InterManager Daily News 18.12.2020.

1. Shipping companies and charities join forces for #SeafarersDeliveringChristmas 2020
The global shipping industry and welfare organisations have come together to support seafarers though the #SeafarersDeliveringChristmas campaign 2020. The campaign brings the shipping community together to support seafarers as they celebrate the end-of-year holidays. These are ‘key workers’ who have worked tirelessly to keep nations supplied through the pandemic. The campaign will ensure they receive the support they deserve.

2. We have a shared responsibility for bringing our seafarers home
The holiday season is approaching fast for much of the world’s population and will be an opportunity for many to spend time with family and friends. But for thousands of seafarers, the ongoing crew change crisis deprives them even of the hope of being home in time for the holidays.

3. Vale completed the discharging in China on its last cargo transportation using converted vessels
Following Vale’s new risk management approach, in January 2020, Vale has decided for the phase-out or substitution of all converted vessels engaged in its cargo transportation, either through early termination or amendment of contracts. Vale’s freight competitiveness is preserved through long term contracts with shipowners for the use of more efficient and modern vessels as Valemax and Guaibamax.

4. 5 crew were kidnapped from the Cameroon flagged MV CAP SAINT GEORGES 48nm W Bayelsa
Vessel continued to Lome and arrived on 13th December. his incident is the 26th kidnapping with a total number of 130 persons kidnapped in Gulf of Guinea HRA in 2020. There have been a surge of incidents in the past 5 weeks, resulting in an increased risk rating for the Gulf of Guinea HRA to CRITICAL on 11th November.

5. More States join IMO call to designate seafarers as key workers
Forty-five IMO Member States and one Associate Member* have now designated seafarers as key workers, which is a key step in resolving the ongoing crew change crisis. In a circular letter (4204/add.35) issued on 14 December, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim calls on Member States that have not yet done so to take action as a matter of urgency.

6. Danica’s annual Seafarer Survey shows crew training is benefiting from digital delivery
Seafarer training has increased and improved this year – thanks to shipping companies embracing the use of digital technology. A survey by crewing specialist Danica revealed that nearly a third of all seafarers who responded to say they had received training from their company this year had been trained online – a huge increase from just 4% in 2019. And 63% said they found that training to be useful – a 10% increase on last year.

7. Drone Footage Gives New View of ONE Apus Damage
Some new drone footage shot as the ONE Apus was arriving in Japan last week gives us the first aerial view of the extent of damage on the deck of the ship after its historic cargo loss in the Pacific Ocean. The video was commissioned by W K Webster & Co., a leading global marine and transit claims consultancy.

8. Northern Lights Carbon Transport and Storage Project Gets Go-Ahead from Norway
Northern Lights comprises the critical transport and storage component of the government’s full-scale Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project “Longship”. It focusses on the development and operation of infrastructure that will enable the transport, receipt and storage of CO2 captured from industrial sites Norway in a permanent reservoir approximately 2,600 meters under the North Sea.

9. Baltic Index Rises To Near Seven-Week High On Higher Capesize Rates
The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index climbed to its highest in nearly seven weeks on Wednesday, as rates for capesize vessels rose. The Baltic dry index, which tracks rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels, gained 23 points, or 1.8%, at 1,296, highest since Oct. 29. The capesize index was up 84 points, or 5.3%, at 1,667, its highest level since Nov. 10, extending its winning streak to a fifth session.

10. Bunkering Costs Set To Rise If EU Manages To Halve Emissions By 2020
EUROPEAN Union leaders have reached a deal to cut EU greenhouse gas emissions by 55 per cent by 2030, nearly matching a European Parliament goal of a 60 per cent reduction over the same timeframe. The ambitious target is likely to raise the price of carbon credits on the EU Emissions Trading System marketplace from about US$30-$37 per tonne to nearly $110 per tonne in 2030, according to new estimates published by Refinitv.


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