1. The Cyprus Shipping Deputy Ministry launched a consultation campaign to create a long-term strategic vision for Cyprus shipping
The Cyprus Shipping Deputy Ministry (SDM) has launched a consultation campaign to gather feedback on key maritime issues, used to co-create a long-term strategic vision for Cyprus shipping. A video invitation message by the Shipping Deputy Minister to the President Mr. Vassilios Demetriades is available on the following link: https://youtu.be/v-eAgqHFlAg.
2. New President and board at WISTA Norway
The Norwegian branch of Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) has strengthened their media, communication, and tech presence this year. In addition to the sitting seven board members, three new members were elected: Caroline Whittle, Head of Marketing at the Norwegian Maritime Authority, Agnieszka Sledz, former head of Clean Marine’s System Design & Engineering, and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Senior Executive Advisor Carine Moeller Mortensen. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/04/08/new-president-and-board-at-wista-norway/
3. New international platform will help increase supply for sustainable fuels for the marine market
A new ShippingLab project is going to create an internationally recognized platform for testing and validating new fuel solutions that can aid in significantly reducing or eliminating GHG emissions from the shipping industry. As such, the purpose of the platform is to assist the global transition towards sustainable marine fuels by creating a bridge between prospective suppliers of sustainable fuels and the marine industry. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/04/08/new-international-platform-will-help-increase-supply-for-sustainable-fuels-for-the-marine-market/
4. FMC vows to get to the bottom of the ongoing container crunch hammering US supply chains
The Federal Maritime Commission, America’s shipping regulator, met virtually and in closed session yesterday to discuss developments in the ongoing Fact Finding 29 investigation of challenges to the freight delivery system and possible Shipping Act violations, and to receive a briefing on the agency’s monitoring activities of ocean carrier alliances.
5. Chinese firms sign up for Algerian iron ore project
China continues to diversify its raw materials needs away from traditional supplier Australia with news of a big iron ore tie-up in North Africa, something that were it to materialise would be a huge boost for dry bulk tonne-miles. A consortium composed of Metallurgacal Corporation of China, China International Water and Electric Corporation and Hunan Heyday Solar Corporation has signed up to carry out a feasibility study on the exploitation of Gara Djebilet iron ore in western Algeria. https://splash247.com/chinese-firms-sign-up-for-algerian-iron-ore-project/
6. Salvors Rescue Eemslift Hendrika in Last-Ditch Effort Off Norway
A salvage team was successful in securing a tow line to the Eemslift Hendrika and the vessel is now under tow to Ålesund, the Norwegian Coastal Administration has confirmed. At the moment, there is no longer a risk of grounding. The team boarded the drifting vessel by helicopter Wednesday evening in an attempt to attach a line to the vessel to prevent it from grounding along the rugged west coast of Norway, which officials said was imminent within hours if not for the success of the operation. https://gcaptain.com/rescue-of-yacht-transport-ship-eemslift-hendrika/
7. Shore power ‘low-hanging fruit’ in shipping’s decarbonisation drive
Described as ‘low-hanging fruit’ by one emissions specialist, the use of shore power as a source of clean energy is seen as a relatively quick move that could easily replace shipboard auxiliaries running on diesel and generating significant emissions to air. Analysis in the UK has demonstrated that no less than 16% of carbon dioxide generated by ships in UK waters is created on the berth. https://www.seatrade-maritime.com/environmental/shore-power-low-hanging-fruit-shippings-decarbonisation-drive
8. Crew changes in Chile continue in spite border closure extension
The extension of the border closure sees a tightening of requirements for exceptions as a measure to combat the second wave of Covid-19 infections in the country, however, it will not affect the replacement of crews entering the country which will continue as usual. The text of the Official Gazette details the measures and states that the temporary closure of entry and exit will not affect the cargo and “the associated personnel that is strictly necessary for the purposes indicated in the preceding paragraph (the cargo), as well as the associated personnel that is strictly necessary for these purposes as well as the relief personnel of such crew”.
9. An Update On The Latest Shore Job Openings – Maritime Employment News 8th April 2021
An Update on The Latest Shore Job Openings – Maritime Employment News. We are delighted to inform that TST HeadHunters has been able to provide most suitable and deserving talent to the employers in the maritime sector. Please get in touch with us in case you are looking for some suitable professional for your organisation. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/An+Update+on+The++Latest+Shore+Job+Openings+-+Maritime+Employment+News+8th+April+2021
10. Adani Ports Records 41% Growth In March Handled Cargo Volumes
Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone announced its operational performance as under: APSEZ in the month of March 21 handled cargo volume of 26 MMT a growth of 41% on Year on Year basis and 23% on Month on Month basis. APSEZ handled cargo volume of 73 MMT in Q4FY21 registering a growth of 27% on Year on Year basis https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Adani+Ports+records+41%25+growth+in+March+handled+cargo+volumes