1. ShipMoney introduces money transfer scheduler empowering crew and companies
Maritime Payment Solutions a global provider of digital payment solutions for maritime companies, has launched the ShipMoney Money Transfer Scheduler. This new feature allows seafarers to preschedule automated transfers from their ShipMoney cards to bank accounts, companion cards, as well as for cash pickup via MoneyGram, TransFast and soon, Western Union.
2. The Cyprus Minister of Energy participated in the 5th Ministerial Meeting of the East Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF)
The 5th Ministerial Meeting of the regional intergovernmental organization “East Mediterranean Gas Forum” (EMGF), which took place online on Tuesday 6 July, was attended by the Minister of Energy, Trade and Industry Mrs. Natasa Pilides. The meeting was convened by the President of the EMGF, Minister of Petroleum of Egypt Mr. Tarek El Molla and was attended by, on behalf of the Member States, the Ministers of Energy of Cyprus, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan and Palestine. For the first time, the US watched the meeting as an “observer”. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/07/08/the-cyprus-minister-of-energy-participated-in-the-5th-ministerial-meeting-of-the-east-mediterranean-gas-forum-emgf/
3. Safe Bulkers announced agreement for the acquisition of a Kamsarmax Newbuild Vessel
Safe Bulkers an international provider of marine drybulk transportation services, announced today that it has entered into an agreement for the acquisition of a Japanese-built, Kamsarmax class, 82,000 dwt, dry-bulk, newbuild vessel with scheduled delivery in the fourth quarter of 2023. The vessel is designed to meet the latest requirements of Energy Efficiency Design Index related to Green House Gas emissions ‘EEDI, Phase 3’ and also comply with the latest NOx emissions regulation, NOx-Tier III. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/07/08/safe-bulkers-announced-agreement-for-the-acquisition-of-a-kamsarmax-newbuild-vessel/
4. 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.
5. Large Blast Rocks Ship at Jebel Ali Port in Dubai
There are reports of a large explosion and fire at the Jebel Ali Port in Dubai. The government reports the fire started in a container onboard a ship docked at the port. “A Dubai Civil Defense team is working to put out the blaze,” Dubai’s Media Office said in a tweet confirming the accident. https://gcaptain.com/large-blast-rocks-ship-at-jebel-ali-port-in-dubai/
6. Island Offshore Walk-to-Work Vessel Wins Floating Wind Work in Norway
Island Offshore has announced a contract award from Equinor for a service operation vessel (SOV) for the Hywind Tampen floating wind farm project in Norway. The contract will be served Island Offshore’s walk-to-work vessel Island Diligence and will commence in second quarter of 2022. The contract has a firm period of 4 months plus options to extend. https://gcaptain.com/island-offshore-walk-to-work-vessel-wins-floating-wind-work-in-norway/
7. Singapore working on protocol for international seafarer vaccinations
The city state has already vaccinated front line workers in the maritime and port industries, including foreign national seafarers who serve on vessels that operate in Singapore’s port waters such as tugboats and bunker tankers. “Our next move is to support international efforts to vaccinate oceangoing seafarers around the world,” Chee Hong Tat, Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Transport, told International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) Global Trade webinar on Wednesday. https://www.seatrade-maritime.com/ship-operations/singapore-working-protocol-international-seafarer-vaccinations
8. Conrad to Build Damen Multi Cats for Great Lakes Dredge & Dock
U.S. shipbuilder Conrad Industries has signed a license agreement with the Netherlands-based Damen Shipyards Group to build two Damen Multi Cats 3013 for Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation. The two vessels covered by this agreement will be the first Damen Multi Cats to be built in the U.S. Fully compliant with the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stability criteria, the versatile Multi Cat is the ideal platform for dredging support operations. https://www.marinelink.com/news/conrad-build-damen-multi-cats-great-lakes-489002
9. The Ship “Ever Given” With All Our Indian Seafarers Onboard Has Been Released
The ship “Ever Given” with all our Indian seafarers onboard has been released and is on the way out of the Suez Canal as we speak.
I spoke to Captain onboard just now as the ship was proceeding on its voyage after nearly four months. All seafarers onboard are in high spirits and thank all the national and international support they received in this crisis. It was a big victory for all our seafarers who are professional discharging their professional duties. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/The+ship+%22Ever+Given%22+with+all+our+Indian+seafarers+onboard+has+been+released
10. ICS Welcomes Release Of Ever Given
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has welcomed the settlement reached between the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) and Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd., owner of the Ever Given – the ship which became stranded in the Suez Canal in March 2021 – which means the ship and its crew can now continue on its journey. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/ICS+welcomes+release+of+Ever+Given