InterManager Daily News 23.08.2021.

1. NYK sends staff to help clean Wood-Chip Carrier Crimson Polaris oil spill
In response to the grounding of Crimson Polaris that occurred off the coast of Hachinohe on August 11, 10 NYK employees were dispatched on August 18 to assist in the area clean-up. Under the guidance of the Maritime Disaster Prevention Center,* the clean-up contractor arranged by the shipowner has continued the clean-up of oil and cargo adrift and on the shoreline.

2. Maersk secures green e-methanol for the world’s first container vessel operating on carbon neutral fuel
A.P. Moller – Maersk has identified its partners to produce green fuel for its first vessel to operate on carbon neutral methanol: REintegrate, a subsidiary of the Danish renewable energy company European Energy. REintegrate and European Energy will establish a new Danish facility to produce the approx. 10.000 tonnes of carbon neutral e-methanol that Maersk’s first vessel with the ability to operate on green e-methanol will consume annually. Maersk will work closely with REintegrate and European Energy on the development of the facility.

3. Global oil and gas contracts activity in Q2 2021 declined by 7%, says GlobalData
Oil and gas contract activity declined following the relatively stable activity in Q1 2021, with the industry recording a seven percent decrease in the number of contracts and a significant decrease in disclosed contract value in Q2 2021, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

4. Ever Given returns to Suez Canal
The giant Ever Given boxship is back in the Suez Canal a little more than a month after it departed Egyptian waters, and after being arrested for over three months for blocking the waterway for six days last March. The 400 m long ship is now heading in the opposite direction and it is about to enter the Great Bitter Lake after a voyage of close to 15 days, originating from the port of Felixstowe.

5. China’s MingYang unveils world’s largest offshore wind turbine
China’s top private wind turbine manufacturer, MingYang, has introduced the world’s largest 16 MW offshore wind turbine with a 242 m diameter rotor, 118 m long blades, and a staggering 46,000 sq m swept area, the equivalent of more than six soccer fields. The so-called MySE 16.0-242 turbine can generate 80,000 MWh of electricity every year, enough to power more than 20,000 households. According to MingYang, it can eliminate more than 1.6m tonnes of CO2 emissions over the course of its designed 25-year lifespan.

6. Biden Admin Sanctions Russian Ship and Owner Linked to Nord Stream 2
The Biden administration on Friday slapped sanctions on a Russian ship and two companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, but opponents of the nearly completed project said the measures would not stop it. The sanctions were imposed on ship Ostap Sheremeta, ship owner JSC Nobility and construction company Konstanta, the State Department said in a report to congressional committees. A copy of the report was seen by Reuters.

7. Dismantling of Wakashio’s Stern Postponed to September
Adverse weather conditions have greatly disrupted the dismantling of what remains of the stern of the “MV Wakashio” on the Pointe-d’Esny’s reefs, in Mauritius. The operation will resume at the earliest in September or, at worst, in October, local authorities announced after having ordered the tugs “Crest Mercury 3” and “Independence” to leave Tamarin Bay – where they were sheltering in the West – for Port-Louis’ harbor alongside “Hong Bang 6” and “Olympic Kapuas” barges.

8. Abu Dhabi Ports’ OFCO buys seven support vessels
The fleet expansion comes as Abu Dhabi Ports ventures further into the integrated logistics and subsea services areas. OFCO chairman Captain Maktoum Al Houqani said the company was on the look out for growth opportunities. “We will continue to explore other potential vessel acquisitions and other related expansion opportunities in an effort to broaden our overall service capabilities, and to ensure we are well-positioned to satisfy the increasingly complex needs of the offshore market for years to come,” said Al Houqani.

9. Lack of Monitoring at Anchor Led to $16.9 Million Accident -NTSB
A bridge team’s lack of effective monitoring of their position while at anchor led to a cargo ship colliding with an anchored bulk carrier and striking a chemical dock on the Lower Mississippi River near New Orleans, according to a National Transportation Safety Board Marine Accident Brief released Thursday.

10. The Seafarers Happiness Index (SHI) Quarter 2 2021 Results Reflect The Need For Wider Vaccination Programmes
The Seafarers Happiness Index (SHI) Quarter 2 2021 results are a measure of the happiness level of seafarers amidst the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, with severe global and maritime industry issues again being brought to the fore. Unfortunately, the latest Seafarers Happiness Index from the Mission to Seafarers paints a harrowing picture, revealing a grim picture of seafarer welfare with overall happiness dropping to an all-time low since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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