1. Shipmoney joins cruise line trade association in support of the industry
ShipMoney, a global leader in digital maritime payment solutions, announced that the company has become a member of the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA), the world’s largest cruise industry association. As a member partner of CLIA, ShipMoney supports the organization’s advocacy efforts as the industry moves towards a restart, as well as initiatives that enhance health and security measures on ships. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/06/03/shipmoney-joins-cruise-line-trade-association-in-support-of-the-industry/
2. IMO Secretary General Mr Kitack Lim to open the WISTA MED 2021 on June 9, 2021
Kitack Lim, IMO’s Secretary-General, will be joining the WISTA MED 2021 forum stage to give us an insight into the Organization’s strategies in the challenging era of global environmental change.
The two panels of the conference will consist of highly respected figures in the shipping industry representing major organisations and companies.
3. Belgium is first EU country to start seafarer vaccination
Belgium has officially started its vaccination campaign for seafarers this morning in the presence of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice and the North Sea, Vincent Van Quickenborne. The vaccination of Belgian seafarers against COVID-19 has started. The vaccinations are currently taking place in the Port of Antwerp and will also be carried out in the Port of Zeebrugge in a few days. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/06/03/belgium-is-first-eu-country-to-start-seafarer-vaccination/
4. Cyprus maintains momentum in driving progress for seafarers
As part of the Cyprus Shipping Deputy Ministry’s three-phase consultation programme to co-create a long-term maritime strategy, the third and final phase of the campaign focusses on the external factors impacting shipping. This phase includes the issues surrounding crew changes, seafarers living and working conditions, seafarer vaccinations, as well as the ever present threat of piracy. This area of focus aims to pave the way for the industry to tackle them in a constructive and effective manner, with long-term benefits. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/06/02/cyprus-maintains-momentum-in-driving-progress-for-seafarers/
5. X-Press Pearl Partially Sinks Off Colombo – PHOTOS
The MV X-Press Pearl has partially sunk off the coast of Sri Lanka during an attempt to tow the vessel to deeper waters, the ship’s operator has confirmed. Salvors boarded the vessel today and successfully attached a tow wire to the bow of the burned out ship, but efforts to tow it failed. The ship’s aft is now touching the seabed at a depth of 21 meters, X-Press Feeders said in its update.
6. Maersk Calls for Carbon Tax on Ship Fuel
world’s largest container shipping line has called for a $150-a-ton carbon tax on shipping fuel that would drive up the costs for an industry that delivers 80% of world trade.A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S says such a levy would help bridge the price gap between fossil fuels that vessels consume today and greener alternatives that are currently much more expensive. Fuel costs would effectively almost double if the measure were imposed today because of how carbon dioxide emissions are counted. https://gcaptain.com/maersk-calls-for-carbon-tax-on-ship-fuel/
7. Oil Spill Reported at Golden Ray Wreck Site
The Unified Command overseeing the wreck removal of the Golden Ray has reported an oil spill that personnel were working to mitigate to both on water and along the shoreline in St. Simons Sound. The St. Simons Sound Incident Response said the discharge occurred Tuesday as ongoing cutting operations are underway for Section Three. Mitigation efforts focused on the shoreline and in the vicinity of the wreck site. https://gcaptain.com/oil-spill-reported-at-golden-ray-wreck-site/
8. Falling Capesize Rates Push Baltic Main Index Lower
The Baltic exchange’s main sea freight index slipped for a sixth straight session on Wednesday due to a fall in capesize rates. The Baltic dry index, which tracks rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels ferrying dry bulk commodities, fell by 38 points, or 1.5%, to 2,530. The capesize index dropped 156 points, or 5.2%, to 2,862, dipping for a sixth straight session, and hitting its lowest since April 8. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Falling+capesize+rates+push+Baltic+main+index+lower
9. Tanker Shipping: Temporary Shocks Provide Little Support For Desperate Tanker Market
A recent small and short spike in oil product tankers shows just how far the tanker market still has left to go on its recovery journey. LR2 earnings rose to USD 26,823 dollars per day on 26 March as the Suez Canal blockage sparked fears of reduced available tanker shipping capacity in the key export region in the Arabian Gulf. They have since fallen to USD 12,925 per day on 21 May. The smaller oil-product tankers saw an even smaller increase, with LR1 daily earnings rising to USD 15,622, MRs getting to USD 12,432, and Handysizes reaching USD 17,417. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Tanker+shipping%3A+Temporary+shocks+provide+little+support+for+desperate+tanker+market
10. 87% Of Seafarers Still To Receive A First Vaccine According To Initial Results Of BMA Mental Health Survey
The Seafarer COVID-19 Welfare Survey announced recently by The Bahamas Maritime Authority has already garnered very high levels of support from maritime organisations and seafarers themselves. But the initial responses received from seafarers are demonstrating that the vast majority, 87%, are still to receive a first vaccine. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/87%25+of+seafarers+still+to+receive+a+first+vaccine+according+to+initial+results+of+BMA+mental+health+survey