InterManager Daily News 02.04.2021.

1. Waypoint Port Services – first class end-to-end QUALITY service in all ports – Interview with Angelo Cachia, Managing Director
Mr. Angelo Cachia has spent his entire working life in shipping, and over the past 38 years has held senior roles in Sea Malta Co Ltd, Norasia Container Lines, CSAV and Wilhelmsen Ships Service before taking up the role of Managing Director at Waypoint Port Services in May 2017.

2. Support grows for Seafarers to be prioritised in National Vaccination Programme
The Cyprus Shipping Chamber noted with satisfaction the joint statement signed by the heads of five United Nation bodies, on 25 March 2021, which calls on all Governments to prioritize Seafarers in their national COVID-19 vaccination programmes, together with other essential workers, saying that their safe movement is essential to critical goods movement and travel on which the global economy depends for recovery.

3. MCTC inspires creativity in ships’ galleys
MCTC, the leading international catering management and training provider, has transformed seafarers into high calibre chefs showcasing their techniques and skills through its annual Cooking Competition. Galley crews were invited to create their own award-winning recipes or bring their own twist on a special variation of a well-known ‘Sweet Pie’ recipe and they created gastronomic delights resembling works of art with food carvings and complex recipes.

4. Sovcomflot wins industry leader award
On 26 March 2021, the annual extended meeting was held of the Collegium of the Federal Agency for Maritime and River Transport and the Public Council of the Agency. The meeting participants discussed the performance of Russia’s maritime and inland waterway transport industry in 2020 and outlined the priorities for 2021 and for the medium term up to 2023.

5. The first chemical tanker of MR type has been laid down at the Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex
The first chemical tanker of MR type has been laid down at the Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex. This is the main vessel in a series of 3 tankers which are already being constructed at Zvezda, SSK under the contract with SCF Atlantic which is subsidiary company of Sovcomflot.

6. Volstad ship stays on DeepOcean duty
“We’re very pleased to continue the relationship with DeepOcean and delighted to support them further with an extension to the Volantis contract. Volantis combined with the DeepOcean equipment makes for a highly workable and competitive package, and we wish them all the best with the remainder of 2021,” said Tor Erik Andersen, Volstad commercial director.

7. Shipowner Declares General Average for Ever Given
As the investigation into the grounding of the Ever Given in the Suez Canal begins, the vessel’s Japanese owner, Shoe Kisen, this morning declared General Average. And a customer circular from Evergreen, seen by The Loadstar, confirms that Shoe Kisen this morning appointed Richard Hogg Lindley as adjustor.

8. Egypt Wants $1 Billion In Compensation For Suez Blockage
Egypt said it may seek around $1 billion in compensation after the giant containership Ever Given blocked the Suez Canal for almost a week and roiled shipping markets. The figure is a rough estimate of losses linked to transit fees, damages incurred during the dredging and salvage efforts, the cost of the equipment, and labor, Suez Canal Authority chief executive Osama Rabie said late Wednesday to local television channel Sada Elbalad.

9. Biden gives full power to US offshore wind
While the pundits can argue about whether Biden is creating a “Green New Deal”, or something slightly different, the impacts are all very positive for offshore wind energy’s future. Previously the Department of the Interior (DOI) committed to approving construction plans for 19 gW by 2025, indicating an attempt to speed up what had been a very cumbersome project review cadence during the Trump years.

10. European Container Lines, Ports Brace For Post-Suez Bottlenecks
Ports and shipping lines, especially those focusing on containers, are poised for a surge in demand as vessels held up at the Suez Canal arrive in Europe all at once resulting in many infrastructure bottlenecks. The container sector was already seeing high traffic from robust appetite for consumer goods and infrastructure under strain from coronavirus-related restrictions.


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