InterManager Daily News 16.04.2021.

1. Awards 2021 – Anna Vourgos nominated finalist in the Business Woman of the Year category
Anna Vourgos, director of Aphentrica Marine Insurance Brokers and President of WISTA Cyprus, has been nominated as a finalist of the Madame Figaro awards in the category of Business Woman of the Year. Anna, who has been working in the shipping industry for 35 years, through this nomination, sees herself as an ambassador of all the women in shipping in Cyprus and considers the inclusion of a representative of the shipping industry in this category as recognition of the importance of shipping in Cyprus and the contribution of women to the industry and by extension to the Cyprus economy.

2. Crew change and repatriation of seafarers – IMO establishes new module on GISIS
The International Maritime Organization ( IMO) creates a new module on the Global Integrated Shipping Information System ( GISIS) for crew change and repatriation of seafarers and discontinues the issue of their MSC.7/circ.1 series. The IMO has been issuing MSC.1/circ.1 in a series of revision, each time a new Member State informs the IMO of their national focal point of contact for crew change and repatriation of seafarers. BIMCO has been posting the updates in our COVID-19 implementation measures section and informing members weekly with our COVID-19 report.

3. Panama Canal provides additional time for implementation of transit reservation fees adjustments
After taking into account the feedback received from customers and shipping associations regarding the modifications in the Transit Reservation System fees, the Panama Canal will postpone the implementation date from April 15 to June 1, 2021. This measure will allow the maritime industry more time to prepare for the adjustment to these new booking fees.

4. The UAE aims to attain the No. 1 status in global food security index by 2051
The UAE’s aim to further enhance food security in the country and attain number one ranking in the Global Food Security Index by 2051 were the key focus areas at a webinar entitled ‘Agritech –Enhancing Food Security in the UAE’,organised by DP World, UAE Region and Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) in collaboration with the Middle East Economic Digest (MEED). The webinar was held virtually in the presence of H.E. Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, UAE Minister of State for Food and Water Security, who delivered a keynote speech and Mohammed Al Muallem, CEO & Managing Director of DP World, UAE Region and CEO of Jafza who gave the opening remarks.

5. Castor Maritime puts new kamsarmax pair to work
Nasdaq-listed Greek owner Castor Maritime has taken delivery of two more kamsarmaxes, acquired on the secondhand market, and immediately put the vessels to work. Castor has secured a time charter contract for 2010-built kamsarmax Magic Twilight (ex Inspiration), commencing on April 13 at a rate of $19,000 per day and for a period of 20 days.

6. Evergreen confirms Ever Given arrested pending $916m claim including $300m for loss of reputation
Taiwanese liner Evergreen today confirmed that the 20,388 teu Ever Given has been arrested by a court in Egypt this week. The giant, near full ship is in the Great Bitter Lake with a crew of 25 onboard, weeks after it ran aground, blocking the Suez Canal. The ship is operated by Evergreen and owned by Japan’s Shoei Kisen Kaisha. According to the vessel’s insurer, the UK P&I Club, Shoei Kisen has been hit with a $916m claims from the Suez Canal Authority (SCA).

7. Seacor Power: Search Continues for 12 Still Missing
One person has died, a dozen are missing and six others have been rescued after a commercial lift boat used to service oil rigs capsized in hurricane force winds south of Louisiana’s Port Fourchon, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Wednesday. Rescuers in Coast Guard cutters, aircraft and volunteer civilian boats were hunting for the dozen missing people in the Gulf of Mexico after the 129-foot (39-m) commercial vessel, Seacor Power, capsized in rough seas eight miles (13 km) off Port Fouchon about 4:30 p.m. (2130 GMT) on Tuesday, officials said.

8. Biden to Nominate Veteran Offshore Drilling Regulator as Deputy Interior Secretary
Tommy Beaudreau, a veteran of the Interior Department who charted new restrictions for Arctic oil drilling under former President Barack Obama, is being tapped to return to the agency as its No. 2 official. President Joe Biden is slated to nominate Beaudreau to be the deputy Interior secretary, according to two people familiar with the matter who asked not to be named before a formal announcement expected later this week.

9. Gulf Of Guinea Remains World’s Piracy Hotspot In 2021, According To IMB’s Latest Figures
The Gulf of Guinea accounted for nearly half (43%) of all reported piracy incidents in the first three months of 2021, according to the latest figures from the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB). IMB’s latest global piracy report records 38 incidents since the start of 2021 – compared with 47 incidents during the same period last year. In the first three months of 2021, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) reported 33 vessels boarded, two attempted attacks, two vessels fired upon, and one vessel hijacked.’s+piracy+hotspot+in+2021%2C+according+to+IMB’s+latest+figures

10. CMA CGM Seeks To Rebuild Beirut Port Where It Has Deep Roots
FRENCH shipping giant CMA CGM is pursuing plans to rebuild Beirut’s port within three years, despite a political deadlock in Lebanon, where the company has deep roots, Reuters reports. A chemical explosion at the port killed 200 people and destroyed entire neighbourhoods, deepening Lebanon’s worst political and economic crisis in the former French colony since the 1975-1990 civil war.


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