1. ‘Hundreds’ of crew changes at South African ports as COVID-19 restrictions ease
South Africa has conducted “hundreds” of crew changes at its nine commercial ports since the country eased its COVID-19 lockdown restrictions to level 2 on 18 August 2020 and level 1 on 21 September 2020.
2. Fears for cadet career progression as COVID-19 impacts maritime training
The rise of the COVID-19 has affected every aspect of seafarers’ lives, whether through the fear of contracting the illness on board, loss of work, the inability to get home, and access to certain elements of training, particularly practical at sea training for cadets. https://safetyatsea.net/news/2020/fears-for-cadet-career-progression-as-covid-19-impacts-maritime-training/
3. ADNOC enters VLCC sector with acquisition of Hunter pair
UAE-based Adnoc Logistics and Services, the shipping unit of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, has acquired two VLCCs from Norwegian owner Hunter Group, marking its entry into the VLCC tanker segment.
4. BHP chairman confirms China-bound coal shipments are being deferred
The chairman of mining giant, BHP, has confirmed that Chinese clients have asked for deferrals of their coal orders amid reports that China has stopped taking shipments of Australian coal. https://splash247.com/bhp-chairman-confirms-china-bound-coal-shipments-are-being-deferred/
5. Scorpio Bulkers continues bulker sell-off, offloading ultramax pair to Navigare
The 2017-built pair SBI Phoenix and SBI Samson have been sold for around $34m, with VesselsValue data showing the buyer as Danmark’s Navigare Capital Partners. The vessels have been renamed Navigare Beatusand Navigare Bellus, and technical management has been awarded to OSM. https://splash247.com/scorpio-bulkers-continues-bulker-sell-off-offloading-ultramax-pair-to-navigare/
6. U.S. Navy Unveils Plans for New National Museum in Washington
The announcement was made Tuesday by the Secretary of the Navy Kenneth J. Braithwaite at the Washington Navy Yard the Navy’s intention to build the new flagship National Museum of the U.S. Navy. The day also marked the Navy’s official celebration of its 245th Birthday. https://gcaptain.com/u-s-navy-unveils-plans-for-new-national-museum-in-washington/
7. Ships Wait to Unload at Port of Los Angeles as China Imports Boom
Incoming cargo to the Port of Los Angeles is surging as businesses restock depleted inventories and retailers prepare for an early holiday season, the executive director for the nation’s busiest seaport said on Wednesday. https://gcaptain.com/ships-wait-to-unload-at-port-of-los-angeles-as-china-imports-boom/
8. Russian Tall Ship Completes Historic Northern Sea Route Passage
A 100-year-old tall ship has successful transited the full length of the fabled Northern Sea Route. After departing from Vladivostok, Russia in mid-August, the Sedov completed the east-west passage this week having passed the south tip of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, marking the easternmost point of Europe. The vessel is expected to arrive Murmansk, Russia sometime next week. https://gcaptain.com/russian-tall-ship-completes-historic-northern-sea-route-passage/
9. Singapore Welcomes World’s Largest LNG Powered Containership
The first of nine 23,000 TEU LNG-powered newbuildings and named after the late Jacques Saade, founder of the CMA CGM Group, the vessel called at the CMA CGM-PSA Lion Terminal after sailing in from China where the ultra-large containership started her maiden voyage on the carrier’s French Asia Line 1 service between Asia and Europe. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Singapore+welcomes+world%27s+largest+LNG+powered+containership+
10. Rotterdam Presents Ambitious Shore-Based Power Strategy For Sea-Going Vessels
The Municipality of Rotterdam and the Port of Rotterdam Authority are working together on the joint rollout of shore-based power for sea-going vessels in Rotterdam. By 2030, they want a significant share of sea-going vessels to ‘plug in’ once they have moored along one of the port’s quays.