1. Prioritising vaccines for seafarers
With travel and quarantine restrictions imposed to stop the spread of COVID-19, many seafarers have been stranded on vessels, working beyond their contracts. To raise awareness of the crew change crisis, Höegh Autoliners together with 800 organisations signed the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing, which calls on government bodies to recognise seafarers as key workers and give them priority access to Covid-19 vaccines.
2. Boers offering free Covid-19 jabs to seafarers
Crew services specialist Boers has launched seafarer vaccination programmes at German and Belgian ports, as shipping executives warn of onboard Covid-19 outbreaks because mariners are not getting vaccines quick enough. Seafarers arriving at ports in Antwerp, Ghent and Zeebrugge can get one-shot Covid-19 jabs through Boers’ scheme, which is being launched to protect key workers in the shipping industry. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/08/12/boers-offering-free-covid-19-jabs-to-seafarers/
3. COLUMBIA Cruise Services steers into British waters with new UK operation
COLUMBIA Cruise Services (CCS) is proud to announce it is heading into British waters by launching CCS UK, a Southampton-based ship management and recruiting operation. The cruise vessel management business will continue running fleets for its existing UK shipping operators while aiming to attract new clients. CCS recently purchased premises in Southampton, England, which will serve as the company’s UK office. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/08/11/ccs-steers-into-british-waters-with-new-uk-operation/
4. Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) successfully completes vessel conversion project in Turkey
International ship classification society, Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), has just completed the classification of a 9589GT, seven deck vehicle carrier to a livestock carrier named Freesia. This is the second conversion of its type following the successful conversion of its first Lebanese-flagged vessel, Jouri, in April 2020. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/08/12/indian-register-of-shipping-irclass-successfully-completes-vessel-conversion-project-in-turkey/
5. US offshore wind manufacturing tax credit bill introduced
The Offshore Wind American Manufacturing Act would create a 30% investment tax credit for qualified facilities that manufacture offshore wind components and subcomponents, according to Senator Ed Markey, one of the sponsors of the bill. The production tax credit would range from 2 to 5 cents per watt multiplied by the total rated capacity of the turbine, and would vary by component. The full investment tax credit would be available until December 31, 2028, and phase out annually afterward. The production tax credit would be available until December 31, 2030. https://splash247.com/us-offshore-wind-manufacturing-tax-credit-bill/
6. Wood chip carrier runs aground at Japanese port
A Japanese wood chip carrier ran aground and sustained structural damage at the Hachinohe Port in Aomori Prefecture, Japan. The Doun Kisen-owned 49,500 dwt Crimson Polarisgrounded on Wednesday morning local time, causing its hull to crack. The Panama-flagged vessel, with 21 crewmembers on board, initially managed to break free, but it was reportedly unable to navigate due to bad weather. https://splash247.com/wood-chip-carrier-runs-aground-at-japanese-port/
7. Biden Says His Administration is Working Relieve Bottlenecks that Threaten Economic Recovery
President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that his administration is working to relieve bottlenecks threatening the economic recovery and trusts the Federal Reserve to take any steps that may be needed to rein in prices.
A report issued on Wednesday showed that U.S. consumer price increases slowed in July, signaling a possible peak, though inflation remained at a 13-year high on an annual basis as the U.S. economy recovers from the COVID-19 recession. https://gcaptain.com/biden-says-his-administration-is-working-relieve-bottlenecks-that-threaten-economic-recovery/
8. Study Shows a Lack of Diversity Among U.S. Coast Guard Active-Duty Members, Especially in Higher Ranks
Women and racial and ethnic minorities are underrepresented at all levels of the U.S. Coast Guard, especially in higher ranks and among senior leadership, and comprehensive changes across the organization are needed to improve diversity rates among all ranks, according to new research. Initiated by the Coast Guard, the research is part of the service’s effort to address its low level of racial and ethnic minority representation and build a more inclusive workforce. Currently, only 31% of Coast Guard members are racial or ethnic minorities, compared with a 42% average across all services. https://gcaptain.com/coast-guard-lack-of-diversity-study/
9. Baltic Index Jumps To Over 1-Month High On Higher Rates Across Vessels
The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose to its highest in over a month on Wednesday as demand across vessels segments rose. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was up 35 points, or about 1%, at 3,410 points, a peak since June 29. The capesize index snapped a three-session losing streak to rise 56 points, or 1.3%, to 4,384 points, its highest since Aug. 5.
10. Kalmar’s Shuttle Carriers Chosen Again For Enhancing Operations At TTI Algeciras In Spain
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has signed an agreement with Total Terminal International Algeciras S.A. (TTI Algeciras) to deliver two Kalmar Shuttle Carriers. The order was booked in Cargotec’s 2021 Q3 order intake, with delivery of machines expected to be completed during Q1 2022. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Kalmar’s+shuttle+carriers+chosen+again+for+enhancing+operations+at+TTI+Algeciras+in+Spain