InterManager Daily News 21.02.2022.

1. Safe Bulkers announced results of Pilot Biofuel Project

Safe Bulkers Inc. (the “Company”) (NYSE: SB), an international provider of marine dry-bulk transportation services announced that in the framework of several environmental initiatives targeting to reduce its carbon footprint, it is assessing the use of biofuels as alternative fuels. A number of pilot projects have been designed to test the operational performance and the interaction of biofuels with the vessel’s main engine and diesel generators operations and assess the CO2 emissions reduction.

2. WinGD outlines simple steps to decarbonize deep-sea shipping

Swiss based marine engine technology developer WinGD published a new white paper outlining the steps it believes will enable the decarbonization of deep-sea shipping in line with the IMO’s provisions. The guide aims to provide shipowners with an illustration of the choices that can be made with confidence today to drastically reduce emissions, rather than waiting for the emergence of ‘silver bullet’ technologies.

3. Standing up for plastic: Self-rising chair foretells a rise in the use of recycled plastic

To demonstrate what recycled plastics can do, Fortum has developed a chair made from Fortum Circo® recycled plastic produced from post-consumer plastic waste. The self-rising Virén Chair is inspired by Lasse Virén, a Finnish long-distance runner who fell in the middle of the 10,000-metre final in the Munich Olympics. The odds were not in his favour, but he got up, won gold, and set a new world record.

4. Lloyd’s Register and MatPal MoU to support maritime training in Guyana

Lloyd’s Register (LR) and MatPal Marine Institute Inc., an ISO 9001:2015 maritime and oil and gas education training and support centre and the ‘satellite’ of the Panama Maritime Training Services Inc., have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly support safe maritime training in Guyana, a growing market for the oil and gas industry.

5. Two trapped onboard and eleven missing in Grimaldi roro fire

Two people are trapped on a Grimaldi roro Euroferry Olympia that was engulfed in flames on Friday morning, while another 11 passengers are missing, the Greek coastguard said. The coastguard said a total of 239 passengers and 51 crew members had been on board the Italian-flagged ship, and most of them had boarded rescue vessels transferring them to the port of the island of Corfu. There were no immediate reports of deaths or severe injuries.

6. Competition authorities in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and NZ team up to investigate cartel conduct in global supply chains

Competition regulators from the US, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are working together to identify potential cartel conduct in global supply chains, the latest in a series of investigations that will make the liner community shudder. The working group includes the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Canadian Competition Bureau, New Zealand’s Commerce Commission, the United Kingdom Competition and Markets Authority and the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division.

7. Congestion At U.S. And Canadian Ports Have Exacerbated French Fry Shortage

Southeast Asian fast-food chains are being hit by a shortage of French fries as supply-chain snarls slow shipments of the frozen item from the U.S. and Europe. Signs at some of Yum! Brands Inc.’s KFC outlets in Singapore informed customers that the company would replace side orders of fries with potato waffles due to a “global supply disruption.” McDonald’s Corp. stores in Malaysia and Indonesia halted sales of large-size portions of fries late last month for the same reason, according to company notices posted on Twitter.

8. Twelve Crew Members Remain Missing From Sunken Spanish Trawler

Two bodies recovered during the search and rescue of a Spanish trawler that sank off Newfoundland this week were taken to the port city of St. John’s in the Canadian province on Friday, Spain’s foreign ministry said. The three surviving sailors from the trawler Villa del Pitanxo and the remains of seven others will be transported to St. John’s on Saturday to complete formalities before they are transferred to Spain, the ministry said in a statement.

9. Windar confirms plan to build tower fabrication facility in Poland

Windar Renovables will begin constructing the facility later in 2022. The 120,000-m2 facility will include covered areas for welding, surface treatment and assembly work, and an area to store finished components. The company said its total investment in the Polish plant will be €80M (US$91M). The factory will create 450 direct jobs once it is fully operational.

10. Baltic Index Gains On Strong Capesize Demand

The Baltic Exchange’s dry bulk sea freight index rose on Friday, helped by an uptick in capesize and panamax vessel rates. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels, rose 78 points, or 4.1%, to 1,964. However, the index dropped 0.7% for the week. The capesize index jumped 228 points, or 15.8%, to 1,675.


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