InterManager Daily News 12.07.2021.

1. “We are very pleased that the EVER GIVEN can finally continue her voyage”, says Ian Beveridge, CEO at BSM
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) as technical managers of the MV EVER GIVEN (IMO: 9811000), confirms that following a formal agreement between the vessel’s owners and the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) the vessel and crew have departed Great Bitter Lake and are northbound through the Suez Canal.

2. Ardmore Shipping accelerates crew vaccination programme
As of 1st July 2021, Ardmore Shipping has vaccinated over 40% of onboard crew, with plans to deliver vaccines to the remaining onboard staff by the end of the year. Recognising the essential need to protect crew, Ardmore has been busy building momentum in providing welfare support around the world for seafarers.

3. Hapag-Lloyd acquires Africa carrier NileDutch
Hapag-Lloyd successfully closed the acquisition of the Dutch container shipping company Nile Dutch Investments B.V. (NileDutch). After signing a sales and purchase agreement in March, Hapag-Lloyd has now formally acquired all shares of the company after all responsible antitrust authorities had approved the transaction.

4. The UAE managed to bring the fire onboard a container vessel under control within 44 minutes
We appreciate and commend the efforts of the teams who contributed to containing the fire that broke out at 11:55pm on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, due to a blaze onboard the container ship “Ocean Trader”. At the helm of the rescue operations were the DP World, UAE Region team, the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority and personnel from the Dubai Civil Defense and the Dubai Police. The evacuation procedure of the ship’s crew and workers on the berth was carried out promptly.

5. American Jazz Grounding: Evacuation of Passengers Completed in Kentucky
An American Cruise Lines river cruise carrying more than 160 people ran aground Wednesday and remains stuck near Canton, Kentucky. An evacuation of passengers was completed on Friday. The American Jazz grounded after straying from the main shipping channel and planting itself on sandbar in just feet of water. The Coast Guard reports the ship grounded near mile marker 62 on the Cumberland River, outside the ship channel with 120 passengers and 54 crew. The ship is located in Lake Barkley, a damned reservoir on Cumberland River that crosses the Kentucky-Tennessee border.

6. Dominicana Caribbean Shipyards, the New Face in Caribbean Shipbuilding and Repair
Ciramar Shipyards signed a strategic alliance with Fassmer Technical Projects that establishes the basis for cooperation in various areas, including design and construction of new ships and multipurpose vessels manufactured in the Dominican Republic. The scope of the deal also includes maintenance, manufacture and local marketing of mechanical products, including propellers, stabilization and steering systems, thrusters, azimuth thrusters; as well as naval automation; ship repair; and personnel training with consulting in the design of naval devices.

7. Shipping has an opportunity to leapfrog a technology generation
Speaking at Seatrade ShipTech Virtual – Making Data Work for Shipping, panellists shared their views on digitalisation from their varied perspectives. “I think that the maritime industry is poised right now, to leapfrog an entire generation of the technology -the big data generation that was very expensive and very laborious to make sense of,” said Jesse Brink, CEO of ioCurrents, a company using AI and machine learning in its fuel efficiency, maintenance and voyage optimisation products.

8. DP World acquiring Imperial Logistics for $890m expanding Africa footprint
The acquisition will broaden DP World’s capabilities, particularly in Africa, building on its extensive infrastructure of ports, terminals and economic zones. It will also significantly accelerate DP World’s transformation into an advanced logistics company offering end to end supply chain services to the owners of cargo.

9. Baltic Main Index Posts Fifth Straight Weekly Rise On Capesize Strength
The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, posted gains for a fifth straight week on Friday as capesize rates strengthened. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax and supramax shipping vessels, rose 19 points, or 0.6%, to 3,300 and was up 0.5% for the week.

10. New Shipping And Ports Minister Sarbananda Sonwal Faces Record Freights, Scarce Containers
The new minister of ports, shipping and waterways, Sarbananda Sonwal, takes charge at a time when the shipping industry is in choppy waters. Sonwal, who has been the chief minister of Assam, will have to deftly steer the industry that is reeling under the shortage of ocean transportation capacity and soaring freight rates.


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