InterManager Daily News 16.12.2021.

1. Ancoria Insurance announced Invitation to apply for the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Scholarships Program

For the fourth straight year Ancoria Insurance Public Ltd in cooperation with the Cyprus Shipping Chamber (CSC), the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) and YoungShip Cyprus, will grant three full scholarships for the seven subjects required to undergo the Professional Qualifying Examinations (PQE) for Membership (MICS) to the ICS.

2. Israel welcomes Cyprus’ efforts for the reopening of the Cyprus-Greece ferry connection and the possibility of its expansion into Israel

Israel welcomes Cyprus’ efforts for the reopening of the Cyprus-Greece Maritime Passenger Connection and the possibility of its expansion into Israel. “In a recent online meeting, the Minister of Transport and Road Safety of the State of Israel, Mrs. Merav Michaeli and the Shipping Deputy Minister to the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Vassilios Demetriades confirmed the excellent relations between Israel and Cyprus in the field of maritime transport and stressed that they will be further strengthened for the mutual benefit of both countries.

3. Ocean Technologies Group adds Chief Technology Officer to its global leadership team

Ocean Technologies Group has further strengthened its leadership team with the addition of Ian Hepworth as Chief Technology Officer . Ian is an experienced CTO and senior technology professional, specialising in transformation and growth with in-depth technical knowledge in software development, infrastructure architecture and programme management. Having worked for a range of businesses from start-ups to globally distributed plcs., Ian has extensive knowledge managing digital transformation projects from legacy systems to modern, modular service architectures.

4. Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) publishes guidelines for autonomous surface vessels and remotely operated vessels

Leading international ship classification society Indian Register of Shipping , has published Guidelines on Remotely Operated Vessels and Autonomous Surface Vessels. The focus of the high-level Guidelines is on providing a broad framework/ philosophy for stakeholders involved in design, construction and testing of such vessels with varying levels of autonomy. These Guidelines cover design philosophy, risk assessment, system requirements including cyber resilience, network architecture, data & software assurance. A separate chapter focuses on requirements of Remote Control Centre which plays a critical role in monitoring and control of such vessels.

5. Panama wins re-election at IMO Council Category A

Panama was re-elected at the London-based International Maritime Organization Council in the Category A, and was one of the most voted countries by the General Assembly. The IMO is formed by 175 countries and is the body that governs maritime transportation worldwide. Its Assembly has three levels of participation. Only 10 countries participate in Category A, which are elected by the Assembly based on their importance and are considered the world’s most important maritime powers.

6. Mitsubishi details its vision of coastal shipping

Tokyo-based firm e5 Lab and Mitsubishi Shipbuilding have agreed to provide the design for ROBOSHIP, a standard hybrid electric propulsion vessel the two companies are seeking to promote as a vision for the future of ships, for a 499-tonne biomass fuel carrier being built by Honda Heavy Industries for Asahi Tanker. “The widespread adoption of the futuristic ROBOSHIP has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions in the coastal vessel industry, and lessen the workload for crews,” Mitsubishi Shipbuilding stated in a release.

7. FirstBio2Shipping project awarded funding for a bio-LNG production plant

Attero, Titan LNG and Nordsol, all based in The Netherlands, have joined forces in the FirstBio2Shipping project, designed to help decarbonise maritime transport through scalable and decentralized production of bio-LNG, which originates from organic waste flows, particularly domestic and agricultural waste. The project has received funding of €4.3m ($4.85m) from the EU through its Fit for 55 package, which supports the new EU objective of a minimum 55% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

8. Guidelines produced to avoid Beirut style port blasts

The tragic explosions in Tianjin and Beirut have marked a decade of increased concern over the safety of dangerous goods stored in ports, terminals and other warehousing facilities. The giant explosions that rocked both port cities – so large they could be seen from space – both came from poorly stored dangerous goods in warehouses. Four industry groups have collaborated to address this dangerous issue, producing best practice guidelines in the form of a white paperand warehouse checklist.

9. Gas Crunch Sends European Prices to Rare Premium Over Asia

Europe has become a premium market for liquefied natural gas, increasing the likelihood of a supply boost to help get the continent through its winter energy crunch. In a rare move during peak winter demand, spot liquefied natural gas prices in north Asia slipped below rates on the Dutch Title Transfer Facility hub, Europe’s biggest.

10. Crew Of CMA CGM Chartered Vessel Abducted In Piracy Attack

UNCONFIRMED reports say that up to nine crew have been kidnapped in a pirate attack on a container ship in the Gulf of Guinea, some 48 nautical miles southwest of Equatorial Guinea. Although the identity of the vessel wasn’t disclosed, it’s believed to be the 21-year old Tonsberg, which Security consultancy Dryad Global initially reported six crew missing but later amended that to up to nine crew. The attack took place at 1430 hrs local time December 12 in the Gulf of Guinea 48 nautical miles southwest of Bioko island southwest coast, Equatorial Guinea. The 5,551 TEU vessel was headed for Cotonou, Benin after departing from the Cameroon facility Port Autonome de Kribi, according to VesselsValue data.


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