InterManager Daily News 24.03.2021.

1. IMO announces Council candidatures for 2022-2023 biennium
The list of States that have announced their candidatures for election to the IMO Council has been published on the IMO website. The list will be regularly updated. The election of Members of the Council will be held during the IMO Assembly 32nd session taking place 6-15 December 2021.

2. Dublin Port invites alternative views on post-2040 port capacity challenge
Dublin Port Company (DPC) has said that Dublin Port will reach its maximum throughput capacity some time between 2030 and 2040. This means additional port capacity will be needed elsewhere on the east coast of Ireland to cater for the growth which Dublin Port will not be able to accommodate once this point has been reached.

3. Ambitions to reduce shipping emissions charged by future technology research
New research into the viability of battery technologies for maritime operations will be used by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to inform its on-going assessment of future technologies.

4. Bureau Veritas certified Polar Pod, the Oceanic platform for the furious fifties
Bureau Veritas has certified the structural resistance of POLAR POD, a new research ship type designed to handle extreme weather conditions in the “furious fifties” and the impact of the biggest waves in the world (38 meters high).

5. No jab, no job threat could provoke next crew crisis
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has warned that lack of access to vaccinations for seafarers is placing shipping in a ‘legal minefield’, while leaving global supply chains vulnerable. A legal document due to be circulated to the global shipping community later this week by ICS highlights concerns that vaccinations could soon become a compulsory requirement for work at sea because of reports that some states are insisting all crew be vaccinated as a pre-condition of entering their ports.

6. Evergreen confirms plans to build 20 boxships
Taiwanese liner Evergreen has announced that it will order twenty 15,000 teu containerships as part of a major fleet expansion plan, confirming a Splash report last month. The company said it will choose the best suitable shipyards from Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding, Jiangnan Shipbuilding, Imabari Shipbuilding, Samsung Heavy Industries and Hyundai Heavy Industries to construct the ships.

7. The New Fuels Are Coming, Are You Ready?
With the International Maritime Organization (IMO) expected to soon adopt requirements for energy efficiency index for existing vessels (EEXI) and carbon intensity indicator (CII) in addition to the entry into force of the EEDI Phase 3 requirements, it is expected that shipowners have very important decisions to make within the next two years with regards to the technologies to be retrofitted or installed aboard their ships, and the design of future ships to be ordered.

8. Fight Between Commodities Giants and Shippers Leaves Seafarers Stuck at Sea
A standoff between commodities giants and shipping companies is prolonging the labor crisis at sea, with an estimated 200,000 seafarers still stuck on their vessels beyond the expiration of their contracts and past the requirements of globally accepted safety standards.

9. German Crude Steel Output Drops 10% On Year In February: WV Stahl
Weather disruptions took their toll on Germany’s crude steel production in February as output dropped 10% year on year, according to data published by German steel federation WV Stahl March 22. The drop to 3.1 million mt in February put an end to the continuous production increase following ramp-up efforts by German mills once steel demand came back in mid-2020.

10. Pimco Rules Out Future Adani Ports Investment On Controversial Australia Coal Project
Pimco did not participate in Adani Ports’ $500 million bond sale in January because of its links to a controversial coal project in Australia Pacific Investment Management Co., which is seeking to decarbonize its investment portfolio, has stopped participating in the bond offerings of Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone Ltd. because of its links to a controversial coal project Australia, according to a person familiar.


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