InterManager Daily News 25.02.2021.

1. Columbia Shipmanagement strengthens its position in the German and Northern European market by appointing Johann Meyer
Columbia Shipmanagement (CSM) is strengthening its position in the German and Northern European market by appointing Johann Meyer as Geschaeftsfuhrer and Joint Managing Director of CSM Deutschland in Hamburg. Mr Meyer will work alongside Carsten Sommerhage, CSM Deutschland Managing Director and Group COO, and have joint responsibility for all matters pertaining to this important office and area responsibility. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/02/24/columbia-shipmanagement-strengthens-its-position-in-the-german-and-northern-european-market-by-appointing-johann-meyer/

2. LR announces senior appointments
Lloyd’s Register has made changes to the organisation and leadership of its maritime business following the promotion of Nick Brown, former head of the Marine and Offshore Division. to ceo to replace retiring Alastair Marsh last month. https://www.seatrade-maritime.com/regulation/lr-announces-senior-appointments

3. V.Group’s new chief builds success on data
The head of one of the largest third-party shipmanagers René Kofod-Olsen believes the terabytes of data generated every second by a huge fleet of vessels can bring business-leading industry insight
https://lloydslist.maritimeintelligence.informa.com/LL1135867/VGroups-new-chief-builds-success-on-data

4. Fleet Management takes a step to be part of a solution to climate change
To embed action on environmental sustainability and biodiversity, Fleet Management (FLEET) has teamed up with the NGO, SankalpTaru Foundation in India to launch GIFTING A GREEN LIFE on 25 June 2020. As part of this initiative, FLEET has planted 10,000 saplings on the lands of marginalised farmers, in the rural areas of Maharashtra, Punjab and Rajasthan. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/02/23/fleet-management-takes-a-step-to-be-part-of-a-solution-to-climate-change/

5. DP World Limassol enhances digital infrastructure with ZODIAC cloud-based operating system
DP World Limassol has implemented the new ZODIAC cloud-based Terminal Operating System (TOS), as part of its efforts to optimise the Limassol port’s operations, by embracing digitisation and automation. ZODIAC TOS offers an integrated platform, providing all supply chain users with real-time information on vessel, yard, gate and rail movements. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/02/23/dp-world-limassol-enhances-digital-infrastructure-with-zodiac-cloud-based-operating-system/

6. Two new partners and a name revealed for the Ammonia-fuelled tanker joint development project
Ammonia-fuelled tanker Joint Development Project (JDP) partners – MISC Berhad (MISC), Lloyd’s Register (LR), Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and MAN Energy Solutions (MAN) announced the entry of two new partners – the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Yara International ASA (Yara) at a recent webinar focused on Ammonia as a Shipping Fuel which was organised by The Getting to Zero Coalition’s Fuels & Technologies workstream. The JDP partners also went on to announce the name of the expanded coalition – The Castor Initiative. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/02/23/two-new-partners-and-a-name-revealed-for-the-ammonia-fuelled-tanker-joint-development-project/

7. Panama Registry opens technical office in Hong Kong
Adding to 14 international offices of the registry it will also provide issuance of important technical certifications for the vessels flying the flag of Panama. The new SEGUMAR office, located in Central Hong Kong, will service the Hong Kong fleet which represents 6.8%of the total Panamanian merchant fleet. It will work alongside the Panama Consulate for the best of the Hong Kong ship owners’ community. https://www.seatrade-maritime.com/regulation/panama-registry-opens-technical-office-hong-kong

8. U.S. Imports Surge Set to Run Into Summer as West Coast Ports struggle
“Unseasonal strength in container volumes and port congestion have buoyed freight markets, while in the time-charter markets, demand for vessels has outstripped wider growth in container trade, conditions that are expected to endure at least into H2 21,” says the latest sector report from Maritime Strategies International (MSI).
https://gcaptain.com/u-s-imports-surge-set-to-run-into-summer-as-west-coast-ports-struggle/

9. ‘Perfect Trips’: Venezuela and Iran Swap Jet Fuel for Gasoline
Venezuela is shipping jet fuel to Iran in return for vital gasoline imports for the South American nation as part of a swap deal agreed by the two state-run oil firms, three people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. Iran has ramped up assistance to Venezuela since last year as the United States tightened sanctions on both countries, hitting oil exports by state-run firms Petroleos de Venezuela and National Iranian oil Company (NIOC). https://gcaptain.com/perfect-trips-venezuela-and-iran-swap-jet-fuel-for-gasoline/

10. Royal Caribbean Shares Soar As Bookings Rise On Vaccination News
Royal Caribbean Group said on Monday it was seeing an uptick in future bookings, following a disastrous year for the cruise operator, as travel enthusiasts look to sail again at a time governments globally have started mass vaccinations. The company’s shares, down 44% last year, soared 9% in morning trading (and is up 24% in the past five trading days), as Royal Caribbean said it recorded a 30% increase in new bookings since the beginning of the year when compared to November and December https://gcaptain.com/royal-caribbean-shares-skyrocket-as-bookings-rise-on-vaccination-news/

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