InterManager Daily News 24.02.2022.

1. IMO Secretary-General concern over Euroferry Olympia

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said: “I express my deep concern regarding the incident involving the fire onboard the ro-ro Euroferry Olympia, on 18 February, near the Island of Corfu in the Ionian Sea, while en route from Igoumenitsa, Greece, to Brindisi, Italy. I wholeheartedly appreciate the efforts of the search and rescue authorities of Greece, as well as near-by merchant ships, for the rescue of more than 275 people and the ongoing work to locate a number of missing people. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/02/22/imo-secretary-general-concern-over-euroferry-olympia/

2. Marlink to deliver smart hybrid network for offshore fleet

Marlink, the leading provider of smart network solutions, has signed an agreement to provide a global hybrid network solution to vessels operated by Subsea 7, a global leader in the delivery of offshore projects and services for the evolving energy industry. Subsea 7 operates one of the most capable and diverse fleets in its market, including chartered and high specification owned vessels. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/02/22/marlink-to-deliver-smart-hybrid-network-for-offshore-fleet/

3. The first LNG dual-fuel container ship joins SITC fleet

After the Spring Festival of the year of Tiger, SITC Fleet welcomes our new member “TIGER LONGKOU”, which joined our China-Japan route at Shanghai on February 18. “Tiger Longkou” is the first LNG-powered container ship put into operation by Chinese Liner Companies, LNG power mode cruise range is up to 5000 nautical miles, meet IMO Tier III emission requirements. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/02/22/the-first-lng-dual-fuel-container-ship-joins-sitc-fleet/

4. NORDEN’s back-office goes digital

Shipping is notoriously paper-based, but in NORDEN’s legal department a digitalisation drive is saving 40 trees per year

“Dealing with Claims, Legal & Control inevitably means a lot of documents,” says Johnny Dyreholt Holm, Head of Claims & Legal in NORDEN’s Limassol office. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/02/22/nordens-back-office-goes-digital/

5. Port of Corpus Christi looks to develop green fuels hub on Texas Gulf Coast

The Port of Corpus Christi Authority (PCCA) has entered into a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Apex Clean Energy, funds managed by the Infrastructure and Power strategy of Ares Management Corporation, and EPIC Midstream Holdings, to explore the development of a green hydrogen production, storage, transportation and export operation. The project would include a new dedicated pipeline and a green fuels hub to be located at the port on the Texas Gulf Coast. https://splash247.com/port-of-corpus-christi-looks-to-develop-green-fuels-hub-on-texas-gulf-coast/

6. Solstad Offshore teams with Wärtsilä to slash fleet emissions

Norwegian offshore vessel owner and operator Solstad Offshore has engaged Finish technology company Wärtsilä Finish intending to achieve a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions for its 90 vessel fleet by 2030. Under the agreement, the two companies will evaluate, and implement solutions that would increase fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gases. Wärtsilä said that each vessel will be assessed for appropriate solutions, possible operational improvements, and life extension considerations. https://splash247.com/solstad-offshore-teams-with-wartsila-to-slash-fleet-emissions/

7. Biden Administration Set to Hold First Offshore Wind Lease Auction in New York Bight

The Biden Administration is set to hold its first offshore wind lease sale on Wednesday, auctioning a record of more than 480,000 acres offshore New York and New Jersey. The auction will allow offshore wind developers to bid on six lease areas, the most areas ever offered in a single auction, in an area known as the New York Bight. Leases offered could result in 5.6 to 7 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind energy, enough to power nearly 2 million homes, according to the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). https://gcaptain.com/biden-administration-set-to-hold-first-offshore-wind-lease-auction-in-new-york-bight/

8. Germany Freezes Nord Stream 2 Gas Project as Ukraine Crisis Deepens

Germany on Tuesday halted the Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea gas pipeline project, designed to double the flow of Russian gas direct to Germany, after Russia formally recognized two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine. Europe’s most divisive energy project, worth $11 billion, was finished in September, but has stood idle pending certification by Germany and the European Union. https://gcaptain.com/germany-freezes-nord-stream-2-gas-project-as-ukraine-crisis-deepens/

9. Singapore well positioned for continued dominance as top maritime hub

Canny planning, a focus on private-public partnerships and a proactive approach to maritime trends have kept the city-state one step ahead of the competition, a report from DNV and Menon Economics declaring the countrythe world’s top maritime city shows

Singapore’s unique geographic position means that some 30% of the world’s seaborne cargoes pass through the Straits of Malacca and the city state. https://www.rivieramm.com/news-content-hub/singapore-poised-for-future-growth-as-a-maritime-hub-69868

10. A Wave Of Drug Smuggling From Brazil

The shipping industry is wrestling with increased drug smuggling incidents in Brazil as reported by local correspondents Proinde and Brazil P&I. It is alarming that in January 2022, shipping giant MSC and MEDLOG declared that they will suspend their inland operations across Brazil due to the rising threat of drug traffickers who victimise the container trade. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/A+wave+of+drug+smuggling+from+Brazil

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