InterManager Daily News 20.07.2021.

1. V.Group strengthens Board with appointment of John Deahl as Non-Executive Director
Leading Global ship management company V.Group has bolstered its board with the appointment of John Deahl as a non-executive director. Deahl brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in successful digital transformation, data engineering, and analytics. He is currently the Head of Product Management of the Airline Data Platform at Amadeus, where he has led the platform design, from concept through development to commercial success. Prior to Amadeus, Deahl was Vice President of Data for Prologis, a global leader in logistics real estate. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/07/19/v-group-strengthens-board-with-appointment-of-john-deahl-as-non-executive-director/

2. MSC and Shell sign collaboration agreement on decarbonising shipping
MSC and Shell have agreed to work closely together to help accelerate the decarbonisation of the global shipping sector. The long-term memorandum of understanding will help MSC and Shell to play enhanced roles in the energy transformation of shipping, as developers and early adopters of innovative technologies and fuel solutions.
https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/07/19/msc-and-shell-sign-collaboration-agreement-on-decarbonising-shipping/

3. “Shipping’s next generation will see our careers devoted to battling the climate crisis – but with it we will see new opportunities!”
Although seaborne transportation remains the most energy efficient way to transport bulk commodities – the fact remains that for the world to decarbonize, shipping needs to decarbonize. This year’s summer intern program at Klaveness sees shipping’s next generation of talent join us for 6 weeks to contribute at Klaveness Ship Management (KSM) and Klaveness Combination Careers (KCC) on applying data and analytics to sustainability initiatives. They share their outlook on the future of shipping as greener, safer, but dependent on the industry’s new generation to help it get there. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/07/19/shippings-next-generation-will-see-our-careers-devoted-to-battling-the-climate-crisis-but-with-it-we-will-see-new-opportunities/

4. COSCO reaffirms its commitment to Valenciaport
The managing director of COSCO SHIPPING Lines Spain, Wan Kun, has visited the facilities of the port of Valencia where he held a meeting with the president of the Port Authority of Valencia (PAV), Aurelio Martínez and his management team. Wan Kun, who was accompanied by the General Manager of COSCO SHIPPING Lines Spain, Albert Oñate and by the Director of the Valencia office, Javier Cubas, conveyed the company’s desire to strengthen ties and continue along the lines of cooperating and working together with COSCO SHIPPING Ports Spain to reinforce the company’s presence in the port of Valencia as a strategic enclave for international trade due to its position as a Mediterranean port hub.
https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/07/19/cosco-reaffirms-its-commitment-to-valenciaport/

5. U.S. Appeals Court Blocks Florida’s Suspension of CDC Cruise Ship Rules
A U.S. appeals court late Saturday in a 2-1 ruling put on hold a lower-court decision that said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) could not enforce its coronavirus cruise ship rules in the state. Last month, U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday in siding with Republican-led Florida found the state was “highly likely” to show the CDC exceeded its authority in adopting rules governing the resumption of cruise ship sailing. https://gcaptain.com/u-s-appeals-court-blocks-floridas-suspension-of-cdc-cruise-ship-rules/

6. China Sends Two Spy Ships To US-Australia Naval Exercise
A second Chinese spy vessel is on track to enter waters off Australia’s northeast coast, adding to Beijing’s surveillance presence in the area as joint military exercises between Australia and the U.S. kicked off last week, the Australian Broadcasting reported.
Approaching Australia through the Solomon Sea around Papua New Guinea, the vessel joins a larger Chinese auxiliary general intelligence ship that was earlier spotted heading toward the countrythrough the Torres Strait and is being monitored by Australia’s defense force, it said. https://gcaptain.com/china-spy-ships-australia/

7. Key first-half VLCC rates plunge to lowest levels this century
The rates, applicable to slow-steaming, non-scrubber, non-eco units, were the lowest of any tanker sector, earning even less than handy and MRs deployed on benchmark round voyage trades, the broker said. In its latest weekly report, Gibson noted that according to Kpler, a commodity analyst, total first-half Middle East crude exports, which underpin the world’s VLCC trades, fell to 15.25m barrels per day (bpd), more than 12%, compared with the first half of 2020. The decline was evening greater compared with first-half 2019. https://www.seatrade-maritime.com/tankers/key-first-half-vlcc-rates-plunge-lowest-levels-century

8. Several People Missing after Cargo Ship Sinks Off Liberia
At least seven people are missing after a cargo ship that had been barred from sailing sank off the coast of Liberia, the country’s Maritime Commissioner said on Sunday. The Liberian-registered Niko Ivanka left the capital Monrovia on Saturday morning for a port in the country’s south, despite being under a Liberia Maritime Authority detention order for failing to meet basic safety requirements. https://www.marinelink.com/news/several-people-missing-cargo-ship-sinks-489247

9. Three Charged with Manslaughter over Deadly 2018 Missouri ‘Duck Boat’ Incident
Missouri prosecutors filed state charges on Friday against three employees involved in a 2018 boat accident on a lake in the tourist town of Branson in which 17 people were killed. Kenneth McKee, the boat’s captain, and managers Curtis Lanham and Charles Baltzell each face 17 counts of first-degree involuntary manslaughter for taking the World War Two-style duck boat out in stormy weather. https://www.marinelink.com/news/three-charged-manslaughter-deadly-489249

10. Indian Mega Conglomerate Adani Takes Over Mumbai Airport
INDIA mega conglomerate, Adani Group, with a 74 per cent stake, has taken over management of Mumbai airport, which controls 33 per cent of India’s air cargo and 25 per cent of its passenger trade, reports Scroll.in, of the Omidyar Network of New York. Adani Airport Holdings Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Adani Group, on Tuesday took over the management from GVK, the company said. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Indian+mega+conglomerate+Adani+takes+over+Mumbai+airport

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