1. Crew feel ‘forgotten and abandoned’ Lloyds Register survey finds
There are currently 400,000 seafarers stuck at sea, according to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), due to government’s travel restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Another 400,000 are unable to join ships and earn money. Despite lobbying by the IMO and other major shipping organisations, many governments have yet to declare seafarers as key workers to facilitate crew change. https://safetyatsea.net/news/2020/forgotten-and-abandoned/
2. Wilhelmsen pioneers in plastic recycling
All vessels will soon get the opportunity to choose which port they want to dispose their waste in. As a Wilhelmsen summer student project has mapped out hundreds of ports all over the world that handle and recycle waste, including plastics, in the best possible and sustainable way.
“Plastic waste in the ocean is a global problem that the maritime industry is concerned about. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2020/11/04/wilhelmsen-pioneers-in-plastic-recycling/
3. IMO maritime security training for Gabon
Gabon is the latest IMO Member State to receive tailor-made, virtual maritime security training from IMO experts (2-3 November). Gabon officials received a recap of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code and the specific role of the Designated Authority (DA) – a specified organization responsible for maritime security that is nominated by a national Government.
4. V.Group completed first of its kind environmental compliance course
In partnership with Witt O’Brien’s, a leading US-based compliance partner, V.Group has completed an innovative environmental compliance auditor course. The course was attended by 40 colleagues from V.Group’s QSE Auditor team and Seatec Safety’s On Board Training & Inspection team, and is the latest best practice in V.Group’s ambition to be the leader in environmental and energy management. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2020/11/04/v-group-completed-first-of-its-kind-environmental-compliance-course/
5. Weekly Broker: MSC leads boxship buying charge
Geneva-based containerline Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) has embarked on a massive buying spree of secondhand containerships with Splash reporting yesterday the purchase of six German boxships ranging in capacity from from 7,849 to 8,500 teu for an en bloc price of $158m. https://splash247.com/weekly-broker-msc-leads-boxship-buying-charge/
6. Machine learning tackles fuel consumption
i4 Insight, a Lloyd’s Register company that provides a single point of access for multiple data streams and applications, is partnering with GreenSteam, a firm focused on vessel-based machine learning for hull and improved vessel performance. https://splash247.com/machine-learning-tackles-fuel-consumption/
7. Wakashio stern to be removed from reef in complex process taking months
Nagashiki Shipping, the Japanese owner of the Wakashio newcastlemax that ran aground on coral reefs off Mauritius in July, has appointed a Chinese salvor to move the stern of the ship. Lianyungang Dali Underwater Engineering is currently transporting materials and preparing equipment in order to commence work. https://splash247.com/wakashio-stern-to-be-removed-from-reef-in-complex-process-taking-months/
8. Coast Guard Investigating Collision Involving Tug and Barge and Pontoon Boat in North Carolina
The U.S. Coast Guard is investigation a collision involving a 94-foot tug and barge and a pontoon pleasure boat in North Carolina’s intracoastal waterway. The collision took place Tuesday in the vicinity of the Emerald Isle High-Rise Bridge. Two people on board the pontoon boat entered the water. https://gcaptain.com/coast-guard-investigating-collision-north-carolina/
9. Baltic Index Slips As Rates Dip Across All Vessels
The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index, which tracks rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels, fell on Wednesday, pressured by weaker rates across all vessel segments. The Baltic dry index was down 39 points, or 3.1%, at 1,224. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Baltic+index+slips+as+rates+dip+across+all+vessels
10. India: Cargo Volumes At State-Owned Ports Decline 12.43% During April-October
India’s dozen state-owned ports handled a combined 354.818 million tonnes (mt) of cargo during April to October of the current fiscal, 12.43 per cent lower than the 405.201 mt handled during the same period last year.