InterManager Daily News 28.06.2021.

1. Action not platitudes needed on day of the seafarer says Captain Rajesh Unni, Founder and CEO of Synergy Group
Captain Rajesh Unni, Founder and CEO of Synergy Group, believes solutions are available to standardise and distribute vaccines, ensure seafarers get emergency medical treatment and better organise crew changes. The problem is a deficit of political leadership which is now so severe it is infringing the human rights of seafarers.

2. Nutritious diet helps shield seafarers from coronavirus
Obese seafarers are more vulnerable to catching or even dying from coronavirus, studies show, making it vital that shipping companies prioritise crewmembers’ welfare by outsourcing catering management to a specialist. A World Obesity Federation report found that death rates from Covid-19 were 10 times higher in countries with 50%+ of the population classed as obese. Mexico has the biggest number of coronavirus cases globally – and one of the highest obesity rates in the world. Meanwhile, the UK, where obesity rates are the highest in Europe, has a disproportionate death rate for covid-19 compared with other countries.

3. Dry bulk supramax freight market surprises for the first half 2021
Revamped demand for commodities from grains to coal powered a surprisingly strong recovery in the dry bulk shipping market for the first six months. Both freight levels and earnings reached multi-year highs. Supramaxes have now taken the lead as the highest-earning bulker size, as the geared ships continue to outperform larger vessels and benefit from the resurgence in economic activity around the world.

4. The long-term impact of oil pollution in the marine ecosystem and the contribution of European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) to prevention
The oil pollution affecting our marine ecosystem has been a major problem for many consecutive years. Pollution can be defined as the introduction of harmful substances into the environment. The possible “sources” of the problem range from land-based and vessels’ operations, industrial wastes, offshore oil extractions, and even intentional or accidental vessels’ discharge.

5. Why human interaction with seafarers matters now more than ever
As we emerge out of lockdown, a return to the simple acts of kindness delivered through routine ship visits is vital to ensure that seafarers’ concerns are not left undetected, writes Ian Stokes, Stella Maris’ head of corporate partnerships. Like all the maritime industry, seafarers’ charity, Stella Maris, has contended with immense disruption during the Covid-19 pandemic.

6. Damning report emerges of the pilots onboard the Ever Given
Bickering Egyptian pilots have been blamed for this year’s most high profile shipping casualty. As preparations get underway to get the giant 20,388 teu Ever Given moving again, three months after its dramatic grounding in the Suez Canal, reports have emerged of what happened on the fateful day of its stormy transit through the key waterway linking Europe with Asia.

7. We Need More LNG Tankers ASAP
Natural gas markets around the globe are rallying as the world’s importers have come to a stark realization: there isn’t enough supply to go around. A long, frigid winter drained gas stockpiles from Louisiana to Germany, and utilities are struggling to build them back up. But unforeseen supply disruptions and a rebounding global economy are making it impossible to keep up. That’s setting up a desperate scenario as hot summer temperatures approach, and it’s bound to get even worse when demand peaks this winter.

8. Ship Recycling Prices, Activity Remain at Historic Highs, say GMS CEO
Dr. Anil Sharma, CEO and founder of GMS, is a dominate player in the world’s ship recycling business. MR TV caught up with him in late June 2021 for insights on the pace and direction of ship recycling activity and pricing.

9. Adani’s Bravus Pushes Ahead With New Australian Thermal Coal Mine
Adani Enterprises’ Bravus Mining said on Thursday it had broken ground on its new thermal coal mine in northern Australia, as banks and insurers pull out of financing new such projects to curb global carbon emissions. The International Energy Agency (IEA) warned last month that investors should not fund new oil, gas and coal supply projects if the world wants to reach net zero emissions by mid-century.’s+Bravus+pushes+ahead+with+new+Australian+thermal+coal+mine

10. Samarco, A Vale-BHP Joint Venture, Plans To Raise $2 Billion In Restructuring
Brazilian miner Samarco Mineracao SA, an iron ore joint venture between Vale SA e BHP Group Ltd, plans to raise $2 billion in fresh capital as part of its plan to exit bankruptcy protection, according to court documents. Samarco plans to raise the fresh funds from investors through a competitive process roughly 30 days after a Brazilian judge approves its restructuring plan, which has yet to be discussed with creditors.


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