InterManager Daily News 18.01.2022.

1. SH Minerva: built for remote and polar regions

Swan Hellenic’s SH Minerva has been built for the remote and polar regions it will sail in, with features including PC-5, safe return to port and a design that allows it to be upgraded to hybrid power. The arrival of the new ship, which started on its maiden cultural expedition cruise of the Antarctic, a nine-day New Year celebration of discovery, symbolises the restart of the iconic Swan Hellenic brand, established 70 years ago. A group of entrepreneurs acquired the Swan Hellenic brand rights in 2020.

2. Boluda completes specialist towage in European ports

Boluda Towage completed numerous specialised ship assistance projects in Q4 2021, providing tugs to manoeuvre heavy transport, naval, research and cruise ships. Cargo for European construction and infrastructure projects was also transported into ports by Boluda tugs.

3. South Africa boosts maritime security with new satellites

It has launched the first three maritime domain awareness satellites (MDASats) as part of SpaceX’s Transporter-3 mission, in Florida, US. A Falcon 9 rocket was launched on 13 January 2022 from Cape Canaveral with South Africa’s satellites on board. These were transported on the launch vehicle as part of a rideshare payload programme and deployed into in low earth orbit at an altitude of 525 km.

4. Vale resumes Minas Gerais operations as rainfall weakens

Brazilian miner Vale has partially and gradually restarted operations in the state of Minas Gerais after being forced to shut certain mines last week owing to severe rains in the region, which raised the danger of accidents and created logistical disruptions. Vale said the Brucutu and Mariana mines, both in its Southeastern system, are steadily ramping up output as a section of its Vitoria-Minas railway was cleaned, allowing the iron ore to be transferred.

5. Maersk Tankers to establish decarbonisation hub

Denmark’s Maersk Tankers is set to launch a knowledge hub that aims to bring experts, shipowners, cargo customers, and other stakeholders together to develop a suite of solutions that will reduce emissions from cargo customers’ supply chains and shipowners’ operations. According to Maersk Tankers, the so-called decarbonisation hub will gather and share external and internal intelligence on regulations and developments in tanker shipping’s decarbonisation, and provide emission transparency on the transportation of cargoes.

6. Shell, BP and TotalEnergies among winners in ScotWind offshore wind auction

Crown Estate Scotland has selected 17 projects totalling nearly 25 GW in its ScotWind offshore wind lease auction, with oil and gas majors Shell, BP and TotalEnergies amongst the winners. The first Scottish offshore wind leasing round in over a decade and the first ever since the management of offshore wind rights were devolved to Scotland, saw awards for ten projects using floating wind technology, six using fixed, and one involving a mix of both technologies.

7. A Look Inside Taiwan’s Brutal ARP Navy Frogman Program

A chill wind whips across the Taiwan Strait as a small group of Taiwanese marines stands shivering on a remote dock in the early hours of the morning, their shorts and thin jackets drenched after a day spent mostly in the sea.“Are you a sleeping beauty? Are you skipping out on class?” a trainer shouts at the wiry men, who have barely slept in days, as they do sit-ups and other exercises on the rough concrete floor, some fading in and out of consciousness from fatigue.

8. Port of Boston Welcomes ‘Biggest Ship’ After $850 Million Modernization Project

The Port of Boston welcomed its biggest containership to date over the weekend following a $850 million project to make the port “big ship ready.” The Evergreen ship MV Ever Fortune called at the Port of Boston’s Conley Container Terminal on Sunday. At 1,100 feet long, the Ever Fortune is about the length of three football fields. Built in 2020, the 12,000 TEU vessel will connect Boston to several ports in East Asia via the Panama Canal.

9. Mass Flow Meters Deliver Clear Benefits For Bunker Industry: ExxonMobil

An appetite for the greater use of mass flow metering systems in the maritime industry exists even though some gaps are present in the understanding this technology, ExxonMobil said at a virtual Roundtable event. “Some shippers are doing well, some are struggling to survive but certainly nobody wants to lose any money,” Eddie Fish, market development advisor aviation & marine fuels ExxonMobil said on Jan. 11.

10. Container Volumes At Singapore Port Hit 11-Year High In 2021, Up 1.6% On Year

Container volumes at Singapore port were recorded at 37.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units in 2021, the highest annual volumes in the port authority database, starting in 2011. Volumes rose 1.6% year on year, according to preliminary data released by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore on Jan. 13. However, container throughput at the port in December declined by 2.2% year on year.


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