InterManager Daily News 17.10.2020.

1. V. Group’s new partnership sees over 1,000 cloud simulated seafarer assessments conducted
In 2019 V.Group introduced the Navigational Skills Development Program (NSDP), aimed at training and assessing seafarers in navigation and bridge watchkeeping skills.
Designed, built and implemented by V.Group’s technology partner ARI Simulation, the NSDP has resulted in over 1,000 assessment scenarios being conducted since then.

2. Intership Navigation is heading to a Digital Transformation journey
Intership Navigation runs SAP solutions successfully with Supernova Consulting’s support and implementation since 2012. The solution’s structure is a combination of on-premise and cloud technologies. The complete, out-of-the-box interconnection of these solutions offers a single source of real-time information across the organization.

3. Cyprus Trade Deficit Down In January – September 2020
Trade deficit in Cyprus was €3,269.1 mn in January – September 2020 compared to €3,746.5 mn in the corresponding period of 2019, on the basis of provisional data announced Monday by the Statistical Service of Cyprus. Both imports and exports declined in the first nine months of 2020.

4. Seafarers’ Welfare Board established in Canada
As part of Canada’s commitment to the International Labour Organization’s Maritime Labour Convention, the National Seafarers’ Welfare Board will act as a forum for coordinating seafarer welfare in Canada. It will promote maritime workers’ access to recreational, cultural and medical services, as well as shore-based welfare facilities.

5. 14 crew kidnapped from Chinese heavylift vessel in the Gulf of Guinea
The 1998-built semi-submersible heavylift vessel Zhen Hua 7 was boarded by pirates near Sao Tome in the Gulf of Guinea on Friday, resulting in the kidnapping of 14 crew from the vessel. According to a report from maritime safety consultancy Dryad Global, 14 of 27 Chinese crew members have been kidnapped and the vessel is now headed to Sao Tome escorted by Italian naval vessel Frederico Martiningo.

6. Great Eastern Shipping acquires secondhand capesize
India’s Great Eastern Shipping Company has sealed a deal to buy a secondhand capesize bulker, adding to the one capesize (Jag Anand) currently in its fleet of 46 vessels. Great Eastern said the bulker was built in 2014 in the Philippines, but did not provide any further information on the deal.

7. Iota Becomes 30th Named Storm in 2020’s Historic Hurricane Season
A system swirling across the central Caribbean has been named Tropical Storm Iota as it heads toward hurricane-ravaged Central America.
Iota is forecast to reach hurricane strength and approach Nicaragua and northeastern Honduras as early as Sunday night, the National Hurricane Center said. The region is still recovering from Hurricane Eta, which ripped through the same area earlier this month and left more than 100 dead.

8. IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee Addresses Crew Change Crisis – Better Day for Seafarers Coming and Going
Port States, however well intentioned, enacted a panoply of inconsistent and sometimes non-sensical measures that led to mariners being marooned on vessels well beyond their sign-off dates. Regulators in the aviation sphere, were- in turn, talking past the maritime officials, so that air travel, and the impediments for mariners in transit, also emerged as a major constraint.

9. Cyber Attacks: Who Will Be Hit Next – And Can It Be Prevented?
Keeping data safe and systems protected is a key challenge for global companies. Yet, many companies are not prepared for an attack on their infrastructure. We have spoken to shipping and cyber security expert Lars Jensen of Improsec about the state of cyber security in global shipping and logistics. He explains why the next attack in the industry is not a question of ‘if’ but ‘when’.–+and+can+it+be+prevented%3F

10. LNG Becoming Increasingly Popular In The Shipping Sector
Early in the morning of Thursday, 12 November, Total’s bunker vessel Gas Agility started bunkering the container ship Jacques Saade with 18,000 m³ of LNG (liquefied natural gas). The operation took around 16 hours to complete. Gas Agility, the world’s largest LNG bunker vessel, was built especially to supply ULCVs (Ultra Large Container Vessels) like Jacques Saade with LNG while they are loading or unloading their cargo.


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