InterManager Daily News 19.10.2021.

1. BSM and KIMFT cooperate to promote Korean seafarers for global shipping trades

Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Korea Institute of Maritime and Fisheries Technologies (KIMFT), a maritime education and research institute operated by the government of South Korea. Within the framework of the “Global Employment Project for Young Korean Seafarers” BSM and KIMFT will cooperate to boost careers at sea in a multinational and multicultural work environment by jointly creating highly competent and passionate maritime manpower.

2. Signing ceremony for the Memorandum of Understanding on Electricity Cross-Border Interconnection between Cyprus and Egypt

The Minister of Energy, Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Cyprus, Ms Natasa Pilides, and the Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Dr Mohamed Shaker El – Markabi, met today, Saturday October 16th 2021, and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in relation to Electricity Cross-Border Interconnection between Cyprus and Egypt Transmission Networks.

3. Bridging the gaps for maritime decarbonisation

The online event, held on 27-29 September and broadcast on UN TV, saw over 1,000 participants from across the world exchange best practices, ideas and latest developments with a view to enabling more inclusive maritime innovation towards decarbonization. Collaboration and knowledge sharing around innovation are the most effective ways to propel the global maritime industry towards a decarbonized future, according to participants of the three-day IMO-UNEP-Norway Zero- and Low-Emission Innovation Forum.

4. Singapore Maritime Institute to support next phase of Maritime R&D activities with funding and partnerships

The eleventh edition of the SMI Forum, organised by the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI), kicked off today. Themed “Maritime Safety in the 4.0 Era: Breaking New Frontiers’, this year’s SMI Forum highlights the role of research and development (R&D) towards enhancing maritime safety and efficiency. The event was graced by Mr Chee Hong Tat, Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Transport. In his opening address, Mr Chee outlined the key role of innovation, deep-tech and research in enabling Maritime Singapore to remain relevant and ahead in global competition.

5. Ports of Seattle and Tacoma extend hours to address ship congestion

After President Biden’s meeting last week with the heads of the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the CEO of the Northwest Seaport Alliance addressed the congestion situation further north on the US Pacific coast. In a video news conference, John Wolfe said there were then about 15 cargo vessels waiting to berth at the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma, ports where cargo vessels can ordinarily “go directly to dock at the container terminals,” according to an article in The Seattle Times.

6. Ørsted eyes Baltic offshore wind with Poland’s largest private power company

Danish utility Ørsted has inked a letter of intent with ZE PAK, Poland’s largest privately-owned energy producer, to participate in the upcoming auction for seabed leases in the Polish part of the Baltic Sea. The next step for the partnership will be to set up a 50/50 joint venture which will be subject to merger clearance. If successful in the upcoming auction, the partners intend to jointly bid in Poland’s future offshore wind CfD auctions planned for 2025 and 2027 to further expand their footprint.

7. Investigators Identify MSC Containership as Having Dragged Anchor Near Broken San Pedro Bay Pipeline in January

Investigators working to identify the cause of the broken pipeline that released oil into San Pedro Bay near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach earlier this month have boarded a containership that has been identified as a “party in interest.” U.S. Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) marine casualty investigators boarded the containership MSC DANIT in the Port of Long Beach on Saturday after the ship was identified as having dragged its anchor near the source of the pipeline leak during a heavy weather event back on January 25, 2021.

8. Iranian Supertanker Departs Venezuela In Probable Breach Of U.S. Sanctions

An Iran-flagged supertanker on Saturday was about to set sail from Venezuelan waters carrying 2 million barrels of heavy crude provided by state-run oil firm PDVSA, according to documents seen by Reuters and vessel tracking services.

The shipment is part of a deal agreed by PDVSA and its counterpart National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) that exchanges Iranian condensate for Venezuela’s Merey crude. The swaps aim to ease an acute shortage of diluents that has cut Venezuela’s oil output and exports.

9. Surcharges Reduced Further Amid Supply Chain Anxiety

All-inclusive container rates for shipping from North Asia to West Coast North America were available at their lowest level in months as additional carrier options and a gloomy outlook on the overall supply chain resulted in a wide segmentation in the spot market. Container freight from China to Los Angeles/Long Beach was available as low as $7,800/FEU in the week ended Oct. 15 for shipment on smaller, atypical vessels, but most spot market offers from North Asia to the US West Coast were in the $8,000-$10,000/FEU range, with little or no premium service fees demanded on top of Freight All Kinds rates.

10. Bridging The Gaps For Maritime Decarbonization

IMO-UNEP-Norway Zero-and Low-Emission Innovation Forum highlighted challenges and opportunities for decarbonization, financing, building on innovation and best practices. Collaboration and knowledge sharing around innovation are the most effective ways to propel the global maritime industry towards a decarbonized future, according to participants of the three-day IMO-UNEP-Norway Zero- and Low-Emission Innovation Forum.


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