InterManager Daily News 23.05.2022.

1. Columbia Shipmanagement focuses on quality tanker management by launching the CSM Hellas Tanker Management Centre of Excellence

Columbia Shipmanagement (CSM) has fired the starting gun on its most ambitious industry collaboration project yet, that will see ship owners, oil majors, classification societies, cargo interests and technology experts all working together to drive excellence into the Greek tanker owning sector. Announcing the launch of the CSM Hellas Tanker Management Centre of Excellence, CSM President and CEO, Mark O’Neil, said partners in the Centre of Excellence, including clients, future clients and collaborators, would work together on a variety of projects; on optimisation, digitalisation, processes, training, safety, preventative maintenance, technology, IT and best practice. They will share information and learning and “learn together and improve together.”

2. Seaspan orders Canada’s first two LNG bunker vessels

According to the announcement by Seaspan Marine Transportation president Ian McIver, the contract with CIMC Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering (CIMC SOE) calls for the construction of 7,600-m3 LNG bunker vessels, with the option for a third vessel. The first vessel is expected to be delivered and in operation in 2024.

Seaspan is actively looking at decreasing the carbon intensity of LNG and is considering solutions such as accessing renewable natural gas (RNG) to create a lower carbon option. LNG Shipping & Terminals reported on Seaspan Ferries conducting pilot tests with FortisBC on the use of RNG in October.

3. CSC welcomes the European Parliament’s positions on the revision of the EU Emissions Trading System

The Cyprus Shipping Chamber welcomes the positions adopted by the Environment Committee of the European Parliament, on the revision of the EU Emissions Trading System under the “Fit for 55” legislative package and especially the role of the commercial operators and the creation of a Shipping sector dedicated fund.

The ENVI Commission recognises the important role of commercial operators in the decarbonisation of Shipping and in accordance with the “polluter pays” principle, proposes the inclusion of a binding clause in contracts between shipowners and commercial operators with the latter being responsible for the cost of pollutants where they determine the cargo carried or the route and speed of the vessel.

4. Reporting of vessel calls to Russia and transiting Russian territorial waters

On 17 March 2022 the UK Government published a General Trade Licence in part to clarify earlier amendments to the UK Russia Regulations . Specifically, the licence addresses the issue as to whether it is lawful under the Regulation for insurers and reinsurers domiciled or operating from the United Kingdom to provide insurance for vessels calling at Russian ports or transiting Russian territorial waters.

5. Mandate green shore power for ports and ships according to UK Chamber of Shipping

New mandatory targets must push ports and ships into using shore power technology to reduce emissions, according to the UK Chamber of Shipping.

This forms part of a 12-part mandatory regulatory framework being recommended by the industry body, to drive widespread adoption of shore power and other zero emission solutions at UK ports by 2030 at the latest.

6. China Has Militarized Seafarers Says US Navy Report

Over the many years of reporting maritime news, the idea that China could militarize its commercial maritime fleet has been dismissed by most of the shipping community, but a new report published by the US Naval War College shows that this is not only a possibility but has already been accomplished. This report comes weeks after a CSIS report detailed how China militarized its commercial shipyards.

7. Coffee Shipped by Sailboats In Efforts To Distrupt The Heavy Ships’ Command Of The High Seas

There’s never been a more dreamy way to have your coffee delivered than a sailboat across the Atlantic.

A small number of specialty roasters in Europe are now offering beans that have been sailed — rather than shipped via fossil-fuel burning vessels — from South America. While they’re a rare luxury compared with standard bags of supermarket coffee, these wind-blown beans may inspire some imaginative ideas for finding and stamping out carbon emissions from your everyday life.

8. Port call optimisation gains momentum in box shipping

This was one of the conclusions of Riviera Maritime Media’s Container terminals: post-pandemic challenges and boosting productivity webinar, part of its Container Ship Ops & Tech week, held in April this year, which was sponsored by Port of Nansha (Guangzhou Port Group) and Unikie.

Port call optimisation and just-in-time arrivals were a focus of the webinar’s discussion, which featured Guangzhou Port (Europe) chief executive Johannes Nanninga, International Taskforce Port Call Optimization chairman Ben Van Scherpenzeel and Unikie Oy director, business development and ecosystems, Jouni Salo.

9. Baltic Index Gains For Sixth Week On Stronger Vessel Rates

The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index rose on Friday to gain for a sixth consecutive week on stronger vessel rates across segments.

The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, gained 55 points, or 1.7%, to 3,344 points. It rose 7.7% for the week.

The capesize index rose 141 points, or 3.2%, to 4,526 points. The index rose for a sixth straight week, up 14.7%.

10. Airline Capacity 37% Lower Than 2019, Curbing Demand For Jet Fuel

In 2019, prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, jet fuel contributed an estimated 8% of oil products’ cargo demand. When travel restrictions were imposed during the pandemic, air travel suffered significantly and jet fuel shipments in 2021 were down approximately 33% compared to 2019. Airlines’ capacity has been on a slow recovery path since bottoming out in April 2020 but remains significantly lower than 2019 levels.


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