InterManager Daily News 28.01.2022.

1. Columbia Shipmanagement signs security agreement with MICA Center (French Navy)

Columbia Shipmanagement (CSM) has signed a voluntary naval cooperation protocol with MICA Center (French Navy) to reinforce the security of its managed vessels operating in high-risk areas. A Voluntary Naval Cooperation Protocol was signed between the French Navy and CSM to strengthen the security of merchant vessels transiting through the South China Sea and the Strait of Singapore Malacca, passing through the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Aden, calling on West African ports and the Gulf of Guinea, or sailing in the Mediterranean.

2. Craig Wilson joins Stream Marine Training

Stream Marine Training has appointed Craig Wilson as head of operations, further strengthening the company’s reputation as a leading provider of OPITO and GWO training courses. Craig brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the business, having started his offshore career working for Noble Drilling in 2000 as a roustabout. He then worked his way up to crane operator before moving to Survivex in 2011.

3. Electric Crane purchase strengthens Port of Blyth’s decarbonisation strategy

An ambitious decarbonisation strategy at the Port of Blyth has received a further boost via a multi-million pound commitment to its first fully electric crane. The eco-efficient Konecranes Gottwald ESP.6 Mobile Harbour Crane, due for delivery in April, will be the first “Generation 6” model to be deployed in the UK.

4. AAL moves a US petroleum refinery along its Asia–Americas Trade Route

Project heavy lift specialist AAL Shipping has delivered 456-metric-tonne industrial tower components to the US West Coast. The cargo was loaded in South Korea onboard the 31,000-deadweight heavy lift AAL Pusan and transported across the Pacific to the Port of Everett in Washington on AAL’s enhanced ‘Asia – US Trade Route’. Cargo handling was further complicated by strict Covid-19 restrictions at multiple ports of call, which required AAL’s global team of engineers in Singapore, Performance Optimisation Control Room technicians in Cyprus, and the vessel’s Master and crew communicating seamlessly.

5. Shipping emissions leapt 4.9% last year

The tough task to decarbonise global shipping has been put into sharp relief with data released this week from UK broker Simpson Spence Young (SSY) showing the industry’s 2021 CO2 emissions increased 4.9% from 2020, not only rebounding from the 2020 Covid lows but also surpassing 2019 levels. Explaining the increase, SSY analysts noted in a markets update: “The key driver was the recovering 2021 world economy where demand for durable goods has remained firm while services demand has increased.

6. US to get an open register based out of the Virgin Islands

The United States of America will get an open registry based out of the US Virgin Islands in the Caribbean. The new flag will be run in partnership with the Northeast Maritime Institute, a private maritime college based in Massachusetts, which has previously overseen the running of the Dominica registry. On the rationale for the new US open registry, a document by its backers takes aim at the established biggest names in the flag business.

7. Russian Warships Rehearse Protecting Arctic Shipping Lane

Russian warships entered the Barents Sea on Wednesday to rehearse protecting a major shipping lane in the Arctic, its Northern Fleet said on Wednesday, as Moscow stages sweeping military exercises involving all of its fleets. Russian military moves are being closely watched by the West at a time when a troop build-up near its border with Ukraine has sparked fears of a conflict. Moscow has denied it plans to launch an attack on Ukraine.

8. ‘World First’ Autonomous Containership Tested in Japan

Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) is claiming to have conducted the world’s first sea trial of an unmanned autonomous containership. The trial took place using the 2015-built feeder containership M/V Mikage, operated by Imoto Lines, from January 24-25th. The ship departed on a pre-formulated route from Tsuruga Port in Japan’s Fukui Prefecture, arriving in Sakai Port in Tottori Prefecture – a distance covering a few hundred miles.

9. Wärtsilä to supply propulsion for Stena E-Flexer ferries

Wärtsilä will supply a broad scope of engines and propulsion machinery for three new LNG-fuelled ropax vessels built for Swedish ferry operator Stena RoRo. Each 200-m long ship is part of a series of Stena’s new E-Flexer-class ferries and will feature Wärtsilä’s 46DF dual-fuel main engines, Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel auxiliary engines, two gearboxes, two controllable pitch propellers, the tunnel thrusters and a fuel gas supply system.

10. Weaker Demand For Vessels Drag Baltic Index To One-Year Low

The Baltic Exchange’s dry bulk sea freight index fell to its lowest level in a year on Wednesday, pressured by lower rates across all vessel segments The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels, slipped 47 points, or 3.5%, to 1,296, its lowest since mid-January 2021. The capesize index dropped 43 points, or 5.8%, to 702, its lowest since June 2020.


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