InterManager Daily News 24.09.2021.

1. Tufton and GoodFuels successfully complete biofuel voyage to accelerate sustainability in shipping

As part of its long-term sustainability strategy, Tufton completed a successful voyage with the use of 100% sustainable marine biofuel in partnership with leading marine biofuels supplier GoodFuels, together with Stolt Tankers and the technical managers Synergy Group.The sustainable biofuel, derived from feedstocks such as used cooking oil and waste animal fats, was used on board the 20,762 DWT chemical tanker Monax on its voyage from North Europe to Canada. This sustainable biofuel delivers a well-to-exhaust CO2 reduction of between 80% and 90% compared to fossil fuel equivalents without requiring modifications to the engine or the fuel infrastructure. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/09/23/tufton-and-goodfuels-successfully-complete-biofuel-voyage-to-accelerate-sustainability-in-shipping/

2. COLUMBIA signature taking hospitality to the next level

COLUMBIA blue – The Leisure Group welcomes a new company to its ranks. The hotel and catering service provider will target hospitality clients everywhere around the globe, including ones in remote and challenging areas. A new player has joined the hospitality and catering market following the launch of COLUMBIA signature. The venture’s already established team of hospitality and catering experts will operate under the umbrella of COLUMBIA blue – The Leisure Group. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/09/23/columbia-signature-taking-hospitality-to-the-next-level-2/

3. Tollerort to become preferred hub for COSCO services

HHLA expects the participation to strengthen the relationship with its Chinese partner, as well as long-term planning security for Container Terminal Tollerort and secured capacity and employment in the Port of Hamburg. With the minority interest of CSPL, CTT will become a “preferred hub” in Europe, meaning it will be the preferred transshipment point for COSCO, where cargo flows will be concentrated. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/09/23/tollerort-to-become-preferred-hub-for-cosco-services/

4. First modules delivered for the Arctic LNG 2 Project

Arctic LNG 2 announced that the first modules for LNG Train 1 were successfully delivered by the Project’s EPC contractor, a joint venture of Technip Energies, Saipem and NIPIGAS. The two first pipe-rack modules weighing approximately nine thousand tons each were shipped from the Zhoushan port in China to the NOVATEK-Murmansk LNG Construction Center and will be further skidded onto the Gravity Base Structure, or GBS, platform of LNG Train 1. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2021/09/23/first-modules-delivered-for-the-arctic-lng-2-project/

5. AET Tankers: Not sitting on the sidelines

Energy transition plays, decarbonisation of shipping, industry collaboration, a stronger focus on smart shipping and the ability to attract and retain talent have been identified as key to AET Tankers’ future strategy. Captain Rajalingam Subramaniam is president and CEO of the Singapore-headquartered wholly owned petroleum shipping subsidiary of Malaysian energy logistics group, MISC and is driving the asset renewal and sustainability focus. https://splash247.com/aet-tankers-not-sitting-on-the-sidelines/

6. Singapore widens seafarer vaccination campaign

Singapore is widening its vaccination programme for seafarers calling at the key Asian port city. According to port agency GAC, Singapore has announced that it will offer vaccinations to international ocean-going signing-on seafarers. Signing-on crew who will board their vessel within 24 hours upon arrival will be directly transferred to the vaccination centre upon arrival in Singapore and directly transferred to the ship after their vaccination. https://splash247.com/singapore-widens-seafarer-vaccination-campaign/

7. Los Angeles-Long Beach Container Surge Puts Port Complex Above Hong Kong

Surging first-half volumes at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex saw the US west coast gateway overtake Hong Kong to become the world’s ninth largest container port. According to new data from Alphaliner, throughput at Los Angeles-Long Beach was up 41% on the first half of 2020, reaching 10.18m teu, compared with 7.19m teu last year. https://gcaptain.com/los-angeles-long-beach-container-surge-puts-port-complex-above-hong-kong/

8. U.S. Energy Exports Show First Surplus Since at Least the 1970s

Trade deficits have been a stubborn feature of the U.S. economy for decades now, but energy has started to buck that trend, helped by burgeoning shipments of liquefied natural gas. The net merchandise trade value of U.S. energy products (in other words, the value of all types of energy exports, minus the value of imports) showed a surplus of $27 billion last year. It’s the first time that’s happened since at least 1974, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, citing U.S. Census Bureau data. https://gcaptain.com/u-s-energy-exports-show-first-surplus-since-at-least-the-1970s/

9. Baltic Index Hits 12-Year Peak On Firmer Vessels Rates

The Baltic Exchange’s main dry bulk sea freight index rose for a fourth straight session on Wednesday to a 12-year high, buoyed by higher rates across vessel segments. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize vessels, rose 150 points, or 3.4%, to 4,560, its highest since November 2009. Strong iron ore and coal trades are driving dry bulk rates higher, brokerage Jefferies said in a note. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Baltic+index+hits+12-year+peak+on+firmer+vessels+rates

10. Wärtsilä And SHI Agree To Collaborate On Ammonia Fuelled Engines For Future Newbuilds

The technology group Wärtsilä and the Korean shipbuilding company Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) have signed a joint development programme (JDP) agreement aimed at developing ammonia-fuelled vessels with 4-stroke auxiliary engines available for future newbuild projects. Both parties recognise the importance of future carbon-free fuels in the marine industry’s drive towards decarbonisation. The agreement was signed in July 2021. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Wärtsilä+and+SHI+agree+to+collaborate+on+ammonia+fuelled+engines+for+future+newbuilds

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