InterManager Daily News 06.10.2021.

1. WISTA steering the way forward

WISTA is the first to conduct a survey focusing on impact of covid both positive and negative on women in the maritime sector, taking the lead building upon the research done indicating the impact of the global pandemic on women. WISTA International is launching this Wednesday (29 September 2021) a maritime specific survey, concentrating on women in the maritime industry, in collaboration with Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo in Brazil who will be sponsoring WISTA with 240 hours of research work.

2. Seafarers in Nordic ports to get mental health support

A maritime P&I (protection and indemnity) correspondent is giving seafarers on ships entering Nordic ports access to professional mental health practitioners, to support their wellbeing as they deal with the impact of Covid-19 and the crew change crisis. Nordic P&I Group and Mental Health Support Solutions (MHSS) have teamed up to provide psychological help to crew members, and in some cases their relatives, that are struggling mentally.

3. NYK signs long-term charter deals for four new LNG Carriers to serve NOVATEK

On September 29, NYK signed long-term time-charter contracts for four newly built liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers with NOVATEK Gas & Power Asia Pte. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of PAO NOVATEK, through a joint venture with a group company of PAO Sovcomflot. The newly built LNG carriers will be constructed at Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. and are slated for delivery from 2023 to 2024.

4. Harbor Tug developed by Keppel O&M the first to receive ABS Remote-Control Navigation Notation

A remotely operated harbor tug developed by Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) is the first in the world to receive the ABS Remote Control Navigation Notation. A trial of the 65-meter tug, controlled from a remote location at the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Maritime Innovation Lab, was successfully performed in April 2021. The second phase of the project, scheduled for late 2021, will see the vessel perform autonomous collision avoidance tasks while under remote supervision. The Maju 510 tug is owned and operated by Keppel O&M’s joint-venture company Keppel Smit Towage.

5. Australia bans Singaporean bulker for underpaying crew

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has banned the Singapore-flagged bulk carrier Western Callao from Australian ports for six months after repeated violations by the ship management company Bright Star Shipmanagement. AMSA inspected the ship at Port Adelaide in South Australia on September 6, 2021, following a complaint regarding the underpayment of seafarers and repatriation issues.

6. Ever Given docks at Qingdao yard, will reenter service in late October

The Shoei Kisen-owned ship, which suffered damages when it grounded and blocked the Suez Canal in March, is now moored at Qingdao Beihai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry, where its repair schedule is expected to last three weeks before it reenters service on an Asia-Europe loop operated by the Ocean Alliance. Much repair work will focus on the ship’s bulbous bow (pictured below at Qingdao yesterday), which was rammed hard into the right bank of the Suez Canal.

7. Holiday Season At Risk As Maritime Supply Chain Disaster Gets Worse

It’s the beginning of October, just the start of what the retail world simply calls “peak.” But the industry is already in various forms of panic that usually don’t take hold until the weeks before Christmas. Early in the year, the hope was that the bottlenecks that gummed up the global supply chain in 2020 would be mostly cleared by now. They’ve actually only gotten worse — much worse — and evidence is mounting that the holiday season is at risk.

8. Canada Invokes 1977 Treaty Over Great Lakes Pipeline Repairs

Canada on Monday invoked a 1977 treaty with the United States to trigger bilateral negotiations over Enbridge Inc’s Line 5, escalating a long-running dispute over one of Canada’s major oil export pipelines under the Great Lakes. Line 5 ships 540,000 barrels per day of crude and refined products from Superior, Wisconsin, to Sarnia, Ontario, but the state of Michigan ordered Enbridge to shut it down by May due to worries a leak could develop in a four-mile section running beneath the Straits of Mackinac in the Great Lakes.

9. Qatar Petroleum Commences LNG Ship Orders For The North Field Expansion Projects

Qatar Petroleum announced today that it has ordered four new LNG carriers from Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group Co. Ltd. (Hudong), a wholly owned subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation Limited (CSSC). These four carriers are the first batch of orders in Qatar Petroleum’s massive LNG shipbuilding program, which will cater for future LNG fleet requirements for the North Field expansion projects as well as for existing vessel replacement requirements. This order is also the first ever placed by Qatar Petroleum or any of its affiliates with a Chinese shipyard for LNG ships, and the first with Hudong in connection with the agreement to reserve ship construction capacity that was executed in April 2020.

10. ICS sets out plan to deliver net zero shipping by 2050

The announcement ahead of the COP26 meeting sees doubling of the industry representative body’s ambitions for CO2 emissions reduction from 50% to net zero and is set out in a paper to the IMO which makes clear the actions governments must take urgently if this goal is to be met. Esben Poulsson, Chairman of ICS, said: “Talk is cheap, and action is difficult. So, our net zero offering sets out the ‘how’ as well as the ‘what’ for decarbonising shipping by 2050. We’re saying to governments that if they really want to reach net zero, they need to move from empty commitments to tangible action.


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