InterManager Daily News 29.06.2021.

1. Cyprus to vaccinate all seafarers on flagged & managed vessels
On International Day of the Seafarer, the Cyprus Shipping Deputy Ministry (SDM) has issued a circular which outlines plans to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to all seafarers on Cyprus-flagged and Cyprus-managed vessels. The island nation is also exploring the potential to become a vaccination hub for all visiting seafarers, proactively supporting long-term progress for seafarer welfare.

2. No compromise on safety says INTERCARGO following MEPC 76
INTERCARGO acknowledges the technical and operational measures adopted at the 76th session of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 76) to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) of international shipping but warns that there can be no compromise when it comes to safety.

3. Seafarers call for fair recovery in powerful new video
UK maritime professionals from across the breadth of the industry have united to call for fairness in a new video produced by Nautilus International. The video features eleven seafarers from a range of sectors, who each speak one line to convey a powerful message about the crucial role of maritime professionals during the pandemic. As the world begins to plan for a time beyond Covid, the video warns the UK government and maritime industry not to forget about seafarers.

4. Fred Olsen Renewables and Vattenfall in Scottish offshore wind tie-up
Norwegian developer Fred Olsen Renewables, a subsidiary of Bonheur, has teamed up with Swedish utility Vattenfall to bid in the upcoming leasing round for offshore wind in Scotland. A 50/50 partnership said that, dependent on a successful award, it will focus on creating a local and sustainable supply chain in Scotland, bringing long-term economic benefits to the local communities.

5. Captain Kate Takes Back The Helm After 15 Months
Celebrity Cruises ship left the coast of Florida on Saturday, becoming the first revenue-earning cruise to depart from the U.S. after a pandemic-induced hiatus. Guests on Celebrity Edge, operated under the broader Royal Caribbean Group umbrella, flashed their vaccination cards as they filed through lines. The company says 99% of guests are vaccinated, and the ship set sail at about 40% of its normal capacity of about 2,900. Health surveys were filled out digitally before boarding.

6. Shipping Woes Means You May Want to Christmas Shop Early
If it seems like shipping delays and soaring delivery costs aren’t getting any better, it’s because they’re both getting worse.
Throughout the pandemic, blame for global supply-chain disruptions has bounced from Covid-19 outbreaks to container shortages, from spendthrift Americans gorging on garden tools to a massive ship beaching itself across the Suez Canal in March.

7. EU Carbon Market to Expand to Shipping
The European Commission plans to include maritime transport in the world’s biggest carbon market and create an adjacent emissions-trading program for heating and road transport. The EU executive arm is currently designing the biggest reform of the Emissions Trading System to date in order to align it with a stricter climate targets for 2030. The commission wants to introduce a phase-in period for shipping companies in the the trading system between 2023 and 2025, requiring full compliance with pollution caps as of 2026, according to a draft law seen by Bloomberg News.

8. Bank finance to Greek shipowners declined 6% last year
The decline has been evident in recent years and is down from the $57.21bn registered in 2016.A key finding in the 20th annual Petrofin Bank Research’s survey of lending to Greeks was that this decline occurred despite a record of near a 20% rise of ship finance by Greek and Cypriot banks in the year.

9. Sri Lanka Bunker Market In Full Throttle On Ports Progress, India Monsoons
Sri Lanka’s bunker market is likely to ride a wave of growth as it develops its Hambantota port, among other initiatives, while also welcoming additional short-term demand due to India’s impending monsoon season, although some hurdles remain, industry sources said.

10. Dry-Docking During A Pandemic
We spoke to several vessel managers who have managed onsite supervisions at shipyards for their notable experiences in managing dry-dock projects during the pandemic. Some vessel managers were able to secure commercial flights to fly into countries during the earlier stages of the pandemic. The sheer amount of paperwork and fluid changes in localities were strenuous for them.


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