InterManager Daily News 26.05.2021.

1. Cyprus Shipping is here: more Competitive, more Extrovert, more Adaptable, more Sustainable than ever
«Cyprus has a proud maritime history and is committed to ensuring this continues into the long-term future. Since its establishment, the Cyprus Shipping Deputy Ministry has achieved significant growth and has always taken a proactive approach to maritime policies which support a sustainable shipping industry. From green incentives to reward shipowners achieving reduced emissions, to a progressive approach to creating new programs enabling safe crew changes, Cyprus has always taken a practical approach to finding solutions. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/05/25/cyprus-shipping-is-here-more-competitive-more-extrovert-more-adaptable-more-sustainable-than-ever/

2. Bad diet can make seafarers less productive
Unhealthy eating can cut productivity levels among seafarers by 20%, highlighting the need for shipping companies to hire a catering management provider that specialises in preparing and serving nutritious food. Christian Ioannou, Managing Director of MCTC, the leading international catering management and training provider, believes this startling statistic from the World Health Organization must be taken seriously by vessel owners, managers and operators around the world. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/05/25/bad-diet-can-make-seafarers-less-productive/

3. Port of Rotterdam Authority suspends tender procedure for CER transport
The Port of Rotterdam Authority has decided to suspend the tender procedure for unmanned transport on the Container Exchange Route (CER) for the time being. At present, there are too many risks and uncertainties standing in the way of the development of a sufficiently competitive product. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/05/25/port-of-rotterdam-authority-suspends-tender-procedure-for-cer-transport/

4. End to End supply chain – A wider view: MGI focuses on the whole community
A major focus in the world of logistics is having clear information in advance on the goods that will arrive at the terminal tomorrow and further ahead, says Dominique Lebreton, member of the executive board at Marseille-based MGI, which is continuing to develop its Ci5 Port Community System.
https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/05/25/end-to-end-supply-chain-a-wider-view-mgi-focuses-on-the-whole-community/

5. Russian Ship Moves to German Waters for Nord Stream 2 Construction
Russian vessel Fortuna has started laying pipes for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in German waters, the gas project said on Sunday, citing Germany’s Waterway andShipping Authority. Nord Stream 2, which runs on the bed of the Baltic Sea from Russia to Germany, bypassing Ukraine, has faced criticism from the United States, which claims it will increase European reliance on Russian gas. https://gcaptain.com/russian-ship-moves-to-german-waters-for-nord-stream-2-construction/

6. IMO Calls for Greater Action to Combat Gulf of Guinea Piracy
In a resolution adopted this month by the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) to address piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea, the IMO urged IMO Member States, national authorities, the United Nations and other relevant organizations to consider strengthening law enforcement to arrest and prosecute pirates in relevant jurisdictions in accordance with international law and national legal frameworks. Coastal States are also urged to harmonize criminal penalties. https://gcaptain.com/imo-calls-for-greater-action-to-combat-gulf-of-guinea-piracy/

7. Sixteen global shipping companies slowed cargo ships off California coast to protect blue whales and blue skies
The partners in an initiative to cut air pollution and protect endangered whales announced results from the 2020 program and recognized the shipping companies that successfully participated, reducing speeds to 10 knots or less in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Southern California region. The program’s new Southern California region extends from Point Arguello (in Santa Barbara County) to waters near Dana Point (by the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach). https://gcaptain.com/sixteen-global-shipping-companies-slowed-cargo-ships-off-california-coast-to-protect-blue-whales-and-blue-skies/

8. DP World changes UAE leadership
Abdulla Bin Damithan has been appointed CEO and MD of DP World, UAE Region and Jafza. Mohammed Al Muallem, who previously held the role, has been promoted to Executive Vice President of DP World. Bin Damithan has been with DP World for 20 years and was most recently CCO for the UAE region after holding senior roles in various parts of the business. https://www.seatrade-maritime.com/ports-logistics/dp-world-changes-uae-leadership

9. Baltic Index Ticks Up As Capesize Rates Rise
The Baltic exchange’s main sea freight index rose on Monday, buoyed by an uptick in capesize vessel rates. The Baltic dry index, which tracks rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels ferrying dry bulk commodities, rose 12 points, or 0.4%, to 2,881. The capesize index rose 28 points, or 0.7%, to 3,958. Average daily earnings for capesizes, which typically transport 150,000-tonne cargoes of coal and steel-making ingredient iron ore, increased by $232 to $32,825. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Baltic+index+ticks+up+as+capesize+rates+rise

10. Saudi Arabia Holds Spot As China’s Top Crude Supplier In April, UAE Imports Plunge
China’s imports from Saudi Arabia slowed in April but the kingdom retained its position as China’s top supplier of crude oil for an eighth consecutive month, customs data showed on Thursday, while arrivals from the United Arab Emirates plunged.
Shipments from Saudi Arabia were 6.47 million tonnes last month, or 1.57 million barrels per day (bpd), hitting their lowest since October, data from the General Administration of Chinese Customs showed on Thursday. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Saudi+Arabia+holds+spot+as+China’s+top+crude+supplier+in+April%2C+UAE+imports+plunge

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