InterManager Daily News 23.10.2020.

1. Crew change sparks virus outbreak in Australian ports
Six new virus outbreaks have been uncovered in Australian ports in recent weeks as concerns grow that labour-supply countries are failing to ensure crew are properly screened. According to estimates by the International Maritime Organization, 400,000 seafarers and port workers are currently stranded at sea. https://safetyatsea.net/news/2020/crew-change-sparks-virus-outbreak-in-australian-trade/

2. Three stowaways repatriated to Ghana
The stowaways, Emmanuel Agyei, 45 years old; Akesse Francis Alan, 46 years old; and Samuel Yalley, 45 years old, all from Elmina in the central region of Ghana, said they boarded the Hong Kong-flagged container ship, Kota Lumba, in the port of Tema, Ghana, using a bamboo ladder on the blind side of the ship. https://safetyatsea.net/news/2020/three-stowaways-repatriated-to-ghana/

3. How technology can get our seafarers home safely
The designation of seafarers as key workers could have been fixed a long time ago. Similarly, the application of technology is necessary to smooth the health concerns authorities have about this vital slice of the global workforce. https://splash247.com/how-technology-can-get-our-seafarers-home-safely/

4. Scorpio sells another ultramax as bulker sell-off passes $125m mark
Monaco’s Scorpio Bulkers has sold its fourth ultramax in the space of a week with the same of SBI Zeus. The 2016-built ultramax was sold to an unnamed third party for a price of $18.5m, a little under the $19.27m valuation by VesselsValue. https://splash247.com/scorpio-sells-another-ultramax-as-bulker-sell-off-passes-125m-mark/

5. Hyundai Mipo debuts 20,000 cu m liquefied hydrogen carrier design
Class society Korean Register has approved Hyundai Mipo Dockyard’s design plans for a 20,000 cu m liquefied hydrogen carrier with the yard now determined to step up commercialisation plans of the new ship type.
https://splash247.com/hyundai-mipo-debuts-20000-cu-m-liquefied-hydrogen-carrier-design/

6. Mystery Oil Washes Ashore in Delaware
The command was established Wednesday as cleanup efforts continue on oil patties that washed ashore at various locations on the Delaware Bay coastline between Fowler Beach and Cape Henlopen, Delaware. https://gcaptain.com/mystery-oil-washes-ashore-in-delaware/

7. America’s Cup Teams Testing Second-Generation Yachts
The America’s Cup just got “real” for the Italian challengers hoping to face holders Team New Zealand next year as Luna Rossa launched their second-generation AC75 yacht in Auckland on Tuesday. https://gcaptain.com/americas-cup-teams-testing-second-generation-yachts/

8. European Commission Reacts To Industry’s Concern About IHM Compliance
The European Commission (EC) has listened and reacted to industry’s concern about adhering to the upcoming deadline on 31 December 2020 for the European Union’s Ship Recycling Regulations (EUSRR) inventory of hazardous materials (IHM) owing to the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The new EC guidelines give shipowners a limited but welcome respite by applying a harmonised approach for a period of 6 months after the entry into application of the IHM obligations.
https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/European+Commission+Reacts+To+Industry’s+Concern+About+IHM+Compliance

9. Singapore Suspends OBS’ Bunkering Licenses After Hin Leong Debacle
Singapore has suspended the bunkering licenses of Ocean Bunkering Services, part of the beleaguered Hin Leong Trading Group, but the move has had limited market impact on the world’s largest bunkering port, industry sources said. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Singapore+suspends+OBS’+bunkering+licenses+after+Hin+Leong+debacle

10. Throughput In First Three Quarters Falls 8.8% Short Of Last Year’s Total
The port of Rotterdam handled a total of 103.4 million tonnes of freight in the third quarter of 2020. Total throughput over the first nine months of the year stands at 322.3 million tonnes. This is 8.8% lower than the volume recorded in the equivalent period last year. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Throughput+in+first+three+quarters+falls+8.8%25+short+of+last+year’s+total

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