InterManager Daily News 20.04.2021.

1. Divers Recover Two More Deceased Crew Members During Search of SEACOR Power
Update (9:25 a.m. CDT, April 17): Seacor contracted commercial divers from Donjon Marine continued diving operations on the Seacor Power lift boat until 1 a.m. when weather exceed safety parameters. Diving operations have resumed this morning.

2. A new multi-regional manual for the response to maritime pollution incidents in the Baltic, Greater North Sea and Mediterranean gets jointly published by HELCOM and its partners
The new Marine HNS Response Manual – Multi-regional Bonn Agreement, HELCOM, REMPEC offers a comprehensive operational guidance for first responders and decision makers on marine incidents involving HNS. It also replaces the HELCOM Response Manual Volume 2, as agreed by the Helsinki Commission during its latest meeting in March 2021 (HELCOM 42-2021).

3. Suez Canal blockade: Hamburg expects only a slight increase in traffic
The Suez Canal blockade from 24.3 until 29.03 following the stranding of the ultra-large container carrier EVER GIVEN caused a bottleneck of altogether almost 400 vessels in the East-West and West-East directions. Some vessels set course for Northern Europe ports, the top container ports being Le Havre, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Felixstowe, Bremerhaven and Hamburg.

4. IMO asked to include industry standard on in-water cleaning in its on-going work
The Industry standard on in-water cleaning with capture has been submitted to support IMO’s work on the review of the Guidelines for the control and management of ships’ biofouling to minimize the transfer of invasive aquatic species. BIMCO led an industry working group that has developed an industry standard on in-water cleaning with capture that was published in January 2021 [Shipping industry takes new step to protect marine environments].

5. Multiple pathways and collaborations needed to decarbonise shipping: MISC chief
The Malaysian shipowner has been a pioneer in using LNG as a marine fuel and is now set for a similar course with ammonia as part of the Castor Initiative. “Decarbonisation is without doubt one of the greatest risks our industry has ever faced in its history. How does one even begin to deal with a risk that has no immediate or ready made solution. How does one cope with a risk where the financial cost of our course of action is difficult to quantify?” Yee told the audience of the 15th Singapore Maritime Lecture on Monday.

6. Better container rates to remain after ‘structural realignment’
Speaking at TOC Asia’s container, trade and business outlook 2021 panel, Jordan said that time charter rates across the vessel size spectrum have hit decade highs and contract length was also extending substantially, despite signs that the market is over the worst of its delays and equipment shortages.

7. Nick Brown to take over at IACS
The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) has named Lloyd’s Register CEO Nick Brown as its incoming Council chair.
This is the first time that the IACS chair has been chosen by the association’s members and not by rotation, a move that follows governance changes announced in December last year.

8. Indian Seafarer Families Suffer As Egypt Haggles Over Money
FEARS grow that 25 Indian seafarers stranded on the 20,124-TEU Ever Given detained in Suez Canal pending settlement of damage claims after the ship blocked the waterway, cannot provide for their families while lawyers haggle over who pays for what and how much.

9. BIMCO Covid 19 Weekly Report
The BIMCO Maritime Information department informs members on a weekly basis, updates about the COVID-19 in relation to implementation measures imposed by governments for sea transport including for crew change as well as from the United Nation bodies like the International Maritime Organization (IMO), World Health Organization (WHO) and International Labour Organization (ILO).

10. Winds Of Change: Ship Management Gears Up For A Booming Industry
It is estimated that wind (onshore and offshore) will contribute 18% of total power generation by 2050. The challenge now is to meet this requirement as the industry has put out a call for such professionals. This is where Wilhelmsen Ship Management comes in as we are strategically positioned to provide skilled and experienced manpower thanks to our wealth of experience in managing maritime assets.


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