InterManager Daily News 09.11.2020.

1. Seafarer happiness survey reveals scale of crew crisis challenge
COVID-19 has had an enormous impact on the lives of seafarers. A quarterly survey helps bring to light the challenges they face.
The shipping industry often talks about seafarers and the problems facing them, but it can be difficult to generate data about how those at sea feel about their jobs and lives. In seeking insight from ships the question of whether seafarers are happy is often overlooked.

2. Supporting safe resumption of cruise ship operations
IMO and UNWTO encourage the cruise industry and Governments to continue their efforts to enable cruise ship operations to resume safely.
In a joint statement issued on 5 November, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) highlight the importance of the cruise sector for the world economy.

3. Charred New Diamond arrives in the UAE
The charred New Diamond VLCC has made its way to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after a long journey under tow across the Indian Ocean. The fully laden New Shipping-controlled tanker suffered a boiler explosion on September 2, resulting in a sizeable fire centred around its accommodation block. India and Sri Lanka deployed significant resources to douse the blaze.

4. Ships reroute as Beijing bans wide array of Australian products
Beijing is barring an ever longer list of Australian products and commodities from entering the People’s Republic, creating significant vessel backlogs and ships rerouting to alternate market places. Chinese ties with Australia have soured significantly all year with Canberra leading the charge to investigate the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic.

5. Yangzijiang wins order for 10 boxships from Japan to go on charter to Maersk
Singapore-listed Chinese private shipbuilder Yangzijiang Shipbuilding has sealed shipbuilding contracts with an unnamed Japanese owner for the construction of up to ten 3,500 teu boxships.

6. Families club together to create ¥5m reward in last bid to find missing Gulf Livestock 1 crew
In a last bid to track down their loved ones, the four families of the missing Australian and New Zealand crewmen on the Gulf Livestock 1 have clubbed together to create a ¥5m ($67,000) reward for anyone who discovers or unearths information leading directly to the discovery of any or all of the missing 40 crewmen, whether alive or deceased, from the sunken ship.¥5m-reward-in-last-bid-to-find-missing-gulf-livestock-1-crew/

7. Havyard Ditching Newbuilds for Service and Repair Work
Norwegian shipbuilder Havyard has announced plans ditch newbuilds and focus its operations on ship repair and service. Unfortunately, this will lead to downsizing of about 100 staff at the yard.

8. JP Morgan Orders 40 LNG-Fueled Barges at Damen Concordia
JP Morgan has placed an order for 40 self-propelled LNG-fueled tanker barges for charter to Shell. The order was placed Concordia Damen, the inland waterway specialist of Netherlands-based Damen Shipyards Group.

9. Baltic Index Edges Higher On Stronger Rates For Capesizes
The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index, which tracks rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels, edged up on Friday on stronger rates for the capesize vessel segment. The Baltic dry index was up 2 points, or 0.2%, at 1,196. However, the index lost 6.9% this week, its fifth straight weekly loss.

10. First Ever Standard Contract For Autonomous Ship Operation Underway
BIMCO is adapting the currently used SHIPMAN 2009 agreement for use with autonomous ships, but the lack of actual autonomous ships currently in operation will mean ongoing adjustments as the industry forges ahead with its pioneering projects. Publication of the first version is expected in 2021.


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