InterManager Daily News 15.04.2021.

1. Baltic countries benefit from EMSA’s regional RPAS service for enhanced maritime surveillance
Using remotely piloted aircraft to gain a better picture of what is happening at sea will be particularly useful in this region where busy shipping lanes and high cargo traffic make maritime safety and security a challenge. The RPAS service will be hosted by the Estonian Police and Border Guard in the first instance, followed by the Finnish Border Guard later in the year.

2. Monjasa reveals record high volumes in a year of great contrasts
2020 was a year of great contrasts for Monjasa. The year commenced with a successful IMO 2020 transition to more environmentally friendly marine fuels across the oil and shipping industries. By offering a safe port for customers throughout this anticipated industry event, Monjasa experienced a high activity level across all markets.

3. IMO Council set to expand under approved amendments
The IMO Council has approved draft amendments to the IMO Convention to expand the size of the Council, extend the term of its Members and recognize three additional language texts as authentic versions of the IMO Convention. The approvals were made at the 33rd extraordinary session of the Council, which was held virtually on 8 April 2021.

4. “We must find new cost-effective solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change” says Kenneth Hvid, Teekay’s President and CEO
“There is broad recognition in the maritime industry that to remain relevant, we must find new cost-effective solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change while we continue to serve the world’s growing transportation needs,” commented Kenneth Hvid, Teekay’s President and CEO. “We are committed to this challenge and, since 2008, we have significantly reduced the emissions intensity of our fleets and are committed to work with all industry stakeholders to evolve and invest in new technologies and new transportation requirements that will arise out of the global energy transition.”

5. Search and Rescue Continuing After Lift Boat Capsizes Off Port Fourchon, Louisiana; Six Rescued, Multiple Missing
The U.S. Coast Guard and multiple Good Samaritan vessels rescued six people after a commercial lift boat capsized Tuesday afternoon off Port Fourchon. LA search for multiple people still missing continues 8 miles south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana. Coast Guard watchstanders received an EPIRB notification at 4:30 p.m. from a 129-foot commercial lift vessel in distress. The watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast, which multiple good Samaritan boatcrews responded to.

6. New Zealand to Phase Out Livestock Exports
New Zealand will cease the export of livestock by sea following a transition period of up to two years, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced on Wednesday. “At the heart of our decision is upholding New Zealand’s reputation for high standards of animal welfare. We must stay ahead of the curve in a world where animal welfare is under increasing scrutiny,” Damien O’Connor said.

7. NYK deploys AI platform to aid fleet maintenance
Japanese shipping giant Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and subsidiary Monohakobi Technology Institute (MTI) have announced that they are evaluating Wärtsilä’s Expert Insight predictive maintenance service as part of a pilot programme. NYK plans to adopt the platform throughout its entire fleet.

8. DNV targets crew safety management audits
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has highlighted the “immense risk” that increased fatigue represents for the physical and mental health of individual seafarers and for the safety of navigation, security, and protection of the marine environment.

9. Baltic Index Drifts Lower On Panamax Weakness
The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships ferrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Tuesday, as lower panamax vessel rates outweighed a slight gain in the larger capesize segment. The Baltic dry index, which tracks rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels, dipped 5 points, or 0.2%, to 2,140.

10. Dalian Iron Ore Jumps On Falling Shipment, Robust Demand Worldwide
Benchmark iron ore futures in China extended gains for a third straight session, closing at the highest price in five weeks, fuelled by falling supplies from major miners and strong demand at home and abroad. Shipments sent from Australia and Brazil fell by 4.04 million tonnes to 24.04 million tonnes as of April 9 from the week earlier, data from Mysteel consultancy showed.


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