1. V.Group graduate talks about their experiences
V.Group offers an industry leading graduate programme for university leavers with a maritime related degree. Stan He, one of V.Group’s current cohort of graduates, shares his experiences in the programme so far. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/03/04/v-group-graduate-talks-about-their-experiences-3/
2. ADNOC Drops Destination Restrictions For All Crude Grades Ahead Of Murban Futures Launch
“This is to create more freely traded commodity that can be traded on the global markets,” Khaled Salmeen, ADNOC’s executive director of downstream industry, marketing and trading, said in a media briefing. “The removal of the restrictions will bring additional value to our customers [and] to ADNOC.”
3. The marine industry in Cyprus and the COVID-19 vaccine
As COVID-19 vaccines become more and more available there are feelings of excitement and trepidation in equal measures. With people starting to receive the COVID-19 vaccines in Cyprus, many questions are being raised by employers and employees alike, particularly whether employers can force employees to be immunized. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/03/04/the-marine-industry-in-cyprus-and-the-covid-19-vaccine/
4. Support vessels of RF Navy’s Northern Fleet entered the Limassol port
The medium sea tanker Vyazma and rescue tug Nikolay Chiker operating in the Mediterranean Sea in the detachment of the ships and support vessels of the Northern Fleet, led by the frigate Admiral Kasatonov, made a routine visit to the port of Limassol, Cyprus, says press center of RF Defence Ministry.
5. Pacific hub ports concept explored for regional crew change and repatriation
The concept of “hub” ports to receive, quarantine, test for COVID-19 and potentially vaccinate seafarers in the Pacific region was explored at a recent roundtable meeting (25 February) involving representatives from States in the region, UN agencies, the shipping industry, the relevant trade union organization and the Pacific Islands Forum.
6. Executives sign Maritime UK Mental Health in industry pledge
Dozens of companies, agencies and associations from across the UK shipping industry have signed Maritime UK’s Mental Health in Maritime pledge, an initiative launched on March 2 to promote employee mental health and wellbeing to executives in the sector.
7. International Effort to Rescue 31 from Sinking Fishing Vessel Off Nova Scotia
An international search and rescue operation involving the U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards and the Royal Canadian Air Force was successful in rescuing 31 fisherman from a disabled fishing vessel over 130 miles south of Halifax, Nova Scotia on Tuesday night.
8. IMO Seen as Best Suited for Developing a Future Carbon Market for Shipping
The International Maritime Organization is expected to codify a transitional (i.e. 2030) energy efficiency pathway for commercial ships in an upcoming meeting in June of its Maritime Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC 76).This is a big deal because the language coming out of the soon-to-happen meeting will then find its way into the language of MARPOL, the international legal framework for all matters related to maritime emissions, by 2023. https://gcaptain.com/imo-seen-as-best-suited-for-developing-a-future-carbon-market-for-shipping/
9. Baltic Index Up At Near 2-Week Peak On Buoyant Rates
The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index climbed on Wednesday to its highest level since mid-February, on stronger rates across vessel segments. The Baltic dry index, which tracks rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels ferrying dry bulk commodities, rose 90 points, or 5.4%, to 1,763, its strongest since Feb. 18. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Baltic+index+up+at+near+2-week+peak+on+buoyant+rates
10. Successful Trial Run Of Double Stacked Dwarf Container Train To JN Port
In a Railways undertook a successful trial run of double stacked dwarf container train from Mehsana (Gujarat) to JN Port today on 3rd March, 2021. The train with five wagons of double stacked dwarf containers arrived at 11:30 hours and departed at 13:00 hours. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Successful+trial+run+of+Double+Stacked+Dwarf+Container+Train+to+JN+Port