InterManager Daily News 20.05.2022.

1. Cyprus celebrates International Day for Women in Maritime with … “WOMANNING SHIPPING”

Cyprus recognises that women have a role and a say in all shipping matters and today introduces a new term in the international shipping terminology “WOMANNING SHIPPING” highlighting the need for gender equality while promoting shipping and the blue economy as a choice of studies and professional orientation with great perspective for women as well.

2. GoodFuels and ITOCHU sign strategic partnership agreement to scale sustainable marine biofuel across Asia-Pacific

Partnership between global marine biofuels leader and one of Japan’s largest trading companies to accelerate the market for sustainable low-carbon marine fuels in Singapore, Japan, and across the region

GoodFuels, the leading biofuels pioneer for the global transport industry, and ITOCHU Corporation, one of Japan’s largest general trading companies, have today announced a new partnership agreement to scale sustainable marine biofuel in Singapore, Japan, and Asia-Pacific.

3. Report explores key challenges faced by women seafarers

The Mission to Seafarers has today published a report called ‘Beyond the 2%, Women Seafarers and their Lives at Sea: Reflecting on Our Call to Care.’ The report is intended to act as a discussion document for the charity and other maritime welfare providers. It considers the unique challenges faced by women at sea and how organisations can tailor their support to contribute towards a better future for female seafarers.

4. Driving diversity in maritime through data

Gender diversity in maritime is extremely fragmented by sector, according to data from the newly-published 2021 IMO-WISTA Women in Maritime Survey Report.

The report, launched on the first IMO International Day for Women in Maritime, contains information about the proportion and distribution of women working in the maritime sector from IMO Member States and the maritime industry.

5. ILO Adopts New Minimum Wage for Seafarers

A subcommittiee of the International Labour Organization (ILO) has agreed to raise the minimum wage for seafarers to up to $673 per month following the conclusion of negotiations between shipowners and seafarers’ unions.

Under the resolution agreed by a subcommittee of the ILO’s Joint Maritime Commission (JMC), the minimum basic wage for able seafarers will increase each year for three years starting in January 2023 until the next meeting of the JMC in 2025.

6. Global Offshore Wind Spending Estimated at $1 Trillion By 2031

Offshore wind power installations will increase nearly nine-fold this decade as the world pours $1 trillion into the clean energy technology to help meet climate goals, according to consultancy Wood Mackenzie Ltd.

Twenty-four countries will have turbines at sea by 2030, accounting for 330 gigawatts of generating capacity, analysts including Soren Lassen said in a report Wednesday. That compares to 34 gigawatts in nine countries at the end of 2020. Cumulative spending to build and install the massive fleet will hit $1 trillion in 2031.

7. MSC, Notarc to complete construction of terminal at Panama Colon Container Port

In 2016, a consortium of Chinese companies led by Landbridge Group purchased the Panama Colon Container Port (PCCP) and committed to invest $900m in a new terminal. However, after Panama elected a new president, Laurentino Cortizo, in 2019, the Panama Maritime Authority (PMA) was charged with reviewing the PCCP development. The PMA found that the Chinese consortium had not complied with terms of its contract and, in June 2021, the agency revoked the consortium’s concession.

8. EU raises renewables target and plans for faster permitting

The ‘REPowerEU Action Plan’ spells out that renewables are at the core of Europe’s energy security and tackles the permitting bottlenecks that are holding back the expansion of wind and solar.

A new law will enshrine the principle that renewables are presumed to be in the ‘overriding public interest’ and explains in detail how governments can simplify their permitting processes.

9. The how, what and why of DP event reporting

Reporting DP events is crucial; crucial for the safety and efficiency of the industry, and for enabling DPOs to learn constantly from their peers. We know the size of the DP fleet – approximately 1,800 vessels globally; we know how many reports we receive. We want more!From January 2021 to May this year, 213 events were reported over the 500 days.

10. 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.


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