InterManager Daily News 28.10.2021.

1. AAL Shipping acquires 66,000 deadweight MPP tonnage

Specialist heavy lift project carrier, AAL Shipping (AAL) has acquired two heavy lift ‘mega-size’ 33,000dwt W-Class multipurpose vessels (MPVs) from the second-hand market, the ‘AAL Mars’ and the ‘AAL Merkur’. The vessels have been serving within the Carrier’s operating fleet worldwide on a commercial management basis.

2. Four Odfjell seafarers awarded for loyalty and service

It was extra special for Chief Operating Officer Harald Fotland to welcome the awardees this time, after nearly two years without any in-person meetings and in a pandemic where seafarers have worked through unprecedented challenges. The COO introduced the award ceremony by highlighting historical events and company developments since the first awardee started out at sea back in 1973.

3. San Pedro bay ports announce new measure to clear cargo

In an effort to improve cargo movement amid congestion and record volume, the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles will begin assessing a surcharge to ocean carriers for import containers that dwell on marine terminals. Under the new policy, the ports will charge ocean carriers for each container that falls into one of two categories. In the case of containers scheduled to move by truck, ocean carriers will be charged for every container dwelling nine days or more. For containers moving by rail, ocean carriers will be charged if the container has dwelled for three days or more.

4. Financial boost for IMO initiatives and institutions

IMO’s work on support for seafarers, GHG emissions and affiliated educational institutions have received a financial boost from the Government of Malaysia. The funds will be allocated to a range of activities:

• to provide support to seafarers on the frontline of COVID-19 – £ 25,000

• IMO Greenhouse Gases (GHG) Technical Cooperation Trust Fund – £ 25,000

• World Maritime University (WMU) – US$ 117,400

5. Oregon’s Port of Coos Bay acquires site for new container terminal

The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay on the US Pacific coast has entered into an agreement with Commercial Development Company, Inc. (CDC) to acquire the former Georgia-Pacific mill site near downtown Coos Bay, land that has been unused for two years since the mill closed.

6. Double homicide on tanker in Argentina

A captain and first officer were killed last week in a shooting onboard the Maltese-flagged chemical tanker Ayane while at anchor off the coast of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentine authorities have arrested the third officer, Carlos Lima, 52, after he reported and allegedly admitted that he had murdered the two men.

7. Fire, Fire, Fire: How Navy Failures Destroyed the Bonhomme Richard

A guy with a flag simulates a flame, and a nozzleman says…I am squirting you with water…and then they say…fire is out.”

This statement by a Navy sailor is found in the recently released Navy report on the USS Bonhomme Richard fire and typifies how many of the firefighting drills were conducted for the crew before the catastrophic fire, lasting five days, destroyed the ship in July 2020.

8. Valaris Reactivating A Second Drillship

Offshore drilling contractor Valaris will reactivate another drillship after being awarded a two-year contract offshore Angola. The contract was awarded by Esso Exploration Angola, an affiliate of ExxonMobil, for use of the drillship Valaris DS-9. Valaris will reactivate the drillship, which is currently in preservation status in the Canary Islands, before mobilizing it to Angola ahead of the anticipated contract commencement in June 2022.

9. Baltic Index Extends Losses On Lower Rates Across Vessels

The Baltic Exchange’s dry bulk sea freight index fell for a fourth straight session Tuesday, weighed down by weak demand across all vessel segments. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize vessels, fell by 201 points, or 4.7%, to 4,056, its lowest since Sept. 10. The capesize index fell 478 points, or 8.3%, to 5,304, its lowest since Sept. 9.

10. FuelEU Can Do More For The Decarbonisation Of Shipping – In The EU And Internationally

As part of the EU Green Deal, the FuelEU Maritime Regulation intended to promote demand for lower greenhouse gas fuels can play an important role in shipping’s journey towards decarbonisation. In a position paper published today, the World Shipping Council (WSC), representing 90% of international liner shipping, welcomes the FuelEU proposal as an opportunity to drive progress towards EU targets and contribute to the decarbonisation of international shipping. However, the proposal’s actual impact will hinge on optimizing the geographical scope of FuelEU and making sure fuel availability keeps pace with fuel use requirements.–+in+the+EU+and+internationally


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