InterManager Daily News 21.10.2020

1. Taiwan’s largest bunker tanker leaks oil after hitting pier
Strong winds blew Taiwan’s largest bunkering tanker off its spot, causing it to hit part of a wharf in Taichung port on 19 October 2020. Authorities said that the 2,489 dwt Taian No. 2was moving from Pier 99 to Pier 2 when the vessel lost control due to strong winds.

2. Seafarer health and wellbeing is paramount to maritime safety
Seafarers need to be physically fit to perform their duties. Good physical health is imperative, but equally important is their psychological, social, and emotional health and wellbeing. Our capabilities to manage stress, emotions, and interactions with others and make decisions are influenced by our state of mind. For seafarers being able to work and live together for months at sea in a limited space, they will require good physical health and good mental health.

3. Russian intelligence accused of bringing down Maersk’s IT infrastructure
Six Russian intelligence officers were charged by the US Justice Department with a string of hacking offences, including the NotPetya ransomware attack that cost Maersk, the world’s top containerline, hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenues three years ago.

4. US blacklists Chinese companies for dealing with IRISL
The United States has blacklisted six Chinese entities for dealings with Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) in the latest sanctions against Iran. The six companies include Reach Holding Group (Shanghai), Reach Shipping Lines, Delight Shipping, Gracious Shipping, Noble Shipping and Supreme Shipping.

5. Shipping protests sweep across London
A series of protests across London marked day one of this week’s important International Maritime Organization-led (IMO) Inter-sessional Working Group On Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Environmental campaigns outside IMO headquarters in London are commonplace, but yesterday’s series of rallies, led by Ocean Rebellion, were larger and more widespread.

6. Saga Tankers rebrands and diversifies into renewable energy
Oslo-listed Saga Tankers has announced a strategy to diversify its business into renewable energy investments and has changed its name to Saga Pure.

7. What Is The Malabar Ocean Exercise?
Australia will join three-way naval exercises involving the United States, Japan and India, in a move that could provoke concern from China, which has criticized similar joint drills in the past. Here are some of the most common questions on the Malabar exercise

8. Harvey Gulf’s LNG-Fueled Platform Supply Vessels to Add Battery Power
Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has been selected to supply the battery power for four retrofitted Harvey Energy class LNG-fuelled Platform Supply Vessels operating in the Gulf of Mexico.

9. Baltic Index Slips For 9th Session As Rates For Larger Vessels Dip
The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index that tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities fell for a ninth consecutive session on Monday, driven by lower rates for capesize and panamax vessels.

10. Record Q3 Container Volume Of 2.7m TEU At The Port Of Los Angeles
CONTAINER throughput at the Port of Los Angeles hit an all-time high in the third quarter and showed few signs of slowing as year-end holiday restocking fuelled a sustained surge in imports.


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