InterManager Daily News 27.05.2021.

1. Container prices surge in Europe as Carriers favour loading empties
For European exporters looking to source shipping containers, existing shortages could deteriorate significantly in the coming weeks, according to the latest data from Container xChange, the world’s leading online platform for the leasing and trading of shipping containers. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/05/26/container-prices-surge-in-europe-as-carriers-favour-loading-empties/

2. Oxygen concentrators sent to India to save seafarers’ lives
Hundreds of lives will be saved thanks to two new emergency projects being funded by the ITF Seafarers’ Trust and delivered through two Indian-based seafarers’ unions. The support from the ITF Seafarers’ Trust for oxygen concentrators and emergency supplies for affected seafarers and their families comes as India’s health system teeters on the brink of collapse in the wake of the country’s unprecedented Covid-19 outbreak. The two grants total £215,000 GBP ($305,085 USD). https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/05/26/oxygen-concentrators-sent-to-india-to-save-seafarers-lives/

3. Shearwater GeoServices joins centre for geophysical forecasting
CGF’s vision is to create a world-leading research and innovation centre for geophysical forecasting and sustainable resource exploitation. Shearwater GeoServices is the world’s leading marine geophysical company, with extensive geophysical research, development and manufacturing activity including a major technology & innovation centre in Oslo, Norway. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/05/26/shearwater-geoservices-joins-centre-for-geophysical-forecasting/

4. Decarbonisation and digitisation, common strategy of the European ports to boost economic transformation
The President of the Port Authority of Valencia is committed to joint work between all the agents involved for the development of the trans-European transport networks and the objective of zero emissions in the ports Martínez inaugurated the Regatta Conference together with the President of ESPO and the Commissioner for Transport of the European Commission. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/05/26/decarbonisation-and-digitisation-common-strategy-of-the-european-ports-to-boost-economic-transformation/

5. ‘X-Press Pearl’ Fire Explodes in Intensity, Ship Evacuated
The crew of the X-Press Pearl have been evacuated after a fire which has burned on board the ship since last week exploded in intensity.
Photos released by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority and Air Force show the ship’s cargo engulfed in flames. The fire was first reported last Thursday, May 20, as the ship was awaiting entry to Colombo harbor at an offshore anchorage approximately 9.5 nautical miles from the entrance to the port. https://gcaptain.com/x-press-pearl-fire-flares-up-ship-evacuated/

6. UK Declines to Rule Out New Oil Exploration Despite Dire Climate Warning
The United Kingdom will not commit to halting new oil exploration in the North Sea, a government energy body told Reuters, despite a warning from the world’s top energy watchdog to rein in fossil fuels spending to achieve climate goals.
The UK is due to host the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, in November and commissioned the International Energy Agency (IEA) to chart a path towards net-zero emissions by 2050. https://gcaptain.com/uk-declines-to-rule-out-new-oil-exploration-despite-dire-climate-warning/

7. Sri Lanka passes controversial Port City Bill
The Bill declares 269 hectares of reclaimed land annexed to the city of Colombo as the country’s first special economic zone (SEZ) for services-oriented industries. Under the legislation, a special commission appointed by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse, whose constituency contains the port city of Hambantota, will be established to govern the SEZ. The commission will enable businesses to operate in any recognised foreign currency within Colombo Port City. Colombo Port City has been raised on reclaimed land adjoining the Port of Colombo, which remains under the control of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA). https://www.seatrade-maritime.com/ports-logistics/sri-lanka-passes-controversial-port-city-bill

8. Autonomous Ships: IMO Completes Regulatory Scoping Exercise
As the maritime industry continues to develop and test the technologies required for safe autonomous vessel operations, many regulatory questions have remained. Setting out to help answer some of these questions, the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has recently completed a regulatory scoping exercise to analyze relevant ship safety treaties, in order to assess how maritime autonomous surface ships (MASS) could be regulated. https://www.marinelink.com/news/autonomous-ships-imo-completes-regulatory-487916

9. Iran Starts To Store More Barrels At Sea Ahead Of Potential Sanctions Relief
Iran is starting to build its offshore oil storage as chances of a new nuclear deal grow higher, which will enable it to reclaim its lost oil market share, trading and shipping sources said May Iran is preparing for a quick ramp-up of its output and exports as the US, Iranian and European negotiators kick off the fifth round of indirect talks this week in Vienna over the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Iran+Starts+To+Store+More+Barrels+At+Sea+Ahead+Of+Potential+Sanctions+Relief

10. India’s May Oil Imports, Crude Runs Likely To Witness Full Impact Of Pandemic
India’s crude imports and refinery runs remained robust in April as refiners shipped in cargoes contracted earlier and refrained from backing out of deals despite a second wave of COVID-19 triggering demand destruction fears. Analysts, however, said the full impact of the crisis will get reflected only in May numbers. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/India’s+May+oil+imports%2C+crude+runs+likely+to+witness+full+impact+of+pandemic

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