InterManager Daily News 21.09.2021.

1. CMA CGM official partner of No Time To Die, new James Bond film

Action sequence filmed at CMA CGM-operated Kingston Container Terminal in Jamaica.

Vessels CMA CGM FORT SAINT GEORGES and CMA CGM FORT DE FRANCE and more than 1,000 containers used during filming.

International CMA CGM team supported the project.

An official partner of the 25th James Bond film, No Time To Die, CMA CGM granted filmmakers EON Productions unprecedented access to Kingston Container Terminal in Jamaica to shoot an action sequence with a seaplane, and the vessel CMA CGM FORT SAINT GEORGES features in the film when Bond is rescued from the ocean.

2. Navigator Gas awarded DNV AiP for new ammonia fuelled gas carrier design

Navigator Gas has been awarded a new Approval in Principle (AiP) for an ammonia fuelled gas carrier design from classification society DNV. An industrywide consortium, including MAN Energy solutions, Babcock International, and the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA), has collaborated with Navigator Gas to achieve the Approval in Principle (AiP) from DNV. The awarding of the AiP was announced as part of London International Shipping week 2021.

3. Trafigura raises USD400 million US Dollar Perpetual Subordinated Bond

Trafigura Group, one of the world’s leading independent commodity trading companies, has today announced the successful raising of USD400 million through a US Dollar Perpetual Subordinated Bond. The Bond issuance drew very strong and wide support from institutional investors and private banks in Asia and Europe, with more than 160 investors participating in the transaction.

4. Southampton’s newest cruise terminal officially opened by UK’s Maritime Minister

The Port of Southampton’s newest cruise terminal was officially opened by the Maritime Minister during London International Shipping Week. Robert Courts MP unveiled the plaque, formally naming and opening the £55 million next-generation Horizon Cruise Terminal at an event to celebrate the Port of Southampton’s significant investment in the future of cruise. Guests then enjoyed tours of the terminal.

5. CMA CGM hit by another cyber attack

CMA CGM has been hit by another cyber attack, just under one year since its last big breach. The French container line told customers today that it had suffered a leak of data on limited customer information involving first and last names, employer, position, email address and phone number. CMA CGM saids its IT teams have immediately developed and installed security patches.

6. Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach expand hours to speed cargo throughput, first step toward 24/7 operations

The Port of Long Beach will maximise nighttime operations in what the port’s executive director Mario Cordero referred to as a first step toward a 24/7 supply chain. Port of Los Angeles executive director Gene Seroka announced that the Port of Los Angeles will expand weekend operating gate hours on a pilot basis to ensure that gate availability meets cargo demands. Both ports have called on marine terminal operators to incentivise the use of all available gate hours, especially night gates, to reduce congestion and maximize cargo throughput capacity.

7. Third Tanker Carrying Iranian Fuel Underway To Lebanon

A third tanker has sailed from Iran carrying Iranian fuel for distribution in Lebanon, reported on Twitter on Sunday.

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati said on Friday the Iranian fuel shipments, imported by the Hezbollah movement, constitute a breach of Lebanon’s sovereignty. The Iran-aligned group says the shipments should ease a crippling energy crisis in Lebanon.

8. SpaceX Crew Splashes Down In The Atlantic

The quartet of newly minted citizen astronauts comprising the SpaceX Inspiration4 mission safely splashed down in the Atlantic off Florida’s coast on Saturday, completing a three-day flight of the first all-civilian crew ever sent into Earth orbit. The successful launch and return of the mission, the latest in a recent string of rocket-powered expeditions bankrolled by their billionaire passengers, marked another milestone in the fledgling industry of commercial astro-tourism, 60 years after the dawn of human spaceflight.

9. Shippers See Market At Its Peak After Rate Freeze Announcemen

All-inclusive rates from Asia to North America were supported this week by worsening US port congestion and equipment imbalances, but there were growing expectations that the market was approaching its peak as some shipping lines pulled back from further rate increases. The reemergence of some US inland point intermodal offers from shipowners was one source of relief. Rates including premium service fees from North Asia to West Coast North America and then on to Chicago by rail were offered at around $22,000/FEU, down from more than $30,000/FEU when IPI bookings were last offered several weeks ago, a US-based freight forwarder said.

10. Shipping Container Rates Continue To Soar Despite Increased Attention

Container freight rates continue to rise, and despite efforts by global shipping competition agencies and a commitment to freeze rates by some carriers, some players think that prices are unlikely to return to normal until the middle of next year, if ever. Robert Khachatryan, founder and COO of shipping forwarder Freight Right Global Logistics, said this week that he still thinks the market will not start to settle until the middle of 2022.


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