InterManager Daily News 29.04.2022.

1. EBRD and donors support Ukraine’s two largest logistics companies
As a response to the war on Ukraine, the EBRD and its donors are providing emergency technical assistance to Ukrposhta and Nova Poshta, the two largest delivery companies in Ukraine.
With funds worth €1 million – €500,000 from Sweden and the same amount from Taiwanese contributions – the EBRD will help the companies adjust their international logistics systems to the crisis.

2. MOL Group’s Executives and Employees donate for Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines,announces that it donated JPY 2,643,500, which had been collected from executives and employees of the MOL Group for the purpose of humanitarian aid to Ukraine, to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the Japanese Red Cross Society.

3. Social dialogue, key to strengthening safety and health at work
Responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have shown the importance of an effective collaboration between social partners in preventing occupational accidents and diseases, says a new report from the ILO on World Day for Safety and Health at Work.

4. United States bans Russian-Affiliated vessels from U.S. Ports
President Biden issued a Proclamation on 21 April 2022 to “prohibit Russian-affiliated vessels from entering into United States ports.” As discussed in this alert, this action significantly builds upon U.S. sanctions against Russia in the maritime sector that already target certain vessels, cargos, and blocked parties. Some vessels that were previously not impacted by existing U.S. sanctions against Russia may now be barred from entering U.S. ports under this Proclamation.

5. World Marine Offshore books Norwegian CTVs for Ørsted contract
Danish crew transfer vessel operator World Marine Offshore (WMO) has placed an order at Norwegian shipbuilder Umoe Mandal for the construction of two crew transfer vessels (CTVs), and bareboat chartered a similar pair from Umoe Group, with three of the four vessels set to go on contract with Ørsted.

6. Seafarer morale drops across the board
Seafarer happiness levels have hit new lows in the first quarter of 2022, driven by concerns over the Covid-19 Omicron variant, the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and contractual issues. The latest Seafarers Happiness Index report, based on thousands of anonymised responses to 10 key questions, is compiled quarterly by the welfare charity Mission to Seafarers, with support from Standard Club and Idwal.

7. Hydrolic Hose Leak Led to Engine Room Fire on Fishing Vessel Off Massachusetts -NTSB Report
The five-member crew was ground fishing in Georges Banks, about 80 miles east of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, when a fire started in the engine room and quickly engulfed the vessel. After unsuccessful attempts to extinguish the fire, the crew prepared to abandon ship and activated the vessel’s emergency position indicating radio beacon. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescued the crew from the stern of the vessel.

8. Port of Antwerp Adapting to Loss of Russian Shipping Volumes, CEO Says
The Port of Antwerp is adapting to losing shipping trade with Russia and its merger with the neighbouring Port of Zeebrugge is set to boost overall volumes in coming years, the group’s chief executive said on Thursday.
Global shipping companies including leading container lines have cut business ties with Russia due to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine and the imposition of Western sanctions. While food and medical shipments are still allowed, overall exports to Russia have been hit due to limited freight options.

9. Ulstein launches thorium molten salt concept for zero-emissions cruises
Ulstein reveals why thorium molten salt will allow the cruise industry to reach zero emissions
Ulstein has launched a concept using a thorium molten salt reactor (MSR) to enable zero-emissions cruise operations.

10. Wärtsilä Builds Major Plant For The Production Of REEFUEL, Climate-Neutral Bio-LNG
The technology group Wärtsilä will supply equipment for the world’s second-largest plant capable of liquefying bio-methane and synthetic methane from renewable energy sources to produce carbon-neutral transportation fuel. When operational it will have a capacity of approximately 63,000 tons Bio-LNG per year. The contract was placed in March 2022 by the German energy company REEFUELERY GmbH – a joint venture of Erdgas Südwest GmbH and avanca, a company focused on sustainable energy and logistics solutions.


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