1. Energy licensed companies committed to Cyprus’ EEZ despite pandemic according to Natasa Pilides
Licensed energy companies in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) remain committed to their program despite the abandonment of many projects worldwide due to the consequences of the pandemic, Minister of Energy, Trade and Industry Natasa Pilides said on Tuesday.
2. Singapore’s 2020 Maritime Performance Resilient Despite COVID-19 Pandemic
The Port of Singapore stood resilient in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Singapore’s container throughput in 2020 remained relatively stable with total container throughput standing at 36.9 million Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in 2020 as the port remained open during the pandemic.
3. A first: livestock checkpoint in the port of Rotterdam
A livestock checkpoint has been operational in the port of Rotterdam since January 8, 2021. The Animal Centre Hoek van Holland (ACH) is located at the Stena Line terminal and is run jointly by ECS Livestock and Stena Line. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/01/13/a-first-livestock-checkpoint-in-the-port-of-rotterdam/
4. UK Crown Prosecution Service issues statement on Nave Andromeda Case
“Initial accounts had suggested the crew had been threatened by the suspects but when they were formally interviewed, members of the crew said they had not been endangered or threatened.”
5. Beirut Blast: Interpol Red Notice Issued For Ship Captain & Owner
Interpol has issued red notices for the captain and owner of the ship that carried the chemicals which devastated Beirut in an explosion in August, killing 200 people, Lebanon’s state media said. Five months since one of the biggest non-nuclear blasts on record, big questions remain about the ammonium nitrate that detonated after being stored at the port for years. https://gcaptain.com/beirut-blast-interpol-red-ship-captain-owner/
6. Surging Shipping Rates Add New Headwind for the Global Economy
Shocks to supply chains are engulfing a wider swath of the global economy as the pandemic rages on, threatening to stifle Asia’s trade-led recovery and making it harder for businesses grappling with soaring freight costs to weather another year like 2020.
7. Ocean 100: The 100 Companies That Dominate the Ocean Economy
Just 100 companies account for most of the profits from the world’s seas, researchers said on Wednesday, calling on them to help save the oceans from over-fishing, rising temperatures and pollution.
8. BIMCO Launches Initiative To Raise Awareness About The Crucial Role Of Shipping
The year 2020 has been a tremendous test for the shipping industry and its seafarers. With the aim to raise awareness of how significant a role shipping plays in society and daily lives, BIMCO is launching a two-minute film produced in co-operation with UK-based television production company ITN.
9. Adani To Invest In Colombo Port Terminal: Sri Lankan President
In his government’s first admission yet of Indian involvement in developing a container terminal at the strategically coveted Colombo Port, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Wednesday said 49 per cent of the investment will come from the “Adani Group and other stakeholders”. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Adani+to+invest+in+Colombo+port+terminal%3A+Sri+Lankan+President
10. Baltic Index Drifts Higher; Supramax Hits Over 14-Month High
The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index extended gains for the eighth consecutive session on Wednesday, buoyed by rising capesize rates and as supramax index climbed to its highest in more than 14 months. The Baltic dry index, which tracks rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels, edged up 7 points, or 0.4%, to 1,856, its highest in over three months. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Baltic+index+drifts+higher%3B+supramax+hits+over+14-month+high