InterManager Daily News 26.08.2021.

1. Maritime Cyprus 2021 reunites industry
Cyprus Shipping Deputy Ministry welcomes opportunity for shipping leaders to meet again in person at biennial conference Maritime Cyprus has unveiled its plans for its infamous biennial October conference. The main theme of this year’s Conference is “Embracing Change: a choice or necessity?” The conference, taking place physically between 10-13 October in Limassol, will tackle important topics in a rapidly changing maritime industry such as seafarer welfare, digital transformation, green finance, and the changing role of shipowners.

2. Maritime food supplies hit by Covid
Covid-19 continues to impact the maritime sector as countries entering or returning to full lockdown introduce quarantine regulations, leading to supply chain issues for food suppliers. MCTC, the leading international catering management and training provider, is asking governments to make food suppliers exempt from quarantine rules, to prevent food supply shortages.

3. 110 NYK employees will clean up the area off the coast of Hachinohe in response to the grounding of Crimson Polaris
In response to the grounding of Crimson Polaris that occurred off the coast of Hachinohe on August 11, NYK will make a total of 11 dispatches of 10 employees each (totaling 110 employees) by September 11 to assist with the area clean-up. As the charterer of the vessel, NYK has sent company personnel to the site to assist with the clean-up of the cargo and other debris that has washed ashore. Under the guidance of the Maritime Disaster Prevention Center, we have been cleaning up the coast of Rokkasho village in Aomori prefecture.

4. New terminal era to witness increased velocity and visibility of container handling
CARGOES TOS+ is delighted to announce the delivery of Auto Gate System (AGS) and Terminal Internet of Things (TIoT) solutions that are currently being deployed to several customers around the world. CARGOES TOS+ is a cloud-based Terminal Operating System (TOS), an integrated platform encompassing all IT and operational systems under one umbrella, providing users with real-time information on vessel, gate, and yard movements.

5. MSC takes secondhand spree past the 100-ship mark
MSC has taken its secondhand spending spree past the 100-ship mark in the space of just 12 months, essentially adding the equivalent of the entire fleet of Israeli carrier ZIM in a very short timeframe. Alphaliner reports MSC has bought another four ships recently – the 2,572 teu Cosmos for $33m, the 1,794 teu Jennifer Schepers for $21m, the 1,740 teu Okee Ann Mari for $20m, and the 3,739 teu Xin Feng Yangzijiang for $30m.

6. More new entrants ready for the booming transpacific
There’s another new entrant on the booming transpacific trades. Shanghai Jin Jiang Shipping (SJJ) will provide two 1,713 teu ships to the fleet of the TPX service operated by China United Lines (CULines) upping the service from fortnightly to weekly in the process. The service goes from Shanghai straight to Long Beach. “The two Chinese carriers have ambitions to further increase their presence on the Transpacific,” Alphaliner noted in its most recent weekly report.

7. NTSB Publishes Safer Seas Digest 2020
The National Transportation Safety Board released Tuesday the Safer Seas Digest 2020, a compendium of the NTSB’s maritime accident investigations involving loss of life, injuries and significant property damage completed in 2020. This year’s Digest details lessons learned from 42 maritime accidents involving contact with fixed objects, sinkings, collisions, fires, explosions, flooding, groundings, and capsizings. Among the investigations included in the 112-page report are the fire aboard the Conception where 34 lives were lost and the collision that took 11 lives aboard the USS Fitzgerald.

8. Containership Captain Charged Over Cable Strike in Australia
The master of a containership has been charged in Australia after his vessel allegedly dragged anchor through a protected zone and damaged a subsea communications cable off the West Australian coast. The Ukrainian national is facing up to three years imprisonment. A section of the Australia Singapore Cable in the Perth Submarine Cable Protection Zone, approximately 10 kilometers offshore from City Beach, was disabled early on August 1, 2021, and allegations that a passing vessel had damaged the cable were reported to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) on August 3.

9. BOT Operators At Major Ports Seek Change In Policy From The Shipping Minister
BOT operators handling single commodity at major ports have appealed to the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways to resolve the issues pertaining to the Port policies which is impacting the operations of ports having permission to handle single commodity.

10. The Standard Club Launches New Business Model
The Standard Club announces the launch of its new business model as the separation from Charles Taylor is complete. This new model will enable the club’s Board to manage day-to-day operations for the long-term benefit of its members and brokers by bringing its core management operations ‘in-house’. Charles Taylor will continue to provide a range of support services including the club’s technology infrastructure and services, investment management, internal audit and other support services. Charles Taylor Group companies will also be key providers to the club and its members for loss adjusting, medical assistance, marine technical and club correspondent services.


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