InterManager Daily News 18.08.2021.

1. ADNOC unit and Roll Group form heavylift alliance
ADNOC Logistics & Services (ADNOC L&S), the shipping and maritime logistics arm of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), has formed a strategic partnership with the Netherlands-headquartered heavylift firm Roll Group to jointly implement heavy haulage solutions for both onshore and offshore projects.

2. Sierra Leone to implement IMO 2020 penalties for non-compliant fuel
From 1 September 2021, ship owners and operators calling at ports in Sierra Leone risk penalties of up to USD 15,000 if they carry fuel with a sulphur content exceeding 0.5 percent. Ships or members experiencing problems related to enforcement of MARPOL Annex V or unavailability of compliant fuel are encouraged to inform BIMCO via email [email protected] with “IMO 2020” in the subject field.

3. Cyprus allows vaccinations of seafarers onboard its flagged and managed vessels
Cyprus is reviewing its plans to provide Covid-19 vaccination for seafarers onboard its flagged and managed vessels, which are currently being offered on a ‘first come first serve basis’. The Cyprus Shipping Deputy Ministry (SDM) has issued Circular 32 (29 July), an update to one it previously issued on the Day of the Seafarer, outlining plans to provide Covid-19 vaccinations to all visiting seafarers on Cyprus-flagged and Cyprus-managed vessels.

4. More than 2,000 trains have passed through the Port of València in the first half of the year
The synergy between maritime and rail traffic is a present and future commitment for the Port Authority of Valencia (PAV) with the aim of improving the logistics chain for all agents operating in the port community, and contribute to the common goal of decarbonisation. During the first six months of the year, the Port of València has been the destination of 2,000 trains, which have entered or left its docks to optimise logistics activity and provide a better service to customers based on economic and environmental efficiency.

5. Singapore: 47 individuals & 7 companies penalised for breaching COVID-19 related regulations
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) announced that 47 individuals and 7 companies, including ocean-going vessel interests, were penalized between November 2020 and June 2021 for breaching safe management regulations, apparently related to the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020.

6. Mediterranean rail freight corridor re-opens
Rail operator Infrabel reported that the North Sea – Mediterranean rail freight corridor re-opened for trains on August 16 after being closed for several weeks due to damage that occurred on its Belgian section during the July floods. The corridor is an important component of the freight network between the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Luxembourg – as well as the United Kingdom and Ireland.
7. Baltic Index Momentum Continues, Hits Highest In Over A Decade
The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, jumped to its highest in over a decade on Monday, powered by rising demand across vessel segments. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, jumped about 3% or 103 points at 3,606, the highest level since mid-2010.

8. Hapag-Lloyd Earns More In 6 Months Than In Past Decade
GERMAN container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd – one of the world’s largest shipping companies – has reported first-half profits far in excess of those made over the past ten years as a whole, illuminating how disruption to global supply chains is powering bumper profits for carriers, reports the UK’s Financial Times Hapag-Lloyd’s net profit for the six months to June jumped tenfold over the previous year to EUR2.7 billion (US$3.2 billion) as freight rates surged due to rampant demand for goods, bottlenecks at ports and a shortage of empty containers. That compares to a total net profit of EUR977 milliion in the previous 10 years

9. Drones, Navies, Attack Boats: Will They be Enough to Tackle the World’s Latest Piracy Hotspot?
Helicopters hover above a patrol vessel in Nigeria’s frenetic Apapa port as attack boats zoom past. On the dock, drones emblazoned with the Nigerian flag sit ready to deploy – all part of a $195 million U.S.-backed “Deep Blue” initiative to deter pirate attacks in the world’s most dangerous area for seafarers. The more than 2.35 million square kilometer (910,000 million square mile) expanse of the Atlantic Ocean that borders some 20 West African nations is known as “pirate alley”, where nearly all the world’s kidnappings at sea now take place since the water off Somalia in East Africa has become more secure.

10. What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate…. in Ship Construction!
My brother, who is the executive editor of my favorite boating magazine (Soundings), and I occasionally send strange tidbits to each other by email. For some reason he sent me an email about the 17th Century ship Vasa and focused on one of the causes of the vessel’s failure to float properly.


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