InterManager Daily News 21.04.2022.

1. Seafarer lives don’t need to be risked during lifeboat drills

Captain Kuba Szymanski, InterManager Secretary General, said: “This is an extremely important change which seems to have been missed by some ship operators and is still included in some Shipboard / Safety Management Systems. To prevent any further loss of life in this way we are raising awareness of the fact that seafarers are not required to be in the lifeboat when launching during drills.”

2. Columbia Shipmanagement and MHSS unite to support seafarers impacted by war in Ukraine

Columbia Shipmanagement, together with its owning company and its clients, have raised an unprecedented €1.4 million and assembled a team of 320 psychologists, mostly from Ukraine, to aid traumatised families of seafarers who have been impacted by the war in Ukraine. The package of measures, financed by the newly set-up Columbia and Clients Charitable Fund, will help to provide accommodation as well as professional psychological support, to traumatised seafarers and their families at designated ‘Columbia Sanctuaries’ in Poland and Romania.

3. Sourcing Humanitarian Resources for Ukrainian Refugees

Nearly 5 million people — mostly women and children — have now fled Ukraine because of the war, according to the United Nations, making it the  fastest-growing refugee crisis in Europe since World War II according to the United Nations.

4. Cyprus – Greece sea passenger connection

The Shipping Deputy Ministry informs that the evaluation of the offers for the Cyprus-Greece sea passenger connection has been completed. The successful bidder was informed about it and as the terms of the offer provide, he has been invited to submit the necessary supporting documents for signing the contracts, which is expected in the coming days.

5. Green recycling isn’t enough

In 1992, Volvo showed off the ECC – the Environmental Concept Car. While most of the focus was on its hybrid propulsion system (gas turbine and batteries), as well as extensive safety features, little attention was paid to the “E” in its name and how deeply thought through it was.

6. South Korea seeks overseas workers to churn out giant orderbook

Like Japan before it, South Korea’s shipbuilding sector is having to get Seoul to ease immigration rules to fill in holes in its local workforce.

South Korean yards are seeing an uptick in business, but the rush of orders come after a decade-long restructuring of the sector, with thousands of Koreans laid off, and not keen to return to a notoriously cyclical business.

7. MARAD Announces New America’s Marine Highway Program Designations, Projects

The U.S. Maritime Administration has announced a new Marine Highway route and projects as part of the America’s Marine Highway Program.

Today’s announcement includes one new Marine Highway Route, two new Marine Highway Projects, and one Project Designation Extension, set to benefit supply chains in the states of Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, California, and Oregon.

8. Argentine Maritime Workers Plan 24-Hour Strike

Argentine ship workers will stage a 24-hour strike on Thursday to protest what they call delays by the government in awarding tenders to the sector, although the action is not expected to affect activity at key grains ports in and around Rosario.

The Maritime, Port and Naval Industry Federation (Fempinra) announced the strike on Tuesday, less than a week after protests by grains truck drivers snarled up transportation of soy and corn right in the middle of the harvest season.

9. Canadian export facilities eye Asia LNG demand

Two LNG export facilities in British Columbia progress towards mid-decade opening, with global LNG trade expected to reach 700 mta by 2040. With LNG trade to nearly double by 2040, led by growth in Asia, the projected opening of two LNG export projects in western Canada by mid-decade seem well timed.

10. Greece Seizes Russian Tanker As Part Of EU Sanctions

Greece has seized a Russian oil tanker off the island of Evia as part of European Union sanctions imposed on Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine, the Greek coast guard said on Tuesday. Earlier this month the EU banned Russian-flagged vessels from the 27-nation bloc’s ports, with some exemptions, as it adopted new sweeping sanctions against Russia.


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