1. Russian-Ukraine crisis – Thoughts on Russian export ban
In recent days the shipping industry is facing severe challenges with uncertainty on the threat of a ban on Russian exports. The U.S. has eventually officially announced the decision of banning Russian oil imports and the reaction of Russia came later with the Russian President imposing a ban on commodity exports.The ban is said to include Russian oil, liquefied natural gas and coal, while it seems that the U.S. can support such decision as the the Russian oil accounted for only about 3% of the crude shipments that arrived in the U.S. last year. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/03/24/russian-ukraine-crisis-thoughts-on-russian-export-ban/?amp=1
2. ILO Governing Body adopts resolution on Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine
A resolution passed by the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization calls on the Russian Federation to ‘immediately and unconditionally cease its aggression
’The International Labour Organization has adopted a resolution on the Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine with 42 for, two votes against and eight abstentions. [Four did not participate in the vote] https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/03/24/ilo-governing-body-adopts-resolution-on-russian-federations-aggression-against-ukraine/?amp=1
3. CEOs at Inmarsat, AsiaSat and OneWeb take industry leadership roles at GSOA
Inmarsat, the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications, has reached an integrated connectivity agreement with Norwind Offshore, a vessel owner that supports the development of renewable offshore energy. The partnership covers connectivity and digitalisation needs for three Service Operation Vessels (SOV) operated by Norwind. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/03/24/ceos-at-inmarsat-asiasat-and-oneweb-take-industry-leadership-roles-at-gsoa/?amp=1
4. Life Redefined – A hopeful post pandemic future
On 22nd March 2022, Cyprus Marine Club hosted an event created and moderated by Muriel Matta who is a Club member and the Founder & Owner of Maravilhosa.
The event was a panel discussion entitled “LIFE REDEFINED: A HOPEFUL POST- PANDEMIC FUTURE”. The invited panellists were: Ms. Genia Boustany, Director – Poseidonia Beach Hotel/ Ms. Eleni Kaloyirou, CEO – Hermes Airports Ltd /Mr. Andreas Mylonas, Managing Partner – Mylonas Law | AMG Mylonas & Associates LLC /Mr. George Papanastasiou, Managing Director – VTT Vasiliko Ltd /Mr. Dieter Rohdenburg, CEO –
Intership Navigation Co. Ltd https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/03/23/life-redefined-a-hopeful-post-pandemic-future/?amp=1
5. No sign shipping is willing to take up Russia’s safe corridor offering
Russia announced yesterday it was creating a humanitarian corridor for ships to leave Ukrainian waters. The 80 mile long corridor – open from 8am to 7pm today – is located 20 miles southeast of Ilyichevsk port. Early indications this morning from MarineTraffic data show there were no movements by the many foreign ships stranded in Ukrainian waters. https://splash247.com/no-sign-shipping-is-willing-to-take-up-russias-safe-corridor-offering/
6. Saudi-Led Coalition Strikes Yemen, Thwarting “An Imminent Attack On Oil Tankers”
A Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen launched airstrikes against sites in the southern Arabian country in response to multiple attacks Friday, including one that caused a fire at an Aramco fuel depot in Jeddah.
Coalition forces targeted sites early Saturday including Ras Eissa port and electricity and fuel installations in Yemen’s Hodiedah province, as well as military sites in the capital, Sanaa, according to Houthi-run Al-Masirah TV. https://gcaptain.com/saudi-led-coalition-strikes-yemen-thwarting-an-imminent-attack-on-oil-tankers/
7. Negotiations To Start Next Month In High Stakes Labor Talks At West Coast Ports
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he expects labor talks to be resolved without significant disruption to the biggest U.S. ports — and an already stressed supply chain — as West Coast dockworkers’ contracts expire this summer. The negotiations could start as early as next month between International Longshore and Warehouse Union, representing about 15,000 West Coast dockworkers, and the Pacific Maritime Association, made up of roughly 70 companies at 29 ports in the region. https://gcaptain.com/negotiations-to-start-next-month-in-high-stakes-labor-talks-at-west-coast-ports/
8. Determining the carbon intensity of the offshore vessel sector
IMCA is firmly committed to decarbonisation of the marine contracting industry. This is why we are calling on our members to provide fuel consumption data for each of their vessels of 5,000 gross tonnes and above. This data will be used to calculate the two proxies proposed by IMCA in its submission to IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee MEPC 74 (MEPC 74/6). https://www.rivieramm.com/news-content-hub/determining-the-carbon-intensity-of-the-offshore-vessel-sector-70389
9. BIMCO Shipping Number Of The Week: Indonesian Coal Exports Jump 11.5% To Second-Highest Level On Record
Due to supply concerns at domestic power plants, Indonesian authorities banned coal exports during January 2022, removing around 30% of global coal volumes from the bulk market as a result. This caused Newcastle coal futures to increase by more than a third and added strain on coal inventories across Asia. The ban was lifted in February.
“From week five to 11 this year Indonesia exported 62,9 million tonnes of coal, an 11.5% rise compared to the same period last year and only exceeded by 2019 for the highest volumes on record shipped during those weeks,” says Niels Rasmussen, Chief Shipping Analyst at BIMCO https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/BIMCO+Shipping+number+of+the+week%3A+Indonesian+coal+exports+jump+11.5%25+to+second-highest+level+on+record
10. Port Of Rotterdam First In The Netherlands To Allocate Airspace For Drone Use
The Port of Rotterdam Authority will start a pilot on regulations and traffic control in the so-called ‘very low-level airspace’ to ensure that increased drone traffic over the Rotterdam port area is coordinated properly. It is the first time a pilot of this kind takes place in the Netherlands. Parties that might provide support will be invited to tender soon.
Handling manned air traffic is in the safe hands of Air Traffic Control the Netherlands. Shipping traffic in and around Rotterdam is controlled by the Harbour Master’s Division. No such facility, however, is in place for professional drone traffic, which operates in ‘very low-level airspace’. Consequently, the Port of Rotterdam Authority is starting a pilot to find out how and by whom this can be done best and to draw up a proper set of rules for safe traffic in airspace. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Port+of+Rotterdam+first+in+the+Netherlands+to+allocate+airspace+for+drone+use