InterManager Daily News 05.05.2022.

1. Cyprus Shipping Chamber 33rd Annual General Meeting

The Cyprus Shipping Chamber held with success its 33rd Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, 3 May 2022, at the “Four Seasons” Hotel, in Limassol. The General Meeting was the first official opportunity for the Shipping Industry to reconnect with a number of State and Government dignitaries, Political Party representatives, Members of the House of Representatives, Diplomats and representatives of Professional Organisations, after a prolonged period of social distancing.

2. Inmarsat enables digitalisation, decarbonisation and crew welfare for global shipping with ‘Fleet Xpress Enhanced’

The Fleet Xpress Enhanced solution provides access to a wider portfolio of Inmarsat’s connectivity products through the Fleet Edge platform and is future proof for seamless integration to Inmarsat’s ORCHESTRA network. The modular offering brings unrivalled flexibility to consolidate and scale IT requirements with a combination of satellite connectivity solutions – and takes place over a trusted endpoint security network.

3. First female Tug Master in Cyprus to join P&O Maritime Logistics team

P&O Maritime Logistics is delighted to announce the appointment of 31-year-old Argyri Charista, from Halkidiki as the Port of Limassol’s Tug Master.

Argyri joined us in April 2021 under P&O Maritime Logistics’ cadet scheme having previous years of maritime experience, on seagoing ships Bulk Carries. Starting her training at our headquarters in Dubai, she gained invaluable experience in manoeuvring tugboats in the port of “Jebel Ali”, before returning to Cyprus to complete the her training program. She has recently taken on her own tug with her crew.

4. Russian vessels banned from Norwegian ports

The ban applies to all vessels flying the Russian flag, with the exception of fishing vessels.

Norway has endorsed and incorporated into Norwegian law all restrictive measures against Russia adopted by the EU up to and including 15 March 2022. The measures of the EU’s fifth package of sanctions have already entered into force in Norway.

5. Hyundai Heavy showcases safe vanadium-ion battery to power next-generation ships

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) is promoting the use of a next-generation marine battery without the risk of explosion or fire as one of the many R&D strands it has pursued on the path to shipping decarbonisation.

The shipyard has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Standard Energy, which has developed the world’s first vanadium-ion battery (VIB), in a bid to create an energy storage system (ESS) for ships.

6. DeepOcean forms strategic partnership with Aker BP

Norwegian subsea services player DeepOcean has entered into a partnership agreement with fellow operator Aker BP that runs through the end of 2026, with options for a further four years. The long-term deal will see DeepOcean become Aker BP’s preferred supplier of subsea operations related to inspection, intervention, repair, survey and emergent operations together with associated onshore engineering and project management services.

7. COSCO Wind Turbine Installation Vessel Awarded ABS Approval In Principle

Classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has granted Approval in Principle (AIP) for the design of a wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV) featuring a previously-approved feeder barge system suitable for the U.S. market.

The WTIV is designed by jack-up design specialist Friede and Goldman (F&G) for China’s COSCO.

8. Wallenius Wilhelmsen Reports Strong Start to 2022 Despite Challenges

Leading roll-on/roll-off shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen is reporting a strong start to 2022 driven by performance in its shipping segment.

The company reported first quarter EBITDA of $309 million, compared to $31 million in Q1 2021, making for its strongest quarterly performance since the merger of Wilh. Wilhelmsen and Wallenius Lines in 2017. The solid EBITDA helped drive an increase in its cash position to $759 million.

9. New decking innovations launched for cruise ships

Sustainability, temperature and weight are in focus for the latest cruise ship decking

Sika Marine has launched an innovative and sustainable technology in exterior deck coverings, a lightweight synthetic teak deck system that offers ‘cool touch’ technology, including significant weight saving benefits.

10. Baltic Index Rises On Stronger Capesize, Panamax Rates

The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index, which tracks rates of ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Tuesday as both capesize and panamax segments strengthened.

The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax and supramax shipping vessels, rose 8 points, or 0.3%, to 2,412 points.

The capesize index rose 11 points, or 0.5%, to 2,147 points.


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