InterManager Daily News 03.08.2021.

1. Shipping needs to focus on recruitment and upskilling to avoid imminent crewing crisis, advises Danica
Predictions of a seafarer shortage by 2026 highlight the importance of prioritising competencies and skill building, says Danica Crewing Specialists. Managing Director Henrik Jensen warns: “We need to act now to enhance training, knowledge and leadership skills to bring more officers to the desired level and address any shortfalls, while also future-proofing our workforce.”

2. Intership’s Western Carmen rescue operation
On 6th July 2021, whilst en route to New Orleans, the officer on watch onboard Western Carmen spotted 3 people in the water within the course of the vessel. Despite challenging sea and wind conditions, the officer on watch immediately took the decision to switch to manual steering and turn hard to starboard. It would later be revealed that a small vessel carrying Cuban nationals had capsized tossing its passengers into the sea, half of them without lifejackets.

3. Scholarship to support young people pursuing careers in shipping in honour of Achim Boehme, the late CEO of Lomar Shipping
A new scholarship to support young people pursuing careers in shipping has been established in Germany in honour of Achim Boehme, the late CEO of Lomar Shipping, who tragically lost a brave battle with cancer in July 2020. Always supportive of new recruits to this industry, Achim was a great mentor and teacher to others and his legacy will be carried forward through the Achim Boehme Scholarship programme. It will initially help shipping students at Hochschule Bremen – City University of Applied Sciences in his home city of Bremen, Germany, to which Achim had a close affinity.

4. Top 3 takeaways from a deck cadet onboard a Teekay LNG carrier
Ever wondered about a career at sea? Peek behind the scenes on board the Hispania Spirit as Deck Cadet Deva Menedez details some of the most memorable experiences from her cadetship and the lessons she learned about a career at sea along the way.

5. Iran Denies Attacking on ‘Mercer Street’ Tanker Off Oman
Iran said on Sunday it was not involved in an attack on an Israeli-managed petroleum product tanker off the coast of Oman, referring to an incident last week that killed two and which Israel blamed on the Islamic Republic. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett accused Tehran of “trying to shirk responsibility” for Thursday’s incident, and called its denial “cowardly.”

6. London Invests In Short Sea Distribution
Cathryn Spain spends most of her workdays motoring up and down the River Thames, a senior harbor master making sure goods flow through the Port of London without incident. “A typical day for me is responding to things that go wrong, so hopefully that doesn’t happen too often,” she said one morning on patrol in early July. “We’re here responding to any situations that arrive, difficulties that people have. Yeah, it’s basically getting things sorted.”

7. ‘David vs Goliath’ – Venice Ban May not End Cruise Ship Battle
When the first cruise ship since the start of the pandemic sailed through the Venice lagoon last month, hundreds of people rallied on land and small boats in protest. A few weeks later, the government seemed to listen, announcing that to defend Venice’s ecosystem and heritage, cruise liners would be banned from the lagoon from Aug. 1.

8. Landlocked, micro-state San Marino launches international ship registry
It is one of those strange quirks of shipping regulation that that tiny, or landlocked nations – or in this case both- can become international shipping registries. The newest international shipping registry belongs to San Marino a 61sq km nation entirely surrounded by Northern Italy.

9. Global Container Port Capacity Fails To Cope With Rising Demand
GLOBAL container port capacity will struggle to catch up with rising demand with many terminals facing acute shortages, eighteen months following the bleak outlook at the outset of the pandemic of significantly lower throughput levels for container hub ports. Ocean carriers have had to juggle their networks to navigate around highly congested container ports, especially in North Europe and on the US west coast, resulting in an escalation of supply chain uncertainty, reports UK’s The Loadstar.

10. If Coal Is Dead, Then Why Are Ships So Full Of It?
Amid all the talk of global warming, climate change-induced catastrophes, decarbonization and green finance, the global trade in “dirty” coal is enjoying an ironic renaissance. Bulk ships are busy transporting coal to Asia — and to eco-conscious Europe — boosting freight income for some of the very shipowners who publicly tout their environmental bona fides to investors.


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