministry of Shipping recommended the establishment of health services for all crew and students of marine academies.

4. Major consumer brands call to end ‘forced labour’ amid crew change crisis
Consumer brands such as Unilever, Procter & Gamble Co., Mondelez International, and Heineken NV issued a letter on 23 September to United Nations secretary-general António Guterres, asking governments to grant exemptions to travel restrictions and quarantine measures currently preventing seafarers from embarking and disembarking from ships.

5. Castor Maritime grows fleet to six with Japanese panamax acquisition
Nasdaq-listed dry bulk owner Castor Maritime has grown its fleet to six with the acquisition of a panamax bulker. Castor says it has entered into an agreement to purchase a 2010 Japanese-built panamax dry bulk carrier for $13.86m from an unaffiliated third party.

6. CMA CGM concedes data breach is likely as criticism mounts over its handling of ransomware attack
CMA CGM is facing growing criticism for the way it has communicated the ongoing IT fallout from its ransoware attack that brought much of the group’s web infrastructure down on Monday.

7. V.Group appoints former Topaz boss as new CEO
Shipmanagement and services giant V.Group has appointed René Kofod-Olsen as the company’s new chief executive officer, replacing Graham Westgarth who is assuming the role of chairman.

8. Baltic Index Clocks Second Monthly Gain As Capesize Rates Improve
The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index rose on Wednesday, marking its second straight monthly gain, as rates for capesize vessels climbed higher on improved iron ore demand from China. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, was up 67 points, or 4%, at 1,725 points.

9. The Alliance Adds Terminal Changes At Port Of Los Angeles Amid Cargo Surge
At least two ships arriving at the Port of Los Angeles have been diverted to alternative terminals in response to infrastructure overload and equipment issues owing to the recent surge in trans-Pacific cargo volumes.

10. Iron Ore Futures Soar As Supply Concerns Mount
Iron ore futures surged on Wednesday, with the Chinese benchmark jumping 5%, as the coronavirus outbreak on a bulk carrier at Australia’s Port Hedland reignited fears about supply disruptions. Iron ore on China’s Dalian Commodity Exchange climbed to its highest close since Sept. 21 at 809 yuan ($118.88) a tonne. It rose 16.6% this quarter, marking its fourth consecutive quarterly gain.


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