InterManager Daily News 13.04.2022.

1. More than one hundred seafarers’ family members helped to escape conflict

More than 100 people seeking refuge from the conflict in Ukraine have been supported to reach safety as part of a joint humanitarian initiative set up by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), the ITF Seafarers’ Trust, the Marine Transport Workers’ Trade Union of Ukraine (MTWTU) and global ship manager V.Group.

2. Rotterdam port unveils green ammonia import terminal scheme

Dutch state-owned energy network operator Gasunie, bulk handling firm HES International and tank storage specialist Vopak have joined forces to develop an import terminal for green ammonia as a hydrogen carrier in Rotterdam. The terminal, which will operate on the Maasvlakte under the name ACE Terminal, is expected to become operational in 2026.

3. Boskalis commits multiple offshore vessels to hybrid conversion

Dutch marine contractor Boskalis said it will convert multiple offshore vessels into hybrids through the retrofitting of energy storage systems, or power packs, to reduce fuel consumption and associated carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions by an average of up to 20%.

4. Lines start to omit calls to Shanghai, the world’s largest container port

Looking on horrified at millions of hungry, irate Shanghainese, citizens in many other cities across China have started to hoard food in preparation for any impending Covid-19 lockdown. China’s heavy-handed municipal lockdowns have attracted sharp criticism. Authorities have relented a little in Shanghai, the country’s largest city, where lockdown entered its third week today. However, down south mass testing is underway at another important port city, Guangzhou.

5. Shipping casualties on the rise on day 47 of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

It has emerged that Russian forces fired on a Maltese-flagged general cargo ship, Apache, last Thursday, which had changed course while in a convoy in the Sea of Azov, heading for the besieged port of Mariupol. The ship’s stern was hit by artillery fire, the vessel boarded and the ship and unharmed crew taken to the port of Yeysk. The 1991-built vessel is owned by Turkey’s Misha Shipping Agency & Trade.

6. 477 Bulkers Are Stuck Waiting To Enter China

Queues of vessels carrying raw materials have jumped after Shanghai initiated a city-wide lockdown at the end of last month to combat Covid-19. More than two weeks on, the congestion has expanded to nearby Ningbo-Zhoushan as ship-owners desperately divert ships to other ports in the country to avoid the trucker shortage and warehouse closures in Shanghai.

7. EU And U.K. Near Conclusion of Fishing Rights Dispute

“The commission fully intends to continue building a successful and constructive relationship with the U.K.,” EU commissioner for fisheries Virginijus Sinkevicius told the FT in an interview published Sunday. “We managed to achieve most of the licenses that have been requested,” with around 70 permits outstanding, he added.

8. India class develops inland waterways and salvage rules

India has introduced new rules to improve safety for inland waterways transport and salvage

The Indian Government’s Inland Vessels Act 2021 sets out rules for safer navigation for passenger vessels, including roro and ropax, tankers and dry cargo vessels. It also covers aspects of insurance, wreck and salvage, liability limitation and other administrative provisions.

9. South Korean catamaran from Incat Tasmania: breaking new ground

Why Seaworld Express Ferry’s new catamaran will be a frontrunner in terms of economy, seakeeping and comfort

Australian high-speed craft specialist Incat Tasmania is breaking new ground with its latest high-speed catamaran, a 76-m fast ferry for Seaworld Express Ferry of South Korea.

10. Container ship orderbook hits 6.5m TEU for the first time since 2008

The container ship orderbook hit a post-financial crisis low just below 2m TEU in October 2020. In the eighteen months since then, liner operators have seen record profits and a large percentage of these have been poured into newbuilding contracts.


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