InterManager Daily News 31.05.2021.

1. Lloyd’s Register Foundation calls on the maritime industry to help identify interventions to improve seafarers’ mental health long-term
Lloyd’s Register Foundation, which helps to protect life and property by supporting engineering-related education, public engagement and the application of research, has launched two calls for insight from maritime companies and organisations on how mental health and wellbeing among seafarers can be improved.

2. Natasa Pilides Minister of Energy, Commerce and Industry attended the Cyprus Marine Club members’ meeting
On May 25th, Cyprus Marine Club gathered its Members for the second non virtual event this spring. This time, CMC had the honor to host H.E. Ms Natasa Pilides, who was appointed as Minister of Energy, Commerce and Industry last Summer after serving as Shipping Deputy Minister to the President in the years: 2018-2020.

3. Recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitration awards in Mainland China
Mainland China has been a significant and active player in the global shipping market for years. It is now one of the top shipping nations scoring high on numbers of shipowners, operators, charterers and other supporting parties. It is rare that someone in shipping does not come across a Chinese counterparty.

4. Korean Register, Pan Ocean and POS SM sign joint research agreement for Rotor Sail and Air Lubrication System
KR (IACS member classification society), Pan Ocean (global Korean ship owner) and POS SM (global Korean shipmanager) have signed a “Joint Research Agreement for Rotor Sail Systems and Air Lubrication Systems”. This joint research represents a further step towards realizing the environmental obligations of the shipping industry and is part of the wider “New Technology Joint Research Agreement” signed earlier by the three partners.

5. Watch As Hundreds Are Rescued From Massive Ferry Fire
Search and rescue teams are looking for a person still missing after hundreds were rescued from a passenger ferry that caught fire in Indonesia’s Molucca Sea, local officials said on Sunday. Passenger ferry KM Karya Indah was traveling in a remote part of the Indonesian archipelago, from Ternate in the province of North Maluku towards Sanana on the island of Sulabes, when the fire broke out early on Saturday morning.

6. US Bans Imports From Chinese Fishing Company Citing Seafarer Welfare
U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Friday imposed a new import ban on seafood from a Chinese fishing fleet that the agency says is using forced labor on its 32 vessels, including abuses against many Indonesian workers. The CBP said it will immediately detain tuna, swordfish and other products from the Dalian Ocean Fishing at U.S. ports of entry.

7. Containership Grounds in the Suez Canal
A Singaporean flagged containership has been refloated hours after running aground in the Suez Canal, a local agency said. The 366-meter, 13,100 TEU Maersk Emerald grounded around noon local time on Friday after reportedly suffering engine problems while traveling south through the north end of the canal. The vessel was fifth in the convoy.

8. Russia’s First LNG Bunkering Ship Completes Sea Trials
Russia’s first ship designed to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and fuel other vessels with LNG has completed its sea trials, energy firm Gazprom Neft reported on Friday. The Dmitry Mendeleev is expected to enter Gazprom Neft’s fleet in the second half of this year, the company said. “The next stage will be the testing of systems for loading, storing and discharging of LNG,” it said.

9. Baltic Index Marks Worst Week In 4 Months As Capesize Rates Drop
The Baltic exchange’s main sea freight index fell on Friday to log its worst weekly performance in about four months, as capesize rates dropped. The Baltic dry index, which tracks rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels ferrying dry bulk commodities, dropped 92 points, or 3.4%, to 2,596.

10. 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).


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