InterManager Daily News 18.06.2021.

1. ICS Cyprus Branch Committee met with the Cyprus Deputy Ministry of Shipping
ICS Cyprus Branch Committee has met the Deputy Ministry of Shipping on Friday the 4th June at the offices of DMS.
The meeting was based in the call of the Minister to the public to participate in the consultation campaign to gather feedback on key maritime issues and to collaborate to shape the future of Cyprus Shipping.

2. Covid quarantine protocols delaying return of deceased seafarers to their families
The remains of a seafarer have finally been delivered to his family two months after he died, after several countries refused to allow the disembarkation of his remains because of Covid protocols. After completing a crew change, Captain Angelo Capurro joined the MV Ital Libera in South Africa leaving for a two-week journey across the Indian Ocean. During the voyage several crew members began to show symptoms of Covid. At least two members tested positive, and before the ship reached Singapore, Capt Capurro died at sea.

3. Lady Liberty’s “Little Sister” leaving Paris to Visit NYC, Washington D.C.
The Embassy of France in the U.S., the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (Cnam) and the CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, are partnering to bring another emblematic treasure and symbol of freedom to the United States. Arriving in New York City for Independence Day and in Washington, D.C. for Bastille Day, the 9-foot, bronze statue of Lady Liberty is was made from the original plaster model of 1878 by Auguste Bartholdi, currently exhibited at the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Paris.

4. Fugro’s Geo-data technology to ‘preserve’ Cosquer Cave prehistoric art
The French Ministry of Culture has awarded Fugro a further contract to complete the scanning of the astonishing Cosquer Cave, located in the Urgonian limestone at Cap Morgiou near Marseille, Franc Rising sea levels are gradually effacing the cave’s display of 177 exquisite and irreplaceable paintings and engravings, dating back to 27,000 BC but Fugro will use their Geo-data scanning technology to create a permanent record of huge cultural significance.

5. Wage Deal Averts Norwegian Offshore Oil Strike
Three Norwegian labor unions agreed on a wage deal with the owners of floating offshore oil drilling rigs, preventing the outbreak of a strike that would have disrupted exploration, the unions said on Thursday. The deal between the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association and the Industri Energi, Safe and DSO labor unions comprises more than 8,200 workers, who will on average get a pay rise of 2.7%.

6. Longer Vessels Now Allowed to Use Expanded Panama Canal
Longer and deeper ships will now be able to use the expanded Panama Canal. After almost five years since the inauguration fo the Neopanamax locks, the Panama Canal Authority has announced increasing the maximum allowable length for vessels to more than 370 meters long, an increase of over 4 meters compared to the previous limit.

7. Multimission Vessels: Interest Across All Sectors
The development and construction of multimission vessels (MMVs) remains active across the maritime market. The ability to perform multiple tasks when those different duties are needed is central to an MMV’s value. Multimission capabilities mean that an expensive asset doesn’t sit idle when it isn’t being used for a singular purpose, such as firefighting. This is particularly important for public sector officials who have to weigh costs and benefits across a wide range of demands, from public parks to libraries to firefighting equipment.
8. Moving towards a global green ship finance market
Commenting on the green finance trend in general he said: “The green loan market is becoming global. The first green loans were closed in Europe, now more and more green financings are visible in Asia, especially Singapore, and with election of Biden and the new environment strategy of the US the American green loan market is also gaining traction.”

9. Free NUSI Vaccination Drive For All Ranks Of Seafarers, Spouse And Children 18 Plus (Pilot Project In Mumbai And Navi Mumbai)
As you are aware that National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) has been consistently in the forefront for Covid vaccination for seafarers throughout India. It is important for our seafarers to get the vaccination for their own safety and for the continuation of their employment. The NUSI Vaccination Drive which started on 12th June, 2021 in Andheri and Navi Mumbai on 15th June, 2021 aims to vaccinate at least 5000 seafarers and their family members.

10. Baltic Index Hits Five-Week High On Stronger Rates Across Vessels
The Baltic exchange’s main sea freight index rose for the sixth straight session to its highest level in five weeks on Wednesday, helped by stronger rates across vessel segments. The Baltic dry index, which tracks rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels ferrying dry bulk commodities, gained 151 points, or 5%, to its highest since May 11 at 3,176.


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