InterManager Daily News 07.06.2021.

1. Thome rolled out a vaccination programme for their seafarers worldwide
Thome Group managed tanker vessel M/T Turquoise, was at Corpus Christi terminal, USA on 13th May 2021 for cargo operations. The crew onboard voluntarily got vaccinated against the COVID -19 virus with the J&J single dose JANSSEN vaccine administrated by the Nueces county health department in association with The Corpus Christi Seamen’s Center at the bottom of the gangway.

2. Officer shortfall to reach decade high by 2026 says Drewry
Diminishing attractiveness of a career at sea, coupled with rising man-berth ratios and continued fleet growth will lead to the highest shortfall of officers to crew the world’s merchant fleet in over a decade by 2026, with important implications for both hiring and future manning cost inflation, according to the latest Manning Annual Review and Forecast report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.

3. Canada to invest US$1 billion in Invenergy Renewables
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), a global institutional investor, today announced a US$1 billion commitment to Invenergy Renewables LLC (Invenergy), the largest private developer, owner and operator of wind and solar projects in North America, to further support the company in its expanded development activities and continued growth.

4. First floating solar plant in Albania starts commercial operations
The project is placed at the Banja reservoir in Albania, where Statkraft is operating its 72-megawatt Banja hydropower plant. After the successful completion of the first floating solar unit and connection to the grid, the plant is now generating renewable energy and injecting the power into the Albanian national electricity grid.

5. Asia Braces For 20 Cyclones In 2021
Half of the roughly 20 tropical cyclones expected to form in the western Pacific Ocean through September this year are predicted to hit land in east Asian nations, forecasters said on Friday, making for a season that is busier than usual. Tropical cyclones, also known as typhoons and hurricanes, can pack wind speeds ranging from 63 kph (39 mph) to 250 kph (155 mph), and the accompanying rain and storm surges can devastate coastal regions.

6. Italian SuperYacht Stock Launches IPO
Luxury yacht maker The Italian Sea Group said on Friday it completed its initial public offering (IPO), setting a price of 4.90 euros per share, and that its shares would start trading on the Milan Bourse on Tuesday. The price is in the middle of the 4.15-5.66 euros per share range the group had set out and gives it a market capitalization of some 260 million euros. ($315 million)

7. U.S. Set to Unveil First Official Marine Economy Estimate
The U.S. government is set to release its first official estimate of the value of the nation’s marine economy, also known as the “blue economy.” NOAA and the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) are set to unveil the findings next Tuesday. For the statistics, experts considered ten sectors representing businesses dependent on the nation’s oceans, coasts and Great Lakes between the years 2014 and 2019.

8. UK Royal Navy Tests AI at Sea to Counter Missile Threats
The U.K. Royal Navy recently trialed the use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies at sea to counter supersonic missile threats. The operational experiment was carried out on the Type 45 Destroyer (HMS Dragon) and Type 23 Frigate (HMS Lancaster), using the AI applications Startle and Sycoiea as part of Exercise Formidable Shield, which wrapped up on Thursday off the coast of Scotland.

9. Suez Canal Controlled Ever Given’s Speed Before It Grounded, Insurer Says
The speed of a container ship that blocked the Suez Canal in March was controlled by the Egyptian waterway’s operator before it ran aground, the vessel’s insurer said on Thursday. The statement from UK Club came after the head of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said the ship was sailing too fast when it became grounded, but that the canal bore no responsibility.

10. Baltic Main Index Posts 4th Straight Weekly Dip On Capesize Retreat
The Baltic exchange’s main sea freight index fell to its lowest in more than a month en route to its fourth straight weekly decline, pressured by a retreat in the capesize segment. The Baltic dry index, which tracks rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels ferrying dry bulk commodities, shed 34 points, or 1.4%, at 2,438, its lowest since April 19.


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