InterManager Daily News 01.07.2021.

1. Vaccination delays causing crew shortages and rising wages warns Danica
Costs are rising in the crewing sector and crew shortages are beginning to be seen as Covid-19 travel restrictions and vaccination delays impact the availability of trained seafarers, warns Danica Crewing Services. Noting recent changes in the availability of crew members, Henrik Jensen, Danica Managing Director, said that the Eastern European crewing market is under extreme pressure as companies turn to places like Ukraine and Russia to replace officers and seafarers unable to travel from places like India and the Philippines.

2. LR to focus growth on maritime industry with expanded role and service offering
Business Assurance & Inspection Services division to be set up as independent business, branded LRQA, to be acquired by funds managed by Goldman Sachs Asset Management.
Lloyd’s Register (“LR”), a global provider of professional services specialising in engineering and technology solutions, announced yesterday the sale of 100% of its Business Assurance & Inspection Services division, including cyber-security business Nettitude, to Goldman Sachs Asset Management.

3. Calm haven for seafarers at Hamad International Airport passes 50,000 visitors in under seven months
The world’s first airport lounge for the exclusive use of seafarers and offshore workers has surpassed more than 50,000 visitors since it opened its doors in late 2020 and to mark the International Maritime Organization’s “Day of the Seafarer”, Qatar Airways held a ceremonial opening event. Located at Qatar Airways’ hub at Hamad International Airport in Doha, the Mariner Lounge was officially opened by the Group Chief Executive of Qatar Airways, His Excellency Mr Akbar Al Baker on the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Day of the Seafarer on 25 June.

4. Bestseller secures carbon-neutral ocean transport through new partnership with Maersk
A.P. Moller – Maersk announced the signing of a fully carbon-neutral transport agreement on ocean services with BESTSELLER. The open-ended agreement on lifestyle logistics covers all of BESTSELLERs global transportation requirements and includes inland logistics and CFS handling (warehousing).

5. Shipping insurance data and collaboration
The use of data and technology in the marine insurance industry has taken great forward steps in the last decade. In an industry often portrayed as being more comfortable with tradition rather than disruption, there is a realisation that the vast amount of information available out there has huge value – if properly harnessed. There are two key areas where we in North’s loss prevention department have really embraced the use of technology by partnering with innovative and forward-thinking companies.

6. American breakthrough sees 3D process delivering a commercial vessel
The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Robert Allan Ltd., Signet Maritime Corporation and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) have teamed up to design, build and verify a commercial vessel using an end-to-end 3D design process, a first for a US ship. Designed by Robert Allan, the Advanced Rotortug (ART) will escort vessels and offshore assets at the Port of Corpus Christi in Texas.

7. Emanuele Grimaldi to become ICS chairman
Emanuele Grimaldi, managing director of the Naples-based Grimaldi Group, is set to become the next chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) in June 2022. Grimaldi has served as ICS vice-chairman since 2017 and will take over from Esben Poulsson, who has held the position since 2016.

8. Iron ore quality premium widens to record amid China demand, lower inventories
The spread between low- and high-grade iron ore has blown out to the highest on record in dollar terms, suggesting Chinese steel mills are trying to maximise output by using as much of the best quality ore as possible.
Iron ore has been one of the standout commodity performers during the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic as robust demand from China, which buys about 70% of all seaborne volumes, collided with supply issues from top exporters Australia, Brazil and South Africa.

9. Baltic Index Rallies For Fifth Day On Stronger Capesize, Panamax Rates
Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index , tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose for the fifth straight session, boosted by robust gains in capesize and panamax vessels. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax and supramax shipping vessels, was up 94 points, or 2.8%, at 3,418. The capesize index gained 115 points, or 2.9%, to 4,136.

10. The Inaugural Vessel Of CI1 Service Calls At APM Terminals Pipavav
The vessel M.V. OOCL MEMPHIS of COSCO shipping line with capacity of 8,888 TEUs reached the Port on 25th June 2021. The vessel arrived from Nhava Sheva, Mumbai and will sail to the port Klang of Malaysia. The commodities carried were solar panels, PVC, resin, monofilament & machinery for import and cotton, soda ash and castor seeds for exports.


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