InterManager Daily News 11.01.2021.

1. Schulte Group announced the acquisition of Rescompany Systems (Resco), a provider of advanced hospitality software solutions to the cruise industry
With its integrated ship to shore software systems, Resco will add to the services offered by Schulte Group member and digital technology company MariApps Marine Solutions (MariApps). Together, the two companies will be able to offer a comprehensive range of maritime solutions and state-of-the-art shipboard and office-based management systems on CLOUD and data analytics to the growing cruise sector.

2. Diamond S announced that the four crew members who had been kidnapped from its product tanker vessel Agisilaos were released yesterday
Diamond S Shipping announced that the four crew members who had been kidnapped from one of its product tanker vessels, the Agisilaos, on November 29, 2020 were released yesterday, January 6, 2021. All four crew members are safe and will undergo further medical examinations today. Diamond S would like to thank all those involved in securing their release.

3. KR grants AIP to HMD for 30,000m3 LNG carrier with prismatic IMO type-B tank
The Korean REGISTER has awarded Approval In Principle (AIP) for an LNG carrier with a prismatic IMO type-B tank built by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD). The ship is a small to medium-sized LNG carrier with a B-type cargo tank developed as a result of a technical collaboration project between KR and HMD, which began in February 2020.

4. Wallenius Wilhelmsen returns ships from lay-up
In response to the challenging market conditions brought on by Covid-19 last year, we put 16 of our vessels into cold lay-up. Now, as we enter 2021, we’re returning up to nine of these vessels to the sea, to replace capacity we currently source through short-time charters.

5. Growing Mongolian coal exports alarm dry bulk owners
Dry bulk owners are watching customs stats out of Beijing closely to see where China is sourcing coal to replace banned Australian products – the choice will have an enormous ramifications for the overall tonne-mile picture of the sector.

6. Shipmanagement 2021: What clients want
As Mark O’Neil, president of Columbia Shipmanagement, neatly describes it: “Our clients are quite rightly demanding optimisation across all aspects of the service provided. More for less, and more for less and better.”

7. LNG carriers embark on historic Arctic voyage
Early next week an historic moment in Arctic navigation will take place when two LNG carriers cross paths near the East Siberian Sea, neither of which are travelling with icebreakers.

8. Singapore Shipping Association Urges The Industry To Comply With Covid-19 Protocols
Currently, the transmitted cases have had no impact on the crew change facilitation in Singapore, but the detection has placed spotlight on the maritime industry. In order to continue the crew change facilitation, the Singapore Shipping Association urges the industry to continue to follow the applicable health protocols.

9. Paradip Port Trust Seeks Bids For Western Dock Terminal
Paradip Port Trust, India’s biggest state-owned cargo handler by volumes, has sought initial bids from private firms to build a 25-million tonne (mt) capacity dry bulk cargo terminal estimated to cost ?2,392.13 crore.

10. Iron Ore Price Surge End-2020 Fails To Deter Build In Port Stocks
Iron ore prices rose by more than 70% in 2020, but this failed to have put a dent on iron ore stocks held at Chinese ports, which ended the year at almost the same level it had started the year. This indicated that the correlation between port stocks and seaborne iron ore prices was not particularly strong and other factors, such as steel mill margins and sentiment played a far bigger role.


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