InterManager Daily News 21.05.2021.

1. Facing the challenges of maritime management

InterManager has revolutionised ship and crew management, with members managing more than 10,000 ships and over 300,000 seafarers. As the only organisation dedicated to representing the ship management industry, we are internationally recognised for working on behalf of our members to ensure their views and needs are considered within the worldwide maritime industry.

2. Shipbuilding Industry and Shipping in Cyprus

The Cyprus Germany Business Association (CGBA) is proud to be collaborating with the German-Hellenic Chamber of Industry and Commerce which is organising the Online B2B meetings aiming in business promotion, as part of a digital business mission on “Shipbuilding Industry and Shipping in Greece and Cyprus” with the participation of 14 representatives of German companies. This is an initiative of the Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy of Germany.

3. European Maritime Day: Belgian Shipping launches #boldlyBEyond campaign

On the occasion of the European Maritime Day on 20 May, the Royal Belgian Shipowners’ Association launches a new campaign –

#boldlyBEyond – to showcase its achievements and ambitions.

“It is crystal clear that Europe will lead the rest of the world in sustainable blue economy and global maritime affairs, thanks to our vision of being the world’s first carbon-neutral continent by 2050,” says Wilfried Lemmens, Managing Director of the Royal Belgian Shipowners’ Association.

4. Europe still open to seafarers

“Getting seafarers into or out of Europe isn’t a problem at the moment,” said Peter Smit, Co-CEO of Boers Crew Services, the Netherlands-based shipping crew transport services operator for Northern Europe. “If a seafarer flies from, say, Manila into Amsterdam, we can get them to the port for a crew change. They will, of course, need to be tested for Covid-19 and most likely be quarantined in a hotel. But if the test result comes back negative, it’s no problem for them to join the vessel.”

5. U.S. Waives Sanctions on Nord Stream 2 Company and CEO

The Biden administration waived sanctions on the company behind Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany and its chief executive, according to a State Department report sent to Congress on Wednesday. The report, a copy of which was seen by Reuters, concluded that Nord Stream 2 AG and its CEO, Matthias Warnig, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, engaged in sanctionable activity but that it was in the U.S. national interest to waive the sanctions.

6. Great Lakes Shipping’s 2021 Navigation Season Off to Strong Start

American and Canadian ports in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System have marked a strong start to the 2021 navigation season with total tonnage up nearly 4 percent, according to the Great Lakes Seaway Partnershiprepresenting ports on both sides of the border. The 2021 season, which opened March 22 with the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway, has had 416 vessel transits totaling a little over 4 million metric tons through April, representing a 3.7 percent increase compared to shipments through the same period last year.

7. Fourteen Die Offshore India After Barge Sinks as Cyclone Batters West Coast

Fourteen people have died as a barge sank off India’s west coast after a powerful cyclone barrelled into the country, authorities said on Wednesday, while Indian navy ships and aircraft scoured waters to locate scores of other missing personnel. “We can confirm that 14 bodies have been recovered from the rescue operation of barge P305” that sank off the coast of Mumbai, Mehul Karnik, chief public relations officer, Western Naval Command told Reuters.

8. Fuel transition to drive new business models – Wärtsilä

This was one of the conclusions of a webinar this week – “Opening Viable Pathways to Decarbonisation” – run by power technology company, Wärtsilä. Håkan Agnevall, President and CEO of Wärtsilä Corporation, noted that technology megatrends are starting to impact both the energy and marine businesses, both of which represent the company’s core industries. “We’re really passionate about the challenges, but also the opportunities that the new technology creates,” he said.

9. Baltic Index Gains As Rates For Smaller Vessels Rise

The Baltic exchange’s main sea freight index rose on Wednesday, snapping a five-session losing streak, as an uptick in the smaller panamax and supramax vessel segments more than offset a dip in capesize rates. The Baltic dry index, which tracks rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels ferrying dry bulk commodities, rose 6 points, or 0.2%, to 2,801.

10. BIMCO Supports New IMO Water Level Alarms For Cargo Holds

The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 103) meeting of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) was held remotely from 5 to 14 May. A very comprehensive list of issues were discussed at the meeting, one of which was new requirements for water level detectors on non-bulk cargo ships. The new requirement was up for adoption.


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