InterManager Daily News 15.02.2021.

1. V.Group graduates talk about their experiences
As one of the best opportunities for graduates in the maritime industry, the V.Group graduate programme is designed to introduce the most ambitious and motivated people to the operational, commercial and functional areas of V.Group’s businesses. Giles Themans, a graduate currently participating in the programme, tells us about his time with V.Group so far.

2. Northwest Passage Expedition seeks maritime partners
Expedition leader Leven Brown outlined how an international team of 15 rowers would be attempting to navigate the entire length of the Northwest Passage – a feat he dubbed ‘The Last Great First’ – in entirely self-sufficient mode, without any back-up vessels or aerial assistance.

3. The Poseidon Principles – focusing on operations and data
Speaking at the Hellenic American & Norwegian American Chambers of Commerce annual shipping conference Michael Parker, top ship finance banker at Citibank, and a top architect of the Poseidon Principles, commented in their first report on meeting decarbonisation targets, saying, “We’ve learned a few things….but we won’t change the underlying principles until the IMO changes regulations.”

4. ZIM in billion dollar LNG-powered containerships charter deal with Seaspan
The Israeli shipping line said it was chartering 10 LNG dual-fuelled 15,000 teu containerships from Seaspan to be built at Samsung Heavy Industries. According to ZIM the long-term charter deal is worth “in excess” of a billion dollars and the vessels will be deployed on the Asia – US East Coast trade.

5. NYK contracts China Merchants to build revolutionary car carriers
Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) has eschewed local yards in Japan for its latest ship orders – a series of revolutionary car carriers. Japan’s second largest shipowner has chosen China Merchants Jinling Shipyard in Nanjing to build four LNG-fuelled car carriers. These four vessels will be delivered from 2022 to 2023 and are planned to be assigned to transport vehicles mainly to/from Europe and/or to the Middle East.

6. Shake-up in the logs trade expected with new Russian export ban
Russia exported 15m cu m of logs in 2020, which accounted for almost 12% of globally traded roundwood, according to a new report from Wood Resources International. Much of this trade may come to a halt next year when a new law proposed by Russia’s president will ban the exportation of softwood logs and high-value hardwood logs as of January 1, 2022. The Russian government is also considering new regulations aimed at reducing the exportation of green softwood lumber. This regulation is loosely planned to also commence in 2022.

7. Michelin signs on with French transatlantic sail operator
Michelin has signed a transport commitment with French start-up Neoline to transport 50% of its tires on a pilot line from Halifax in Canada to Saint-Nazaire in France by 2023. The tire manufacturer described the decision to sign with the cargo sailing start-up as a test initiative to help decarbonise Michelin’s logistics operations.

8. Combined Antwerp and Zeebrugge Port to Rival Rotterdam
A new superport is set to be created in north-west Europe after the Belgian ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge announcedtoday that they will formally merge. Talks between the municipal authorities of Antwerp and Bruges began in 2018 and unification will put the superport within touching distance of nearby rival, Europe’s largest container hub, Rotterdam.

9. CMA CGM Launches Air Freight Unit in Logistics Push
Shipping group CMA CGM on Friday announced the creation of an air freight division, backed by the acquisition of four cargo planes, as it continues to expand its non-maritime activities. The new unit, called CMA CGM Air Cargo, will use the four Airbus A330-200F cargo planes acquired by CMA CGM along with partnerships with airlines to develop worldwide coverage, the group said in a statement.

10. Baltic Index Logs Weekly Gain As Panamax, Supramax Rates Rise
The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freightindex edged up on Friday to mark its first weekly rise in three,as higher panamax and supramax vessel rates outweighed weaknessin the capesize segment. The Baltic dry index, which tracks rates forcapesize,panamax and supramax vessels ferrying dry bulk commodities, wasup 26 points, or 2%, at 1,339, its highest since Feb. 2.


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