InterManager Daily News 05.07.2021.

1. V.Group recruits LNG industry heavyweight
Leading global ship management company V.Group has appointed LNG industry expert David Taylor as Managing Director of LNG as a mark of continued commitment to the energy sector. David joins V.Group from the leadership team of Shell Group, where he has held roles in various locations including General Manager Ship Management and Global Discipline Head and Process Owner Logistics.

2. Seafarer day 2021 – Reflecting on a fair future for seafarers
Every year, we rally around the theme set by IMO’s International Day of the Seafarer campaign to celebrate the world’s seafarers whose tireless work keeps the global economy and supply chain moving. Last year, in light of the pandemic, the IMO had called upon Member States to recognize seafarers as key workers. This year’s theme, ‘A Fair Future for Seafarers,’ is a continuation of that conversation.

3. New Zealand amends legislation to provide assured Seafarer Welfare funding
In a historic move, the New Zealand government has updated its Maritime Transport Act 1994 to reflect the effective lobbying undertaken by the New Zealand Seafarer’s Welfare Board with the supporting independent report into failures to financially support seafarers and their welfare services by Human Rights at Sea issued in April 2020 with attached Counsel’s opinion. The legislative amendment comes into force today.

4. Pemex tackles massive fire in Gulf of Mexico after subsea pipeline breach
Mexican oil giant Pemex suffered a breach in a subsea gas pipeline near one of its platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, sending flames boiling to the surface in the Gulf waters. Pemex reported a gas leak occurred at 5.15 hrs local time on Friday, 150 m from the Ku-Maloob-Zaap’s Ku-C satellite platform in the Campeche Sound.

5. Aker Solutions eyes $807m Chevron contract
Norwegian engineering firm Aker Solutions said on Friday that its subsea compression technology has been selected by Chevron Australia as the operator of the Gorgon project for the Jansz-Io compression project, offshore Western Australia. The company said it is in discussions with Chevron to finalise the deal, which is expected to be about NOK7bn ($807.4m).

6. Shipping exempted from new global taxation plans aimed at multinationals
Shipping has dodged another bullet from the taxman. A total of 130 countries, representing more than 90% of global GDP, have backed cross-border taxation plans for multinationals, ensuring they will have to pay a global minimum corporate income tax of at least 15%. The talks held at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) follow on from discussions into the matter at the G7 summit in the UK last month. The agreement will go to the G20 for political endorsement at a meeting in Venice next week.

7. Coast Guard Rescues Pilots After 737 Cargo Plane Makes Emergency Landing Off Hawaii
“The pilots had reported engine trouble and were attempting to return to Honolulu when they were forced to land the aircraft in the water,” the FAA said in a statement. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate. Transair Flight 810 departed Honolulu at 1:33 a.m. local time bound for Maui’s Kahului airport, but quickly turned back toward Honolulu, according to aviation data from after, the Coast Guard responded to reports of the downed plane south of the island of Oahu with two people on board. Around 2:30 a.m., a Coast Guard helicopter located the debris field and found one of the crew members clinging to the plane’s tail. That person was airlifted by helicopter to a hospital.

8. Container freight rates up 346% in a year
The Drewry World Container Index (WCI) increased 4.2% over the last week to an average of $8,399.09 per feu. Meanwhile the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) rose 119.14 points over the last week to 3905.14. The level of the Drewry WCI was 346% higher than the same week in 2020, and the average for WCI this year stand at $5,643 per feu, some $3,628 higher than the five-year average of $2,015 per feu.

9. BIMCO Issues Updated List Of Restrictions On Scrubber Wash Water Discharge
BIMCO has issued an updated list of local restrictions on the discharge of the wash water from Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS), also known as scrubbers. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has initiated evaluation and harmonization of rules and guidance on the discharge of water (including wash water) from scrubbers into the aquatic environment, including a revision of the 2015 Guidelines for Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems.

10. How To Solve COVID’s Crew Change Crisis And Protect Global Supply Chains
Around 80% of global trade is transported by ships, and the maritime supply chain is supported by more than 1 million seafarers who are key in delivering the services needed to run our societies. Even as the world slowed down as a result of the pandemic, seafarers did not stop, but kept the supply chain running to ensure goods could reach their destination. This allowed world trade to continue, but it did so at great cost to the seafarers.’s+crew+change+crisis+and+protect+global+supply+chains


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