InterManager Daily News 19.05.2022.

1. World celebrates International Day for Women in Maritime on 18 May

The inaugural IMO International Day for Women in Maritime on 18 May 2022 will focus on the theme “Training-Visibility-Recognition: Supporting a barrier-free working environment”.

On this day, IMO invites all stakeholders to engage in events and activities around this theme.

On social media, IMO is focusing on visibility. Share the many faces of women in maritime and use the hashtag #WomenInMaritimeDay.

2. ECSA welcomes European Parliament’s decisive vote on commercial operators and Ocean Fund

European shipowners welcome the strong cross-party support by the European Parliament for key provisions under the revised Emission Trading System for shipping. ECSA welcomes the Parliament’s commitment to enforce the ‘polluter-pays’ principle, by ensuring the mandatory pass-through of the ETS costs to the commercial operators of the vessels through contractual clauses. ECSA also supports the proposal of the Parliament to create a sector-dedicated fund and to earmark 75% of the revenues generated by the shipping allowances to the energy transition of the sector.

3. Shipping industry adopts amendments to Maritime Labour Convention to improve seafarers’ conditions

Drawing from lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, stakeholders in the global shipping industry have adopted amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006), to improve the living and working conditions of seafarers.

Governments, seafarers and shipowners from the global shipping industry have agreed eight amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC, 2006) , as amended, with the aim of improving the living and working conditions of the world’s seafarers.

4. Eastern Pacific Shipping and Value Maritime team up to install the first carbon capture solution onboard a pair of tankers

Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) has signed a definitive agreement with Rotterdam-based Value Maritime (VM) to install carbon capture and filtering systems on MR tankers M/T Pacific Cobalt and M/T Pacific Gold, with an option to equip three more vessels. The installation of the first system is scheduled to be completed within 2022 with engineering and planning underway.

5. Cosco investing $3bn in new Peruvian port

Chinese state-owned COSCO Shipping Holdings is currently building a $3bn deepwater port in Chancay, 55 km north of Lima, the company’s first in South America. The complex will include an industrial and logistics park on its 1,100 hectares.

In 2019, COSCO purchased 60% of the shares in Terminales Portuarios Chancay (TPCH) from Volcan Compañía Minera, a subsidiary of Swiss firm Glencore, thereby buying into the development of the Chancay port. COSCO Chairman Xu Lirong said at that time, “The Port of Chancay is an important initiative to implement the Belt and Road Initiative for China and Peru.”

6. Global Ship Lease forward fixes 18-year-old boxship at improved rate

Global Ship Lease has forward fixed the 8,600 teu GSL Ningbo, built in 2004, to Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) for a period of 48 to 52 months at a rate that generates an average annualized EBITDA of 3.1 times that under its existing charter agreed in late 2020.

The London-headquartered containership owner said the charter under the new terms is scheduled to commence in July 2023, generating an average annualised EBITDA of around $16.6m.

7. British Start-Up Wants to Build Batteries for Ships

UK battery company Britishvolt Ltd. received an investment from shipping firm Scorpio Group as it looks to develop technologies to help decarbonize the maritime sector. The funding is part of a partnership to develop battery technology for marine users, Britishvolt said in a statement on Wednesday. The startup has previously focused on carmakers, partnering with Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings Plc and Group Lotus Plc.

8. Second Scandlines Ferry Gets Norsepower Rotor Sail

Since 2013, Scandlines has invested more than EUR 300 million to build and convert conventional ferries into hybrid ferries. In 2020, the ferry operator installed its first Norsepower Rotor Sail on the hybrid ferry Copenhagen, which operates on the Rostock-Gedser route between Germany and Denmark, which has been proven to achieve CO2 emissions reductions of 4 percent on average—and as much as 20 percent on days with optimal wind conditions.

9. Mooring lines for innovative DemoSATH floating wind project installed

Maersk Supply Service has completed the pre-lay of the mooring, anchoring and quick connect system for Saitec’s DemoSATH floating offshore wind demonstrator

The mooring system for the 2-MW turbine was installed at the BIMEP offshore test site in Spain. The turbine is due to begin tests later this year and will be the first floating turbine connected to the Spanish grid.

10. Global Shipping Community Updates Maritime Labour Convention To Reflect Lessons Of Pandemic

The UN International Labour Organization (ILO) tripartite of shipowners, governments, and transport workers unions have agreed to new measures to strengthen the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), based on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the ILO meeting that took place between May 2 – 13 in Geneva, Switzerland, delegates agreed to implement amendments on: bolstering legal requirements for seafarers to be able to access medical care ashore; strengthening health and safety PPE policies on board ships to protect against accidents; and to further facilitate seafarers’ communication with their loved ones ashore.


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