InterManager Daily News 23.07.2021.

1. DP World Limassol welcomes Salamis’ “Vassilios” ferry on its maiden call
DP World Limassol welcomed Salamis’ car ferry Ro-Ro ‘Vassilios’ on its maiden call at the Limassol port on Monday, 19 July 2021. Upon its arrival, the vessel was warmly received by DP World Limassol’s Operation Superintendent who exchanged plaques with the captain of the ship.

2. MCTC launches new taster course for culinary crew
MCTC has launched an online ‘taster’ course for maritime culinary crew who cannot travel to Manila to take the company’s more in-depth training programme because of Covid-19. The ‘Cooks Upgrading Course’ gives participants a flavour of how to store food and prepare delicious, nutritious meals that help improve seafarers’ diet so they feel happy, healthy and productive while working amid the coronavirus pandemic.
3. Ever Given crew head for Rotterdam after vessel’s release
Panama-flagged containership Ever Given − which blocked the Suez Canal in March − is now on its way with its crew to the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) confirmed the direction of the vessel, which resumed sailing on 7 July more than 100 days after its grounding.

4. IMO sub-committee fails to improve clarity of 0.50% sulphur limit enforcement
The seventh session of the IMO’s Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments (III 7) has brought no further clarity regarding on what basis authorities can determine that a ship’s fuel is non-compliant with MARPOL Annex VI sulphur limits. IBIA had put in a paper, III 7/5/8, co-sponsored by Jamaica to III 7, seeking primarily to protect ships from unreasonable debunkering demands by relevant authorities, as there is presently room for doubt about on which grounds that may happen. (Click here to see the document).

5. U.S. and Germany End Energy Rift With Nord Stream 2 Accord
The U.S. and Germany have completed a deal approving completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, effectively ending a longstanding rift over German gas purchases from Russia, the allies confirmed Wednesday. Under the agreement, Germany commits to taking action if Russia tries to use energy as a weapon against Ukraine, a decision that may mark a concession from Chancellor Angela Merkel, who had previously balked at making independent moves against the Kremlin over the gas pipeline that will run from Russia to Germany and could allow Moscow to bypass Ukraine.

6. Containership Scrapping Tanks as Carriers Seek Out ‘Anything That Floats’
Despite a 30% spike in prices for scrap, just 1,300 teu of cellular tonnage was sold for demolition in the past 60 days as operators seek out and deploy every containership that can pass survey. “The booming container charter market, with historically high charter rates, has been instrumental in keeping owners away from the demolition scene,” said Alphaliner.

7. Philippines international seafarer deployment plummets 54% in 2020
The Philippines status as the world’s largest supplier of seafarers to international shipping took a huge hit in 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic caused extended lockdowns and border closures, and the resulting crew change crisis.

8. South Korea Leaders Apologize over Mass Covid Outbreak on Navy Ship
South Korea’s prime minister and defense minister apologized as hundreds of COVID-19-infected sailors were flown to Seoul on Tuesday after a navy destroyer patrolling the waters off Africa was found to be riddled with the coronavirus.

9. Centre To Seek Financial Bids For Shipping Corporation Next Month
The Centre is expected to seek financial bids for Shipping Corporation sometime next month after the potential investors have had the chance to pore over the state-owned company’s books, a senior finance ministry official said. “The data room has been opened to potential bidders and we are planning to call the financial bids as early as next month and hope that the deal could be closed before the end of the financial year, if the market conditions were favourable,” the official said.

10. Balic Index Inches Up On Capesize Boost
The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, ticked up on Wednesday on gains in the capesize segment. The index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax and supramax shipping vessels, added 5 points, or 0.2%, to 3,058. The capesize index rose 8 points, or 0.2%, to 3,513. Average daily earnings for capesizes, which typically transport 150,000-tonne cargoes of iron ore, were up $64 at $29,135.


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