InterManager Daily News 26.01.2021.

1. Pirates off Nigeria’s coast kidnap 15 sailors in attack on Turkish container ship Mozart
Pirates off Nigeria’s coast kidnapped 15 sailors from a Turkish container ship on Saturday, in a brazen and violent attack that was farther from shore than usual.One sailor, an Azerbaijani citizen, was killed in the raid, while those kidnapped are from Turkey, according to the respective governments and a crew list seen by Reuters.

2. Wilhelmsen Ship Management becomes a member of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative
Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM) has become a member of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI), an alliance of key organisations that is driven to bring change to a more sustainable maritime industry.
WSM joins other fourteen members spanning the shipping value chain: ABN Amro, Bunge, Forum for the Future, IMC Industrial Group, Lloyd’s Register, Louis Dreyfus Company, Maersk, Oldendorff Carriers, Priya Blue, RightShip, The China Navigation Company, South32, Standard Chartered Bank, and WWF.

3. Nautical figures port of Rotterdam: a safe and busy year, slightly fewer vessels
2020 was quite a special year for the Harbour Master’s Division of the Port of Rotterdam Authority. COVID-19 was a dominant factor in the port as well. Additional corona containment measures led to an increase in work pressure. Although employees had to perform considerably more tasks, work continuity was not compromised.

4. Over 10,000 frontline maritime personnel to receive COVID-19 vaccinations by end of January in Singapore
Singapore became one of the first countries to prioritise COVID-19 vaccinations for frontline maritime personnel. These workers go onboard vessels at our port and come in contact with people from outside of Singapore. This vaccination exercise is part of the national COVID-19 vaccination strategy to protect frontline personnel and their family members, as well as residents living in Singapore.

5. Indonesia Seizes Iran And Panama Flagged Tankers
Indonesia said its coast guard seized the Iranian-flagged MT Horse and the Panamanian-flagged MT Freya vessels over suspected illegal oil transfer in the country’s waters on Sunday. Coast guard spokesman Wisnu Pramandita said the tankers, seized in waters off Kalimantan province, will be escorted to Batam island in Riau Island Province for further investigation.

6. NOAA Needs Help Predicting The New Magnetic North
NOAA is offering $30,000 in prizes to citizens who can help them better forecast changes in Earth’s magnetic field. The efficient transfer of energy from solar wind into the Earth’s magnetic field causes geomagnetic storms and increases errors in magnetic navigation.

7. China Admonishes US Navy For South China Sea Carrier Patrol
The United States often sends ships and aircraft into the South China Sea to “flex its muscles” and this is not good for peace, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday, after a U.S. aircraft carrier group sailed into the disputed waterway. The strategic South China Sea, through which trillions of dollars in trade flows each year, has long been a focus of contention between Beijing and Washington, with China particularly angered by U.S. military activity there.
8. BP Drastically Cuts Oil Exploration
BP ($BP) cuts in oil exploration could hurt struggling offshore exploration companies like Transocean ($RIG).
UK oil major BP has drastically scaled back the team that looks for more oil as part of its plan to transition to renewable energy sources, according to company insiders. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

9. Challenges Ahead For Oil And Gas Sector
In 2021, the oil and gas industry in India has an arduous task of helping the economy revive quickly, while negotiating the headwinds of global recession, protectionism and geo-political upheaval. Positive signs of recovery and growth were visible in the fourth quarter of 2020, as fiscal and monetary stimuli provided by the government got translated into enhanced government and private expenditure.

10. Iraq Cuts Crude Oil Supplies For Most Indian Refiners In 2021 – Sources
Iraq has reduced annual supplies of Basra crude oil to several Indian refiners by up to 20% for 2021, industry sources said, in a rare move by OPEC’s second-largest producer which is trying to meet its obligations under the group’s production deal. Iraq was the top oil supplier to India in 2020 and a reduction in long-term Basra crude supplies could erode Baghdad’s market share in the world’s third largest oil importer and consumer.–+sources


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