InterManager Daily News 05.03.2022.

1. Shipping needs to draw on its international nature to calm crew fears, says InterManager

Shipping needs to focus on its international nature and pull together at this difficult time, an emergency meeting of ship managers agreed today. While Ukrainian and Russian seafarers are currently “behaving professionally” and working harmoniously together onboard ships, many accepting the need to work beyond their contracted hours due to crew change difficulties, the InterManager meeting heard predictions that this may change over the coming days and weeks.

2. Safetytech Accelerator and Cyprus Marine and Maritime Institute CMMI announce partnership to support sustainable growth in marine sectors

‘Blue growth’ is the name given to a long-term strategy to support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors as a whole. The CMMI’s vision is to generate sustainable blue growth by building on the needs of industrial and societal blue economy stakeholders.

3. ExxonMobil to discontinue operations at Sakhalin-1, make no new investments in Russia

ExxonMobil supports the people of Ukraine as they seek to defend their freedom and determine their own future as a nation. We deplore Russia’s military action that violates the territorial integrity of Ukraine and endangers its people. We are deeply saddened by the loss of innocent lives and support the strong international response. We are fully complying with all sanctions.

4. Trafigura statement regarding the war in Ukraine

Trafigura unconditionally condemns the war, the violence in Ukraine and the humanitarian crisis this is causing. Ukraine is a country where Trafigura operates an office with a number of full-time staff. We are actively assisting our staff in Ukraine and their safety and security is our utmost priority. The Trafigura Foundation is supporting charities providing aid to refugees from Ukraine.

5. Seafarer killed after missile strikes Bangladeshi bulker in Ukraine

A Bangladeshi sailor was killed yesterday evening after a missile struck Bangladesh Shipping Corporation’s bulker Banglar Samriddhi in Ukrainian waters. The ship has been stranded at Olvia port on the Black Sea since Russia invaded Ukraine eight days ago. The deceased was the ship’s third engineer, Hadisur Rahman.

6. US industry groups seek early engagement from White House in west coast port labour contract negotiations

Industry leaders representing 49 associations sent a letter to the White House on March 1, imploring “early and persistent engagement in the impending contract negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU).”

They note that, “though negotiations have yet to begin ahead of the contract’s July 1st expiration, the uncertainty is already affecting operations on the ground. Importers and exporters wary of further disruption are already adjusting freight strategies to avoid or mitigate potential impacts…”

7. All You Need To Know About Russian Yacht Arrests

A growing number of superyachts belonging to Russian tycoons have made their way to the Indian Ocean, cruising around the Maldives and Seychelles just as sanctions are imposed on their homeland following Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. The four biggest luxury yachts in the Maldives right now are Russian-owned, according to an analysis of vessel data by Bloomberg News.

8. Russia May Have Mined Ukrainian Waters Says NATO

NATO’s Allied Maritime Command today saidthere is a high risk of collateral damage on civilian shipping in the northwestern part of the Black Sea. They also warned that the Russian Navy may have mined parts of the Black Sea and Ukrainian waters.

NATO acknowledges media reports of civilian ships being hit directly or indirectly as a result of the acts of war in the northwestern Black Sea within Ukrainian territorial waters and adjacent international waters. They do not, however, provide any additional information on the source of these missile attacks.

9. The case for ammonia as a marine fuel

The case for adopting ammonia as a marine fuel needs to be weighed against the fuel’s toxicity and handling requirements. Experts reviewed the arguments. Engine designer and maker WinGD sponsored The case for adopting ammonia in the next five years webinar hosted by Riviera Maritime Media, and it was fitting its general manager technical development, Andreas Schmid opened the discussion.

10. ICS Urges Governments To Act After UN Report Highlights Countries Denying Seafarers Urgent Medical Care

The International Chamber of Shipping has called on governments around the world to ensure access to medical care for seafarers, after it emerged that crews continue to be refused urgent treatment at ports during the pandemic. In a recent report, the ILO’s Special Tripartite Committee of the Maritime Labour Convention, commenting on the latest report of the Committee of Experts (made up of 20 eminent jurists) noted “…with?deep regret?the existence of cases of denial of access to medical care ashore for seafarers, even in situations of the utmost urgency”.


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