InterManager Daily News 10.08.2021.

1. 77 new trainees start their careers with Hapag-Lloyd
77 young talents start their maritime careers with Hapag-Lloyd in Hamburg. Some of the trainees will learn traditional nautical professions: 13 ship mechanics, 15 nautical assistant officers and 1 technical officer’s assistant will be trained as seafarers. A further 21 trainees will learn shore-based professions such as shipping clerk.

2. IMCA Accredited Diving System Inspector Scheme in development
The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is currently developing its IMCA Accredited Diving System Inspector (ADSI) scheme which will introduce an industry-recognised professional accreditation for this important group of skilled workers. ADSIs will be accredited to conduct IMCA Diving Equipment Systems Inspection Guidance Note (DESIGN) audits. As one of the final stages in development of the scheme IMCA is now asking for known, respected and experienced DESIGN auditors to be put forward for early ADSI certification so they can act as field training supervisors when the scheme is launched during 2022.

3. MOL Group’s Phoenix Tankers signs deal for construction of LPG Fuelled VLGCs for LPG/Ammonia Transport
MOL announced that its group company Phoenix Tankers signed a deal with Namura Shipbuilding for construction of two very large gas carriers (VLGCs) to transport liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and ammonia. Namura Shipbuilding will construct the two vessels at its Imari Shipyard, under a technical tie-up with Mitsubishi Shipbuilding. The vessels, which can also run on LPG fuel, are slated for delivery in succession after 2023.

4. DB Schenker acquires Finnish logistics group Vähälä Yhtiöt
Frankfurt/Vantaa/Oulu/Jyväskylä, July 27, 2021 – DB Schenker is continuing on its course of growth in Finland. Five terminals and more than 260 employees are now joining the network of the leading logistics provider in northern Europe, as DB Schenker in Finland has concluded an agreement to acquire the entire share capital of Vähälä Logistics Oy and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, together known as Vähälä Yhtiöt. The Finnish family-owned logistics group was founded in 1937 and offers domestic land transport services in central and northern Finland as a partner of the DB Schenker network. This cooperation dates back to 1956.

5. Iran Says It Seeks Gulf Security
Iran on Saturday rejected as psychological warfare accusations that it was behind a deadly attack on a tanker off Oman’s coast, and said Tehran sought to enhance the security of the strategic Gulf waterway.
Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven wealthy economies said on Friday Iran was threatening international peace and security and that all available evidence showed it was behind the attack on the Mercer Street tanker last week.

6. New Staten Island Ferry Named After Fallen Soldier Headed to New York City
Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) has completed construction of the first of three new Staten Island ferries for the New York City Department of Transportation.The MV SSG Michael H. Ollis left ESG’s facility in Port St. Joe, Florida under tow by Dann Ocean Towing’s tug Colonel for its 12-day transit to New York City. Although fully certified and passenger ready, the ferry is set be staged at Caddell Dry Dock for cleaning and another round of trials and training before it begins passenger operations in the Fall.

7. Western Australia Covid plans ‘dangerous’ and ‘immoral’ – Shipping Australia
The industry association described the threat by the WA state government to turn away ships with seafarers onboard who have Covid-19, or are suspected cases, as “dangerous”. Following recent cases of seafarers on vessels calling at WA found to have the Delta variant of Covid-19 the state government has proposed a series of even tighter rules than those already in operation that could see it turning ships away its waters.

8. IMarEST renews Marine Partnership with Bumi Armada Berhad
The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) has renewed its Marine Partnership with Malaysia-based international offshore energy facilities and services business, Bumi Armada Berhad (BAB). Marine Partner status is awarded by the IMarEST to organisations that demonstrate a continued commitment to professional development in the marine sector. The IMarEST works with BAB to promote professionalism and technical leadership through continuing professional development, knowledge sharing and learning opportunities within BAB.

9. Iceland’s hydrogen plans advance
HS Orka and Hydrogen Ventures Limited (H2V) have announced plans to utilise geothermal energy in Iceland to produce green methanol from renewably-sourced green hydrogen which will power the marine sector, as well as domestic and commercial vehicles. HS Orka/H2V’s projects are a key element in Iceland’s plans to become carbon neutral by 2040. Currently more than 80% of the country’s energy consumption is already based on renewables, mainly through geothermal energy and hydropower.

10. Shell places 10 MR tankers in Signal Maritime pool
Shell Tankers is placing 10 medium-range product tankers in the Signal Maritime MR pool launched in May this year. Shell and Signal have also agreed to collaborate on carbon emissions reduction initiatives. The partnership comes after Shell became an early adopter of the Signal Ocean platform in product tankers. Signal said it is in talks about further expansion of the pool, following the initial launch with vessels from Astra Shipmanagement and Signal.


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