InterManager Daily News 29.01.2021.

1. Genco signs the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change
Genco Shipping & Trading, the largest U.S. headquartered drybulk shipowner focused on the transportation of major and minor bulk commodities globally, announced today that it has signed The Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change to address the unprecedented crew change crisis caused by COVID-19.

2. Exploited Indonesian Fishers to be repatriated. Vessel de-listed from MSC-Certification
“Human Rights at Sea welcomes all local actions taken to urgently address this pernicious behaviour. We reiterate that any form of exploitation should not be tolerated, nor allowed to become normalised owner and/or management behaviour towards any maritime worker.”

3. Opinion report European Parliament can stimulate industrial value hubs such as Rotterdam
Tuesday January the 26th, the European Parliament’s environmental committee voted on the content of its opinion report on the European Commission’s New Circular Action Plan. Under the guidance of Renew Europe MEP Jan Huitema, input has been provided from various parliamentary committees in the form of amendments to the report of the environment committee. The Port of Rotterdam supports many of the submitted so called compromise amendments.

4. Joe Biden focuses on clean energy for shipping
Eight days into his presidency and there’s already a host of initiatives signed by Joe Biden that will have enormous ramifications for shipping and offshore. Yesterday the 46th president of the United States focused on climate change. An executive order signed by Biden called for “enhanced climate ambition” with focus on shipping as well as aviation, the Arctic, ocean sustainable development among other topics.

5. Battered Maersk Essen anchors off Lazaro Cardenas
The 13,100 teu Maersk Essen, which lost around 750 boxes during a storm in the Pacific on January 16, is arriving at its rerouted destination in southern Mexico. The chartered in ship decided to ditch congested Los Angeles and make for the port of Lazaro Cardenas in the wake of the accident, where sister firm APM Terminals has a concession.

6. European shipyard merger off
A long mooted European shipbuilding merger has fizzled out. France and Italy on Wednesday decided to nix plans to combine Chantiers de l’Atlantique and Fincantieri, two of the continents best known shipyards.

7. Vendée Globe Skipper Who Had Close Call with Bulk Carrier Collides With Fishing Boat
“At 19:50h UTC this evening, while racing in third place, some 90 miles from the Vendée Globe finish line off Les Sables d’Olonne, German skipper Boris Herrmann (Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco) was in collision.
He reports damage to his starboard foil and some other damage, but he is unharmed, has secured the boat and is proceeding towards the finish line at reduced speed,” according to an emailed statement from his team.

8. Egypt to Reopen LNG Plant In Push to Be Major European Supplier
Egypt is set to boost exports of liquefied natural gas by restarting one of its two production plants. The Damietta facility, which has been idled for eight years, will reopen by the end of February, Oil Minister Tarek El-Molla said in an interview Wednesday with Dubai-based consultancy Gulf Intelligence. It will process about 4.5 million tons of LNG a year and raise the nation’s capacity to 12.5 million tons, he said.
9. Receipt Of Exports From Third Party Must Be Declared Upfront: Expert
We had exported certain go¬ods to a buyer abroad against an order placed by him and also raised an inv¬oice for payment. How¬ever, before the due date, the bu¬yer said the payment will be made by a third party, and it was rece¬ived from the third party. Our bankers say this is irregular. Are they correct? If so, how to regularise the matter?

10. Why Are Pirates Attacking Ships In The Gulf Of Guinea?
The pirates come from Nigeria’s turbulent Niger Delta, experts say. The region produces the bulk of the nation’s petroleum, but is woefully underdeveloped, scarred by pollution and has some of the highest unemployment in the country. Bands of men desperate for money engage in a variety of illegal but lucrative activities, including kidnapping, stealing and refining oil, and piracy.


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