InterManager Daily News 30.03.2021.

1. MV EVER GIVEN successfully re-floated
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) as the technical managers of the containership EVER GIVEN (IMO: 9811000), can confirm that the vessel was safely re-floated at approximately 1500 local time on 29 March, 2021. BSM extends its deepest gratitude to all parties involved in the emergency response, including the Suez Canal Authority, SMIT Salvage and the crew on board, who worked tirelessly to free the vessel and to restore navigability in the Suez Canal.

2. Jasandra Nyker appointed as CEO for Trafigura’s Nala Renewables
Jasandra Nyker has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Nala Renewables, a renewable energy company focused on investments in solar, onshore wind and power storage projects globally. Assuming her position from 1 April 2021, Jasandra brings over 20 years’ experience in renewable and clean energy, from a project development, investment and acquisition perspective.

3. CSSS calls for more STELLA MARIS Rose Gardens in support of our seafarers
The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society has established a Stella Maris Rose Garden at its specialist maritime care home to celebrate the centenary of the seafarer charity Stella Maris, formerly known as the Apostleship of the Sea. The garden, designed for the seafarers’ home in Banstead, Surrey, UK, is thought to represent the first Stella Maris Rose Garden planted by a maritime-related organisation since the cultivar was introduced in April last year.

4. ICS welcomes call from United Nations agencies to prioritise seafarers for COVID-19 vaccines
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has welcomed the joint statement signed by the heads of five UN bodies calling for seafarers to be prioritised for COVID-19 vaccinations. The World Health Organisation, International Labour Organisation, International Maritime Organisation and the other UN bodies issued a joint statement todayurging all United Nations Member States to prioritise seafarers and aircrew in their national COVID-19 vaccination programmes.

5. Ship recycling rates crash through $500 per ton for favoured units
In its weekly update, GMS described the market as “red hot”, with some of the highest rates being paid across the subcontinent for some years.
With the tanker sector still suffering a slump, VLCCs featured prominently amongst recycling candidates while, in contrast, older bulk carriers and container ships continue in service to cash in on buoyant trading conditions in those sectors, the world’s largest cash buyer of end-of-life ships said.

6. Cosco and PPA disagreement over Piraeus shipyard facilities
Left wing opposition MPs representing the wider Piraeus area are backing a call for a parliamentary debate on the development of the Perama ship repair zone, alleging violation of the concession agreement by restricting the letting of facilities in the zone to the local “small and medium-sized shipbuilding enterprises” in favour of Cosco’s wants.

7. Biden Administration Announces Major Offshore Wind Expansion Plan
The Biden administration is outlining ambitions to dramatically boost offshore wind power in the U.S. by 2030, pushing to drive construction of projects at sea capable of generating enough electricity for more than 10 million American homes. Top administration officials unveiled the new goal in a Monday meeting with state officials, executives and labor leaders, as part of President Joe Biden’s push to counter climate change, promote renewable energy and strip the electric grid of greenhouse gas emissions by 2035.

8. Baltic Index At Near 2-Week Low As Vessel Rates Ease
The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index that tracks rates for ships ferrying dry bulk commodities fell on Monday to its lowest since mid-March, as rates dipped across vessel segments. The Baltic dry index, which tracks rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels, was down 16 points, or 0.7%, to 2,162, its weakest since March 17.

9. Indian Crew On Suez Ship; All Safe: Firm
All members of the crew on board the containership Ever Given, which is wedged diagonally in the Suez Canal in Egypt since March 23, are Indians, the maritime solutions provider in charge of technical management of the vessel said on Saturday.

10. LNG Shipping Costs: A Roller Coaster In Early 2021, Says Expert
Early 2021 witnessed a strong rebound in the regional LNG markets, with Asian spot LNG prices hitting over $30 mmBtu and European hub-based spot prices reaching almost $10 mmBtu, which was impressive compared to the $2 mmBtu experienced in summer of 2020.


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