InterManager Daily News 16.02.2022.

1. Synergy Group ties up with Maritime Training Pioneer Seably

Seably, the global online marketplace, welcomes the Synergy Marine Group as a new corporate customer on its digital platform for bespoke maritime training. The Synergy Group is one of the world’s leading ship managers. Headquartered in Singapore, and spanning a network of 25 offices in 13 countries, it employs more than 18,000 seafarers. Synergy manages a fleet of more than 500 vessels, including the most complex LNG (including FSUs), LPG and vast 20,000+ TEU container ships, as well as oil and chemical tankers, and bulk carriers. With a strong focus on crew wellbeing, digitalisation and environmentally responsible policies, Synergy is at the forefront of transforming the ship management industry.

2. CMA CGM Group decides not carry plastic waste on its ships

During the One Ocean Summit organized by Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM Group, announced in a speech that the Group would no longer be transporting any plastic waste aboard its ships. With this landmark decision effective June 1, 2022, the CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, continues to demonstrate its commitment to protecting the environment and conserving biodiversity.

3. Cyprus Shipping Chamber Deputy Director General Alexandros Josephides re-appointed as “International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Goodwill Maritime Ambassador” for Cyprus

The Cyprus Shipping Chamber welcomes the re-appointment of its Deputy Director General, Mr. Alexandros Josephides, as “International Maritime Organisation Goodwill Maritime Ambassador” for Cyprus, for the period 2022-2023. Taking this opportunity, the Shipping Chamber extends its sincere appreciation to the Shipping Deputy Ministry who promoted and supported the re-appointment of Mr. Josephides at the IMO.

4. The EBRD joins the Clean Oceans Initiative

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is joining the Clean Oceans Initiative (COI) to strengthen its action aimed at reducing ocean pollution, in particular from plastics. The Initiative entails a commitment by the signatories to collectively invest up to €4 billion by 2025 in public and private sector projects that can stop plastic waste from polluting seas.

5. ABG Shipyard accused of largest fraud ever recorded in India

The founders of ABG Shipyard stand accused of committing the largest fraud in the history of India. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in New Delhi has charged the yard with cheating a consortium of 28 banks and funnelling $3bn of loans. The case has been brought against senior officials at the yard including Rishi Kamlesh Agarwal, Santhanam Muthaswamy, Ashwani Kumar, Sushil Kumar Agarwal and Ravi Vimal Nevetia.

6. Scientists urge Government of Canada to reject proposed terminal expansion at Port of Vancouver

A group of Canadian and international scientists has written to Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, Steven Guilbeault, urging him to reject the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 expansion at the Port of Vancouver. “If the recovery of Canada’s endangered and iconic wildlife is a priority for the government of Canada, as stated,” they say, “then it must reject the proposed Terminal 2 project.”

7. First Offshore Wind Project in New York Breaks Ground

Construction has begun on the second major offshore wind project in the United States. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland was in East Hampton, New York last week to commemorate the groundbreaking of the South Fork wind energy project, which is being jointly developed by Ørsted and Eversource. Located offshore Rhode Island and New York, the South Fork project will have a capacity of 130 megawatts of wind energy, enough to power over 70,000 homes and businesses, via 12 Siemens-Gamesa 11 MW turbines.

8. Spire completes merger, signs co-operation agreement

More ships can be tracked using automatic identification system (AIS) data and new analysis can be offered by the merger of exactEarth into Spire Maritime. “The merger means we are better positioned to serve the maritime sector’s AIS data needs,” said Spire Maritime chief executive Peter Mabson. “We believe this business combination will enable us to offer a broader and richer set of advanced data and analytics for more confident decisions.”

9. Ferry thrusters: energy efficiency and fast response

Schottel sales director cruise, ferry and yachts Andreas Witschel tells Passenger Ship Technology, “Fast thrust response and energy efficiency during manoeuvring is of the highest importance for owners. Therefore, we see more and more diesel, gas and battery-electric ferry concepts today where our vertically embedded LE driven thrusters are incorporated. Here the permanent synchronous motor technology is frequently applied due to the extreme compactness of these motors on top of the LE azimuth modules without interference to the deck above.

10. Panama Canal To Decrease Neopanamax Locks Maximum Draft To 49.5 Feet

The maximum allowable draft at the Neopanamax locks at the Panama Canal is due to decrease to 49.5 feet, or 15.09 meters, from 50 feet, effective March 1, 2022, the first adjustment in 2022. As of March 1, ships with drafts exceeding the 49.5-foot maximum may be allowed to transit depending on the actual level of the Gatun Lake at the time of transit, otherwise the ship will be required to off-load cargo to transit.


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