InterManager Daily News 21.07.2021.

1. North P&I Club appoints Nick Wolfe to drive diversification forward
“Our transformation from monoline P&I Club to diversified global marine insurer continues and Nick’s new role will empower him to drive our diversification strategy forward, which includes our products offered under the Sunderland Marine brand, Owners’ Fixed Premium P&I and North Hull,” said Paul Jennings, Chief Executive, North P&I Club. “The strategy is already making a significant contribution to North’s robust financial position and Nick’s appointment signals our commitment to strengthening the teams that enable our members and clients to trade with confidence.”

2. Cap Fin returns : and it’s full speed ahead for freight-friendly services to Spain
On Monday 19th July Brittany Ferries’ ro-pax ferry Cap Finistère returns to service on the company’s Portsmouth to Bilbao route. The restart follows an extended six-month break in the ship’s sailings forced by coronavirus travel restrictions, and consequent drop in freight and passenger demand.

3. First drone traffic system is being tested at the Port of Hamburg
In future, drones will have their own traffic system. This system, in essence a network of services and procedures, will allow flights in areas with a high volume of drones to be carried out easily, safely, efficiently and in coordination with manned air traffic. This is the idea behind U-Space – a concept of EASA, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency. EU member states have to implement U-Space by the beginning of 2023.

4. Syrian Master urgently requests support to end eight month abandonment
The Master of the MV Ali Bey (IMO 9070515) has provided a voluntary video testimony to Human Rights at Sea outlining the privations that he and the remaining three Syrian crew members continue to suffer since their vessel was arrested and abandoned by its owner in Constanza Port, Romania, in November 2020 with earned wages owed prior to that date stated as totalling USD $175,000.

5. Carnival Cruise Line Announces More Ship Restarts
Carnival Cruise Line has announced the resumption of guest operations for three more ships in September and four in October as it continues to ramp up operations. With the announcement, Carnival has return plans for 15 of its 24 ships by October.

6. Ship recycling prices surge through $600 per tonne
Pakistan buyers still lag some way behind but may have to rethink their strategy if they want to secure tonnage in the months ahead, according to GMS, the world’s largest buyer of ships for cash. Trailing tanker markets could ease tight tonnage supply but new regulations in Pakistan have been introduced following the beaching of a floating storage unit that had not been properly cleaned. Owners are reminded to make sure that tankers are properly prepared and cleaned for hot works before arrival at any sub-continent facilities, GMS noted.

7. As Many as 17 Missing in Cargo Ship Sinking Incident off Liberia
As many as 17 people were missing from a cargo ship that sank off the coast of Liberia over the weekend despite being barred from setting sail, the Maritime Commissioner said. The Liberian-registered Niko Ivanka left the capital Monrovia on Saturday for a port in the West African country’s south, despite being under a detention order for failing to meet basic safety requirements.

8. Covid-19 on S. Korea’s Anti-piracy Ship Off Africa: Over 80% of Crew Test Positive
South Korea’s military has recorded in biggest cluster of COVID-19 infections to date, with more than 80% of personnel aboard a destroyer on anti-piracy patrol in the Gulf of Aden testing positive. While the 247 cases are not directly linked to new domestic infections, with the destroyer having left South Korea to start its mission in February, the surge comes as the country battles its worst-ever outbreak of COVID-19 cases at home, with another 1,252 new infections reported for Sunday.

9. Midmonth Premium Increases Bring Trans-Pacific All-Inclusive Spot Market To Fresh Highs
Ocean carriers took a raft of freight all-kind (FAK) and premium service increases on July 15, which pushed all-inclusive freight rates to new highs as shippers continued to compete for heavily constrained equipment and space. “Going forward through September, [we’re seeing] increases of $500 to $1,000 every two weeks,” a US-based freight forwarder source said. “More importantly, ocean carriers are increasing premiums in their contracts.”

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, 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.


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