InterManager Daily News 22.01.2021.

1. Inchcape shows strong leadership in response to cruise crisis
“Inchcape has been ahead of the curve on key responses to the Covid-19 pandemic and to embrace change for a better future both for cruise lines and destinations,” says Inchcape Shipping Services Global Sector Head for the Cruise Industry, Grant Holmes.

2. First steel cut for new Carnival Celebration, next Excel-Class Ship set to debut from Port Miami in 2022
The maritime tradition to mark the first steel cut for a new ship took place for Carnival Celebration at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland, as Carnival Cruise Line prepares for its next Excel-class ship that will debut next year.

3. Cyprus slashes tonnage tax dues for greener ships
The Cyprus shipping deputy ministry has announced a new range of green incentives to reward vessels that demonstrate effective emissions reductions. From the fiscal year 2021, annual tonnage tax will be reduced by up to 30% for each vessel that demonstrates proactive measures to reduce its environmental impact.

4. Emanuele Lauro becomes president of Monaco’s Chamber of Shipping
“Our professional association is now in its fourteenth year of existence and continues its action to promote Monaco as a major centre for international shipping,” Lauro stated, adding: “The Principality of Monaco represents an ideal place to host shipping companies thanks to the efficiency of its administration, its political stability, the quality of its socio-economic environment and its central location close to the main European capitals.”

5. Scorpio Bulkers sells two more ultramaxes
The two vessels, which were financed via a sale-and-leaseback deal with China’s Avic Leasing in 2019, were sold for a total of around $35m.
Delivery of the vessels is expected to take place by the end of the first quarter of 2021, by which point Scorpio Bulkers plans to have exited the dry bulk sector. The company announced a transition to offshore wind in August last year and has since sold off a large chunk of its fleet.

6. Crews ships to the rescue
Another day and the full expectation that industry media readership will once again be exposed to a raft of articles relating to: crew changes, extended working periods of crews beyond their original contracts, and the thus far un-evidenced trend of increasing deaths/suicides” at sea.

7. MARAD Authorizes Construction of Second Two National Security Multi-Mission Vessels
The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) has announced authorizing the construction of two more National Security Multi-Mission Vessels (NSMV) to serve as training ships at Maine Maritime Academy and Texas A&M Maritime Academy in Galveston.

8. Great Lakes Sees Strong 2020 Navigation Season Despite COVID Headwinds
“The Seaway’s 62nd navigation season was one of the most remarkable in history. Despite all the challenges throughout the year, it was one of the safest and smoothest seasons on record,” said Craig H. Middlebrook, Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.

9. Baltic Index Gains After Three-Session Slide
The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, snapped a three-session losing steak on Tuesday helped by higher rates for the capesize and supramax vessel segments. The Baltic dry index, tracking rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels ferrying dry bulk commodities, was up 26 points, or 1.5%, at 1,766.

10. Public Hearing On Adani’s Revised Master Plan For Kattupalli Port Deferred
The company applied for environmental nod for a Rs 4,000 cr port and harbour project that is part of a Rs 53,400 cr master plan The Thiruvallur district administration has postponed a public hearing on the revised masterplan submitted by Adani for development of Kattupalli port.


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