InterManager Daily News 14.04.2021.

1. ADNOC boosts fleet with VLCC pair
ADNOC Logistics & Services (ADNOC L&S), the shipping and maritime logistics arm of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), has acquired two additional 300,000 dwt very large crude carriers (VLCC), bringing the total number of VLCCs added to its fleet in 2021 to eight.
The new acquisitions include another dual-fuel newbuild at South Korea’s Daewoo, expected to be delivered in Q1 2023, and an existing scrubber-fitted vessel set to join the fleet in Q2 2021.

2. First meeting in 2021 of the Cyprus Marine Club, Guest Speaker Mr. Zacharias Siokouros, CEO/ Cyprus Marine & Maritime Institute
After almost a whole year of not being able to meet due to the circumstances and challenges we are currently experiencing and facing, on the 6thof April 2021, the Cyprus Marine Club organized its First Meeting in 2021 with its members at Epsilon, Limassol Marina, the Home of the Club.

3. WISTA Cyprus offering online panel discussion to Members & Friends
The webinar is about Cyprus’ journey towards renewable energy and its relevance to the shipping industry. It will offer an insight on the Green economy for Cyprus given the EU Green Deal and highlight its relevance and impact on the shipping sector, with a perspective on risks and opportunities. It will also touch upon the CyprusGas2EU project and the significance of this project to the competitiveness of the Cyprus market.

4. Florida sues the US Centers of Disease Control (CDC) to get cruise ships sailing again
Florida is following through on its threat to sue the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in order to get cruise ships started up again Florida Governor Ron Desantis announced on Thursday the state is filing a lawsuit against the federal government, United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and CDC, demanding cruise ships be reopened immediately.

5. Revision in Port Dues Rates in the Port of Singapore
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will revise its port dues rates to fund the increased costs of operating and maintaining the Port of Singapore, as well as to encourage vessels to make faster turnarounds in the port to allow more ships to be served within the limited anchorage space in our port.

6. Ever Given Held in Egypt as Compensation Talks Continue
SCA Chairman Osama Rabie said on Egyptian TV last week that the Ever Given would not leave until the investigation was finished and compensation paid. He also said the canal had borne “great moral damage” as well as shipping fee losses and salvage operation costs. He has also said he hoped to settle matters amicably.

7. Greek and Swedish shipowners in environmental NGO alliance on EU ETS
The Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) and the Swedish Shipowners’ Association have joined forces with the environmental NGO Transport & Environment in calling on the European Commission (EC) to adopt a tailored approach for the international shipping industry in the context of the EU ETS review.

8. Koreans collaborate on GHG reduction goals
Classification society Korean Register (KR) and South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industry (HHI) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work together on decarbonisation and forthcoming IMO regulations.

9. Higher Capesize Rates Lift Baltic Index To 2-Week High
The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships ferrying dry bulk commodities, advanced on Monday, supported by improved demand for capesize vessels. The Baltic dry index, which tracks rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels, was up 60 points, or 2.9%, at 2,145, its highest level since March 29.

10. CDC Halts J&J Vaccine Causing Cruise Stocks To Fall
Cruise Line stocks are under pressure today after the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control announced they will stop using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at federal sites and urge states to do so as well while they investigate safety issues.


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