InterManager Daily News 02.02.2022.

1. Wishing all our readers in the Far East a very happy Chinese New Year, good health, happiness and prosperity! 新年快乐 恭喜发财

2. Drop-off in labour standards reporting mars strong overall performance from Flag States, ICS assessment shows

The annual Shipping Industry Flag State Performance Table, from the International Chamber of Shipping, has identified reporting on seafarer wellbeing as a “casualty of the pandemic,” following its publication this week. The Table is intended to encourage shipowners to maintain a dialogue with their Flag states, and help facilitate necessary improvements in the interests of safety, the environment and decent working conditions, among other issues. The Flag State of a merchant ship is the jurisdiction under whose laws the ship is registered or licensed and is deemed the nationality of the vessel. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/01/31/drop-off-in-labour-standards-reporting-mars-strong-overall-performance-from-flag-states-ics-assessment-shows/

3. Rotterdam ‘best port during Corona’

Maritime website Splash247.com has crowned Rotterdam as the port has sought the best solutions for crews over the past two Corona years. In the past ten days, the site’s readers were able to vote, which over 1,700 did According to Splash, there are many port cities that have made life difficult for crews over the past two years with ill thought out travel restrictions and bans on garbage disposal “Other port cities, however, have proven to be agile, responsive and willing to find solutions and it is this band of port communities Splash was keen to highlight and congratulate with this global survey.” https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/01/31/rotterdam-best-port-during-corona/

4. MSC takes action to save endangered whales in the Mediterranean

MSC is the first major shipping line to re-route their ships on the west coast of Greece to reduce the risk of collision with endangered sperm whales in the Mediterranean. After discussions with four major environmental NGOs, the company decided to take swift action and re-route all of their container vessels in this area to safeguard the critical habitat for the subpopulation of whales. Critical action like this is urgently needed in order to protect the remaining 200 to 300 individuals that remain. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/01/31/msc-takes-action-to-save-endangered-whales-in-the-mediterranean/

5. CMA CGM set to acquire majority stake in compatriot delivery firm Colis Privé

France’s CMA CGM has entered into a preliminary agreement to acquire a majority ownership interest in compatriot last-mile logistics player Colis Privé for an undisclosed sum. The deal will see the Marseille-based liner take a 51% stake from the Hopps Group, with the option of increasing its interest further. The completion of the transaction would strengthen the presence of CMA CGM’s logistics subsidiary, CEVA Logistics, in e-commerce services, especially last-mile deliveries, the company said. https://splash247.com/cma-cgm-set-to-acquire-majority-stake-in-compatriot-delivery-firm-colis-prive/

6. Odfjell Drilling plots spinoff and listing of two business units under Odfjell Technology

Norwegian energy services player Odfjell Drilling is considering a spinoff of its well services and energy businesses into a newly established company, Odfjell Technology, and listing it on the Oslo Stock Exchange. The new company would focus on innovation and development of new services, technologies and products required in the energy transition, offering reduced emissions and seeking to further expand into green ventures, such as the current investment in Odfjell Oceanwind. https://splash247.com/odfjell-drilling-plots-spinoff-and-listing-of-two-business-units-under-odfjell-technology/

7. Tugs Connect to Abandoned Bulk Carrier Off Dutch Coast – Update

Update: A tow connection has been established between the abandoned bulk carrier ‘Julietta D’ and Belgian salvage tug ‘Sovereign’ and Dutch tug ‘Multratug 18’, the coastguard said in an update as of 19:36 local time. https://gcaptain.com/bulk-carrier-abandoned-taking-on-water-off-dutch-coast/

8. Discovery Princessdelivered to Princess Cruises

Handover ceremony at Fincantieri marks completion of newbuild

The newest cruise ship in the Princess Cruises fleet – Discovery Princess – has been delivered during an official handover at Fincantieri Shipyard. Discovery Princess expands the Princess Cruises fleet to 15 MedallionClass vessels and features an evolution of the design platform used for the cruise line’s previous Royal-class ships. https://www.rivieramm.com/news-content-hub/discovery-princess-delivered-to-princess-cruises-69451

9. Transatlantic: cascading and cargo shifts

US east coast ports have been impacted by congestion in US west coast ports and by larger tonnage cascading, but ports on both sides of the transatlantic are boosting trade opportunitie. Slow cascading, an increase in ships sizes and a shift in cargo from US west coast to east coast ports have been some of the major trends on the transatlantic trade. https://www.rivieramm.com/news-content-hub/transatlantic-cascading-and-cargo-shifts-69442

10. Australian Thermal Coal Prices Soar Amid Tight Supply Even As Indonesia Eases Ban

Australia’s thermal coal market is expected to see rising interest in the near term even as Indonesia eases its export ban amid increasing omicron cases and persistent rains leading to supply tightness, sources said Jan. 28. Market participants had expected Australian prices to soften after Indonesia relaxed its export ban Jan. 20, anticipating an easing of some pressure from the Australian coal in the global supply chain. However, prices have remained elevated and sources expect the trend to continue in the near term. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Australian+thermal+coal+prices+soar+amid+tight+supply+even+as+Indonesia+eases+ban

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