1. No access to port of Rotterdam for passengers from England
The mayors of Rotterdam and IJmuiden took this decision during the evening of Sunday 20 December at the request of Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management. The Dutch Cabinet has imposed this measure to further restrict travel from the United Kingdom, where a more contagious new strain of the COVID-19 virus is spreading. The
2. BIMCO Shipping KPI opens a new chapter with the implementation of reporting on cost categories
BIMCO has no access nor interest in these data on the user level. We encourage users to apply information for the years 2018, 2019 and 2020 and submit valuable feedback to the BIMCO Shipping KPI team Please note that on top of the recent launch of the BIMCO Shipping KPI version 4 (first phase of the improved user-interface and the shift to ranking) we have now released phase 1 of the new BIMCO Shipping KPI Cost Group on https://www.shipping-kpi.org/. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2020/12/22/bimco-shipping-kpi-opens-a-new-chapter-with-the-implementation-of-reporting-on-cost-categories/
3. Liberia maintains position as top performing ship registry of 2020
Liberia finishes off 2020 as the world’s fastest growing flag State for the second year in a row. In late 2018 Liberia became the second largest flag State in the world, and since then, has continued to lead the world in fleet growth for two straight years.
4. MSC Cruises reveals Summer 2022 programme
MSC Cruises offers an unforgettable onboard experience with an incredible choice of dining options featuring authentic international cuisines, world-class entertainment, award-winning facilities and activities for families and children of all ages, luxurious spas and fitness centres as well as comfortable, stylish accommodation to meet every need. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2020/12/22/msc-cruises-reveals-summer-2022-programme/
5. Sumitomo spins off its ship trading business
Effective April 1 next year Japanese trading house giant Sumitomo Corporation is spinning out its ship trading business to a 100% owned subsidiary, Sumisho Marine. Sumisho Marine staff will move to a new office in Tokyo when the company split takes place next year.
6. Nautilus demands Maersk end forced redundancies of Dutch seafarer
Independent trade union Nautilus International has demanded that Danish line Maersk ends forced redundancies on its Dutch flagged vessels. According to Nautilus, Maersk recently sold its five Dutch-flagged containerships and decided to lay off 24 Dutch seafarers working on the fleet, only keeping the Dutch captains and chief engineers in service. https://splash247.com/nautilus-demands-maersk-end-forced-redundancies-of-dutch-seafarers/
7. PetroRio acquires semi-submersible rig for $1
Brazilian energy firm PetroRio has signed an agreement with Ventura for the 1974-built semi-submersible drilling rig Atlantic Zephyr for a nominal price of $1. According to PetroRio, the purpose of the acquisition is to reduce operational costs and increase the Tubarão Martelo Field’s efficiency through a significant reduction of the response time to eventual wells shutdowns. https://splash247.com/petrorio-acquires-semi-submersible-rig-for-1/
8. U.S. Congress Approves Funds for Fourth National Security Multi-Mission Vessel
The United States Congress has approved $390 million to fund the construction of a fourth National Security Multi-Mission Vessel (NSMV) to be assigned to the Texas A&M Maritime Academy in Galveston, Texas, the Academy announced Tuesday.
The funds were approved as part of a massive omnibus appropriations bill passed by Congress on Monday night. https://gcaptain.com/u-s-congress-approves-funds-for-fourth-national-security-multi-mission-vessel/
9. Baltic Index Near Eight-Week High On Stronger Capesize Rates
The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index climbed to its highest in nearly eight weeks on Tuesday, as rising rates for larger capesize vessels offset dips in panamax and supramax rates. The Baltic dry index, which tracks rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels, rose 7 points, or 0.5%, to 1,330, its highest since Oct. 28. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Baltic+index+near+eight-week+high+on+stronger+capesize+rates
10. India’s Island Diplomacy Gains Momentum
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval recently visited Seychelles and Sri Lanka, respectively, to promote Island Diplomacy which assumes importance in the country’s foreign policy.