InterManager Daily News 22.09.2021.

1. Cyprus president Nicos Anastasiades praises the resilience of the Cyprus shipping sector

President Nicos Anastasiades praised the resilience of the shipping sector during a dinner hosted by the Cyprus Union Of Shipowners in Athens. Anastasiades underlined shipping’s contribution to the Cypriot economy, saying it represented 7 per cent of the country’s GDP and that the Cyprus-flagged commercial fleet had surpassed 25 million gross tons in total capacity.

2. Danish-flagged fleet sails away compared to rest of EU

Dannebrog – the Danish flag – is among the fastest-growing flags in recent years when compared to most other flag states in the EU and the average growth for the entire EU-flagged fleet. A new report from the EU’s maritime organisation, EMSA (European Maritime Safety Agency), states that gross tonnage under the Danish flag has grown by 8.6% between 2016 and 2020. Looking at the member states as a whole in the EU, the gross tonnage increased by 2.4%.

3. Fugro wins new contract with US Geological Survey to support national mapping initiatives

The US Geological Survey (USGS) has awarded Fugro a new Geospatial Products and Services Contract (GPSC) to support the National Geospatial Program (NGP), which provides a digital foundation for geospatial infrastructure in the US. Under this indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, the USGS will issue Fugro task orders on an as-needed basis over a period of up to 5 years. Work will comprise a broad range of Geo-data services to benefit one or more components of the NGP, including The National Map, the 3D Elevation Program, the National Hydrography Dataset, the Watershed Boundary Dataset and the Earth Mapping Resources Initiative, among others.

4. Industry alarmed as spat between governments threatens investment in Scottish ports

The British Ports Association, which represents all the major ports in Scotland and operates the Scottish Ports Group, has expressed alarm at the continuing failure of the UK and Scottish governments to agree a unified approach to the establishment of freeports (branded ‘greenports’ by Scottish Government) in Scotland. Both Scottish and UK Government’s today expressed their intention to proceed with parallel processes.

5. More Ships Coming Than Going as Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach Continue to Set Records

The Marine Exchange of Southern California (MXSOCAL) reported new records again today as ships carrying your Christmas presents and other manufactured consumer goods continue to pour into the nation’s top seaports at a rate that outpaces the number of departures. On Monday, a total of 154 ships were in port at Los Angeles-Long Beach, marking a new record according to MXSOCAL. These include a record 97 containerships, of which 27 were at berth and the rest at anchor or in drift areas. A record 37 vessels were in drifts areas, including 29 containerships, six tankers, and two bulk carriers.

6. Bourbon Rhode Survivor Secures ‘Substantial Compensation’ Over 2019 Shipwreck

A surviving crew member of the lost offshore tug Bourbon Rhode has secured ‘substantial compensation’ for the ordeal, the International Transport Workers’ Federation said Monday.

The sinking of the Bourbon Rhode was a major story in 2019. The Bourbon Offshore tug, with 14 crew on board, sank in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on September 26, 2019 during a voyage from Las Palmas, Gran Canaria to Georgetown, Guyana after experiencing heavy weather from category 4 Hurricane Lorenzo.

7. Hurricane Ida damage to put some Shell offshore platform facilities offline to 2022

After conducting a damage assessment of its Gulf of Mexico offshore facilities following Hurricane Ida, Shell Offshore reported yesterday that its West Delta-143 (WD-143) facilities sustained significant structural damage. The company, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc, estimates that its WD-143 “A” platform facilities will be offline for repairs until the end of 2021, and that the WD-143 “C” platform will be operational sometime in Q4 2021.

8. Petrobras commits to carbon neutrality

Brazil’s Petrobras has announced that it plans to achieve carbon neutrality in activities under its control, within “a period compatible with that established by the Paris Agreement.” It also intends to influence other companies with which it is partnered to achieve the same goal in joint projects.

9. Baltic Index Extends Rally, Hits 12-Year High On Gains Across Vessels

The Baltic Exchange’s main dry bulk sea freight index rose to a 12-year high on Monday, as rates across vessel segments jumped on robust demand and global shipping constraints. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize vessels, rose 29 points at 4,304, its highest since Nov. 24, 2009.

10. Remember The Importance Of The New Jason Clause

The ‘New Jason Clause’ has been recommended for many years for inclusion in contracts for the private or common carriage of goods, particularly if the trade involves US law or cargo shipped to or from the US.[1] The practice of including the clause is so common that most bills of lading and charter parties include the clause in one form or another. While rare, chartering or cargo interests may attempt to remove the clause during contract negotiations whether due to intent or confusion as to the need for the clause. This alert is a reminder to shipowners of the importance of including the clause in their contracts particularly if there is a US dimension to the trade.


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