InterManager Daily News 06.04.2021.

1. Seaspan snaps up 8,500 teu boxship pair
Bing Chen, chairman, president and CEO of Seaspan, said: “Through our broad scale, reliable services and quality solutions, Seaspan continues to develop the win-win solution to our global liner customer to facilitate their business successes in the face of tight supply market dynamics. We are confident about the prospect of continued quality growth and value creation for our shareholders throughout the market cycles.”

2. German shipping sector optimistic about future course
Today, the German Shipowners’ Association (VDR) released new figures on the situation of the German shipping sector. President Alfred Hartmann and CEO Ralf Nagel used this occasion to comment on the most important issues the German shipping sector is facing this year: Germany as a shipping location, seafarers in the pandemic, and climate protection.

3. MSC says black carbon, environmental impacts prohibit arctic passage for cargo
In view of the recent public debate around container shipping in the Arctic, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company has doubled down on its position to avoid considering the Northern Sea Route, including the Northeast and Northwest Passages on environmental grounds.

4. Social Interaction Matters – What works well on board?
Phase One of ISWAN’s Social Interaction Matters (SIM) Project identified four categories of social activities, as identified by survey and interview respondents: these were food, entertainment, social media and sports. Each category has its own strengths and some may be better suited to certain crews than others.

5. Shipping industry calls for common, global vaccination framework for seafarers
A working group focusing on vaccinations within the shipping industry supports seafarers being vaccinated using WHO EUL approved vaccines provided by appropriate agencies in Member States.
It is hoped that private vaccinations will be available in most countries soon but until they are, caution should be used if vaccines are offered by private entities.

6. 17 Fishermen Lost After Bulk Carrier Collision
Divers were scouring the waters of the Java Sea on Sunday for 17 fishermen reported missing after their boat capsized following a crash involving a bulk carrier, a spokesman for Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said. crew of the fishing boat, the Barokah Jaya, were evacuated after Saturday’s crash, but five divers are searching for the remaining 17, Yusuf Latif, the spokesman of the agency, Basarnas, said in a statement.

7. 25-year ship lifecycle questioned
Are the days of the 25-year lifecycle over for ships? Two-thirds of Splash readers in our latest quarterly poll believe the shelf life of today’s vessels is set to become shorter as technology breakthroughs accelerate along with looming environmental regulations.

8. Bangladesh Ferry Sinks, Five Dead, Many Missing
A Bangladesh ferry carrying around 50 passengers collided with a cargo vessel and sank on Sunday in the Shitalakhsyaa River south of the capital Dhaka, leaving at least five people dead and many more missing, officials said. The ferry, which departed from Narayanganj district about 20 km (12 mies) from Dhaka, was travelling to Munshiganj, police official Kabir Hossain said.

9. India Delays Anti-Pollution Rules For Coal Power Plants Again
India’s environment ministry delayed anti-pollution guidelines for coal-fired power plants further, extending the compliance deadline by as long as two years. Plants located close to populated cities, including capital New Delhi, will now have to meet the standards by December 2022, a seven-year extension from the original plan to cap toxic emissions, including particulate matter, sulfur dioxide and oxides of nitrogen, according to a March 31 notification.

10. RIL-BP Seek Buyers For 5.5 Mn Standard Cubic Meters Per Day Gas From KG-D6
Reliance Industries Ltd and its partner BP Plc of UK have sought bids for sale of 5.5 million standard cubic meters per day of additional natural gas that will be available for sale from their eastern offshore KG-D6 block. The e-auction is slated for April 23 and the gas supply will start from late April or early May, according to the tender document.


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