InterManager Daily News 03.11.2020.

1. Former IMO secretary-general William O’Neil dies, aged 93
William O’Neil, the second longest serving secretary-general at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) passed away last week, aged 93. The Canadian headed up the UN agency from 1990 to 2003. “It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Mr. O’Neil, who was a great friend and mentor who made a huge personal contribution to securing globally applicable safety, security and environmental standards,” Kitack Lim, the current IMO secretary-general, said.

2. CMIT receives largest container vessel in Vietnam’s history
Cai Mep International Terminal (CMIT), a joint venture between APM Terminals, Vietnam Maritime Corporation and Saigon Port, successfully received Maersk Line’s EEE vessel Margrethe Maersk with close to 20,000 TEU.

3. Sri Lanka’s East Container Terminal inaugurates for operations
The East Container Terminal ( ECT) of Sri Lanka Ports Authority has unveiled for its container operations by Hon. Rohitha Abeygunawardena, Minister of Port and Shipping, on 27 October 2020, the company said in its release.

4. Bill Gates joins nuclear-powered shipping push
The Microsoft co-founder, who turned 65 last week, is also chairman of TerraPower, a nuclear innovation company that today announced a new venture with Mikal Bøe’s CORE POWER, French nuclear materials handling specialist Orano and American utilities firm Southern Company. The four companies plan to develop molten salt reactor (MSR) atomic technology in the United States.

5. Methanol up for discussion at IMO this week
The Methanol Institute is calling on delegates to the International Maritime Organization’s upcoming Maritime Safety Committee meeting which starts on Wednesday to approve amendments to the International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels Code (IGF Code) that will include guidance on the use of methanol as a marine fuel.

6. The Federal Maritime Commission falls victim to digitalisation
On March 14 2019 the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) approved an agreement among Maersk, MSC, Hapag-Lloyd, CMA CGM and ONE on the development and free availability of common IT standards for the entire shipping industry (the DCSA Agreement). On February 6 2020 the FMC approved an agreement among the same contractual parties on the development and commercial marketing of a cloud service that enables participants in the international ocean transportation supply chain to exchange data by means of a blockchain-enabled, global trade digitised solution (the TradeLens Agreement).

7. Philippines Evacuates 1 Million As Super Typhoon Goni Approaches
Officials have evacuated almost a million residents in the southern part of the Philippines’ main island of Luzon as a category 5 storm – the world’s strongest this year – makes landfall on Sunday. Super Typhoon Goni, with 215 kph (133 miles) sustained winds and gusts of up to 265 kph (164 mph), will bring violent winds and strong rains, state weather and disaster officials said.

8. U.S. CDC Issues Framework to Resume Cruise Ship Sailings
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday issued a framework for a phased resumption of cruise ship operations after a no-sail order issued in March in response to the coronavirus pandemic expires on Saturday. The CDC said it was requiring testing and additional safeguards for crew members. A U.S. House of Representatives committee is investigating if the White House last month blocked the CDC from extending the no-sail order through mid-February.

9. Panama Exceeds 11 Thousand Movements Relating To Crew Changes
The logistics deployment carried out by the Republic of Panama, through the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) which includes various government institutions, shipping companies and shipping agencies, acting in a synchronized manner with the mission of providing a response to seafarers and to the crew who need to return home, has been praised worldwide, being a subject of reference by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

10. Traders Scout For Supertankers To Store Diesel As Virus Spreads
Oil traders are scouting for newly built supertankers to store diesel for the next few months as they brace for lower demand in Europe amid renewed restrictions aimed at battling the COVID-19 pandemic, shipping and trade sources said.


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