InterManager Daily News 16.09.2021.

1. Flagship Founders’ latest start-up Tilla automates cargo ship crew changes and secures Peter Döhle Schiffahrts-KG as its first customer

Globally, there are currently around 55,000 cargo ships carrying 1.6 million seafarers. These crews spend between three and nine months on board, although in some cases this has increased to over a year due to the pandemic. Organising and facilitating crew changes poses a logistical challenge that is both cost and time intensive, especially as many of the processes remain analogue and decentralised. To tackle the problem head-on Tilla Systems GmbH, a new start-up founded by company builder Flagship Founders, has developed a smart platform for the automated planning and execution of cargo ship crew changes.

2. World’s first green submarine amongst winners of the UK’s biggest clean maritime competition

The Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, announced as part of the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan for Green Industrial Revolution, is supporting the development of innovative technology to propel forward the Government’s commitment to have  zero  emission  ships  operating  commercially  by 2025 – creating hundreds of highly skilled jobs across the nation and establishing the UK as world leaders in clean maritime.

3. MOL signs charter deals for 4 new LNG Carriers to serve NOVATEK

MOL announced that, through a subsidiary, it has signed time charter contracts for four newbuilding liquefied natural gas carriers with NOVATEK Gas & Power Asia Pte. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Russia’s PAO NOVATEK. The vessels will be constructed at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. , and are slated for delivery in 2024.

4. Ruscon/Smartcontainer obtains NVOCC license from Chinese Ministry of Transport & Communication

The representative office in Shanghai of logistics operator Ruscon (parent company of Dutch Smartcontainer and part of the Delo Group), has received an NVOCC (Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier) license from the Ministry of Transport and Communication of the People’s Republic of China.

5. SFL offloads its seven handy bulkers for $100m

John Fredriksen’s SFL Corporation has struck a deal with an undisclosed Asian buyer to sell its seven handysize dry bulk vessels for around $100m. The vessels, ranging between 32,000-34,000 dwt, will deliver before year-end, and SFL plans to invest the net cash proceeds of over $50m in new assets. The ships have been employed in the spot market for the last five years due to limited long-term chartering opportunities in the handy segment, SFL said.

6. Floating Energy Allyance pledges nearly 4,000 new jobs in ScotWind bid

Proposals for a floating offshore wind farm could create 3,900 jobs in Scotland at the peak of manufacturing and construction, if successful in a leasing round for the rights to develop new offshore wind projects in Scottish waters. The figures have been published by Floating Energy Allyance (FEA), a partnership including Germany’s BayWa r.e., Belgium’s Elicio, and floating wind technology developer BW Ideol.

7. Two Crew On Euronav VLCC Killed By Large Wave Rounding Cape Horn

Two crew members on board a Euronav-owned Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) have died after apparently being struck by a large wave as the ship rounded Cape Horn on Saturday, September 11th. The ship’s managers, Northern Marine Management, confirmed the incident in an emailed statement. According to the company, the fully-laden MT Arafura was on passage from Brazil to Long Beach, California when it encountered adverse weather with large swells and waves.

8. Inaccurate Stability Calculations Found as Probable Cause in Golden Ray Capsizing

The NTSB’s issued a Marine Accident Report today detailing the board’s investigation into the September 8, 2019 capsizing of the roll-on/roll-off vehicle carrier as it transited outbound through St. Simons Sound near Brunswick, Georgia. All 23 crewmembers and one pilot on board were rescued, including four engineering crew who were trapped in the vessel for nearly 40 hours. Two crewmembers sustained serious injuries.

9. Strong Demand Across Vessel Segments Powers Baltic Index Higher

The Baltic Exchange’s main dry bulk sea freight index rose for a fourth straight session on Tuesday, propelled by higher rates across vessel segments. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize vessels, rose 58 points, or 1.4%, to 4,221, its highest in more than two weeks. The capesize index added 94 points, or 1.5%, to 6,474, its highest since March 2009.

10. Shipping Crisis Could Delay Recovery, Disrupt Holidays

The logjam in the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach hit a record in late August. Before the pandemic, a typical day would see an average of 16 container ships sitting in berths or (occasionally) the harbor. On Aug. 30, there were 76 – with 46 of those anchored or floating in the San Pedro Bay. It was the latest sign that the supply chain issues that first popped up last March have a long, long way to go before they’re resolved.


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