InterManager Daily News 11.09.2022.

1. IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim highlights rights of seafarers in speech to La Rochelle Maritime Symposium

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim shone a spotlight on the rights of seafarers and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on recruitment and retention when speaking at the La Rochelle Maritime Symposium on ‘Employment and skills challenges in the European maritime transport and services sector’, held on 09 February, 2022. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/02/09/imo-secretary-general-kitack-lim-highlights-rights-of-seafarers-in-speech-to-la-rochelle-maritime-symposium/

2. Alexis Psaras joins Island Oil as Bunker & Lubricants Trader

In line with the Group plans for sustainable growth, Island Oil (Holdings) Ltd is pleased to

announce the appointment of Mr. Alexis Psaras in the position of Bunker & Lubricants Trader at our Cyprus international trading office, Island Oil Limited, with effect from 01st February 2022. Mr. Psaras is a highly respected professional, with over 10 years of experience in the shipping industry and a licensed member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers in the United Kingdom. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/02/09/alexis-psaras-joins-island-oil-as-bunker-lubricants-trader/

3. MOL Group Bunkering Vessel successfully operated using Biodiesel Fuel

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, announced that the bunkering vessel Techno Star, owned and operated by its group company MOL Techno-TradPresident: Hirokazu Hatta) has been successfully operated using biodiesel fuel supplied by Aburatou Shoji K.K. In addition, Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (Class NK) certified that nitrogen oxygen (NOx) emissions from the vessel during BDF combustion are within emissions limits set by international regulations including the MARPOL Treaty. This is the first certification by Class NK in Japan. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/02/09/mol-group-bunkering-vessel-successfully-operated-using-biodiesel-fuel/

4. Port of Antwerp deploys drones to detect floating debris

Floating debris does not belong in the port of Antwerp. To detect and clean this up as quickly as possible, Port of Antwerp is deploying drones. It is just one of the innovative digital solutions that should make the port future-proof. Today, during her visit to the port, Minister Petra De Sutter got to see with her own eyes how solutions of this kind contribute to a clean and safe port.

https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/02/09/port-of-antwerp-deploys-drones-to-detect-floating-debris/

5. Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation joins forces with the Global Maritime Forum

The Singapore-based Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD) has signed a knowledge partnership agreement with the Global Maritime Forum to support and accelerate the transition of the maritime industry to a low-carbon future. Through this knowledge partnership, the two organisations will collaborate around low or net-zero emission projects and programmes, such as the sharing of knowledge and data analytics, and in support of the development of green corridors. https://splash247.com/global-centre-for-maritime-decarbonisation-joins-forces-with-the-global-maritime-forum/

6. Congestion to ease with US imports forecast to slow down

US imports are expected to grow modestly during the first half of 2022, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released on February 9 by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.“We’re not going to see the dramatic growth in imports we saw this time last year, but the fact that volumes aren’t falling is a clear sign of continued consumer demand,” NRF VP for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. https://splash247.com/congestion-to-ease-with-us-imports-forecast-to-slow-down/

7. Another Record Month for Port of Savannah as Shipping Logjam Eases

Georgia Ports Authority’s Port of Savannah handled a record 479,700 TEU in January as capacity improvements and “pop-up” container yards have to reduce the shipping logjam. January’s cargo volumes represent an increase of 4 percent over the same month a year ago, when cargo volumes expanded by 22 percent from before the pandemic-driven import surge. The Port of Savannahhas now set monthly records for the past 18 months. https://gcaptain.com/port-of-savannah-reports-record-january-as-congestion-eases/

8. Rigs report: drilling steady, while API appeals overturn of US GoM lease sale

It was ‘steady as she goes’ for the global offshore drilling market during week 6, 2022, as the number of offshore jack-ups and floaters contracted remained unchanged week-on-week Westwood Global Energy’s RigLogix reported 350 offshore jack-ups and 109 floaters under contract. https://www.rivieramm.com/news-content-hub/rigs-report-steady-as-she-goes-while-api-appeals-overturn-of-gom-lease-sale-69607

9. Cargo pumps: reducing emissions by improving flexibility

Cargo pumps are being used to provide superior flexibility, enabling efficient alternation between different types of cargo Conventional vessels dedicated to dry bulk cargo, or tankers with a pump room design, will normally spend half of their time in ballast conditions. https://www.rivieramm.com/news-content-hub/cargo-pumps-reducing-emissions-by-improving-flexibility-69605

10. Baltic Index Logs Best Day In A Year On Strong Demand For Vessels

The Baltic Exchange’s dry bulk sea freight index posted its biggest daily percentage gain since February 2021, boosted by stronger rates across vessel segments. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels, rose 208 points, or 13.8%, to 1,711 — its highest level since Jan. 17. The capesize index jumped 301 points, or 25%, to 1,503, its highest level since Jan. 14. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Baltic+index+logs+best+day+in+a+year+on+strong+demand+for+vessels

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