InterManager Daily News 16.12.2020.

1. Trialling Just-In-Time Arrival
Another desktop trial in “Just-In-Time” (JIT) ship operations has yielded positive results, showing emissions can be cut considerably. JIT operations have the potential to cut the time ships spend idling outside ports and help reduce harmful emissions. This can be achieved by communicating in advance the relevant information to the ship about the requested time of arrival – allowing the ship to adjust to optimum speed.

2. Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in Sharjah concludes 2020 with quality achievements
The Arab Academy for Science Technology and Maritime Transport in Sharjah (AASTS) has concluded 2020 with major achievements that strengthen its strategic role in supporting the maritime economy in the UAE and the Arab region as a whole. This achieves AASTS’ mission to empower young Emiratis to work in the maritime sector.

3. The new Japanese Maritime Law
The Japanese Maritime Law (“the law”) was first codified as part of the Japanese Commercial Code (“the Code”) in 1899, but for over a century, the law did not undergo any substantive or material amendments. It was not until 2014 that a Working Group was set up to reform the Code and the new Code, comprising the new Japanese Maritime Law, entered into force in April 2019.

4. German Shipowners’ Association calls for intensified support for seafarers
Backed and encouraged by two resolutions adopted by the UN and its Labour Organisation ILO (International Labour Organisation), the German Shipowners’ Association (VDR) calls for greater recognition of the work performed by seafarers and for them to be classified internationally as systemically relevant.

5. Mongolia, Indonesia and Russia the winners as Beijing formalises Australian coal ban
Splash has reported for the past three months a growing informal list of products Beijing has moved to block entry to, as relations between Australia and China have soured with Canberra leading the charge to seek out the origins of coronavirus. This has resulted in many coal carriers – and more than 1,000 seafarers -being stuck at Chinese anchorages for long periods.

6. Explosive-laden boat cited in Jeddah tanker attack
Saudi Arabia has said an explosive-laden boat was used in yesterday’s attack on Hafnia’s LR tanker BW Rhine at a Saudi Aramco facility in Jeddah.
BW subsidiary Hafnia had merely described yesterday’s attack as coming from an “external source” whilst discharging at Jeddah. All 22 seafarers have been accounted for with no injuries.

7. Overthinking it: A Christmas toast to the shipping industry
A few years ago, I found myself sitting on a friend’s sofa in Singapore pondering why on earth I was still in the business. It was early 2016 and I was listening to him have a fraught telephone conversation with one of his lending banks that didn’t want to pay the final instalment on a newbuilding that was meant to deliver later that year, without a further call on the owner’s meagre reserves.

8. Cosco secures transport contract from Airbus
Cosco Shipping Logistics, a unit of Cosco Shipping Group, has been awarded a contract by Airbus to transport aircraft components. The contract, which will commence from March 2021, is for a period of three years and will see Cosco transport the components of the new A320 series aircrafts from Europe to the Airbus assembling plant in Tianjin.

9. Baltic Index Hits Over 1-Month High On Stronger Vessel Rates
The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index rose to its highest in more than a month on Monday, supported by higher rates across vessel segments. The Baltic dry index, which tracks rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels, was up by 24 points, or about 2%, at 1,235, highest since Nov. 3.

10. Panel On Divestment Approves Privatisation Of Shipping Corporation
The Core Group of Secretaries on Divestment (CGD), in its meeting on Monday, approved the conditions for privatising the government-owned company that owns a fleet of bulk carriers, crude oil tankers. The panel on divestment headed by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba has approved the expression of interest and preliminary information memorandum (PIM) for Shipping Corporation of India, paving the way for its privatisation.


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