InterManager Daily News 17.03.2021.

1. Steamship Cyber cover
The maritime world is seeing a sharp increase in cyber-attacks and the awareness of the consequences of cyber-attacks is becoming more widespread. Cyber security and safety are therefore becoming increasingly important to protect a shipowner’s operations. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/03/16/steamship-cyber-cover/

2. CMA CGM – positive outlook for the year 2021
The Board of Directors of the CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, met today under the chairmanship of Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, to review the consolidated financial statements for the 2020 fiscal year. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/03/16/cma-cgm-positive-outlook-for-the-year-2021/

3. Port of Antwerp and PSA Antwerp upgrade Europa Terminal as part of sustainable growth
To enable Europa Terminal to handle the largest container vessels, Port of Antwerp is planning to deepen the quay wall of this terminal in dialogue with PSA Antwerp, the operator of the terminal. To this end, the current quay wall will be completely demolished and replaced by a new one. In order to limit the operational impact, the works will be carried out in three phases. With this deepening project, Port of Antwerp and PSA Antwerp confirm their ambition to make the best and most sustainable use of the existing space at the port. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/03/16/port-of-antwerp-and-psa-antwerp-upgrade-europa-terminal-as-part-of-sustainable-growth/

4. Panama asks the IMO to resolve China’s coal carrier standoff with Australia
Panama, home to the world’s largest ship registry, has requested the collaboration of the secretary general of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Kitack Lim, to mediate and assist seafarers and shipowners regarding the ongoing Australian coal carrier ban, which still sees 74 ships and more than 1,500 seafarers parked up for months waiting to discharge off the Chinese coastline. https://splash247.com/panama-asks-the-imo-to-resolve-chinas-coal-carrier-standoff-with-australia/

5. Opening the silos: data-sharing is key in port call collaboration
“Data transparency is the oil in the machine to make port call execution more efficient,” Captain Ben van Scherpenzeel, director of nautical developments, policy and plans at the Port of Rotterdam, told a recent Immediasea forum of industry participants hosted by Blue-C. https://splash247.com/opening-the-silos-data-sharing-is-key-in-port-call-collaboration/

6. Two Injured in Lifeboat Drill Accident Aboard RRS Sir David Attenborough
The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch has launched an investigation into a lifeboat drill accident on board the new polar research vessel RRS Sir David Attenborough that left two crew members with minor injuries.
The incident in question occurred on March 5, 2021 as the research vessel was in Loch Bule, Scotland. The MAIB says crew members sustained injuries while inside a lifeboat that rolled onto its side then fell overboard during a launching drill. https://gcaptain.com/two-injured-in-lifeboat-drill-accident-aboard-rrs-sir-david-attenborough/

7. Flood Knocks U.S. Buoy Data Offline
A flood at the U.S. National Weather Service’s headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland has knocked out power to servers processing NOAA’s marine buoy data, rendering the data inaccessible to the public. A timeline for when the data will be restored has not yet been determined. https://gcaptain.com/flood-knocks-u-s-buoy-data-offline/

8. Recycling activity likely to rise as older vessels face the chop
The Indian market is firm too, according the a weekly report from Dubai-based GMS, the world’s largest cash buyer of end-of-life ships, although Pakistan has eased slightly following transactions including a very large ore carrier and a panamax bulker completed in the high $400s. https://www.seatrade-maritime.com/tankers/recycling-activity-likely-rise-older-vessels-face-chop

9. Baltic Index Hits Over Five-Month Peak As Vessel Rates Firm
The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index rose to its highest in more than five months on Monday, as rates across vessel segments strengthened. The Baltic dry index, which tracks rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels ferrying dry bulk commodities, rose 23 points, or 1.2%, to 1,983, its highest since Oct. 7, 2020. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Baltic+index+hits+over+five-month+peak+as+vessel+rates+firm

10. Pirates Kidnap 15 Sailors In Gulf Of Guinea Off Benin: Company
Pirates have kidnapped 15 crew members from a chemical tanker in the Gulf of Guinea after boarding the vessel off the coast of Benin, the ship’s Dutch owners said on Friday. The latest incident of high-seas piracy happened on Thursday afternoon around 210 nautical miles (389 kilometres) south of Cotonou when pirates attacked the chemical tanker Davide B, the De Poli tanker company said. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Pirates+kidnap+15+sailors+in+Gulf+of+Guinea+off+Benin%3A+company

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