InterManager Daily News 27.01.2022.

1. European shipowners support EU parliamentary proposal on commercial operators and a sector-dedicated fund

European shipowners welcome the proposal of the European Parliament’s Rapporteur on the EU ETS, MEP Peter Liese, to introduce a requirement for a binding clause in contractual agreements between shipowners and commercial operators and to ensure that the latter pay for the costs of the EU ETS. ECSA also supports the proposal of the Rapporteur to create a sector-dedicated fund and to allocate at least 75% of the revenues generated by the shipping allowances to this fund.

2. Cyprus Shipping Deputy Ministry announces a tender for the Digital Transformation of the Shipping Deputy Ministry

The Cyprus Shipping Deputy Ministry (SDM) announces the launch of a tender (Tender No. SDM 1/2022) for the Digital Transformation of the Shipping Deputy Ministry. The project is cofinanced by the European Union – NextGenerationEU (Resilience and Recovery Facility).

3. Investing in the right cook can generate big returns

A happy crew makes a happy ship, and a full crew of highly motivated and productive crewmembers put good food and enjoyable mealtimes at the top of their must-have list. That’s the thinking behind Christian Ioannou’s leadership of the international catering management and training provider MCTC. However, the fully trained restaurant chef believes onboard cooks are taken for granted, despite being responsible for preparing meals that fuel crewmembers’ wellness and productivity.

4. NYK scholarships offered for 21st consecutive year in China

In December 2021, NYK offered scholarships to 82 outstanding Chinese students at two maritime universities in China. This marked the 21st consecutive year for NYK to fund the education of students at these two universities. On December 23, 2021, an online awards ceremony was held for 46 students offered NYK scholarships at Dalian Maritime University. Hiroyasu Takaizumi, NYK chief representative for China, and Xu Minqiang, deputy party secretary at DMU, participated in the online ceremony.

5. MSC joins Lufthansa in bidding for Italy’s flagship airline

Airplanes are increasingly the must-have bolt on for cash-rich containerlines, the billionaires of the transport sector, making more money than Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google. The Aponte family controlled Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) has tied up with Germany’s Lufthansa in a bid to acquire the majority of Alitalia successor ITA Airways, seeking an exclusivity period of 90 days to study the deal.

6. India fines Japanese car carrier operators over cartel claims

Car carrier cartel fines continue to make headlines around the world. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) yesterday passed a final order yesterday against four Japanese companies – Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and Nissan – for indulging in what it described as “cartelisation in the provision of maritime motor vehicle transport services” to automobile original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for various trade routes.

7. BSEE Issues Safety Recommendations Following Fatal Offshore Accidents

The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has recommended added safety measures following the release of panel investigation reports into two unrelated fatal offshore accidents. The first accident took place May 16, 2020, on a Fieldwood Energy-operated offshore platform located approximately 60 miles south of the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico.

8. NATO Sends Reinforcements to Eastern Europe as Russia Accuses West of Hysteria

NATO said on Monday it was putting forces on standby and reinforcing eastern Europe with more ships and fighter jets, and could also send additional troops to its south-east flank, in what Russia denounced as an escalation of tensions over Ukraine. The U.S. Department of Defense in Washington said about 8,500 American troops were put on heightened alert and were awaiting orders to deploy to the region, should Russia invade Ukraine.

9. After 2021 Feat, Singapore’s Bunker Industry Aspires For More Growth Amid Hurdles

Singapore’s bunker industry wrapped up 2021 with marine fuel sales of close to 50 million mt, the second-highest total on record, with HSFO lifting overall volumes but cleaner fuels are also receiving due impetus as the city-port gears up to maintain its vigor in 2022.

10. Baltic Index Down For 12th Day On Lower Capesize Rates

The Baltic Exchange’s dry bulk sea freight index fell for a 12th straight session on Monday, hurt by declining capesize rates. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels, fell 24 points, or 1.7%, to 1,391, its lowest since mid-February 2021. The capesize index slipped 55 points, or 6.2%, to 836, its lowest since June 2020.


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