1. The “European Maritime Day in Cyprus” event is taking place in Cyprus for the first time!
The Cyprus Marine and Maritime Institute (CMMI) in cooperation with the Municipality of Larnaca, the Phivos Stavrides Foundation, the Youth Board of Cyprus, the Youth Makerspace Larnaka, the Larnaka Tourism Board, the Larnaca Cultural Foundation, the Cyprus Marine Environment Protection Association (CYMEPA) and the Maritime Institute of Eastern Mediterranean (MarInEM) is organising for the first time in Cyprus the “European Maritime Day in Cyprus” event. The event, which is supported by the European Commission, will take place between the 17th and 21st of June 2021 in the city of Larnaka. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/06/11/the-european-maritime-day-in-cyprus-event-is-taking-place-in-cyprus-for-the-first-time/
2. “Shipping industry welcomes Nigeria’s creation of ‘Deep Blue’ to stamp out piracy in the Gulf of Guinea”
The Round Table of Shipowner Associations and OCIMF have expressed their full support for the launch of Nigeria’s Deep Blue Project. Nigeria has today announced a significant investment in military and law enforcement infrastructure to secure its maritime domain as part of a stepping up of actions to address the ongoing piracy issue in the Gulf of Guinea. Managed by the Nigerian Maritime Safety Agency (NIMASA), the multi-agency project will significantly increase maritime security in the region, an area blighted by piracy, armed robbery, and other maritime crimes. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/06/11/shipping-industry-welcomes-nigerias-creation-of-deep-blue-to-stamp-out-piracy-in-the-gulf-of-guinea/
3. Contract awards for PSVs in UK
Solstad Offshore ASA is pleased to announce that the company has signed long-term contracts with Harbour Energy for two large PSVs. Normand Service and Normand Supra has been contracted for a period of two years firm plus two years option thereafter. Both vessels will support Harbour Energy’s UK North Sea assets, with contracts commencing during June 2021 and August 2021. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/06/11/contract-awards-for-psvs-in-uk/
4. Update – discharge of scrubber wash-water in Brazil
Further to the club’s previous news item on discharge of scrubber wash-water in Brazil, correspondents BRAZMAR Marine Services have advised that the Directorate of Ports and Coasts (DPC) / Navy have changed their previous guidance on the topic, and that the discharge of wash water from open loop and/or hybrid Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS) is allowed within Brazilian Jurisdictional Waters until the competent environmental authority has the opportunity to better assess the scenario. This is based on the assumption that the subject EGCS is approved by Class, has a plan for compliance of SOx emissions and is approved as per the requirements of resolution MEPC.259 (68) of IMO.
5. ‘Failure Not an Option’ as IMO Opens MEPC 76 Climate Meeting
The much anticipated meeting of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), officially MEPC 76, kicked off its first two days of sessions this week before taking a weekend break. Most of the shipping community’s MEPC 76 attention is focused on the status of proposed Amendments to Annex VI of the MARPOL convention dealing with the Energy Efficiency of Ships and the Reduction of Greenhouse Gasses (GHG) in Ships. The meeting will continue next week from June 14th though the 17th. https://gcaptain.com/failure-not-an-option-as-imo-opens-mepc-76-climate-meeting/
6. Exxon Traders Quit While BP And Shell Colleagues Make Billions
Exxon Mobil Corp has lost two veteran crude oil traders from its U.S. energy trading group and a third is leaving its British unit, according to people familiar with the matter, in a continued exodus of top talent from the oil major.Exxon last year reversed course on an expansion of its oil and petroleum products trading as fuel demand tumbled during the pandemic. The company suffered a $22.4 billion loss in 2020, leading to deep job and cost cuts across the business. https://gcaptain.com/exxon-traders-quit-while-bp-and-shell-colleagues-make-billions/
7. Dismissal of LNG as a marine fuel ‘unfair and unfounded’
“I think it’s unfair and unfounded that LNG is currently dismissed by some people with limited or no experience with LNG,” said Schaap. “That’s as political as I’m going to get.” Questions were raised recently over LNG’s suitability as a future marine fuel by a World Bank report which cast doubt on LNG’s green credentials. The report covered issues like methane slip and the longer-term viability of infrastructure. https://www.seatrade-maritime.com/lng/dismissal-lng-marine-fuel-unfair-and-unfounded
8. ONE adds Yantian reefer surcharge, Maersk says delays of 16 days plus
Maersk continues to report the eastern terminal of Yantian International Container Terminal (YICT) where mainline vessel berth is operating at 30% of normal productivity. As with other lines as a result of the low productivity ONE said in a customer advisory dated 10 June that a number of its vessels were omitting calls at Yantian and that it may need to adjust the transportation plans for inbound reefers to the port. https://www.seatrade-maritime.com/ports-logistics/one-adds-yantian-reefer-surcharge-maersk-says-delays-16-days-plus
9. No Change on Sailing Plans after New COVID-19 Cases, Cruise Lines Say
Royal Caribbean Group and Carnival Corp will push ahead with a return to cruises this summer despite two guests onboard Royal Caribbean’s Celebrity Millennium ship testing positive for COVID-19. A year after several cruise ships were host to major coronavirus outbreaks and with large numbers of Americans now vaccinated, cruise lines have been striving to get the business going. https://www.marinelink.com/news/change-sailing-plans-new-covid-cases-488407
10. Baltic Index Posts Best Week Since February On Gains Across Vessels
The Baltic exchange’s main sea freight index rose on Friday and marked its first weekly gain in four, steered by strong gains across vessel segments.
The Baltic dry index, which tracks rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels ferrying dry bulk commodities, gained 188 points, or 7%, at 2,857. The index rose more than 17% this week, its best since February. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Baltic+index+posts+best+week+since+February+on+gains+across+vessels