InterManager Daily News 06.10.2020.

1. Hsin Chien Marine settles salary dispute with seafarers
Taiwan’s Maritime and Port Bureau, a unit of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC), has intervened in a salary dispute between local dry bulk shipping company Hsin Chien Marine and 24 Myanmarese seafarers.

2. Culture of coercion at sea in the spotlight
The International Tranport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the Joint Negotiating Group, representing seafarer employers, have issued a joint statement today, urging companies to stop coercing crew to extend their contracts during the ongoing crew change crisis.

3. IMO site back up while CMA CGM struggles to get back online
CMA CGM’s eBusiness website remains down one week on from a ransomware attack, while the website of the United Nations agency, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), is back up and running, having been the victim of a cyber attack on Wednesday.

4. Liner schedule reliability hits new low as rates peak
Global liner average schedule reliability hit an all-time low point in August, both in terms of the actual performance levels, as well as in terms of the speed with which performance has declined, according to new analysis from Copenhagen-based Sea-Intelligence, which has been tracking carrier reliability levels since 2011.

5. Baltic Dry Index Rallies Past 1-Year High
The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose to its highest in more than a year on Monday as demand for larger capesize and panamax vessels grinds higher.

6. Nigeria to Bar Vessels Without Licenses from Operating in Nigerian Waters
Nigeria plans to bar vessels without a valid licence to operate in Nigerian waters and has given shipping companies that trade in its coastal and inland waters three months to register, the maritime regulator said on Sunday.

7. Cruise Ship-Breaking Booms In Turkey After Pandemic Scuttles Sector
Business is booming at a sea dock in western Turkey, where five hulking cruise ships are being dismantled for scrap metal sales after the COVID-19 pandemic all but destroyed the industry, the head of a ship recyclers’ group said on Friday.

8. IMO’s global action to protect marine biodiversity
IMO plays a critical role in global efforts to protect biodiversity in and around the world’s oceans. A video launched during the United Nations Summit on Biodiversity (30 September) highlights the significant contribution of the Organisation to protecting marine biodiversity and ecosystems.

9. Interview with Captain Clemens Heinrich – How the “Chicago Express” makes use of its time at anchor
After every challenge, it is exciting to find out how it was tackled, which hurdles were overcome, and which success factors were involved. We spoke with Captain Clemens Heinrich of the “Chicago Express”, which will be lying at anchor for the next few weeks. In the interview, he explains how he and his crew will put this time to good use.

10. Diesel, Batteries And Biofuels: Setting Our Ferries On Course For A Green Future
If Greta has taught us one thing, it’s that trains are good and planes are bad. But without access to a zero-carbon yacht, what do you do if you need to cross Cook Strait?
At the moment, all public ferries operating here run on fossil fuels. Smaller boats use diesel that’s akin to what’s sold at petrol stations.


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