InterManager Daily News 22.02.2022.

1. Cyprus Shipping Podcast – Cyprus Shipping Chamber Chairman, Themis Papadopoulos

We are pleased to announce a new promotional feature of Cyprus Shipping News by inviting key players of the Cyprus Shipping Industry to address our readers with a 1-2 minutes video on latest developments, new regulations, news from their own company affecting the Industry, even a quote of the day or anything of general interest. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/02/21/cyprus-shipping-podcast-cyprus-shipping-chamber-chairman-themis-papadopoulos/

2. Two passengers rescued from the vessel Euroferry Olympia

Passengers and crew members evacuated from the vessel Euroferry Olympia, on which a fire broke out last night off the Greek island, disembarked safely in Corfu at the end of the morning. After undergoing checks by Greek authorities, evacuees have been offered complete assistance and hotel accommodation by the Grimaldi Group, while waiting to receive green light from the competent authorities to proceed with their transfer to their places of residence. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/02/20/two-passengers-rescued-from-the-vessel-euroferry-olympia/

3. Candela C-8 performs successful first flight ushering in a new era of electric foiling powerboats

The world’s most anticipated electric boat has completed its maiden flight. Candela C-8 promises to disrupt the gas-guzzling powerboat industry, thanks to a unique combination of long all-electric range, high speed, and industry-first features. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/02/18/candela-c-8-performs-successful-first-flight-ushering-in-a-new-era-of-electric-foiling-powerboats/

4. Boers Crew Services reports high demand for specialist services at German ports

The uptake of Covid-19 vaccinations from seafarers entering German ports has been strong in 2021, according to Boers Crew Services Germany – bucking the trend of relatively few mariners around the globe getting jabbed. Since Hamburg and Bremerhaven port authorities launched vaccination programmes in July, around 75-80 crewmembers each week have received the vaccine. Boers Services Germany, the crew services specialist covering ports in Germany, has supported the operation by handling the logistics and paperwork for seafarers wanting the treatment. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/02/18/boers-crew-services-reports-high-demand-for-specialist-services-at-german-ports/

5. MOL sets sights on offshore wind vessels

Japanese shipping giant Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has teamed up with compatriot marine contractor Toyo Construction to evaluate potential collaboration on commercialising vessels related to offshore wind power projects in Japan and overseas. Installing larger offshore wind turbines could become a challenge for operators as demand will outstrip the availability of suitable vessels by 2024, Rystad Energy warned earlier this month. https://splash247.com/mol-sets-sights-on-offshore-wind-vessels/

6. Empty container avalanche predicted to cause chaos later this year

When global supply chains snap back to some form of normality – widely tipped to be in the second half of the year – transport operators will have to brace for a new headache, with an avalanche of empty containers predicted to cause some chaos.The delays in the supply chain during the pandemic have led to the need for additional containers to be used. When the supply chain normalises, this will potentially create a pile of 3.5m teu of empty containers from the transpacific alone, according to a new report from Denmark’s Sea-Intelligence. https://splash247.com/empty-container-avalanche-predicted-to-cause-chaos-later-this-year/

7. Lithium-ion Batteries From Electric Vehicles Aboard The Felicity Ace Are Keeping The Fire Alive

Firefighters are struggling to put out a fire that broke out on Wednesday on a vessel carrying thousands of luxury cars, which is adrift off the coast of Portugal’s Azores islands, a port official said, adding it was unclear when they would succeed. The Felicity Ace ship, carrying around 4,000 vehicles including Porsches, Audis and Bentleys, some electric with lithium-ion batteries, caught fire in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday. The 22 crew members on board were evacuated on the same day. https://gcaptain.com/lithium-ion-batteries-electric-vehicles-aboard-felicity-ace-keeping-fire-alive/

8. Australian Prime Minister Calls China Navy Incident an ‘Act of Intimidation’

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison branded a Chinese navy vessel pointing a laser at one of his nation’s surveillance aircraft off the northern coast an “act of intimidation.”

Australia’s Department of Defense said in a statement late Saturday. Morrison responded early Sunday in televised comments in Melbourne. https://gcaptain.com/australia-china-navy-incident-act-intimidation/

9. Steel-cutting ceremony held for first WB-18 crew transfer vessel

A steel-cutting ceremony has taken place at Ostseestaal in Stralsund, Germany for the first WB-18 crew transfer vessel (CTV) for Wallaby Boats. Steel cutting took place on 17 February 2022. The vessel is being built in collaboration with Hitzler Werft in Lauenburg and will be the first CTV with a hydraulic suspension system developed originally by Nauti-Craft in Australia. https://www.rivieramm.com/news-content-hub/steel-cutting-ceremony-held-for-first-wb-18-crew-transfer-vessel-69824

10. Rate Relief Finally Emerges But Could Be Temporary

All-inclusive container shipping rates from North Asia to North America were available to some shippers without premium surcharges in the week to Feb. 17 as more space on ships became available following the Lunar New Year slowdown. But market sources also warned that there remains a backlog of cargoes to be shipped out from China that could lead to premium service fees being reimposed were normal services resume in March. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Rate+relief+finally+emerges+but+could+be+temporary

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