InterManager Daily News 27.04.2021.

1. Synergy’s contribution to growth of Singapore maritime hub recognised in IMA award win
Synergy Group’s contribution to Singapore’s development as an international maritime hub was recognised earlier this week during the prestigious Singapore International Maritime Awards (IMA) 2021 event. Synergy Group, one of the world’s largest ship managers, won the ‘Maritime Service Provider Award 2021’ at IMA, the marquee event held on 19 April to mark the opening of the 15th edition of Singapore Maritime Week (SMW).

2. Online Operatic Concert in solidarity with the Seafarers and their families around the world
The TSAVLIRIS CULTURAL FOUNDATION, in an effort to raise awareness about the tremendous impact Covid 19 has had on seafarers globally and to provide support to the crews who are on the front line of this pandemic, organizes an online concert with prizewinning British Cypriot soprano, KATERINA MINA. Katerina will perform her one-artist operatic program, recorded at the Great Hall of the Hellenic Centre of London, accompanying herself on the piano. The concert will be transmitted on YouTube from 7 – 11 May 2021 and will include arias from Bellini’s opera Norma, Puccini’s La Bohème & Madama Butterfly; well-known songs by Gershwin, Donizetti & Hadjidakis, traditional songs of Cyprus and Israel; as well as film music from Once Upon a Time in the West & Boy on a Dolphin.

3. Maiden call and christening in ‘HER’ city for Grimaldi’s Eco Savona
This morning the christening of the vessel Eco Savona took place at the port of Savona. This is the fourth hybrid ro-ro unit of the innovative GG5G (Grimaldi Green 5th Generation) vessel class ordered by the Grimaldi Group. The brief ceremony was held on the occasion of the ship’s inaugural call in the port of Savona, after she arrived from the Chinese Jinling shipyard located in Nanjing.

4. Valenciaport consolidates its position as the best-connected Spanish port and the fourth in Europe
The Port of València, among the 20 port enclosures with the best connections, according to the index drawn up by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Valenciaport maintains connections with almost 1,000 ports in 168 different countries, acting as a driving force for Spanish export companies

5. Singapore reports new Covid cluster on bunker tanker
A total of five Covid-19 cases have been found among Indonesian crew members onboard the bunker tanker ALLI. The crew of the vessel had been placed on quarantine after an earlier a case was discovered on 16 April. According to Singapore’s Ministry of Health the seafarers had not disembarked the vessel apart to go for Covid-19 tests and vaccination. To of the crew had received their first doses of the vaccine in recent weeks.

6. DP World global container volume grows record 10.2% in Q1
Overall the company handled 18.9m teu in what was described in a statement as a “strong start to the year”, particularly at terminals in India and Australia. DP World’s Jebel Ali terminal handled 3.5m teu in the first three months of the year, up 2.6% year-on-year.

7. Submarine Hull Cracked, 53 Crew Found Dead
A missing Indonesian submarine has been found, broken into at least three parts, deep in the Bali Sea, army and navy officials said on Sunday, as the president sent condolences to relatives of the 53 crew. Rescuers found new objects, including a life vest, that they believe belong to those aboard the 44-year old KRI Nanggala-402, which lost contact on Wednesday as it prepared to conduct a torpedo drill.

8. Low Freight Environment Shifts Americas-Loading VLCC Rate Differentials
An extended low freight environment seen in the global VLCC, or Very Large Crude Carrier, market amid the coronavirus pandemic has left historical freight differentials for Americas-loading VLCCs in disarray. Negotiations over the course of the week ending April 23 confirmed market participant expectations of shorter-haul East voyage rates narrowing in to freight for longer-distanced voyages to hubs in Central China and South Korea.

9. India: Major Ports To Waive Off Charges For Ships Carrying Oxygen, Related Equipment
The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways have said that all charges levied by major port trusts, including vessel related charges and storage charges, will be waived off. This decision will impact all the major ports of India, including the Kamarajar Port in Chennai. The ministry has also asked the ports to accord highest priority in berthing sequence to consignments related to oxygen.

10. Steel Industry Hoping For Steady Growth In 2021
The catastrophic year 2020 after creating one of the greatest challenges of the century came to an end reversing the hopelessness with lots of positivity. The feel-good period, however, appears short-lived as the second wave of the pandemic is ravaging some parts of the country and threatens to spread at a supersonic speed the remaining states of the country. Speed in vaccination covering the vulnerable sections, while maintaining all possible mandatory precautions against the disease remains the only solution left to fight the menace. Events that would take shape in the next fortnight would only tell if 2021 would be a better year than 2020.


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