InterManager Daily News 28.02.2022.

1. Cyprus Shipping Deputy Minister Vassilis Demetriades signed a memorandum on cooperation in the field of maritime transport with UAE

The mission in Dubai was crowned with success says Shipping Deputy Minister Vassilis Demetriades. The Cypriot shipping was promoted and through contacts with shipping companies the foundations were laid for the registration of ships in the Cyprus Flag Register, for the attraction of shipping companies in Cyprus and for the exploitation of the prospects for the development of the blue economy.

2. Russian and Ukrainian seafarers make up 14.5% of global shipping workforce, according to ICS

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), representing 80% of the worlds merchant fleet, has warned of supply chain disruption should the free movement of Ukrainian and Russian seafarers be impeded. The Seafarer Workforce Report, published in 2021 by BIMCO and ICS, reports that 1.89 million seafarers are currently operating over 74,000 vessels in the global merchant fleet.

3. Thessaloniki Port Authority announced award of contractor for the 6th Pier of the Port of Thessaloniki

ThPA S.A. announces that the joint venture “MYTILINEOS SA – ROVER MARITIME SL – HDK SA” has been awarded the project “Expansion of the Marine Works Infrastructure of Pier 6” with a budget of 150 million euro, at the current stage of the tender. This project is the most important part of the Mandatory Investments undertaken by ThPA S.A. under the Concession Agreement with the Greek State and will upgrade the position of the Port of Thessaloniki in the port industry by providing the ability to directly serve main liner container vessels (Ultra Large Container Vessels) with a capacity of up to 24.000 TEU.

4. Raising the security level in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov

Due to the hostile act against Ukraine, the Norwegian Maritime Authority has decided to raise the security level in the northern parts of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

5. Russian ship seized in France

French authorities have seized a Russian cargo vessel on suspicion of being linked to the sanctioned company over the war in Ukraine. The Russian-flagged roro, identified as the Baltic Leader, formerly Fleet Leader, was intercepted in the English Channel on Saturday morning and escorted to the Boulogne-Sur-Mer port for an investigation.

6. UN urges for safe passage across the Black Sea in wake of merchant ship attacks

Kitack Lim, the secretary-general of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), said yesterday: “The security situation in the Ukraine is impacting trade by sea. The safety of marine personnel including seafarers is vital. Shipping is essential to global trade – as has been proven during the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. I urge all parties to take steps to ensure the protection of seafarers, vessels and cargo.”

7. Alaska Worries For Its Salmon Run As Climate Change Warms Arctic Waters

With marine heat waves helping to wipe out some of Alaska’s storied salmon runs in recent years, officials have resorted to sending emergency food shipments to affected communities while scientists warn that the industry’s days of traditional harvests may be numbered. Salmon all but disappeared from the 2,000-mile (3,200-km) Yukon River run last year, as record-high temperatures led to the fish piling up dead in streams and rivers before they were able to spawn.

8. Shell Faces U.K. Showdown Over Delayed Impact From Cataclysmic Bonga Oil Spill

A group of Nigerians want a trial against Royal Dutch Shell Plc in the U.K. for what they allege was a “cataclysmic” oil spill that wreaked havoc on their communities years later. The pollution was caused by oil from the so-called Bonga Spill in 2011 but was only felt following flooding and storms three to four years after the initial mishap, say lawyers for Harrison Jalla and Abel Chujor, the two lead claimants in the lawsuit.

9. Technology enables owners to cut tug fuel consumption

Automatic monitoring and data analysis is giving tug owners the information they need to reduce emissions. Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and internet of things (IoT) are increasingly being used to help tug owners to reduce fuel consumption, optimise vessel performance and reduce CO2emissions.

10. Baltic Index Dips As Larger Vessel Rates Fall

The Baltic Exchange’s dry bulk sea freight index extended losses on Friday, weighed down by lower rates for capesize and panamax vessels as markets assessed the impact of the Ukraine crisis. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels, slipped 111 points to 2,076, but gained 5.7% for the week.


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